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Current Reading: Cristóbal Balenciaga, Philippe Venet, Hubert de Givenchy : by Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery: Flammarion, 2011

A Cristobal Balenciaga wedding dress as seen in " Cristóbal Balenciaga, Philippe Venet, Hubert de Givenchy"A Cristobal Balenciaga wedding dress as seen in " Cristóbal Balenciaga, Philippe Venet, Hubert de Givenchy"

A trio of grand couturiers in the uncompromising French tradition, showcased in the family chateau of Minnie, Princess of Beauvou Craon? What a luscious proposition,

CURRENT READING: CAFE SOCIETY: SOCIALITES, PATRONS AND ARTISTS 1920-1970: THIERRY COUDERT: FLAMMARION

A chronicle of the privileged and the sybaritic  drifting beautifully into a  state of exquisite obsolescenceA chronicle of the privileged and the sybaritic drifting beautifully into a state of exquisite obsolescence

I was drifting through The Strand when I bumped into Thierry Coubert's "Cafe Society", graced by this very haughty portrait of Barbara Hutton on the cover. You might want to despise Ms Hutton's evocation of perfect arrogance in this image. The serious jewels, the angular plane of those cheekbones , that tight mouth, the bouffant coiled to look like a frozen froth, the careless hand gesture with the cigarette held at a distance from the body. The dog,…the fur shrug…the floral dress. Look at how it creates a visual melange of absolute self-indulgence. It is like the best Vogue Italia cover that never was.

CURRENT READING: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: MARIPOL: DAMIANI

This book cover looks so much like the best album cover Madonna never did.This book cover looks so much like the best album cover Madonna never did.

"We grew up in a world where it was ok to exchange ideas with other people, and it wasn’t so rigid, and it's like what you said about the new wave and punk movement, it was much more raw and tougher and it was about a bunch of people who had something to say. It wasn't so boxed in and so pre-fabricated. It was something very organic and cool and very hard, you know, which is great."

Marc Jacobs in conversation with Maripol, excerpted from Little Red Riding Hood.

CURRENT READING: THE LITERATURE OF ANCIENT EGYPT: WILLIAM KELLY SIMPSON

scraps of  hymns to the gods, mythological and magical texts,  extensive collections of mortuary texts, wisdom texts, poems,scraps of hymns to the gods, mythological and magical texts, extensive collections of mortuary texts, wisdom texts, poems,

Having grown up with all those Greco-Roman legends deep drilled in our heads, don't you wonder sometimes what preceded that tradition of "antiquity" ?

CURRENT READING: WRITING AND DIFFERENCE: JACQUES DERRIDA : Alan Bass (Translator)

Please consider Jacques  Derrida's call to "new ways of thinking, reading, and writing"Please consider Jacques Derrida's call to "new ways of thinking, reading, and writing"

This one goes out to the long lost memory of that certain college professor that made me read "Writing and Difference" as a part of his "Film and Philosophy" course. At the time I don't think I consciously understood a word of this early foray of Mr. Derrida into the field that came to be known as "Deconstruction". Deconstruction was so hot in the 90's it even became a fashion movement. Jacques Derrida was so hot in the 80's Scritti Polliti crooned an ode to him. How's that for cultural impact? Upon re-reading "Writing and Difference" these past few days (I will not front and say I'm anywhere close to finishing) , something occurred to me.

At the time I may not have consciously "gotten" Derrida's call to "new ways of thinking, reading, and writing,—new ways based on the most complete and rigorous understanding of the old ways" but I was very unconsciously inspired it. I think I'm currently in a process of experimentation based on that provocative thought that perhaps the body of Western knowledge we carry culturally is far from a complete and objective truth. If you like rebel energy then this great French thinker's invitation to, in essence, "question everything" is one of those compelling calls to intellectual freedom akin to The Sex Pistols screaming "I am an anarchist. I am the anti-christ."

Current Reading: Inside The White Cube : The Ideology Of The Gallery Space : Expanded edition : Brian O'Doherty.

If it is understood that art history could be, rewritten as a history of art exhibitions , it is in part  to these essaysIf it is understood that art history could be, rewritten as a history of art exhibitions , it is in part to these essays

"Notes On The Gallery Space ", the first of the articles , appeared in the pages of Artforum in 1976 ,

CURRENT READING: BRETT LLOYD: THE QUIETER POSTER BOYS : EXCLUSIVELY AT DASHWOOD BOOKS (NYC)

Brett Lloyd , he's going to be a thing and this "book" of his a serious collectible. Trust.Brett Lloyd , he's going to be a thing and this "book" of his a serious collectible. Trust.

OK so it's not so much a read as a look but boy what a luscious look it is!

CURRENT READING: IMPERIAL BEDROOMS: BRET EASTON ELLIS

The actual title of Imperial Bedrooms  is immaterial and irrelevant.  Bret Easton Ellis is the brand that sells.The actual title of Imperial Bedrooms is immaterial and irrelevant. Bret Easton Ellis is the brand that sells.

Let's not even try to review Bret Easton Ellis' new novel, "Imperial Bedrooms"

CURRENT READING: "Primitivism" in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, in Two Volumes

Primitive...Modern...Post Modern..it's all namecallingPrimitive...Modern...Post Modern..it's all namecalling

"Primitivism" In 20th Century Art : Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, the 1984 show at MOMA was one of those legendary exhibitions

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