Saturday, April 30, 2011


This was my very first post on April 22, 2010:


UP LIKE TOAST was my pseudo secret blog for the past 2 years that I filled with research, interests, art, openings, reviews and articles, videos, etc. generally all things of interest to me. Just another list in my life of lists. It was a virtual sketchbook of sorts.

Sometimes it allowed comments, most times it did not. I still have no understanding of how to see whom or how many have visited the site, and my name wasn’t officially posted anywhere. What I really enjoyed was the anonymity. The fact that it was something people stumbled on and enjoyed or didn’t… and I never really knew either way. Occasionally close friends would reference something I’d posted as if we’d actually had a conversation. I liked this approach to sharing and tie it
to my shy girl roots.

Well Glasstire figured out I was behind the posts and invited me to start blogging for them. I’ve hesitantly accepted the challenge hoping to grow past my own comfort zones, create an actual exchange, and to show more people the great things and fabulous community I’ve found in Fort Worth, Dallas, and the state of Texas in general.

MELBA TOAST will be a very dry, crisp and thinly sliced version of UP LIKE TOAST. A favorite category that I will continue to use was something I call “Similar but Different”. A perfect first post I think from old blog to new… Last weekend I gave a tour for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's Sunday's with Andy where I quoted from his various relationships, so in that tradition and to start our budding friendship I present:
Warhol and Basquiat, Tony and Silvio, Luke and Dragline.

Feel free to watch with soup and salad or top with either melted cheese or pâté. Enjoy!

e.j. bellocq

Friday, April 29, 2011

Aleana Egan at Mary Mary

Thursday, April 28, 2011

McQueen Show at the MET

Savage Beauty
May 4, 2011–July 31, 2011
"The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, will celebrate the late Alexander McQueen's extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. Approximately one hundred examples will be on view, including signature designs such as the bumster trouser, the kimono jacket, and the Origami frock coat, as well as pieces reflecting the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s that he crafted into contemporary silhouettes transmitting romantic narratives. Technical ingenuity imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at fashion's vanguard. "

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Alexander McQueen

"My collection has always been autobiographical, a lot to do with my own sexuality and coming to terms with the person I am - it was a lot like exorcising my ghosts in the collections. They were to do with my childhood, the way I think about life and the way I was brought up to think about life."


Austin Studio April 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

"He told me all about those animals, see?"

Loves of Blonde: Milos Forman

Collier Schorr

Previous art crush link here...

Friday, April 22, 2011

via The Satorialist

Call her Savage

Clara Bow - in “Call Her Savage” - c. 1932

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Anne Wenzel

Anne Wenzel, Silent Landscape, 2006
ceramics, wood, metal, paint, water, wall painting (ink), dimensions /afmetingen 165 x 300 x 500 cm

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ai Weiwei: Studies of Perspective, 1995-2003:

White House
San Marco
Eiffel Tower
Tiananmen Square

© 2011 Ai Weiwei
via even*cleveland

Friday, April 15, 2011

Art Crush: Tarrah Krajnak

MissionXXXCrisis: ACT II from Tarrah Krajnak on Vimeo.

To see more click here.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

pipilotti rist- i'm not the girl who misses much

e.j. bellocq

Bellocq Epoque - Photographer E.J. Bellocq
ArtForum, May, 1997 by Nan Goldin- Nan Goldin on the "Storyville Portraits"

"Bellocq never betrays his respectful and nonjudgmental position in his portayal of the women. That they are prostitutes does not preclude the fact that some of them are shown as ordinary young women. They seem to have posed themselves, choosing from an enormous variety of identities. Some pose like Pre-Raphaelite heroines, others like college girls with school banners, while some recline in interiors as opulent as Turkish opium dens. There are girls in gymnasts' outfits, in pantaloons and homely nightcaps, and others hold their little pet dogs. There are thin young girls more passive and childlike in their nudity, a la Pretty Baby, the 1978 Louis Malle film supposedly based on Bellocq. Many are ladies dressed in all their finery who look like they are on their way to a garden party. One woman is pictured as a virginal saint with eyes downcast, cradling a huge bouquet, almost like a religious painting. A wide variety of body types are shown with the same reverence and lack of judgment, including women with the voluptuous flesh of Rubens' bodies, which is rare in the history of the male representation of the female nude in photography. And unlike other male photographers - from Weston to Cartier-Bresson tO Strand to Friedlander - Bellocq never severs the head from the female nude in the shot. There are domestic scenes that evoke Vermeer, where one sees the details of the girls' lives in their personal mementos, the steamer trunks, the bedclothes and the laundry. There's a touch of perverse sexuality in some, in which the women, totally nude, wear masks. But the most expressive photos are those overflowing with a casual sensuality, where the woman's bodice is dropping off, proudly exposing her breasts, while her whole being is filled with radiant innocence. One of these pictures, of a woman with bare legs in a silk camisole and curls and a delighted smile, is the most joyous photograph I have ever seen taken of a prostitute." READ More...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

RIP Sidney Lamet

One of my favorite movies which inspired one of my favorite artists... you will be missed.

With The Third Memory, Pierre Huyghe asks John Wojtowicz (the real-life bank robber played by Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon) to tell the story of the robbery, now that he is decades older and out of jail.

The New York Times obituary here.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gun & Knife Show


Opening April 30, 2011:6-8pm through June 4, 2011 at Centraltrak, Dallas
Including Texas artists Nick Barbee, Katrina Moorehead, Faith Gay, Sterling Allen, Charles Hancock, Lance Letscher, Tom Sale, Camp…, William S. Burroughs, Dan Phillips, Margaret Meehan, William Gaynor, Joshua Saunders, Alexandre Rosa, Taro-kun, and Leon Allesi. Curated by Heyd Fontenot (of the naked people portraits).  This should be a good one. Participating in the 2011 Texas Biennial.


Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, including an excessive need for approval and inappropriate seductiveness, usually beginning in early adulthood. These individuals are lively, dramatic, enthusiastic, and flirtatious.
They may be inappropriately sexually provocative, express strong emotions with an impressionistic style, and be easily influenced by others. Associated features may include egocentrism, self-indulgence, continuous longing for appreciation, and persistent manipulative behavior to achieve their own needs.

Hysteria, in its colloquial use, describes unmanageable emotional excesses. People who are "hysterical" often lose self-control due to an overwhelming fear that may be caused by multiple events in one's past that involved some sort of severe conflict; the fear can be centered on a body part, or, most commonly, on an imagined problem with that body part. Disease is a common complaint; see also Body dysmorphic disorder and Hypochondriasis. Generally, modern medical professionals have given up the use of "hysteria" as a diagnostic category, replacing it with more precisely defined categories such as somatization disorder. In 1980, the American Psychiatric Association officially changed the diagnosis of "hysterical neurosis, conversion type" to "conversion disorder".


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a. A drug user or addict: a speed freak.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nadim Vardag at Kunstverein Medienturm

ree morton

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011