April 26, 2012
July 18, 2011
February 18, 2011
See also: Rob Walker on ‘Scalies’
February 12, 2011
Of course, I must admit I was somewhat skeptical of BIG’s waste treatment plant-turned-ski slope.
August 9, 2010
July 31, 2010
- Nice interview with Raf Simons (WWD via HB)
- Lengthy inverview with David Andrew Sitek (BV)
- Awesome interview with Bill Murray (GQ)
- Telling interview with Penn & Teller (Telegraph)
- Decent interview with Ari Marcopoulos (Dossier)
- Hip interview with Pedro Winter (Busy P of Ed Banger) (OC)
- Strange interview with Spike Lee (Gothamist)
- Passable interview with Rafael de Cardenas (S×H)
- Brief interview with Tara McPherson (PSFK)
- Urban China, ever the work in progress (NYT)
- China’s Banks: Great Wall Street (The Economist)
- Bad PR for the nouveau riche in the PRC (WSJ via Gawker)
- The other oil spill (NYT / Salon)
- A green movement grows in China (The Economist)
- The Economist also draws an ophidian metaphor for China’s growth / lack thereof.
- That’s Cool But Can You Make It More Shit?—short James Murphy interview (Nowness)
- The Antlers were amazing at Pier 54 last week (pics / video / new song @ BV)
- Why Music Is Good for You (via 3qd))
- Lil’ Wayne on a typical day in the clink.
- (More on) the Gaga Effect (NYT)
- Trent Reznor scores David Fincher’s The Social Network (NIN via Pitchfork; trailer)
- Inception, musically (NYT)
Media & Technology:
- When cars fly: Wired / n+1 / Bits (Recommended)
- Pure CSS Fail Whale
- Meta-commentary on Old Spice’s post-racial social media marketing.
- Paywall doesn’t pay (The Guardian)
- Apple’s Antenna(e)gate (The Economist / Daring Fireball)
- AWAD items: Frenemies by tongue (NYT); Tech-neology (NPR)… also, autocorrect in theory and in practice.
- 101 quick grilling recipes. (NYT; Bittman also talks watermelon)
- From table (or kitchen, at least) back to farm; also, a pig in a blanket, six feet under, etc.
- Salon asserts that Top Chef is in top form this season, though I find that the casting and challenges for D.C. have been less-than-inspired.
- Um. (AdFreak)
- The High Line, continued (Revs!) (Highly[ne] recommended)
- Diller Scofido + Renfro’s Culture Shed (PSFK)
- The Economist marks George Steinbrenner’s passing with a rough analogy between the man and the city he came to represent.
- The Times wants to know how we do in Brooklyn.
- Hotels host Manhattan’s nouveau nightlife (NYMag); compare and contrast to : “It is part of the legend of New York, real or imagined, that vastly different cultures can thrive quite separately on the same block.”
- An older article on Messi. (Wired)
- Do Typefaces Really Matter? (BBC News) (Yes; highly recommended)
- Um. (NYT)
- Yoko D is back (Racked)
- Galen Strawson on moral dilemmas; it’s another version the ‘Original Choice’ (which is not chosen but embraced, or ‘owned’) in Sartrean ontology… (The Stone)
- Moral dilemmas, again (3qd), which (sort of) leads to…
- Lebronicles: He got game theory; the China factor; Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is tragic sans his two-time MVP (is the original online anywhere?), but perhaps not as bad as some outspoken critics might suggest.
- What Caravaggio means to me (The Guardian)
- Where America Really Came From (via 3qd)
- 52 architects choose the 21 most important buildings from the past 30 years. (VF)
- Denzel Washington on Wesley Snipes (who is going to jail): “Wesley is like a mighty oak tree… Many who know him have witnessed the fruit of his labours. I have sat in his shade and even been protected by his presence.”
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July 27, 2010
- Very Bushwick and very fabulous (NYT)
- You know how we do in Brooklyn (Inc.)
- Pitchfork is Times-worthy.
- I managed to avoid reading any commentary on Inception until I actually saw it for myself yetserday, though at this point, I cannot possibly hope to catch up with all of the bandwidth that has been spilled (not to mention plot spoiled)—in theory and in practice, for example—over Nolan’s polarizing masterpiece. Also: A.O. Scott on film criticism in the digital age in theory and in practice; Dileep Rao (who plays Yusef) gives us the straight dope; Jonah Lehrer speculates on the neuroscience behind the film. Plus, Jonah Lehrer on LSD (in a manner of speaking)
- Am I guilty of “a breezy writing style”? (The Economist; related: China’s microblog macro-crackdown)
- Amid all the talk of his new book Imperial Bedrooms, Bret Easton Ellis also finds time to reflect on American Psycho (The Guardian)
- Sasha Frere-Jones endorses music in cloud form (The New Yorker)
- Tom Vanderbilt included a link to Dave Horton’s unabashedly self-righteous five-part essay on the fear of cycling in his own musings on bicycle highways for Slate. Definitely required reading for anyone who chooses to bike for transportation (as opposed to simply for leisure), with the caveat that it feels a bit too much like justification for my sense of entitlement that I feel when I tell pedestrians to get out of the bike lane. Still, the car culture of the US is easily worse than that of the UK (where Horton’s expertise lies; at least London has congestion pricing) and the essay actually affirmed my fear that cycling still has a long way to go.
- Deitch’s new projects (NYT)
- Brillo: from design to art (Print via BoingBoing)
- An amazing tale of art forensics (highly recommended) (New Yorker; cf.)
- Brion Gysin at the New Museum (NYT); interview with curator Laura Hoptman (AnOther)
- Graffiti prosecution in the Bronx vs. abroad
- Rhizome visits Babycastles.
- Wu Guanzhong, Chinese Artist, Dies at 90 (NYT)
- Why the Art World Hates “Work of Art” (Salon)
- Why Saltz kind of likes “Work of Art” (NYMag); he’s been recapping the show lately. (GQ, for their part, has been interviewing guest judges lately, but New York, not to be one-upped, has exit interviews, including why token outsider Erik kind of likes Jerry Saltz.
- Saltz on the Whitney as it should be (NYMag); Christian Marclay reviewed by his significant other (NYT); plus, the Whitney as it might be and Whitneys that never were; last but not least, The Future Is Stupid: Jenny Holzer × Keds × Whitney = Bloomingdale’s Live Art
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June 12, 2010
May 4, 2010
First of all, the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit at MoMA is really quite remarkable, and I echo Kottke’s rave review (he mentions the image above, which was the first of many that caught my eye).
What he excelled at was seeing things in a different way from most other people.
–A Father of Modern Photography: A Hunter and His Prey, The Economist, April 15 2010
The retrospective has a personal resonance on several levels: I’ve become increasingly interested in photography, journalism and photojournalism in the past couple years; his photographs of early and mid-century China are vaguely nostalgic (probably because I recently spent a couple months living in Beijing with my grandparents, who lived through it); and I recognized HCB’s portrait of Sartre from a book cover.
Discovered while eating a turkey hoagie and contemplating the meaning of life at a roadside stand. Also, admit it: he’s cute as a goddamn bug!
–Mike Sacks, Famous Philosophers and How They Were First Discovered,
McSweeney’s, May 2010
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Liu Bolin at Eli Klein: an excellent show despite the blue-chippy crowd at the opening. It might be more of the same and it probably has a certain loaded cultural content that can only be appreciated as someone who has recently spent time in China, but I would still say that the pieces in On Fire are visually compelling even without the political subtext.
His works have been communicated via emails, blogs, magazines and journals on a massive scale.
Liu Bolin’s earlier Hiding in the City photography series, in which he paints himself into the urban landscape, was inspired by the Chinese government’s demolition of the Suo Jiacun Artist Village in Beijing in 2006. He drew attention to great landmarks in China, both old and modern, while highlighting the lack of recognition which was paid to the citizens that built them. He portrayed the tragedy of the increasing insignificance of the individual in China as the government focused on presenting a modern commercial and industrial image. Rather than trying to fight, people attempted to hide and adapt to these forced changes.
Click images for larger versions.
索家村 – Suo Jiacun [Artist's Village] (apparently, Liu Bolin reps it); 中国当代 – Contemporary China
折 – fold, discount, break, bend, snap, lose, roll over, convert, rebate, twist, double up, be convinced, turn back, turn over, lose money in business, change direction, be filled with admiration, suffer losses (Google Translate)
Eli Klein Fine Art
462 West Broadway (near Houston)
New York NY 10012 [map]
212 / 255-4388
April 30, 2010 – June 4, 2010
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I didn’t make it to the Scott Campbell opening, but it made it into other “emails, blogs, magazines and journals on a massive scale”: TBWE has a nice gallery of the work and the opening; OC has a gallery of the work itself; HB recap; Interview studio visit via HB; Terry stays relevant.
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Of course, people have always used natural materials to make their art, for the simple reason that until recently nature was all they had, said Ellen Dissanayake, a scholar on the evolution of art [who notes that] from the beginning, art demanded transformation. “Even in hunter-gatherer societies, they tend to make their stuff look not organic,” she said. “When they’re painting, they’ll use geometric shapes, make a row of triangles or circles, as though to show humans are more than nature.”
As Ms. Dissanayake sees it, when people make art, or “artify,” they follow several “aesthetic principles,” whether they know it or not. “They simplify, repeat, exaggerate, elaborate and manipulate expectations,” she said.
–Natalie Angier, Of Compost, Molecules and Insects, Art Is Born,
The New York Times, May 3 2010
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I didn’t particularly regret missing the Shepard Fairey opening until I saw this:
More Shepard Fairey and many more after the jump… Read the rest of this entry »
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April 29, 2010
As with his entire body of work, Sartre’s theory of imagination refers to—and, naturally, affirms—his ontology, in which he explores Husserl’s tenet that “all consciousness is consciousness of something” in the context of the ‘detotalized totality’ of being-in-itself / being-for-itself dualism. Sartre postulates an admittedly underdeveloped notion of image consciousness in his early work The Imaginary (1940), though these writings are largely eclipsed by his later political [viz. Marxist] proclivities; nevertheless, his theory of imagination is a sufficient foundation of a phenomenological aesthetics.
Notably, Sartre implies that the imaginary (or ‘irreal’) has the same ontological import as the real: if the real is never beautiful, it is simply because beauty is, by definition, imaginary, where imagination is a permanent possibility of consciousness. A painting, photograph, film, song, performance, etc., necessarily transcends perception—i.e. consciousness of oil on canvas, ink on paper, a projection, an actor, etc.—as an object of image consciousness, which overflows with the meaning of the portrait (etc.): a particular arrangement of brushstrokes or sounds immediately presents itself to consciousness as an image or melody. The abstract, then, is that which escapes us in experience qua perception; colors transcend pigment to conjure mood or geometry.
Hence, Images (in no particular order):
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