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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Waltzer, Willis Thomas & Barthmann

Coney Island New York & A Street in Istanbul © Garie Waltzer

Garie Waltzer's work is just stunning. Today Jane & Rona present a convo with Garie over at the Nymphoto blog as part of Nymphoto Conversations.

courtesy Hank Willis Thomas

Opening tonight is Hank's second solo show at Jack Shainman Gallery. I hear this show has almost no photography in it and differs completely from the work shown in the Aperture monogram of the same title.

Hank Willis Thomas
Pitch Blackness
Jack Shainman Gallery
531 West 20th Street
New York, NY

And at last I came across the work of Daniel Barthman via Mrs. Deane (aka Beierle + Keijser).
Mrs. Deane showcased works from his St.Pauli series; images taken in my hometown of Hamburg. St.Pauli is undergoing gentrification and thus these images pack a double punch for me. I also really responded to Daniel Barthmann's other work, in particular "Fremde Orte", a series with many exquisite images.
Enjoy this work at: www.danielbarthmann.de .

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

And Now This.

That cap © Nina Corvallo

Tropicana was not done yet (see my December post "Change in America"), now they also changed the cap. Oh dear.
I get what they were going for and it's kinda cute. But not sure cute packaging is for me and somehow I don't think the cap looks all that much like an orange...
I wonder who decided on this revamping and why. Were Tropicana sales down? And if so why? Currently the oranges used in Tropicana Orange Juice are no longer solely from the US. Is there a taste difference? I can't detect one, but I could detect that the new packaging does not jibe for me.

That cap- different angle © Nina Corvallo

But enough bitchin', I still love this product. It's one of the great things about living in America: Tropicana Orange Juice. Seriously.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

This Week, Tonight

This week I have the pleasure of hosting artist Minette Lee Mangahas while she is in town. Please visit her website www.brushsong.com to see more of her work.
Minette shares my love for horses.

from the Equus Series "Song" © Minette Manghas; Painting w/Light courtesy Hank Willis Thomas/Minette Mangahas

I met Minette through Hank, who will be giving a talk and signing books tonight at The Strand (Broadway @ 12th Street -- 7:30 p.m.). Also Hank's 2nd Solo Show at Jack Shaiman Gallery opens this Thursday in Chelsea.

A Portrait of Two American Artists as Young Negro Scholars courtesy/© Rashid Johnson & Hank Willis Thomas

Monday, February 9, 2009

Italian Wine, Husbands & Photographers

Last night our friend David cooked a nice dinner for us. We brought a bottle of the very excellent 2004 Podere Ruggeri Corsini Armijan Barberya d'Alba Superi for dinner- I know it's a mouthful, but I assure you it's tasty.
We had briefly met the husband & wife team of Podere Ruggeri Corsini at Little Italy's DiPalo wine store earlier in the day. The couple was in from Italy to promote their wine and my husband was tickled to chat with them in Italian.
At David's house I came across the latest issue of The New York Times Magazine.
In it is a captivating portfolio by Magnum's Paolo Pellegrin titled "Great Performers". Right on time for Oscar Season, Rome native Mr. Pellegrin photographed Hollywood's heavyweights: Brad Pittt, Kate Winslet, Sean Penn and Academy Award nominees like Mickey Rourke. These documentary style images are well worth a look and you can see them online (and hear commentary) at: www.nytimes.com/packages/html/magazine/20090205-great-performers/.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Jason Florio

from Makasutu © Jason Florio

Via PDN's Picture of the Day I came across the work of Jason Florio, who currently has a show up in Chelsea.

I like work best that has content, is ethically sound and that shows a command of the medium. Thus it is no surprise that I love Jason's "Makasutu" series. These are beautiful portraits and I don't sense that the sitters were being exploited --as unfortunately otherwise often is the case.
Find out more about this work at: www.floriophoto.com or get a copy of the book via blurb.com.

And if you are in New York stop by:

Jason Florio
Messineo Art Projects
Wyman Contemporary

227 West 29th Street (#111)
New York
-through April 25, 2009

from Makasutu © Jason Florio