Friday, December 30, 2011

Rekindling Their Bond

Marc Jacobs and ex-lover Lorenzo Martone are rekindling their bond, sources say. The buff duo — who dated for two years and were engaged before calling it quits last year — have been working on patching things up. Jacobs was linked to Brazilian porn star Harry Louis earlier this month, but the fashion designer and Martone have been hanging for the holidays. Sources say Martone invited Jacobs to the home he rents in Bellport, LI, last weekend, and the two then jetted off to St. Barts. They are said to be staying together on the island, and have been photographed frolicking on the beach in skimpy bathing suits. A spy who saw them on Grande Saline Beach told us, “They were not being affectionate with each other, but could their love be rekindled?” Jacobs told Vogue in a January profile that he’s remained “best friends” with Martone. “We speak to each other, I don’t know, six times a day,” he told the magazine. A rep for Jacobs didn’t get back to us, and Martone didn’t respond to e-mails. - NY Post
Harry Louis

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Helen Frankenthaler


Lady Gaga goes hunting in Amish country Pennsylvania

"She was very discreet that night," Bulls Head bartender Jeffrey Cook recalled. "She was here with her boyfriend, Taylor Kinney, a Lancaster County Pennsylvania native and another couple and a couple guys I figured were bodyguards.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
By Tom Barnes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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World's Best Selling Drug

Arthur Collins sings The Preacher and The Bear, which is the first song to ever reach over a million copies sold. Arthur Collins was a minstrel performer he would put black shoe polish and parade around. The speech patterns of the song are not his own, he is immitating a black slave.

Tony Norman

Monday, December 26, 2011

Vann Nath

Battambang province, Cambodia - Vann Nath left the monkhood and took up work as a commercial painter.
“Painting Pol Pot for Duch,” by Vann Nath, acrylic on canvas, May 1996. Photograph by Philippe Bataillard.Read more:

Mother Dolores

BETHLEHEM, Conn. (AP) — In the little town of Bethlehem, a cloistered nun whose luminous blue eyes entranced Elvis Presley in his first on-screen movie kiss is praying for a Christmas miracle. Dolores Hart, who walked away from Hollywood stardom in 1963 to become a nun in rural Bethlehem, Conn., now finds herself back in the spotlight. But this time it’s all about serving the King of Kings, not smooching the King of Rock and Roll. The former brass factory that houses Mother Dolores and about 40 other nuns cloistered at the Abbey of Regina Laudis needs millions of dollars in renovations to meet fire and safety codes, add an elevator and make handicap accessibility upgrades. Like 73-year-old Mother Dolores, the order’s nuns have taken a vow of stability with the intent to live, work and die at the complex. The order was established in 1947 in Bethlehem, a small burg in Connecticut’s rolling western hills. Now, the historically self-supporting nuns have launched a fundraiser for the $4 million renovation project dubbed “New Horizons.” They don’t have much money, but they have Mother Dolores: a starlet-turned-supplicant whose unique story might lure the attention and donations of generations of movie fans. - THE BLAZE

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Try to pretend

Suzy Snowflake

Jay Gray

we’re told he “was kicked off the (Jerry Sandusky) story” and left Pennsylvania this week.NBC’s Jay Gray may soon be taken off the Jerry Sandusky story, after he was arrested for DUI earlier this month. Gray was pulled over after leaving the home of Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola. Gray has been covering the scandal since early November, but we’re told he “was kicked off the story” and left Pennsylvania this week. Another insider said Gray was on a family vacation, and the network “hasn’t made a decision” if he’ll continue to cover Sandusky. NBC declined to comment last night. - NY Post PAGE SIX
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No child's behind left.

James Ramseur

One of Bernhard Goetz's victims kills self on anniversary of subway shoot
Exactly 27 years to the day after Bernhard Goetz — famous in New York as the “Subway Vigilante’’ — shot four young men he thought were threatening him on a train, one of them killed himself by swallowing prescription pills in a low-rent Bronx motel, authorities said. James Ramseur, 45, was found dead of an apparent overdose at 11:30 a.m. yesterday at the Paradise Hotel at 2990 Boston Road, law-enforcement sources said last night. He was in bed and fully clothed. - JOSH SAUL
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George Michael

Said he has recovered from a life-threatening bout with pneumonia that kept him in a Vienna hospital for a month.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Arlene Schloss

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Adam Lambert Arrested, Jailed in Finland

The authorities were called when the "American Idol" runner-up and his reality star boyfriend Sauli Koskinen got into a fight outside a Helsinki gay bar. The two were released on Thursday afternoon. American Idol star Adam Lambert spent several hours in a Finnish jail Thursday after being arrested outside a Helsinki gay bar following a brawl with his Finnish boyfriend, local reality star Sauli Koskinen. According to Petri Juvonen, who is heading up the police investigation into the event, Lambert and Koskinen were arrested at around 4 a.m. Thursday morning outside DTM (Don’t Tell Mama), a famous Helsinki gay club. Both men are being held for questioning as local police investigate a total of four possible assault offenses. - The Hollywood Reporter

The "Geezer Bandit"


The contents of the home where Michael Jackson lived with his three children just before his death have sold for nearly $1 million at auction. Darren Julien, president of Julien's Auctions, was unable to provide a more specific figure as he continued to tally the totals after yesterday's day-long auction. The sales generated nearly triple the company's pre-auction estimate of $200,000 to $400,000. The headboard from the bed where Jackson died at age 50 was removed from the auction at the family's request, but the rug that was beneath the bed sold for $15,360. The estimate had been $400 to $600.A kitchen chalkboard where Jackson's children wrote 'I love daddy,' sold for $5,000, and an armoire upon which Jackson wrote a message to himself on the mirror fetched $25,750. The auction also included furniture, artwork and other items from the rented mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive, where Jackson lived as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts in London before his death in June, 2009. - Daily MailRead more:


Three years in the making, Richard Serra's landmark sculpture "7" was unveiled Thursday at the launch of the Doha's Museum of Islamic Art's (MIA) new park, with a royal ceremony and a blend of pride and puzzlement in a country where Western art's baby-steps are taken by leaps and bounds. "The content of the work is not the work. The meaning of the work is your experience inside the work. Or when you see if from far away, it has another meaning. But if all those things mean nothing to you, then it's meaningless," said the artist, hard at work explaining the seven plates of German Cor-ten steel that stretch 80 feet into the air, making it Serra's tallest sculpture yet — and his first public commission in the Middle East. Richard Serra's sculpture is now "a beacon for the arts in Qatar," said Sheikha Mayassa in a statement — and "7" certainly looks emblematic of Qatar's efforts to build higher. The next step, more difficult, will be to build wider. - ARTINFOSheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani

Prince Harry

At a military awards gala in London on Monday, Harry told attendees he "couldn't wait" for his next tour in Afghanistan. He spent the second half of this year completing his Apache helicopter training in the U.S. and said he is "looking forward to putting it into practice." Harry served his first tour in Afghanistan in 2007-08 but was pulled out after 10 weeks when foreign media reported his presence there. - The Daily Beast


Larry Poons & Larry Bell

Cam Penner

Too many Kings and not enough Queens.

Alex Poots

Aleksei Navalny

Freed From Jail, Russian Blogger Drives Anti-Kremlin Movement

Prudence Fairweather

John Chamberlain, Who Wrested Rough Magic From Scrap Metal, Dies at 84

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

UK Dealers Bemoan EU Art Tax; US Lawmakers Introduce Droit de Suite Bill

British art dealers are lamenting the enforcement this January of a "droit de suite" which provides artists' heirs - within 70 years of their death - with a percentage of the re-sale price of their work. The 70-year limit was introduced in 2006, but the UK delayed it until 2012. As much as 60% of art sales may be affected. Currently, the second largest art market in the world, with an 18% share, the U.K. trails the U.S. in sales. However, some dealers fear that the new tax will cause major business transactions to move more to the U.S. and China. The new law will affect artists' heirs in future sales with a sliding scale of payments from 4% of the sale price of cheaper items to 0.25% of the most expensive. A droit de suite bill to provide living artists with resale royalties for auctioned works was introduced last week in the U.S. Congress. According to The Art Newspaper, the Equity for Visual Artists Act of 2011 would set aside 7% of the price for works resold for more than $10,000 at major auction houses, with half the proceeds going to the artists and half to non-profit art museums. The U.S. legislation is aimed at public auction houses with "over $25 million in sales the previous year." Currently, 59 countries (and the state of California) have a droit de suite law. This fall, artists filed three class action lawsuits against Sotheby’s, Christie’s and eBay for failure to pay royalties under the California law. - artfix
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Diane Arbus

Richard Lippold, Sculptor, and His Daughter Tina, Eighteen, 1965

Police Brutality Coloring Book

Local Cops Ready for War With Homeland Security-Funded Military Weapons
A decade of billions in spending in the name of homeland security has armed local police departments with military-style equipment and a new commando mentality. Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz of the Center for Investigative Reporting report.
- The Daily Beast
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Strauss-Kahn's wife named France's woman of the year

PARIS -- Dominique Strauss-Kahn's wife, who stood by the former IMF boss as he battled sex assault allegations in New York and Paris, was named France's 2011 woman of the year in a poll released Monday. Anne Sinclair, a former star TV presenter and wealthy art heiress, beat many other notable women to the title. - NEWSCORE
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Guilty verdict for man who buried girlfriend alive

LONDON (AP) — A jury has found a man who attacked his girlfriend in May with a stun gun and buried her alive in a cardboard box guilty of attempted murder. Marchin Kasprzak, 25, attacked Michelina Lewandowska with a Taser at their home, bound her with tape and put her in a cardboard box that he buried in the woods. Lewandowska said in court she used her engagement ring to cut the tape from her legs and then tore apart the box, which was buried in about 10 centimeters (4 inches) of soil. She managed to escape and flagged down a passing car that took her home Kasprzak had claimed that he only meant to scare 27-year-old Lewandowska — the mother of his three year old son — and not kill her. A jury found him guilty Monday. He will be sentenced in January. - Associated Press