Category Archives: Art/Photography

The Morrison Hotel Gallery: Icons on the Wall

After Inherent Vice, we headed south a couple of blocks to go check out The Morrison Hotel Gallery. I had never been. He knew where it was from memory (it had been years since he visited), only now it’s no … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Alfred Wertheimer

Elvis. R.I.P. to the great photographer Alfred Wertheimer, known mainly for the extraordinary series (weak word, there are over 3,800 photos) of photos he took of Elvis Presley during the spring and summer of 1956, right before, and just as, … Continue reading

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Women boxing on a rooftop in Los Angeles, 1933.

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A Conversation with Bunny Yeager

My pal Bill Teck shared this 15-minute interview he shot between questioner Youri Mevs and the pioneer pin-up photographer Bunny Yeager at the Miami International Book Fair in 2012. Bunny Yeager just passed away last week. I loved this exchange: … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Bunny Yeager

Model and pin-up photographer Bunny Yeager, most famous for her photographs of Bettie Page (she was also instrumental in getting Bettie Page the Playboy cover), has passed away at the age of 85. She tended to photograph her subjects outside, … Continue reading

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Introducing Art Decades

Jeremy Richey has long been one of my favorite film writers out there. His personal site (the main one, anyway, he has many more) is Moon in the Gutter, and I sincerely recommend you check it out. He’s also a … Continue reading

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Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here (2013)

Thoughtful documentary about husband-and-wife installation-art partners Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The Pace Gallery is currently doing its first retrospective of their work. (Ilya is the creator, and Emilia is the make-it-happen facilitator.) I will make it a point to go. … Continue reading

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Cornell Connection

Poster for Wes Anderson’s new film Joseph Cornell’s “Pink Palace” I know I am not the first one to recognize the influence that Joseph Cornell has had on Wes Anderson. It’s everywhere in his work, from the feel, down to … Continue reading

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For Father’s Day

Photo by Alfred Wertheimer, summer 1956. Elvis and his father, Vernon, in the half-filled pool in the first house Elvis bought, on Audobon Drive (I drove by the house on my last visit to Memphis). Elvis had a swimming pool … Continue reading

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Cold War Tango

Henri Cartier-Bresson. Tallinn, Estonia. 1973. Two dancers training for a competition. Lenin approves.

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