“Nestled in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square neighborhood, Carrots occupies the storied former space of Ernie’s restaurant, a San Francisco landmark featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, which closed its doors in 1999. The 4,000 square foot luxury emporium is home to a carefully-curated selection of women’s ready-to-wear, shoes and accesories….The stores name, ‘Carrots,’ is a wink and a nod to Grimmway Farms, the Grimm family business, which is the worlds largest grower…and shipper of carrots.” Now in their third year, officially the Year of the Rabbit, Carrots’ presents this kitschy-cool exclusive t-shirt designed by Oliver Maxwell Kupper. Only 15 tees are available. www.sfcarrots.com
Matthew Stone, boy wonder art star of London’s underground, is one of the founders of the !WOWOW! art collective. Stone is a photographer, sculptor, performance artist, curator, writer, optimist and cultural provocateur. One of Stone’s performances at the Tate Britain in 2008 attracted over 4000 visitors. According to his website, Stone “is an artist and shaman.” And there happens to be a sort of orgiastic, ritualistic shamanism in his photographs, what with the allusions to ceremonial dance, plumes of thick white smoke and naked abandon. In fact, Stone is most well known for his nude photographs – the three images above are part of a series called Ritual. Matthew Stone will be participating in a group show entitled All That Is Unseen at the Nederpelt Gallery in Brooklyn – on view until March 14. www.alannederpelt.com or visit the artist’s website www.matthewstone.co.uk
An incredible collection of modern art from the estate of Max Pelevsky, an art collector and venture capitalist who died last year, will be on the auction block at the Los Angeles Modern Auctions. On display will be artists from Picasso to Andy Warhol to Ed Ruscha. Auction: March 6. Preview Open Nowwww.lamodern.com
Stunningly beautiful, mysterious, ageless, and possessed by a peerless elegance, Catherine Deneuve is one of the most legendary actresses in all of cinema. Over the course of her 40 year career—from early work with film giants like Luis Buñuel, François Truffaut, Roman Polanski, Agnès Varda, and Jacques Demy to later films with celebrated contemporary cineastes like François Ozon, Arnaud Desplechin, Raoul Ruiz, and more—Deneuve has played muse for Europe’s greatest filmmakers, channeling her remarkable beauty and compelling eroticism to create some of cinema’s most iconic roles. Presented in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Institut Francais, a 25-film tribute to the actress being held at the Brooklyn Academy represents only a sliver of the over 100 films she has appeared in during her career. Deneuve runs from March 4 to March 31. www.bam.org
She was junkie, a groupie, a legend, and she wound up in a body bag at the tender age of 20. Nancy Spungen, who would have been 53 today, was famous for being the blond waistoid girlfriend of waistoid punk Sid Vicious. Vicious, as if living up to his name, was accused of killing Spungen with a single knife wound to her abdomen on a barbiturate induced night at the Chelsea Hotel in 1978. No body knows who killed her and Vicious died of an overdose before trial. Happy birthday Nancy Spungen.
Nobody can really tell you if this is some kind of brilliant performance art or just plain wholesome American Satan worship. Tyler the Creator is the 19 year old co-founder of “hip-hop collective” OFWGKTA, which stands for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, or for short, Odd Future, based in Los Angeles. Tyler’s sound is surprisingly and refreshingly unique despite the intense gravel in his voice, and his performance is a revolutionary visceral experience not witnessed in hip-hop since the early 90s. It seems as though Tyler and Odd Future have pumped the murder, violence, and degradation back into the medium – which made it so appealing in the beginning – if not for the sake of being shocking, but for the sake of the art form as catharsis. Odd Future will perform at this April’s Cochella Music Festival and release a full length album, Goblin, in same month.
The Australian artist Norman Lindsay (22 February 1879 – 21 November 1969) was a prolific illustrator, sculptor, writer, editorial cartoonist, scale modeler, and boxer. In his epic lifelong battle with the ‘wowsers,’ or moral elite, Lindsay kept drawing naughty pictures. At one point his work was even burned after being deemed blasphemous. If you’re in Australia you can visit the Norman Lindsay Museum/Gallery in Faulconbridge 7 days a week.
1975: I wanted to take David Bowie’s photo in the worst way. I had called his publicist asking for a photo pass, but I was turned down. No one knew me at the time and Bowie had a couple of photographers who did most of his coverage, but this was not going to stop me. I had a tip that he was having a late night recording session at Cherokee Recording Studios on Fairfax Blvd in Hollywood. The tip came from a very reliable source; so, I cut school, got there really early in the morning, and waited for Bowie to emerge. 6am Bowie walked out and the early morning light was magic. All he said to me was “Good Morning.” Since no one was really doing paparazzi-style photography back then both Bowie and his producer, Paul Buckmaster, thought my approach was incredibly hysterical. Word got out to all of the publicists in town that I was bold enough to perform this sort of ambush, but since I was a teenage kid, they all found it amusing. Creem ran the photograph as a full page in their “Stars And Their Cars” section.