In crayon news, those dandelion yellow Crayolas might be worth some money someday. (OK, probably not.) Recently retired by the company (illustrated eulogy here), they’ll be replaced by a new blue inspired by an accidentally discovered artificial pigment.
She and the Franklin Furnace are still supporting avant garde art, and are marking their 40th anniversary. Here’s what they’re up to these days, in Wilson’s interview with Hyperallergic.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is holding an exhibit of Imogen Cunningham’s photography, so naturally they took to Instagram to promote it. Instagram is, of course, the place to share amazing photography online — unless, as the MFA found out, that photography includes “some … female nipples.” Instagram took down three posts by the museum.
You may know Jerry Saltz as famous art critic, but do you know Jerry Saltz as an artist? In My Life as a Failed Artist, Saltz’s essay for Vulture, he recalls a forgotten part of his life and why it didn’t end up the way he wanted. “Every artist does battle, every day, with doubts,” he writes. “I lost the battle.”
Have you heard of the camera lucida? It’s one of the optical devices painters used as an aid in the days before photography. (Another is the camera obscura, which is much older.) Anyway, the camera lucida was invented about 200 years ago and never really took off — except that now you can buy one and try it out! Check it out on Kickstarter.
In this very thought-provoking video, Vox explains the research into how different cultures name colors. It’s definitely worth a watch: