Egotism, laziness, hysteria: reasons to be admitted to 1800s insane asylum

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 1 November 2013

If the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is anything to go by, we should all be locked up forever! From 1864 to 1889, this West Virginian hospital admitted all kinds of people to its insane asylum and we’ve got the list of ailments to share with you.

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Otherworldly asylum art gives us the creeps

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 29 August 2013

We are convinced that Herbert Baglione — who has a history of seeking out abandoned buildings so he can paint black beings oozing out of their walls — has found his perfect setting with this asylum in Parma, Italy. These paintings look so right at home in the creepy setting, we are pretty sure we […]

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Garrett Pruter

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By Gabriel in New Art on Saturday 5 March 2011

Garrett Pruter is an artist and graphic designer living in New York. In his project Asylum, Pruter constructs architectural wonders — ‘never-ending cities’ — using collage and drawing techniques. His cities are detailed yet stripped down and roughly coloured in black and white, in different shapes, occasionally with a contrasting, sharp red or pink accentuated color. Four works from Pruters’ project Asylum are now for sale at Up Your Wall.

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Chocolate Research Facility

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Monday 12 October 2009

What do you get when the head of a creative agency obsessed with chocolate, conceptualizes, designs, and opens his very own chocolate boutique-cum-cafe? In the case of Singapore’s Chocolate Research Facility, the answer is an exotic wonderland of dripping chocolate from the walls, tables resembling chunks of chocolate, and a plethora of chic, stylish stacks […]

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