As is so often the case, when researching other artists, a few new names pop up on my radar. Chris Killip (b1946) is known for his gritty black and white images of people and places which was beginning to fall out of fashion.
I can’t believe it’s September already. Last month, a lot of interesting leads came in. We also got permission to reprint Novel Activist articles. I will try to get some of these things up this month. We are still looking for a decent download of Novel Activist. The current archives are a bit skimpy on the images.
Victorian Children: A colleague found an interesting colorized video featuring the children of the Lumiere family in 1896. A real slice of life. Take a look here.
Some interesting things have been coming in but nothing to report to the readers. I have successfully negotiated terms in acquiring an Edwardian postcard collection so that will be added to the Pigtails Archive.
Rescuing Novel Activist: I’m sure many of you were dismayed to learn of the shuttering of the Novel Activist site. It was an important site to me and I discovered it at the same time I did Pigtails in Paint. In fact, when Pip invited me to be a writer for this site, he told me that Pigtails has to take priority over NA. It’s funny to think what might have been if Ray had invited me first.
In the ‘Allied Websites’ page, there are some links to existing archives and I am pleased to say that if there are any articles that belong on this site, Ray Harris has graciously allowed them to be republished here. As an added bonus, Patricia, who has made a number of cogent contributions to this site said she is interested in doing this legwork. The only thing that remains is for some reader to come forward with a recent download of the site. Archives can be spotty and may be missing images. A download would guarantee that any images that no longer exist on the net can be republished. It was a download that rescued the first incarnation of Pigtails when it was first kicked off of WordPress. That is why all the early posts from the first two years are present on this site.
Artists by Name: I continue to push through the alphabetical list of leads in the Pigtails database and am posting them on the ‘Artists by Name’ page or making a ‘Random Images’ post if there seems to be only one or a couple of interesting instances. I have worked up to the letter “F” so anything before that I have missed, please bring it to my attention.
The Remains of Sublime Natures: A number of people have inquired about Peter Dominic and the court order destroying his work. However, not all his work was destroyed, so it is possible to purchase certain prints. Dominic is also the agent for Jacques Bourboulon so anyone wanting signed copies of books (and perhaps prints, I’m not sure) can contact me and I will give you the contact email.
Have a nice month and stay healthy. -Ron
I’m sure many were sad to see the shutdown of the website novelactivist.com. However, it should be understood that it was not shuttered because of controversial content. It’s founder, Ray Harris, established the site to assist in his research for his novels, especially Navaratri. In the long run Harris said, “it became a financial burden and a distraction from writing.” This site was important to me because it was one of the first I encountered when I began to study the cult of the girl child in earnest. A handful of posts stand out in my mind and I felt it important that public attention be brought to them. So this is one of many “rescues” that I plan to post on this site.
The timing of my early research coincided with the controversy over Bill Henson’s photographs of young people around 2009 (more on that later). One of the things affected was this statue commissioned from Karin Tulloch in Perth in 1936 to be displayed publicly.
Because of the outcry over Hensen’s work at the time, the council found it prudent to temporarily relocate this statue to a more discreet area. The model, Judith Anketell, then 80 continued to defend the statue as a legitimate work of fine art. You can also see images of the work in progress here.
Gigi Finizio (b 1965) is an Italian singer, songwriter and actor. In 1993, he released the album cover shown below. Isn’t it sweet?
It reminds me how ludicrous the concept of sexualization is. I remember years ago my toddler cousin being encouraged to kiss one of the neighbor boys. Everyone said, “Ahhh, isn’t that so cute!” We live in a cynical age and maybe some people would even look at this today as inappropriate behavior. The problem with the concept of sexualization—and I am not the first to make this point—is that it presumes that babies, toddlers and children are not sexual beings at all. The mistake people make is the projection of an adult sexuality onto the younger individuals of our species. Every youngster has to learn the rules of their culture on how to express themselves and cope with the vagaries of their sexuality as they go along. They are taught to share and be sociable and, in this case, how to show affection even when goaded on by the adults making it seem a bit forced. Our sexuality does not magically crystallize in one moment but is built up over time as our capacities develop until it reaches an adult state with the ability to reproduce.
An associate found this little gem on YouTube. It is a musical short sung by Gloria Grey. I found it kind of interesting that it is an interracial pair of girls taking a bath, especially for that period. Short films like this would have been shown as a preview to a full-length feature in the theaters, so you can use your imagination and wonder what 1947 film might have followed. You can watch the entire thing here.
Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995) was a German-born photographer who emigrated to the United States. His most famous work is with Life magazine which included the iconic image V-J Day in Times Square. He was noted for being able to capture the humanity of moments in the course of history and, naturally, that included some little girls.
Edna Eicke (1919–1979) was an illustrator of many covers of the New Yorker magazine. The popularity of collecting these covers is largely attributed to her.
Beth Yarnelle Edwards is a San Francisco-based photographer that specializes in shooting interiors and the people in them. She began with the Silicon Valley and then traveled to Europe to do the same. Later, she returned to some of the Silicon Valley locations to shoot them again. Her work was published in a monograph called Suburban Dreams (2011).
At the time of the publishing of this post, Ms. Edwards’ website seems to be malfunctioning so I could not follow up and get the exact dates of these images. the first is from Silicon Valley and the second is from France.
André Durand (b 1955) is a Candian painter and is best known for his allegorical portraits. Because he works in the Hermetic tradition, he is one of the few modern artists capable of conveying the mythic dimension of both Classical and Christian cultures.