A Monkey and a Woman


Left: Hansel Mieth’s portrait of a Rhesus Monkey in Puerto Rico in 1938
Right: Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1960

Instructions on How to Wind a Watch

By Julio Cortazar

Death stands there in the background, but don’t be afraid. Hold the watch down with one hand, take the stem in two fingers, and rotate it smoothly. Now another installment of time opens, trees spread their leaves, boats run races, like a fan time continues filling with itself, and from that burgeon the air, the breezes of earth, the shadow of a woman, the sweet smell of bread.

What did you expect, what more do you want? Quickly. strap it to your wrist, let it tick away in freedom, imitate it greedily. Fear will rust all the rubies, everything that could happen to it and was forgotten is about to corrode the watch’s veins, cankering the cold blood and its tiny rubies. And death is there in  the background, we must run to arrive beforehand and understand it’s already unimportant.

Graciela Iturbide4

Graciela Iturbide




Beautiful dancers by the German/Danish artist Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde, Tänzerin (dancer), ca. 1920-1925Bild 003

A dancer moves ecstatically, her fluttering skirt barely covering her body. For Nolde her nakedness and unabashed sexuality tapped into primal instincts, signaling an authentic form of expression and a harmony with the natural world, removed from the decadence of urban dance halls. Yet two sketchily rendered figures to the left, behind the flaming torch, place the performance within the voyeuristic context of the German stage.

Heather Hess, German Expressionist Digital Archive Project, German Expressionism: Works from the Collection. 2011.

Time for me to talk

Ansiedad. Pedro Figari.

Ansiedad. Pedro Figari.


Self Portrait. Amrita Sher Gil

Self Portrait. Amrita Sher Gil



Olympia. Edouard Manet. 1863.

A Parody of Manet's Olympia with Junyer and Picasso. By Pablo Picasso. 1902.

A Parody of Manet’s Olympia with Junyer and Picasso. By Pablo Picasso. 1902.

The Black and The White. Felix Vallotton. 1919

The Black and The White. Felix Vallotton. 1919

Mel Ramos, Manet's Olympia, 1974. Lithograph.

Mel Ramos, Manet’s Olympia, 1974. Lithograph.

Portrait (Futago). Yasumassa Morimura. 1988

Portrait (Futago). Yasumassa Morimura. 1988


Olympia, YSL Spring 1999 ad campaign for Rive Gauche, shot by Mario Sorrenti.

The Mediterranean

 The Mediterranean. Aristide Maillol. 1902-05.

The Mediterranean. Aristide Maillol. 1902-05.