David LaChapelle: The Fellini of Photography Returns to Fine Art

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David LaChapelle: The Fellini of Photography Returns to Fine Art

During the course of his artistic career, David LaChapelle was hired by Andy Warhol, fired by Madonna, photographed Pamela Anderson, Lady Gaga, and Hillary Clinton, and made a star of the transgender personality Amanda Lepore. He earned millions and spent much of that on his self-financed movie about an urban dance form created in the rough neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles. When the film, Rize, failed to attract a large audience, the weary LaChapelle packed up his career and disappeared.

Now, LaChapelle is back in New York briefly, overseeing his one-man show at a Madison Avenue art gallery and a separate commissioned installation that is opening in the lobby of the Lever House on Park Avenue. With their erotic gloss, their sizzling aesthetics and their slick production values, the photographs at Michelman Fine Art are recognizably the work of a man who in his editorial work for Vanity Fair, Interview, Rolling Stone and others photographed David Duchovny dressed in Lycra bondage trousers, Kanye West as Black Jesus, a turbaned Elizabeth Taylor looking like a $5 fortune teller, Eminem naked but for a well-placed prop and other stars like Tupac Shakur (wearing soap bubbles), Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga baring their souls for the camera, along with a good deal more.

At the Lever House, however, the artist has returned to techniques he employed when, at the very beginning of his career, long before he became the go-to video director for pop music divas, he used naïve, childlike forms like linked paper chains to make his work. In the space that in the past has presented exhibitions of works by artists such as Barbara Kruger and Damien Hirst, Mr. LaChapelle has hung the chains from walls and ceiling in looping festoons. At first glance, the stapled links only look like colorful decorations for a children’s party, but when viewed more closely they reveal images of naked bodies, as an allegory for human connection.

Viewers can read more about David LaChapelle’s return to the art scene in The New York Times here.

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Appalling New Video Footage of Anna Nicole

In this exclusive shocking new video footage of Anna Nicole Smith, she displays severely impaired reality testing abilities, possibly devastated by substance use or abuse.  Watch this new video footage below:

Shocking Video Footage of Anna Nicole Smith

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My Articles for Friday, June 29, 2007

The Chelsea Hotel on West 23d Street in Manhattan is an elegantly shabby Victorian-Gothic hotel, which is registered as a national historic landmark. The Chelsea has a long history of serving as a sanctuary for the the avant-garde.

Through the years, those who lived at the Chelsea have included Jack Kerouac, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Tennessee Williams, Edith Piaf, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leonard Cohen, Willem de Kooning, Jane Fonda, Janis Joplin, Milos Forman, Jimi Hendrix, Dennis Hopper, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, Vladimir Nabokov and Wes Klein. Dylan Thomas drank 18 straight whiskies there, his last. Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey while living there.

Recently, a corporate-style management team has taken over running the Chelsea, and its artist-residents are worried that the hotel will be transformed into a posh New York “boutique” hotel. A national grassroots protest is underway, and this posting is in support of that protest.

The article contains photographs and a video photography composition with music audio (Lou Reed: Walk on The Wild Side).

[tags: The Chelsea Hotel, artists, New York City, images, photographs, music, video, urban life, slideshow]

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“Sicko” from Michael Moore

Michael Moore’s Sicko: The 2007 Cannes Film Festival Smash Hit!

Michael Moore’s “Sicko”

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My Articles for Thursday, June 14, 2007

“Goths: Taking the Human Condition for Granted.”

A discussion of a goth persective on living. A music video by London at Night is included.

[tags: goth, goths, music, music video, dailymotion, social, cultural]

“Virginia Tech Killings Report Issued: But Why are President Bush and His Aides Smiling about It?”

President Bush receives a copy of the Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy, on Wednesday, June 13, 2007, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. From left in the picture are, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, the President, and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.

Again, but why are they all smiling? Gross. Very, very gross.

[tags: Virginia Tech killings, Virginia Tech shootings, student killings, President Bush, Virginia Tech Report, Cho, Sueng Lui Cho]

“Victory in Massachusetts!”

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Boston Globe reports this morning that a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, which has been advanced by social conservatives, was soundly defeated today by a joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature. The vote was vote 45 to 151, eliminating any chance of getting it on the ballot in November 2008.

[tags: gay, gay rights, gay pride, GLBT, rights, freedom, Massachusetts]

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My Articles for Monday, June 11, 2007

 

Quoted: The Pentagon’s Gay Smart Bomb Well, Maybe Not So Smart… And from Andrew Sullivan at Atlantic Magazine: “Yes, the military was seriously considering a project for a bomb that could turn enemy soldiers gay, and thereby presumably make them a less lethal foe. This was in 1994. And we wonder why the top brass couldn’t cope with openly gay servicemembers?”

[tags: blogs]

 

Quoted: A newly redeemed Paris Hilton piously whispers, “I’m not the same person I was. I used to act dumb. It was an act. I am 26 years old, and that act is no longer cute. It is not who I am, nor do I want to be that person for the young girls who looked up to me. I know now that I can make a difference, that I have the power to do that.

[tags: blogs]

“Teddy Pendergrass: In My Time”

This is the story of Teddy Pendergrass, who rose through the ranks of the Philadelphia music scene in the 1960s and eventually became the drummer for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Pendergrass stepped to the front of the Blue Notes as lead singer on hits like If You Don’t Know Me By Now and became a star in his own right with his 1977 solo album, Teddy Pendergrass.

Onstage, he was a dynamic force of sultry sexuality who became famous for his “ladies only” shows where he’d be showered with panties thrown from the audience. That changed on March 18, 1982, when he crashed his Rolls-Royce on Lincoln Drive in Philadelphia.

“The truth of the matter is at the very beginning of your experience, things are very different than what you knew two days ago and it is quite devastating,” said Pendergrass of the accident. “The honest answer is that some people don’t want to deal with it. This is a life altering injury that will change your views, your emotional views, your economical views. It changes everything so when you make a decision to live (with the injury) that means you have to make a decision to say, ‘Well, I’m going to have a road ahead of me but I’m willing to deal with it while I can and make the best of where I am,’ ” he said.

Photographs and music video are included.

[tags: Teddy Pendergrass, In My Time, music, video, music video, disabilities, celebrities]

 

“Homelessness as a State of Mind”

For years, Johnny Five lived not on the streets but below them, in the dark underworld beneath an abandoned train station in the Bronx. He had to crawl in the dirt at the edge of a concrete platform to get in and out. This is the heart-wrenching story of Johnny’s attempt to emerge from the world of the homeless, which in the end he could not do. Photographs and video are included.

[tags: homeless, cities, city streets, urban streets, poverty, photography, video]

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The Pentagon’s Gay Bomb

The Pentagon’s Gay Smart Bomb

Well, Maybe Not So Smart.  In Fact, Really, Really Dumb.

From Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic Magazine:

“Yes, the military was seriously considering a project for a bomb that could turn enemy soldiers gay, and thereby presumably make them a less lethal foe.  This was in 1994.  And we wonder why the top brass couldn’t cope with openly gay servicemembers?”

Actually, the Pentagon’s pretty dumb. Exxstasy Margaritas would have been more economical, and probably much more effective.

Pentagon Confirms Gay Bomb Rumors

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