Once there were solar deities like Arinna, the sun goddess of the ancient Hittites and the storied beauty who inspired this short film by Lars Pillmann.
An overview of the work of traveler, journalist, writer, photographer, Annemarie Scharzenbach, is set to be released as a collaboration publication with the French journal La Quinzaine Littéraire and Louis Vuitton. (MORE…)
Designers and Artists recently conducted an interview with Oliver Maxwell Kupper – publisher of Pas Un Autre. From DNA: “We recently caught up with artist, Oliver Maxwell Kupper, to discuss his online journal, Pas Un Autre, which covers an interesting mix of art, fashion, music, photography and more from the perspective of artists and contributors from around the world.” Read full interview HERE.
La petite mort, French for “the little death”, is a decidedly poetic metaphor for an orgasm. The question of capturing “the elusive substance” in a bottle, much less a scent, seem’s daunting. With his first foray into perfume, such was the task for Marc Atlan, an art director for clients such as Comme des Garçons, Yves Saint Laurent, and Tom Ford. So how do you capture that moment of climax? You don’t really. You create a conceptual representation, which in and of itself, if you have ever had an orgasm is a pretty intense. With the rise of artfume, a term I just coined, more and more perfumers are exploring and inventing wholly new, post modern twists on the classic eau de toilette. Think M/Mink, a line of perfume with the scent of Korean calligraphy ink. According to Petite Mort: “…its a scent based on the paradox of impossible ephemerality.” Only 100 bottles of Petite Mort (Parfum D’Une Femme) is available in bottles designed specifically designed and numbered. www.petitemortparfum.com
Bullet Proof Rose Broach
Arguably contemporary design’s most nimble provocateur, Tobias Wong staged his debut in 2001 and continued — until his untimely death at age 35 in 2010 — to produce an extraordinary body of work he designated “paraconceptual” and “postinteresting.” Drawing inspiration from various anti-art practices, Wong probed and subverted design’s complicity with the culture of late capitalism, exposing its smoke and mirrors while exercising his own sleight of hand. With a unique mix of critical intelligence, courage, sincerity, and mischief, as well as a cadre of talented collaborators, Wong steadily pursued his obsession with the interplay of anxiety and consumerism in the years following 9/11. The allure of luxury goods; the cult of the celebrity designer; the stubborn failure of objects to provide the benefits demanded of them: these are among the concerns he explored across a protean body of work that encompassed objects, furniture, lighting, jewelry, installation, and performance. This is the first in-depth presentation of Wong’s work in a museum and will be presented alongside an exhibition drawn from the permanent collection called ParaDesign. On view till June 19, 2011 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern art. www.sfmoma.org
Belmondo in Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless 1960
With his rough and tumble good looks and eternally dangling cigarette, Jean-Paul Belmondo has been a fixture in French cinema for nearly six decades. Belmondo, the actor who (MORE….)
The Face Behind the Mask is the story of a hopeful new immigrant, Janos Szaby (Peter Lorre), who, on his first day in New York City, is trapped in a hotel fire that leaves his face hideously scarred. Refused employment due to his appearance although he possesses tremendous skill as a watchmaker, the only way he can survive is by turning to theft, using his skilled hands to disable alarms. Eventually he becomes the leader of a gang of thieves, and raises enough money to commission and wear a realistic latex mask of his own face. Janos then falls in love with Helen (Evelyn Keyes) a blind woman who sees only the good in him, and attempts to leave his life of crime behind him. Unfortunately, his gang come to believe that he has betrayed them to the police, and attempt to kill him by car bomb, an attempt on his life that he survives but that Helen does not. In retaliation, Janos disguises himself as the pilot of the private plane the gang is flying out of the city with, which he lands in the Arizona Desert and lets out the fuel, suicidally stranding both the gang and himself without food or water, dooming them all to a slow death. At the film’s end, Janos’s body and that of his enemies are discovered by the police.
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The Jeff & Jane Hudson story goes back to halcyon days of Punk and New Wave with The Rentals, who released two singles of lo-fi DiY Art Punk in between ’77 and ’80. In 1981, they started performing as a duo and began releasing post-nuclear electronic pop songs under their own names. 1981 saw the release of the “World Trade” EP as well as the “No Clubs” 7″, followed in ’82 by “Attack Under Attack” which featured the first appearance of “Los Alamos,” which would reappear on their debut LP. The duo reached their pinnacle with 1983′s seminal “Flesh.” Perhaps one of the United States biggest achievements in the entire “synth” movement of the era. Completely self produced by the band, the record has since been oft-cited as a groundbreaking and pivotal LP of the post-punk era, who’s original copies are now heavily coveted by collectors. This is the first time since the original issue that “Flesh” is reappearing on the vinyl format as a co-release with Dark Entries record. This edition features remastering culled from the original master tapes and expanded with an extra LP of singles and EP material. It’s also the first wide-scale digital and CD release these recordings have yet to see. Due out this April. www.officialjeffandjane.com
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is widely considered to be the greatest American architect of all time; indeed, his work virtually ushered in the modern era and remains highly influential today. His wide-ranging and paradigm-shifting oeuvre is the subject of Taschen’s three-volume monograph that covers all of his designs (numbering approximately 1100), both realized and unrealized. Part 1, Wright’s more residential period that covers the early Chicago years and the Prairie Houses, the period which provoked a profound influence on European architects, is due out this May. www.taschen.com