Ghost Town by Stephan Würth

Posted May 25th by in Photography

Ghost Town, a book by photographer Stephan Würth will be available this Fall, published by Damiani Editore, www.stephenwurth.com

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We Used To

Posted May 25th by in Photography

New photography by Abbey Meaker

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Vivienne Westwood Shoes at the Sursock Palace in Beirut

Posted May 25th by in Culture, Fashion

Vivienne Westwood’s collections of shoes since the seventies have been on whats shaping out the be a world wide tour after the success of a show in London last year. You could also contribute the success to the rash of designer retrospectives. Right now the exhibition is on view at the Sursock Palace in Beirut. Vivienne Westwood Shoes, An Exhibition 1973 – 2011, which has opened in Beirut, will be followed by a stop in the north of England then on to Hong Kong, China and Japan. www.viviennewestwood.co.uk

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RICHARD PRINCE, first solo exhibition in Asia

Posted May 25th by in Art

Since the late 1970s, Prince has been mining images from mass media, advertising, and entertainment. Working in the tear-sheet department at TIME/LIFE in New York, he took magazine ads for jewelry, furniture, fashion, and cigarettes, and gave them new potency by cropping, removing ad copy from the images, reshooting black and white images on color film, and configuring them in generic groups. With these “rephotographs”, he redefined the artistic act and its related concepts of authorship, ownership, and the aura of the image. Applying his understanding of the complex transactions of representation to the making of art, he has crafted a unique signature filled with echoes of other signatures but that is unquestionably his own. READ MORE >>>

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Resurrecting PECK

Posted May 24th by in Fashion, Style

Frames by Oliver Peoples designed in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the release of the literary novel written by Harper Lee in 1960–inspired by the signature optical frame worn by Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the classic film To Kill A Mockingbird. www.oliverpeoples.com

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The Erotic World of Harri Peccinotti

Posted May 24th by in Photography

Harri Peccinotti, who is nearly eighty years old and looks almost exactly like a wizard, is most well known for his erotic images of women–often cropped and close up focusing in on the delicious details, instead of giving away the whole picture. Peccinotti also has the distinction of shooting the Pirelli calendar two years in a row and is oft credited with upping its raunch factor to the level it stands today. This June 14 marks the opening of an exhibit at the Tethys gallery in Florence, Italy–the exhibition will run until July 4 2011. www.tethysgallery.com

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Bob Dylan on Kicking Heroin

Posted May 24th by in Culture

“I kicked a heroin habit in New York City. I got very, very strung out for a while, I mean really very strung out and I kicked this habit.”

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The Return of the Fiat Cinquecento

Posted May 23rd by in Culture, Design


Fiat 500, Cinquecento, 1957

The Fiat Cinquecento, originally designed by automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro–famous for the De Lorean and Alfa Romeo–was recently introduced to the American driving public. The Fiat 500 originally hit Italian streets in 1957 and was the quintessential Italian driving machine. www.fiatusa.com

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We Are Handsome, The Memoirs

Posted May 23rd by in Fashion

“This season, We Are Handsome takes you to the far reaches of your imagination, your minds eye, your memory. The Memoirs collection inspires thoughts of vacations past, memorable experiences and those moments in life when time seemed to stand still, just for an instant.” Jeremy Somers from We Are Handsome, on the new collection for the Australian swimwear line, entitled The Memoirs. www.wearehandsome.com

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[ESSAY] The Cruelty of Humanness

Posted May 23rd by in Art, Culture

If we could partially gauge an artist’s worldview from his or her art, there is little romance to be derived from Belgium artist Wim Delvoye’s prospect. Neither is there room for hypocrisy in his work. As viewers, we have no escape, but are instead confronted with what Delvoye (born 1965 in Wervik, Belgium) once described as “a cruelty of the body” in the ways he portrays and represents humanness – ways that are often blunt and blatant, lacking in subtlety or diplomacy. READ MORE >>>

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