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From our old friends at Colossal, “The Chromatic Typewriter“:

Washington-based painter Tyree Callahan modified a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter, replacing the letters and keys with color pads and hued labels to create a functional “painting” device called the Chromatic Typewriter. Callahan submitted the beautiful typewriter as part of the 2012 West Prize competition, an annual art prize that’s determined by popular vote. I don’t know how practical painting an image with a color typewriter is, but if Keira Rathbone can do it…


As we reconsider those typing classes, we might send large and colorful birthday wishes to Diego Rivera; he was born on this date in 1886.  Rivera left his native Mexico at 21 to study art first in Madrid, then in Paris.  He established a life-long friendship with Modigliani, and travelled in the circle (Braque, Picasso, et al.) that was hatching Cubism.  But he concluded his Grand Tour with a trip through Italy, studying Renaissance frescoes. Taken with that scale, Rivera returned to Mexico, where he “re-purposed” that reverently religious approach, using fresco to create wall-sized political statements– and in the process, founded the Mexican Mural Movement.

Carl Van Vechten’s photo of Rivera with his wife, the painter Frida Kahlo (source)

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December 8, 2011 at 1:01 am

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