Monday, December 11, 2017



Kent Monkman
I've said one time or another that he's my idea of the perfect artist. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

Lygia Clark


I love this image of Lygia Clark's lap and hands cutting with scissors. I'm sure I've posted it before, and it's worth posting again. 

The great Lygia

Friday, November 24, 2017

THE DESIGNER WHO TOOK TIME: Azzedine Alaïa


Fashion's most independent designer, whose work was more architecture and sculpture ("I dress women directly on their body, by intuition") than fashion. 

He dedicated his life to the belief that fashion was more than just garments; to him, they were as much an element in the empowerment of women and of a broader cultural conversation. He used leather and knits to shape and support the body, transforming it into the best version of itself. He eschewed external decoration for internal integrity, weaving pattern and adornment into the weft of the garment itself in ways that were almost undetectable to the outside eye.

His introduction to art came from Madame Pinot, a midwife who helped birth the children in his family, including him. "She gave me books and pamphlets to art exhibitions" and, against his father's wishes, registered him at the School of Fine Arts in Tunis.

AA passed away suddenly last weekend at age 82.


watch a 26 minute untitled homage to Azzedine Alaïa. 




Thursday, November 23, 2017

Simon Moya Smith

Native American Heritage Day falls on the one day each year
when Americans ravenously indulge in material possessions
— Black Friday. So is this an insult to Native Americans?
Of course it is. How could it not be?
If Native American Heritage Day fell on Nov. 5, for example,
then students would be in the classroom and teachers could
offer lessons about the Native American today. But no.
Instead, streams of bundled-up shoppers are standing in
line to make their purchases, with the class the last thing on any kids’ minds as they sit watching TV.
If we’re going to choose a day for Native American Heritage
Day when school is out, then how about Thanksgiving Day
itself? Why not? That way we could learn about the real
history of the holiday, and not the romanticized version
we all hear about.
Simon Moya Smith
Essay on CNN

Winona LaDuke

There is this magical made-up time between Columbus Day
(or Indigenous People’s Day for the enlightened) and Thanksgiving,
where white Americans think about native people. That’s sort of
our window.
November is Native American Heritage Month. Before that, of course,
is Halloween. Until about three years ago, one of the most popular
Halloween costumes was Pocahontas. People know nothing about
us, but they like to dress up like us or have us as a mascot.
We are invisible. Take it from me. I travel a lot, and often ask this
question: Can you name 10 indigenous nations? Often, no one can
name us. The most common nations named are Lakota, Cherokee,
Navajo, Cheyenne and Blackfeet — mostly native people from western
movies. This is the problem with history. If you make the victim
disappear, there is no crime. And we just disappeared. When I
travel, I get this feeling someone has seen a unicorn in the airport.
Winona LaDuke
Essay in Inforum

Sherman Alexie


Q. Do you feel like you’ve been able to make Thanksgiving your own?
A. You take the holiday and make it yours. That doesn’t strip it of its 
original meaning or its context. There’s still the really sad holiday as well. 
It is a holiday that commemorates the beginning of the end for us, the 
death of a culture. I guess you could say Thanksgiving is also about survival, 
look how strong we are.
Q. How do you talk to your kids about the Thanksgiving story?
A. You just tell them the truth, the long historical nature of it. They’re 
quite aware of what happened to us, the genocide and the way in which 
we survive and the way in which my wife and I have survived our individual 
Indian autobiographies.
I guess it’s trash talking: “Look, you tried to kill us all, and you couldn’t.” 
We’re still here, waving the turkey leg in the face of evil.
Sherman Alexie
Interview in Bitch Media

Thursday, November 16, 2017


radish tips in the sink.

Monday, November 13, 2017

parler parlay


a friend in India sent this to me today.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Anita Hill



“I was able to tell the truth of what happened in the face of all those people trying to completely silence me."

+ this

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dee Rees



Dee Rees.

Pariah (2011) with Adepero Oduye as Alike
Bessie (2015) with Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith 
Mudbound (2017) with Mary J. Blige as Florence Jackson


tautog

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Psychological Portrait




“I must discover all the qualities which his family and friends have learned to value over a period of years.”

Marcel Sternberger

reading Jacob Loewentheil’s The Psychological Portrait: Marcel Sternberger’s Revelations in Photography

from top:
Pearl S. Buck, New York, 1948
Family Member of Manuel Tello, FOreign Minister, Mexico, 1951/52
Judy, New York, 1943


Sister Nancy


" They danced as if they didn’t want to dance but couldn’t entirely contain themselves—the merest suggestion of movement: a shoulder here, a hip there."

- Luc Sante
  from his blog PINAKOTHEK, which he maintained annonymously from 2007-2009:


A BLOG ABOUT PICTURES. ALL KINDS OF PICTURES.

I won't pretend to specialize or present myself as an expert in anything. Subjectivity is my middle name, a trick memory is my pack mule, and self-contradiction is my trusty old jackknife. Generally I favor humble over great, marginal over central, old over new--but not always, because like a four-sided porch I'm open to all winds.


give jah the glory.


Friday, October 27, 2017














" I gave up working on my doctorate in gerontology to bake cookies in a restaurant basement (a job I was fired from) and thank my lucky stars I did. "

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Allah on Viking Funerary Clothing






Among the contents unearthed: a necklace with a figurine; two coins from Baghdad; and the bones of a rooster and a large dog.


see this. 



Thursday, October 19, 2017

foul-mouthed (like i like 'em)




Brilliant redefining.

Alana Glazer
Abbi Jacobson
Issa Rae
Yvonne Orji
Jill Soloway
Melina Matsoukas
Jennifer Saunders
Joanna Lumley
Kathryn Hahn
Aurora Brown
Carolyn Taylor
Meredith MacNeill
Jennifer Whalen

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Colette is closing in December.

...the best of, according to the NYTimes.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

the physical and metaphysical of Sári Ember

She proposes imaginary scenarios where every object, every detail and every color scheme is studied, analyzed, and re-created with great care, in order to present a picture of shrouded solemnity and transcendence. She creates her own empirical system of symbology through repeated color and objects and forms.

Sári Ember