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Animalania @ Fuse Gallery
February 24, 2009, 12:46 am
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Robin Schwartz

Photo: Robin Schwartz

Lovers of art and living creatures collaborated to deliver, Animalania, an exhibition of quirky vintage animal photographs curated by fashion photographer, Aliya Naumoff. Among the show’s contributing artists are Danielle Levitt, James Iha, Kristin Schaal, Spike Jonze, Karen O and Nick Zinner. All proceeds from the show will be donated to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Awhile ago I wrote a piece about another ASPCA-related event.

Animalania is on display at Fuse Gallery through March 14. The works can also be viewed online here.

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Recap: In case anyone missed our 44th President

Barack Obama in High School

Courtesy of Newsday

Obama’s Inaugural Address: Transcript & Video (NY Times)

Thoughts of The Speech on the way to Texas (NY Times)

Bush Twins’ advice for Sasha and Malia Obama (WSJ)

The Dress (NY Times)And the absurdity of its politics (NY Mag)

Never fear, Obama wore a bullet-proof suit (NY Mag)

Guess which celebrity was early to the Inauguration? (idontlikeyouinthatway.com)

A transparent administration (NY Times)

“Michelle Obama Thinks Sasha and Malia Dolls Are Inappropriate” (Huffington Post)



Weekender

Marie Losier OUTTAKES

Photo: Marie Losier

AGENDA:

Marie Losier OUTTAKES at Luxe Gallery on Sunday, September 7th

Docking of Swoon’s Swimming Cities of the Switchback Sea project at Deitch Studios in Long Island City on Sept 7th.

OH Canada: The underdog of human trafficking (VICE)

Oprah would love to have Sarah Palin on her show, but not until after the election. Sorry, Pals. (NY Daily News)

Gallery of Vampires in Movies. All time favorite: Christopher Lee as Dracula (NY Daily News)

In T Mag:

Javier Bardem Interview
Olympic attire in the vein of iconic designers: “10”
Photo essay inside the community known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Slideshow of Naomi Watts’ “Many Selves”



The rich get richer, the poor become en vogue
September 3, 2008, 1:31 pm
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vogue india

Photo: NY Times

 

The NY Times featured an article this week about a photo shoot for Vogue India that uses the country’s poor as models for its luxury brands. 

Vogue India editor Priya Tanna’s message to critics of the August shoot: “Lighten up,” she said in a telephone interview. Vogue is about realizing the “power of fashion” she said, and the shoot was saying that “fashion is no longer a rich man’s privilege. Anyone can carry it off and make it look beautiful,” she said.

“You have to remember with fashion, you can’t take it that seriously,” Ms. Tanna said. “We weren’t trying to make a political statement or save the world,” she said.

Throwing a $3,000 shawl on a peasant woman who will never earn that much in a lifetime seems a bit unfair, no? As a papaya seller on the side of the road modeling a luxury umbrella for an ad, I’d be wondering, Where’s my cut? Actually, I’d probably be wondering if I could have half of the photographer’s sandwich, but moving on – to be an advertiser asserting that you’re democratizing fashion while neglecting the reality, the social contexts, surrounding the spread itself demonstrates poor taste if not sheer ignorance and exploitation – to say that fashion is for everyone, while stating that your publication is neither making a political statement nor helping the world is contradictory. Surely, a publication of Vogue’s caliber is not ignorant. More importantly, capitalism is not that ignorant. Or is it? Statements are made whether or not they’re intended; fashion at its core is a statement whether you wear nothing or couture.

There are ethics that extend beyond the prerogative of a high profile shoot, certain things that one simply does not do – impoverished citizens, making $1.25 a day, are not the same as struggling models paying their dues, people.



Sarah Jessica Parker As Heidi Klum, Sort Of

sarah jessica parker on project runway

Remember Sarah Jessica Parker’s guest appearance on “Project Runway”? Well, she’s back. This time, Bravo will host SJP’s new show, “American Artist”, an art world’s version of “Project” that encompasses among other mediums, painting and sculpture.

Hm…imagining a modern interpretation of the Statue of David juxtaposed with a shadow box by an edgy, nuvo Salvador Dali. Well, when wasn’t Dali edgy? But you get the idea. The possibilities are infinite (like “black-hole” infinite) especially in classifying art, let alone “good art”. This should be interesting.



call for designers
July 15, 2008, 10:43 am
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project runway

Designers, Project Runway is casting! Deadline: July 16th.

 

*Oh yeah – Best Santino moment: As Tim Gunn.



Week Wrap Up

andre zucca

“Springtime for Hitler” by Richard Brody (New Yorker)

A Hitler era photo exhibition in France incites controversy.

 

Steve Aoki’s Father Passed Away (NYT)

 

Clay Felker: The cover star and renowned founder of New York Magazine

“Felkerism” by Kurt Andersen (NY Mag)

Tight writing style for an iconic subject.

 
Slideshows:
Men’s Cut Off Shorts (NYT) 

Pencil Skirts On the Street by Bill Cunningham (NYT)

NY Newsstands (NYT)

 

“How Leona Helmsley’s Dog Got Stiffed” (NY Mag)

What happened to the rest of her fortune?
 

The Ultimate Nostalgic Vice: Chocolate Chip Cookies! (NYT)