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Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2013

If these aren’t inspired by Star Wars, I won’t believe you.

What I wouldn’t give for the last two looks.

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Recently restored frescoes in the Catacombs of Priscilla have stirred the debate about whether women were leaders in the early Christian church. Archaeologists have estimated that there are between 60 and 90 miles of catacombs dug beneath the environs of Rome. They were in constant use from the second through the fourth centuries CE, and as many as 4,000,000 Romans — pagan, Jewish, and Christian — were buried in these underground cemeteries.

The Priscilla Catacombs, dug under the Via Salaria, are well known for their numerous early third-century paintings, including the oldest known image of the Virgin and Child. Two chambers contain scenes interpreted by some to show women acting as priests. The first, a banquet scene, may represent women celebrating the Eucharist together. However, it could simply represent a funeral banquet. The other shows a woman wearing a long robe and veil. She stand at the center of the composition with hands outstretched in a gesture that may be the one used by priests during group worship.  Others have argued that she is simply praying in the so-called orant pose, typical of Early Christian prayer practice.

One argument for a male-only priesthood is that Jesus’ twelve apostles were all men. However, the bible makes frequent reference to women in Jesus’ circle, and it was a woman — Mary Magdalene — who was the first to witness the resurrected Christ.

Drawn from reports by ReutersThe Guardian; and the Daily Mail.

Further reading: Matthew 27:55-56, Mark 15:40-41, Luke 8:1-3, 23:49, John 20:14-18; Acts 1:12-14, 18:24-26, 21:7-9, Romans 16:1-16; 1 Corinthians 14:33-35; 1 Timothy 2:11-12.

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The Modern Art Notes Podcast is on its way to Getty Center!

To celebrate the Getty Publications release of "Chatting with Henri Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview," The MAN Podcast will be holding a live-audience taping with “Chatting with Matisse” editor Serge Guilbaut at the Getty on Sunday at 3 pm. Admission is free, but you may guarantee your seat now by making a reservation here.

"Chatting with Matisse" is a fascinating book: In 1941 art historian Pierre Courthion conducted an extensive interview with Matisse that was seen at the time as a vital assessment of his career. But just weeks before the book was to come out, Matisse suppressed its publication. Scholars have known about the interview for some time, but it’s never been published, or even widely available, until now. The Getty book includes essays by Guilbaut, Yve-Alain Bois and Laurence Bertrand Dorleac.

Guilbaut is professor emeritus at The University of British Columbia. His previous projects include the book “How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art: Abstract Expressionism, Freedom, and the Cold War.”

This is Matisse’s Papeete, Tahiti (1935), from the collection of the Musee Matisse in Nice. Courthion and Matisse spent part of their interview talking about Matisse’s travels, especially Matisse’s trip to Tahiti. MAN Podcast host Tyler Green and Guilbaut will probably discuss that trip on Sunday!

The Modern Art Notes Podcast featuring Guilbaut and host Tyler Green at the Getty will air four days after taping, on Nov. 21.

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Primordial - Yellowstone / Grand Tetons

Relax with the splendor of nature, and enjoy your Friday evening at full screen, HD, speakers up.

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Brazil, Curitiba-based Art Direction Butcher Billy (tumblr) - "The visual experiment ended up bringing different results to each piece - from giving a whole new meaning to the picture by modifying the original concept, to reinforcing the same idea by making clear just how the elements were influenced by the history depicted in the photos, or even saying a lot about the psychology behind fiction and reality. While we see the contrast between the black and white photos and the colorful vintage comic books elements, it’s interesting to notice how the superheroes and supervillains world was actually "black and white" in a metaphoric way, while the strong war scenes are established in the real world, where the grey shaded line between good and evil isn’t always clear."

  1. Original: by Joe Rosenthal, 1945, Iwo Jima. 
  2. Original: “Falling Soldier”, Spanish Civil War, 1936, by Robert Capa.
  3. WWI, photographer unknown.
  4. Original: “General Nguyen Ngoc Loan Executing a Viet Cong prisoner”, Vietnam, 1968, by Eddie Adams.
  5. Original: “Napalm Girl”, Vietnam, 1972, by Nick Ut.
  6. Vietnam War protest in Philadelphia, back in the 70’s. Photographer unknown.
  7. American Soldiers Blowing Up a Japanese Bunker - Original by W. Eugene Smith, Iwo Jima, 1945.
  8. Original by Max Alpert, depicting WWII Battalion Commander A. Yeremenko leading his soldiers to the assault.
  9. Original: “Raising a flag over the Reichstag”, World War II Battle of Berlin, 1945, by Yevgeny Khaldei.

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"A fiasco is a folk tale told to other’s to make other people feel more alive because it didn’t happen to them.” - Cameron Crowe

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