With thanks to Franco: Straight from Mexico, the latest ad for Madonna's Hard Candy gym. I have to say this is the most ridiculous business venture, even if it winds up making money. It's almost like a parody. The ad is kinda cool (that looks like they put in a man's abs and navel!); I like the almost comic-book quality of the rendering.
46 posts categorized "STEVEN KLEIN"
As of midnight last night, it was exactly six years since my first post. It's been a tough thing to keep up with a dayjob and outside activities, and just when I think I might walk away, a valuable connection or interesting opportunity or a kind word comes my way. Thank you all for reading me.
Of whom are you more jealous?
Here are my favorite 100+ posts out of nearly 11,000. Please take some time to read (or re-read!) a couple and tweet or Facebook any you like.
FROM BOY TO MAN: BC B.C. (2007): The entire history of my novell and novel Boy Culture as well as the movie version; might be my ultimate post.
BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.
FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.
RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.
"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.
DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.
LOST ANGELES (2009): My favorite photographic travelogue of L.A.
ART IMITATES LIFE (2006): My 9/11 and my distaste for grief tourism.
BURNING MAN (2007): Tribute to my late high school friend and first romance.
LOST BOY FOUND (2011): There is a book in here somewhere.
CIAO HOUNDS: OUR TRIP TO ITALY (2011): Finally got José to Europe.
ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.
PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.
Face it: Steven Klein has a thing for photographing young men being molested by older women. Latest example is his "The Contender" for Vman (Fall 2011), starring model wannabes Matt, Clark, Brayden, Kacey, Joe and Cesar. Clark and Matt (pictured) were the winners of Vman's model search:
Somehow, 20 years after the fact, fabulous (and mostly never-before-seen) Sex and Truth or Dare/Meisel's Vanity Fair-era shots are leaking. More are over at the invaluable Madonna Scrapbook.
How does this happen? Here is my theory:
I think Nathaniel says it well (not best, only Colonel Sanders does that) when he speaks of Madonna and GaGa and appropriation:
"...[E]ven though Klein is shamelessly borrowing from his own past work here, the wonderful thing about Gaga is that, like her spiritual pop empress predecessor [Madonna], she's her own artist, too. This makes the appropriation palatable as well as fun... until crazed fans start giving her credit for everything...I mean even Madonna didn't invent the chameleon approach to pop stardom, though her fans, like Gagas, also tried to give her credit for it at the time...Clumsy homage/ripoff like the kind that Christina Aguilera does in 'Not Myself Tonight' when she plagiarizes both Madonna and Gaga *shudder* is not fun at all and should be looked down upon. But riffing on the work of others in a new context or with a fresh twist is totally fun and what many many great artists do."
He also points out that it was a shame Beyoncé's classic "Single Ladies" video didn't credit Bob Fosse. (Oh, and one last vent about Christina Aguilera, whom I don't hate as much as many seem to—I'm sick of hearing "Beautiful," which she crooned on one of the a.m. shows today. She sings it well and it's a classic, classic song, but so was Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," which similarly aged into schmaltzy nonsense.)
By the way, for those who think Lady GaGa will fade out, I'd be willing to bet that in 10 years we could still make "hot like Mex-i-co and "Ale-Ale-jandro" references to approving and understanding young ears.
The full "Alejandro" is here. Love it. It's like "Oh Father" (the snow in the beginning) meets Inglourious Basterds, watches a silent movie, has sex and gives birth to "Rhythm Nation." Except despite any influences, I wouldn't say this is a rip-off of anything too obvious. (Though Madonna fans will see shades of her X-STaTIC Process exhibit, probably thanks to the fact that this was directed by Steven Klein.) The vogueing is a cute hat-tip to Madonna without being a Sue Sylvester-style, Gus Vant Sant/Psycho remake.
I especially love the makeup and the fashion (those independently functioning goggles) in this—she's so surprisingly adorable bouncing around in black-and-white looking like Joyce Bulifant, then looks hard and sexy like Albita.
But with all those "likes"—my favorite, most obsessive thing to do, draw comparisons—I think there is nothing like Lady GaGa out there right now and I'm so glad someone, especially someone so popular, takes music videos this seriously still.
I thought Steven Klein's collabs with Madonna were getting stale, but maybe he should have been directing her videos instead!
Many Madonna outtakes from that most recent Steven Klein W session are here. Some I'd already seen, some I hadn't. The budding couple looks pretty hot in some, a bit ragged in others.
Now that I've gone all soft and posted a few of the best Madonna outtakes, Jezebel has caught on to the outtake intake of breath from fans and fanemies with a piece that's attracted lots of input. Interesting in that it's more of a woman's perspective.
Feel free to let them know what you think of Madonna's PhotoShopping and/or surgical (mis)adventures.