Elisabeth Biondi: «Banana Armada»

23 Jul

Banana Armada – flashlight painting by Andreas Baier

Having seen the remarkable arte-reportage about the German photographer Martin Schöller recently, it became transparent that former «The New Yorker’s» picture editor-in-chief, Elisabeth Biondi, was responsible for his international breakthrough due to the fact that she assigned him regularly – before anyone else did. You can find some of Martin Schöller’s marvellous work here, here, here, here and here.

Since we live in a time, however, in which people are mostly interested in other people who only show interest in oneself, it should be bright and clear and understood that we have decided using this unique opportunity to only feature our one and only staff-photographer Andreas Baier who used to work for Elisabeth Biondi as well during her time as picture editor-in-chief of the magazine stern in the 1990s.

When the Berlin wall came down Elisabeth Biondi gave Mr Baier a ring and said that East Germany’s major request for bananas was about to drive the whole nation into pure craziness and that whenever the term «craziness» crosses her mind she could not help thinking of him and that he was perfectly adviced to help her out with a somewhat stunning interpretation of this whole strange situation – see result above. She saw the picture, had a smile and gave him the next job.

Like it too? So, you better might consider also taking a full visual bath in his passionate portfolio Just For Fun.

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Kubach-Wilmsen-Team: «Marble Works To Read»

21 Jul

«Stone Newspaper» (1992) by Kubach-Wilmsen-Team
in front of Museum Schloß Salder;
Carrara marble; 310 x 200 x 85 cm

Photography by Andreas Baier
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Whoever feels home and save in the international art-scene must have come across the amazingly solid and quite stoned artwork of the Kubach-Wilmsen-Team. It is said that for no one less than Oscar Wilde himself only the daily presence of a brand new copy of Kubach-Wilmsen’s Marble News made his high tea a perfect breakfast. And the German critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki stated that the deepest and most emotional way to read Count Leo Tolstoy’s «War and Peace» is to do it via the edition curated and published by the Kubach-Wilmsen-Team. Can this get any higher? No wonder, that their works of art had been exhibited throughout the world and are part of many important public and private art collections.

«Stone Book Cardinal» (1986) by Kubach-Wilmsen-Team
on the INSEL im Salzgittersee;
red Indian granite; 240 x 180 x 80 cm

Anna Kubach-Wilmsen gives an insight: «Normally, hands hold a book and the eyes are supposed to read it. Stone books, however, are hold by the eyes and read with the hands.» Since fourty years the Kubach-Wilmsen-Team’s œvre is nothing but a solid homage to stones in all types and forms, moreover, for them stones are genesis’ reliquiae.

«Stone Book Amazonas» (1991) by Kubach-Wilmsen-Team
on the INSEL im Salzgittersee;
red-green Brazilian granite; 200 x 150 x 90 cm

On August, 14th, 2010 the Fondation Kubach-Wilmsen openend its gates to the public. It was built by the Japanese architect Tadao Andō. It is a museum for stone sculptures at the bottom of «Rotenfels» in Bad Münster am Stein. Here and here you can enjoy some impressive photographs of the museum, taken by Shigeo Ogawa.

The three stone sculptures on the photographs above are part of the art project «KUNSTüberall», which was initiated by Alexander Baier.

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Remembering Nicholas DeVore III

20 Jul

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Our staff-photographer Andreas Baier remembers Nicholas DeVore III:

The first time I got in contact with Nicholas DeVore III was when I was collecting the tutorial magazine «fotopraxis» which was published weekly by MarshallCavendish Ltd. These lectures were divided into different sections such as working in a photo studio, how to create a perfect black and white print, a photo-competition between an amateur and a professional and – for me of greater interest: The world of photography. In this drawer world famous photographers were introduced such as Irving Penn, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Arnold Newman, Ansel Adams, Jay Meisel, Yousuf Karsh, Ernst Haas and Nicholas DeVore III as well.

According to the article in «fotopraxis» and contrarily to that what is been written about him in Wikipedia, Nicholas DeVore III’s leap from an Aspen chair lift to retrieve Robert Gilka’s camera which the photo director of National Geographic had accidentially dropped was initially not responsible for Nicholas DeVore III’s assignments he started to realise for National Geographic only a couple of months after that. When Robert Gilka was visiting the photo class Nicholas was also part of it all students were supposed to present their portfolios as well as writing an essay about their future as a professional photographer. Gilka teased them and said that the best of all would face the unique chance to do a test job for National Geographic. And so did Nicholas. He was challenging him with a portfolio about the Galapagos Islands and – maybe much more importantly – he finished his essay with «I want you job!» Nicholas was convinced that this one line at the end of his essay gave him his breakthrough.

When I was studying the careers of famous photographers in «fotopraxis» I was 16 years old and this one line from Nicholas had influenced me very much. From now on I was planning my own career with nothing but the pedal to the metal knowing that doubts about oneself aren’t helpful at all. Nicholas DeVore III’s message was simple and clear: Just go for it and the rest will come!

Nicholas DeVore III et David H. Lyman dans la Camargue pendant les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie à Arles

I am not saying that Nicholas did not leap from an Aspen chair lift to retrieve Robert Gilka’s dropped camera. Since I was allowed to enjoy the luxurious advantage of having spent almost one week with him in Arles during the «Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie» I came to the conclusion that this guy is something very special and so I think it is most likely that he jumped. My parent’s were running an avant-garde art magazine called «Magazin KUNST» and a lot of famous artist were passing my parents’ office, sometimes they stood overnight, so I was already a little bit experienced in dealing with extraordinary characters but Nicholas managed it easily to even stick out of this portfolio of creative minds. Gosh, what was he crazy!

Maybe Ted Conover describes him in his obituary with this little happening best: «As I understand it, the magazine (National Geographic) began using him less following an incident in which he shot a pistol through the ceiling at a fancy party that he was photographing while on assignment». What I will probably never understand is that most of the people are complaining all the time that life is sooo boring and that nothing happens but when fate means good and has decided to be gentle and nice to them; and surprises these whining creatures with an outstanding present called Nicholas DeVore III they are not happy, no, they try to hide and to stay away from it instead. In my eyes he successfully managed to remain child with a constantly growing reservoir of adult’s experiences. I had one great and completely sober week with him, he taught me a lot about business structures, how to attract attention unconventionally, and, and, and …

It is said that Nicholas was 54 when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Friday, May 16, 2003. According to Wikipedia he struggled with depression and alcoholism. His soul mate and muse Maria Izabel Bedini Correa de Sa thought and dreamed of him till her untimely death in 2010 from a self-inflicted gun shot wound: the magic power’s effect of having loved the right guy.

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An Evening With Sir Peter Ustinov

20 Jul

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When Andreas Baier was asked by the magazine MAX to portray Peter Alexander, Baron von Ustinow (the label he was born with) both came to the conclusion that reenacting parts of his program «An Evening With Peter Ustinov» would be the best way to show what it means to be an actor. The photograph displayed above shows Sir Peter Ustinov imitating one of his aristocratic friends, saying: «He lived in the constant anticipation of being belittled.»

More portraits of Sir Peter Ustinov are to be seen in Andreas’ portfolio «Corporate Photography Means Executives Look Good».

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National Arts Club: «Two Golden Lions Enjoying Themselves»

19 Jul

«Two Golden Lions Enjoying Themselves» (1999) –
flashlight painting by Andreas Baier

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The artist Andreas Baier created inside of the National Arts Club in New York City a flashlight painting of one of its stunning rooms. The two lions are an impressive Chinese sculpture which had been made from just one single piece of wood. Normally, Andreas’ artwork enjoys strictly uniqueness but here, in this case, he made an exception: only four Cibachrome vintage-prints exist – three of them are part of private art collections. One print, however, belongs to the collection of the National Arts Club.

The results of Andreas Baier’s amazing flashlight-painting-technique might look as if his images were digitally manipulated, however, they are not. They are nothing but purely analogously manufactured photographs. Consequently, all of his flashlight-painting-transparencies having passed the E-6-process look precisely the way they look. From time to time the artist releases a digital booklet from which collectors can choose from. «Flashlight Paintings – Volume 9» is out now.

Should you wish to see how this room inside of National Arts Club looks in a more realistic manner, you can do so here.

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Andreas Baier: «Bill Gates»

19 Jul

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When Winston Churchill stepped out of the Canadian Parliament (December 1941) in order to be photographed by Yousuf Karsh he generously said to him: «You’ve got 30 seconds». Karsh took Churchill’s cigar immediately out of his mouth and activated his camera’s aperture.

When Winston Churchill became aware of his sourish face on the picture he was completely pleased: «Excellent. Now, my enemies will fear me more than ever».

When our editorial-photographer Andreas Baier had the opportunity to photograph Bill Gates he remembered what Yousuf Karsh once did to Churchill’s cigar and decided to do something similiar – if necessary. The circumstances were on his side: as the interview with the magazine «stern» was about to end Andreas Baier grabbed his microsoft-mouse and let it dangle in front of Bill Gates’ face, teasing him: «Billy! Mousy, mousy!» He fortunately accepted this unexpected offer – and Andreas’ day was made.

At that time (1991) Andreas Baier did not know Bill Gates’ famous quote: «I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.» May be that’s also the secret behind creating great portraits: to realise them as efficiently as even possible.

The portrait of Bill Gates is part of Andreas’ portfolio «Corporate Photography Means Executives Look Good».

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Otto Herbert Hajek und Horst Ehmke: «Ein exquisiter Deal»

18 Jul

Otto Herbert Hajek, Horst Ehmke und Ehefrau Katja Hajek während der Vernissage im Germanischen Nationalmuseum in Nürnberg

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Der Künstler Otto-Herbert Hajek war dafür bekannt, auch die Disziplin Verhandlungsgeschick zur Kunstform erhoben zu haben. Wer einmal seine Villa in der Stuttgarter Hasenbergsteige 65 besuchen durfte, dem wurde sofort klar, was darunter zu verstehen war: Teppiche, Türen, Gardinen – alles echte Hajeks, die er als Multiple im Auftrag großer Firmen wie z.B. Vorwerk oder Biffar realisierte. Verglichen mit seinen Großprojekten waren das aber eher kleine Fingerübungen.

Im Bereich Kunst am Bau gelang es ihm beispielsweise, einen Vertrag mit der damals noch existenten Deutschen Bundespost abzuschließen, in dem festgelegt wurde, daß, salopp gesagt, von nun an bis in alle Ewigkeit jeder Bundespostneubau ausschließlich mit seiner Kunst zu bestücken sei, da es sich sinngemäß «um ein Gesamtkunstkonzept handelt, das sich stetig weiterentwickelt und diese Weiterentwicklung nicht durch die Werke anderer Künstler unterbrochen werden darf». Dieser Vertrag wurde erst durch die Umwandlung der Deutschen Bundespost in die Deutsche Post AG unwirksam.

Im Rahmen des «KUNSTüberall»-Projektes der Stadt Salzgitter steht auch eine Skulptur von Otto Herbert Hajek auf der Insel im Salzgittersee:

Hajek-Skulptur auf der Insel im Salzgitter-See

Hajek-Skulptur auf der Insel im Salzgitter-See

In Salzgitter-Thiede steht auch eine Skulptur der leider viel zu früh verstorbenen Hajek-Tochter Katja Ka:

Skulptur von Katja Ka in Salzgitter-Thiede

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Ausstellung «Abstrakte Maler der inneren Emigration»; Bonn Bundeskanzleramt 1984

17 Jul

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Im Jahre 1984 wurde eines schönen Tages im Bonner Bundeskanzleramt durch den damaligen Bundeskanzler Dr. Helmut Kohl die Ausstellung «Abstrakte Maler der inneren Emigration» feierlich eröffnet. Trotz gründlicher Vorbereitung platze der Raum aus allen Nähten. Selbst auf der «Zubringertreppe» drängten sich die Besucher.

Organisiert und kuratiert wurde die Ausstellung von Dr. Berthold Roland, dem damaligen Direktor des Mittelrheinischen Landesmuseums Mainz.

Als einer der wenigen damals noch lebenden Künstler und Zeitgenossen wohnte der Künstler Georg Meistermann zusammen mit seiner Frau Edeltrud Meistermann-Seeger den Eröffnungsfeierlichkeiten bei.

Bundeskanzler Dr. Helmut Kohl hielt seine Eröffnungsrede.

Anderer Blickwinkel: Im Vordergrund links und rechts im Anschnitt sind Georg Meistermann und seine Frau Edeltrud Meistermann-Seeger zu sehen.

Noch ein anderer Blickwinkel. Diesmal durch die Linse des Kollegen Camillo Fischer.

Vorbereitungen für die offiziellen Pressebilder.

V.l.n.r.: Dr. Berthold Roland, Frau Menuhin, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Georg Meistermann, Dr. Helmut Kohl, Frau Edeltrud Meistermann-Seeger.

Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Georg Meistermann, Dr. Helmut Kohl, Frau Edeltrud Meistermann-Seeger

Georg Meistermanns «Soloshow».

Zu den Gästen gehörte ebenfalls François Lachenal, der damals u.a. das Kulturprogramm der Firma Boehringer Ingelheim verantwortlich gestaltete. In frühen Jahren war er während des 2. Weltkrieges Mitglied der Résistance und Gertrude Stein schrieb über ihn: «…that a young member of the Swiss legation in Lyon, François Lachenal, a friend of Tavernier’s, arranged in February 1944 for Stein and Toklas to obtain a Passeport de Protection. This document declared them to be temporary residents in France and therefore entitled to enter Switzerland».

Der damalige Direktor des Mittelrheinischen Landesmuseums sowie Organisator und Kurator dieser Ausstellung Dr. Berthold Roland im Gespräch mit dem Sammler, Kunstmäzen und Schokolandenfabrikanten Dr. Peter Ludwig. Mit der kurzen Erläuterung: «Das ist der Sohn vom Baier» war die erforderliche Atmosphäre sofort hergestellt.

Kunst kennt bekanntlich viele Ausdrucksformen und mit einer dieser Ausdrucksformen befand sich gerade der Künstler Gerhard Hoehme im Gespräch vertieft.

Das damalige Arbeiten mit ausschließlich vorhandenem Licht (available light photography) im 3200ASA-Modus war mit gelegentlichen Überraschungen verbunden: Hier sieht es beispielsweise so aus, als würden die Ausstellungsbesucher über einen Teppich aus geraspelter weißer Schokolade laufen.

Unser Redaktionsfotograf war von der übergeordneten Ernsthaftigkeit, mit der der hier portraitierte Kollege Camillo Fischer bei der Sache war, regelrecht fasziniert. Konrad Adenauer nannte ihn wegen seines Vornamens und seines schelmischen Naturells «Don Camillo».

Im Netz haben wir leider nur sehr wenige Arbeitsproben von Camillo Fischer finden können, aber diese wenigen Bilder sind von hoher Qualität. Bei Amazon ist derzeit eine gebrauchte Ausgabe des Buches «Camillo Fischer – Zum 75 Geburtstag mit einer Würdigung von Klaus Honnef» erhältlich. Wir empfehlen, zuzugreifen!

Das Portrait des damaligen Botschafters der Sowjetunion in der Bundesrepublik Wladimir Semjonowitsch Semjonow (Владимир Семёнович Семёнов) entstand ursprünglich im Mittelrheinischen Landesmuseum Mainz wo vom 15. August bis 16. September 1984 seine Ausstellung «Russische Kunst aus der Sammlung Semjonow» gezeigt wurde. Während der Ausstellung «Abstrakte Maler der Inneren Emigration» traf unser Redaktionsfotograf ihn wieder und bat ihn, das hier abgebildete Portrait von ihm höflicherweise zu signieren – was er auch tat.

Die Sammlung Semjonow umfasst circa 40 Werke russischer Kunst, die vor allem um 1919 entstanden sind. Darunter befindet sich eine Tuschzeichnung von Wassily Kandinsky, von Natalia Gontscharowa vierzehn Lithographien aus dem 1914 entstandenem Zyklus «Der Krieg», eine suprematistische Komposition von Iwan Kljun, sowie Arbeiten von Robert Rafailovich Falk. Wladimir Semjonowitsch Semjonow war nach seiner Pensionierung als Botschafter auch als Berater und Vermittler für den Kunstmäzen Peter Ludwig tätig.

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Tate: «Magazin KUNST – Joseph Beuys»

16 Jul

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The magazine Magazin KUNST was published quarterly by the Alexander Baier Presse in Mainz.

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986

Title
Magazin KUNST

Medium
Print on paper

Dimensions Image
297 x 209 mm

Collection
Tate / National Galleries of Scotland

Acquisition
ARTIST ROOMS

Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008.

via Tate.

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Breakfast On Thames: «It’s Great!»

15 Jul

Breakfast at the Sherlock Holmes Café in Baker Street
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As William Somerset Maugham once said: «The best way to eat in the UK is to have breakfast three times a day» for our staff-photographer a Full English Breakfast is surely the best way to give his creativity all the goodness and strength he needs for a great and successful day. Honouring this stunning British novelist and short-story writer Andreas Baier decided to find out more about the differences between to eat breakfast and to be breakfast. Consequently, he went a little bit crazy for you:

Prince Edward Theater in Soho

When in doubt where to have breakfast best then you better go to Soho which is, in such a case, still the best place to be. Here you can choose between traditional Full English Breakfast at the Old Compton Café; a great, pardon, Petit Déjeuner à Maison Bertaux in Greek Street, opposite Café Bohème where your breakfast will come along with real French croissants (from Maison Bertaux), butter, strawberry jam – and a jazz band. Or do you like it more Italian? Go to Bar Italia in Frith Street. If necessary this bar brings you through the whole night as well – and, not to forget, the Britsh band Pulp also wrote a song about it called, of course, Bar Italia. Here you can inform yourself about all restaurants and clubs on Old Compton Street.

Motorhaubenfrühstück

A cabby in front of the Old Compton Café uses his Evening Standard Cab as a table to make sure enjoying his traditional Full English Breakfast as flexible as even possible.

When already in Frith Street you should definitely consider checking in at the Hazlitt’s (built 1718) in order to speak to Mrs. Millet. She’s got two large breasts which let you sleep comfortably and an amazingly huge bathtub for you and your holy beloved breakfast. Celebrate it! Make sure you have opened the window so you can watch people working opposite in their first floor offices while you are relaxingly breakfasting…

At the Hazlitt’s in Frith Street Mrs Millet offers you the largest bathtub you probably might have ever seen in a hotel’s bathroom.

Well, for the «hardcore fraction» there is also an original 1950s American Diner called Ed’s. But be careful, not only their milkshakes are life threateningly sized.

The Old Compton’s Café offers a 23 hour service. Only between 5:00 and 6:00 am they close the doors and you can watch staff-members cleaning the café.

A group of young people having their third breakfast outside of Old Compton Café.

What most people do not know is that midnight hours make creative minds very productive. Just listen to what this young lady says to his boyfriend-in-future:

I Sent You My Love

«I sent you my love
I sent you my tears
so high up above
without any fears
without any lipsticks
but filled up with hip tricks
so clean and so funny
to beam up the bunny -
a dream and so yummy -
…just reading emotions…
Your leading proportions
are feeding the oceans
of mankind minds.
Part of the alliance:
your eyes, your mouth, your sense
and there is no excuse and there is no defence.
You’ve blinded me with science
and bounded me to the lion’s fence.
For any pence I’ve ever earned
and any trends I’ve never learned
I will buy you a castle build on clouds
until it shouts: ‘bean sprouts…’

You are gorgeous and delicious
like horseback riding fishes
and many other dishes
which make me superstitious
having met you once that day
when rain and sun were on the run,
when, hey, you know it better:
I received your magic letter!
So here I am, it’s my return,
just let’s the fire burn, burn, burn…
»

As we just pointed out: The Old Compton Café is always a great place to be. And by the Milkyway: Old Compton’s bean spouts sandwiches are simply the best. Even Queen Mum enjoyed them from time to time. So, just give yourself a kick – and a real good go…

Simpson’s-in-the-Strand

Leaving Soho for a while we now visit Simpson’s-in-the-Strand; a place where ties and jackets must be worn; a place where The Ten Deadly Sins are the ultimate Must To Be Eaten; a place where you will immediately impress your guests coming from the continental side of life with a serious amount of British lifestyle clichés. The Ten Deadly Sins are nutritious in a way that you can easily cancel lunch and diner for the rest of the day. If you examine the price purely you might think to having found out why the ten sins are specified with deadly but if you are willing to recognise the fact that after their consumption you will receive a prime minister’s call who desperately wishes to be visited by you over the weekend, only one correct judgement can be made: the cost for Simpson’s The Ten Deadly Sins are nothing but a bargain.

The Ten Deadly Sins are: baked kidney beans, a lamb’s kidney, baked tomatoes, a cumberland sausage, fried mushrooms, freshly squeezed orange juice, some scrambled eggs, streaky and back bacon, black pudding, toast and marmalade as well as tea from your favourite colony.

Simpson’s-in-the-Strand is one of London’s oldest traditional English restaurants. Situated in the Strand, it is part of the Savoy Buildings, which also contain one of the world’s most famous hotels, the Savoy. When the first Michelin Guide to England was published in 1974, no UK restaurant was judged worthy of the maximum three stars, or even two, but Simpson’s was one of nine London restaurants, including Le Gavroche, awarded a star. In 1984 Simpson’s dropped its rule forbidding women from using the panelled street-level dining-room at lunchtime. Ten years later Simpson’s-in-the-Strand started to offer The Ten Deadly Sins.

Leaving Simpson’s In The Strand we suddenly feel being forced walking to Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner «only» to burn down some extra deadly calories. The preacher Orange Fruit Johns’ sermon is about healthy breakfast habits and attitudes – and regularly visited by hundreds of health food junkies and tree-huggers:

Speaker’s Corner

He strongly recommends pigeons for breakfast because they are known as seed and fruit eaters. Orange Fruit Johns says: «If we eat pigeons that eat seeds and fruits so we eat seeds and fruits as well.» And he adds: «Seeds and fruits which are so tremendously light and weightless that they can fly through the air by themselves because they have proven to know how to influence pigeons. If you eat pigeons on a daily bases you will also improve you IQ significantly».

Does it work? Will there be human pigeon digesters around? Of course – as this visual proof demonstrates: First the pigeons are getting fed with seeds and then, in a moment of mental diversity, they get caught and eaten on the spot. Can you see how calm and satisfied this group of pigeon eaters look? Of course you can.

Let’s have a closer look at Full English Breakfast’s ingredients to analyse what makes them so successfully travelling around the globe. The cornerstones of it are, without doubt, our one and only baked beans:

Baked beans on a toast are also known as Skinheads On A Raft.

Brickfist For Breakfast

Between a brickfist and a breakfast there are no real differences. Preferably we should say that the one cannot really live without the other. A brickfist is mainly for people who do not want to eat. So, in these cases the brickfist always prepares the way for the breakfast. (Hunter S. Thompson)

Un Ungentlemanly Act

Giving vegetably based breakfast cereals such as harmless baked beans nasty names is equal to spreading violence all over our planet. As a result of that even peacefully living baked beans suddenly start to rumble around meaning to destroy everything – even it is their very own base of existence. Our staff-photographer Andreas Baier was very surprised when noticing what happens when ordinary baked beans drive nuts. Consequently, he calls his flashlight painting «Un Ungentlemanly Act». Fortunately, since the year 2005 a new law by British government, best known as «Law of Legal Advice For Proper Breakfast Protection» (LOBP), helps our society to stay away from doing stupid things to things we love or urgently need to survive.

Two slices of Black Pudding on their way to wherever…

Are these two slices of black pudding on the run, ensuring not to accidentally meat a group of uncivilised beaked beans in the dark? This is certainly possible. Are these two slices of black pudding on their way to wherever? This is certainly possible. Most likely, however, is that they are just living and behaving as two normal slices of black pudding, so to speak.

Hush hour

During early morning hours cabbies are hungrily hunting for black pudding which hushes over the street in the background of this very same photograph.

Negotiation between a generously sliced piece of black pudding and a cab driver

Human slices of black pudding are clever enough to know that they cannot hide forever. Here you see a slice of special business black pudding negotiating the fee before handing himself over to his hungry client. A classic win-win-situation.

The Standing Breakfast Sausages

The ultimate strongmaker, however, are breakfast sausages. They know who you are and what you need most: a huge portion of self-confidence. They are as solid as a rock and their flavour will let you look spicy, tasty and good to any boss that might be right about to decide whether to or not to promote you. Our advice: have plenty of them and be kind to pigs.

Traditional Oxbridge Race

At Hammersmith-Bridge even spectators only have time for a quick and fluid breakfast: beer. Oxbridgers are traditionally trying to find out which of their two teams will be faster(ly) racing with their boats over the Thames. Do not laugh – it’s a serious business: here careers will be either made or destroyed before they have ever been started.

«Show me the way to the next whisky bar. – Sorry, no can do, sorry, no can do. – But tell me, where will I find V&A’s Jazz Brunch – Certainly can do, certainly can do»:

Jazz Brunch at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Jazz Brunch at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Jazz Brunch at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Jazz music makes policy news more acceptable.

Jazz Brunch at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Without jazz music no one would understand messages coming along with unique visual side-effects.(Understand?) Here in this case love is the message and the message is love unless it says that a minister joins the FF when willing to climbing bittersweetly up the stairs while wanting to make history in an honourable and most meaningful way.

Covent Garden

Outside it is still raining; this time cats, dogs and hailstones at Covent Garden. About to catch a cold? Just grab an apple to provide you with a huge portion of vitamin C.

Hopelessly Tomato In Line

Planet Hollywood

At The Haymarket: «Planet Hollywood» which is owned by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stalone, Demi Moore, Jackie Chan and Bruce Willis offers you breakfast, lunch and dinner surrounded by requisites that were part in Hollywood and other major movies such as James Bond for example. The entrance to one of several dining rooms is a gangway that appeared in Moonraker.

Secret Curtain Signals

The victorian way to communicate secretly with neighbors.

At Highgate: the curtain signal «left down, closed, left down» on the second floor means that freshly squeezed labours are being served for breakfast. The message coming from first floor, however, likes to encourage young women with intellectual capabilities to ring the doorbell initially. But the combination of both signal messages means: «Honey, I’m taking the dogs out. I’ll be back soon». Here’s the proof:

A perfect example of what an excentric lifestyle looks like: taking the dogs out in hush puppies.

This also may evoke the question: What does a real labour breakfast look like, and where and when does it take place? The answer: at 4:15 am, close to Smithfield Meat Market where its porters are having their first cigarette plus a mug of tea:

Labour breakfast starts at 4:15 am at Smithfield Meat Market

A generously filled mug of tea is what meat porters keeps alive – and going.

An they have a bun of meat as well.

From time to time Damien Hirst shows up and shares his labour breakfast with the meat porters although the famous artist looks very tired.

The bakery Benjys provides a lot of cafés in Soho with freshly made breads of various kinds. They start to work when all others are still asleep.

Believe it or not: even Pizza Hut delivers its products for breakfast.

Thanks to the magic power of freshly squeezed orange juice: happy in the morning, happy the whole day – the secret smile of Walter Fitty.

Soho Brasserie opposite Old Compton Café

Happy in the morning, happy the whole day – Part II.

Shelter for Cabbies

Initially installed in the 19th century by Queen Victoria, from former 40 shelters only a dozen made it into today’s time. Shelters are green painted wooden cottages in which cab drivers will be served with their meals, breakfast included.

The author and journalist John McCarthy on his promotion tour.

The author John McCarthy on his tour to promote Some Other Rainbow, a book about a remarkable account of courage, endurance, hope and love: on 17 April 1986 John McCarthy was kidnapped in Beirut. For the next five years he was cut off from everything and everybody he knew and loved, from family, friends, and, perhaps above all, from Jill Morrell, the girl he was going to marry.

For five years, John McCarthy had to endure the deprivation – both physical and psychological – of captivity; the filth and squalor of the cells in which he was kept; the agony of isolation and repeated self-examination; and the pain of ignorance, of not knowing if those he loved even realized he was alive. And there was another problem: his daily breakfast wasn’t exactly the way as expected … Read the whole thing here.

These cab drivers got plenty of time. They are not in a hurry. Not at all. They already read their newspapers – and they will do it again and again. They are happy to live a similar life to the ones of the guys who are testimonials in these frozen-time-Jack-Daniel’s-ads and who made them world-famous. Here they love to wait until their personal buffalo gets shot à la minute and their charcoal grilled sirloin steak will be served in a perfect medium manner.

Great British Breakfast at the Savoy.

On Portobello Road: Fine hardware for a perfectly designed breakfast table. Finally, the probably best reviews on contemporary London breakfasts you will find on London Review of Breakfasts. It’s very informative and delicious, at least it’s very rich.

We were intensively thinking about what this photograph’s link to breakfast could be. Finally, we came to the conclusion that there isn’t any – which makes this image a perfect finisher. And since we think that this great picture could be the fundament of a stunning ad for Pfizer’s Viagra it is a brilliant opener as well. But that’s a complete different story, isn’t it?

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Some of these photographs were originally printed in the German magazine «GLOBO» in the year 1994. Here, for the first time, they are published to the full providing you with a proper insight into all the days which were those, my friend…

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Andreas Baier was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen which is a small town in bavaria, the homeland of lederhosen – and so it’s only natural that he loves Scotland. For him it was more than clear to combine two of his favourite breakfast subjects in one picture: Can you see how Nessi enjoys swimming in mashed potatoes?

Nessi in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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Yogischer Flieger Reloaded

10 Jul

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Im Jahre 2001 löste sich die Naturgesetzpartei auf. Dies ist ihre Website im Webarchiv. Sieht so Transzendentale Meditation aus? Wobei: Steht der Begriff Transzendental nicht eigentlich für die Reise eines Zahnes von einem Ort zum anderen? Und beschreibt der Term Transzendentale Meditation folglich nichts anderes, als von den Brüdern Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko ins große Reich der besinnlichen Träume gefaustet zu werden? Wir wissen es nicht so genau.

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Larry King: «My Most Important Mugshot»

9 Jul

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Television personality Larry King wasn’t just the usual possession and/or drunk driving criminal. Instead, he was arrested in december 1971 on 14 counts of grand larceny—for writing bad checks.

In the US – especially for celebrities – it is very important to have been mugshot during their time when they were young. Here are some more of them.

Interestingly, Instantcheckmate’s blog comes up with this DISCLAIMER: It is PROHIBITED by law to use our service or the information it provides to make decisions about consumer credit, employment, insurance, tenant screening, or for any other purpose subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq. Instant Checkmate does not provide consumer reports and is not a consumer reporting agency. The information available on our website may not be 100% accurate, complete, or up to date, so do not use this information as a substitute for your own due diligence, especially if you have concerns about a person’s criminal history. Instant Checkmate does not make any representation or warranty about the accuracy of the information available through our website or about the character or integrity of the person about whom you inquire. For more information, please review Instant Checkmate Terms of Use.

Since it was more up to Larry King providing us with a proper consumer credit we can only strongly recommend not to care about this whole article at all.

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Robert Mapplethorpe by Robert Mapplethorpe

8 Jul

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via: Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

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Guy Le Querrec and Franco Fontana: «This Is Happiness»

7 Jul

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The most important party pendant Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie à Arles is the party in the Camargue given by Luc Hoffmann. This photograph showing Guy Le Querrec and Franco Fontana was taken there by our staff-photographer Andreas Baier.

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Butterfahrt an der Nordseeküste im Jahre 1988

6 Jul

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Im Jahre 1988 absolvierte unser Redaktionsfotograf im Rahmen seines Zivildienstes eine nicht ganz unverdiente sechswöchige «Kur in St. Peter-Ording». So nahm er auch an einer Butterfahrt teil, «nur um herauszufinden, worum es dabei eigentlich geht», wie er uns versichert. Sollen wir ihm das glauben?

Hier sein Reisebericht: «War es bei mir nicht Willensschwäche sondern der Wunsch nach möglichst authentischer Berichterstattung, so war ich dennoch gezwungen, mich auf das gourmandische Niveau eines Hundes herabzulassen, wobei ich inmitten ausgehungerter, schmatzender sowie hinreichend benebelter Butterfahrtsteilnehmer saß, deren mahlende Kiefer nur durch das Wimmern einer wehrlosen Hammond-Orgel übertönt wurden, auf die ein nicht sonderlich begnadeter Alleinunterhalter eindrosch. Vorstehend beschriebenes Gesamtvergnügen dauerte gepflegte dreieinhalb Stunden bis wir die Möglichkeit erhielten, wieder festen Boden unter unseren Füßen zu verspüren. Ein Angebot, dem allerdings so mancher Teilnehmer mit gesunder Skepsis begegnete.»

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Robert Lebeck (1929 – 2014): «Alfred Hitchcock»

5 Jul

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Dem Fotografen Robert Lebeck wurde nachgesagt, bei einem Sechs-Wochen-Stern-Job die ersten fünf Wochen vor Ort in der Hängematte verbracht zu haben, um in der letzten Woche wie ein Berserker zu rackern und zu schuften. Am 14. Juni diesen Jahres war für ihn endgültig Feierabend. Das schreibt der stern, das Freddy Langer und das die FAZ.

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Marius Müller-Westernhagen: «Alphatier»

4 Jul

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Es war vor reichlich gefühlten 25 Jahren auf der «KUNST-Insel» im See in Salzgitter-Lebenstedt ein großartiges Konzert. Unser Redaktionsfotograf wühlte kürzlich ein bißchen in seinem Archiv und fügte dieses Bild seiner Portraitserie «Corporate Photography Means Executives Look Good» hinzu.

Marius Müller-Westernhagen war damals auch im Backstage-Bereich erfreulich gut drauf; und er scheint es noch immer, denn laut seiner Heimseite veröffentlichte er vor ein paar Monaten sein neues Album Alphatier. Hier geht es zu seinem Fanclub.

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Zwei Lebensläufe mit Niedlichs Buchladen als Schnittstelle

3 Jul

Der Gestalter Wolfgang Schmidt publizierte so einiges bei Wendelin Niedlich, u.a. das von ihm gestaltete Buch «Oh, Ihr verdammten Arschlöcher!»

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Auf der Suche nach der Antwort auf unsere Frage «Was macht bzw. wie geht es eigentlich Wendelin Niedlich?» trafen wir auch auf den Lebenslauf von Albrecht Metzger, der in den 1970er Jahren bundesweit als Moderator der Musiksendung «Rockpalast» bekannt wurde. Während unser Edelethiker Joschka Fischer es vorzog, regelmäßig Niedlichs Buchladen auszurauben, um die gestohlene Ware dann vor der Mensa der Frankfurter Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-Universität auf als «Antiquariat» deklarierten Büchertischen zu verkaufen, zog es Albrecht Metzger vor, bei Wendelin Niedlich eine anständige Lehre zu absolvieren, was auch erklärt, warum – ganz im Gegensatz zu Joschka Fischer – aus Albrecht Metzger im späteren Leben etwas geworden ist. Einfach seine vorstehend verlinkte Vita anklicken und genauso entspannt lesen wie er ihn in realiter bis heute durchgezogen hat.

Übrigens: In seinem über Stuttgart weit hinaus bekannten Laden hatte sich Niedlich mit Nachdruck gegen den damals offenbar beliebten Bücherdiebstahl gewehrt, unter anderem mit dem Schild «Wer hier klaut, hat nichts verstanden». Wohl wahr!

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Mustapha Mandelbaum: «Twisted Minds»

30 Jun

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Art|44|Basel|2014: «Money Makes The Art Uprise»

28 Jun

The artist Hamish Fulton found a great way to camouflage the positive price development on the artmarket as a spectacular and emotionally moving uphill mountain panorama, which is simply fantastic.

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Our this year’s report about Art|Basel starts in the ICE going from Karlsruhe HBF to Basel SBB arriving short before noon. A guy, aged mid-fifties, chooses to sit opposite from us. It is quite obvious that he tries hard to be categorised as an art collector pretending to be an artist pretending to be an art dealer. Consequently, our humanised three-in-one-package celebrates a sophisticated form of understatement that – let’s face it – fails dramatically: two of its four kissing buttons on the left are heavily broken, its glasses, however, are over-polished and all its rumbling-mumbling-stumbling mind knows about art must have been generated from pseudo-glam magazines such as Superillu or Das goldene Blatt with which he must have come in contact with while visiting his hairdresser: «There is no quality in art anymore!» Or: «I don’t like the mechanisms of the artmarket.» Finally: «Jonathan Meese, Wolfgang Tillmans and Gerhard Richter are not artists. I can do this by myself as well!» Really?

About identity crises the famous psychoanalyst (an art collector and artist) Dr. Mustapha Mandelbaum says: «It is an expression of a period of uncertainty and confusion in which a person’s sense of identity becomes insecure, typically due to a change in their expected aims or role in society. Some try to cure this dreadful disease through hugging a serious amount of trees. Others simply go to art fairs and think that will do. Both does not. When you try to cure yourself with the gracious help of art it is very important to know that you have to start building up your own art collection for which you have to pay real money. Imagine: A collector who recently paid $ 107m for Edvard Munch’s ‹The Scream› is surely pretty fare from having ever heard anything about something that is called identity crises. A person like him always knows who he is and what he wants.»

These two young art collectors seem to have just bought some art for almost $ 2.5m. Any signs of an appearing identity crises? One cannot really say so.

So, this might be a perfect moment to make three things clear:

1) Whatever the price for a piece of artwork is; as long as there is an artist or an art dealer who will mention it and as long as there is an art collector who is willing to pay it then that’s the price. And, most importantly, it is only the business of the people who are involved in it – and no one else’s.

2) The term quality, especially when it comes to art, cannot be defined. In case of doubt, please consider reading Robert M. Piersig’s «Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance».

3) As an artist you can do whatever you want unless you do not affect someone else’s rights significantly. You can create a painting which colours will vanish within a year, or even faster; you can built a house which will collapse if it pleases you; you can chop off your fingers if you think you need to do so. All that is not necessarily art but it will be if you declare it as such.

The entrance hall of Herzog & de Meuron’s new building for the «Schweizer Mustermesse» looks a little bit like an American airport terminal. Is this to be seen as an homage to the high flying artmarket prices? If so: why not?

Taking full advantage of the fact that an artist can do whatever he wants our this year’s feature about Art|Basel will not be a traditional reportage but labeled as communication art. Enjoy.

If there ever was a proof missing that the process of negotiating an acceptable price for a work of art can be very passionate – here it is.

Isn’t it great to move upwards in the artmarket world with the creative support of Daniel Buren? By the Milky Way: the art collector who is to be seen on the left-hand side is Hollywood actor Kevin Spacy. Maybe he still wonders how quick everything was sold out.

Katja Novitskova’s «Pattern of Activation» also reflect about the power of the uprise. Is horsemeat getting more expensive? Or do we see how agile the sperm of a covering stallion can be? Any other suggestions?

Another «Pattern of Activation»: L’art pour l’art becomes L’art c’est moi.

Everything that can be in motion will be in motion – even it is an atomic blast offering items of daily use a new place to move on …

The artist Wolfgang Tillmans introduces his very young family member to the positive aspects of being relaxedly in motion.

Video installation by Julian Opie

Video installation by Julian Opie

We do not know what Sir Simon Rattle and Warren Edward Buffett are talking about specifically but we would not be surprised if the subject was «something about music, art and investment».

The smell of a freshly chopped off tree comes from Giuseppe Penone’s «Matrice di linfa».

The Long March Space presents Xu Zhen.

The New York based Edwynn Houk Gallery presents Vik Muniz’s «Hercules and Omphale (Detail) After Francois Lemoyne, 2007» from the series «Pictures of Junk». The chromogenic print, sized 227.3 x 179.1 cm, costs $ 95,000. The edition is 6 + 4 APs.

Since decades a great and stunning art magazine: «Flash Art» – If you haven’t yet you should better subscribe it!

Vincent van Gogh Reloaded? Art collectors come in various types and forms.

There are lots of brand new «Mirror Paintings» by Michelangelo Pistoletto to be seen. However, this is here not the case.

The small street between Halle 1 and Halle 2.

The way to «14 Rooms» leads through the small street between Halle 1 and Halle 2. The artists are: Bruce Nauman, Xu Zhen, Marina Abramović, Roman Ondák, Ed Atkins, Joan Jonas, Otobong Nkanga, Santiago Sierra, Laura Lima, Allora & Calzadilla, Damien Hirst, Jordan Wolfson and John Baldessari.

The two artworks by Gavin Kenyon (foreground) and Kara Walker (background) match perfectly: One could associate that we see human viscera, a product of stupid war games, such as ironically projected against the wall.

The Publishing House Taschen features Annie Leibovitz.

The Gagosian Gallery presents (from left to the right): Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder and Andreas Baier.

On the left: One of Jonathan Meese’s best paintings ever: «Lolly, The Spiritual Homebase of My Mind». However, we have an emotional problem with Jonathan Meese linked to his strange spleen – just to express it most politely – to notoriously demonstrate the «Hitler Salute» in public, which is not only naive but stupid and dangerous as well. At least Hitler saw himself as an artist too … and we all know what this psychopath of an artist did to the rest of the world.

We are pretty much certain that Meese is not a Nazi but in a lot of European countries right-wing extremists are gaining ground, in France they already made it up to 25% during their last election. So, if someone who feels responsible for our quite mindless and lollyesque yetibaby it would be cool if such person could just explain him to better stay away from topics he obviously suffers serious problems to cope intellectually with.

The Berlin based artist and «Lollipop Monster» Franziska Riemann has left the underground: her distinctive «Portrait of a Friend» was sold for Sfr 43,000.

The galleries Sprueth Magers Berlin London and Xavier Hufkens present this environment by Sterling Ruby.

Kherystyna Gmurzynska talks to an art collector. Both Kherystyna Gmurzynska and Mathias Rastorfer were awarded the «Chevalier des Art et des Lettres» by the French Minister of Culture. Krystyna Gmurzynska was the first foreigner to receive the «merit for special achievements» by Michael Shvydkoy, the Russian Minister of Culture, recognising her «important contribution to scientific research, and for the organisation of exhibitions in the field of Russian art of the 20th century.»

This year Gmurzynska Gallery presents a stunning Richard Serra as well as this incredible piece by Scott Campbell:

Scott Campbell

Looks like as if this photograph was taken in the 1960s: Günter Behnisch meets Herzog & de Meuron.

An installation by Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys.

A view from the Media Center following a tram going to Basel’s downtown.

The Galerie Daniel Templon presents Jitish Kallat’s «Syzygy», a group of friendly dwarfs staring romantically at the moon phases which are brought into shape through the usage of differently eaten pizza wheels.

This looks as if Jeffrey Deitch himself has created this piece of art – and it reminds us a bit of New York’s Guggenheim Museum. Apropos Jeffrey Deitch: This article is about «Deitch curates Deitch».

The next BMW waiting to be transformed into a masterpiece of art?

MCH’s delicious bonbonnière …

The Gray Gallery states that «Money Separated From Art» (left) can only be liberated if the art collector opens generously his wallet. A move which leads automatically into a classic win-win-situation. How great is that?

Another 1960s-look-a-like-photograph which was taken during lunch time while our staff-photographer had a schnitzel with french fries at the Warteck.

The artist Sabine Hornig comes up with a roofless but semi-transparent apartment that provides you with the twisted feeling living half in nature and half in a concrete world – an a little bit in a huge exhibiton hall as well.

As we already pointed out: everything that can be in motion will be in motion. The funny thing about the art scene is that famous art collectors (see photograph above) do attract more and more attention than famous artists. Well, to share lunch with Jeff Koons is as exciting as doing the same with Eli Broad or Roman Abramovich but in general: for normal art groupies it is much easier to collectively recognise money as an adorable value than a certain piece of artwork including its intellectual baggage coming along with.

The Media Center where press accreditation takes place. Here you receive all the information you need. One highlight is surely …

«The Art Newspaper» freshly squeezed. The Art Basel Daily Edition is been published by Umberto Allemandi. Its makers are quick and essentially straight to the point. Even the already printed edition always enjoys being placed close to the window in order to do some proper research in CinemaScope for the next day’s issue …

Art collectors come in various types and forms.

The Konrad Fischer Gallery presents (from left to the right) some «Mistreated Breakfast Sausages With Cream Hammer» by Andreas Baier; a «Hanging Base» by Yuji Takeoka and a couple of water towers by Bernd and Hilla Becher.

This year we made it to Art|Basel for only just one day. It was a great one. Bringing our reflections on the best art fair in the world to an honourable end, we are getting excited to have wrapped this indispensable nourishment for the spirit in the pretty dress of communication art – a technique we might like to use much more in futher future.

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In the past we reported about Art|40|Basel|2009 and Art|41|Basel|2010. At the end of last year our staff-photographer’s mentor Carl Laszlo died. This is his obituary.

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