Turns out that all that self-help stuff—positive affirmations, striving to be better (or the best) at everything—might actually be making us unhappy, since it’s forcing us to look at what we are lacking. Worth the read.
By the artist, Laurie Simmons, Age 10
It’s a little-known scientific fact: Before they were famous, 100% of artists were kids. And, like most kids, they doodled, sculpted, finger-painted, and followed their wildest impulses without shame, second-guessing, or self-consciousness. Of course, they soon grew up and started taking artmaking more seriously—perhaps even referring to it by the rarified euphemism of “a practice.”
But this weekend, a benefit gala and pop-up exhibition at Red Bull Arts New York, organized by the non-profit ProjectArt, reminds us of creativity’s unpolished roots. Dubbed “My Kid Could Do That,” it brings together childhood minor masterpieces by 23 contemporary artists, including Cecily Brown, Katherine Bernhardt, Tom Sachs, and Sanford Biggers.
Read the article by Scott Indrisek for inspiration
Image: Benoît Peverelli
Words to live by:
The first lesson: don’t take yourself too seriously. “I’m not a muse...amusing, but not a muse!”
She has such great style - if you look at what she is always caught wearing - slim jeans or pants, usually flat loafers, button down shirt and a blazer, maybe a scarf or sweater. If is the ultimate uniform.
She advocates that you don't need a lot, just a few really good, tailored pieces.
“I’m much more down-to-earth than people give me credit for. At times, I’m ridiculously realistic.”
Quote from Calvin Tompkin's "Dinner with Georgia O'Keefe" where he remembers a visit with the artist at Ghost Ranch.
John Rawlings was a Condé Nast Publications fashion photographer from the 1930s through the 1960s. He became one of the most prolific and important fashion photographers of the twentieth century, leaving a vast body of work, with more than 200 Vogue and Glamour magazine covers to his credit.
At a time when opulence and theatrical lighting were commonplace in fashion photography, John Rawlings led the change in direction of Vogue fashion photography. He began showing fashion in a direct, informational way that combined beauty with clarity.
Love these photos of models and cars.
All Photos: John Rawlings
To pan-sear successfully, start by preheating your oven. Then, heat an ovenproof saute pan well and add just enough oil to coat it lightly. You’ll be ready to cook when the oil swirls freely in the pan, turns fragrant and even shimmers slightly with the first hints of smoke. At that point, very carefully add the fillets to the hot pan, skin down, and cook until the skin is crisply browned. Finish the cooking in the preheated oven, and just minutes later you’ll be ready to eat. You’ll be surprised by how simple contact with the hot seafood makes the room-temperature cherry tomato sauce come alive with flavor.
Makes 4 servings.
Cherry tomato vinaigrette:
To make cherry tomato vinaigrette: In bowl, combine cherry tomatoes, basil, olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss gently. Set aside.
To cook bass: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush fish fillets all over with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Pat fillets thoroughly dry all over with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place medium-sized ovenproof saute pan large enough to hold all fillets over high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Heat until oil swirls easily in pan. Carefully place fillets in pan, skin side down. Saute for 2 minutes. Transfer pan to oven. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until fish is cooked through but still moist. (Note: Do not turn fillets.)
To serve: Spoon some cherry tomato vinaigrette in center of each of 4 heated serving plates. Using spatula, carefully transfer 1 sea bass fillet, skin side up, to each plate. Spoon remaining vinaigrette over fish. Serve immediately.
Image: Bon Appetit
Love the use of a custom super graphic as a wallpaper. Here the Hotel Indigo in Los Angeles used one in many of the new 350 room hotel. On a recent visit to Nashville a black and white detail of the architecture of the Indigo building was also used in the rooms and transformed an awkward wall.
Image: Curbed LA
Michelle Satterlee, of @dressedtomatch, showcases outfits as visual replicas of famous artworks. A few examples include two friends bedecked in yellow and black polka dots, blending in with a Yayoi Kusama installation; Satterlee's colorful checkered outfit that perfectly goes with an Ellsworth Kelly piece; and the pattern of a woman's dress that's parallel to the retrospective works of Eduardo Paolozzi.
From her interview with Fashionista: "Everyone loves things that match or inherently blend into one another, it's very pleasing on the eye. I think that's what people are attracted to," says Satterlee over the phone from Sacramento where she runs an art gallery. "It brings a different level of attention to the art itself. I think it brings art off the wall. It makes it conversational and less intimidating."