Image © Kerry Tribe from the Whitney website

You should go to this year’s Whitney Biennial, if only for the opportunity to see the works of these three artists, all female, all film/video, all excellent:

Sharon Hayes

Josephine Meckseper

Kerry Tribe

All on view on the third floor.

I was particularly mesmerized by Kerry Tribe’s film installation about “H.M.”, an epileptic who underwent experimental brain surgery in the 50’s.  The removal of several parts of his brain left him with a terrible sort of amnesia that limited his memory to events 20 seconds prior.

To evoke H.M.’s condition, this two-channel film installation uses a single strand of film threaded through two adjacent projectors with an interval of twenty seconds between them. The observation of the tandem projections brings awareness to the ephemeral nature of that brief interval, and by extension, the fragile nature of human perception.

Amazing.

stone barns

02/24/2010

F. and I were lucky enough to celebrate our anniversary at Blue Hill Stone Barns last weekend (thank you EDOW!)

The 8-course “farmer’s feast” started with a glass of bubbly (“from chef Barber, for your anniversary”) and lasted four and a half hours.  Epic. Decadent. Exhausting. Amazing.

Bonus fun: on Sunday morning, we went back to Stone Barns to visit its Center for Food and Agriculture.  Said hello to the happy pigs, chickens, sheep and geese.

My advice when you go:  stay overnight and drive back to the city the next day real slow. Stone Barns is less than 45 minutes by car and you want to stretch out that feeling of being away for as long as possible.

oh hi

02/03/2010

Several random things:

Peep Show.  It’s cold out there. Just hunker down and start with Season 1, episode 1.  And I’ll see you in a couple months.

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Andre Agassi’s Open. On Kindle for iPhone it surpassed 8000 pages! Well, 8000 very tiny pages.  But now I’m addicted to reading on my iPhone, loving the Kindle and Instapaper apps. Also addicted to watching old Agassi matches on youtube. And this:


Sniff, sniff!

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How many Jonathan Ames books can I read?

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The Dates of Wrath.  New blog by my friend Gaga and her co-conspirator Air. Hilarious.

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Remember that condo that was going up behind our building? Well, it’s more or less done. A monstrosity. And now our kitchen-window view of the Empire State Building is forever obstructed. Symbolically troublesome.

berman collection

10/05/2009

You could buy this.  Or you could place bids on all the follow pictures, coming up at Christie’s on Wednesday:

This lovely saturated postcard-size Callahan (roughly its actual size below):

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Harry Callahan (1912-1999)
Chicago (New Royal Bakery), 1955
dye-bleach print, printed c. 1995
4 x 6 inches
$4,000 – $6,000

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Killer Eggleston colors and patterns, terrific in person:

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William Eggleston (B. 1939)
Memphis, 1983, from Graceland
dye-transfer print, printed 1984
22 x 14 1/2 inches
$6,000 – $8,000

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Contrasts nicely with this rich Hofer dye-transfer:

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Evelyn Hofer (B. 1922)
Little Italy, Mulberry Street, New York, 1965
dye-transfer print, printed c. 2005
13 x 10 1/8 inches
$2,500 – $3,500

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Round out the collection with another perfect Eggleston:

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William Eggleston (B. 1939)
Steele, Mississippi, c. 1983
chromogenic print, printed 2001
12 x 18 inches
$5,000 – $7,000

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Voilà you have the beginnings of a wonderful collection.  You can thank me later.

what me

09/21/2009

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© Barbara Probst

Certain new likes:

* my ice cream maker and soon-to-be avocado ice cream

* neurologist V.S. Ramachandran (on Charlie Rose here) and his books Phantoms in the Brain and A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness

* St. Germain and soda on ice – yum

*photobooks: Barbara Probst Exposures (pictured above) and John Stezaker The 3rd Person Archive

* Peggy Olson

* writer Alain de Botton’s TED talk and his book The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (which, incidentally, includes beautiful and insightful photographic essays by Richard Baker who needs to update his website):

Most of us stand poised at the edge of brilliance, haunted by the knowledge of our proximity, yet still demonstrably on the wrong side of the line, our dealings with reality undermined by a range of minor yet critical psychological flaws (a little too much optimism, an unprocessed rebelliousness, a fatal impatience or sentimentality).  We are like an exquisite high-speed aircraft which for lack of a tiny part is left stranded beside the runway, rendered slower than a tractor or a bicycle.

Yeah, what he says.

Andrew Sullivan has compiled hundreds of tweets coming out of Iran.

summer floaters

06/03/2009

Two months ago, I quit a temp job that was making me unhappy.  Temporary workers at this firm were called floaters, yeah I know, that scatological reference, hardy har har, I’ve heard it already.

Anyway, I couldn’t be happier to be free from that job job.

This post is for all the floaters and working stiffs out there – summer’s upon us, I hope you get a chance to take a cool dip in a cold lake soon.

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© Tom Hunter
drudonovan
© Dru Donovan
lavalette
© Shane Lavalette
sanguinetti
© Alessandra Sanguinetti
icardo
© Jerome Icardo

Several of the above photographs were found on Flak Photo – check it out.

flickobama

04/30/2009

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Official White House Photos by Pete Souza

The Official White House Photostream is now on Flickr!  So far they’ve posted about 300 photos, most of them fairly generic, some of them wonderfully illuminating, and a few that are downright goofy.

(h/t PDNPulse)

dubois family

02/04/2009

I was excited to read that Doug Dubois is coming out with a book this June,  All the Days and Nights (via Aperture’s blog).  I’ll be the first in line for it.  The book will showcase photographs from his Family Photos series, which I’ve long admired.

Here’s an excellent conversation with Doug Dubois and Alec Soth on Conscientious from October 2007.  Worth reading if you haven’t already.  I second what Alec said about the 1991 MoMA exhibition Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort.  It was also influential for me, though in catalogue form some years later.  I’m shocked you can still buy a copy of it online, I would have thought it was unavailable ages ago!

Doug was kind enough to let me post some of his photographs here.  We should start a fan club!

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All photographs © Doug Dubois, Family Photos 1984-1992, 1999-2006

happy inauguration!

01/24/2009

obamapuppet

Being in DC for the Inauguration was amazing, we are still taking it all in.

The best swag ever?  The Obama puppet my friend Ganda bought for me while we stood on the Silver Ticket holders line in the freezing cold.  Oh yes!