Monday, May 31, 2010

Louise Bourgeois: dead at 98...

"I had a flashback of something that never existed."

Deep sadness for the life lost and joy for the knowledge gained.
NYTimes obituary click here.

Book on her writings and interviews I want click here.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dennis Hopper: A look Back.

 
"Dennis Hopper, who was part of a new generation of Hollywood rebels in portrayals of drug-addled misfits in the landmark films “Easy Rider,” “Apocalypse Now” and “Blue Velvet” and then went on to great success as a prolific character actor, died on Saturday at his home in Venice, Calif. He was 74."

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Icebergs and ruffles.

"Paris is cold enough this week but Karl Lagerfeld decided to make it a bit colder this morning at Chanel with a misting set of icebergs seeming to float in an Arctic-blue sea." READ MORE NYTIMES review and see clothes here.

Apparently the Ice Hotel in Sweden provided much inspiration. It took 35 ice sculptors, flown in from around the world, six days to carve the 28-foot-tall northern Swedish import into a tableau of floating ice caps on a glittering Arctic sea—in reality, a 5,300-square-meter box garnished with a thin layer of water.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Art Crush: Francis Alys



Monday, May 10, 2010

Lena Horne 1917-2010


Looking back at the age of 80, Ms. Horne said: "My identity is very clear to me now. I am a black woman. I'm free. I no longer have to be a 'credit.' I don't have to be a symbol to anybody; I don't have to be a first to anybody. I don't have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I'd become. I'm me, and I'm like nobody else. "The Guardian obituary link.



Friday, May 7, 2010

Eric Zimmerman and Emilie Halpern at Art Palace

Read Cablegram, then go see the show. Opening tomorrow May 8th (6-8pm)

Art Palace
Cosmos: Emilie Halpern & Eric Zimmerman
Art Palace
3913 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
May 8 -June 19, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

On Monsters

 
From Publishers Weekly

Asma's book zooms in on the subject of monsters, both mythical and real, past, present and future, detailing how they have fascinated and frightened the human imagination through all of recorded time. Conjuring dread, the mind's eye has embraced the Philistine giant Goliath, Grendel, the golem of Jewish lore, Frankenstein's monster, freak shows, monster spectacles and werewolves with equal parts affection and terror, writes Asma, a philosophy professor at Columbia College Chicago. Using varied media sources, from history to legend and literature, Asma studies the symbolic meaning of monsters (e.g., biblical monsters represent arrogance in the face of God's power) and their psychological function. He concludes that humans need an excuse to fight, protect and defend, as well as to transfer those horrific qualities, our own monstrous desires, to inhuman beings. A wide-ranging exploration of fear and evil, Asma's presentation and theories are original and practical, depicting those dark, repulsive notions of an unstable, turbulent world in which everybody must struggle to remain human and civilized.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Another life... Bill Cunningham.


Today I'm introducing a new category "Another Life" were I'll profile interesting lives lived.
A cute little piece "Bill Cunningham says farewell to Carnegie Hall after living there for 60 years." in todays New York Times prompted this new addition. With so many interesting people and paths out there, its good to be reminded of life's potential from time to time. And here is a classic from his NYTIMES column "On the Street".

There is also a documentary about him if you want to see more: Click here for the website.

“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Anna Wintour about Bill Cunningham, the 80 year old New York Times photographer and unlikely man-about-town. Bill Cunningham has two weekly columns in the Style section of The New York Times: “On The Street,” in which he identifies fashion trends as he spots them emerging on the street; and “Evening Hours,” his ongoing coverage of the social whirl of charities that benefit the cultural life of the city. The result is far from simple picture taking -- it is cultural anthropology. Click here for a review.