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Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Photograph(s) Not Taken

Every photographer has those images etched in their memory of the picture that got away. Recently this topic seems to have gathered momentum in the photo community, because I remember reading something about the photograph that got away on some blog, but unfortunately I can no longer find it.
And there is an anthology of essays collected by Will Steacy on www.thephotographsnottaken.com (tx, Hank) relating to the process of taking and not taking of pictures. The latest addition to the collection is by Juliana Beasley.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

More "Momma's Man"

Aza's movie "Momma's Man" collected rave reviews at Sundance and it just makes me giddy with joy!
Read Owen Gleiberman's review for Entertainment Weekly here.
Rob Nelson's Yahoo! review can be found here.
Scott Foundas' review for Variety can be read here.
And there are many more --other quotes here.
Go Aza!

Family Affair: (left) F lo Jacobs in Momma's Man courtesy Artists Public Domain;
(right) Aza & Ken Jacobs courtesy Azazel Jacobs

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lena Revenko & Christian Schad

When I wrote about my love for miniatures a while back, the very talented Ryan McLennan told me to check out the work of Lena Revenko. And I am very grateful for him to have suggested her. Her work is great. It incorporates many elements that I value. I like the the size to begin with, I also like her color palette and her sense of design. I love the many overlapping patterns (and sometimes type), the slight surrealist elements are a great combination with her "Neue Sachlichkeit" approach to portraiture. The faces she paints at times remind me of another favorite: Christian Schad.

Photo of Christian Schad Monogram

Palazzo Chupi

Palazzo Chupi-- I like it. There, I said it.
It's like its creator: bombastic and full of 'joie de vivre'. I think it is very New York and 'Palazzo Chupi' is a breath of fresh air after all the glass towers that were built in Manhattan in the past 10 years. This building has soul, and that's exactly what has been missing in New York architecture.
I even like the washed out-t-shirt color of its exterior. I love that it is not your typical burned-sienna color as you would expect in a Mediterranean influenced construction. And I don't care if the building sports stylistic faux-pas --this is New York, not Florence.
If you would like to see and read more about Palazzo Chupi, head over to 'The Real Estalker' blog or pick up a copy of the March 2008 Vanity Fair issue and read Ingrid Sischy's piece and see Robert Polidori's photographs of the 'palazzo'.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

News Pictures

The New York Times has a series of images from Pakistan's Elections here. Also in the Times a picture of Fidel Castro in his Adidas tracksuit, here.

Bob Marley vs. Lee Scratch Perry

"Bob Marley vs. Lee "Scratch" Perry: The Best of the Upsetters 1970-1971" is one of my favorite recordings ever.

Another Horse - I can't help it ;)

Bianco- Nebbia ©Nina Buesing

Monday, February 18, 2008

Letter from Ibiza - Mert & Marcus

Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott are an extraordinary photographic team , who have produced some of the most stunning fashion work this decade -- most notably when they work(ed) with Kate Moss. One of my all time fashion stories is the one they shot for Vogue UK in 2002 titled "Castaway". You can take a look at it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEahLmIH9FM
-- to whomever posted this video: great choice of music ;)
The New Yorker's Nick Paumgarten visited Messrs Piggott & Alas at their house in Ibiza in 2004 and wrote about it in his article "The Shoot". Still interesting to read today.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Fritz Haeg

The next Whitney Biennial opens March 6th, 2008. I don't always care enough to go, but this year I do, because I want to see the work of Fritz Haeg.
I did not know about Fritz Haeg until today's New York Times article "Art and Life, Steeping in a Teapot" (by David Colman) caught my attention. The article was in the arts section and the title mentioned tea - I love tea - so I read it and now I can't wait to see the work of this person who wants to rekindle our relationship with nature, who is a trained architect, who values crafts and whose most important possession is a teapot.
Fritz, where have you been all my life?!
All kidding aside I am really excited to see this progressive approach to art. It made my day and made me a lot less grumpy. I was vexed because of the continuous need of many omnivores to ridicule the herbivores. (Maybe Schoppenhauer's idea about the three stages of truth has something to do with it.)
Sometimes it is just too much.
In any case, I don't know if Mr. Haeg is a vegetarian, but I feel confident to assume that he is not threatened by people who choose to mostly eat vegetables. And his embrace of life is uplifting and thus reading about him made my day.
Mr. Haeg's work for the Biennale is called "Animal Estates", which follows "Edible Estates" --the Times also reported about that project in 2006 in an article by Patricia Leigh Brown, titled "Redefining American Beauty, by the Yard".
If after reading more about Mr. Haeg you are curious to see the Dome House, you can currently see it here: www.realestatearchitect.com/index.php/ladomehouse/index/
I love the jungle garden.