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Monday
Nov262012

Sensual Nature Girl Camille Rowe Lensed By Ellen von Unwerth for Grey Magazine's Winter 2012/13 Issue

Ellen von Unwerth is among our favorite Smart Sensuality photographers at AOC. (See all EVU editorials.) The influential, hard-working — but also very easy to spot — image maker adds some new techniques to her portraits of Camille Rowe for Grey Magazine’s fall/winter issue. Lotta Volkova Adam styles the lingerie-rich editorial of Camille’s sensual self communing with nature as ‘Bucolica’.

 

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Saturday
Nov242012

Are Americans More Optimistic? Benjamin Moore’s Picks Lemon Sorbet as its Color for 2013 

“Color trends, in recent years, have seen richer, darker, more saturated and jewel-toned colors on walls, in furniture as well as in accessories”, writes Fresh Home about Benjamin Moore’s decision to make ‘Lemon Sorbet’ its color of the year for 2013.  Claiming that it “is the perfect transitional color between the mid-tones and saturated colors seen in today’s home furnishings and the softer, lighter pastels which are emerging,” the folks at Benjamin Moore may be tapping into a building trend towards optimism and a rejection of opulence gone wild.

American Optimism?

The global economy continues to teeter, but in the US home prices are finally rising again and employment has steadied. Daily news watchers/readers hear talks of our falling off the fiscal cliff end of December but we also know that no new taxes Grover Norquist is on the run.

Norquist insists that “No one is caving”, in his weekend interview with the Wall Street Journal. Other experts differ. The New York Times wrote yesterday Rising Consumer Optimism Fuels an Annual Spree.

I know so many women (and men) seeking relief from the extraordinary fighting of this fall’s election season. We want to be optimist, working at solving problems. Just so this isn’t an advertorial for Benjamin Moore paint, we cruise over to Pinterest for a hit of yellow. If an optimistic mood is developing in America, I swear that it’s not about a return to pure materialism — although those Black Friday shoppers may prove me wrong.

And now, I’m off to Lancaster, Pa to meet with Macajah Brown, of the new Hidden Treasures Market. GlamTribale may become a rounding member. Tomorrow we install two of the jewelry collections in a framing and art gallery in Rittenhouse Square here in Philadelphia. Life is good.  ~ Anne

 

 

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Thursday
Nov222012

America's Wealthy: Alex Gibney's 740 Park Avenue To 'This Side of Paradise' | Back To Great Gatsby

There is perhaps no street in the world that better exemplifies the widening gap between rich and poor than America’s Park Avenue, the famous boulevard of money and power in New York than moves quickly out the corridors of money and power into the squalor of Harlem and the South Bronx.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) documents 40 years of sharply widening income disparty in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream — a PBS project for Independent Lens.

Gibney’s documentary gazes at the disparity in New York life, turning his lens to 740 Park Avenue, Manhattan’s home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the country moving five-miles north to the South Bronx, home to the poorest congressional district in America.

Asked what motivated him to make the film, Alex Gibney responds:

I am furious at the way that we have allowed money to subvert our democracy. I am appalled at the way that the U.S., a very wealthy nation, permits and even encourages a level of poverty that other wealthy nations would not even consider. Last, I am disturbed at the popular acceptance of theories that argue that we should be as selfish as possible and that altruism itself is evil. That’s a perversion of laissez-faire economic theory going back to Adam Smith and Milton Friedman.

Gibney’s film is part of a larger PBS Project with an international focus Why Poverty?.

Michael Gross, author of the 2005 book about 740 Park Avenue runs a blog about the building and was connected with Alex Gibney by the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer. We will post more about this story, along with the many graphs that focus on the staggering growth of income inequality in America.

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This Side of Paradise

1125 Grand Concourse

Bronx, New York 10452

From their website: No Longer Empty’s core mission is to widen the public engagement for contemporary art, to promote the work of imaginative and socially-conscious artists, and to demonstrate the capacity of art to revitalize communities. We do so by presenting high-caliber, site specific, public art exhibitions in the heart of communities.

With each exhibition, it is No Longer Empty’s goals to positively impact communities by creating a welcoming, accessible and pulsating cultural/educational hub where a community of artists, educators, scholars and the public come together to create and experience art, free of market imperative and institutional constraints.
 
No Longer Empty draws together the vitality of the contemporary art world and the values of building community.

In the spring of 2012, No Longer Empty transformed the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx with the exhibition This Side of Paradise. The New York Times explained that the structure that “looked like a limestone luxury liner sailing up the Grand Concourse” was actually a privately endowed retirement home for the formerly well-to-do, “those who might have lost their money but not their manners or manorial tastes.” It was important, for example, that residents not eat peas with their knives.

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