I love the uncomfortable beauty of a Mapplethorpe photograph. It’s as if you just invaded someone’s personal space and you’re not really welcome, but you’re still free to stay and watch. Well, unless it’s a naked man, then you kinda move away by yourself. Or you don’t. It usually depends on your gender.
Robert Mapplethorpe is currently exhibiting in LA, if you happen to be around. Amal, you should go, you lucky bitch.
Can’t figure out if I’m too busy or just too lazy to blog. Probably both. Spring’s just great though.
Edit: Mappletrophe is currently being exhibited in Paris as well. Twice, in fact. Here you can read an interview with Patricia Morrisoe, his biographer.
We’re in the age of liberty and rebellion, that’s for sure.
First we have Proud To Protest – a project by SHOWstudio’s Ruth Hodgen and Gareth Pugh in support of Amnesty International’s campaign to raise awareness for gay and lesbian rights. Ruth, who we know from pretty much every Pugh movie, shot another abstract-black-and-white-metaphoric video for the occasion. Very Pugh-ish indeed. The more interesting part of the project, if you ask me, are the striking 20-seconds videos with emblematic figures such as Kate Moss, Nicola Formichetti, Roskanda Illincic, Stephen Jones and my all-time favourite – Michele Lamy. You can watch them all here. And try to find Lamy *hint: search for the most glassy eyes*.
Number two we have Barney’s latest campaign featuring an entirely transgender cast of beautiful ladies and gents. To be honest I’d never imagine something so modern as intersex rights to float around the strict and classic floors of Barney’s, but that’s only my bad. The very-amazing and very-american Bruce Weber shot the advertorial together with a short movie of testimonials from the ‘models’ and their family. It’s truly inspiring to see people who are so well aware of themselves and the world around them. I mean, besides knowing which sex I’m attracted to, everything else is a bit of a mystery to me, so thumbs up for those guys.
With a little over 20 posts and my forth month officially into blogging I must say there is still no clear concept of what’s happening here. We have a few fashion observations, a little good music and some humble opinions on cinema.
But this, this is different. I bumped into F for Fake while reading an interview and I put it on immediately. It was a little bit of a rough start I may say with a few occasional fall-asleeps here and there, but in the end I was as hooked as a little girl on candy.
This is officially the most beautiful, magical look behind the curtains of the ‘art scene’ and its birth. Fraud, fakery and intrigue are the main discussed issues, but individuality, pretentious expertise and modesty slip right in as well. Throughout the magical narration of Orson Welles, who is also the creator of the film (and of Citizen Kane), you get to meet few of the most controversial forgers of the 20th century.
A masterpiece of montage, story telling, great minds, romance and comedy. It’s where documentary meets fairytale. You can watch it here.
And this – this is the first time it actually feels meaningful to write a blogpost.