watercolour of a Font-de-Gaume #IceAgeArt reindeer by (1877-1961)

Via The Ice Age aka Professor Jamie Woodward


re: cochineal

The geographer José Antonio Alzate’s “Plane With Scale and Orientation Mexico City,” a map using cochineal, 1762-1772 | Credit: Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City

Elisabeth Malkin reviews the exhibition ,that runs through Feb. 4 at this Mexico City’s Palace of Fine Arts, “Mexican Red, the Cochineal in Art,”. Which ttraces the journey of the color from the highlands of pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica to Europe.


Guantánamo and “the Sea”

The tarps remained down for a few days, and the detainees started making art about the sea. Some wrote poems about it. And everyone who could draw drew the sea. I could see different meanings in each drawing, color and shape. I could see the detainees put their dreams, feelings, hopes and lives in them. I could see some of these drawings were mixtures of hope and pain. That the sea means freedom no one can control or own, freedom for everyone.

Each of us found a way to escape to the sea.

Those who could see the sea spent most of their time watching, listening and looking at that big blue color, which cools our souls. The sea was a little rough, because of the windy weather. Huge waves that rose high and hit the land. Looking at a sea like that was scary, but it was what we got, and it felt good. Afghans started calling out to one another and expressing their feelings about what they saw, and turned to us with many questions about that beast.

A painting by Mohammed Ansi, a former Guantánamo detainee.

Mansoor Adayfi was released in 2016 and is at work on a book about this detention. Above excerpt is adapted from the catalog for “Ode to the Sea: Art From Guantánamo Bay.”

For China, a boom//bubble/bust in high bridge construction


Clockwise from top left: the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in Qingdao, in Shandong Province; the Duge Beipan River Bridge, in Guizhou Province; the Aizhai Bridge, in Hunan Province; the Beipan River Shanghai-Kunming high speed rail bridge in Guanling Buyi and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Anshun, a city in southwest China’s Guizhou Province. Credit Xinhua; Getty Images; European Pressphoto Agency; Associated Press

More via NYT re: China’s New Bridges: Rising High, but Buried in Debt