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Saturday, December 22, 2007

More Fun Holiday Mail

Today I received another fun & creative holiday greeting. This one is from my friend photographer Emily Shur & family. Check it out:

Carson City, NV 2002 6/50 © Emily Shur

Friday, December 21, 2007

Cai Guo-Qiang & Louise Bourgeois

Something to look forward to:
In 2008 The Guggenheim Museum in New York will show retrospectives for artists Cai Guo-Qiang and Louise Bourgeois. (Yes, the same Louise Bourgeois that is missing from the permanent display of the collection at the MOMA, but who the Guggenheim calls "one of the most important artists of our time"
-- in their press release announcing the retrospective.)
Having missed Mr. Guo-Qiang exhibit at the Guggenheim Berlin in 2006 I am excited to see that work in New York. Ms.Bourgeois has been a long time favorite and I can only hope that I remain as young at heart & creative throughout my life as she is and has been. Oh, and if you click here you can find a very memorable portrait of Ms. Bourgeois by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Emily Post to The Rescue

Lindsey Gruson had a piece about end of year gratuities in the New York Times fifteen years ago to the day. Since , I expect, numbers must have changed a bit, considering life has become so much more expensive in New York City. But by how much?
Katie Benner had a piece on CNNMoney.com in November of 2005 where the numbers actually did not differ so much. And the most important advice was that what you tip needs to be responsible towards your own fiances.
The Brian Lehrer show also did a segment on the subject on December 18th. Listen below.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Catherine Ledner

I came across the work of Catherine Ledner many years ago while photo editing and then noticed it again when she did a project of animal portraits, that project is now a book called "Animal House".


Maria's Cyanotypes really reminded me how much I love that technique. And because of Maria's Etsy page/shop I came across jpolka.blogspot.com -- who needlecrafted a great homage to the cynaotypes of Anna Atkins.

Holiday Mail from Geraldo

Today I received holiday greetings from my friend Geraldo & family. I love the drawing he did for the envelope and the beautiful deer stamp to match. It made my day :)

Holiday Deer © Geraldo Valerio

Justine Kurland Article & Slide Show

Earlier this year on February 25, The New York Times published an article by Carol King about artist Justine Kurland titled
"So They All Get Naked and Play, Like Mom Did" which gives a some insight on Ms.Kurland process and most interestingly on her journey or development as a(female) artist.