Monthly Archives: December 2009

Westside Story: Prism Gallery in West Hollywood

Prism Gallery is a new West Hollywood stomping ground for the artsy crowd. The three story gallery is located right in the heart of the Sunset Strip, just a few inches away from the Sunset Plaza—the trendy dining and shopping destination. Prism opened with a series of celebratory events in mid November, including a private [...]

Remembering Irving Penn 1917-2009: The Revolutionary Fashion Photographer

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.””- Irving Penn Penn’s uncanny ability to make simplicity mesmerizing while glamorizing the “everyday,” transcended fashion photography into the realm of art. He revealed the importance of [...]

Westside Story: New Painting by Jeff Koons @ Gagosian Gallery

On view through January 9, 2010 at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, Jeff Koons: New Paintings challenges viewers to confront preconceived notions and look beyond abstraction. Stepping out of the realm of his kitschy sculptural interpretations of everyday objects – balloon animals and vacuums – the paintings ignite a dialogue between a fascination with [...]

The David Simon Vice Interview

A great interview with a man who consistently gives great interviews, in a publication, which, with all the fondest adolescent memory, does not. One glaring point of note: How does a man, a fiercely intelligent man, whose whole oeuvre turns on his innate documentarian’s rage at the destruction wrought on inner city America by the vicissitudes [...]

What English Sounds Like to Foreigners

Some background info from Savonarola: This is Adriano Celentano. He defined this 1972 track as “the seed of Italian rap”. He used to host a hyper-popular Lottery-related show in the 1980s in which he famously got most of the country to switch off their TV sets, would pause inexplicably, and go on rants about animal [...]

Behind Closed Doors at the Climate Summit

The Guardian website today posted a must-read article by the climate-change activist and journalist Mark Lynas on the behind the scenes wrangling over the climate deal, or lack thereof, in Copenhagen – How do I know China wrecked the Copenhagen deal? I was in the room. Highly recommended.

Breaking Upwards

Dossier in Conversation with Thomas Lemut

The work of Thomas Lemut, a French sculptor and furniture maker represented by Gallery Fumi in London, has recently become all the rage for art collectors and aficionados from New York to Paris. Jennifer Murphy talked to the artist about what inspires his sublime creations and where he’s headed next. You began drawing at a [...]

Miike Snow – “Silvia”

Linnéa – “One’s Song”

By painter/director Emeli Theander and sung by Linnéa, both based in Berlin.