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Friday, November 2, 2007

Alexia Stamatiou

The "Alexia Stamatiou: Giving Up The Ghost." exhibit opens at Allston Skirt Gallery in Boston today and will run through December 1, 2007.

Fishing (eating salmon) © Alexia Stamatiou

I discovered Alexia's work at the Win Back Respect Benefit Auction in 2004 and while I missed out on the work she had donated for that auction, I later became the proud owner of one of her works -- and an even bigger fan of her art as I look at her piece every day. So if you are in the area during the month of November consider stopping by the gallery to see her show.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


During childhood I remember hearing folklore about Ghengis Khan but what really peeked my interest in Mongolia was a
picture by legendary Magnum photographer Eve Arnold. The image, taken in 1979, shows a young Mongolian woman and her white horse laying on the wide open plains of Inner Mongolia,
and is titled "Horse Training for the Militia". An irresistible and iconic image.
In February of 2007 I came across a story by Pankaj Mishra in Travel & Leisure magazine titled "Inland Empire" with gorgeous photography by Frederic Lagrange. Lagrange has been working for six years on a photo project on Mongolia and hopefully the work will be published & exhibited soon. Imaginginfo.com has
an online piece by Mr. Lagrange about his experience photographing this project, accompanied by some of his work.
Mongolia seems like an incredible destination.
If you are interested in seeing a more personal view of this
region of the world take a look at our cousin Maria's blog. She is currently traveling the Trans-Siberian corridor and you can see pictures from her journey on her blog je-vous-salue-marie.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 31, 2007



Happy Halloween!

Baroness Leia © EmilyShur

Frida Kahlo, Hamburg

On the occasion of the Frida Kahlo retrospective in Minneapolis, The New Yorker this week features a piece about Frida Kahlo titled "All Souls: The Cult of Frida Kahlo" by Peter Schjedah and presents a slideshow of her oeuvre as well as photographs of the artist herself and her husband Diego Rivera.

I had the pleasure of seeing a retrospective of FridaKahlo's work at the Bucerious Kunst Forum in Hamburg last year and it was fantastic to see the actual paintings.
According to Hayden Herrera's biography of Frida Kahlo, Ms. Kahlo's father was born in Germany and Ms. Kahlo originally spelled her first name the German way: Frieda. Wilhelm/Guillermo Kahlo was born in the Baden Baden area, not Hamburg. However Hamburg has other attractions.
Check out: "36 Hours in Hamburg" in the New York Times Travel section.

Hamburg during a warm summer night © Nina Buesing


Who knew? To unlock the awesome powers of garlic, one has to apparently peel & crush the garlic first, then let it sit out for about 15 minutes, then cook it. Quantity also matters. Read more on the New York Times "Well" Blog.

Monday, October 29, 2007

More Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson was interviewed by Charlie Rose on October 26, 2007 and parts of the interview are now online. During the interview Wes Anderson responds to some of the recent criticism he has received.
New York magazine also has an interesting article online titled "The Life Obsessive With Wes Anderson" written by David Amsden.

Webcomic for Nerds :)

Check out one my husband's favorite websites: xkcd.com
A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Online Registration of Copyright

The Library of Congress' Office of Copyright is currently beta-testing online registration. I am participating in this trial and I am very excited about it.
I'll keep you posted --so far so good :)