PORTRAIT OF A LOVER
This week, the Internet fell in love. The object of our desire? German couple, Margret S. and Günter K., two lovers cheating on their spouses in 1969. Günter meticulously documented the affair, taking gorgeous photographs of his 24-year-old lover (and secretary). The photos, letters, and journal entries were found in a briefcase that was abandoned in a German apartment, and have since been transformed, three decades later, into a now out-of-print book, and an exhibition currently showing at David Zwirner Gallery in New York through April 18th.
LOOKING FOR YOUR SUICIDE LOVE
Ugh, yet another phenomenal French movie about riots. Artist JR recently released a trailer for his new short film, Les Bosquets, which combines ballet, video archives, and testimony. The gorgeously filmed and choreographed project is a continuation of his earlier film, Portrait of a Generation, both of which deal with JR’s experience of French ghettos. Including music from Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Woodkid, the film is based on the New York City Ballet’s performance of Les Bosquets last year (which itself was inspired by the 2005 riots in French suburbs).
CATCH ME IN THE LIGHT
Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of those rare artists whose intrigue status only seems to grow with time. Tonight, 160 unseen pages of the artist’s notebooks will be shown at the Brooklyn Museum, alongside related works and paintings. The notebooks apparently contain sketches, poetry fragments, and personal observations, and can be seen at the exhibit through August 23rd.
I HEARD IT FEELS BETTER THIS WAY
Wearing your food is no longer a fashion faux pas, if Chloe Wise has anything to say about it. The Canadian-born artist’s show, “Pissing, Schmoozing, and Looking Away” explores the dual meaning of the word consumption; meaning both overeating and excessive spending. The mouth-watering show is currently on display at the Division Gallery in Montreal through May 2nd.
IMMA BE ON THE TV
How to move viewers and win critical acclaim: French artist Bernard Piffaretti debuted his series "KIno" and "Tableau en Negatif" in an installation titled “Moving Pictures” last night in LA. The show tackles both the relationship that the paintings (or, to use cinematic terms, the frames) have to each other, as well as the relationship between viewers and these frames. “Moving Pictures” runs through May 3rd at the Cherry and Martin Gallery.
KISS ME UNDER A BLOOD MOON
Tonight’s total lunar eclipse will be the shortest one of the century, lasting a mere five minutes. In tandem with this monumental event, classic Taiwanese director, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s hard-to-find films will be showing tonight at the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood. Over the course of the next three months, every movie from the director’s extensive filmography will shown- including his most famous short, ‘Flight Of The Red Balloon.’
HER WEAVE LOOK LIKE CURLY FRIES
Burgers are the new black. And no, this isn’t another Moschino collection. McDonald’s is actually releasing their own Big Mac Lifestyle Collection, which launched last week at a “McWalk” fashion show in Sweden. The merch isn’t quite as easily obtainable as an actual Big Mac at the drive thru, but it is available online through the Big Mac Shop. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD
Slither through (literally) Belgian artist Carsten Höller’s upcoming show, Decision. Opening this summer in London’s Hayward Gallery, Höller’s famed piece, “Isometric Slides” makes art fun (finally) by letting “viewers” ride down two 120-feet slides. The piece was first shown at the Tate Modern in 2006, and is one of several interactive pieces being shown that draw from Höller’s background in science.
TATTOO YOUR NAME ON MY HEART
Drake is opening an OVO clothing pop-up shop in LA for the majority of April. You might be wondering how a rapper whose daily apparel is a non descript black hoodie with jeans could ever design a clothing line, but chances are the line is basically just… black hoodies. Possibly with “No New Friends” or “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” stenciled on them. We’ll find out for sure tomorrow at 112 1/2 S. La Brea Ave, where the shop will be open until April 30th.
BRUSH THAT DIRT OFF YOUR JERSEY
It’s not you it’s me. Marc Jacobs recently announced that the Marc by Marc Jacobs line is finished, but the creative forces behind it certainly aren’t. After two years of working with Marc Jacobs, Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley are starting their own line, aptly named Hillier Bartley. The line’s “ultimate heroine lies somewhere between Ian McCulloch and Katharine Hepburn,” said Bartley. Oof, can’t wait.
YOU’RE THE BEST THING THAT NEVER HAPPENED
If you’ve ever wondered what Courtney Love would look like if she ever showered, Canadian musician and post-punk, dream babe Jennie Vee might be a good place to start. This icy blonde songstress offers easy listening along with some Sonic Youth nostalgia. A few days ago, Vee released a new EP 'Die Slow'- a modern take on the 90's dream pop music scene.
LIKE A CURRENT, LIKE RAIN
It’s been a week for love. In particular, secret, illicit, letter-filled love. Doyle New York has revealed that up for auction are steamy love letters between Frida Kahlo and Spanish painter, Jose Bartoli. The affair occurred during Kahlo’s tortured marriage to Diego Rivera- a marriage that was ripe with cheating, though usually with women (on both sides). The auction house has released previews of the letters here, and will be showing them in an exhibition April 11th through 14th before the April 15th auction.
CAN I TELL YOU A SECRET
Brooklyn-based filmmaker Sean Dunne (winner of two Tribeca Film Festival awards) recently released a gorgeous documentary film exploring the lives of women who work in front of the camera- web camera to be exact. The film, entitled Cam Girlz, is a beautifully shot documentary that offers insight into the lives of the women who make livings as Internet sex workers. The documentary is available on the Internet (fitting, considering the nature of its subject) and runs for just over an hour.
Curated by Addison Richley & Elaina Ransford.