Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Where is this place ?

I have had this picture in a folder on my desktop for a while and never found out where this place is. Any ideas ?
update: My brother just enlightened me, the sculpture is near Lucerne in Switzerland, called the "Dying Lion" by Bertel Thorvaldsen and a memorial for the famous Swiss Guards.
For all you German Readers out here... or use the Translation Button on my blog.
geboren: 13. November 1768 in Kopenhagen gestorben: 24. März 1844 in Kopenhagen
Hauptmeister des Hochklassizismus, Schüler von Abildgaard. 1797-1838 in Rom, dann in Kopenhagen tätig. Neben A. Canova der größte Bildhauer des Klassizismus. Von 1797 bis 1838 hielt sich Thorvaldsen in Rom auf. Sein Werk ist von antiken Elementen bestimmt; das antike Gleichmaß wirkt aber oft starr und leblos. Trotzdem waren seine Arbeiten sehr populär: Der Christus für die Frauenkirche in Kopenhagen (1819) ist in zahllosen Kopien verbreitet worden.
Hauptwerke: Reliefs: "Entführung der Briseis" (1803-05, Thorvaldsen-Museum); "Tanz der Musen auf dem Helikon" (1804), "Taufe Christi" (1805, Kopenhagen, Glyptothek); Fries des Alexanderzuges für den Quirinalspalast (heute dort Gipsmodell, Original in der Villa Carlotta am Comer See); Rundbilder: "Nacht und Morgen" (1814-15); Gruppe der drei Grazien (nach 1800, Thorvaldsen-Museum); Jason (1802/03, Thorvaldsen-Museum, Kopenhagen); "Der sterbende Löwe" (Denkmal der Schweizergarde, 1821, Luzern, nach Thorvaldsens Modell aus der Felswand gehauen); Grabdenkmal Pius' VII. (1831, Rom, Peterskirche); Schillerdenkmal in Stuttgart (1839); Kopernikus-Denkmal für Warschau; Poniatowski-Denkmal für Krakau; Reiterdenkmal Kurfürst Maximilians für München (1839).

Ileana Makri

Cross bracelet

Safety pin earrings

Pink Gold safety pin ring

Snake earrings

Sunday, June 28, 2009

My Summer Re-Reading List

Michel de Montaigne was the originator of the modern essay form; in these diverse pieces he expresses his views on relationships, contemplates the idea that man is no different from any animal, argues that all cultures should be respected, and attempts, by an exploration of himself, to understand the nature of humanity.

The Stoic writings of the philosopher Seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was born to an upper-class Roman family in A.D. 121 and was later adopted by the future emperor Antoninus Pius, whom he succeeded in 161. His reign was marked by a successful campaign against Parthia, but was overshadowed in later years by plague, an abortive revolt in the eastern provinces, and the deaths of friends and family, including his co-emperor Lucius Verus. A student of philosophy from his earliest youth, he was especially influenced by the first-century Stoic thinker Epictetus. His later reputation rests on his Meditations, written during his later years and never meant for formal publication. He died in 180, while campaigning against the barbarian tribes on Rome’s northern frontier.

buy them at : http://www.penguin.co.uk/static/cs/uk/0/minisites/greatideas/

Lucky Editorial 2007

This was shot in Central Park for the September 2007 issue 2 years ago. I really like this picture of myself and , as you can tell, the shoot was fun.
Editor: Andrea Linett, Photographer Michael Waring

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Lotte Reiniger. Genius.

Lotte Reiniger is an unknown in the USA but very beloved in my home country of Germany where she was born.
I have decided to introduce more specifically German culture via my blog, there is so much wonderful art to introduced to.
I am starting of with a bang....
Please let me introduce you to Lotte Reinigers World.

Lotte Reiniger was one of the twentieth century's major animation artists, pioneering a unique and distinctive style of black and white silhouette animation in her interpretations of classic myths and fairy tales.
Lotte Reiniger has the distinction of creating the very first feature animation, her enthralling The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), an epic silhouette film featuring highly ornate shapes of exotic lands, gallant heroes, nefarious magic, and a rousing climax with a multi-headed beast. A German leftist in the age of fascism, after the war she moved to England, where she continued to build a visionary oeuvre totalling over fifty films, mostly shorts, many of them for BBC Children’s TV. She made her last film, The Rose and the Ring (1979), at the age of 80. In addition to their craft and charm, her films have two outstanding features: they are highly intricate, yet also opaque, inviting viewers to fill in details with their own imagination, thus creating a captivating aesthetic as commanding today as ever.

...and very much sampled by American artist Kara Walker.
( I have never heard her mention Lotte Reiniger as a direct influence for her work....)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

I was 4 years old the first time I heard about Michael Jackson.
I remember it very clearly, I was standing in the kitchen, barely able to climb on a chair and my babysitter was discussing with someone, maybe my mother, who was the better musician and more handsome, Michael or Prince. I asked who he was, and they tried to explain to me that he was a famous American Singer and that he had a great song called "Thriller". I tried to repeat the word, but I couldn't and that frustrated me. That was the first time I heard that there was such a thing as Fame and famous people. I couldn't get my head around it and maybe the concept of Fame scared me a little as well, why, I don't know. The next day I went to pre-school and tried to show off my new knowledge. My little friend Friederich Kröner knew more than me, he knew even about details about Prince, which he liked better I believe.
If my mom liked Michael, I decided to like him too.
As I got older I attempted the Moondance in woolly socks in front of the television.
I was mesmerized and obsessed.
I got close once and impressed my siblings.
Then I became a teenager and he came to my hometown on his "BAD" Tour.
I wasn't allowed to go and quite annoyed with my parents.
But that didn't last for too long as got into Guns 'n Roses and Michael faded from my Horizon. Suddenly he was uncool.
Then Michael became troubled and sometimes I was embarrassed for him.
Then I just forgot about him unless I went to club and P.Y.T, Off the Wall, Don't stop 'till you get enough or any song for that matter came on and everybody, I mean everybody, would jump up with a smile and cheer and start dancing. The music spoke for itself and we'd be amazed at the sheer talent and power and everything was forgiven for those few minutes.
Until yesterday when I realized that suddenly a part of my childhood, memories had died and suddenly I felt just that little bit older and tired.
It must have been horrible to be Michael Jackson, with his amazing talent as a blessed singer, dancer and performer at the highest level (all 3 combined in one person is so very rare) and to have this dark side and being so unhappy and messed up and most likely very very lonely.
Maybe he was just tired of it all.
You inspired me to reach for the stars and watching you I learned that one must keep one's feet on the ground.
Thank you for a lot of happy moments.
Weird thing is, two days ago I probably would have written something different about him.

My friend Nelson, a film maker, wrote this and it is a great obituary in my opinion.


Orson Wells' rich, brilliant & ultimately doomed character Charles Foster Kane died, alone and unloved, in his California mansion. At the time of his passing he was a deformed, corrupt and far removed from the genius displayed in creating his mass media empire. In the aftermath of Michael Jackson's I couldn't help but think of 'Kane..' Michael's Xanadu had been stripped from him a few years back, leaving him wandering from rental to rental home, such as the one he died in in Los Angeles yesterday.

Michael was prepping to try to recapture his once elevated status with 50 sold out shows at London's massive O2 arena. But that was not to be. In fact I believe that the stress of preparing for that show, after his long performing layoff, played a role in his demise. With the music, videos and event tour that supported 'Thriller' Michael re-invented the art of the blockbuster album, creating an international stardom that endures. And, sadly, for the last twenty five years of his life Michael was in a losing battle with himself, trying to match that magical year even as the culture changed, the record industry imploded, and his personal demons ruined his reputation.

At several points in his life Michael revolutionized pop culture. He lead the first black teen group to cross racial lines. With Quincy Jones, he produced a trio of albums (Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad) that reinvented the rules for black artists musically and in terms of international appeal. The videos, grandiose, elaborate and full of wonderful dancing are still the gold standard for the merging of music & image. Along with Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, and so many other media legends, Michael made the '80s a golden age for black pop culture.

I, like so many of you, grew up with Michael Jackson. With my mother, sister and family friends I attended the Jackson Five's first Madison Square Garden show. Over the years I attended eight Jacksons/Michael Jackson shows and spend countless hours over the last forty years thinking about and, often writing about that man. In fact a book I did about him, The Michael Jackson Story, in 1984 jump started my career. It was first book and first exposure to the media machine that both celebrated, reported about and, ultimately, ripped him apart.

It’s hilarious how one sided much of the immediate commentary about the man has been. Sinner or saint? More apt is artist and sinner. People want to simplify a truly complex life. We have to be sophisticated enough to acknowledge that greatness and a touch of evil dwelled in the man. I've always believed that transcendent art emanates from the purest, most evolved parts of our soul. But that highly spiritual achievement doesn't absolve us of our daily misdeeds. To simply brand him a smooth criminal, as some have, or to overlook his tragic nature, as have others, is to deny his humanity. The meaning of Michael Jackson's life -- as a black man, a sexual being, a abused and abusing adult -- will be interpreted to fit the prejudices of the speaker. His music -- it speaks volumes.

Hunter and Jimmy Choo

A masterstroke collaboration between British favourites Hunter and Jimmy Choo.
The boots will be sold exclusively online at www.jimmychoo.com from June.

Candida Höfer

German Artist Candida Höfer is the female counterpart to Thomas Struth for me. Whenever I look at her Artwork, I get drawn in and a little melancholia sets in. I just forget everything around myself. It is similar to the feeling when you walk down the street and you see the most attractive person passing you and you feeling paralyzed and a little sad because you'll never know who that person was. That's what I feel when I look at Candida Höfer's Artwork, it is so close yet completely out of reach.

Candida Höfer
Neues Museum Weimar II
Candida Höfer
Casa Rosada Buenos Aires XI (CH-412)
Candida Höfer
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Copenhagen II
Candida Höfer
Weimar, Goethe-Nationalmuseum Weimar II 2006
Candida Höfer
Trinity College Library, Dublin
Candida Höfer
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Venezia II, 2003
C-print. 184.2 x 154.9 cm. (72 1/2 x 61 in).

Thomas Struth

Sometimes things touch you because they are so vastly different from what you know, sometimes things touch you, because you identify them as a part of who you are.
For me, I see the world with the same eyes as Thomas Struth. From the subject matter, to the colors, to the choice of locations and subjects he photographs. Maybe this is because we are both Germans, who knows. Anyway, whenever I see his Art, my heart skips a beat. Thomas Struth
Pantheon, Rome
Thomas Struth, Louvre III, 1989.
Paradise 33, Kaua’i (hawai’ian Island)

San Zaccaria, 1995
Thomas Struth (German, born 1954)
Chromogenic print
71 5/8 x 90 3/4 in. (181.9 x 230.5 cm)
Metropolitan Museum New York
© Thomas Struth

Now I am homesick.

Summer Reading

Both of these books are excellent. highly recommended.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

If you are in Paris, see this at the Les Arts Decoratifs: Madeleine Vionnet, puriste de la mode

I have seen her dresses in various exhibitions in the past, and they are incredible, the workmanship is beyond anything you see today. Evening Dress, Winter 1935
Evening Dress, Winter 1936
Summer Dress, 1933
Evening Dress, Winter 1936
Evening Dress, Winter 1924
Evening Dress, Summer 1924
Evening Dress, Winter 1921



Les Arts Décoratifs – Mode et Textile
107 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
Tél. : 01 44 55 57 50
Métro : Palais-Royal, Pyramides ou Tuileries

My Trip to Marrakesh, Morocco