Posted May 11th by in Fashion, Uncategorized



Benjamin Péret’s Leg of Lamb

Posted May 11th by in Culture, Literature

Benjamin Péret was a founding member of surrealism, a card carrying surrealist – if there ever was such a thing – and he was Salvador Dali’s favorite poet; as well as a revolutionary and a rabble rouser who stirred the pot of literary movements as well as political ones. Péret, like his writing, led an almost automatic life. Entering world war one in order to avoid persecution for defacing a statue and whilst in a fox hole one day he discovers the writings of Dadaist Guillaume Apollinaire - a Dadaist poet who coined the word surrealism.  After the war Péret found his way in to the heart of the burgeoning surrealist movement and subsequently into the heart of its founder Andre Breton.  The surrealists found it best to stay close in the early years of its founding in order to protect their brilliant, insane, and sometimes infantile visions of the world – a vision that if proclaimed by a solitary person would most likely lead to confinement for insanity  in a world that saw if perfectly fine without all the sliced eyeballs and flying tigers.

“…a smorgasbord of automatic writing.”

But Benjamin Péret was one of the only surrealists, beside Andre Breton, who stayed a surrealist even after the mirage wore off.  Péret’s Leg of Lamb: Its Life and Works, which is available now on Wakefield Press, is a “foundational classic of Surrealist literature.”  Almost entirely written in the 1920s,  Leg of Lamb is a collection of brilliant, absurdist visions - twenty-four narratives in short prose  - a “smorgasbord of automatic writing.”  Visit the the Wakfield Press website and pick up a copy for your collection – its a must for your library.


David Bowie, Artist

Posted May 11th by in Art, Culture, Music

This summer, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York presents David Bowie, Artist, a multi-platform retrospective re-framing Bowie’s daring, multi-discipline career as that of an artist working primarily in performance. From his roots in such performance-based practices as cabaret, mime, and avant-garde theater, to Ziggy Stardust, his revolutionary tour that synthesized theater, music, and contemporary art into a rock spectacle, as well as his innovative video collaborations, and his work in cinema and theater, David Bowie, Artist presents Bowie as one of the most iconoclastic cultural producers of the 20th century. On view until July 15th –


Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

Posted May 10th by in Art

American expatriates in bohemian Paris when the 20th century was young, the Steins — writer Gertrude, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael’s wife, Sarah — were among the first to recognize the talents of avant-garde painters like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Through their friendship and patronage, they helped spark an artistic revolution. This landmark exhibition draws on collections around the world to reunite the Steins’ unparalleled holdings of modern art, bringing together, for the first time in a generation, dozens of works by Matisse, Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others. Artworks on view include Matisse’s Blue Nude (Baltimore Museum of Art )and Self-Portrait (Statens Museum, Copenhagen), and Picasso’s famous portrait Gertrude Stein (Metropolitan Museum of Art). Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde is on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from May 21 to September 6.



[REVIEW] 2011 Austin Psych Festival

Posted May 10th by in Culture, Music


The sprawling, dilapidated Seaholm Power Plant on the southwestern edge of downtown Austin, Texas is an ideal venue for a haunted house—or, incidentally, for the purpose it served on the weekend of April 29th; the creation of a dark, otherworldly atmosphere to celebrate the current resurgence of psychedelic music and commemorate its Southern roots. The vast cement edifice, its original purpose defunct since 1986, now serves as a occasional venue for performances, festivals and other events, resting dormant for the remainder of the year. For this year’s Austin Psych Fest, the Seaholm plant housed two stages, a sweeping bar, a band merchandise area, several local vintage clothing and record-vending stands, an outdoor food court where one could procure face paint, henna tattoos, feather jewelry or a massage, countless mazelike passageways leading to various vacant, roped-off chambers and a private upstairs area decorated with giant dream-catchers, draped string lights, communal hookah pipes, plush fur rugs and sunken couches for artists, their guests and members of the press to unwind in. (READ MORE…)


The only paradise is paradise lost….

Posted May 10th by in Art, Ballet, Photography

Los Angeles, California. From a photo spread to be published in the upcoming printed edition of Pas Un Autre. Sign up for the newsletter to be informed…


In the Light of Mexico

Posted May 10th by in Culture, Photography, Poetry

Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata were stealing back Mexico for the people.  Freedom was being won with blood.  Mexico was in the throes of a revolution. The great first quarter of the twentieth century Mexico was fertile ground for not only revolutionaries, but also artists. Mexico was indeed succeeding to a modern world.  Mexico, always the symbol and champion of the underdog, the poor, the hungry has always held on strong to its icons.  They were roughhewn in their prismatic, threadbare ponchos, sombreros, and dark mestizo skin that glowed amber under a romantic, warm desert sun in a landscape of infinite flowers, cobble stone, and chirping monkeys. And like inventing memories from photographs, our images of Mexico have been always invented by this imagery.  It’s the murals of Diego Rivera, the gardens and portraits of Frida Kahlo and the poems of Octavio Paz that paint of landscape of a bygone Mexico – poorly preserved by kitsch, refrigerator magnates, and theme restaurants. We always wonder what happened to the good old days when they’re seemingly gone forever.  Certainly one of the most influential icons of Mexico’s good old days is the photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo. (READ MORE….)


Dark Night

Posted May 9th by in Culture, Poetry

“they say nothing is wasted: either that or it all is.” Dark Night Poem, Charles Bukowski


Houdini: Art & Magic

Posted May 9th by in Art, Culture

Magician, escape artist, and showman extraordinaire Harry Houdini (1874–1926) has remained an object of fascination for generations. Combining biographical and historical artifacts with contemporary art inspired by his physical audacity and celebrity, Houdini: Art and Magic explores Houdini as an individual and an enduring cultural phenomenon, documenting the period in American history when the young Jewish immigrant helped shape the cultural landscape and became an acknowledged mass-market star. Featuring more than 150 objects—including film clips, stunning period posters, dramatic theater ephemera, rare photographs, original props (including a straitjacket, milk can, and Metamorphosis Trunk used by Houdini), and the work of select avant-garde artists—the exhibition reveals Houdini’s legacy as an iconic figure, both in his time and in ours, who has inspired artists today to reconsider his role as a daring persona. On view at the Skirball Center in  Los Angeles until September 4.


Bon Voyage!

Posted May 9th by in Photography






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