The Trumps Win When It Comes To Being Presidentially Spooky

To compliment POTUS, FLOTUS and this administration in any way whatsoever is a difficult thing for this liberal blog. We are fundamentally opposed to many of their policies and disgusted by much of their rhetoric. That said, when it comes to decorating the exterior of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. the 54th President, whose own head looks like a jack-o-lantern, has the Obamas and all the administrations before him beat by a mile. (more…)

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The Wyeths Penchant for Pumpkin Painting and Halloween

wyeth family pumpkin paintings
Andrew Wyeth, Mischief Night, 2002, watercolor on paper, private collection
Jamie Wyeth, Mischief Night, 1986, Mixed media on paper, 22.5” x 31”

If you’re at all familiar with American Art, you know the work of at least one of the Wyeths. The Wyeths are America’s most famous multi-generational family of artists. Beginning with illustrator and painter Newell Convers “N.C.” Wyeth (1882–1945) in the late 1800s, the family has spawned four generations of reputable artists. The artistic bloodline has continued not only through N. C. Wyeth’s youngest and most famous son, the late Andrew, directly down to Andrew’s son Jamie, but also to Andrew’s sisters Carolyn and Henriette, their spouses and their offspring as well. (more…)

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Haunted Air: A Macabre Collection of 25 Historical Halloween Photographs

The book Haunted Air, first published in 2010, is simultaneously creepy and beautiful. The hardcover book with the skeleton costume on the cover is filled with anonymous historical Halloween photographs taken from 1875–1955 that have been collected by artist, musician, and composer Ossian Brown. The book is a glimpse into the roots behind the tradition now known as Halloween and depicts truly haunting Americana with a foreword by – appropriately enough- David Lynch, director of the weird and wonderful. (more…)

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Mercedes Helnwein’s Evocative Renderings of Halloweens Past.

Mercedes Helnwein, WITCHES (detail), 2017, oil pastels on paper

Artist and writer Mercedes Helnwein likes Halloween. One look at her artwork over the past decade and there’s no denying it. Amongst her pieces you’ll see many wonderful sketches, paintings and mixed media renderings of kids in costume, pumpkins and other clues of October’s All Hallows Eve. (more…)

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