Icons of the Invisible

Posted September 13th by in Art, Culture

As part of the Pacific Standard time art exhibitions in Los Angeles, the Fowler Museum at UCLA presents Icons of the Invisible: Oscar Castillo. Since the late 1960s, Oscar Castillo has documented the Chicano community in Los Angeles, from major political events to cultural practices to the work of muralists and painters. This exhibition will present rarely seen photographs from 1969-1980 exploring major themes (social movement, cultural heritage, urban environment, and everyday barrio life) and approaches (photojournalism, portraiture, art photography) that have guided Castillo’s work. Complementing the concurrent exhibition on Chicano art groups, Mapping Another L.A., the exhibition will provide another level of contextualization of L.A. history during this pivotal period. Icons of the Invisible will be on view from September 25 to February 26, 2012.

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Thaweesak Srithongdee: Bruised

Posted September 13th by in Art


Thaweesak Srithongdee “War”

Thaweesak Srithongdee: left “Sex” right “Love”

Thaweesak Srithongdee, or Lolay as he is commonly known, is a thirty year old artist from Thailand.  His style echoes the influence of Surrealism and Pop Art. Lolay is a keen observer of people, their physical and mental characteristics. Having previously engineered a spurious race of Adonic, pectoral defined, super-beings that played with perceptions of body image Lolay expands his fascination with the human condition to question our existence and ultimate survival. Bruises and scars bear the physical trace of individual fallibility, but they also provoke assumptions as to the history and determiners behind such inflictions. A selection of Lolay’s work will be on view at an exhibition, entitled Bruised, the Thavibu Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand from September 17 to October 15.

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[FETISH] Doorknob Girl Next Door

Posted September 12th by in Art, Culture, Sex

It’s hard to tell if Doorknob Girl is just another flash in the pan internet meme, but what I do know is that I’ve never wanted to be a doorknob so bad in my entire life.  Japan: a culture that finds bondage not only erotic, but a form of art (Kinbaku), and even going further back to the erotic illustrations of Shunga from the the days of Edo – and now girls licking doorknobs.  A blog, entitled simply Doorknob Girl, is a collaboration between artist Ryuko Azuma and photographer Ai Ehara, which includes pages and pages of photographs of, well, young girls suggestively licking doorknobs. In its purest form and as a testament to its artist merit, Doorknob Girl is a post-modern, sub-cultural exposé on fetish and sexuality that demands a visceral response, and begs more curiosity than erotic impulse.  But beg and beg some more, in the common liturgy for Japanese erotica to sexualize youth and glorify the inanimate – which borders on necrophillia – its almost easier to assume the doorknobs look more alive than the models – and in a culture where art and erotica blend so seamlessly its hard to call Doorknob Girl pornography, per se. [READ MORE...]

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LAY LOW

Posted September 9th by in Art

Artwork by Devendra Banhart

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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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Andy Warhol’s Headlines

Posted September 7th by in Art, Culture

The first exhibition to fully examine the works that Andy Warhol created on the theme of news headlines will premiere at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from September 25, 2011, to January 2, 2012. Warhol: Headlines will define and present some 80 works—paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, film, video, and television—based largely on the tabloid news, revealing the artist’s career-long obsession with the sensational side of contemporary media. Source materials for the art will be presented for comparison, demonstrating the ways in which Warhol cropped, altered, obscured, and reoriented the original texts and images, underscoring his role as both editor and author. After Washington, the exhibition will be on view at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt from February 11 to May 13, 2012.

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AOI KOTSUHIROI: Exotic Regrets Chapter IV

Posted September 7th by in Art, Fashion

“Her hair filled her mouth sometimes, it was the time when nothing should say. She had her two horns in each hand, to hear the heart of the animals. And when the sound of the bones told her something, she came to restrain her tears….” Aoi Kotsuhiroi

Aoi Kotsuhiroi releases the fourth chapter of her brilliant sartorial epic entitled Exotic Regrets. A beautiful, rare breed indeed – part designer, part poet, part mystic – Kotsuhiroi’s new chapter is full of “objects of the cold” that are perfect for fall.  Kotsuhiroi is currently part of a group exhibition held at the Some/Things Secret Space in Paris. The exhibition – & He Went to the Sea in his Carriage & Horses – is inspired by the life and work of Raimondo Di Sangro – Prince of San Sevro, alchemist, scientist, magician, and heretic.  The exhibition will be on view until the end of Paris fashion week.  

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JENNY SAVILLE: Continuum

Posted September 6th by in Art

(Flesh) is all things. Ugly, beautiful, repulsive, compelling, anxious, neurotic, dead, alive. – Jenny Saville

Fascinated by the endless aesthetic and formal possibilities that the materiality of the human body offers, Saville remits a highly sensuous and tactile impression of surface and mass in her monumental oil paintings. In the compelling Stare paintings she renders the contours and features of the face and the nuances of skin texture and color in strokes both bold and meticulous. Enlarging the facial features of her human subjects to a vast scale and rendering them in layer upon layer of paint, she imbues in them with a sense of mass and weight that is almost sculptural and at times wholly abstract. Intense pinks, reds, and blues erupt through pale skin tones, disclosing the internal workings of the painting like the flesh and blood of a living organism.  Jenny Saville, who was born in Cambridge, England, will be having her first solo U.S. museum exhibition at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida later this year. And this september 15 the Gagosian Gallery in New York presents an exhibition, entitled Continuum, of recent paintings and drawings by Jenny Saville.


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Joy-Art: Ladislav Sutnar

Posted September 6th by in Art, Culture, Design

The Czech-American designer Ladislav Sutnar (1897—1976) created many internationally-acclaimed design icons. At the age of 65, he delved into painting. Now on view at Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague, U.S. Venus is the first independent exhibition of Sutnar’s art in forty years and presents his paintings of female nudes never shown before. Sutnar called these works Venus and exhibited them under the label Joy-Art. In this art manifesto, he formulated his concept of art for the 21st century – as vigorous, humanistic and joyful. His geometric figures rendered in contrasting colors reflect American painting of the time, namely Pop Art. U.S. Venus is on view until October 8. 

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