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Fine-feathered Collage

The birds take part in dramas that would do credit to any of the great playwrights...

The Count of Collage

The poet Isidore-Lucien Ducasse, better known under his pseudonym of the "Comte de Lautréamont," was a crucial forerunner of, and inspiration for, the Surrealists...

Juan Gris: Profile in Collage

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Juan Gris, Cubist co-originator of collage and found-object art.

Big Content Presses Collage’s Buttons

  By now, most readers of the Art of Retrocollage are aware that American freedom of expression dodged a rather large and lethal bullet a couple of weeks ago, when the notorious SOPA and PIPA bills were indefinitely shelved in Congress—thanks in large part to popular outrage from many among you who courageously spoke out

Collage Goes DARK

  On January 18, 2012 -- TODAY -- many sites on the Internet (including the English-language version of the encyclopedia site Wikipedia)  will go completely DARK for twenty-four hours. Why? The owners and users of those sites are protesting SOPA and PIPA, the two "anti-piracy" bills currently up for consideration in the United States Congress.

In the Land of Collage, the Territory is the Map

  “What a useful thing a pocket-map is!” I remarked. “That’s another thing we’ve learned from your Nation,” said Mein Herr, “map-making. But we’ve carried it much further than you. What do you consider the largest map that would be really useful?” “About six inches to the mile.” “Only six inches!” exclaimed Mein Herr. “We very soon got to six yards to the

Geobotanical Fashions in Collage

Combining the best of the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms into the ultimate fashion statement ...... a collage ensemble of the animate and inanimate worlds.

Collage of Ancestral Memory

The power of collage lies in its ability to “cut to the chase.” By relying on readymade images of objects instead of creating them from scratch, the collagist benefits from a complex web of associations already attached to each image by other people...

Star of Gratitude: Houston, We Have PageRank!

While Art of RetroCollage has focused on collage, it is also a blog in itself with measurable indicators. Recently Google did another PR update, and our blog went from PR0 to PR3. We show our appreciation to our readers with new artwork called "The Star of Gratitude."

Introducing Phantasistoscope: Our New Sister Site Devoted to Filmic Collage

Phantasistoscope is a website devoted to the beauty of the moving image, that rapidly unrolling collage of kinetic visual impressions. Phantasistoscope takes its inspiration from optical illusions, early explorations of moving images, and the optical inventions that arose from them: the phenakistoscope, zoetrope, praxinoscope, phantasmagoria, thaumatrope, mutoscope, flip book, kinetoscope, and cinematograph. Phantasistoscope aims to

The Seed-Pod Song

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them. -- Thoreau

Max Ernst: Profile in Collage

Max Ernst (born in Brühl, North Rheinland, Germany 1891; died in Paris, France 1976) was an entirely self-taught artist. Like many young European men of his generation, he was drafted and saw action in the First World War. The revulsion Ernst and his friends felt at the horrors of the War led them to form

Hannah Höch: Profile in Collage

Hannah Höch (born in Gotha, Germany in 1889 - died in Berlin, 1978) was one of the early photomontage innovators in the Berlin Dadaist group, along with Heartfield, Grosz, and Hausmann Hannah Höch (born in Gotha, Germany in 1889 - died in Berlin, 1978) was one of the early photomontage innovators in the Berlin Dadaist group, along with Heartfield, Grosz, and Hausmann...

John Heartfield: Profile in Collage

John Heartfield (born Helmut Herzfeld in Berlin, Germany, 1891; died in East Berlin, 1968) pioneered the use of photomontage as savage political satire. He joined both the Dada Movement and the German branch of the Communist Party during the First World War, and continued to make political and propaganda art (in the form of stage