Pink Narcissus, an underground cult film in the same vein as the films of Kenneth Anger, was shot on 8mm film over a seven year period (1963 to 1970). The film tells the story, without dialog and in grandiose technicolor pink, of a young gay male prostitute alone is world of his sexual fantasies. The entire film, except for the last scene, and including all outdoor scenes, was shot on location in the director’s small Manhattan apartment. Interestingly, the film was released without the directors consent and was therefore credited to “anonymous.” For years it was not known who made the film; some people simply assumed Andy Warhol was behind it. In the 1990s writer Bruce Benderson, who was obsessed with the film, finally revealed through an exhaustive search that film’s director is cult artist James Bidgood. Pink Narcissus was just screened in London at the Fashion in Film Festival. The festival runs until Dec 12th.
Paul Éluard was a poet, literary critic, artist and one of the founding members of surrealism. He was also the first husband of Gala, who after one his bouts of tuberculosis left Éluard for Salvador Dali. You can find his selected writings Shadows and Suns, with a cover illustrated by Picasso, here.
“She looks into me
The unknowing heart
To see if I love
She has confidence she forgets
Under the clouds of her eyelids
Her head falls asleep in my hands
Where are we
He alive she alive
And my head rolls through her dreams.”
GLAMOURDEATHTRANSFORMATION. Song: Imperials by Ratatat. Directed by Silja Magg and Masha Orlov. Makeup by Andrea Helgadottir.
London based Manjit Deu is a rising talent in the world of fashion with his eponymous luxury label. www.manjitdeu.com
“A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, director Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations beyond his understanding. Balthazar, whose life parallels that of his first keeper, Marie, is truly a beast of burden, suffering the sins of man. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly. Through Bresson’s unconventional approach to composition, sound, and narrative, this seemingly simple story becomes a moving parable of purity and transcendence.” More info here.
Kunsthaus Lempertz in Germany holds a major auction of contemporary art and photography. Click here for more info.
London, the third annual Fashion in Film Festival presents Birds of Paradise: “a major extravaganza in costume spectacle, dance and diabolical glamour.” Click here for the full program.
The French artist Gil J Wolman (1929–1995) was a pioneer in researching the intersection and alteration of visual and textual languages. This show, the first monographic exhibition of Wolman’s work ever held in Spain, consists of about 250 works and documents, from L’Anticoncept (1951) to Voir de mémoire (1995). It includes the artist’s most important and fertile pieces, some of them never before exhibited. Wolman was an outstanding member of Lettrism, an artistic and intellectual movement that he joined early on. Created in the mid-1940s by the Rumanian-Parisian artist Isidore Isou, Lettrism was based on the early twentieth-century Dadaist and Futurists movements. It maintained that the expressive heights of all artistic languages (poetry, music, painting and so forth) had already been reached. A stagnant historical moment had arrived where anything produced by classic means, even by violating those means, was doomed to repetition or decadence. In order to initiate a new creative cycle, it was necessary, first and foremost, to go back to the beginnings, to deconstruct artistic languages. This meant a return to signs emptied of their semantic weight, that is, a return to letters. The exhibit, Gil J. Wolman: I Am Immortal & Alive, runs until Jan. 11th at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. More here.
Photographer Eliot Lee Hazel is based in Los Angeles, California. www.eliotleehazel.com