Monday, December 12, 2016

Washington Phillips

Friday, December 2, 2016

The ‘Final Girl’

Her friends are dead; she looks like hell; the guy with the knife won’t let up. Meet the final girl.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Simone de Beauvoir Explains “Why I’m a Feminist” in a Rare TV Interview (1975)

Almost forty years after this interview—over sixty since The Second Sex—the debates De Beauvoir helped initiate rage on, with no sign of abating anytime soon. Although Servan-Schreiber calls feminism a “rising force” that promises “profound changes,” one wonders whether De Beauvoir, who died in 1986, would be dismayed by the plight of women in much of the world today. But then again, unlike her character Marcel, De Beauvoir was a fighter, not likely to “huddle in a corner” and give in. Servan-Schreiber states above that De Beauvoir “has always refused, until this year, to appear on TV,” but he is mistaken. In 1967, she appeared with her partner Jean-Paul Sartre on a French-Canadian program called Dossiers. Open

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Root: How Racism Tainted Women's Suffrage

"I am in Great Britain today because I believe that the silent indifference with which she has received the charge that human beings are burned alive in Christian Anglo-Saxon communities is born of ignorance of the true situation. America cannot and will not ignore the voice of a nation that is her superior in civilization."
In 1893, journalist and early civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells crossed the Atlantic for the first time to deliver that sobering message to Great Britain. She had hoped to sway public opinion about the racial violence that plagued the U.S. The lynching of black men and women seemed to have become a sport among Southern white mobs — reaching a peak of 161 deaths in 1892.
Full article here. 

Brought me back to this book.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Witches illustrated in Martin Le Franc’s ‘Le Champion des Dames’ (1451)

The First Known Depiction of a Witch on a Broomstick

In the 15th century, the image of the witch flying on a broomstick first appeared, its meaning laden with sexual and spiritual depravity. Full Article at Hyperallergic

Thursday, October 20, 2016

washington phillips

There aren’t many artists for whom the come-on “New Research!” would yield much fuss. But Washington Phillips—a stocky, snuff-dipping gospel singer from East Texas, who recorded eighteen songs for Columbia Records between 1927 and 1929—is an uncommonly captivating cipher. Since at least 1991, when Yazoo Records issued “I Am Born to Preach the Gospel,” the first digital compilation of Phillips’s work, listeners have been trying to suss out exactly what Phillips was doing in the makeshift Dallas studio where these songs were recorded. They simply do not seem born of this earth. Full New Yorker story here.
Washington Phillips, in 1950. Photograph by Doris Neel

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

I Too- Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.
Mike Brown, Sr. at the funeral of his son.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Similar but Different

1910's US Marines tattoo jacket "A Girl in every port" HC collection
Joan Crawford wearing a sweater decorated by her husband.

The Democratic Cup

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Yes, He's Handsome -- But He's Not Your Model.

A Sioux man. South Dakota. ca. 1895-1899.

Photo by Jesse H. Bratley. Source - Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
How you look at these photos has something to do with who you are. Many in fashion would see the juxtaposition, the clash of styles, the diverse threads entwining in the crazy, mixed-up cultural and aesthetic tapestry of America. Yadda yadda yadda. 
Many Natives looking at these photos see the genocide of their ancestors.


The Absence of Native American Power from on Vimeo.


This room at the US Naval Correctional Facility in Seattle, Washington, was the first to be painted Baker-Miller pink (a.k.a. Schauss pink). Full spectrum fluorescent lights ensured that the color was not distorted. Courtesy Alexander Schauss.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Margaret Atwood

Short story on The Walrus


In the fall of 2015, Himanshu Suri — a.k.a. Heems, the Queens-born, Indian-American rapper and former one-third of Das Racist —decided to lay low in India for a few months while all this Donald Trump hysteria blew over. Well, it obviously hasn't. But if anything, Swet Shop Boys (Suri's collaboration with Riz MC, British actor Riz Ahmed of HBO's "The Night Of") and their forthcoming album, "Cashmere," is a needed and well-timed response to the increasingly mainstream xenophobia popping up on both sides of the pond.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Claudio Villa- Stornelli Amorosi

Gertude Stein and Alice B Toklas- book love

Illustration by Cecil Beaton
Alice B. Toklas Cookbook A culinary biography of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas’s love and life.

Strangers in Paradise- How Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas got to Heaven. _NewYorker article.

Monday, August 8, 2016

golden smile

Dentures for a sailor with the symbols of faith, hope and love.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Forgotten Legacy of Beatrice Wood

“I owe it all to art books, chocolates, and young men,” Beatrice Wood would often tell those who made the cacti-stippled pilgrimage to her Ojai, California studio before the artist passed away in 1998. There they’d find the fabled artist, in the last years of her life, swathed in a sari while working the potter’s wheel, and flanked by all manner of sacred objects: healing crystals, Hindu icons, and her signature opalescent vessels. There were young male assistants on the clock and stacks of Hershey’s bars in the refrigerator." - Full article on Artsy

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Our strange unsettled history of mourning

The book is aligned with the so-called death-positive movement, which seeks, as Shillace puts it, to “reclaim ground that has been lost—particularly in the West—during a century and a half of sanitisation and silence.”- Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying Teaches Us About Life and Living, by Brandy Schillace, a medical-humanities historian.
Full New Yorker Article here.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Japanese pattern book

Dating from the early - mid 19th century , cataloguing all the different stencil patterns that could be printed onto fabric to make into a kimono
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sister Mary Corita

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Being There

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Object Lessons

Wilson Bentley’s snowflake patterns.
 “The Keeper,” the New Museum’s summer show, a four-floor exhibit that opens on Wednesday, July 20, is a museum blockbuster of a different kind.
With over 4,000 objects representing more than two dozen collectors, including contemporary artists making art conceived by collecting, Massimiliano Gioni, the museum’s artistic director, and his team of curators have mounted a remarkable series of object lessons about what it means to “keep,” the relationship of possession to loss, the madness inherent in love, and the undeniable importance of the individual’s voice in recording and interpreting history and its sweep.
Times article here.
Wilson Bentley photographing snowflake patterns under a microscope

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Cost of Diane Arbus

Was Diane Arbus the Most Radical Photographer of the 20th Century? A new biography and Met exhibit show how she sacrificed her marriage, her friendships, and eventually her life for her career as an artist living on the edge. -Alex Mar NYMagazine
Double Self-Portrait With Infant Daughter (1945)
"I was surprised, in looking closely at her work again, by how much of it is about age, the young straining to be adults and adults gripping the relics of their younger selves: preteens competing at ballroom dancing, a little boy with his toy gun drawn, an older woman in her prettiest “negligee.” It’s as if the physical contortions and costumes that this requires were as “freakish” as those of the professional freaks she gravitated toward, as if we were all victims of so much learned behavior. In a note to Israel, Diane writes of a day spent observing people on the street and finding them “all odd and splendid as freaks and nobody able to see himself, all of us victims of the especial shape we come in.” Her images show us, again and again, people striving to become what the viewer knows they will never be — a phenomenon she famously described as “the gap between intention and effect.” Diane recognized that the official freaks, the permanent outsiders, have a self-awareness most of us don’t possess. They know they are destined to lose the game of public appearances."

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Mamie Till Mobley at the funeral of her son, Emmett Till, in Chicago in September 1955. Credit Chicago Sun-Times/Associated Press

 ‘The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning’ 
The murder of three men and six women at a church in Charleston is a national tragedy, but in America, the killing of black people is an unending spectacle. -NYTIMES article here.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

“We are like the twins in old fables, each of whom has been given half a key.
She will have her own version. I am not the center of her story, because she herself is that. But I could give her something you can never have, except from another person: what you look like from the outside. A reflection. That is the part of herself I could give back to her.” 

— Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye

“You just have half-angel and half-devil in you”
- Days Of Heaven

Friday, July 1, 2016

Au Hasard Balthazar

au-hasard-balthazar from Galerie Ceinture on Vimeo.

The seventies

Such a good series particulary episode 1 on 1970's TV

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ana Lupas

Coat for reaching the Purgatory, 1962-1964

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Nicola Hicks

Pug-Seated, 2015 Bronze 9 x 5 x 4 cm

Friday, June 10, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sketter Davis

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Takashi Murakami returns to curate at Blum & Poe

Takashi Murakami is becoming one of the most passionate collectors of contemporary ceramic art today. When we say that, we’re not just limiting him to his home country of Japan. This is his second show as curator with Blum & Poe galleries. We covered the first in Los Angeles last October. He returns to B&P’s New York City gallery with Kazunori Hamana, Yuji Ueda, and Otani Workshop 

This display of ceramics is an illumination of age-old traditions being expanded into the 21st century. Informed by and in conceptual counter to elements of contemporary pop culture, mass production and mass consumption, Kazunori Hamana for example, creates large ceramic vessels without immediately perceivable use, working without tools and without haste. Many of the works in the exhibition by these three young artists have never been seen before in the United States. -Full CFile article here

Monday, June 6, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Not Forgotten- NYTimes

Since 1851, more than 200,000 people have been the subjects of obituaries in The New York Times. Join us each day this summer as we revisit many of these memorable lives
We invite you to join us as we exhume obituaries from our archives, some dating to the 19th century. You’ll meet leaders, inventors, entertainers, artists, novelists and the infamous — each linked in some way to the date on which the obituary reappears. On some days we’ll ask influential people a simple question: If you could have dinner with one person who is no longer with us, who would it be, and why? NYTIMES Link

Helen Keller, left, with her teacher, Anne Sullivan in 1893.
“I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is a touch of yearning at times, but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers. The wind passes, and the flowers are content.” Helen Keller obituary

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Marlon Williams

Friday, May 27, 2016

Agnes Martin- Blues

American Folk Art Museum

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Courtney Barnett Crushing

Friday, May 20, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mmma's Don't

Monday, May 16, 2016

Santa Chiara/ St Claire of Assisi

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Fashion vs. Art

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Occult Activism of 1960s Group WITCH is Still Relevant

WITCH represented a split in the greater feminist movement between politicos and radical feminists.  Politicos, like WITCH, were interested in allying themselves with the New Left, like the Black Power, Student Rights, and Anti-War movements. Radical feminists, on the other hand, viewed women’s liberation as a separate issue that needed to take the forefront ahead of all others.
The acronym WITCH was ever-changing and related to each of the autonomous groups needs.  On Mother’s Day, it meant “Women Infuriated at Taking Care of Hoodlums.” Covens formed in industries fighting sexual harassment and gender discrimination, manifesting “Women Indentured to Traveler’s Corporate Hell,” and “Women Incensed at Telephone Company Harassment.” Still other groups renamed WITCH to “Women Inspired to Tell their Collective History,” or “Women Interested in Toppling Consumer Holidays.” While each coven operated independently, all engaged in public performance art pieces meant to further the Women’s Liberation movement whilst boldly reclaiming an identity that had condemned thousands of women to death centuries prior. Full article here.

Janine Antoni "Turn"