Real-life fox and hound fight the fur industry
The adorable duo inspired a book that the authors hope will ‘show how similar foxes and dogs actually are.’
“Without obsession, life is nothing.”
You can pre order my friend John’s book Carsick now on Amazon. George aka streetsick
Eugenio Recuenco. Revue
A new luxury publication showcasing the work of Spanish photographer Eugenio Recuenco has been published by teNeues. Published in tandem with the photographer’s recent exhibition at CWC Gallery in Berlin, ”Revue: Eugenio Recuenco” is the first book to present the full scope of Recuenco’s work.
Eugenio Recuenco (b. 1968) is an acclaimed photographer and film director, whose achievements in the fashion (he is known for his collaborations with fashion magazines, such as Vogue Spain and Madame Figaro) and advertisement industries have brought him numerous awards and accolades and world-wide recognition to boot. Highly cinematic in style, his still images are shot in elaborate handmade sets and tend to portray a fantastical combination of fairytale innocence with a dark, gothic atmosphere. Always interested in telling a story, Recuenco loves to bring imaginary worlds and characters to life (notably seen in his videos for Rammstein, Loewe, Chivas and Nina Ricci, to name a few). Known not only for his highly theatrical and monumental sets, his masterful treatment of light is very obviously influenced by European fine art, especially the work of theRenaissance masters, Pablo Picasso and Tamara de Lempica.
”Revue: Eugenio Recuenco” was published by teNeues in September 2013 and is available in both a standard hardcover version and a ”Collector’s Edition” of 50 copies (which includes an original, signed photo-print).
mine! oh, so wonderfully mine.:) Hvala ti. Hb..
Malcolm Venville. The Women of Casa X.
The British photographer Malcolm Venville has made a searing photographic record of a deranged reality. Complementing Venville’s photographs is a series of astonishingly candid interviews with the women of Casa X by the well-known Mexican writer Amanda de la Rosa. These are the portraits and testimonies of thirty-five survivors of the monster of the City, with much to say about life in a slum in Latin America: about the Mexico that horrifies, about sex, poverty, love, and the darkest side of human nature.
One night in Mexico City, Carmen Muñoz, sex worker, was roaming the streets looking for customers. Unexpectedly, she found two colleagues, both over sixty years old, sleeping on the street, covered by newspapers. After almost forty years of giving service to butchers, porters, refuse collectors and criminals, they were now long forgotten by their families and society. Carmen was confronted with what would be her own fate, like most women of her profession. Striving for dignity for all of them, she organised her colleagues and led a group that resolved to find a home where they could spend their last days in safety and warmth.
In 2006, after twelve years of work, and with the support of Mexican intellectuals and artists, the government gave them a seventeenth-century mansion, where Carmen founded Casa Xochiquetzal - Casa X. Around sixty women, all over fifty years old, receive shelter, food, and medical and psychological care. This is not just a retirement home - most of the women who live there still walk the streets. But Casa X is the only refuge for prostitutes in Latin America.
Casa X is located in the heart of the notorious district of Tepito. Although only eight blocks from the historic centre of Mexico City, Tepito is a micro-universe, where life is lived in a unique fashion. For nearly 500 years it has been a place of impunity, crime, smuggling, violence and prostitution. The neighbourhood did not submit to the Aztec Empire, or to the Spanish conquistadors, or to the current authorities. Tepito has an identity that goes beyond its boundaries. It has its own social organisation, myths, heroes, slang, and even its own local deity, La Santa Muerte (Holy Death). The women of Casa X are stuck at the bottom of the ladder of this world, and keeping the memories of it in their bodies.
John Montgomery, The Kerouac we knew, published 1982. Kerouac loved cats. In 1968 he wrote this haiku:
And the silent cat
sitting by the post
perceives the moon
Un dimanche en plein air
Jane & Serge, 1969.
Jane Birkin dans la cottage familial d’île de Wight, 1972.
Crédit photos: Taschen.
Many have that dream: to be at the centre of events, inside the group and within the walls. Well, Michael Hughes, British photographer who by coincidence found himself living in Berlin-Kreuzberg in the 1980s is one of the lucky ones.
Fascinated by Kreuzberg´s New-Model-World atmosphere and the people striving to realise their dream of living a different life than their parents and the so called “good citizens” did, Hughes stayed to observe and record the events unfolding around him.
Setting off with a camera from his flat in Oranienstrasse he was bound to find enough topics to keep him locked up in the dark-room with thousands of contact prints to choose from for days. If his arrival in Kreuzberg was anything to go by – which it very much was – then Hughes was up for a ride.
Here´s what the photographer says about getting to know Kreuzberg in June 1982:
»We had one telephone number of a Wohngemeinschaft in the Oranienstrasse in Kreuzberg SO36 – the middle of the squatting action. During the week that followed, I fell in love, was witness to burning police vans, was hit by flying stones, soaked by water cannons, chased by police charges and ingested much tear gas.«
Some of the photos recording that explosive and pretty unforgettable time can be admired now in Michael Hughes´ photo-album published by Berlin Story Verlag:INSIDE KREUZBERG: An Homage to Berlin-Kreuzberg in the 80ies.
How to Speak Artspeak (Like a Pro) (Without the jargon) (Or the sadistic obfuscations)
ArtSpeak, the book, is not like that. It’s where you go to find out, quickly and clearly, what Semiotics means.
As its subtitle says, ArtSpeak (Abbeville Press), by Robert Atkins, is a “Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present.”
The book, just out in its third edition, offers handy short takes on terms like commodification and formalism, along with Neo Dada, Neo-Expressionism, Neo-Geo, New Image, the New Leipzig school, New media, New Realism, New Wave, Nouveau Réalisme, Socialist Realism, Social Realism, Social Practice, Space Art, and Spatialism, to name some more of the 146 categories in the book.
It also explains what separates Pathetic Art from kitsch, and how Abject Expressionism differs from Abstract Expressionism.
See excerpts from the entries added to this new edition, including Cynical Realism (from China), Mission School (from San Francisco), Tropicalism (from Brazil), and 12 more at artnews.com, How many do you know?