597 posts categorized "ART"

Dec 07 2014
Beauty Myth: Madonna's Nipples Are The Problem Comments (0)

Madonna-Liz-JonesJones could've tried a little harder with her expression, but this one helps prove her point.

Journalist Liz Jones, writing for The Mail on Sunday in the UK, has conducted a little experiment based on the Mert and Marcus photos of Madonna that currently adorn Interview. Jones claims:

“When I first saw her provocative, vaguely sado-masochistic photo shoot in Interview magazine, I was full of admiration.”

I say claims because Jones has had vicious things to say about Madonna in the past, so it's very hard to accept that her first thought on seeing those photos wasn't really, “Oh, here's an opportunity to bash Madonna and get some clicks.”

She then spent money on Botox and fillers, and recreated the shots. She was not into any of the styling, complaining of how everything fit, felt and even smelled.

At the end of her breattakingly short essay, Jones has transformed from an admirer of the images to a vocal critic of Madonna and of the message she assumes Madonna is sending. With the certainty of a religious fundamentalist—one concerned about not the arousal of male desire but the incitement of female self-doubt—Jones declares:

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Dec 05 2014
The Naked Truth: A Review Of THE ANDY COHEN DIARIES Comments (0)

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BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

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The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year (Henry Holt, $26) is the follow up to Cohen's best-selling Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Line of Pop Culture. That book was fun, a mix of media memoir and gay came-of-age story, like what you'd get if David Sedaris gave a shit about upscale ladies who punch.

But I was much more eager to read Andy's latest because I share his obsession with The Andy Warhol Diaries, the 1987 publication of the late pop artist's mundane, gossipy, catty, banal, unintentionally sociologically insightful day-to-day journals. Even without reading a word of Cohen's new work, he already wins for best title of the year. He's also inoculated himself against any bad reviews by embracing an earlier work that he notes was dismissed as “a vapid assortment of name-dropping and celebrity bashing,” which is only true if you're someone who doesn't care that Warhol noted Madonna and Timothy Hutton were hanging out together and accidentally broadcast that fact to the New York Post one day in the '80s.

But this Andy doesn't disappoint, coming across as a Warhol with an agenda, more of a sense of the ridiculous and a libido.

Juicily, Cohen starts the book right when those rumors circulated that he was engaged to straight athlete Sean Avery. Hey, there have been more damaging rumors than to be linked to this. But it's a great way to begin, as it lets you know the author isn't going to hold back. Just a few pages later, he goes after Kevin Spacey—who deserves to be gone after—with this observation:

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Dec 03 2014
Sisters Are Doin' It To Themselves Comments (0)

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Annie Lennox, who's been a bit of a scold lately (what with dressing down Beyoncé for not dressing enough), has now cast aspersions on Madonna's latest topless poses, agreeing that they're for attention.

Lennox_Annie_012GASP! A popstar doing something for attention? (Like when Annie had Madonna perform on her song “Sing”?)

I think when Annie said we should ask why Madonna is doing this, it would have been worth answering that a little more thoughtfully. Everything public that a public figure does is for attention, either strictly for ego or, more often, to plug a product or endorse a way of thinking.

Why is it that Madonna's topless shots are so easily reduced to being only about attention, when Lennox's own use of racy clothing and even nudity were not? Why can't Madonna be—along with thinking that she'll grab lots of eyes by doing this—that there should be nothing wrong with seeing a woman's nipples (a sentiment she expressed when the Internet was broken over Kim Kardashian's naked butt, though the media deliberately misread it as shade)? Or that women past a certain age should feel free to express themselves both sexually and artistically? Or maybe it's not about age, maybe it's just about creating an interesting scene in the images. Or maybe it is a purely sexual expression—that's the least likely considering all the preparation and thought, but that's okay, too.

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As a reader pointed out, Annie gave songs to Demi  Moore's movie Striptease (1996), which wasn't exactly not for attention...

Annie's smart, a great artist and welcome to her opinion. I just find her comment pointless in this case.

Check out Madonna's Mert and Marcus Interview shots here.

 
For Art's Sake Comments (0)

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One of the most deserving crowd-funding campaigns I've seen (with thanks to my friend John for sending) is the one by legendary queer artist James Bidgood, 81.

The director of the cult classic Pink Narcissus (1971), he's had an incredible life and is a gifted creator of imagery, but at this stage does not even own a digital camera, nor does he have access to the materials he needs in order to continue expressing himself.

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It's the best kind of campaign, one whose donors get art as rewards. Watch his pitch after the jump...

 

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Dec 02 2014
Need To Know: Left Hooker + Mel Bi + Leg Man + Tone-Deaf & Color-Blind? + Madonna Breaks The Internet + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureDigital Ghost's Supernova is out of this world.

*widget boy cultureBLOW UP: Hustlers' wet 'n' wild hot-tub brawl ends in jail.

*widget boy cultureMel B dated a mom she met at her kid's school.

*widget boy cultureMichael Fassbender gets his tits out.

*widget boy culturePhwoar!: HOT LEGS.

*widget boy cultureSarah Palin slams black and brown people at once.

*widget boy cultureWhite Cleveland cops file suit—punished too much for shooting people.

*widget boy culturePathologist calls defense of Officer Wilson “absurd.”

*widget boy cultureSusan Copich's dark self-portraits will strike a nerve:

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*widget boy culturePills to make your poop sparkle, Neely, sparkle! Madonna

*widget boy cultureHBO's Scientology doc is Cruise-ing for a bruising.

*widget boy cultureRadio station suggests Madonna's toplessness is faked.

*widget boy cultureMadonna to be the face of Versace...fourth time!

*widget boy cultureDr. Madonna reviews Madonna's leaks.

*widget boy cultureClassy Elizabeth Lauten, resigning, arrested twice as a teen.

*widget boy cultureOH, YEAH...YOU BLEND: New Tumblr mashes up similarly named celebs.

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Dec 01 2014
My Lovely Assistant: INTERVIEW Gets Madge-ical With Topless Madonna & David Blaine Comments (0)
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See all the shots in the gallery above!

Madonna has co-created another memorable cover and spread for Interview, this time with her most recent photographers of choice, Mert and Marcus.

Madonna-Interview-14See them up-close-and-personal in the gallery!

In a series of images for the venerable magazine's “Art Issue,” she is serving attitudinous trout pout, a full helping of boobs, and the kind of daring that involves snakes, crosses, and sitting too close to the TV (which can cause cancer...move back! screams everyone's mom).

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Touches of the Like a Prayer era as well as the “Hollywood” video, but otherwise, it's a really fresh, bold shoot and look for her.

She tells the mag:

“We’re in the world of creating illusions and giving people the ability to dream and be inspired.”

Her interviewer? Publicity-whisperer magician David Blaine.

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Madonna also brings up her roommate Martin Burgoyne, who died of AIDS, as well as the artists Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat (an ex) and Andy Warhol, all of whom she has survived by many years:

“I was attracted to creative people. You don't want to be the smartest person in the room; you want to be the dumbest in the room. You want to be surrounded by other thinking people who are going to say something that makes you think, 'Oh, my God, that's an amazing idea. Why didn't I think of that?' And somehow we found each other in Manhattan. That's the crazy thing. We found each other and we connected to each other and we moved around the city together. They supported my shows. I supported their shows. We were a unit. And I don't even know how it happened. It just did.”

It's a fantastic interview to match the great portfolio. The magazine describes her thirteenth studio album as coming in 2015; no word yet on whether all the leaks in recent days will affect that.

 
Nov 30 2014
Need To Know: REBEL, REBEL + RAGING Gyllenhaal + Don't Masc, Don't Tell + World AIDS Daydream: No New HIV Cases + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureABC implies Madonna's song leaks may be on purpose.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's manager asserts the leaks are not on purpose.

*widget boy culturePop Justice likes the leaks.

*widget boy cultureJake Gyllenhaal goes full Raging Bull for new role.

*widget boy cultureGirl, you need this before you hit Grindr again.

*widget boy cultureStill more info on Shia LaBeouf's alleged rape.

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*widget boy cultureDJ Konai remix of “Let It Go” by Dragonette.

*widget boy culturePresident Obama on World AIDS Day.

*widget boy cultureSF leaders have a plan to cut HIV infections to ZERO.

*widget boy cultureThis kid should go on tour with instead of Mariah.

*widget boy cultureAmy Poehler & Tina Fey are back to rule the Golden Globes.

*widget boy culturePutin's pal Mickey Rourke boxed in Russia.

*widget boy cultureGOP bombs out on tech charm offensive.

*widget boy cultureThis one word saved former Officer Darren Wilson from prison?

*widget boy cultureGuys, even law-and-order harpy Nancy Grace doesn't believe Wilson: 

 
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This is so much fun—the rest of the story behind famous album covers.