Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art
James Ensor (Oostende, 1860-1949), Skeletons Fighting over a Smoked Herring, 1891, Oil on panel,
The S.M.A.K. and the Museum of Fine Arts are holding a joint exhibition that examines the relationship between James Ensor (1860-1949) and the work of contemporary artists. James Ensor can without any doubt be considered as one on of the ground-breaking artists of the 20th century. The recent retrospective exhibitions of his work in New York (Museum of Modern Art) and Paris (Quai d’Orsay) demonstrate clearly that he is internationally acclaimed as a pioneering artist. His importance in the development of modern art (e.g. Expressionism) is demonstrated by the many visits made by artists (Kandinsky, Nolde, Pechstein et al.) to his home in Ostend during his lifetime….The exhibition Hareng Saur | Ensor and Contemporary Art focuses on the manifold links and associations which can be made between the work of this master and the artistic practices of a wide range of contemporary artists. James Ensor’s subjects and attitude are of particular interest at the beginning of the 21st century. Themes such as the mask, the grotesque, social criticism, the self-portrait (and the identification with Christ) and death are all subjects dealt with by many outstanding international contemporary artists. The exhibition reveals some of the connections between different kinds of works and approaches Ensor as a contemporary artist amongst his colleagues and peers. Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art is on view until Feb. 27, in Belgium at Gent www.kunstaspekte.de
Skin: PETER NITZ x CDC
This limited edition piece is made of an exclusive range of materials: crocodile skin, 24 carat gold details and a spectacular insect-shaped diamond brooch. www.peternitz.com
Bebe Buell And Stiv Bators At Fiorucci’s 1978
This photo was taken at an incredible party at Fiorucci’s store in Beverly Hills. I think KISS, tons of stars and beautiful girls were present. Fiorucci’s was known for its outrageous fashions and fun parties, as well as the punks who worked there. Bebe had been living with Todd Rundgren and was at many happening parties. Think of Elvis Costello’s “This Year’s Model,” written when he was dating her. Stiv Bators was the lead singer of the Dead Boys. Interesting how celebrities attract. FYI Bebe is the mother of Liv Tyler. Stiv was hit by a car in Paris, refused to go to the hospital, and died in his sleep.
Photo and Text: Brad Elterman
Intellectual Porn Star, 2010s Favorite Oral Starlet Drops Book
Sasha Grey photographed by Terry Richardson for Penthouse © 2007
Sasha Grey, born Marina Ann Hantzis in 1988 in Sacramento, California, adult film star and performance artist, is to release a monograph NEU SEX this late March. Grey has had her hand, physically and figuratively, in more than just pornography, including photography, writing, and music. According to her agents, the Agency Group Ltd, “[Grey] has a strong interest in the films of the French new wave and as such before deciding on her present stage name she was toying with the name of Jean-Luc Godard’s ex-wife Ann Karina. In interviews she has stated that the name Grey represents two things Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Grey and probably most important the Kinsey scale of sexuality; homosexual to heterosexual, a grey scale in-between.” According to Grey, documenting herself “became a necessity” if only to take back a little more creative control. NEU SEX will drop March 29, 2011, from Vice Books.
The Spirit of the Dead Keeps Watch
Paul Gauguin, Manao tupapau (The Spirit of the Dead Keeps Watch), 1892, oil on burlap mounted on canvas
Paul Gaugin, La Perte du Pucelage (The Loss of Virginity) 1890-91
Washington, DC—Paul Gauguin’s (1848–1903) sumptuous, colorful images of Brittany and the islands of the South Seas, some of the most beloved in modern art, are among 100 works by the artist in the first major exhibition of his career in the United States in some 20 years. On view from February 27 through June 5, 2011, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington—the sole U.S. venue—the exhibition Gauguin: Maker of Myth, along with its accompanying catalogue, examines the role that myth-making played in Gauguin’s art, shedding new light on his life and career.
Guns For Hire: The Art of James Georgopoulos
“Enforcer” Unique silver gelatin print w/ acrylic polymer and resin on aluminum and wood panel 2010 48 x 84 x 2 inches
“The Manchurian Canidate” Unique silver gelatin print w/acrylic polymer & resin on aluminum & wood panel 2010 48 x 84 X 2 inches
He has worked with NASA, Oliver Stone, and Al Gore – which makes him immediately cool, and next to his resin coated, original photographs of iconic guns used in films, that are subsequently slathered with multiple coats of shiny resin, Los Angeles based artist James Georgopolous is a total badass. Most of James’ photographs have notes that illustrate the history of each firearm. The gun in the bottom photograph: “[a] .Walther P38 used by Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey in the 1962 film, The Manchurian Candidate” and the top photograph: “The weapon pictured here is the actual screen-used gun used by Inspector Harry Callahan’s (Clint Eastwood) “.44 Magnum”, Smith & Wesson Model 29 n 6 1/2″ barrel.” Fucking awesome. James will be exhibiting at the Red Dot Art Fair in New York City this coming March. www.jamesgeorgopoulos.org
Wildfox Spring 2011 / ‘White Label’
Wildfox Spring 2011 “Sequin Heart” Swing Back Dress Modeled by Adarsha Benjamin photographed by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
Sountrack to Your Life: Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence “Diana”
One of the most overlooked albums of the 60′s, Alexander Lee ‘Skip’ Spence’s 1969 Album “Oar.” Skip Spence was the co-founder of the band Moby Grape. As legend goes on the day of his release from a mental hospital, where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he drove a motorcycle, dressed in only his pajamas, directly to Nashville to record his only solo album, with no other musicians appearing on it.
Skip Spence – Diana
Gunpowder on Pastel
Edward Ruscha, Space, 1971, Gunpowder on pastel on paper, 58.4 x 73.7 cm, Art Institute of Chicago, promised gift of the Neisser Family, 2010, © Ed Ruscha.
On view as part of this exhibition.