Monday, February 08, 2010

“I want to communicate only to the extent that the painting will serve to induce or intensify the viewer’s natural desire for contemplation without the benefit of a guiding principle.” ~JOHN MCLAUGHLIN

Jesse Edwards ~ Caitlin Upton

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Friday, February 05, 2010

Martha Rosler, Vacuuming Pop Art (1966–1972). Photomontage.

Rosalyn Drexler, The Dream (a.k.a. King Kong) (1963). Acrylic and collage on canvas.
Madonna Still With JesusDespite rumors of a split, Madonna and model Jesus Luz seem to still be together after they were spotted at the premiere party for 'A Single Man' together. ~Daily News
"American Idol" producers are eager to hire Howard Stern to replace Simon Cowell as the show's tough-talking judge, sources tell Page Six. ~ NY Post

To support the work of schools in Haiti through Artists for Peace & Justice, Shepard Fairey will be selling a signed limited edition print he has developed with Cleon Peterson and Casey Ryder. Sales start February 6th at support the work of schools in Haiti Shepard Fairey will be selling a signed limited edition print he has developed. ~PFSK
Lynn Zelevansky, the Henry J. Heinz Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art, speaks of the significance of Alberto Giacometti's bronze sculpture, "Walking Man I," done in 1960. The museum owns edition 1 of 6. ~Pittsburgh Post
TRANNYSHACK RENO 2010! ~ Matt Bearracuda

Thursday, February 04, 2010

They were like kids in a candy store. Hollywood's "Bling Ring" teenage burglary crew had a taste for a life filled with luxury goods, pricey jewels and high-end fashion. But instead of earning it, they just went out and took it -- plundering the homes of celebrities to the tune of $3 million. "You grabbed a suitcase and filled it up with whatever you wanted," accused ring member Nick Prugo, 18, told Vanity Fair, in his first interview since the group was broken up last fall. The teens, who hailed from a well-to-do LA suburb, allegedly targeted the manses of a slew of Hollywood celebrities, including Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, "The O.C." star Rachel Bilson and "The Hills" actress Audrina Patridge. The crew allegedly stuffed their loot sacks with millions in jewels and designer clothes from Louis Vuitton, Mark Jacobs, Gucci, Chanel and Yves Saint-Laurent. Prugo said that he and his main cohort, 19-year-old former reform-school girl Rachel Lee, saw their heists as simply "going shopping" for the kind of A-list lifestyle they saw on television. ~TODD VENEZIA, NY Post
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"I only smile when I'm alone," ~Don DeLillo
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James Arthur Ray ~ Spiritual Warrior FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Motivational speaker James Arthur Ray was arrested Wednesday on manslaughter charges after three people died following a northern Arizona sweat lodge ceremony he led last year. Ray was taken into custody on an indictment at his attorney's office in Prescott and later led into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde wearing blue jeans, tennis shoes and a dark jacket. His bond was set at $5 million, and his first court hearing was scheduled Thursday. Ray has built a multimillion-dollar empire as a self-help superstar who teaches people about financial and spiritual wealth, and uses free seminars to recruit followers to more expensive events. He soared in popularity after appearing in the 2006's Rhonda Byrne documentary "The Secret," and he promoted it on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Larry King Live." Ray's mother said Wednesday that she would have liked to believe the deaths were accidental but that everything that Ray did during the "Spiritual Warrior" event almost made them inevitable. "One of the things that horrifies me after we found out Kirby Brown had died was to see how he behaved, to really yield his true character," she said. "This wasn't just a horrible accident. His own conviction in his omnipotence and his own seduction of money and wealth made him delusional." ~FELICIO FONSECO

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Mariah Carey can't stand it when husband Nick Cannon is a slob. "She hates when I'm messy when it has to do with her nice stuff. Like, I can't throw my jacket on the Marilyn Monroe piano -- but I do," Cannon tells Entertainment Weekly. The chairman of Nickelodeon's "TeenNick" says dressing up for his first meeting with Carey helped propel her into his arms: "I wore my good cologne. Did some push-ups. Tried to get my grown-man look on." ~PAGE SIXVeasyble, by GAIA, is a project based on three words: isolation, intimacy and ornament. Fashion accessories made out of paper can be converted into a personal (or two person) isolation chamber as a means to carve out a private space away from the world. [via TreeHugger] ~PFSK

Those who would tolerate the pornographic when it is tastefully done are repelled by the nasty smears and marks. Those who feel that political art should make straight-laced, concrete statements only will be affronted by the knowing artistic care behind the presentation. No one is likely to be happy, and who cares? Hard art is often hard to look at, but in this case, surely worth the trouble. —J. Bowyer Bell

Rahm Emanuel

Photos by Gavin Bond

Celebrity JusticeDr. Murray plans on surrendering, so all signs point to the D.A. filing criminal charges. Dr. Murray is in Los Angeles and his legal team is already mapping out strategy. ~TMZ
HILTON, Wis. - A Wisconsin woman who tied up a cheating lover and glued his penis to his stomach said Tuesday that she didn't mean to hurt him and only overreacted because he had tried to contact her 12-year-old daughter. Therese A. Ziemann, 48, of Menasha, said she and three other women only meant to confront the married man about his cheating ways. Her decision to grab the bottle of nail glue from her makeup bag was "a stupid spur-of-the-minute decision," she said. "I had just found my daughter's number in his cell phone," she said outside a Calumet County courtroom. "It was just a warning from me to him, to stay away from the kids." ~DINESH RAMDE Left to right, Michelle Belliveau, Wendy L. Sewell and Therese Ziemann, along with a fourth woman, were all sentenced Tuesday to one year probation plus community service for their roles in the revenge plot. (AP Photos/Calumet County Sheriff's Office)
WASHINGTON—Addressing reporters from behind a row of juniper bushes, a coalition of sketchy single men gathered in Washington on Monday to protest the "negative, demeaning, and often hurtful" portrayal of strangers when it comes to the nation's children. For years, strangers in this country have been depicted in an unfavorable light," said Strangers of America president Paul Hughes, dressed in his usual outfit of trench coat, gray slacks, and colorful Yu-gi-oh! baseball cap. "These days, it's almost impossible for a stranger to wake up in the morning, drive to a nearby park, and spend the afternoon quietly watching from the sidelines without young boys and girls immediately jumping to conclusions." "It's a sad fact, but most children won't even talk to us at all," Hughes, 33, added. "Not even the little blond-haired ones." ~The Onion

Rip Torn and Geraldine Page in 1962's "Sweet Bird of Youth"

Dorice "DeeDee" Moore, left, was charged Tuesday Feb. 2, 2010, as an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in the slaying of Florida lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, right. Shakespeare claimed a $30 million winning lottery ticket in 2006 an took a $17 million lump sum payment. (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office / AP)

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Madonna, 51, has gotten the boot from studly, 23-year-old Latin lover Jesus Luz, the Chicago Sun-Times reported yesterday. "We've just run out of things to talk about. We have Kabbalah, but that's about it," Madonna admitted to a pal, according to the Web site Her rep had no comment.~PAGE SIX, NYPost
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Josephine Baker sings "Haiti" in the 1934 film, ZOU ZOU

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