This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Britt Salvesen and artist Catherine Opie on the occasion of LACMA’s presentation of three Robert Mapplethorpe portfolios: The ‘X Portfolio,’ which features sadomasochistic imagery; the ‘Y Portfolio’ of floral still-lifes and the ‘Z Portfolio’ of nude portraits African-American men.
These two Mapplethorpes, both titled Pictures/Self Portrait (1977), aren’t in the X, Y or Z Portfolio and thus aren’t in LACMA’s show. They were included in a 2004 exhibition Opie selected from the holdings of the Mapplethorpe Foundation. On this week’s MAN Podcast, Opie and I discussed these two pictures — and both Opie and I and Salvesen discussed whether Mapplethorpe’s experience with Catholicism helped motivate them.
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Over at The NOOK Blog David Sedaris, whose new book is called Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, names his Five Favorite Unusual Book Titles. They’re pretty funny. Also, charming and poetic. For example:
3. A Passion For Donkeys by Elisabeth D. Svendsen
This is a non-fiction book, but the title would work just as well for a novel or poetry collection.
In other news: It’s SEDARIS DAY on the show tomorrow.
HT Susan Orlean
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