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John Foster
Reflections in a Golden Eye
10.10.14

The optics- and vision-centered work of Harris Diamant

John Foster
Focusing on the Masters
09.19.14

A new approach to portraiture: John Foster on the Miaz Brothers

John Foster
Rabanus Maurus: Poems of the Cross
John Foster
Dangerous Beauty
09.05.14

Stunning photographs of the Portuguese Man-of War.

John Foster
Postcards from the Trenches
John Foster
Book Review: The True Gospel Preached Here
John Foster
A Sampler of Rocks
08.08.14

Rocks are the stuff of castles, homes, weapons, making fire, creating wealth and beauty.

John Foster
A Mississippi Delta Road Trip
John Foster
Looking Down: An Interview with Photographer Bryon Darby
John Foster
Strange Ink
07.18.14

Works by untrained artists who found inspiration to produce unique works despite a host of impediments.

John Foster
Shadwell Shams: A Tale of Two Forgers
07.11.14

“There’s a sucker born every minute.”

John Foster
Whirlwinds, Snowdrops, and Big Bangs: Vintage Fireworks Labels
07.04.14

Happy 4th of July!

John Foster
Magic and Mystery in the Art of Katrien De Blauwer
06.22.14

Katrien De Blauwer's work is infused with psychological overtones — like viewing two or three frames from a film noir movie, only reassembled into something even more mysterious.

John Foster
The Aviary: New Photographs by Sara Angelucci
06.08.14

Artist Sara Angelucci's new project, Aviary, is comprised of fantastic images.

John Foster
Interview with Artist Henrik Drescher
John Foster
Exploring Art Environments
John Foster
Our Shared Past
John Foster
Why Won’t My Doll Sell on eBay?
04.27.14

From Chatty Cathy to Pee-Wee Herman, to the movie Chucky, sentient dolls have occupied the imagination of children and adults in literature, photography, theatre, and film.

John Foster
The Focused Obsession of Photographer Rob Amberg
John Foster
Found, Cut, and Rearranged: The Art of John Stezaker
John Foster
The Greenville, NC Daily Reflector: 1948 to 1967
John Foster
The World of Tomorrow in 1939
John Foster
The Essence of a Teapot
03.16.14

While the traditional teapot should be at the very least functional — that is, have the ability to hold and pour a liquid, I recently viewed an exhibition that turns all that on end with the “idea of a teapot.”

John Foster
Blues, Baptisms, and Prison Farms: The Lomax Snapshots of 1934-1950
John Foster
Shoe Designs Before 1900
John Foster
The Dreamland Motel
02.23.14

A reivew of the vanishing signage of our American landscape.

John Foster
Face Time
John Foster
The Private World of Martina Kubelk
John Foster
Nineteenth Century Menu Covers
02.02.14

A gallery of 19th Century Menu Covers curated by John Foster.

John Foster
Imperfect Beauty
01.26.14

A collection of 26 photographic images with either deliberate or accidental flaws.

John Foster
The Renewed Art of Embroidered Photographs
John Foster
Native American Design
John Foster
Capturing Imagination
01.05.14

The ten most popular galleries from John Foster in 2013.

John Foster
From Russia With Doubt
John Foster
Garry Winogrand Retrospective At National Gallery
John Foster
Japanese Municipality Logos
12.08.13

A look at the forward-thinking, abstract logos that symbolize Japanese city municipalities.

John Foster
Messenger Boys, Call Girls and a Photographer
12.01.13

Accidental Mysteries for December 1, 2013 focuses on the photography of Lewis Wickes Hine, whose photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States.

John Foster
Graphics of Authority
11.24.13

A look at the police cars that may or may not want to be seen.

John Foster
Extraordinary Spanish Art Environments
11.10.13

Jo Farb Hernández spent close to fourteen years surveying the elaborate fanciful worlds, idiosyncratic sculptures and unique visionary creations of 45 self-taught Spanish artists.

John Foster
Horror Movie Posters
11.03.13

Accidental Mysteries for November 3, 2012 highlights vintage horror movie posters.

John Foster
Welcome to the Asylum
10.27.13

A selection of images that came from the days when ‘asylum’ was a noun, not a verb.

John Foster
Asemic Writing: Open to Interpretation
10.20.13

Michael Jacobson’s Gallery of Asemic Writing is a website repository for international artists, writers, readers and viewers.

John Foster
Giraffe Houses of the Ozarks
John Foster
The Open Eye: The Home Collection of Ray Yoshida
09.29.13

Accidental Mysteries for September 29, 2013 focuses on the vast home collection of Chicago artist and teacher Ray Yoshida.

John Foster
Barkcloth Art of the Omie
John Foster
Artful Mourning
09.15.13

The art of mourning in Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries: a look at post-mortem and memorial photographs and memorabilia.

John Foster
The Enchanted Highway
John Foster
Signs of Labor
09.01.13

In honor of this week’s national celebration of Labor Day, a selection of images that personify the hard work and dedication of the American worker.

John Foster
Dog Days of Summer
John Foster
Folk Funeraria of the South
John Foster
Stitching Stories
John Foster
The Collection de l’Art Brut
08.04.13

It was Jean Dubuffet who coined the term Art Brut to describe art that was raw, pure and untainted by rules or schooling. This was art that emerged from the minds of madness — or genius.

John Foster
The Portrait in Snapshot Photography
07.28.13

The following portraits represent a mere fraction of the vernacular images from the Accidental Mysteries collection, ranging from late Nineteenth to the mid-Twentieth century.

John Foster
A Street Photographer of 19th Century London
07.21.13

Selections from the work of a largely unknown Nineteenth-century photographer named John Thomson.

John Foster
The Voynich Manuscript
07.14.13

Accidental Mysteries for July 14, 2013 focuses on the rare and undecipherable Voynich manuscript.

John Foster
Wartime ID Badges
07.07.13

Mark Michaelson, author of the book 
Least Wanted, has a fabulous photostream on Flickr with hundreds of photographic mugshots, ID badges, and other similar examples of identification. 
John Foster
An Archive of Czech Film Posters
John Foster
Birds of a Feather
06.23.13

This week's Accidental Mysteries focuses on groups of similar objects: Birds of a Feather.

John Foster
Alaska Yukon Gold Rush Era Photo Album
06.09.13

Accidental Mysteries for June 9, 2013 features a photo album from the Alaska Yukon gold rush era.

John Foster
A Philatelist’s Dream
John Foster
Chinese Propaganda Posters
05.26.13

Accidental Mysteries for May 26, 2013 focuses on vintage Chinese propaganda posters.

John Foster
A Nod to Surrealism
John Foster
Enjoying TypeToy
John Foster
The Inkblot and Popular Culture
John Foster
The Deep Roots of Modernism
04.21.13

Accidental Mysteries for April 21, 2013 focuses on the Deep Roots of Modernism.

John Foster
The Imagination of Playgrounds
John Foster
A Collection for the Ages
John Foster
Drawn to Currency
John Foster
Defiant Beauty
03.24.13

Accidental Mysteries for March 24, 2013 focuses on Defiant Beauty, the art of Chakaia Booker.

John Foster
Dreams of the Sonora Aero Club
John Foster
Kodachrome Finds New Life
03.10.13

Accidental Mysteries for March 10, 2013 focuses on Fred Herzog's Kodachrome slides.

John Foster
The Proper Art of Writing in 1655
03.03.13

Accidental Mysteries for March 03, 2013 focuses on the proper art of writing in 1655.

John Foster
What’s Inside?
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Accidental Mysteries
02.03.13

From 1935 to 1944, the 
Farm Security Administration hired economist Roy Stryker to set up what would become one of the most important photographic documentary projects in the history of the nation.
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
01.27.13

The extraordinary magic of the ex-voto.

John Foster
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Accidental Mysteries
01.06.13

Manly Palmer Hall's 1928 encyclopedic work — The Secret Teachings of All Ages — earned him worldwide acclaim led to a lifetime of lectures, awards and recognition. 

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
12.30.12

Comic selections from the 
Lewis Wayne Gallery in Dallas, Texas — one of the nation’s largest galleries of comic book art. 
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Accidental Mysteries
11.18.12

Lunchboxes from the American past, via the National Museum of American History.

John Foster
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Accidental Mysteries
10.28.12

Change — the kind with monetary value — sheds new light on art made from altered objects.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
10.21.12

Once you use time, it is gone forever. Maybe that’s why we spend so much time looking at clocks.  

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
10.07.12

Accidental Mysteries is an online curiosity shop of extraordinary things, mined from the depths of the online world and brought to you each week by John Foster, a writer, designer and longtime collector of self-taught art and vernacular photography. This week's focus is Broken, Repaired & Mended.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
09.30.12

Accidental Mysteries is an online curiosity shop of extraordinary things, mined from the depths of the online world and brought to you each week by John Foster, a writer, designer and longtime collector of self-taught art and vernacular photography. This week's focus is art without artists.

John Foster
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Accidental Mysteries
09.02.12

Accidental Mysteries is an online curiosity shop of extraordinary things, mined from the depths of the online world and brought to you each week by John Foster, a writer, designer and longtime collector of self-taught art and vernacular photography. This week's focus is American Reading Primers.

John Foster
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Accidental Mysteries
08.19.12

Accidental Mysteries is an online curiosity shop of extraordinary things, mined from the depths of the online world and brought to you each week by John Foster, a writer, designer and longtime collector of self-taught art and vernacular photography. This week's focus is clothing.

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Accidental Mysteries: 07.15.12
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Accidental Mysteries: 07.08.12
07.08.12

Street posters, the kind of flotsam that exists near busy street corners, on light poles, walls — anywhere and everywhere in cities large and small, are easily overlooked unless you slow down and take an interest.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries: 07.01.12
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Accidental Mysteries: 06.24.12
06.24.12

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age. This week's focus is Zippos from VietNam.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
06.10.12

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age. This week's focus is smoke.

John Foster
Bumbos, Swirlys and a Chinese Birdcage: A Snapshot of Marbles
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
05.27.12

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age. This week's focus is medieval coins and artifacts.

John Foster
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Accidental Mysteries
05.06.12

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age. This week's focus is nonsense diagrams.

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Accidental Mysteries
03.25.12

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age. This week's focus is vintage clothing labels.

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Accidental Mysteries
02.19.12

This collection of underground music and culture events flyers come from the personal online collection of Chicago collector Marc Fischer.

John Foster
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Accidental Mysteries
02.05.12

Accidental Mysteries for February 5, 2012 focuses on "The White Project", a collection of photos by Jane and Francois Robert.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
01.29.12

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
01.22.12

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Remembering Eva Zeisel
01.15.12

John Foster shares his memories (and photos) of a visit with Eva Zeisel.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
01.08.12

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
A New American Picture: Doug Rickard and Street Photography in the Age of Google
01.01.12

When Google launched Street View in 2007, it was just the ticket for photographer Doug Rickard.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
12.25.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
12.18.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
12.11.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
12.04.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
11.27.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
11.20.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
11.13.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
11.06.11

Unusual examples of beer packagin. Don’t miss Liquid Jesus Holiday Brew.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
10.31.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
10.23.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
10.15.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
10.09.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
10.02.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
09.25.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
09.18.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
09.04.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
08.21.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
08.14.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
08.08.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
07.31.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
07.24.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
07.17.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
07.10.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
07.03.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
06.26.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
06.19.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
06.12.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
05.29.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
05.21.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
05.15.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
05.01.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
04.24.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
04.17.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
04.10.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
04.03.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
03.27.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
03.20.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
03.12.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
03.06.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
02.27.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
02.20.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
02.13.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
02.06.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
01.30.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
01.23.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
01.16.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
01.09.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
01.02.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
12.26.10

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
12.19.10

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
12.12.10

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
12.05.10

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
11.27.10

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
11.21.10

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
11.13.10

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
11.07.10

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
10.31.10

Accidental Mysteries, a new weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
10.24.10

Accidental Mysteries, a new weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
10.17.10

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
10.10.10

Accidental Mysteries, a new weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera, brought to light by the magic of the digital age.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
10.03.10

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.


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