Rolla and Marion
Henri Gervex’s 1878 painting Rolla was deemed immoral, as it depicted a scene from a poem by Alfred de Musset about a man who goes to bed with a very pricey prostitute, ” . . .Marion was expensive. To pay for one night he had spent everything . . .. Rolla peered with a melancholy eye over the rooftops, he saw the sun coming up. He moved to the edge of the window. Rolla glanced back to Marie, she was tired and had fallen asleep again…” Whilst sprawled out and pillaged, Marion lays out on the bed panting, eyes closed, out of breath, satiated…..
The Mystery & Ambiguity of Christer Strömholm
left + right: Foire de Pigalle, Paris, 1955*
Originally published in 1967, Poste Restante has become one of the most collectible photography books from the mid-twentieth century, ranking alongside the better known publications of Robert Frank and Ed van der Elsken. Strömholm’s photographic autobiography (more…)
Required Reading: Lautréamont’s Maldoror
“The deadly uses of this book will lap up his soul as water does sugar.” In 1917 French writer Philippe Soupault discovered a copy of Comte de Lautréamont’s manuscript Les Chants de Maldor in the mathematics section of a small Parisian bookshop, near the military hospital to which he had been admitted.. Lautréamont, which was the pseudonym of Isidore Lucien Ducasse, born in Uruguay 1846 and died in Paris in 1870, was immediately canonized as a surrealist god – in the pantheon of Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Mallarme. “Chants de Maldoror unveils a world, half vision, half nightmare, of angels and gravediggers, hermaphrodites, and homosexuals, madmen and strange children.” Right now at the Galerie Anais in the Bergamont art space in Santa Monica, California a small exhibit of inspired drawings by the the similarly morbid artist Hans Bellmer - The Songs of Maldoror and Erotic Series is on view until March 31st. www.galerieanaisla.com
Acne Pre-Fall 2011
Stockholm, Sweden – ACME (stands for Ambition to Create Novel Expressions) presents their pre-Fall 2011 collection. According to designer Jonny Johansson’s the pre-Fall collection for Acne was influenced by the women of Lismore Castle, a private Irish estate with past residents including Lady Charlotte Boyle and Adele Astaire, sister of Fred. READ MORE….
[ The Will to Power as Art ]
drawing of Friedrich Nietzsche by Hans Olde
“Beauty is for the artist something outside all orders of rank, because in beauty opposites are tamed; the highest sign of power, namely power over opposites; moreover, without tension: – that violence is no longer needed: that everything follows, obeys, so easily and so pleasantly – that is what delights the artist’s WILL TO POWER.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche – IV “The Will to Power as Art”
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Shot by Oliver Maxwell Kupper for Pas Un Autre
Modesty Blaise: Terry O’Neill 50 Years at the Top
Brigitte Bardot, Spain, 1971
Terry O’Neill: 50 Years at the Top opened yesterday at the esteemed Chris Beetles Gallery in London. The exhibit celebrates a half a century of Terry O’Neill’s iconic photographs. Including new and unseen prints from the 1960s. It was 50 years ago that Terry O’Neill first picked up a camera, and READ MORE….
Cherry Cola, Sno-Cones and Taffy
Lo-fi god, Ty Segall, after his show at Strange Matter in Richmond, VA. Segall describes his new album, Melted, out on Goner Records, as sounding like “cherry cola, Sno-Cones and taffy.” Ty Segall is currently on a US tour – view winter tour dates here.
Photo and text by Anna Wittel for Pas Un Autre
At the Rainbow House – Director’s Cut
Starring Devendra Banhart and Rebecca Schwartz, the premise of the Oliver Peoples 2011 campaign is an exploration of authentic intimacy and sexuality. The love affair is explored in the one-of-a-kind masterpiece by architect John Lautner: Rainbow House. Produced with acclaimed photographer and aspiring director Lisa Eisner.