One of my favorite photographers, the Brazilian Sebastiao Salgado. On the TED blog there is a lovely display of his work for the project Genesis, which he describes as “my love letter to the planet”.
I recently highlighted Marina Abramovic’s performance art on this blog and lo and behold, JayZ now features her in his Picasso Baby. The Artist Is Present may be the inspiration, but you can bet Picasso Baby will be more popular with the mainstream. I for one am grateful for the collaboration. I think it is an interesting moment in pop culture, like an article in The Guardian says. Having multiple generations communicate and respect each other has become en vogue (watch the Rolling Stones at Glastonbury for example) — what a welcome concept!
Thanks to NPR, I have found Sweden has way more to offer to music than ABBA. Here is the ethereal Anna Von Hausswolff.
“While I was looking at one page, the previous page had already disappeared although it had just become part of me. I dreamed about transforming letters into something physical. In my works, words and letters are lent weight and volume.”
Ballet dancers are rarely interviewed by mainstream media, and although Dave seems to harp on the pain of ballet, I think overall he does a nice job with this interview. Veronica is beautiful, and it is amazing how she can go on pointe automatically, especially after walking in very high heels earlier. She is quite charming; I love Russian accents. I took a Russian language course once, and it was one of the hardest languages I’ve tried!
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This past weekend I went to the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. On display was a piece that grabbed my attention: a large display of spools of thread: 4,392 of them, to be exact (not that I counted).
From further away, it was clear they were carefully placed to create a design, and looking through a looking glass, which flipped the image, I saw “American Gothic”. I found it surprising, creative, and fun. It was a hit with kids who were previously bored in the museum.
The 2010 piece is entitled “After Grant Wood (American Gothic) 3” by Devorah Sperber and was commissioned by the Memorial Art Gallery.
I usually don’t feel jealous of celebrities’ mansions. But, there are exceptions: Robin William’s estate is for sale in Napa Valley.
The Grand Tour of Asia: India | The marble surrounding the Taj Mahal, from local quarries, doesn’t stain—nearly 400 years after the structure was built, it is still spectacularly vivid.
“In March, due to a natural phenomenon Siberia’s Lake Baikal is particularly amazing to photograph. The temperature, wind and sun cause the ice crust to crack and form beautiful turquoise blocks or ice hummocks on the lake’s surface.”
Photograph by Alex El Barto.
Sometimes a photographer just gets the perfect shot. I love this image of 1960s Paris. The stylish older woman, horrified by the young woman’s attire, is nevertheless also fascinated. The young woman combines sexiness with her mini but innocence with the schoolgirl stockings and shoes. The best part of this picture is that they are both in the same cafe, reading the paper, trying to become better aware of the world. Yet, it seems they dare not speak to each other.
photo: Magnum Photos