Pierre et Gilles - La Poupée merveilleuse (Modèle : Zahia Dehar), 2012
92 x 73 cm
36 1/4 x 28 3/4 in.
French novel falls foul of Apple’s breast inspectors
By Lester Haines, 18 Mar 2014
French publishing house Les Editions des Equateurs is protesting vociferously that Apple has declined to to carry its novel La Femme online, due to an excessively jubular cover.
Bénédicte Martin’s book is set for release on 20 March, but won’t be available via the fruity monolith due to an “inappropriate” image of a topless woman blended with a knife blade.
The publisher’s director, Frébourg Olivier, described the ban as “a clear act of censorship” and an “affront to creative freedom”.
Eleanor Antin’s exhibition Helen’s Odyssey (2007) installed at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York. Antin discusses the historical figure Helen of Troy, and how she became the inspiration for photographic works such as Constructing Helen (2007).
Video & interview: http://blog.art21.org/2008/06/12/eleanor-antin-helens-odyssey/
Carving: A Traditional Sculpture1972
A landmark early feminist work, Eleanor Antin’s Carving: A Traditional Sculpture comprises 148 black-and-white photographs documenting the artist’s loss of 10 pounds over 37 days. Every morning she was photographed naked in the same four stances to record her barely perceptible self-induced weight loss. (The photographs from each day are arranged vertically, and the entire process can be read horizontally, like a filmstrip.) Antin’s performance purposely toyed with the traditional process of Greek sculptors, who were said to find their ideal form by chipping away at a block of marble and discarding any unnecessary material. The artist’s idea of “carving” her own body was inspired by an invitation from the Whitney Museum of Art for its biennial survey exhibition, which at the time restricted itself to the established categories of painting and sculpture, though this work was considered too conceptual for the exhibition.