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Architectural Ballet Photos

19 Jul

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One of my clients is a ballet company, so I am somewhat immersed in the world of ballet, which isn’t a bad thing to be immersed in at all! As a result, I keep tabs on ballet related news and the other day, I came across this and other photos by Kyle Forman, former New York City Ballet corps de ballet dancer, who has turned into a photographer. His photos show various dancers from New York in different architectural settings, which is not the way most photographers photograph them and which makes Forman’s images unique and interesting to look at.

You can see more photos included in a video here, however,  if you’re in Massachusetts, you can see Forman’s exhibit, Bodies/Buildings at Jacob’s Pillow Dance.

(Photo by Kyle Forman via Vanity Fair)

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Art Portraits Taking Selfies

11 Nov

museumofselfies1Have you seen the Museum of Selfies Tumblr? It was started by Danish art director Olivia Muus. She began the blog by taking photos of old painted portraits and placing her smartphone in front of them in the National Gallery in Denmark,  making it appear as though the portraits were taking selfies. Now, she is compiling a collection of photographs from other people and adding them to the blog. The phones really give a whole new perspective to the works.  I definitely think the next time I visit a museum I will do that too, with no flash, of course! You can see more photos and make your own submission here.

(Photo by Ny Carlsberg Glyptoktek via Museum of Selfies)

Downtown Trash

20 Oct

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Last week I mentioned that I grew up during the 80s. Therefore,  it should come as no surprise that Downtown Trash, the first exhibition at the Waverly Art Gallery in New York City,  focusing on the cultural scene of Downtown New York in the 80s, would appeal to me.

The exhibition features photography by Christopher Makos and collage by Jean Patrick Icart-Pierre, among others. It is described as, “…collectively aimed to break apart the existing boundaries between the isolated atmosphere of high art and popular mass culture by directly undermining the social and political mores surrounding the two establishments.”

The exhibition is on view until December 7. If you live in New York or plan to visit soon, go check it out and then let me know what it was like!

(Image Credit: Madge by Kendrick Daye)

American Cool

31 Mar

blondieelvisIf you live in the Washington D.C. area or plan to travel there soon, check out American Cool  currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition is described as referring, ” to those who have contributed an original artistic vision to American culture symbolic of a given historical moment.”  Included in the exhibition are photographs of James Dean, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Patti Smith, among others. You can see more photos here.

(Images via The Guardian courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian. Debbie Harry, 1978, Robert Maplethorpe. Elvis Presley, 1956, Roger Marshutz)

Art Replaces Ads

7 Feb

Etienne-Lavie1Etienne-Lavie6Things at work has been very busy for me during the last few weeks and that means I’ve been escaping mentally to Paris when I have a moment or even a few seconds to do so. Like I’ve mentioned before, Paris is my happy go to place  when I need a mental break and lately, I’ve been going there a lot!

The other night as I was looking at random photos of Paris online for a bit of escapism, I came across French artist Etienne Lavie’s “billboard ads” which he has placed throughout the city. He has called the project, OMG who stole my ads? He covers billboards and ads with classic works of art. As someone who works at a museum, I love this idea of bringing  art to people in this manner. Would you like art to replace advertisements and billboards  where you live?

(Images via Etienne Lavie)

The Weekend

17 Jan

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What are you up to this weekend?  I have a three-day weekend and am looking forward to sleeping in on at least one of those days. On Sunday, I am going to photo l.a. and  I am  especially excited to attend a panel discussion presented by Joe Zee, Creative Director of Elle and Laurie Trott, Fashion Director of WhoWhatWear. I am also looking forward to spending time out and about and enjoying the nice weather we’ve been having!

Have a lovely weekend!

(Image credit: Jay Mark Johnson, Costantino Sott Acqua 2, Cetona, Italia, 2007)

Possessions

22 Nov

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What are you up to this weekend? I am going to clean out our closets. I know, it doesn’t sound very exciting but it’s supposed to rain this weekend and since like a true Southern Californian, I don’t like being out when it rains,  it seems like the perfect chore to take care of. I enjoy donating or getting rid of things I no longer use or need, ever so often. It makes me feel as though my home feels “lighter” after I do that.

Ironically, just as I started working on the closets earlier in the week, I came across photos by Chinese artist Huang Quingjun who photographs people in China with all of their possessions. It made me think of all the unnecessary things many of us own and which we often don’t even have room for, while others simply have the bare necessities, if that.  If you were to photograph all of your possessions, what would that photo look like?

(Photos by Huang Quingjun)

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