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Larry Clark‘s retrospective exhibition opens today at Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.  The artist is known for his talent in depicting both fictional and true stories of disturbed youth through a raw and glaringly graphic eye.  His photo documentations  (Tulsa, Teenage Lust) and his films (Bully, Kids, Ken Park, Wassup Rockers) have that certain “ewww” factor that makes you think you are smelling something disgusting, want to take 2 showers and think “I should watch  Little House on the Prairie right now”.  However, regardless of the  “ewww”, his work offers something more than just a superficial visual assault; his work heavily permeates the viewers’ thoughts, sensations and emotions not just when viewing but even at the mere thought of it.  That’s what I would call powerful work. However, “powerful” is not the word chosen by the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, I believe that word would be “censor”. The mayor is imposing the first ever age restriction on an art exhibition in Paris. Minors are prohibited from seeing his retrospective.   To read more >>

“Larry Clark: Kiss the Past Hello” runs from October 8, 2010 until January 2, 2011

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In 2008 the announcement that Polaroid film was discontinued sent the analog-romanticist-traditionalists type photographers weeping in despair. Yes, there was still Fuji instant film available, but the results were snappy, contrasty and overly saturated images…just wouldn’t do.  Well,  I am happy to announce that there is a new contender on the block bringing back the IMPOSSIBLE feat of instant film with the recipe that yields those delicious muted tones, yellow casts and soft contrast.  There are also versions toned in Sepia, Chocolate and Blue. As of right now, 4×5 (my favorite format)  has not made it to the US, it is only selling in the UK at the moment. To learn more about IMPOSSIBLE>>

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I am a huge fan of director Darren Aronofsky.  His ballet themed psychological thriller, Black Swan, was just announced as the opening film of the 67th Venice International Film Festival. The images of Natalie Portman as a lead ballerina are both so eerie and gorgeous, but of course, it is Aronofsky.

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Gone Till November

If you can’t wait until November for the ever anticipated Art Issue by W Magazine, you’ll appreciate this video. Last year’s Art Issue featured work by some true legends in contemporary art- Maurizio Cattelan, R. Crumb and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. I’m looking forward to seeing what this year brings.

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Daphne Guinness guest stars in Joseph Lally’s new film,  The Black and White Maze of the Painted Zebra. The film recalls old French films (think Marguerite Duras) and of course it is highly stylized and surreal. Many would guess that Daphne would be playing the role of the zebra given her trademark hair, however the zebra is just a metaphor for a pattern of getting lost in one’s mind.  See Interview magazine for a chat with the heiress and the director.

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Here it is! The animated short directed by Karla Carnewal that made its recent appearance at Cannes earlier this month. Artwork by Steven Harrington.

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