If Jesus Christ were to be crucified today, Pontius Pilate would get his crown of thorns from jewelry maker Christ Habana. Custom made crown of thorns – he’d probably make a concession for the lord and savior. With a small, creeping trend in religious iconography popping up Chris Habana’s eponymous label stays clear of the eternal flaw of most gothic inspired jewelry lines: taking it all way too seriously. (READ MORE…)
Portraits of Mick Jagger taken in the 1960s will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London from 3 May until 27 November 2011. Documenting the singer’s early rise to become one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the era, the display will coincide with the publication of Mick Jagger: The Photobook by Thames & Hudson. www.mickjagger.com
Jonah Groeneboer is a British Columbia born artist now based in Brooklyn, and teaches in New York City. His work can currently be seen as part of a group exhibition at Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn. Resurrection, as the show is titled, “focuses on ideas of rebirth through drawings, sculpture, and photography.” www.cindersgallery.com
Continuing with the great tradition of photographer duos, Rita Sousa and Ivano Salonia, who are “partners both in [their] professional and private life,” started a website called I Love You When You Smile, a collection of their work created together. The images they capture are real and honest, almost like a lifestyle diary, mixing both fashion editorial and portraiture. I Love You When You Smile is based in Amsterdam. www.iloveyouwhenyousmile.com
Want to see a naked, nubile Jane Birkin in a threesome? Antonioni’s film 1966 film Blow Up captured the zeitgeist of 1960s London with a bear trap. Its famous cover, with the lead character, a fashion photographer played by the venerable David Hemmings, lurching over the rail thin, German model Veruschka, is emblematic of an entire decade of cinema. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Blow Up, inspired by a book written by the Argentinian novelist Julio Cortázar, as well as the real life of iconic fashion photographer David Bailey, tells the the story of a fashion photographer who inadvertently stumbles into a murder. (read more…see more….)
“My blue love, our first separation … darling, I think I can say that never has a man taken me as much, and I believe I’m making love for the first time.” Edith Piaf’s “blue love” was a 13-time French speed racing champion bicyclist named Louis Gérardin. The letters were written in 1951 and 1952 during a feaverish, little known, love affair – shortly after her true love, the boxer Marcel Cerdan, died tragically in a plane crash. The letters are intimate, full of sexual ravings and pleas for Gérardin to leave his wife. Before Gérardin could leave his wife Piaf had already married another man. In 2009, 54 of the letters were sold at Christies in Paris for 59,000 euros. The letters will now will be published in the book entitled My Blue Love – out on April 30 in France.
Even today, Salvador Dalí’s creative output as an artist, his experimental films, and his unmistakable style of painting exert an inspiring fascination on artists up to the present day. By the early 1930s, Dalí had found his medium and his distinctive painting style. The world of the unconscious and of dreams, melting watches and endless, expansive landscapes, bathed in a cool sunshine, are his recognisable motifs. (READ MORE…)