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the highlights of hannuka were as follows:

more latkes than i could ever hope to stomach

a pair of mittens made out of alpaca (they are so warm)

cranium WOW (the pieces come with interchangeable hats!)

the world of edward gorey, by clifford ross and karen wilkin

gorey is an artist (and sometimes costume designer) who does crazy dark nitpick-y sinster type black-ink line drawings. he sets his scenes in a macabre victorian england, mostly, and writes books with titles like the doubtful guest and accompanies his drawings with captions such as “her laugh made beetles swoon; her frown / made geese and cows turn upside down.”

e-gorey-doubtful-guest

edward-gorey-goldfish

edward-gorey-mewling-fluff

edward-gorey-b(this is how i would like my future children to learn the letter “b”)

it is a must-read for aspiring illustrators and owners of freakishly dark senses of humor alike.

ps, it is fashion week in stockholm! HOT DAMN. more updates on the most fashion forward city evah to follow.

[ stefanie ]

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the latest issue of interview, is superb. it is the so-called art issue. inside find interviews with richard prince (who owns the original scroll of big sur by mr. jack kerouac), jeff koons (more on him in a sec), cate blanchett (interviewed by jack white, which brings to mind coffee and cigarettes, and also the two of them are quite witty with each other), william eggleston (who is color blind?), rei kawakubo (have you gotten a chance to shop for comme des garcons at h&m yet?), gus van sant (i fell asleep during paranoid park but still claim to have really liked it), AND MORE!

jeff koons was all, “i don’t think my shit is ironic, or tongue-in-cheek” (that was paraphrased, badly, by the way) and i was all, reeeally? because you sculpted a giant balloon animal and put it in the palace at versailles… but then jeff koons was all, “living at versailles must have been like living in a fantasy, where you could go to sleep one night with a garden full of blue flowers and wake up to find a garden full of red flowers, because a staff of gardeners had been up all night uprooting and planting your fantasy, fuckin louis xiv, and my pieces relate to that fantasy in contemporary ways” (again, paraphrase-age) and i was all, hey i kinda like that, way to go jeff koons, this is the first time i’ve ever had tender feelings towards you and your art.

koons1(photo from nytimes.com)

and then i was all, happy hannuka, and stuff.

[ stefanie ]

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i moved into a new apartment this past summer, and my roommate and i were determined to decorate it in a (thrifty) fashion that would not shout “COLLEGECOLLEGECOLLEGE” from the rooftops. ergo, no magazine cut-outs on the walls. ergo, i was fresh out of interior decorating experience. but THEN i discovered 20×200, a website whose mission is to sell very excellent art at a wide range of prices, starting off at $20 (for a smallish version of a photo or print or drawing, produced in an edition of 200) and topping off at $2000 (for a large version of said photo or print or drawing, with only 2 reproductions). we have a theory that, once you start your art collection, you have taken the first step on the path to genuine adulthood (whether you are 15 or 40, dear reader, we really don’t think you’re a real live adult if your walls are art-less; posters of van gogh paintings, no matter how mind bogglingly wonderful the originals may be, do not count) and this is a fantastic way to buy actual, original art at ridiculously reasonable prices. you will be cultured and sophisticated, and your friends will be jealous.

while trolling the site for nifty things to purchase, we came across jason polan, an artist living in new york. here are some things we like about mr. polan: his current project is an ongoing mission to draw every person in new york (see yoko ono, below); he is a member of the taco bell drawing club; we think he knows dave eggers; he made this bag, which i would totally ask for for hannuka if i didn’t feel too guilty to ask anyone for presents this year; he draws many giraffes; he is rather funny; there is no wikipedia article about him, lending him an exciting air of mystery.

yoko-ono

one of the things he is selling on 20×200 is called “hand project”: for $20 he’ll send you one out of 200 photocopies of his hand, for $200 he’ll send you a drawing of his hand (“it is always available and i can mold it into different positions”), and for a mere $2000, he will come to your house and shake your hand. allan kaprow would be so proud.

[ stefanie ]

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