[RETROSPECTIVE] Brian Duffy

Posted June 22nd by in Photography

The first ever full-career retrospective of the legendary British photographer opens to the public on July 8th 2011, coinciding with the publication of Duffy – the first and only book of the photographer’s work. Duffy infamously quit photography in 1979 when, at the height of his career, he took the majority of his photographic work into the back garden and set it on fire. Featuring more than 160 images painstakingly rediscovered by Duffy’s son after years of searching through archives and publications around the world, this exhibition has truly risen from the ashes. On view July 8 to August 28 at Idea Generation in London. www.gallery.ideageneration.co.uk

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Falos y Vaginas

Posted June 21st by in Art, Culture

In honor of Eros, the University of Antioquia, Colombia hosts an exhibition, entitled Falos y Vaginas (Phallus and Vaginas) which explores organs of pleasure represented in painting, ceramics, sculpture and photography, in a historical review of eroticism and as well as an encounter with science.  Falos y Vaginas is on view until November Medellin‘s University of Antioquia Museum (MUUA) Calle 67 #53-108 TEL: (574) 263-0011

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Basquiat + Le Book

Posted June 21st by in Art, Culture

Le Book, the international reference for the creative industry, announces the release of its 2011 New York edition, curated by Tamra Davis (director of the recently released film tribute to Basquiat, The Radiant Child), art direction by Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One, and dressed by one of the most recognizable artists of the twentieth century, graffiti artist and neo-expressionist painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 – 1988). www.lebook.com

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Car Fetish

Posted June 21st by in Art, Culture, Photography


Superflex, Burning Car, 2008

When I think of car fetish I immediately think of David Cronenberg’s 1996 film Crash. Its the erotic tale of a group of sexual outsiders who get their rocks off in car wrecks. One scene in particular, where Rosanna Arquette’s character, who wears fish-nets and leg braces–obviously the result of some previous dalliance gone awry, and Holly Hunter’s character get it on in the back of an old car.  Theres a word for this kind of fetish–its called paraphilia, or an attraction to objects. READ MORE >>>

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Hungarian Rhapsody

Posted June 21st by in Photography


Martin Munkacsi, Carole Lombard, Hollywood, 1937

Brassaï, Robert Capa, André Kertész, László Moholy-Nagy and Martin Munkácsi each left Hungary to make their names in Germany, France and the USA, and are now known for the profound changes they brought about in photojournalism, as well as abstract, fashion and art photography. Others, such as Károly Escher, Rudolf Balogh and Jószef Pécsi remained in Hungary producing high-quality and innovatory photography. A display of approximately two hundred photographs ranging in date from c.1914–c.1989 will explore stylistic developments in photography and chart key historical events. These striking images will reveal the achievements of Hungarian photographers who left such an enduring legacy to international photography. Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts on the occasion of the Hungarian Presidency of the EU 2011. On view from June 30 to October 2 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. www.royalacademy.org.uk

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Imitation Resort 2012

Posted June 20th by in Fashion

Imitation, formerly Imitation of Christ, by Tara Subkoff invokes the halcyon era of Hollywood glamor and the jazz age with her Resort 2012 collection. See video after the jump. VIDEO >>>

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Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project

Posted June 20th by in Art, Culture

“The Tarot deck is many things: revered diviner of knowledge, feared revealer of hidden secrets, and critiqued promoter of quackish myth. Regardless of one’s take on Tarot card reading, it is certain that the history and imagery of these mysterious cards is ripe territory for contemporary artists to come up with their own interpretations of the 78 personas that make up the standard Tarot deck. And that is exactly what my divine colleague Stacy Engman set about doing as she assembled a group of some of today’s most dynamic artists and asked them to submit a new work based on a tarot card personally assigned by her. The resulting images are just as whimsical as the readings that emerge from an actual reading of the cards. The amazing group of artists included in the project created cards in a range of media (photography, painting and collage) and each infused an additional sense of allure and magic into this already heavily charged lam of mystery. Not only may viewers enjoy the actual works in the exhibition of the original cards, but they may also take them home in this unique catalogue in the form of a deck of Tarot cards in and of itself!” On view at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg, PA until August 7th –www.warhol.org

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A Celebration of the Poet Anna Akhmatova

Posted June 20th by in Culture, Poetry

If you happen to be in New Delhi on Wednesday, the Russian Cultural Center of Science and Culture jointly with the Literary Club “Parichay Sahitya Parishad” is holding a literary evening dedicated to the birth anniversary of the 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova.  ”She wrote with apparent simplicity and naturalness and her rhyming was classical compared to such radical contemporary writers as Marina Tsvetaeva and Vladimir Mayakovsky.” June 23, 2011, 5:30 p.m RCSC, 24, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, India

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Irving Penn: Radical Beauty

Posted June 20th by in Photography

Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco presents RADICAL BEAUTY 1946 – 2007, an exhibition of photographs by Irving Penn. On view from June 30 to August 20, the works span six decades of the artist’s influential career. The nearly thirty photographs on view explore Penn’s radical and long-standing investigation into what constitutes beauty, an aspect of his career that has received only passing attention. These works reflect the artist’s deep appreciation for the diversity of human physiognomy, and challenge a media-driven and image-saturated society that has narrowed the very idea of beauty. READ MORE >>>

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Daido Moriyama: Memoirs of Light

Posted June 17th by in Photography


Daido Moriyama, Hippie Crime 1970

“Photographs are the footprints of light and memory, photographs are the history of memory. The myth of the light.” Daido Moriyama ”Memories of Light” traces the journey of a wandering photographer who, after half a century on the road, had only guides for his memory and memories. Born in 1938 in Osaka, Daido Moriyama has experienced war, the defeat of Japan, the U.S. military occupation, the rise and decline of the “economic miracle.” The Polka Gallery in Paris presents “Memory of Light” an exhibition of Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama. READ MORE >>>

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