Knifers

Elatia Harris The child on the left rests her hand atop the head of the other, working her fingers gently through smooth hair like her own into the scalp. Her expression is inspectorial, proprietary – and openly so. The other gazes out at us – nonplussed, plotting. You know without being told that these two…

Brian D’Amato: Mayan Sci-Fi and the Tribe of True — Not Aspirant — Nerds

Elatia Harris Thanks to Brian D'Amato not only for the interview but for original visual images not available elsewhere. Above, Koh's Game, copyright Brian D'Amato In the early '90s, the artist and writer Brian D'Amato published Beauty, an international bestseller about cosmetic surgery and young love gone wrong, badly wrong. Back then, it was all…

Words, Images and Playing Games

Left: Sophie Calle, Etoile dancer at the Opera de Paris, Marie Agnes Gillot, (detail) Take Care of Yourself, 2007. Image copyright ADAGP Courtesy Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris/Miami; Arndt & Partner. Berlin/Zurich; Koyanagi, Tokyo; Gallery Paula Cooper, NY Right: John Baldessari, Pure Beauty 1966-68, acrylic on canvas, 1152.5 x 1152.5 x 34.9 mm. Image copyright John…

Stamp Your Feet. Hard.

Amelia Vega dancing at Bar Cardamomo, Madrid. All photos courtesy of Randolyn Zinn. Randolyn Zinn The way she moves her slender waist pleases the eyes and the soul. — Abu l-Hajjaj ibn ‘Utba, 13th c., Sevilla You go scattering, as you walk, roses and lilies. — traditional flamenco Alegrias lyric In Spain earlier this year,…

SAFFRON MOTHER, Part III

    Elatia Harris This is the third in an open-ended series of articles about saffron. Part I highlights the culture that produced the renowned saffron-gathering murals dating to the 17th century, B.C.E., on the Aegean island of Santorini. Part II is an examination of saffron in classical mythology, with particular regard to the representation…