A little Art and Culture…Ai Weiwei, detained but proceeding

ART REVIEW

12 Heads Do the Talking for a Silenced Artist

 

Librado Romero/The New York Times

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, at the Pulitzer Fountain outside the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, features 12 animal heads in cast bronze.

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Published: May 4, 2011

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/arts/design/ai-weiwei-sculpture-near-plaza-hotel-review.html?ref=arts

A little Art and Culture…The Huntington adds 2 new 20thC American Artworks

Huntington is adding two 20th century works to its American art holdings

For the next two weeks, the works will be on view in the Rotthenberg Loggia of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. The pipe organ screen will be removed for conservation treatment, and the Lawson soon will be incorporated into the permanent galleries

http://huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary_02.aspx?id=9216

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/05/the-huntington-is-adding-two-20th-century-works-to-its-american-art-holdings.html

Fashion News…Hermes and Gaultier’s Fashion House

Herm’s Is Selling Its Stake in Gaultier’s Fashion House

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Published: May 3, 201

Jean-Paul Gaultier, right, with the model Farida Khelf

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/04/business/global/04iht-fashion04.html?ref=fashion

Did you know…Susan B. Anthony, Suffragette and Fashion Icon?

On Her Arm, a Symbol of Freedom

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Published: May 4, 2011

THOUGH she has rarely been described as a style icon, the suffragist Susan B. Anthony was readily identifiable on her travels by her red shawl and alligator handbag. To her, a bag was not a fashion statement but a symbol of independence at a time when women were not allowed to enter into a contract or even open a bank account.

read on to find out more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/fashion/05ROW.html?ref=fashion

http://susanbanthonyhouse.org/index.php

Art and Culture…McQueen Exhibition at the Met

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

May 4- July 31, 2011 @ the Metropolitan Museum of Art

“You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.”

—Alexander McQueen

This promises to be a great exhibition.  Organized by the Costume Institute, it will celebrate the late designer’s contribution to fashion.  “Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity.” (blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/about)

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http://blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2011/05/alexander-mcqueen-opens-at-the-met.html

Fashion Inspiration…retro swimwear

Nanette Lepore’s retro inspired swimwear

Fun, Flirty, and Girly!

While all the stars and celebrities were putting on their most glamorous gowns for the Met Ball Monday evening, Nanette Lepore had her models walking around in much less formal attire; not to mention far less material too.  Lepore’s retro swimwear embraces the feminine and frequently references past swimwear of the former pin-up models.

Take a look!!

http://www.theorchidboutique.com/nanette-lepore-swimwear.html

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2011/05/nanette-lepores-retro-inspired-swimwear.html

Art and Culture…18th C. Paris Life and Luxury at The Getty

Paris: Life & Luxury in the 18th Century

is currently on view at The Getty Center until August 7, 2011.

If you love the decorative arts as much as I do then this is an exhibition you need to see!  Comprised of The Getty’s extensive French Decorative Arts collection, this exhibition highlights the, “great cultural achievement and artistic creativity during the reign of Louis XV, from 1723–1774,” (http://www.getty.edu) which does not always receive the attention it deserves.

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http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/paris_lifeluxury/

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/05/art-review-paris-life-and-luxury-in-the-18th-century-at-the-j-paul-getty-museum.html

Official Royal Group Wedding Pictures

Kate’s dress is so STUNNING! such a wonderful pic!

Photos from http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/ courtesy of the British Monarchy.

photo Credit Hugo Bernand; Photos: Getty