Dirty Baby x Ed Ruscha/Nels Cline/David Breskin

Beautifully published book - the complete black cover with cut-out slip-case caught my short attention.

Paintings - Ed Ruscha

Poetry - David Breskin

Music - Nels Cline

From Steidlville:

DIRTY BABY presents a provocative trialogue between the paintings of Ed Ruscha, the music of Nels Cline, and the poetry of David Breskin. The title refers to the fact that when different art forms mate, there is never a purebred offspring, but rather a muttish and raunchy one: gloriously dirty.

The sixty-six pictures in the book are drawn from two bodies of work, the Silhouettes and the Cityscapes. In these works, Ruscha uses censor strips in place of the words or phrases which characteristically occupy a prominent place in his pictures. Their very obfuscation gives the missing words a powerfully subversive presence: language is emphasized even as it is obscured.

Breskin has divided the book into two “sides” in the manner of a vinyl record. Side A presents a kind of “time-lapse” history of Western Civilization. Side B returns to the cradle of that civilization, charting the American misadventure in Iraq. For his poetic form, Breskin uses the ancient Arabic ghazal, a perfect foil and fencing partner for Ruscha’s language-sensitive strategies. To this mix, Cline adds music for a large ensemble: at once lyrical and edgy, heartfelt and raucous, his music ranges from acoustic impressionism to dense, dark electronica.

One to look forward to.

www.steidlville.com/books/979-DIRTY-BABY.html

Thomas Heatherwick World

Designer/artist/architect - Thomas Heatherwick - his work is never the same twice.

Longchamp store/NYC

Bleigiessen - The Wellcome Trust/London

The B of the bang/Manchester - sadly no longer there

Rolling bridge - Paddington Basin/London

Extruded metal seat/sculptures - Haunch of Venison 2009

East Beach Cafe - Littlehampton/West Sussex

www.eastbeachcafe.co.uk

Photo - Pleatfarm.com

British Pavilion/Shanghai Expo 2010

I think it will be fun to live in Thomas Heatherwick’s world!

I wait to see what he has up his sleeves next - it will be great whatever…

Check his website for more -

www.heatherwick.com

Donald Judd + Marfa/Texas

Now Marfa can be known for another thing besides being the backdrop for the film Giant - You can now put it down as an art destination…

American conceptual modernist Donald Judd has archives in New York and Marfa [The Chinati Foundation] - just imagine stumbling across his work in the middle of dusty Texas…

"It isn’t necessary for a work to have a lot of things to look at, to compare, to analyze one by one, to contemplate. The thing as a whole, its quality whole, is what is interesting. The main things are alone and are more intense, clear and powerful." -Donald Judd in his essay Specific Objects

For more on Donald Judd please follow -

http://www.juddfoundation.org/

HADID vs MALEVICH x MAXXI vs ROMA

Continuing my complete love for modern architecture - I found some great shots of the new contemporary modern art museum - MAXXI in Roma.

Is this Zaha Hadid’s masterpiece we have all been waiting for…???

Something tells me Hadid’s aquatics centre for London 2012 will not be challenging this for the top spot!

Painting/Study for the MAXXI

Atrium

Another reason [apart from the ice cream] to make a second trip to the eternal city