Friday, December 09, 2011

On Art: Jeff Brouws/Ed Ruscha

"The beauty of Ruscha's work is that it appears authorless, effortless, totally objective, artfully artless, which I think gives it a universal appeal, as if his voice and vision are ours, as if he's saying: you could do this too. Twentysix Gasoline Stations led me down the typographical path; it made me want to photographically collect "types" of things as a way of systematically surveying the unique qualities of similar objects, a way to remind myself that everything in the world is interesting, mystifying, individual, and worthy of our attention, no matter how banal or ordinary."
Jeff Brouws on Ed Ruscha's Twentysix Gasoline Stations (in Readymades, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2003)

Pictured above: Edward Ruscha, Phillips 66, Flagstaff, Arizona, 1962, from Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1963. Gelatin silver print, 4 11/16 × 4 11/16 in. (11.9 × 11.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from The Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Foundation, and Diane and Thomas Tuft 2004.467 © Ed Ruscha

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Parting Glances: VIP Q Movie Pick for World AIDS Day

Please read my posting on today which includes reflections on Parting Glances from Matthew Rettenmund, Will Clark, Bruce Vilanch, Alec Mapa, Dan Butler and Tom Bezucha. Here's the intro:
As World AIDS Day approaches on December 1st it's a fitting moment to share the half-dozen VIP Q Movie Pickers who have named Bill Sherwood's legendary 1986 HIV/AIDS drama, Parting Glances as their number one favorite LGBT film (alongside Desert Hearts and But I'm a Cheerleader this film has been the most popular selection amongst our dozens of celebrity movie lovers).
And here's the rest: Parting Glances: VIP Q Movie Pick for World AIDS Day