Uli Westphal’s Mutato prints: The Mutato-Archive is a collection of non-standard fruits, roots and vegetables, displaying a dazzling variety of forms, colours and textures, that only reveal themselves when lawfully enforced standards cease to exist. The complete absence of botanical anomalies in our supermarkets has caused us to regard the consistency of produce presented there as natural. Produce has become a highly designed, monotonous product. We have forgotten, and in many cases never experienced, the way fruits, roots, and vegetables can actually look (and taste). The Mutato-Project serves to document, preserve and promote these last remainders of agricultural diversity.
A NYT interactive piece about how conservators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art restored this full-length portrait of Philip IV by Velázquez.
Grosswelka 1987 - Olaf Martens photos from East Berlin in the 1980s.
Punch me panda: 33-year-old performance artist Nate Hill is dressing up as a panda with protective clothing and allowing Brooklyn passerbys to throw a punch at him to help relieve their stress.
Coinciding with the London Fashion in Film Festival (1 – 12 December), Flash Projects in London is exhibiting iconic original vintage photographs by Jean Clemmer, exploring fantasy, sensuality and haute couture in 1960s Paris.
The exhibition captures beautifully the utopian dreams of an era, exploring the realms of science fiction and fantasy. Erotic images of models as muse for French couturier Paco Rabanne’s famed futuristic rhodoid and aluminium chain-mail jewellery, the photographs were both styled and created by Clemmer, depicting nude female models ‘dressed’ in Rabanne’s ‘unwearable’ fashions, culture of sexual freedom of the 1960s at its apex in 1969.
Intrinsically involved with Salvador Dalí’s later flamboyant realisation of Surrealism, Jean Clemmer was the artist’s personal photographer for 20 years and was close friends with the French poet, writer, artist, and man-about-town Jean Cocteau. His radical collaborator Paco Rabanne’s designs were featured in iconic 1960s films such as Barbarella (1968) and his clothes worn and loved by stars suchas Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Francoise Hardy.
Last week when I went to the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin they were half way through installing an exhibition that looked like a stadium, but it turned out to be this. Belgian artist Carsten Höller has turned a contemporary art museum into a zoo complete with reindeer, canaries and mice.
Lagerfeld by Lagerfeld: I just went to see an impressive exhibition at La Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris of Karl Lagerfeld’s photographic work, looking back over the many years of his career. It goes till Oct 31.
Left leaving French paper Libe came out with this cover to protest the Larry Clark photo exhibition in Paris’ Musée d’Art Moderne which has been forbidden to minors by the city council because of sexuality.
“Bob Dylan vs. Neil Young”, 2007 by Tony Romano.
Two plants after having been exposed to Bob Dylan (left side) and Neil Young (right side) for a few weeks.
(Source: limboyouth, via joopy)
It’s always a heartbreaking sight to see a forlorn dog peering out of a car, windows up, no owner in sight. UK photographer, Martin Usborne, whose photographic career began after a number of years working as a creative director in children’s TV, has created a melancholy series of photos entitled Mute: The Silence of Dogs in Cars - a little nod to all those quiet dogs out there, sadly waiting for their owner to return.
The longest photographic exposures in history: The German photography artist Michael Wesely has created even longer exposures using a self-built pinhole camera. He captured the light of his objects for up to 3 years.
Ceramic figurines by Jessica Harrison