Esra Akin: Mustafa Ali’s Epic Deeds of Artists

Esra Akin: Mustafa Ali’s Epic Deeds of Artists

Our very own Professor Esra Akin’s new book, entitled “Mustafa Ali’s Epic Deeds of Artists“, provides a critical translation and commentary of the earliest known Ottoman literary source about the lives and works of calligraphers, painters, limners, and book-binders of the Ottoman and Persianate worlds. Mustafa ʿÂli’s (1541-1600) Epic Deeds of Artists (1587) was considered to be primarily a biographic dictionary.

Read more and order a copy at the publisher’s website.

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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


Re-Imagining the Book

“Re-Imagining the Book” is a blog that features                            
a compilation of student-made created in the
Oberlin College Studio Art class
Re-Imagining the Book, taught by Nanette Yannuzzi-Macias.

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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Uncategorized


Pinterest … Idea Central!

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard

to organize and share

the things you love.
Everything from Gifts to Food to Prints to DIY to Travel!

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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


Erik Inglis shows us that Fouquet was, in fact, shaping a national identity through his court painting for Charles VII and Louis XI.

Before the trois-couleurs, before the Eiffel Tower, before the Larousse Gastronomique, a 15th-century artist named Jean Fouquet was at work creating images that were utterly and exclusively French – though, at that time, saying “That is so… French!” might not have been very meaningful to many people. In a new book entitled Jean Fouquet and the Invention of France: Art and Nation after the Hundred Years War. Erik Inglis shows us that Fouquet was, in fact, shaping a national identity through his court painting for Charles VII and Louis XI. Inglis explains both how Fouquet contributed to nascent nationalism, and how this nationalism affected the court’s appreciation of him as a great French artist. French national identity was defined in terms as various as the country’s patron saints and its wine, its buildings and its artists.
One of the ways that Fouquet put his imprimatur on French national identity was by illustrating a 1450s edition of a book entitled the Grandes Chroniques de France – the authoritative history of France. Fouquet’s 15th-century scenes were crucial in re-emphasizing the subordination of the English kings, grandly illustrating the victory of France over its longtime rival.

To read more go to Yale’s Blog

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Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Uncategorized


Convicted Book Thief Spotted?



Please be aware that convicted fraudster and thief John Gilkey is operating once again, likely out of northern California. A comic book dealer in New York state is his latest victim. Besides defrauding book dealers, Gilkey has also left his dubious mark in the print, stamp, and comics trades. He was arrested late last year in San Francisco following a parole violation, but was released after he (or someone) posted $75,000.00 bail. He then disappeared, but is active once again.



He is a serious criminal who continually looks for new opportunities and deceptions. An investigation by the SFPD is ongoing; there is an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Please do your friends the favor of re-posting this note to any and all lists of allied trades and organizations. Thank you very much.

John Waite
Security Committee, ABAA

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Posted by on August 5, 2011 in Uncategorized


Creativity while on hold on the phone

Create your own.. drop your cursor on the “jackson pollock” widget at this website….

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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


Imaginawesome, brainchild of Garrett Miller, 2006 Studio Art major from Oberlin College

Imaginawesome arose out of a Reddit thread several months ago. A high-quality painting by a 6-year-old prompted commenters to post their own kids’ art. Miller killed some time one night enhancing one of the pieces. The reaction provided just enough fuel to try it again, eventually leading to a website.
Miller, who doesn’t have kids of his own, has relied on extended networks and the Internet to find new material. “Kids have the ability to come up with some pretty amazing things, but not always the ability to draw exactly what they were imagining. I’m here to help make those drawings come a little bit closer to reality.”  Garrett Miller, a Washington, D.C. software engineer, is not a professional artist by trade, although he is one by training. He graduated from Oberlin College in 2006 as a studio art major before wending his way into a programming job further east.
Thus far, only a handful of artwork has been published. Each picture takes an hour or two, typically drawn on an old Wacom tablet.
If you have a drawing you’d like to share, please pass it along. He would love to make it awesome.

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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Uncategorized