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TI PREVIEW: STEVEN KLEIN: STAG FILM

It is ultimately about ways of seeing. What is the way in which you choose to see fashion as opposed to art as opposed to sex as opposed to advertising in contrast to life, real life ? What are the lines separating and distinguishing all these driving forces in our culture? Photography is only truly powerful when it can provoke a body of questions and the beauty of this film lies precisely in the questions it pulls up in its wake..

You can see "Stag Film" for its pure beauty, as a series of images rendering the horse's classical form as a sculptural black and white abstraction. As the initial press release this summer for the gallery exhibition of "Stag Film" explained " Is it that Stag Film is simply about motion and emulsion and how light at 250th of a second captures and renders life static?".

But you also have the option of being startled and shocked by "Stag Film": by its realness in documenting the urgency in which this stallion battles a "phantom" mare.

Or you could synthesize all these layers of reaction and see a shadow play of life and death and sex ... of the species fighting desperately to perpetuate itself, of an artist identifying poetry in that struggle.

For further information on purchasing the book edition of Stag Film, here are the full details

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!

DIGITAL MARKETING: FUTURE PUBLISHING

Picador and Ralph explore the signature nihilism of Mr EllisPicador and Ralph explore the signature nihilism of Mr Ellis

Today Friday July 16th, is submissions day meaning TI's inbox has been brimming with some interesting material recently. Quite exciting for me was an email concerning a current collaboration between Picador and digital creative agency Ralph around Bret Easton Ellis' new novel "Imperial Bedrooms" .

EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: RIZZOLI'S CARINE ROITFELD BIOGRAPHICAL BOOK WITH OLIVIER ZAHM: COMING FALL 2011

Telegraphing...Carine Roitfeld... Biography... Olivier Zahm...Rizzoli...Bound to be an extravaganza...Stop.Telegraphing...Carine Roitfeld... Biography... Olivier Zahm...Rizzoli...Bound to be an extravaganza...Stop.

And the beautiful people at Rizzoli wish to include you in on the process . Details as follows:

EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: MATTHEW WILLIAMSON by Colin McDowell: Foreword by Sienna Miller: RIZZOLI USA

Matthew Williamson by Colin McDowell: Cover courtesy of Rizzoli USAMatthew Williamson by Colin McDowell: Cover courtesy of Rizzoli USA

The ladies clearly love Matthew Williamson, heir to that great Boho-London tradition

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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