Gisèle Freund x Frida Kahlo

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Trailblazing women in the art world have always held a particular fascination for me. Gisèle Freund was a world renowned photographer and photojournalist making waves as an artist and woman in a time when that was more difficult. Born in Berlin in 1908, Freund was one of Europe’s most prominent photographers and a pillar among French feminist intellectuals after fleeing Nazi Germany and settling in Paris in the 1930’s. Her thesis on photography in France in the 19th century was met with skepticism, because photography was not considered a serious study then (or for many years after that, … [Read more...]

Diane Arbus | In the Beginning.

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As part of the inaugural season at The Met Breuer, diane arbus: in the beginning opened earlier this month, featuring an eye opening new look at one of the most influential and provocative artists of the 20th century. The exhibit showcases her early works and influences until her death at 48. The photographs focus on the evolution of her style in the early years - specifically those from 1956-1962- using a 35 mm camera to her eventual signature the 2.25-inch square Rolleiflex format. The exhibit displays over a hundred unseen photographs that were gifted to The Met by her daughters Doon and … [Read more...]

Michael Dweck | The End: Montauk.

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Michael Dweck is a visual artist known for his seductive photos. Dweck studied Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and began his career in advertising where he went on to become a highly regarded Creative Director receiving over 40 international awards (including the Gold Lion at the Cannes Festival!) Eventually in 2001 he left advertising to focus on photography full time. Themes of  youth, summer, freedom, beauty, and the temptations of the flesh, are often apparent in his work. His series: "The End: Montauk, NY" and "Mermaids" are two of my faves.  The End: Montauk, NY … [Read more...]

ART + DESIGN | Chateau de Beauvoir.

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Claire Basler, a chic french artist living in an old iron factory outside of Paris has made her home/ studio a masterpiece. Her artwork is nature - based, whimsical, earthy and gorgeous. And her home is nothing short of that. Whether it is her actual paintings hung, or the hand-painted murals on the walls throughout the home this historic castle is an etherial forest. The aesthetic of the home is extremely cohesive. Wood furniture, earth tones, floor to ceiling windows that lend directly to the outdoors. The line between nature, art, and home seems to be very thin. This home is a fairy's … [Read more...]

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