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WHEN IN DOUBT, CLICK! GARRY WINOGRAND

Posted on August 29, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Looking back in photography history I brushed up and re-discovered those prolific avant guardists shooters, and I thought about  Garry Winogrand, to me, the father of American street photography. He surely left so many magnificent images and is one of my favorite shooters. I consider him one of those who make you gain a photographic insight, wisdom. He was passionate, true. I never understood a lot of the things that he said about photography like why you should wait a year or two before developing your shots, why photographs don’t tell stories, and how photographers mistake emotion for what makes great photographs. Although I didn’t really get what he was saying, I was intrigued. His philosophy in photography was treasure. He would walk out of the building, with his Leica’s leather strap wrapped around his hand, check the light, adjust the shutter and snap. Constantly looking around. His unfortunate early-death (at age 56) left behind 2,500 rolls of undeveloped film, 6,500 rolls of developed but not proofed exposures (not made into contact sheets), and contact sheets made from about 3,000 rolls. However I think one thing that we can learn from Winogrand is to follow our instincts and our guts, and go for our shots. If a person is too far away, we should either run or walk to them and go for the shot. Photography is also, touching, tasting, being there, I see therefore I click. 

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LITTLE SIPS, BIG PLEASURE: DOUGLAS LAING WHISKY SPECIALISTS

Posted on August 29, 2013 by Editorial Staff

This is an example of a little big rarity. The bottle looks almost medicinal and under certain circumstances it is. Douglas Laing’s 20 cl Old Malt Cask Whiskey comes packaged in one of the best labels we’ve seen on spirits in a long time. It replicates the sample bottles sent from stock to the distilleries. Small bottles, in small quantities, from a very small bottling, from a small family company.  Laing is a now third generation of Whisky Specialists. Quality, handcrafted selection, finest Blends, an extensive range of Single and ‘Vatted’ Malts. Laing blends and bottles all whiskies with care and devotion that they have, through the years, earned a good reputation for style and taste. Malt and Blended Scotch Whiskies have been laid down to rest and mature over many long years awaiting for our consumption….

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WE ARE READY, ARE YOU?

Posted on August 28, 2013 by Editorial Staff

The 70th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will run on Venice Lido from 28th August to 7th September 2013.
The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema. 

Ready or not?!

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VANDANA JAIN

Posted on August 28, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Raised in India and educated in London, Vandana Jain has collected an eclectic tapestry of both musical and aesthetic influences over the years, all of which find a place in the music. Everything from Portishead to Pink Floyd, the rave scene in London and Indian pop music lend to her layered style of glitchy beats, electronic swells and heavy psych rock flares that lay beneath Jain’s emotive front and center vocal play.Although the project is primarily a solo effort, live Vandana teams up with Yusuke Yamamoto, a New York based artist and musician. Together they re-worked the set with live vocals over thick club beats and spontaneous loops for her monthly residency spot at East Village club NUBLU, as well as Brooklyn side mainstays like 285 Kent, Cameo Gallery and The Rock Shop.Brooklyn-based graphic designer turned performance artist Vandana Jain shares her seductive new single “Mask” , the second offering from her forthcoming full-length debut ANTI VENUS due out 10/1: The multi-tiered track follows not only movements through glitchy soundscapes and textured beats, it also shifts through sprawling emotional conflict; Jain says the new single covers “angst, irritation, ghosts, masked attitudes, self scrutiny and finally, there is hope”.Follow Vandana Jain 

CUT THE RIBBON, MISSY-MATHILDE DE MORNY

Posted on August 28, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Colette used to write her letters , lots of letters. “My Beloved Velvet” she wrote at the beginning of every single of it  but Velvet was also known as Missy, or Monsieur le Marquis, or Le Chevalière, or Oncle Max. She was born  Mathilde de Morny in 1863 and she was the last daughter of Duc de Morny, brother of Napoleon the third. She was a rebel, she needed to change her name and body for her entire life. In the beginning Mathilde tried hard to be “normal” and married Jaques Godart, le Marquis Belbeuf, in 1881,  but it didn’t succeed (she divorced few years later). At that time, a woman in love with another woman, was no surprise and was quite well accepted. It was fashionable, it was really “Belle Epoque”. But Missy, Missy she was wearing a business suit, short hair and she was a cigar chain smoker . Missy underwent  an  hysterectomy and removed her breast. Missy was  viril, strong  and rich and served as  Pygmalion to many women in Paris including her love-friend Colette for which she bought Villas, produced comedies and made folies. Missy, beloved Missy, she was everything but common. Missy that  tried to be a sculptor, a writer and a painter. Missy, that in 1907 , under the anagram of Yssim, acted with Colette in a Pantomime called Rêve d’Égypte” at the Moulin Rouge. Missy, never frightened, never scared, always ready to be herself. Missy that in the end of May 1944 tried to commit hara-kiri but was saved. Missy, her wealthy was gone and she dyed on June 29, 1944 by putting her head in the gas stove oven. Did she cut some ribbons? She cut boundaries not only ribbons. She lived wild and proud. She was Missy.

FROM AMASSED TO COLLECTED, PUB MANIA!

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Editorial Staff

We have time until october the 6th! Pub Mania,  an exhibition in Paris at the Decorative Arts Museum, brings together collectables produced since 1870 for advertising purposes, from fans by Bally and Cordon Rouge from the 1920s and 30s to illustrations in the style of Benjamin Rabier, who produced the original Vache Qui Rit design. Who has never kept a beautiful biscuit tin, or a publicity fan, jug or ashtray? Since the late 19th century, advertising has generated a host of easily collectable objects and is still using them as a sales tool, including in the form of collector editions. These usually mundane objects are amassed into amusing, surprising, heterogeneous collections. The collector has the joy of the rare find and the pleasures of accumulating, exchanging and specialising. This exhibition draws on Les Arts Décoratifs’ extensive advertising collection to explore this phenomenon and the psychology of collectors. Can’t miss it!

http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

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CHALLENGE, 22/4 BY STEPHANIE HAHN

Posted on August 26, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

Born in 1977 Düsseldorf, Stephanie Hahn is maybe one of the most futuristic and  inspiring contemporary designers. If Futurism was meant to abolish prospective to see things in a different way, then 22/4 designed by Hahn is, in a way, close to the artistic movement. In her case it’s gender liberalization, in a extremely luxurious and discreet way, that is changing the prospective. 22/4 creations are hand-tailored and meticulously crafted, created for people who is in love with the classic man tailoring but needs a new re interpretation and a cooler touch. The fall winter menswear collection 2013-2014 is influenced by the style and attitude of the piano player personalities Chilly Gonzales and Glenn Gould. Both Canadian born, these geniuses managed to be unique musicians, to evolve their own standards and to own a neat  sense of style that have been influencing this collection where modern smart formal wear meets luxurious outerwear and home wear elements. To my opinion one of the most interesting, and neatly tailored, collections in stores now and an example of a successful girl’s story (Hahn) trying to re invent the classic menswear. A non easy challenge that she seems to manage in an excellent way.

All photos by Stefan Milev

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ARTIST INTERVIEW: SANE

Posted on August 26, 2013 by Kimberly L. Bryant

To create, for me, is to be part of a meaningful, useful human existence. – SANE

One of Uganda’s burgeoning contemporary artists breaking moulds left, right, and center is Buganda-born painter Eria Solomon Nsubuga (34), who goes by the artist name of SANE. While taking a break from applying brushstrokes on the canvas of his most recent large-scale socio-political collage work, the easygoing artist talked with me about social change and the challenges of making art in Uganda.

KB: Have you found it possible to use your art to create social change in Uganda?

SANE: Social change always starts with a change of mindset… art offers a way for the community to see itself. In our case, however, Ugandans have tried to stifle the incredible power of art by ignoring its potential to effect change. They have not given art sanctity as a discipline, nor as a part of daily life. If we could get the society to recognize, appreciate and celebrate visual art in particular and art (creativity) in general, then that mindset change will be the springboard to using art to deal with other fundamental social issues.

What are some personal challenges you encounter as a Ugandan artist?

 Not being fully recognized, appreciated, and celebrated in my own society, even while I may be appreciated outside Uganda’s borders. As such, funding for project based artwork can be hard to find; the private sector is not yet interested in working with visual artists. Our lack of a cultural agenda or development strategy has left us without sound art institutions like galleries, museums, libraries, and cultural centers that promote the relevance of art. In effect there are little, if any, books written about Ugandan art(ists). In general, our society doesn’t understand our art because there is little literary record of it.

Can you tell me about insecurity you experience as an artist?

 Many times I have to stop and ask myself, is being an artist a worthwhile way to live? Being an artist is not really recognized or accepted as a useful profession in Ugandan society. For example, to be a doctor and lawyer are much more respected. Things are changing, but the fundamental shift towards full acceptance, celebration, and patronage by the Ugandan people and government is yet to come. As of now we remain high and dry, unfunded, expected to participate as part of the informal sector of society, as self-employed freelancers, without formal structures to support our growth.

How do you deal with the financial aspects of the business vs. your personal creativity?

I have to teach to make extra money to live. In recent years, it has been difficult making a decent living off fine art alone. We have to embrace more techniques and technology to diversify the art products we offer. But this is symptomatic of the underlying industry deficits. Many other professionals also have to struggle to subsist. Many people take up more than one job in order to make ends meet.

Who are some artists who have inspired your work?

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HOLD IT WITH REGARD, CHRISTOPHER STRIBLEY

Posted on August 23, 2013 by Editorial Staff

In next coming weeks,  our new artist to be held with regard is Christopher Stribley. Artist, photographer, and writer, his works are a personal review of and response to things he encounters in every day life, as well as a reflection of his influences and the things that matter to him. From the benign to the confrontational, he approaches his subjects with a variety of media, in hopes of conveying as much colour, depth, and texture as possible. He often incorporates found objects and materials, sometimes as a visual pun and sometimes to highlight the underlying message of a piece. Whatever the outcome, he hopes to engage the viewer and leave them with something to think about and enjoy.

http://mrcircles.wix.com/christopherstribley

Photo: Six Digit Income courtesy C.Stribley.

TASTY? SALTY BAG!

Posted on August 22, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Have you ever been to Corfu? A magical island. A place where the sea meets the sky and the colors of the earth meets the green of the many trees, olive branches, cinnamon rocks. Corfu is a delightful place to spend vacations, to rest, to travel, to sail. Kerkyra, the capital has a magnificent historical center, with ancient traditional buildings and fancy cafes and shops. Salty bag was born in Corfu. Salty bag is the story of a friendship and of a good idea. Three Corfiots and an Athenian met over a sailing seminar in Corfu in January 2013. By that time the Corfiots had been making bags for close to a year. After a few ideas and a few drinks they decided to form Salty Bag P.C in March 2013. The idea was to form the first Greek upcycling company focused on making exquisite bags from decomissioned sails while bequeathing to the sails’ future owner it’s history and travels. Salty bag is about retired sails, about use and recycle, it’s about design.  Each piece is handcrafted, unique and it carries a small booklet with the sail story. Salty Bag? A sea of love!

www.saltybag.com

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CUT THE RIBBON, ARCHIBALD J. CRONIN

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Scottish novelist, an accomplished storyteller, A. J. Cronin practised as a doctor over a decade before devoting himself entirely to writing. Cronin gained his fame initially with ‘Hatter’s Castle’ (1931), and later produced several bestsellers drawing from his experiences as a doctor. Archibald Joseph Cronin was born in Cardross, and spent  a shadowed childhood by the death of his father and poverty. His mother tried to struggle forward alone but in 1914 he entered the Glasgow University Medical School and graduated as a doctor. During World War I Cronin served as a surgeon in the Royal Navy, becoming a sub-lieutenant and after the war he worked as a ship’s surgeon on a liner bound for India, and then served in various hospitals. Cronin continued to write until he was in his eightieth year. In 1921 he married his early love, Agnes Mary Gibson, left Scotland and moved with his wife, who was also a doctor, to a small mining town in South Wales. There the couple spent three years. Cronin was awarded his D.Ph. in 1923 and the next year, appointed Medical Inspector of Mines. At this time, he continued his studies, researching occupational diseases in the coal industry. These experiences formed the basis of the novels and bestsellers   and The Citadel (1937), which made Cronin famous. It is in fact thanks to these novels that a basis of the English National Health Service was created. The Stars Look Down was a socially charged novel, which examined injustices in a North England mining community. A very important cut of the ribbon.  

REINVENTING ABSTRACTION: NEW YORK PAINTING IN THE 1980S

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Cheim & Read New York is hosting an exhibition, through August 30th, on a generation of painters born between 1939 and 1949  who did not fit into fashionable categories of those years and were in their 30s and 40s during the 1980s. Maybe about the last generation of artists for whom painting was urgently important, this anthology , curated by critic Raphael Rubinstein, is a fundamental passage to understand all the contemporary that surrounds us. On walls,  surrealist works by Carrol Dunham and Elizabeth Murray that play with modernist devices by Thomas Nozkowski, Jonathan Lasker, Mary Heilmann and David Reed. Plus some abstract expressionist type compositions by Louise Fishman and Pat Steir  while Bill Jensen and Terry Winters are present with a vaguely botanical imagery. Joan Snyder and Stanley Whitney instead created wide, landscape like works made of myriad paint strokes, and Gary Stephan, Jack Whitten and Stephen Mueller confirm their different sorts of enigmatic symbolism. A small exhibition shaped on a decade that certainly marked,in an unforgettable way, the art we are living now.

Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street New York, NY 10001

 

GO WASH YOUR MOUTH! PHEBO COSMETICS, BRAZIL

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Editorial Staff

In 1930, Portuguese cousins Antonio and Mario Santiago founded Phebo in Belém, a city in the heart of the Amazon region. With the dream of creating a Brazilian soap of the finest international quality, the cousins delved deep into Brazils natural essences and created the perfect formula. Phebos famous oval, transparent, dark soap quickly became a staple in the homes of millions of Brazilians. The Santiago cousins created striking, original products that elevated Phebo to a nationally successful brand, cherished by generations. Today the Perfumery, with its wide range of sophisticated and innovative fragrances, is synonymous with luxury, glamour and fashion. The preciousness of their eaux de cologne is extraordinary. Eau de Citron is, for instance, a real embrace of agrumance and smoothness. Phebo’s eaux are perfect for every season and feeling. It is one of Brazil’s most venerable perfumery brands and it’s extremely rare to find outside SouthAmerica. 

http://www.phebo.com.br/

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ADORABLE UNION: DI FRANCO AND DE SIMONE

Posted on August 20, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Italy, boot of Europe; its shape, its fantastic creations, its rare uniqueness. Sicily, the island. A place where the sun always shines, where the land is rough and taste is rooted in tradition and craftmanship. Ceramiche De Simone is an exclusive brand for one of a kind ceramics, particular pieces created by masters of ceramics. Giuliana di Franco is master of sicilian jewels. Her precious creations are unbelievable. Some time ago, Di Franco and De Simone met. Their encounter ended with the creation of SICILIANISSIMA collection. The pleasure to wear a beautiful jewel that talks about Sicily and the Mediterranean Sea, the pleasure to wear something special. 

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BABY OR NOT

Posted on August 20, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

They say that “Royal Baby” will probably raise England’s gross national product in few months. It’s like oh my God world has  just realized England is a cool place and everybody wants to go there on holiday and shop unionjaked stuffs and of course, fashion. Baby or not, it doesn’t take that much to understand that “The Brit Touch” had always been “en vogue” since my parents were teenagers and from the remotest province of Italy they were receiving diktats from London: that  city was, and still is – despite the boring millionaires from all over the world buying a house, or an entire street there – pure energy and inspiration. What comes from London-England may not be easy in the beginning, it may be uneven  but it’s ahead, new. New  like marvelous dresses from Preen. If it’s true that  at one point leopard prints always come back, then Preen has produced the best a/w 2013 animaliers. And if you think that designing a leopard print is nothing new or tacky, you may change idea with Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s designs. Be open and turn your head into “receive” mode because London is still calling…and whatsupping.

 

PRINCE CHARMING CAN YOU RESCUE ME

Posted on August 19, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

I’ve been into nail polish for most part of my life but only recently I’ve realized less and less mainstream brands are really worth the money they ask for a bottle of nail paint. The most overrated brand is obviously Chanel, whose nail polish chips on me in the blink of an eye, but many other brands are. They have loyal fans, true, but they don’t really bring forth anything new. Indie brands are a completely different story and I’ve often explained why: they can’t compete with giant brands when it comes to advertising, retailing and turnover, but the creativity they put in their products has no equals. Just take a look at the newly-launched Once Upon a Prince and More Man Candy collection by Lynnderella and see if I’m not right.
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32° EAST/UGANDAN ARTS TRUST, IAN MWESIGA

Posted on August 19, 2013 by Kimberly L. Bryant

 

This past March saw the opening of 32° East |Ugandan Arts Trust, a space for the creation and exploration of contemporary Ugandan art located in the country’s capital city of Kampala. Co-founded by Brits Rocca Gutteridge and Nicola Elphinstone, the trust has so far played host to a series of acclaimed African artists such as – Harandane Dicko (Mali), Daudi Karungi (Uganda), Vita Malulu (Tanzania), and Kevo Stero (Kenya). One of the trust’s current artists-in-residence, Ian Mwesiga (24), is a graduate of the historically revered art school at Makerere University, who strives to create social change through his colorful, texture-based abstract work. As Ugandan artists begin pushing boundaries beyond the current cultural status-quo, the Kampala art scene is one to watch in the coming years.

32 East – http://ugandanartstrust.org/

Ian Mwesiga –https://mwehtsigaian.see.me/

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