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CURRENT (RE) READING: MIKE MILLS : GRAPHICS FILMS: DAP

The fact of the matter is Mike Mills has created a kind of empire of All-American taste.The fact of the matter is Mike Mills has created a kind of empire of All-American taste.

Love him or hate him you'll have to deal with him, this Mike Mills.

CURRENT READING: GREAT JONES STREET: DON De LILLO

" the man who must inhabit these extreme regions, monstrous and vulval, into the public's total madness"" the man who must inhabit these extreme regions, monstrous and vulval, into the public's total madness"

Fame requires every kind of excess. I mean true fame , a devouring neon ,

CURRENT READING: MICHAEL THOMPSON: PORTRAITS : EDITED BY VINCE ALETTI : PUBLISHED BY DAMIANI

The images have been selected by the widely admired photography critic and connoisseur Vince AlettiThe images have been selected by the widely admired photography critic and connoisseur Vince Aletti

The limited edition of "Portraits" comes with a numbered and signed photo by Michael Thompson (10 x 17 inches) and is housed in a linen box.

CURRENT READING: Katharina Fritsch : MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY CO-PUBLISHED WITH TATE PUBLISHING

Essays by Julian Heynen, Iwona Blazwick, Edward Allington, and Bice Curiger. Interview with the artist by Susanne Bieber.Essays by Julian Heynen, Iwona Blazwick, Edward Allington, and Bice Curiger. Interview with the artist by Susanne Bieber.

How striking is this cover image for the Katharina Fritsch monograph available at matthewmarks.com!

CURRENT READING: YOHJI YAMAMOTO: MY DEAR BOMB : COAUTHORED BY AI MITSUDA. PUBLISHED BY LUDION

Illustrated with drawings by Yamamoto, this open-hearted meditation offers a take on the autobiography formIllustrated with drawings by Yamamoto, this open-hearted meditation offers a take on the autobiography form

Voila a beautiful companion piece to Yamamoto's current retrospective at London's Victoria and Albert Museum from March 12 - July 10, 2011.

CURRENT READING: Polaroids: Attila Richard Lukacs and Micheal Morris Arsenl : Pulp Press, 2010

The instant portraits, taken by the thousands over the years, became an integral part of his painting processThe instant portraits, taken by the thousands over the years, became an integral part of his painting process

The grid, the repitition, the composition...the rhythmic quality of Lukacs' polaroids have a compelling quality that allows them to transcend their initial purpose as preparatory work for his paintings.

CURRENT READING: Dolce & Gabbana Uomini: Mariano Vivanco:Rizzoli (2011).

AJ Abualrub in " Dolce & Gabbana Uomini": Photography: Mariano Vivanco via fordmodelsblog.comAJ Abualrub in " Dolce & Gabbana Uomini": Photography: Mariano Vivanco via fordmodelsblog.com

Given that the prior extravaganza of a Dolce calendar featuring David Gandy has thus far clocked 143351 reads

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.

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