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jenny holzer is designing a line of sneakers for keds, to sponsor the whitney.

they’re very simple, subtler than most clothes with words on them, and at $70, not insanely overpriced either (kinda). this is what they look like:

 

 

sorta cute, right?

 

either way i really like jenny holzer, she’s that artist who projects words and snappy sayings on a variety of surfaces. seriously snappy.

 

(at moma)

Jenny Holzer, Selections from Inflammatory Essays (1979-82), Survival (1983-85), Living (1980-82) (English)

 

Jenny Holzer, Selection from the Survival Series: Use What is Dominant...”

 

Jenny Holzer, You Are My Own(from artnet)

 

i can’t tell if she’s less angsty or maybe just more complacent about her angst, than barbara kruger. either way, reading her words always makes me say “hm” or “ph” or some other monosyllabic but pleasant thinking sort of noise. she’s in most every museum with a contemporary-type collection. recommend.

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found genevieve dimmitt on gawker this morning.

 

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her photos are beautifully starkly deceivingly simple.

 

coats1they are also laden with beautiful color, and make us feel warm and toasty inside.

 

cheapfireworkscroppedher style is super versatile, from seemingly-but-not-really sterile black & white shots to photos bathed in saturated grainy polaroid-esque color.

 

her artist’s statement is quite lovely as well. she reminds us, in writing at least (sorta visually, too), of william eggleston, which reminds us of his wonderful (WONDERFUL) show at the whitney (which, apart from crowds of people and a surprising amount of little kids, was my favorite museum-going experience in the past few months), which makes us like this lady even more.  

i want to meet everyone and take their portrait. I want to photograph the landfill and the kittens in your closet. I am interested in all facets of image making. I believe in democratic photography in the sense that all things are capable of being the subject of a beautiful image if the artist has the notion to share this vision. I document my surroundings constantly for this reason. I also create scenes from the imagery in my mind to balance the observed with the conceived. As I photograph I am constantly learning to see again.

chipholdingbook(all photos by genevieve dimmitt)

 

on an unrelated subject (a subject named barack obama), found this and this on ben smith’s politico blog. our soon-to-be-president was once an anti-war, pro-gay marriage sort of guy.

 

we are SO PUMPED for tuesday.

 

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william eggleston did for color photography what marcel duchamp did for urinals turned on their sides.

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that is, he took what was once seen as a rather banal object of the masses and lifted it into the realm of high art.

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william eggleston (1939-) was cool before ryan mcginley stripped his friends down and set them loose in the wilderness, before juergen teller put victoria beckham in a shopping bag, and tons before hip kids discovered the grainy over-saturated magic to be found in a polaroid camera.

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william eggleston, conveniently, has a retrospective up at the whitney from now until the end of january entitled william eggleston: democratic camera photographs and video 1961-2008. we will see you there.

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