Women with Borzois: Tiller Girls, 1952; Marilyn Monroe,1958; Life Magazine, 1946; Queen Catherine, 1946.
Elaine Lustig Cohen, Catalog for “Ex Libris 17,” 1990. Lithograph on white wove paper. Via Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
magictransistor: T. Lux Feininger. The House of Construction, Weimar. 1919.
ringsofslattern: Excerpt from Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate in the Daily Mirror, 30 July 1936
ringsofslattern: Baron Adolf de Mayer, Mrs. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in a costume by Léon Bakst, 1913
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
An aquamanile is a type of vessel used for pouring water onto the hands before a meal - or before Mass in a religious context. I’m not totally sure where exactly the water flows from, but I’m guessing it has something to do with Aristotle’s head or neck. Phyllis, the daughter of a Thracian king in Greek mythology, is perched on the back of the philosopher. The story goes that Aristotle wanted to prove to young men that a seductive woman will even work her magic on the elderly. Here, he is shown in a humiliating pose that would have been highly amusing to guests observing the object at a dinner table.
Michael Miller, Director and CEO of the Delaware Art Museum, interviewed in the New York Times, August 10, 2014. Mitchell neglected to consult with curators before deaccessioning a William Holman Hunt painting. “We didn’t want to bring them into this,” he explained. The painting sold for a disappointing price at auction, a loss which Miller hopes to recoup with the upcoming sale of works by Winslow Homer and Alexander Calder.
Metropolis(1927) d. Fritz Lang.