Sunday, May 31, 2009

Vogue Cover 1949 - YSL Campaign 2008

Any similarities here ?

Prada SS 01 Campaign - John Rawlings Vogue 1941

Prada Spring Summer 2001 Campaign

John Rawlings Vogue 1941 Editorial

These 2 shoots seems remarkably similar to me.

I don't like Francis Bacon

I went to see the Francis Bacon Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum. I didn't like anything about it.
Francis Bacon (British, 1909–1992)
Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne Standing in a Street in Soho, 1967
Oil on canvas; 77 15/16 x 58 1/16 in. (198 x 147.5 cm)
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie
© 2009 The Estate of Francis Bacon / ARS, New York / DACS, London
Francis Bacon (British, 1909–1992)
Study of a Baboon, 1953
Oil on canvas; 78 1/8 x 54 1/8 in. (198.4 x 137.5 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. James Thrall Soby Bequest, 1979
Francis Bacon (British, 1909–1992)
Jet of Water, 1988
Oil on canvas; 77 15/16 x 58 1/16 in. (198 x 147.5 cm)
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill
© 2009 The Estate of Francis Bacon / ARS, New York / DACS, London

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Musee Nissim de Camodo, Paris

One of the most sumptuous private homes from the early twentieth century in Paris
Moïse de Camondo, a reputed Parisian banker during the Belle Epoque, was a passionate collector of French furniture and art objects from the eighteenth century, he amassed a collection of unusual quality. In 1911, he hired architect René Sergent to build a private mansion next to Parc Monceau that would be worthy of this collection and suitable for his family. The design was modeled after that of the Petit Trianon in Versailles, but behind the handsome decor of wood-paneled apartments were hidden the accoutrements of modern life, including kitchens, offices and bathrooms. The home, which is fully preserved in its original condition, offers an opportunity to discover the taste of a great collector and to get a glimpse of the everyday life of an aristocratic home.

An exceptional collection of art objects
Antique woodwork serves as a backdrop to furniture by cabinetmaker and joiners working for the Garde Meuble Royal (Royal Furniture Repository) such as Oeben, Riesener and Jacob. Gilt bronze clocks and wall clocks, barometers and chandeliers, mounted vases adorn cabinets and boiseries. Two particularly spectacular masterpieces of tableware: the Orloff silver dinner service commissionned by Catherine II of Russia from the silversmith Roettiers in 1770, and the so-called “Buffon” porcelain services, made at Sèvres in the 1780s and featuring a bird decor. Sculptures and paintings also reflect the collector’s sensibilities, with busts by Houdon, portraits by Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun, landscapes by Guardi and hunting scenes by Oudry.

Musée Nissim de Camondo
63, rue de Monceau
75008 Paris

Tél. : 01 53 89 06 50
Métro : Villiers, Monceau

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Remembrance

Vintage Avedon Editorial

This editorial by Richard Avedon feels so summery, modern and elegant. The model is Jean Shrimpton, aka.'The Shrimp' and the male model is Jeanloup Sieff, who became a well-known Photographer in his own right. The Editorial is part Fashion Photography, Life Style, some Paparazzi-style shots (like the ones that we see in the mass media these days) and part Luxury Travel Guide.
If you think about it, commercial Editorials have not changed that much, a photographer like Mario Testino must have been inspired by this type of work.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Unreal! Mercedes 300sl Gullwing

This car is amazing. Mercedes 300sl Gullwing:
If built, the 2009 300 sl Panamericana from Gullwing-America promises to update the original "with technology from 50 years later."
Pure perfection in automotive design.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

We have 4 days of holidays coming up here in the USA. It is supposed to rain, so I plan to go and see the Francis Bacon Exhibition a the Metropolitan Museum and the Richard Avedon at ICP, do some beauty maintenance, go to the gym and try that new class and meet up with some Friends. This will be like a Mini Holiday!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Contemporary Art Action at Sotheby's Milan, Wed, 20 May 09

Lot 228
Bernd & Hilla Becher
Cooling Tower - Dillingen, D 1969
Lot 226
Thomas Struth
Viale Eritrea, Roma 1988
LOT 165
N. 1928
Lot 162
Lucio Fontana
Concetto spaziale
Lot 111
Roberto Crippa