Posts for November 2009
Tagged with: Interview, Andy Warhol, pharrell, Bob Colacello, Michael Jackson
Floria Sigismondi's beautiful promo ad for MAC Cosmetics Hello Kitty!
My love of opera came from somewhere very important...
When I sam the album artwork for Rihanna's new CD Rated R, I was instantly reminded of the album artwork for Duran Duran's Rio, and clippings of artist Leigh Bowery. It isn't difficult to see that nothing "new" is ever really fresh. Boys and Girls have been ricking the androgynous Glam look for decades. Here's a brief look back:
Tagged with: Lindsay Lohan, Anna Piaggi, Stephen Sprouse, glam, Rihanna, debbie harry, Duran Duran, eighties, Boy George, adam lambert, Leigh Bowery
There is little bad to say about Lady Gaga. She's brilliant, both artistically and musically. Yes, she can sing. Yes, she can compose. Yes, she's beautiful. Yes, she's a brunette. Don't believe me? Here she is performing in a talent competition at NYU in 2006.
Julianne Moore as Ingres's 'Grand Odalisque', New York City, by Michael Thompson, 2000, publ.
April 2000. Michael Thompson. © 2000 Michael Thompson.
If you haven't yet visited Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913 - 2008, please make the effort to take in this
fabulous exhibit. The recent celebrity portraits are obviously a huge draw, but the real jewels are the photos
taken during the first half of the twentieth century. It is incredible how creative and inspired these
photographers were considering their limited technological resources. This exhibit will give you a new appreciation
for portrait photography.
Even more exiting is the accompanying 'Question of Celebrity' film series going on tonight. Two films will be screened.
Choose one, or stay for both! The first is a documentary on photographer Annie Liebovitz entitled "Life Through a Lens."
The second film is one that I have seen. "Valentino: The Last Emperor" is an amazing behind the scenes look at the
creation of Valentino's final Haute Couture collection, and the retrospective exhibit that was produced in his honour.
You will not want to miss it. The preview below is a hilarious insight into his personality...
"I love beauty, it's not my fault."
Monday November 23, 2009:
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006)
Annie Leibovitz, chief photographer for Vanity Fair magazine, has produced some of the most iconic images
of the last 30 years. Director Barbara Leibovitz reveals her sister’s artistic process and personal journey. (82 minutes)
Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)
Director Matt Tyrnauer takes an intimate look at the world of high fashion through the relationship of designer
Valentino and his longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti. (96 minutes)
Both films are playing at the Royal Ontario Museum, Signy and Cleophee Eaton Theatre, Level 1B
Please enter through President's Choice Entrance, at south end of Museum.
This film series is presented by the Institute for Contemporary Culture.
A collaboration between Vanity Fair and the National Portrait Gallery, London. Vanity Fair is a registered
trademark of Advance Magazine Publishers Inc.
"Valentino: The Last Emperor" is an amazing behind the scenes look at the creation of Valentino's final Haute Couture collection, and the retrospective exhibit that was produced in his honour. You will not want to miss it. The preview below is a hilarious insight into his personality..."I love beauty, it's not my fault."
Only in the dream-o-sphere that is the Victoria's Secret fashion show can any one get away with wearing a three million dollar diamond fantasy bra. I want to say that seems excessive, but who am I kidding. The frivolity is incredible.
Marisa Miller had the opportunity to wear the $3 million Fantasy Bra this year. It's piped with 150 carats of stones, including a dangling 16-carat heart-shaped stone.
In case you have nothing better to do with a few million, you can actually buy the bra. Unfortunately, orders are taken by telephone only and no other discount applies.
In this exclusive video we find out that models actually do eat... preferably cupcakes.
Watching Gustavo Dudamel work with an orchestra is such a pleasure. He's young, enthusiastic, and he knows his music. He knows exactly what he wants at all times, and makes sure that his orchestra brings to life his vision of "the universe that is a symphony." Not all art is beautiful and pretty, sometimes it has to be repulsive... Rumor has it he's being considered for the position of Music Director at La Scala. He will definitely bring in a fresh perspective.
Take me to New York right now! The MoMA is currently running a career retrospective exhibition of Tim Burton's artwork and designs.
In the above clip Burton discusses his body of work, the inner workings of his mind and growing up watching monster movies. He let's us know that the circular dynamic of striped socks both calms and grounds him, and "the word normal always scared me because that indicated something that was quite subversively terrifying in some way."
There are no words for how amazing Federico Fellini's original 1963 film "8 1/2" is. It's the story of a film director (Marcello Mastroianni) who has a severe case of director's block. The film captures the process of creation, and unfolds organically. If you haven't seen it, please go rent it before shelling out for the upcoming Hollywood Musical remake "Nine." I have a feeling that it would be very difficult to appreciate the subtleties of the original after watching the new version. I'm obviously really excited for "Nine" anyway.
During times of economic turmoil, the arts are the first to feel the pinch. In response Vogue has made performing arts the star of their December issue.
Tagged with: Vogue, Coco Rocha, Grace Coddington, Lily Cole, lady GaGa, Annie Liebovitz, performing arts, December Issue, Wynton Marsalis
Tagged with: Naked, Bruce Weber, Vanity Fair, ballet, photos, Dance, Yum, ROBERTO BOLLE
Lady GaGa is a brilliant image maker, artist, and performer. She is changing the face of the mainstream as we know it, ushering the avant garde. Welcome to Art, Life, and Stilettos. Killer.