|The Bouroullec's Ovale Collection for Alessi|
|Jasper Morrison tableware|
1. A VHS tape of the women’s gymnastics competition at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea that I watched at least a hundred times with my sister
2. A Nancy Drew book titled Captive Witness about Nancy’s quest to save refugee children from an iron curtain country (while she was studying abroad!)
They actually have something in common— they provided a scary and fascinating glimpse into Cold War politics to an otherwise sheltered girl living in the middle of nowhere Michigan.
|Hokusai, Caught by the Ejiri Wind, 1831-3.|
|Wall, A Sudden Gust of Wind (After Hokusai), 1993.|
If it sounds crazy, you got it. I've never seen anything quite this raw, grotesque and powerful. I wasn't able to find a video online of "The Fools," but to get an idea of Shechter's unique voice and vocabulary, check out this video HERE of another ballet "Uprising."
|Photograph of female soldier by Taro|
|Taro with soldier on the front line|
The Mexican Suitcase exhibition at the International Center for Photography features the work of three accomplished photojournalists. Two of them you may have heard of before—Robert Capa and Chim (David Seymour). But the third — Gerda Taro — has the most compelling story. Born in Germany in 1910, she left the country just prior to the emergence of the Nazi Party and was arrested in 1933 for distributing anti-Nazi propaganda. Soon after she met Capa and traveled with him to Barcelona to cover the civil war. She is regarded as the first female photojournalist to cover war on the front line and she took some amazing pictures, including the first image above of a female soldier in training. Despite her romance with Capa, she rejected his marriage proposal and remained a fearless, independent woman until her untimely death at age 27 when a tank collided into her car during battle. As one journalist eloquently put it: “In the years following her death her lover - and fellow photographer - Robert Capa would be proclaimed 'the greatest war photographer in the world'. She'd become a mere footnote in his story.” Sadly, the exhibition doesn’t sufficiently address Taro’s background and trailblazing career. I’m not sure if she has a large enough body of work to warrant a solo exhibition, but I think that would be a fascinating show.
Harold Edgerton photograph
Andy Warhol would be so proud. Art and advertising collide once again in this Miracle Whip homage to Harold Edgerton. Eagle eye CineRobot caught the reference right away, but I don't see anybody talking about it on the interweb. Think the reference is intentional?