Facial hypertrichosis (1970) by Tony Fomison. Oil on canvas. Private collection.
Art and monsters are two of my all-time favorite things, so I’m in (weird, twisted) heaven when the two things combine. A strange, hairy beast lurks inside the soul of New Zealand artist Tony Fomison – head over to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa blog to read my full post about his remarkable paintings of hairy beasts.
What does your inner monster look like? For New Zealand painter Tony Fomison (1939–1990) it was a creature drenched in darkness, his face covered in wolfish hair. Art curator Chelsea Nichols explains more.
via Tony Fomison’s inner werewolf — Te Papa’s Blog
Zoe Leonard, ‘Preserved Head of a Bearded Woman, Musee Orfila’, 1991. From a series of five silver gelatin prints. Centre Pompidou, Paris.
If anyone happens to be in Amsterdam this week, I will be giving a paper on Zoe Leonard’s series Preserved Head of a Bearded Woman, Musée Orfila (1991) at a symposium entitled ‘Contemporary Art’s Confrontation With the Monstrous‘. The symposium is taking place at the Amsterdam Museum (Filmzaal) from 10am-5pm, on Tuesday, 4 December 2012. The event is being organized by Dr Kathryn Brown at Tilburg University, and includes an exciting array of speakers, including keynote by Dr Petra Lange-Berndt (who also runs the fantastic Preserved! blog out of UCL). Registration fee is €15/€10 students (includes lunch and refreshments); to register, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.