Posted: November 4, 2014 Filed under: Art, Photography | Tags: 30s, 60's, angry, Hansel Mieth, LIFE magazine, monkey, Puerto Rico, Rhesus Monkey, Silvana Mangano, swimming, water, 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
Posted: October 17, 2014 Filed under: Art, Photography, Prose, Writing | Tags: Argentina, birds, Cortázar, death, eyes, Graciela Iturbide, Instrucciones para dar cuerda al reloj, instructions, Julio Cortazar, Latin American Art, latin american literature, Mexico, time, watch, woman
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.
Posted: September 25, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: dancer, dancers, Danish, emil nolde, German, German Expressionism, lithograph, print, Tanzerin, woman
Beautiful dancers by the German/Danish artist Emil Nolde
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.
Posted: July 26, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: Amrita Sher Gil, Hungary, India, nude, Self Portrait, woman
Self Portrait. Amrita Sher Gil
Posted: June 19, 2014 Filed under: Art, Fashion, Painting/Drawing, Photography | Tags: art history, black, contemporary art, controversy, Felix Vallotton, man, Manet, Mario Sorrenti, Mel Ramos, nude, nudity, odalisque, Olympia, Picasso, prostitute, roles, white, woman, Yasumassa Morimura, YSL
Olympia. Edouard Manet. 1863.
A Parody of Manet’s Olympia with Junyer and Picasso. By Pablo Picasso. 1902.
The Black and The White. Felix Vallotton. 1919
Mel Ramos, Manet’s Olympia, 1974. Lithograph.
Portrait (Futago). Yasumassa Morimura. 1988
Olympia, YSL Spring 1999 ad campaign for Rive Gauche, shot by Mario Sorrenti.
Posted: June 15, 2014 Filed under: Art, Sculpture | Tags: Aristide Maillol, French, Mediterranean, nude, woman
The Mediterranean. Aristide Maillol. 1902-05.