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James Ensor

James Ensor (1860 – 1949) was a Belgian painter and printmaker, an important influence on expressionism and surrealism who lived in Ostend for almost his entire life. He was associated with the artistic group Les XX.

James Ensor is considered to be an innovator in 19th century art. Although he stood apart from other artists of his time, he significantly influenced such 20th century artists as Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, George Grosz,Alfred Kubin, Wols, Felix Nussbaum, and other expressionist and surrealist painters of the 20th century. (adapted from wikipedia)

Skulls and masks (link)

James Ensor (1860-1949) 
Crânes et Masques (Elesh 29) 
etching, 1888, on simili Japon paper, second, final state, signed, dated and titled in pencil, countersigned in pencil and numbered 16 on the reverse, with wide margins, light staining, otherwise in very good condition
P. 100 x 137 mm., S. 236 x 290 mm. 

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In 1950s Russia, underground music lovers listened to banned Western hits on home-made records pressed on discarded X-ray film. The records were called “roentgenizdat,” or “X-ray pressed” records.

An X-ray pressing of “St. Louis Blues,” from this online collection of roentgenizdat.

Western music was largely banned in the USSR, and so pop music lovers had to copy smuggled records themselves, using very basic equipment. In place of expensive vinyl, they discovered that old X-ray film, liberated from hospital dumpsters, worked well enough, and thus roentgenizdat were born. In fact, they were a key part of a vibrant underground music scene, opposed at every turn by the state. In 1959, with the establishment of an official “Music Patrol,” many roentgenizdat distributors were actually sent to prison. (reblogged from -link)

Additional images (here)

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Plastic Skull Chair

Pool designed these  plastic skull chairs, aka the “Souviens toi que tu vas mourir (remember that you will die)” chair,  for the  “Nouvelle Vague (New Wave), the New French Domestic Landscape” exhibition at the Milan Design Furniture Fair (2011).

Image source (link)“Souviens toi que tu vas mourir (remember that you will die)” chair

Unfortunately, the chairs are not intended to go on sale or be mass-produced. So look adoringly at this and wish you too could have a set of these for your backyard. (reblogged from slyoyster)

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Flow Chair

These great armchair designs are made  by Parisian graphic design company, AK-LH. The 1950’s Swedish armchairs are upholstered with Midcentury era style cartoon graphics. (link)

anatomical chair designed by AK-LH (link)

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