November 25, 2013

Klimt, Bethan Laura Wood

Medizin (1897)

Bethan Laura Wood

November 22, 2013

Sexy danger: Siren, Angel

Funerary siren, Louvre (I Century bC)

Adriana Lima at a Victoria's Secret show (2008)

November 13, 2013

Taken from "On Chesil Beach", by Ian McEwan


"She adored his curious mind, his mild country accent, the huge strength in his hands, the unpredictable swerves and drifts of his conversation, his kindness to her, and the way his soft brown eyes, resting on her when she spoke, made her feel enveloped in a friendly cloud of love."

November 6, 2013

Leonard Freed, Enrique G de la G

 Leonard Freed, Waiting at the airport, Amsterdam (1964)

Enrique G de la G, After the fair (2008)
– the story behind this pic –

October 30, 2013

Olafur Eliasson, Fulldome

Olafur Eliasson, Berlin Colour Sphere (2007)

B3, Fulldome (2013)

October 26, 2013

Intelligentsia: Brassaï, Rogelio Cuéllar

Standing: Jacques Lacan, Cécile Éluard, Pierre Reverdy, Louise Leiris, Zanie de Campan, Pablo Picasso, Valentine Hugo, Simone de Beauvoir.
On the floor: Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Michel Leiris, Jean Aubier.

Brassaï, Paris (1943)

Standing: Tomás Segovia, Gabriel Zaid, Marie-Jose Paz, Alejandro Rossi, José de la Colina, Salvador Elizondo.
On the floor: Octavio Paz, Juan García Ponce, Michelle Albán, Kazuya Sakai.

Rogelio Cuéllar, Mexico City (1975)

October 22, 2013

Robert Capa: 100th anniversary

One hundred years ago, Robert Capa was born.

October 15, 2013

Don't look back: Wyeth, Richter

"But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt."
Genesis 19:26

Andrew Wyeth, Christina's world (1948)

Gerhard Richter, Betty (1988)

October 14, 2013

Art in the street: Joshua Bell, Banksy

Washington subway (2007)

New York City's Central Park (2013)

September 21, 2013

Hands: A history of love

A royal hand, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten (ca. 1349–1336 bC)

Michelangelo, Creation of Adam (1511-1512)

Rudolf Bonvie, Dialog 2 (1973)

Rudolf Bonvie, Dialog 13 (1973)

Hands of Nefertiti and Akhenaten, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten (ca. 1350 bC).

September 20, 2013

Shadows: Camels, Cyclists

George Steinmetz (2005)

Sebastian Boue (2013)

September 17, 2013

3D printed gun bought by a museum

There has been much uproar –obviously– because of the American guy who 3D-printed a gun and uploaded the design to the internet. There was even an interesting docu film made by Vice.

Now, the Victoria & Albert Museum bought it. Even more uproar. (Look at the aesthetics of the pic!)

The paradox was pointed out by Jonathan Jones:
"What this gun really shows is the human propensity to make the worst of its own intellectual power. Within a few years of the Wright brothers making human flight a reality, war planes took to the air. As soon as nuclear fission was achieved, it was used to destroy cities. Now, as soon as 3D printing opens up a new age of design, it is used to preach the might of the gun."

September 14, 2013

Marylinne Robinson dixit

I am afraid I had never reflected upon the etymology of the word "novel", until now, when Marylinne Robinson draw my attention to it thanks to an interview:

"A novel by its nature is new."

September 12, 2013

Floating: Ophelia, Neil Armstrong

 John Everett Millais, Ophelia (1851-1852)

 Paul Fryer, Ophelia (2007)

 Neil Armstrong (1967)

September 11, 2013

Architecture: Roof triangles

Hans Sharoun, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (1978)

 David Chipperfield, Museo de la Colección Jumex (2013)

September 7, 2013

Vivian Maier's 8mm films

The photographic wonder Vivian Maier shot also 8mm films! This is the first one I just saw.

And please notice how obesity was unknown few decades ago.

September 4, 2013

Kate Moss Christ

It seems that girly Christs have become a trend. Now, photographer Nick Knight presented a sculpture of Kate Moss... as winged Christ: with thorn crown and loincloth.

September 3, 2013

"En puntas", by Javier Pérez

A few months ago I posted a sharp picture by Javier Pérez: a girl crucified on knives.

He now published a short version of a longer clip: a ballerina dancing on knives. 

September 2, 2013

Beautiful mess

Patternity is doubtless my favorite and most inspiring, from an aesthetical point of view, page on the web. It is intriguing, challenging, sweet, subtile and mind blowing. It helps to understand beauty from a pattern point of view. Now, even trash or mess can look really beautiful, if you look smartly.

August 29, 2013

"Manifestation", with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Nothing compares to a nice female body: Paris vs. Malibu.

August 28, 2013

Konstantin Altunin vs Kremlin

There is nothing more annoying than unjust power, either if at home, at the office, religious or political.

Konstantin Altunin is the new victim of the Kremlin. The artist painted Putin and Medvedev as women, and now his works and the museum itself have been banned. That might had worked years ago, but not anymore on the internet-era.

So there you go, these are the paintings.

August 26, 2013

Keine Zeit fürs Internet

This is the story of a 26-year old German girl who has never been online and has no interest in doing so. I thought I was a maverick since I do not use cell phones, but am just amateurish...

Published yesterday on the FAS.

Jesse Prinz dixit

"Popular taste tends to be sentimental, saccharine, and overly concerned with prettiness".
Really Bad Taste, p.97

August 25, 2013

Harry Graf Kessler on revolution and violence

Last year I became an admirer of Harry Graf Kessler, the brilliant diarist, cosmopolitan leftist bohème. I am now reading his Berlin diaries, and cannot help myself but underlining almost every passage – it is such an outburst of perspicacity and brilliant observation.

This selection of diaries start with the Novemberrevolution of 1918 and the fall of the German Empire and ends with Kessler's death in 1937.

Since it is impossible to make a selection of phrases, I prefer to refer just to the last I have read so far regarding revolutions and use of violence, being it so actual for nowadays.

Sunday, 19 January 1919 – Berlin

Shooting is the worker's least effective weapon, amateurish and out-of-date, revolution in a romantic wrapper. [...]

Perhaps that gives a hint as to how wars, through the growth of more effective forms of pressure, will come to be eliminated from the international scene. One day mass slaughter and artillery barrages will seem just as simple-minded and old-fashioned in conflicts between nations ans machine-guns do in class warfare. Economics, not military superiority, decided the [I] World War. It can be objected that economic agencies must within certain limits bow to military sanctions when the latter is capable of being forced on them. The blockade, for instance, was a military means of coercion in the defeat of Germany. Nonetheless, it remains an open question whether in modern conditions military coercion would achieve its object for long in the face of united opposition inside a plant or inside a country.

Nabokov on authentic literary creation

Berlin trolley at Unter den Linden (1920s)

In 1976, The New Yorker published "A Guide to Berlin", written fifty years before by V. Nabokov in Russian.

As he is reflecting upon horse-drawn trams and motorized trolleys (whose extinction he falsely predicted), Nabokov writes about the authentic sense of literary creation: "to portray ordinary objects as they will be reflected in the kindly mirrors of future times; to find in the objects around us the fragrant tenderness that only posterity will discern and appreciate in the far-off times when every trifle of our plain everyday life will become exquisite and festive in its own right".

Think of Homer, of Caesar, of Dante, think of Shakespeare and Cervantes and Hugo... It fits perfectly. Now think of all those authors of our time writing bullshit –mostly in affected, cheesy Spanish– and wasting our time and trees and paper and ink and butt.

Read the whole passage, it is truly brilliant:

Long live the tram! Long live Nabokov! Long live REAL literature, threatened by fame and "the market"!

August 22, 2013

Ghislain Dussart's female Christs

Ghislain Dussart aka Jicky Dussart was a French photographer, best know because of his portraits of Brigitte Bardot.

He also has a collection of collages depicting female Christs, which is worth checking.

August 7, 2013

Kafka dixit

"Berlin tut mir von allen Seiten gut."

Mir erst, lieber Kafka!

July 22, 2013

No maybes: Cartier-Bresson, Marlboro

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bankers Trust, NY (1960)

In a recently discovered and published interview, Cartier-Bresson said:
But as for me, I enjoy shooting a picture. Being present. It’s a way of saying, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” It’s like the last three words of Joyce’s “Ulysses,” which is one of the most tremendous works which have ever been written. It’s “Yes, yes, yes.” And photography is like that. It’s yes, yes, yes. And there are no maybes. All the maybes should go to the trash, because it’s an instant, it’s a moment, it’s there! And it’s respect of it and tremendous enjoyment to say, “Yes!” Even if it’s something you hate. Yes! It’s an affirmation.
The quote resembles the Maybe campaign launched last year by Marlboro. Cigarettes and tobacco are awful, but the campaign is indeed fab! I saw some ads this weekend at the Melt! Festival.