Fugitive Suns: The Writings of Andrée Chedid
Image by © Sophie Bassouls/Sygma/Corbis
“With over twenty-six books of poetry, ten novels, four collections of short stories, and various books of theater, film, essays, and children’s works, Egyptian born Andrée Chedid is one of the most noted authors of our time. Chedid spent most of her childhood in Egypt, making frequent trips to France. Her family also had ties to with Lebanon and Syria.
Her early education was in Egypt, but she later attended schools in France and completed her secondary education in Paris. She earned a degree in journalism from the American University in Cairo. Accordingly, as a child and young woman, Chedid was exposed to a wide range of cultural experiences, speaking French and English, and with knowledge of spoken Arabic.
For most of her life, however, Chedid has felt most at home in Paris, and, while her fictions are firmly rooted in emotions and images from the Middle East, she has described her poetry as being “free of time and place,” having no “geographical boundaries,” and “belonging to all lands.” The poems of this volume, Fugitive Suns: Selected Poetry, her first English-language collection of poetry, are selected from her entire career, including works from 1949 to 1995.”
At Eternity’s Gate
If there is any one painting that can turn your heart inside out it’s Vincent Van Gogh’s painting entitled At Eternity’s Gate. The painting was completed in 1890 in Van Goghs room at the psychiatric hospital Saint-Rémy de Provence; just days before he shot himself in the chest in the electric yellow fields of Southern France. When Van Gogh painted this painting he himself was at eternity’s gate trying to pick the lock; making the depiction a haunting visual goodbye. Van Gogh’s last words: “La tristesse durera toujours, ” which means, “the sadness will last forever,” and you can surmise that this is certainly quite possible. The painting is on view at the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands.
Gauche Divine: The Photography of Oriol Maspons
Oriol Maspons is a photographer waiting to be rediscovered and appreciated by a larger audience. Developing his style in Barcelona in the 1960s, Maspons was part of a coterie of artists and intellectuals in an era from the 1960s and through the 1970s called la gauche divine. Members of la gauche divine usually came from the bourgeoisie and upper class families and like most schools of aesthetic philosophy they believed they’re work could change the world. But it’s too easy to lump artists into a category designated to those with whom they are guilty by artistic association: Maspons stands out as a result of his distinctive style, talent and eye. Born in Barcelona in 1928, Maspons moved to Paris in 1955 and began writing for AF and socializing with celebrated Parisian photographers, such as Brassai, Cartier Bresson, Robert Doisneau, and Guy Bourdin. In 1957 he moved back to Barcelona to become a photographer. As most artists serve as mirrors to the zeitgeist, Maspons captured the glamor of la rive gauche, the first hippies, the abandon, the freedom, and the sexual revolution as it was happening in Spain in the 1960s. Oriol Maspons’ first photographs were of the beautiful Spanish women around him; his muses. You can find a collection of these photographs in The Private Collection published by La Fabrica. Maspons’ works are also on view at the Museo Casa Ibanez in Olula del Río, Spain.
The Soft Moon “Into The Depths” 2010
The Soft Moon – Into The Depths
Elliot Ward-Fear A/W 2011
Avant-garde Australian designer Elliot Ward-Fear presents his autumn/winter collection. www.elliotwardfear.com
Adarsha Benjamin: The Places I Go
Photography by Adarsha Benjamin. Shot in Nevada City, CA at the oldest hotel in Nevada City. 2010. www.adarshabenjamin.com
Who Killed Thelma Todd?
On the morning of Monday, December 16, 1935, Thelma Todd was found dead in her Packard convertible still wearing her Saturday evening outfit: a silk and tulle dress, mink coat and diamond jewelery. There is no doubt that Thelma Todd had a dark side. Was this a simple suicide, an accidental death, or something more sinister?
Molly Smith wears McQ Pre-Fall/Winter 2011 in Derbyshire, England.
From a new campaign for Alexander McQueen’s MCQ Pre-Fall/Winter 2011 collection. “Follow MCQ through a series of short films showcasing the subtle complexities of four young British girls from London, Derby, and Stratford; observe their unique environments by entering their homes and lives.” Above video was added just three days ago and there are more segments to follow. www.m-c-q.com