GUY BOURDIN, An Introduction

Posted September 9th by in Art, Photography

Sadist, genius, artist, monster – call him what you will – Guy Bourdin’s titillating images changed fashion photography forever. A new book by Phaidon makes a small, but generous introduction to the work of Guy Bourdin with an introductory essay by Alison Gingeras that provides a fresh perspective on Bourdin’s life and work, including his considerable influence on the world of commercial and fine art photography.

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Golden Ghost

Posted September 9th by in Art

On view at the Bangkok Art & Culture Center in Thailand. Photograph by Dreux Moreland

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[BOOKS] BALLET RUSSES

Posted September 9th by in Ballet, Culture, Photography

The Ballets Russes introduced an unprecedented freedom into the arts, influencing not only ballet and theater, but also fashion, visual arts, and interior design. An unprecedented, oversized special edition, out this November by luxury publisher Assouline, celebrates the explosion of creativity in Western Europe created by Serge Diaghilev and his collaborators—including Igor Stravinsky, Leon Bakst, and Pablo Picasso. Over 200 pages feature photography and drawings tipped on watercolor cotton paper.

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[fashion week] BLK DNM “Film 2″

Posted September 9th by in Culture, Fashion, Film

Johan Lindeberg, designer of the BLK DNM label, premiered a new fashion film, entitled “Film 2″, this week during fashion week with a private screening at the SOHO store in New York. Directed by Martin de Thurah – starring Raina Hammer. See film after the jump. [more...]

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God Bless Yoko Ono

Posted September 8th by in Music

In 1974 John & Yoko briefly separated, John moving to L.A., Yoko staying in New York. During this period, John released two LPs, ‘Walls & Bridges’ and ‘Rock and Roll’. Though it appeared at the time that Yoko was not doing anything, in reality she was touring her native Japan and recording this album, entitled Story. Pictured on the cover is an adorable photograph of a young Yoko. The album was shelved after her reconciliation with Lennon.

YOKO ONO – Hard Times Are Over

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Malerie Marder: Carnal Knowledge

Posted September 8th by in Photography

Carnal Knowledge (Violette Editions) is the first collection of Marder’s works in print. A seminal early experience for Malerie Marder was when a family friend invited her to photograph her with her lover, naked and in the anonymous setting of a motel room. This set the tone for Marder’s work for the next decade. Her photographs of nudes are composed simply, her subjects sitting plainly near the centre of the frame, often set against the bleak anonymity of motel rooms, their impassive gazes almost daring a viewer to interpret their bodies. Beautifully illustrated with more than 70 works by Marder – described by Charlotte Cotton in her introduction as an ‘episodic drama of adjacencies’ – Carnal Knowledge also contains a preface by Gregory Crewdson, a text by novelist James Ellroy, short stories inspired by Marder’s works by A. M. Homes, James Frey and Bruce Wagner, as well as a written and photographic correspondence between Marder and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.

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[SERBIAN DIARY] “Nobody differs from me, but myself”

Posted September 8th by in Photography

Photo by Marija Mandic who is a photographer based in Novi Sad, Serbia

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[FASHION WEEK] WARBY PARKER Guerrilla Eyewear Show

Posted September 8th by in Culture, Fashion

WARBY PARKER eyewear invades the NY Public Library yesterday – models sat quietly reading the classics, but the covers were replaced with labels specifying the style of glasses the models were wearing, such as the Thatcher and Everett. Brilliant.

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Erotique

Posted September 8th by in Photography

Photography by Adarsha Benjamin

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PATTI SMITH: Babelogue + Outside Society

Posted September 8th by in Culture, Music

PATTI SMITH: BABELOGUE: The Hunter College Art Galleries present Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue –  on view from September 8-December 3, 2011 –  twenty-six works on paper by the esteemed poet, performer, and visual artist Patti Smith as a response to the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001. The artist’s elegiac homage does not align the Twin Towers with one nation, religion, or race, but instead offers them as symbols of the universal resiliency of the human spirit. Smith’s “9.11” series was created between 2001 and 2002 and will be shown in its entirety for the first time in New York, in the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, to coincide with the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

PATTI SMITH: OUTSIDE SOCIETY: Patti Smith raises the curtain on Outside Society, a new collection of her signature songs on the Arista and Columbia labels. The landmark 18-song release marks the first single-CD collection to span Patti’s entire body of recorded work. The chronologically arranged tracks move from 1975 (her debut album, Horses, with “Gloria” and “Free Money”) through 2007 (Twelve, with her cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”).

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