Sunday, November 30, 2008
In the Company of Artists is a survey of more than 90 portraits and candid photographs of visual, literary, and performing artists by more than 30 photographers who have had access to the interesting places and people in the world of art. Photographers such as André Kertész, Man Ray, Yousuf Karsh, Arnold Newman and Robert Mapplethorpe took portraits of artists, their families, friends, and surroundings, along with writers, models and others from artistic and bohemian circles from the late 1890s to the present.
Read more about this exhibition organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts at Artdaily
Compubeaver: ...giving Gates, Jobs and Wozniak a run for their money.
Singing the praises of Compubeaver:
'This is one of those things you think, wow, how in the world did we make it this far in the tech age without it?' Ned, Beaver Afficionado
'My cup runneth over from the beaver of knowledge.' Edgar, Super Extra Hi Tech Magazine
'Who knew the internets could be so cuddly?' Katelynn, Expert in Cute
Thanks to my buddy Blort, the Cadillac of link bloggers.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Here are a few of the girls I yearned to emulate:
Jean Shrimpton was the first face of London in the early 60s, a precursor of what came after. She was so sophisticated and I considered her part of an older generation but I remember seeing her face on the covers of all the fashion mags and her look set the stage for a decade of British beauties. She dated photographer David Bailey and Terence Stamp and lived a glamourous life in Mod London. She now runs a hotel in Penzance with her photographer husband Michael Cox.
Twiggy, born Leslie Hornby, was cute and awkward and became a modeling sensation at the age of 16. I remember giving my younger sister an amateur Twiggy haircut and we all penciled in lower eyelashes trying (unsuccessfully) to mimic her look. She dabbled in various areas of showbiz but never regained the fame she had for 4 years in the 60s. She still looks fabulous.
Vogue model, style icon and David Bailey's muse, Penelope Tree (below) was another Sixties It Girl. She wasn't a favourite of mine but I would have traded places with her in a heartbeat. In a rare interview she tells Louise France about her charity work, the misery behind her privileged upbringing - and how the Dalai Lama saved her life. Read more
Remember Paul McCartney's main squeeze, Jane Asher? She was the envy of young girls everywhere. In addition to writing, she now runs Jane Asher Party Cakes (as she has since 1990). The company makes premium cakes for corporations and private parties (including one for Prince Charles' 50th birthday celebration). She's still gorgeous at 61.
Sweetly beautiful Marianne Faithfull was Mick Jagger's girlfriend but was also a successful singer in her own right. I liked her best of all. Her descent into drug addiction is well-documented. To everyone's surprise, including her own, she bounced back in the late seventies with her album Broken English and has had a successful career in music and acting. She is still touring.
Pattie Boyd was muse to George Harrison and Eric Clapton and inspired Clapton to write Layla. She had them both on their knees. She must be broke now because she recently wrote a tell-all autobiography. She's still way better looking than me but wouldn't turn heads at the supermarket. Because I have a nasty side that makes me happy.
Friday, November 28, 2008
This week, the Soul Jazz Recordings published the book which chronicles writer and photographer Beth Lesser's travels around Jamaica in the 80s, telling the story for which the compilation provides a Soundtrack. Here are a selection of Lesser's images and the writer's own captions from the book.
1. She died as she lived: oddly dressed and smelling vaguely of turpentine.
2. Death is not an end, but a beginning. Specifically, the beginning of an eternity of black nothingness.
3. He had many hobbies, and he was very proud of them. He had that rarest of gifts: the ability to find the beauty and artistry in the hardcore amateur farm porn he shot with his Super 8 over at Oakville Community Stables.
4. He touched all of our lives. Unfortunately, he also touched several of our children.
5. Bill was not a rich man. He was not a proud man. He was not a successful man. Nor was he especially attractive, articulate, or even remotely respected. Neither was he particularly well-liked or hygienic. So I suppose, what I'm really trying to say is... there's cake back at the house and if we hurry, we can probably catch the second half of the Bulls game.
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Thursday, November 27, 2008
We found this fascinating series of photos from the archives of LIFE magazine, giving readers a peek inside the homes of the parents/grandparents of some of the most influential musical artists from the 1970's, including the likes of Frank Zappa [above], Grace Slick, The Jackson Five, Elton John, Eric Clapton and many more
Situated roughly 370 miles northeast of Bangkok is the Wat Pa Maha Chedio KaewSisaket temple, nicknamed Wat Kuan Lad, which literally translates to 'Temple of a Million Glass Bottles.' That's because everything in the temple--and we mean everything--incorporates glass bottles.
See more atBeen-Seen.com
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Europeana is a project that showcases European history, literature, arts and science. Three million cultural items – images, texts, sounds and videos went online in an ambitious launch. A little too ambitious it seems as the site crashed after receiving 10 million hits per hour. I'm looking forward to exploring it when it returns in mid-December.
Aquarium Drunkard blogged this true piece of Americana — two iconic masters of their craft conversing with one another via song. Recorded throughout 1969 on three separate occasions, these recordings mark an important historical collaboration between two American poets/musicians.
I'm singing along like a demented honky tonk angel. Johnny is the stronger country voice but Dylan acquits himself on most of the songs.
After two years on Circular Road, our gingerbread project moves a little closer to the harbour, this year landing on the east end of Gower Street to feature these three traditionally colorful row houses.
Above is this year's Gower Street house. Below are some delightful models from previous years.Thanks, Mag!
Stand By Me is one of my favourite songs. Here it is played by musicians around the world as part of the documentary film Playing For Change by Mark Johnson and Jonathan Walls . The song says it all. Sweet!
Via Miss Cellania
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Many thanks to The Reluctant Housewife for the nomination. She has been nominated in the Best Family Blog category.
Ry’s latest project may be his strangest and most ambitious. It’s a trilogy of concept albums, plus a short novel, that resurrects a lost California of places and people that Ry, who is 61, remembers from growing up in the 1950s. It was a dryer and poorer place then, but rich in things he likes, like simplicity and ingenuity, good musicians, cool cats and hot cars. Time and neglect have bulldozed most of it into oblivion. Read more
VATICAN CITY–The Vatican's newspaper has finally forgiven John Lennon for declaring that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, calling the remark a 'boast' by a young man grappling with sudden fame.
Perhaps the Pope was an underground fan in their Frankfurt days?
Many of the other co-residents are quite interesting and affable, often in a Damon Runyon way, and the regime is not uncivilised. In eight months here there has not been the slightest unpleasantness with anyone. It is a little like going back to boarding school, which I somewhat enjoyed nearly 50 years ago (before being expelled for insubordination) and is a sharp change of pace after 16 years as chairman of The Daily Telegraph. I can report that a change is not always as good as a rest.
However, apart from missing the constant companionship of my magnificent wife Barbara, who visits me once, twice or even three times each week and lives nearby in our Florida home with her splendid Hungarian dogs, I enjoy some aspects of my status as a victim of the American prosecutocracy. More
I despise him (perhaps irrationally) and hope he rots in his prison/boarding school.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
"The United States, and perhaps the entire world, is in shock tonight as word spreads that U.S. President John F. Kennedy is dead, murdered by an assassin in Dallas. In this broadcast from that unforgettable day, CBC-TV brings you extensive coverage of the day's tragedy, talking to stunned citizens and politicians in both the U.S. and Canada as they mourn the popular young president."
Friday, November 21, 2008
Seen at Dezeen
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The economic downturn is affecting everyone, including Madison Avenue shoppers. Tim Murphy hit the luxury-store-strewn street to find out how shoppers are scaling back in These Economic Times. One had just bought glasses. "They were cheap. I got the $200 ones instead of the ones that were $400. Just 'cause I'm trying to be, you know, a good person." Another told him, "I'm eliminating silliness — necessities more than superfluous nonsense." He had just bought something at Tiffany & Company. Watch the video to find out what (after the commercial):
The Amami rabbit — a threatened species found only in the Ryūkyū Islands — may become Japan’s first endangered animal clone. Scientists at Osaka’s Kinki University have cloned an embryo of the endangered rabbit and are awaiting its birth next month, it was announced earlier this week.
The Amami rabbit (Pentalagus furnessi) is a nocturnal, forest-dwelling “primitive” rabbit with dark fur, short legs, large curved claws and small ears. Found only on the islands of Amami-Ōshima and Toku-no-Shima, it is sometimes called a “living fossil” for its resemblance to ancient rabbits that once inhabited the Asian mainland. The Amami rabbit’s dwindling population — now estimated at between 2,000 and 5,000 — has earned it a spot on Japan’s endangered species list.
Unfortunately these cute clones will be living in zoos unless people address the root cause of the problem: encroachment on their habitat.
Read more at Pink Tentacle
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.
19 November is World Toilet Day – a day to celebrate the humble, yet vitally important, toilet and to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis.
Imagine life without a toilet. No toilets in your home or at work, no public toilets, no toilets anywhere. Imagine the mess. Imagine the disease.
It's hard to imagine life without something we take for granted, but this is the daily reality for 2.6 billion people – 40% of the world's population.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
A great article with lots of pictures of The World's Biggest Food Market:
Rungis, just outside Paris, is a cult place for gourmets. It is so huge you need a car to go from one hall to the next. That is where Parisian chefs buy what they cook. I was able to visit at 4h00 in the morning.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
BY EVENTUAL profession, Bruce Bernard was a writer, compiler and editor of books about painting and photography. By longer social reputation, he was a well-known figure in Soho in the decades when its pubs and bars were frequented by painters and writers, and by those who nearly were or wanted to be.
Bernard had no academic qualification and gained his considerable knowledge from many years spent in the company of painters and photographers, and by looking at pictures in galleries and in photogaphic archives spread across the world. He was a passionate discoverer, particularly of neglected documentary photography from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and arguably the finest (certainly the most decisive) judge in this country of what makes a good and interesting photograph. More
In 1996 Bruce Bernard was commissioned to create a collection of photographs for an eminent private collector. After several years of trawling through galleries, art fairs and auction houses he settled on 100 images that "truly stimulated and satisfied" him. One Hundred Photographs is a wonderful book of those images. I found it yesterday among the zillions of books at The Book Depot and couldn't put it down. It was tough to choose which of the hundred photos I'd scan and post. They're all so good. Bernard's insights on the photographs are fascinating but you'll have to buy the book to see them.
Here are cats – 1,455 of them in total, presented throughout one giant arena in cages and on judging platforms – who like being stroked backwards, cats who wouldn't know a shrew or vole if it bit them on the tail, cats that look like Benicio Del Toro, cats that appear to have been squeezed from a tube, fully formed.
Nicolai Ouroussoff writes: Buffalo is home to some of the greatest American architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with major architects like Henry Hobson Richardson, Frederick Law Olmsted, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright building marvels here. Together they shaped one of the grandest early visions of the democratic American city.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
From the sumptuously furnished studios of the late 19th century to the austere workrooms of the present day, studio spaces have played a dynamic role in the history of American art-not simply reflecting aesthetic visions, but informing them. This look at artists in their studios, through photographs and documents from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, offers a behind-the-scenes view into the life of American artists and their unique work spaces.Jackson Pollack is pictured above holding a can of paint circa 1950.
See other photos from the 2006 exhibit