Reissued: Harald Grosskopf’s ‘Synthesist’
Imagine being holed up, alone in your friend’s house in the West German country side….it’s 1979….you are heartbroken after a recent break up with a girlfriend….your friend happens to have a home studio with a Revox reel-to-reel 8-track recorder and a primitive, temperamental Minimoog…..its Summer and you have a lot of time on your hands….inventing new, strange sounds. When Harald Grosskopf emerged from his heartbroken solitude he had inadvertently produced one of the first examples of synth-pop. Harald Grosskopf’s album ‘Synthesist,’ originally released on Sky Records in 1980, RVNG Intl. celebrates the 30th year anniversary with this a mastered and packaged reissue. www.igetrvng.com
Harald Grosskopf – Synthesist
RODARTE: STATES OF MATTER
Rodarte: States of Matter presents recent work in fashion and costume design by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. Installed as a series of interrelated conceptual vignettes, both static and in motion, the installation portrays garments as charged sculptural objects. The exhibit opens today March 4 and runs until June 5. www.moca.org
Man: Woman and Child
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There’s something about women and girls dressed in fashion designed for the opposite sex: you can spot them from a mile away. It’s a powerhouse ‘i can do anything better than you can’ attitude strutting down the street in biker boots, at an afternoon symphony in loafers with tassels, or at a cocktail party in black and white wingtips. Some of the most influential, inspiring women throughout creative history have been known to frequently don a more masculine ensemble: Marlene Dietrich, Patti Smith, Lou Doillon, Chloe Sevigny and even Shiloh Jolie Pitt have at times been partial to men’s wear. A sense of allure and mystery has and will always accompany these women in their style. Although menswear for women will forever be in, the style is coming to a peak this year. Fall/Winter 2011 collections are promising layered blazers, silk slacks, and men’s wool coats galore. Need a go-to shop to outfit yourself in androgyny? A safe and successful bet you’ll always find at Opening Ceremony and for those of you helping the littlest of the style hungry, don’t forget to check out the “borrowed from my brother” section of Jenna Lyons’ ingenious kid’s line Crewcuts at J-Crew.
Text by Lily Harris for Pas Un Autre
Soundtrack to Your Life: “That Summer Feeling”
That “summer feeling” will haunt you for the rest of your life. Jonathan Richman is an underrated genius and one of the many mad scientists of proto-punk – punk before punk – nevermind. Anyways, Richman’s music has a timeless aura – one that crackles with the magnificent dust of celluloid and crooners of yore, as well as the crisp post modernism of today’s new digital era – and beyond too. The song below could fit in anywhere, it could have been left accidentally on the live reels of Ritchie Vallens or experimental solo demo of a deranged, lonesome hipster in his basement in Rhode Island. But, alas, the below gem comes from Jonathan Ritchman’s 1992 album ‘I, Richmond.” If you are lucky enough to be in Boston, run over to catch Jonathan Richman live at the Somerville Theater.
Text by Oliver Maxwell Kupper for Pas Un Autre
Jonathan Richmond – “That Summer Feeling”
Retrofit: Ferragamo Creations
The house of Salvatore Ferragamo, famous for their shoes, is bringing back some of their amazing past creations, including the above rainbow and gold sandals, designed for Judy Garland in 1938. “Ferragamo’s Creations” is an exclusive collection of limited, numbered pieces from the Ferragamo Museum’s historic shoes and the brand’s iconic bags. You can buy the above shoe here.
Collective Unconscious: Surrealism Exhibit in Moscow
Giorgio de Chirico – Cavalli in riva al mare, 1928
InArtis project in collaboration with Moscow’s State Historical Museum and with support of a concierge club presents the exhibition “The Collective Unconscious: Graphical Surrealism from De Chirico to Magritte”. The exhibition starts on the 1st of May.
Gentleman of Yore: Frederick Cayley Robinson
“Self Portrait” 1898
Frederick Cayley Robinson (18 August 1862 – 4 January 1927) was an English painter, decorator and illustrator. He is perhaps best known for his series of paintings for the Middlesex Hospital entitled “Acts of Mercy” commissioned around 1915 and completed in 1920.
ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ Retrospective
Underwater Swimmer Esztergom,1917, André Kertész
“After I was wounded [in WWI] I was in the hospital for almost nine months. We went swimming in the pool every day, and I realized the distortions in the water. When I photographed them my comrades said, ‘You are crazy. Why did you photograph this?’ I answered: ‘Why only girl friends? This also exists.’ So I photographed my first distortion in 1917 – others followed later, especially the nudes in 1933.” -André Kertész, Kertész on Kertész
With around 250 photographs and countless magazine contributions, a retrospective of photographer André Kertész is on display at the Fotomuseum Winterthur on view until May 15, 2011. www.fotomuseum.ch
I’ve Got a Bad Bad Love…for Alexander Ebert
Alexander Ebert photographed by Adarsha Benjamin © 2010
Alexander Ebert can’t stop reinventing himself. This time Ebert has reinvented himself….as himself. Thank god. Ebert’s new album has some incredible songs. I’ve always loved Ebert’s songwriting and musical delivery; akin to the virtuosity of David Byrne, with the work ethic of Arthur Russel. After a stint as the lead singer and founder of the hippie-big-band-orchestra Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, who enjoyed a seemingly flash point meteoric rise, Alexander Ebert has gotten back together with himself. His album, titled Alexander, is more self exploratory, somewhat somber, and purely honest.
Text by Oliver Maxwell Kupper for Pas Un Autre
Alexander Ebert – Bad Bad Love
Alexander Ebert – Glimpses