From Little Tuffy of Chicago: A Very Happy Holiday Season to All!

From Little Tuffy of Chicago: A Very Happy Holiday Season to All!

About 2 years ago, an acquaintance showed up at my door with a tiny ball of fur, an eight week-old brown poodle that he’d bought at an outdoor flea market in downstate Illinois. A little pup who had probably been raised abusively in a terrible puppy mill. Although I had no intentions of ever having a pet in my northside Chicago apartment, I relented and took little Tuffy into my home, and soon thereafter into my heart. Needless to say, Tuffy has brought endless joy to this quietly retired senior citizen.

Wishing You a Joyeux Noël

Joyeux Noël is a delightful, humorously cheerful one-minute animated short film. It was created by the people from the Barcelonian motion graphics house United Fakes, who would like to wish all of you a very happy holiday season!

Wishing You a Joyeux Noël

Kug Fu Tuffy: A Happy Kung Fu Christmas from Little Tuffy of Chicago

Little Tuffy Frolics at Wiggly Field with His Best Friend, Miss Olive

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Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful

Garry Winogrand, Centennial Ball, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1969

Garry Winogrand, Centennial Ball, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1969

Garry Winogrand, Untitled, New York, 1968

Garry Winogrand, Paris, 1970

Garry Winogrand, Untitled, Women are Beautiful Portfolio, 1970

Garry Winogrand, Central Park Zoo, New York, 1967

Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful

Women are Beautiful is a collection of photographs by Garry Winogrand (1928-1984), which is currently on exhibition in Barcelona at the Foundation Foto Colectania. Winogrand is considered to be one of the greatest innovators of twentieth-century American photography. Winogrand’s pictures are focused on the reflection of reality, with no retouching or other ideas added. Garry Winogrand represented a new American style in photography, which broke new ground in the emerging era of street photography.

Described as an undisciplined mixture of energy, ego, curiosity, ignorance, and street-smart naiveté, throughout the 1950s, the Bronx native photographed incessantly, mostly on the streets, working as a freelance photographer for a picture agency and eventually publishing journalistic images in numerous magazines. Around 1960, after being shown a copy of Walker Evans’s book American Photographs, Winogrand began to take a more artistic approach in his work.

Winogrand eventually published four books of photographs, including Women Are Beautiful in 1975, which was composed mostly of candid shots of anonymous women on the street. He knew like no other photographer of his time how to capture the social transformation of females in the 1960s and 1970s through his portraits of women, which stand as an allegory of women’s emancipation and of their new roles in society.

Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful

Photo-Gallery: Garry Winogrand/Women are Beautiful

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Vicenta: A Spine-Tingling Tale of Lusty Betrayal and Bloodthirsty Revenge

Vicenta: A Spine-Tingling Tale of Lusty Betrayal and Bloodthirsty Revenge

Vicenta is an awesome stop-motion animated short film directed by Sam Orti at the Spanish studio Conflictivos Productions. This plasticine/claymation movie turns out to be an epic little horror-film, with scenes of hot sex, bloody corpses and intense violence. The film tells the story of a woman in search of her husband’s lottery winnings, whose rich but miserly husband is having a steamy liaison with the scheming floozy who lives in the flat next door. If you’ve ever wondered what a hardcore claymation sex scene might look like, then you’ve absolutely got to check this one out!

Vicenta: A Spine-Tingling Tale of Lusty Betrayal and Bloodthirsty Revenge

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The World’s Fair Project: The Formerly-Grand Spectacle Sites Today

Paris 1889/1937 Expositions / Eiffel Tower, Trocadero, Palais de Chaillot, 2007 © Jade Doskow

Philadelphia 1876 World’s Fair, “Centennial Exposition,” Memorial Hall, 2008 © Jade Doskow

Brussels 1897, “Exposition Internationale de Bruxelles,” Parc du Cinquentenaire, 2008 © Jade Doskow

Brussels 1958 World Fair, World View: A New Humanism, Atomium at Night, 2008 © Jade Doskow

NY 1964 World’s Fair, “Peace Through Understanding,” NY State Pavilion, 2008 © Jade Doskow

Chicago 1893 World’s Fair, “The Columbian Exposition,” Palace of Fine Arts, 2008 © Jade Doskow

The World’s Fair Project: The Formerly-Grand Spectacle Sites Today

Photography by: Jade Doskow, NYC

The World’s Fair Project is a collection of photographs by Jade Doskow, who received her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. While at the SVA, Doskow received the prestigious Alumni Scholarship Award and has had her work featured in Photo-District News, New York Arts Magazine, and The Visual Arts Journal. The series of photographs includes architectural images taken at World’s Fair sites all over the world, from both the 19th and 20th centuries. Doskow has been tracking down each site, one by one, to see how the once-grand spectacle sites exist today. She was interested in finding out about what happened to the World’s Fair as a concept, as well as in seeing how the old sites and structures are being used presently in their communities.

Doskow found that there has been considerable arbitrariness about how the sites and structures that remain from these large events currently exist in time. Often, the hosting city has used the fair as a purpose to turn an unused part of the city into a public park. Typically, it appeared that little foresight had been given to how the city could possibly afford to maintain these large and often strangely engineered buildings over time. In addition, she found that while the World’s Fair structures were meant to reference “the future,” in the actual future many of them appear poorly maintained, very outdated and quite odd.

The World Columbian Exposition of 1893 (UCLA Visual Simulation)

Chicago’s Columbian Exhibition of 1893: A Postcard Journey

Thomas Edison’s L’ Exposition Universelle de 1900 à Paris

Slide Show: The World’s Fair Project/The Formerly-Grand Spectacle Sites Today

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Matatoro: The Hermetic World of Bullfighting and Its Public

Matatoro: The Hermetic World of Bullfighting and Its Public

Matatoro is a gorgeous, delightfully weird animated short film directed by Mauro Carraro, Raphaël Calamote, Jérémy Pasquet, students at France’s Supinfocom. The directors describe their work as a reinvention and reinterpretation of the hermetic world of the bullfighting: the fighter, the bull, and the audience. They continue upon the Supinfocom studio’s theme of experimenting with the normally clean features of 3-D and adopting water-color aesthetics, seen in films like the recent Oscar-nominated Madagascar.

Matatoro is marvelously strange; it’s surreal, impressionistic, maybe even psychoanalytic. If a prerequisite of great art is in some sense inscrutability, then this animated short is certainly one of the most artistic of recent French student animations.

Matatoro: The Hermetic World of Bullfighting and Its Public

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The Poetics of Hope: A Wish for Peace in Our Time

Dove of Peace: Pablo Picasso, Lithograph (1949)

Playing For Change: Song Around the World-“Stand By Me”

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The Scissor Sisters: Invisible Light

The Scissor Sisters: Invisible Light

Invisible Light is the latest music video by the Scissor Sisters, an erotically charged wonder produced by Nicolás Méndez from the Barcelona collective, CANADA.  The high production values of incredible cinematography, along with an exploration of vintage-style montage, work perfectly.  This jaw-droppingly epic collaboration is a joy to behold, a perfect pairing of visual and musical talents.

The Scissor Sisters: Invisible Light

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