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The following images are from Anne Carson’s book Nox, published in 2010, about the death of her brother Michael. The book is a scrapbook and comes in a box in an accordion-style notebook, which includes images, poems, collages and part of a letter her brother wrote about a girl he loved in France.

“My brother ran away in 1978, rather than go to jail. He wandered in Europe and India, seeking something, and sent us postcards or a Christmas gift, no return address. He was travelling on a false passport and living under other people’s names. This isn’t hard to arrange. It is irremediable. I don’t know how he made his decisions in those days. The postcards were laconic. He wrote only one letter, to my mother, that winter the girl died.”

“Like wind in your hair she had epilepsy her life was hell sometimes flipping like a fish I got used to it she lost her fear started to live she missed a lot as a kid felt so different from others Anna was truly a gift she died March 24th”
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The displays in this post are from the National Button Society. The society divides buttons into classes that include: celluloid, ceramics, china, enamels, fabrics, black glass, clear and colored glass, metal, horn, shell, synthetic, vegetable ivory, wood, animals, objects, plants, pictorials and realistics.

Double click on the images to see the buttons.

Vegetable Ivory

Vegetable Ivory

Vegetable Ivory

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Illuminated manuscripts are texts decorated with gold or silver. Most manuscripts are from the Middle Ages and include the Book of Kells, illustrated by Celtic monks and containing the four books of the gospel.
As when a man dreams, he reflects not that his body sleeps
Else he would wake; so seem’d he entering his Shadow: but
With him the Spirits of the Seven Angels of the Presence
Entering; they gave him still perceptions of his Sleeping Body:
Which now arose and walk’d with them in Eden, as an Eighth
Image Divine tho’ darken’d; and tho walking as one walks
In sleep: and the Seven comforted and supported him. 
from Plate 14 of Milton, a poem in 12 books by the English poet William Blake (1757-1827), who used relief etching to create a form of illuminated printing in his texts of poetry.

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Helen Frankenthaler, abstract expressionist, born 1928

“A really good pictures looks as if it happened all at once. It’s an immediate image.”

“One really beautiful wrist motion, that is synchronized with your head and heart, and you have it. It looks as if it were born in a minute.”
Magic Carpet, 1946. 96 x 68, acrylic on canvas
“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.”
Rapunzel, 1974. 274 x 206 cm,
arcrylic on canvas

Helen Frankenthaler (right) and artist Grace Hartigan (1922-2008)

1957 From Life
The Bay, 1963, acrylic on canvas

“Whatever the medium, there is difficulty, challenge, fascination and often productive clumsiness of learning a new method: the wonderful puzzles and problems of translating with new materials.”
“You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognize it, how to control it, and ways to eliminate it so that the whole surface looks felt and born all at once.”

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Google Art Project

Detail from Vincent Van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night, posted on www.googleartproject.com, a new resource by Google which allows you to take a virtual tour of museums around the world.
Detail from Van Gogh’s painting The Bedroom, in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Detail from Frantisek Kupka’s painting The Cathedral in Museum Kampa in Prague.The project allows you to tour the museum, hear interviews and view notes about the artwork and artists.

Detail from Hans Holbein the Younger’s painting The Merchant Georg Gisze in Gemaldegalerie in Berlin.

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