Saturday, August 30, 2014

louise bourgeois

Sculptress from “autobiographical series”


Both images via my new favorite blog: exercices de styles

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Disasters of War, 1800-2014

In George Rodger’s 1945 photograph, a boy walks by corpses at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

“Execution, After Goya” (2008), by Yan Pei-Ming. Credit André Morin  
The show, “The Disasters of War, 1800-2014,” taking its title from the Goya series, uses paintings, etchings, sketches, wood blocks, photographs and video to trace the evolution of war images from the valedictory representations of warriors and battles in the 18th century to the increasingly realistic representations of war’s appalling toll in the 19th and 20th centuries, which paralleled the rise of photography. The last rooms of the show feature video, abstract artworks and war memorabilia.
By simply placing different works next to each other, the exhibition raises many of the same questions that those who tell the story of war — whether as artists or journalists — wrestle with every day: Are gore and blood the most important things to portray, or is it the moment of utter grief that follows? What is the truest way to show the cost of victory and the pain of defeat? How much is our understanding of war mediated and shaped by those who interpret it for us?
...The vocabulary of war, whether images or words, must be reimagined by each new generation of artists as it seeks to depict the consequences of conflict. But as this exhibition shows, today’s artists are not alone. Their predecessors have given them a way to see, and to transform, even the most nihilistic of history’s moments into something with meaning. -Full NYTIMES article here

Thursday, August 28, 2014

In the studio August 2014

Little Black Dress in progress- ceramic, ink, paper collage and wood.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

As If Music Could Do No Harm

As I emphasized in my column, the situation of gays in Russia should not be equated with that of Jews in Nazi Germany—or that of gays in Nazi Germany, for that matter. Nonetheless, it’s disturbing to see the recurrence of the kind of cloudy self-justification that many German musicians once practiced. Gergiev insists that anti-gay legislation in Russia has no bearing on his leadership of the Mariinsky Theatre. He does not discriminate; therefore, gay activists should have no problem with him. Similarly, Strauss believed that anti-Jewish legislation in Nazi Germany should not have affected his relationship with Zweig, because he considered his own behavior blameless. “Be a good boy, forget Moses,” Strauss wrote to Zweig. But Zweig could not forget Moses.- Alex Ross
Full New Yorker article here.

Boris Karloff as The Monster having some coffee on the set.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

simon english

love this website and work

August in the studio

Studio wall with Paper Moon collages

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

‘Soldier Girls,’ by Helen Thorpe, Explores 3 Experiences

When they signed up for the Indiana National Guard, the three women at the center of Helen Thorpe’s compelling new book, “Soldier Girls,” never imagined they would end up in a combat zone in Afghanistan or Iraq.NYTimes article here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mr. Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt

In July 1964, the 89-year-old Winston Churchill finally retired from parliament after more than 60 years of political life. Though in the darkest days of the second world war Churchill had proved a tower of strength and inspiration to his country, he had suffered throughout his extraordinary career from episodes of intense depression. He was not the first to coin the expression – Samuel Johnson and Walter Scott used it before him – but it was Churchill who most famously alluded to such episodes as "the black dog". Full book review here.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Women accused of being Nazi collaborators are humiliated after the liberation of France, 1944. © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

Sunday, August 10, 2014

French illustrator and anti-Semite Paul Iribe. Chanel funded the 1933 relaunch of Iribe's magazine Le Temoin, which Wright accurately describes as "a violent, ultra-nationalist publication that said that France was being destroyed from within by Jews."... In one issue, Iribe even drew a naked Chanel — intended to personify France — being cradled in the arms of Adolf Hitler while conniving French Jews looked on. Only Hitler could save France from the great existential threat of international Jewry. Coco Chanel was apparently on board with this message. Article here.

The Exchange: Coco Chanel and the Nazi Party

Richard Avedon
 Given Coco Chanel’s wartime past, what do you make of the prominence and popularity of the Chanel brand today? Should anyone still wear Chanel?

"I have no feelings against Chanel. You can’t put someone like Klaus Barbie and Chanel in the same category: she didn’t kill anybody; she didn’t torture anybody. Madame Gabrielle Labrunie—Chanel’s grand-niece—said something to me that I found fascinating. She said to me: “You know, Mr. Vaughan, these were very difficult times, and people had to do very terrible things to get along.” Chanel was, very simply put, an enormous opportunist who did what she had to do to get along"
Full New Yorker article here.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Nourishing Death

Found a new blog to follow thanks to David Willburn! nourishingdeath
One of my favorite reads so far is on Frozen Charlotte dolls.
The Frozen Charlotte dolls were very small and typically made of porcelain. As they only cost a penny, most children could afford them, only adding to their popularity in Victorian households. At some point it became very fashionable to begin baking these tiny corpse dolls into birthday cakes or in the UK, in Christmas puddings, as a prize or party favor.

Friday, August 8, 2014

golem |ˈgōləm|

(in Jewish legend) a clay figure brought to life by magic.
• an automaton or robot.
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from Yiddish goylem, from Hebrew gōlem ‘shapeless mass.’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

TBT: Me, Myself and Art

Re- Post on

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Jenny Holzer, 1984

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”

Michelle Foucault

tumbler here.

adams puryear

Monday, August 4, 2014

Toy dog in the oesophagus

Anna Zurawinski, age three. Radiograph by Dr. Willis F. Manges, Philadelphia, February 28, 1919. From the collection of the Mütter Museum


Friday, August 1, 2014