Arnold Newman – Master Class in Portraiture

November 25, 2014

Photography of Photographers   Portraiture is about revelations.  Either for the subject or the artist.  So often in painting, El Greco, or Singer Sargent – exemplified by his most famous portrait, Madam X, the subject is somewhat incidental, especially out of the cultural context of the era.  But in photography, the subject is paramount.  Some […]

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The Era of AREA ~ New York’s most revered club

October 31, 2014

In 1983 a nightclub opened in Manhattan unlike any before it. Minimally named “AREA,” the club would set a new precedent not only in the nightlife world, but also in the art world. More precisely, during its relatively short reign from 1983-1987, AREA represented a heady commingling of these two worlds. While its chronological precedent […]

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“Nothing should be noticed.”

October 12, 2014

“I don’t know what I’ve done that has made people so interested in me, more than anyone else.” Imagine being Bunny Mellon. From Listerine heiress, to Paul Mellon’s wife, to designer of the White House Rose Garden, to age 103 and upon her death 1000+ items from her collection donated to the National Gallery of […]

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Elwood Smith – Today’s Dagwood

September 28, 2014

    Elwood H. Smith is an illustrator who speaks a language that appeals to various strata of readers.  I can remember my father laughing out loud at the comics. I have read The New York Times for thirty-five years, and they deign to include the ‘comics’ for it’s low brow aesthetic.  That is fine […]

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Italy: Non abbastanza monete nella fontana…

September 11, 2014

  Non abbastanza monete nella fontana…not enough coins in the fountain! Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, currently 75. In a country which bleeds culture, history is an irreplaceable natural resource. We have seen first-hand that Italy is crumbling. To the rescue come some legendary names in fashion […]

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Portrait of a Photographer as a Young Man

August 26, 2014

  ANSEL ADAMS FORMATIVE YEARS     Born at the turn of the century, Adams grew up in the hinterlands of dunes and beaches of the City of San Francisco.  Descending from Maine stock, originally from Northern Ireland, the Adams Family created a niche in the physical and social scene of San Francisco.  Ansel could […]

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Comic CONsciousness

August 10, 2014

“The great thing about the comics industry is that it’s driven by passion …it isn’t driven by money.” Royden Lepp, graphic novelist, The New York Times, 7/28/14 The New York Times: Armed Animals Don’t Invent Themselves ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Character Creators Fight for Cash and Credit “Like millions of moviegoers over the weekend, Bill […]

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Good Days and Bad Hair Days

July 29, 2014

  I never knew that April 30th is National Hairstyle Appreciation Day … but that’s another day and a different story. I’ve been thinking about hair, and styles, and reminiscing. The options are numerous, and hysterical, and just plain ridiculous. Some are so bad, they’ve morphed to good, great or even legendary (in their own […]

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CASANOVA: (Catalan or Latin, casa ‘house’ + nova ‘new’) Lover; a man who is a promiscuous and unscrupulous lover

July 12, 2014

    Giacomo Girolamo Casanova: Synonymous with lovemaking charm and persuasion, even since Casanova’s death in 1798, his name evokes and defines the same person to this day. In today’s vernacular, “Womanizing.” Despite his impoverished condition and position at his death in Bohemia, Giacomo Girolamo Casanova’s memoir fetched a stunning figure in 2010 by the Bibliotheque […]

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Fair Cecily, and other fair-weather friends

June 29, 2014

  All I want is the best of everything and there’s very little of that left. Never in the history of fashion has so little material been raised so high to reveal so much that needs to be covered so badly. What is elegance? Soap and water! …quotes by Cecil Beaton   I have an […]

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An Ephemeral Awareness — Death and the Coming of War

June 21, 2014

When we arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, in January, 1966, one of the most unusual thing that we saw were tanks in the streets and soldiers behind sand bags around government buildings.  In the following days we learned that some government officials, senior military leaders and the Sultan of Sokoto had been killed during a coup […]

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Machu Picchu — “The First Tourist”

June 9, 2014

      “The Explorer” by Rudyard Kipling, “Something lost behind the Ranges.  Lost and waiting for you. Go!” The Boulevardiers have been to the mountain, and climbed it. Machu Picchu, the Old Peak…and Huayna Picchu, the New Peak, to be exact. Sources noted below have reviewed its “discovery”. There is no clear and definitive […]

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Black Mountain College ~ America’s Most Creative Art School

May 10, 2014

The New York Times has titled Black Mountain College as one of “six nodes of progressive culture in America.”  Founded in 1933 by John Andrew Rice,  there were innumerable renowned artists that pasted through these hallowed halls for such a  limited period of existence, including Robert Rauschenberg, Ben Shahn, and Joseph Albers — who brought the […]

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Whitney Biennial ~ a meaningful surfeit

April 14, 2014

There was a time when the Whitney Biennial was the much-anticipated barometer of the state of American art…   Whether praised or reviled, everyone could be counted on to have an opinion. This year, as has been the case for some time, the Biennial is just another blur in the bombardment of art as excess […]

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Ironing One’s Shoelaces

April 1, 2014

  Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends…. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.  ~Henry David Thoreau Vintage has always been at the top of my list, the visual, touch, feel, quality. I would rather spend hours, weeks, months, years amidst the old wood cases of museum costume […]

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Laces of The Boot — Campania, Italy

February 25, 2014

    The Cape of Palinuro is a delicious slice of timeless travel, it is a sight to behold along the Cilento coast…we hesitate a bit in saying this, as it is sort of a secret…   According to Virgil´s ancient legend, Aeneas´ unfortunate helmsman Palinuro fell overboard close to the coast, giving his name […]

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Да мы будет смотреть за — Sochi Olympics 2014, Yes we will be watching!

February 7, 2014

    “Жаркие. Зимние. Твои,” Translation: “Hot. Cool. Yours.”   OK, Boulevardiers & curmudgeons unite. Enough griping about the Sochi Olympics (scary sad story here from the Atlantic). Of course we are red, white & blue, through & through, and starting tonight, we will be watching with pride. Olympic events give us an opportunity to […]

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Gian Lorenzo BERNINI ~ The Great Sculptor

January 26, 2014

~ Gian Lorenzo BERNINI ~   “He is so adept at imitating, without affectation, what was most perfect in nature that anyone who studied his works was left in doubt as to which was greater, his artistry or his mastery in hiding it.” Domenico An artist of such renown, that Gian Lorenzo Bernini is synonymous […]

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David Foster Wallace — Being A Ghost

January 6, 2014

For the writer, David Foster Wallace, “every love story is a ghost story”, because for David Foster Wallace, being a person was like being a ghost.     David Foster Wallace suffered extreme self-consciousness, day in and day out.  He obsessed about sweating, brushed his teeth and gargled for 45 minutes at a time, mixed […]

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KIM STEELE’S MACHINE AGE

December 1, 2013

~ From ~ The New York Times, Sunday Review, EXPOSURES, December 1, 2013 “MACHINE AGE” by The Boulevardiers Founder & Publisher ~ Photographer KIM STEELE ~ Form and function has always fascinated me.  Turning structure into form has been my goal for almost forty years.  Fascinated by architecture, as well as industry, I am ever drawn to capture […]

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Bell Labs — Our Scientific Heritage

November 11, 2013

In 1880, the French government awarded Alexander Graham Bell the Volta Prize of 50,000 francs (approximately US$10,000 at that time), about $250,000 in current dollars. His telephone was the invention that won the award, which he used to found the Volta Laboratory, along with Sumner Tainter and Bell’s cousin Chichester Bell.       The Volta Laboratory and the Volta Bureau were […]

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Skulls & Sarnies

November 10, 2013

  I’m an Anthropologist…and a BioArchaeologist. I’ve been all blood & guts for as long as my family & colleagues can remember, in a good way. Pursuing my dreams has been exciting, challenging, and sometimes bewildering. At this time of year, Halloween and all the carnivorous holidays, my truest colors emerge. The evolution of Celtic […]

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“If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution…”

October 28, 2013

                I’m no Anarchist…but I do love the title quote of this post, from Emma Goldman, on the right, smoking a pipe on the beach.       From The Stanford Dictionary of Philosophy: The definition of art is controversial in contemporary philosophy. Whether art can be defined […]

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The Den of the Lioness — Peggy Guggenheim

October 7, 2013

The year is 1958.  Peggy Guggenheim is hosting yet another one of her famous cocktail parties to celebrate the opening of the Venice Biennale.  The previous weeks proved daunting for the art collector.  She has begun an overdue facelift to her garden which seemed too grandiose to be completed in time for the celebration. Peggy decided […]

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City – of solace(ds), of soles also.

September 29, 2013

Preamble: Heather Marcelle Crickenberger writes: “Even if [Benjamin’s] .. compositional practice is merely “the working of quotations into the framework of montage” .., his form .. may still be seen as “a discontinuous presentation deliberately opposed to traditional modes of argument”  .. through the “medium” of the “blinks.” These “blinks” are a textual means of […]

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Sebastião Salgado: Genesis, An Exhibit and a Book — Rome

September 13, 2013

  Black and White photography has long lingered in the background of media vultures, especially advertising, e.g. Bruce Weber, et al. Most point and shoot cameras and applications (Photoshop Elements which comes with cameras) have conversions to B/W or Sepia color modes.  Instagram, the industry leader, for now, offers alterations of images to make inferior, […]

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James Bond REMF: Boulevardier, Rear Echelon Mother!$&%*r

August 15, 2013

  Ian Fleming’s shadowy career in Britain’s clandestine services during WWII spawned an impressive collection of essays, books, the most successful movie franchise in history, and a large body of erroneous assumptions. Blurry lines between Fleming’s actual life and his writings are perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the entire 50-year Bond phenomenon.   Many […]

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Baldassare Castiglione, Boulevardier ~ “Don’t Be Disgusting!”

August 1, 2013

“Practise in everything a certain nonchalance that shall conceal design and show that what is done and said is done without effort and almost without thought.” ~Baldassare Castiglione   Some of my favorite animals on earth are Italian. Food for thought… From New Advent: Baldassare Castiglione, an Italian prose-writer, born at Casatico, near Mantua, 6 […]

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Mark Birley Boulevardier ~ ‘His things were thrown to the wolves’

July 8, 2013

An Englishman went into a hardware store and asked to buy a sink. “Would you like one with a plug?” asked the assistant. “Don’t tell me they’ve gone electric,” said the Englishman. I hate to shop…unless I can do it with a click or a snipe. Although my reputation preceedes and follows me for finding the […]

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The Artistry of the Voice

June 25, 2013

While traversing the boulevards of San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York, you might brush by someone whose face you have never seen before, but whose voice you would most certainly recognize–though you might not be able to place right away.   These voices live among us, voices whose tones and timbres elevate the spoken […]

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Allen Ginsberg: poet not photographer

June 1, 2013

ALLEN GINSBERG  “BEAT MEMORIES”  SAN FRANCISCO Contemporary Jewish Museum  ~  May 23 – September 8, 2013     Just across town from the Jewish Museum is the showing of Garry Winogrand, the complete opposite of Allen Ginsberg, he, Allen, is a story-teller, not a photographer.  A documentation of the era and the sensibility.         […]

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Mark di Suvero’s Mother Peace

May 27, 2013

      Welcome to San Francisco — Mark di Suvero                             Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field is presented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks […]

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