[BOOKS] Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles

Posted September 6th by in Culture, Photography

In 1946, the tabloid photographer known as Weegee relocated from New York City to Los Angeles. Abandoning the grisly crime scenes for which he was best known, Weegee trained his camera instead on Hollywood celebrities, starlets, autograph seekers, and shop-window mannequins, sometimes distorted through trick lenses and multiple exposures. “Now I could really photograph the subjects I liked,” said Weegee of his newfound career in Los Angeles, “I was free.” Presenting approximately 200 photographs, many of which have never before been shown, the book, Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angelesexplores Weegee’s related work as an author, filmmaker, and photo-essayist.  Naked Hollywood will be released this November on Rizzoli.

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Sacred Tree

Posted September 6th by in Culture, Photography

Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph by Dreux Moreland. More photos to come daily from Dreux Moreland’s current odyssey in Thailand where he is making a documentary. 

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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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[UPCOMING] David Hockney’s Fresh Flowers

Posted September 5th by in Art, Culture

David Hockney’s Fresh Flowers: Drawings on iPhones and iPads will be on view at the Royal Ontario Museum this October. “The Institute for Contemporary Culture presents the North American debut of this cutting-edge exhibition, which reveals David Hockney’s extraordinary use of this novel new artistic medium and its impact on shaping visual culture today. Hockney is one of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, and Fresh Flowers is his first major show in Canada in over two decades. The exhibition features approximately 200 iPhone and iPad drawings displayed on 20 iPod Touches and 20 iPads.” On view October 8 until January 1, 2012.

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[MILAN] Boschi Di Stefano Private Collection

Posted September 5th by in Art, Culture


Piero Marussig- La lettrice

The Casa-Museo Boschi Di Stefano houses a small yet amazing collection of over 200 works that were acquired over the course of the lives of the patrons Antonio Boschi and Marieda Di Stefano. A trip through the house is well worth one’s time with Marussig, Campigli, Manzoni and Mirandi covering the walls. Casa-Museo Boschi Di Stefano. Via G. Jan, 15 – 20129 Milano, Italia. Text by Lily Harris for Pas Un Autre [SEE MORE...]

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William Etty: Art and Controversy

Posted September 5th by in Art, Culture


William Etty: Dawn of Love, 1828

William Etty’s art divided public opinion during the first half of the nineteenth century more than that of any other British artist, with the possible exception of Turner. During his 40-year career he produced a wide variety of landscapes and portraits, but is most famous for his repeated use of the female nude. Many believed that the splendor of his richly colored canvases was designed to disguise his underlying preoccupation with titillating forms of bodily display. Etty was repeatedly encouraged to ‘turn from his wicked ways’ and make his art ‘fit for decent company’. At the same time, one critic declared Etty to be ‘the greatest of all our history painters’. Another said the brilliancy of his colors were almost ‘too much for human eyes to dwell upon’. He was described as the natural heir of the Old Masters; as ‘rivaling Rubens and the great Venetians on their own ground’. An exhibition, entitled William Etty: Art and Controversy, at the York Art Gallery includes more than 100 of Etty’s works from Tate, the Royal Academy, the Royal Collection, Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Southampton Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery, as well as many works from York Art Gallery. On view until January 22, 2012.

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IO ECHO

Posted September 4th by in Culture, Film, Music

JOANNA GIKA of IO ECHO at the premier of SAL at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. IO ECHO  wrote music for CAPUT – a short film collaboration between JAMES FRANCO & HARMONY KORINE for REBEL which opens today on Isola Della Cortosa as part of the VENICE BIENNALE.  Photography by ADARSHA BENJAMIN

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James Franco at the Premier of Sal

Posted September 3rd by in Culture, Film

JAMES FRANCO at the premier of his film SAL, about the final hours of the life of actor SAL MINEO. Venice Film Festival, Italy. Photography by ADARSHA BENJAMIN

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Selma Hayek at the Gucci Ceremony for Women in Cinema

Posted September 2nd by in Culture, Film

68th Venice Film Festival – Tonight MADONNA presented the 2011 Gucci Award for Women in Cinema. Headed by Gucci’s creative director FRIDA GIANNINI the jury consisted of the actress ROBIN WRIGHT, actress VALERIA GOLINO, JAMES FRANCO and film journalist GIULIA D’AGNOLO VALLAN. This years award was given to the Tree of Life actress JESSICA CHASTAIN. Photo by ADARSHA BENJAMIN

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The Persistence of Collage

Posted September 2nd by in Art, Culture


Linder: Detail of Untitled, 1978.

The new Arts Council Collection touring exhibition Transmitter/Receiver traces some of the uses of collage in British art from the first influences of the Parisian avant-garde, in the early work of Ben Nicholson and British Surrealists Eileen Agar and Roland Penrose, through to present day practitioners such as Steve Claydon, David Noonan and Idris Khan. Bringing together over 50 works it includes traditional collage on paper, alongside painting, sculpture, film and slide projections, all drawn from the Arts Council Collection. Transmitter/Receiver: The Persistence of Collage is now on view at its first stop at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in the UK until November 6.

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