“Koudlam was born in 1979 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. As a kid, he loved to walk in the bush imagining he was doing such courageous acts as saving young girls. He read a great deal. His heroes were a diverse group, including the great mountain climber Reinhold Messner, the poet Charles Baudelaire and Jim Morrison.” This June 1 sees the release of Koudlam’s new EP “Alcoholic’s Hymns.” Launch party tonight in Paris. More info here.
“My absolute favourite subject is my own life and the people in it. I shoot it and show it like a diary.” Swedish photographer, and former model, Lina Scheynius has released her third book of photographs shot between 1991 and 2007. www.linascheynius.com
Chet Baker: In New York–Recorded in September 1958 for Riverside, Chet Baker’s In New York features saxophonist Johnny Griffin, pianist Al Haig, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. In addition to the half-dozen tracks from the original album, the reissue includes a bonus seventh track — “Soft Winds,” a blues composition written by Benny Goodman and Fletcher Henderson. Chet Baker: In New York will be reissued June 7, 2011 by Concord Music Group along with multiple other releases from the halcyon days of jazz.
Lets tap into the strange and brilliant mind of Philip Colbert–designer and founder of The Rodnik Band. Marketed as an “ironic pop band,” Colbert has built a bridge between art and fashion, à la Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian dress or Peggy Guggenheim’s Calder earrings. The Rodnik’s Band’s latest collection, “Venus in Sequins,” which saw its debut at London Fashion week, is a tongue in cheek, satirical exploration of some of the most iconic works of art sartorially adapted into incredibly intricate wearable sculptures. At face value, Colbert’s designs are comical and verge on the absurd, but on a deeper, subatomic level they are definitive statements that respond to the basic foundations of the business of making art and fashion. And as if to validate, or maybe offer whiffs of irony, Colbert’s wearable art has been getting the approving nod from industry giants such Ana Wintour to Karl Lagerfeld. Ironic because Colbert is seemingly lampooning the lavish ridiculousness of fashion, especially couture, that designers like Lagerfeld have helped define. (READ MORE>>>)
On June 1, 2011, the day Marilyn Monroe would have turned 85, the Andrew Weiss Gallery, the world’s largest dealer of Marilyn Monroe photography, will launch a major exhibition of rare and never- before- seen original photographs of the legendary star. Titled “Happy Birthday Marilyn”, this exhibition will include photographs from the personal collection of George Barris, the last photographer to take pictures of Marilyn before she died. Also featured are photographs by Bill Carroll, who captured the very first photographs of Norma Jeane, and works by the major photographers of her era including Laszlo Willinger, Tom Kelley, Milton Greene, Bert Stern and many others. VIEW MORE PHOTOS >>>
Gagosian Gallery announces Lindsay Lohan, Richard Phillips’ first short film. In his 90-second motion portrait of Lindsay Lohan, Phillips draws on the conventions of his painting that explore the legacies of classical portraiture in relation to the mediated representations of contemporary popular culture. Richard Phillips’ Lindsay Lohan will be included in “Commercial Break,” presented by the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Venice, Italy, June 1 – 5, 2011, concurrent with the 54th international exhibition of the Venice Biennale.
“Kurt was a leader, he was strong, in fact he was well fucking hung, if you really want to know.”—Courtney Love, singer, Hole; widow of Kurt Cobain remarked in an, ahem, oral history of the band Nirvana. The Experience Music Project in Seattle is holding a massive exhibition celebrating the music and history of Nirvana, whose lead signer Kurt Cobain killed himself in 1994. Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses runs until April 22, 2013. www.empmuseum.org
Pure X (formerly Pure Ecstasy) is the latest incarnation of a long-standing collaboration between Austin, Texas musicians and long-term friends Nate Grace, Jesse Jenkins and Austin Youngblood. Acéphale is to release their debut album, Pleasure, out July 5th in the US and worldwide August 22nd. Looseness was a key concept for Pure X in recording Pleasure, and all songs were recorded live without overdubbing. The aspiration was to capture songs in their purest form, mistakes and all, as they were being written. Chasing a vibe in the studio allowed the songs to form themselves; structure and formula lost their rigidity as the songwriting process became more about meditative evolution than meticulous intent. www.acephalerecords.com LISTEN: PURE X – TWISTED MIRROR
“Patti Astor” Photo by and courtesy of Maripol from Blank City