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Wanda Ewing, Déjeuner Avec Mes Amis, 2000. Lithograph, 28" x 30".

Wanda Ewing is an artist from Omaha who I met this past summer, at a lecture about her work. This month, I interviewed Wanda. We talked about race, body image, feminism, art history, and end with an inquiry into the fundamentalist politics of gender: the conservative outrage behind David Wojnarowicz’s Fire in My Belly being pulled from a museum show, would it be the same if it were a video of the Virgin Mary’s body covered in ants?

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I like interpretations of this painting.

Windows at Henri Bendel's, June 2008

Windows at Henri Bendel's, June 2008

Great concept for an pictorial of exquisitely fashionable earrings.

YSL advert campaign shot by Mario Sorrenti

I think I’ve identified them all! Special thanks to B. Lautz!

YSL advert campaign shot by Mario Sorrenti

Mario Sorrenti YSL

Two favourite scandalous combinations: Both the Courbet and Manet caused a stir with their styles, both influenced by Photography. While the Courbet was a specific commission for the private male gaze, the Manet was a defiant public declaration. Not suprisingly, Kate Moss in a suit, surrounded by two naked models would probably cause a bit of a stir, even today. A woman, in a dominant (well, assertive, really!) role with two nude male nymphs? Outdoors, at a picnic? Both the original painting and Sorrenti’s photograph present relevant interpretations of social taboo.

In Mario Sorrenti’s homage to Courbet, the female embrace of the effeminate probably passes unnoticed, but I believe it is there. I could go on, indefinitely…

Photographs by Michael Sanders, for The Face magazine in 1997, styled by Paul Frecker. This is a fantastic editorial featuring one image directly referencing Leonardo Da Vinci’s Lady with Ermine (left), and another image of Madonna and Child (below, right). The title of this editorial was “Kick the Habit”, as in the monastic garment. Very innovative for its time.

Supplemental Impulses

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whimsy and adventurism, grouped thematically

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