Helmut Newton: Sleepless Nights
Ed Ruscha: On the Road
Ed Ruscha photographed by Dennis Hopper
In 1951, Kerouac wrote On the Road on his typewriter as a continuous 120 foot-long scroll, feverishly recording in twenty days his experiences during road trips in the U.S. and Mexico in the late 1940s. With its publication in 1957, Kerouac was acknowledged as the leading voice of the Beat Generation, a group of writers that included Alan Ginsberg and William Burroughs. Over the last few years Ed Ruscha has continued to explore his own fascination with the shifting emblems of American life by turning his keen aesthetic sensibility to Kerouac’s classic novel. Having created his own limited edition artist book version of On the Road in 2009 published by Gagosian Gallery and Steidl, and illustrated with photographs that he took, commissioned, or found, Ruscha has created an entirely new body of paintings and drawings that take their inspiration from passages in Kerouac’s novel. Opening today at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles an exhibition entitled Ed Ruscha: On the Road includes Ruscha’s edition of Kerouac’s legendary novel, six large paintings on canvas, and ten drawings on museum board, each taking its text from On the Road. www.hammer.ucla.edu
The Accursed Poets
Nineteenth-century French poete maudits (accursed poets — poets who lived outside or rebelled against society), such as Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Comte de Lautreamont, have inspired numerous artists of various eras. An exhibition in Japan showcases etchings and prints of 20th-century artists, including Maurice Denis, Salvador Dali and Roberto Matta, who celebrated such French poetry. On view are around 180 works, including Matta’s interpretation of Rimbaud’s “Une Saison en Enfer” and a copy of de Lautreamont’s “Les Chants de Maldoror,” which inspired print works by Bernard Buffet as well as illustrations by Dali. On view until August 7 at the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, (042) 726-2771, 4-28-1 Haramachida, Machida-shi.
Le Royal Monceau Exhibits Melvin Sokolsky
Luxury hotel Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris exhibits Work by photographer Melvin Sokolsky starting Thursday, July 7th, 2011 “Rétrospective” will showcase American photograph Melvin Sokolsky, a major figure in the revival of fashion photography in the 1960s. Considered the golden age of photography, this was a period of major innovations and audacious images, a decade that formulated a new vocabulary that still inspires image-makers to this day. www.raffles.com
Picasso at Work
Cannes, 8 February 1956. The photojournalist David Douglas Duncan stops his car in front of Villa La Californie, residence of one of the most famous artists of all time: Pablo Picasso. In his hand is a ring especially made for Picasso, who appreciates the gesture and invites him into his home, his studio and his intense life. With Stephanie Ansari and Tatyana Franck as its curators, Picasso at Work. Through the Lens of David Douglas Duncan brings together in the Museo Picasso Málaga 115 photographs selected from among the thousands that Duncan took of the artist and his milieu in those years. www.museopicassomalago.com
[PHOTOS] Second Annual Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA
Thurston Moore Playing with Pillow Wand
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AN OBSCENE DIARY: THE VISUAL WORLD OF SAM STEWARD
“An Obscene Diary The Visual World of Sam Steward” chronicles the extraordinary visual world of a talented and largely unknown, writer, artist, photographer, and sexual outlaw. The edition, limited to 1,000 copies presents a diverse and powerful collection of drawings, paintings, sculptures, decorative objects, illustrations and photographs that are remarkably varied in style, and often quite contradictory in mood and tone. Bound and slipcased, the collection presents more than 750 images, many of which are reproduced in color. This edition complements the forthcoming biography by Justin Spring, entitled “Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade” and presents a wealth of previously unpublished material, including a quantity of highly erotic and sexually explicit polaroids taken in the early 1950s. www.antinouspress.com
Thurston Moore at the Solid Sound Festival
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth at the Solid Sound Festival in North Adams Massuchessets. Look out for his new album Demolished Thoughts. Photography by Oliver Maxwell Kupper for Pas Un Autre.
James “Whitey” Bulger’s Young Mugshot
James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger, Jr. (born September 3, 1929) is a former crime boss who led the Winter Hill Gang based in Somerville, Massachusetts, in the United States. After sixteen years on the lam and on the FBI’s top most wanted list he was found living a quiet life in Southern California.
New Vivian Maier Photographs Curated by Patrick Sansone
A selection of new prints by the recently discovered street photographer Vivian Maier excellently curated by Patrick Sansone of the band Wilco for the Solid Sound Festival at the MoCA Massachusetts. www.mocamass.com
photography by Oliver Maxwell Kupper for Pas Un Autre