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The Art Of The Steal

This is a must see documentary for anyone interested in the art world. I walked out of the theater shaking my head in disbelief!

The Art of the Steal follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes’ 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art collection of, a treasury of works by Renoir (181 of them), Cezanne (69), Van Gogh (7), Seurat (6), Picasso (46) and Matisse (59), to name just a few, all of it tucked away in the Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion in a Paul Cret-designed villa Barnes built for it in 1924. The collection contains some of the key works of early Modernism, including Cezanne’s Nudes in a Landscape and The Card Players, Seurat’s Models and Matisse’s The Joy of Life, jewel in the crown of his fauve period.

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Help Us Get Into A Bookstore Near You!

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Alright B/D fans! Many of you have been asking us to get more shops in our stockist list so we thought it would be appropriate to have you suggest some good shops in your area that would be a good fit for B/D. Please suggest shops that carry art or design books or boutiques that carry other similar publications. It would be helpful if you could give us the shop name, website(if they have one), and location/phone number. If you want to go one step further run into your favorite bookstore/shop and demand that they carry Beautiful/Decay! You can have them email contactbd@beautifuldecay.com to get wholesale info. With your help we’ll get the books in a quality shop near you!

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∆ (Alt-J) is Heading Back to the West Coast with a Bigger Venue to Accommodate Their Growing Popularity

Recently nominated for a Mercury Prize, ∆ (Alt-J) is stepping up venues on their next tour of the West Coast. LA’s Fonda Theatre will have them on December 12th which is sure to be a quick sell out. I recently saw them at the Bootleg Theatre and they have really come a long way since their US debut at School Night in Hollywood earlier this year. I’ve been listening to their album, An Awesome Wave since it was released in the UK this past May, thanks Rough Trade! Even though one of my friends thinks the singer sounds a little like Elmer Fudd, the music is infectious. Check out the video for Breezeblocks after the jump and buy your tickets ASAP for their show at the Fonda at Ticketmaster.

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Allan Peters Combines Vintage Flare With Contemporary Pop In His Dynamic Branding And Logos

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Allan Peters

Allan Peters, a Minneapolis based designer is a man of many hats (to say the least). Ever since he was a kid, Peters has always coped with an overwhelming passion for drawing, hoping to one day make a career out of it. Not surprisingly, Peters is currently working for Target as an Associate Creative Director and has been doing so successfully for the past 6 years. Along with being a Creative Director, Peters also manages his own design firm, Peters Design Co., as well as manages his highly successful blog with more than 100,000 page views each and every month.

Although Peters is excelling in our highly-contemporary, modern world, he has an obsession with good old-fashioned hard work. He reserves a special place deep down for design works that were created by hand for one specific customer, contrasting that with the mass-produced work done today that is highly impersonal and churned out by the hundreds.

This is where Peters found his calling—vintage design. A large majority of his work features antiquated elements of retro nostalgia.  He seamlessly blends hand drawn script fonts with contemporary illustrations that take you back in time without feeling dated. These designs work on everything from window designs and store displays to flyers and branded products giving his clients a unique edge that stands out in todays world of generic logos and mass produced design. Here’s a selection of some of our favorite logos designed by Peters between 2006-2015.

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Stunning Photographs Of A Landfill Mansion Made Out Of Trash

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Mark Andrew Boyer, a Graduate student at UC Berkeley’s Journalism school, met Bob Anderson (the man featured on Boyer’s photographs), a former professional boxer, while on a walk through The Albany Bulb, a landfill situated on a fist-shaped peninsula that juts into the San Francisco Bay.

The Albany Bulb, serves the community’s poorest, as many homeless men and women call it, home.

 “I was walking on the shore and heard some hammering in the distance. I followed the sound, and there was this guy building this huge structure.” -Boyer

That guy, as Boyer recalls him, is Bob Anderson, a man who has lived in the landfield since 2011 when he was forced to move out of his Berkley home after his mother’s death-since then he has become homeless. Before that, Anderson had been a professional boxer living and fighting in Las Vegas.

Bob is certainly not your average homeless man.

Anderson’s current place stands strong and tall amongst the highest of trash mounds found at The Albany Bulb. Its astonishing look- one that contains unintended artistic merit- captured the eye of Boyer whom was later compelled to photograph the life of Anderson is his landfill mansion.

The journalist spent a week with Anderson photographing him and his three-story domain, which upon closer inspection was even more amazing than it looked from the outside.

“There could be a shipping pallet next to a mirror next to a piece of plywood next to a mandolin that he’s shoved in between the cracks. It’s a really interesting mix of objects, it’s ever changing. Every time I went back it looked completely different. I went out for a walk once and he had stuck a wind surfing sail on the top of it.”

(via Slate)

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Minus The Bear’s Listing Video Animation By Jesse LeDoux

Seattle based band, Minus The Bear, continues to turn out lively and inventive music.  Their recent music video for the song “Listing” on their latest album “Infinity Overload” is no exception.  LA studio Six Point Harness and past renown B/D apparel artist Jesse LeDoux teamed up to create a transforming scenic walk about.  When I saw this for the first time I knew that Jesse had to of worked on it.  The shape shifter walks through a long stream of LeDoux’s signature quaint landscapes.  I think this video has fun with the popular illustration style, ordinary objects adorning legs, but it takes that idea one step further adding the collage photography element.  It reminds me of an exquisite corpse drawing brought to life.

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Counsel Langley

Port Townsend, Washington based Counsel Langley paints exquisitely painted works that will quench your thirst for abstraction, representation, texture, fluid brushstrokes, and experimental mark making all in one painting.

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Andrea Wan

Andrea Wan’s whimsical illustrations bring together surreal scenarios and magical figures that are sometimes as large as building but delicate as a flower.

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