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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Re: Impressionist Fact of the Day

posted by on June 25 at 14:08 PM

Commenter Suzi (an arts journalist in Oregon) responded to my IFOD:

The UO’s museum (Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art) is opening a show called “Faster, High, Farther: The Spirit of Track-and-Field Sports,” and I don’t think there’s a single book or piece of information about running or javelin-ing that I want to convey to the overwhelmed-with-Olympic-Trials-trivia Eugene public. But if you know of any good sporty art history books, I guess I could give it a try. (And when the J-Schnitz’s “Cuba Avant-Garde” hits the boards, watch out for the Revolutionary Fact of the Day.)

I do not, in fact, know of any good sporty art history books, but they have to be out there. Anybody who can help Suzi on this one?

As for the track-and-field crowd, an pictogram-ish painting of a larger-than-life russki-lady who looks as though she’s just thrown a discus straight at your face springs exuberantly to mind. ! She’s from early 20th-century Russian propaganda—but I can’t remember the artist, and I can’t find it online.

So I bring you this execration instead (Dali’s Cosmic Athletes, from 1943), with apologies in advance:


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is that a coke bottle hanging from a nipple clamp?

Posted by sepiolida | June 25, 2008 2:12 PM

Nice ass. Is that a cash box on top? Is that even an ass?

Posted by Vince | June 25, 2008 2:34 PM

Don't know about any sporty arts books, but Tiberio is finishing up a food arts book, with lots of food tastefully arranged about ... um ... unclothed persons.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 25, 2008 3:07 PM

Thanks, you just brought back some acute memories of college dorm rooms....

Posted by Fnarf | June 25, 2008 4:01 PM

Thanks, Jen + Slog readers. God, that Dali is made of awesome. I think that's a DIET Coke bottle. That's an athlete, after all.

I posted about this at our blog just now. Olympics + art = Leni Riefenstahl, you know?

Posted by Suzi | June 26, 2008 2:03 PM

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