46 posts categorized "STEVEN KLEIN"

Mar 30 2012
Get Hard Candy Comments (1)

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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.

 
Nov 06 2011
Boy Culture Turns 6: My Favorite Posts Comments (13)

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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.

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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.

xoxo Matt

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54ff027a28833-800wiThe pocket pool championships were intense this year


BOY CULTURE


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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.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5599878833-800wiJonathon Trent & Derek Magyar make an Allan Brocka sandwich

BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f7f18238834-800wiI was left "Reeling" by the experience

FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5ebead8833-800wiNo one would've mistaken me for Taylor Lautner

RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.

 

MY ART

 

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GUYDAR (since at least January 17, 2008) & ENDS OF THE WORLD (since at least January 13, 2008): Attractive men of the world—I got your backs. Your fronts, too.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef0120a58f680c970bUnaltered iPhone image that still blows me away

"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.

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DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01156faa215c970cThe shirtless one

LOST ANGELES (2009): My favorite photographic travelogue of L.A.

Img_0986_1Even then, New Yorkers feared 9/11 was the beginning of the end

ART IMITATES LIFE (2006): My 9/11 and my distaste for grief tourism.


ME


6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f435c1a8834-800wiDeath of the party—Jeff in high school, already halfway through his life

BURNING MAN (2007): Tribute to my late high school friend and first romance.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e862b4a41970d-400wiSigned, sealed (eventually) delivered

LOST BOY FOUND (2011): There is a book in here somewhere.

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CIAO HOUNDS: OUR TRIP TO ITALY (2011): Finally got José to Europe.

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ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.

Zehnders Life is short...and meaningful

PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.

Lots more...

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Oct 05 2011
Outtake A Bow 2 Comments (7)

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Amongst the recent leaks are these test shots from the D&G shoot. To me, they prove how fucking much better she looked with undone hair, less makeup and less PhotoShopping. I mean, she looks great in most of these. Large images to follow...

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Sep 06 2011
You Can Look, But You Can Also Touch Comments (0)

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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:

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Jun 29 2011
My Vanity Fair Lady Comments (7)

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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:

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Jul 06 2010
Fleshback: Travis Fimmel Comments (0)
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Travis Fimmel ('memba him?) assumes the position in a famous Steven Klein spread from Dutch Magazine (May/June 2002). One more of him resisting arrest after the jump...

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Jun 08 2010
Appropriate vs. Inappropriate Appropriation Comments (6)

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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.

 
Like Wow Comments (33)

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.

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"Alejandro"

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SafariScreenSnapz001I 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.

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Don't call my name, Joyce Bulifant 

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.

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Don't call my name, Albita 

I thought Steven Klein's collabs with Madonna were getting stale, but maybe he should have been directing her videos instead!

 
May 28 2010
ReKlein Comments (13)

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.

 
Feb 09 2010
Jezebel Saves Face Comments (10)

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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.