Molto Bella

Carlo Mollino was a show off. Not content with being a brilliant architect he was also a highly talented set designer, furniture maker, race car driver and skier. He also very generously took time off from his busy schedule to create these porno Polaroids, which in the mind of many men at least are his highest …

The Whitney Biennial: Art Overdose

Just what is the point of the modern artist? Such an individual has to compete with a multitude of media, from the Internet to film and appear relevant to our lives. All while using a medium, the art gallery, that seems often to be as much fun as a church. The Whitney’s Biennial attempts to …

Hello Sadness

The French Riviera, Givenchy, Hermes and Cartier all come together beautiful to create the wardrobe for the 1958 film ‘Bonjour Tristesse’ which I saw at the Film Forum yesterday. Indeed if we’re being catty we might argue David Niven’s wardrobe has dated rather better than his acting style. Luckily there is a little more to …

Old School Surf

Whenever I see any color film from the 70’s I’m always amazed at the richness and quality of it. Jeff Devine’s 70’S surf portraits are no exception. I’m not sure if this is Kodachrome or just color film he’s using but whatever it is the results are outstanding. Admittedly it’s hard to go wrong when …

Hell Hath No Fury

  I picked up Elena Ferrante’s The Days of Abandonment’ absent-mindedly while in McNally Jackson in Soho. At first it seemed an unlikely choice. A book about a Neapolitan woman living in Turin who is told by her husband that he is leaving her for another woman. This news is devastating enough for any person …

Hockney v Hirst: Let battle commence.

‘A Bigger Picture’ is a slight, if interesting look, at the painter David Hockney. It focuses on his return to his native Yorkshire to paint a series of landscapes that form part of the recent exhibition of his work at the Royal Academy. I had wanted to see this show when I was over in …

Street Smart

Doug Rickard is someone who has shamefully escaped my attention. A recent visit to the ICP website hipped me to this interesting new photographer. His series ‘New American Picture’ is particularly impressive. It features areas of America with high levels of unemployment. These desolate, hopeless-looking places are found remotely by Rickard, using Google street view. …

Oh the Agony of Luxury

It was a hard life being middle-class in California in the mid sixties. Your parents buy you an Alfa Romeo Duetto as a graduation present. You have to spend weary afternoons floating around in your pool with your sunglasses on. People are constantly harassing you to go out on dates with beautiful college women. And …

Trees of Life

Anyone visiting New York probably hasn’t come for the trees. So Mitch Epstein’s new photographic project, the trees of New York, seems puzzling at first. Even more so when we see these images are in black and white, not normally the choice of a photographer known for his color work . However, on viewing the …

Henry Wessel

Always on the look out for photographs old and new that have somehow escaped my radar. Henry Wessel is one of them. He seems to have taken many of his shoots around the late sixties onwards, concentrating on Southern California, New Mexico Arizona and Hawaii. My research indicates he’s a resident of San Francisco, having …