Milan Gaunt Model

A recent debate  regarding super skinny models stirred up at  Milan Fashion Week.

A gaunt-looking model gracefully walked the runway during the famous Gianfranco Ferré show in Milan last night bringing shock to the audience and fashion industry.

Photo from Wire.

The Italian model wore a a black deep v cut dress revealing her chest and bony body. With her pale, hair brushed back and dark makeup, she appeared very unhealthy looking. Obviously, Mr. Ferré’s collection is classic and sophisticated with basic colors but would you support someone who uses models like the one above. It send the wrong message.

The fact that this model was allowed to participate in Milan Fashion Week was shocking because in 2006, Milan banned very thin models from their catwalk shows. It was an important move for the fashion world. At this time, there was lots of pressure and stress about the health of models. The aim became to promote healthier looking bodies in fashion and not only for catalogue but especially for catwalk.

According to MFW insider representatives, the agreement stated and signed between the city and its fashion industry claimed that models with a body mass index of less than 18.5 were not allowed to take part in the Milan fashion shows. However now it is evident that this agreement is not being honored by city and industry. Failure to comply may damage the reputation of Milan for future fashion events.

It is interesting that designers only hire a certain type of woman to model their collections. When will slender, normal, average girls be enough for fashion? It is times like these, when you wonder what models are like, how they are forced to be, if they are paid to be a particular way and how we as the public should view them.

Toreos en España

Yesterday marked the end of a 600 year cultural tradition for bullfighting, leaving fans mournful in Spain.

Anti-bullfighting protesters demonstrated for animal rights by the Monumental bullring in Barcelona during the last event.

Barcelona Monumental. Photo from the Guardian site.

Bullfighting remains a controversial issue as many wonder why the Catalonian region banned the sport, whether to promote nationalism or present themselves with different cultural values.

The sport is a very exciting cultural experience for many locals and tourists. People enjoy watching one or more bulls being baited around the arena. The sport can be seen as bloody yet several followers regard the performance as art.

José Tomás in bullfighting mode. Photo from The Guardian site.

Usually, there are toreros who saunter across the arena with strategic moves which reflect their bullfighting style and the school in which they learned their techniques. The aim is to express a connection through their work with the audience while using the bull. The performance varies as moves are close range or wide range putting the bullfighter at risk. It’s an adrenaline rushing sport. Once the bull is hooked numerous times behind his shoulder by other metadors, the fight terminates with a killing of the bull by a single sword thrust.

From this, it can be understood why animal rights advocates interpret the sport as a blood sport where the bulls and horses suffer extreme measures. Yet there are still other bullfighting arenas around the world including France, Mexico, parts of Latin America as well as Sevilla, Spain.

Supporters carrying José Tomás out of the arena. Photo from The Guardian site.

The Monument in Barcelona will now serve another purpose as a local indoor market or religious venue.

Agora Gallery

Latin American artists are displaying their contemporary fine art at its best in New York.

The exhibition, Latin American Art was launched this week by west side art center, Agora Gallery with lots of energy and powerful artwork portraying art through various perspectives.

Photo by Niya Sinckler.

Delving into their talented art forms, the exhibit Masters of the Imagination makes you think. The artists capture numerous emotions for the audience. Also art lovers can question and relate to the creation of humanity. Using spectacular skills, the artists dazzle viewers by making them feel something about life and experience as they do the three step gallery walk around the artwork.

Photo from Agora Gallery site.

In addition, The Rhythm of Color, natural tones meet vibrant colors to captivate the mind as one beings to understand and appreciate art work through the use of several hues and textures. The way you look at a piece is different each time. The thing is to look beyond the surface and find a deeper meaning.  Various methods were used to create the works and yet each person can find something which they can relate to. It’s a united way of sharing communication.

The featured artists include: Masters of the Imagination, Latin American Fine Art Exhibition are María Eugenia Akel, Cristina Arnedo, Paloma Bernaldo de Quirós, Alessandra Busanelli, Marcela Cadena, Raul Cantu, Omar Diaz-Morales, María Susana Dos Santos, Carmen Erazo, Nicolas Fasolino, Fausto, Maca Fernandez, Cecilia Fernandez Q, Ignacio Hábrika, Karin Himmelman, Blanchard, Alberto Montoreano, Andre Netto, Rosa Olivo, Diego Quintavalle, Juan G. Restrepo, Jorge Riva, Gabriela Robin, Carlos Sucre, Wladimir Tasoff, and Jimena Vilchez.

Florero Azul / Blue Vase Acrylic on Canvas 30″ x 20″ by Carlos Sucre
El Que Viene (The One Who Comes) Acrylic on Canvas 36″ x 48″ by Ignacio Hábrika
Venice Aerial View Acrylic & Emulsion on Canvas 60″ x 52″ by Jorge Rivas

For the exhibition, The Rhythm of Color, the main artists are Madeleine Arnett, Briggitte Lazo – Blazo, Weeda Hamdan, Mireille Ligterink, Fred Mou, Christian Perez de Carvasal, John Stevenson.

North Oil on Canvas 28″ x 35.5″ by Christian Perez de Carvasal from Agora Gallery site.
Het Diagram Acrylic on Canvas 24″ x 24″ by Mireille Ligterink
Reflection VI Oil & Mixed Media on Panel 46″ x 48″ by Weeda Hamdan

All photos from Agora Gallery site.

For a visit to the museum, take the 1 train to 23rd Street & 7th Avenue. Walk about two and a half blocks. Head to 530 West 25th Street New York, NY 10001 located in the Chelsea district. Admission is free.

Remember quote: “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” by Edgar Degas.


Photography speaks to each person in a different way according to what they are trying to convey by capturing a moment or understand by viewing photographs.

Manhattan culture centers offer a wide range of artistic works to the public during the summer.

Photo by Niya Sinckler.

Recently in New York, the International Center of Photography (ICP) featured Signs of Life by Peter Sekaer as well as a special exhibit from the magazine, Harper’s Bazaar: A Decade of Style.

Peter Sekaer, A Sign Business Shop, New York, 1935. Photo from ICP site.

Peter Sekaer, Phrenologist’s Window, New Orleans, 1936. Photo from ICP site.

Peter Sekaer, Iron Work, New Orleans, ca. 1936.  Photo from ICP site.

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Peter Sekaer, was a fine American photographer, admired for his liberal ways with art as he expressed his artful aspirations. Sekaer said, “As I see it, the world is made up entirely of photographic subject matter…with pictures you can say what you can’t with words.” Sekaer’s silver gelatin prints portray people around objects in place to create an atmosphere of movement. The photographs conveyed a meaning of desire, hope and strength for people to make sense of what was going on during the various settings. Sekaer creates this beauty for the wondering eye.  Also, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta displays and supports Peter Sekaer’s artwork.

Then Harper’s Baazar features world class fashion photographers including Karl Lagerfeld, Patrick Demarchelier, Sølve Sundsbø, David Bailey, Tim Walker, William Klein, Jean-Paul Goude, Camille Akrans and Peter Lindbergh with their works of celebrating the publication’s success.

Sølve Sundsbø, Freja Beha Erichsen (Harper’s Bazaar, March 2008). Photo from ICP site.

William Klein, Marc Jacobs (Harper’s Bazaar, March 2007). Photo from ICP site.

Peter Lindbergh, Kate Winslet (Harper’s Bazaar, August 2009). Photo from ICP site.

Jean-Paul Goude, Naomi Campbell (Harper’s Bazaar, September 2009). Photo from ICP site.

Tim Walker, Untitled (Harper’s Bazaar, October 2009). Photo from ICP site.

Photo by Niya Sinckler.

Meanwhile at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there’s an exhibition called – Night Vision: Photography After Dark focusing on lights, darkness, dusk, dawn, signs, rain, fog, snow, ice which all correlated with lighting and exposure times. Also other influential and inspirational works by Brassi in Paris and Bill Brandt in London were presented in the display rooms as the pioneers for the night vision genre.

Photo by Niya Sinckler.

Alvin Langdon Coburn, Broadway At Night, 1910. Photo from Met site.

Bill Brandt, Soho Bedroom, 1936. Photo from British Photographic History site.

Gordon H. Coster, Impressions of Chicago, The lights of Grant Park, 1932. Photo from Le Figaro site.

Brassaï, Morris Column in the Fog, 1960. Photo from the Met site.

Brassaï, Pillar of the Corvisart Metro, 1934. Photo from the Met site.

Berenice Abbott, Nightview New York, 1932. Photo from the Met site.

Robert Frank, London, 1952. Photo from the Met site.

There were also interesting photographs including Gretchen Bender, Nuclear Couple, 1983 in the Tisch Hall Gallery of the Met for modern photography.

International Football

Sparks flew in the heated international friendlies and qualifier matches in England this week.

For 90 minutes, Brasil dominated over Ghana in samba style at Craven Cottage. During the first 20 minutes, there wasn’t much action but then Brasil began to pick up their tempo making the first half more interesting. Soon enough, assisted by Fernandinho, Leandro Damaio scored a beautiful goal in the 45th minute just before the half time whistle.

Ghana played dangerously committing fouls, targeting the man of the match, Neymar. Constantly, the flop of the match was Daniel Opare of Ghana, who proceeded to recklessly take on the pitch. Still working together, Brasil dribbled along the pitch with brilliant passing and possession. Also, the talented footballers, Ronaldinho, Marcelo and Neymar showed off their individual skills yet never succeeded in scoring a goal but it was enjoyable to watch.

However during the second half, Brasil changed their play once Ganso left due to an injury and Elias subbed in. There were opportunities they just weren’t orchestrated well enough. For instance when Ronaldinho crossed a late ball into the box for a header by Alexandre Pato except the Ghana goalkeeper, Adam Kwarasey was on his toes. Either way, Brasil finished the match with a 1-0 victory. Mano Menezes was proud of Seleção on 5 September. And what a way to finish and now celebrate Brasil Independence Day on this 7 September.

Then last night England played Wales at Wembley Stadium winning 1-0 during the Euro 2010 qualifiers match for Group G.

The first half was a bit disappointing until the 35th minute, when Ashley Young delivered with the assistance of Stewart Downing dribbling down on the right to cross a short pass to Young. Also Ashley Young combines his individual footwork as well as collaborating  with teammate, Wayne Rooney for successful results claims The Telegraph. There were a couple other shots by Wayne Rooney and attempts by Chris Smalling who had a hard time with his fouls.

According to The Guardian, England have now won 66 of the 101 encounters with Wales, losing on just 14 occasions. Fabio Capello has trained his squad in such a way that they are efficient and successful during match. Although, many assumed that this match would have been a draw, England somehow managed to get the victory hardly using substitutes such as Jermain Defoe and Andy Caroll, who only came one with less then 15 minutes to the end of the match. From the English team, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry also played very well for their nation.

FRom Wales, Aaron Ramsey was definitely determined as he kept trying to challenge   in the box with the help of Gareth Bale.  Despite, Welsh efforts being all fired up, they weren’t quite there. England had a great line-up for performance. Fabio Capello smiled greatly and applauded the The Three Lions as they left their stadium in unison.

Other team results:

Russia – Ireland: 0 – 0

France – Romania: 0 – 0

Italy – Slovenia: 1 – 0

Poland – Germany: 2 – 2

Scotland – Lithuania: 1 – 0

Span – Liechtenstain: 6 – 0

Estonia – Northern Ireland: 4 – 1

Netherlands – Finland: 2 – 0

Postmodern Photography

Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism

Photo by Niya Sinckler.

The Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington has lots of works which feature artists creative styles of artwork using themes of challenge, humor and irony to portray their ideas regarding postmodernism.

As you enter the photography room, artist, David Hockey displays: Photography is Dead. Long Live Painting 1995 (See Below).

Photo by Niya Sinckler.

Then walking along there are other intriguing artists. One which stood out was Anne Hardy Untitled IV (Balloons) 2005. (See below). My favorite!

Photo from Anne Hardy Site.

Then the most magical photograph was by Sarah Charlesworth called Gardens of Delight, 1988. There this keyhole where you can look into a new dimensional world (See Below).

Photo from Sarah Charlesworth Studio Site.

This exhibition is on from 11 August to 27 November 2011 in Gallery 38A. The admission is free to these profound pieces of exploration which show photographs which reference themselves, media and texts.

The exhibit demonstrates the way postmodernist can approach photography over the years. There are interesting ways of how the artists show their work and viewers are able to interpret the messages presented as well as read the placards posted on the walls. With the traditional three paces, the photography room is exquisite. There are influential artists  including David Hockey, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, Anne Hardy, David Shrigley, Clare Strand and others.

The exhibition conveys art, photography and architecture from the 1970s and 1980s where there were many controversial and ambiguous designs. These images were very prominent to influence various areas of pop culture including music, fashion, film and theatre. Through the 1980s, the effects of consumerism and excess were seen. The exhibition illustrates radical and challenging ideas of modernism to alter purity, simplicity, basic colors, surfaces, textures and quotes to create a new symbol of freedom through art. The next postmodernism exhibition is running from 24 September 2011 to 15 January 2012.

To get to the V&A Museum, you can take the Piccadilly Line, get off the train at South Kensington. It will be worth the adventure!