at the shack at Nick’s Cove.
It is well known that Man Ray was heart-broken by Lee Miller, his partner/muse/lover, when she ended their affair. He penned pleading letters and obsessively cataloged her disembodied features (such as the lips and eyes below) while she (17 years his junior and longing to see the world) became a photo-journalist WWII [...]
Moon Jellyfish, Aurelia aurita.
Sea Nettle Jellyfish, Chrysaora fuscescens.
Leafy Sea Dragon, Phycodurus eques.
(click to expand image) L. Frank Baum’s Silver Shoes notoriously became Technicolor Ruby Slippers, but lesser known is this pair done in an Arabian style–more fanciful but not entirely unlike W.W. Denslow’s original illustrations–and rejected, after testing. Until recently these were held by Debbie “I’ve been collecting for 45 years and I’m only 40.” Reynolds.
The extraordinary collection of Pamela Kibbee with one of our favorite songbirds, Yma Sumac (Voice of the Xtabay). We made the mustachioed portrait of Pam in the mid-nineties. Can also play this here.
We visited (what remains of) the splendid 18th Century Cabinet of Curiosities of Bonnier de la Mosson, at the Bibliotèque of the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle. Considered by many the richest and most imaginative French cabinet of the early eighteenth century, this curiosity cabinet was housed in the hôtel particulier, as the city residences of aristocrats [...]
Back in Paris we spent much of our time flaneuring, but did spend an afternoon viewing the ethnographic archive at the Albert Kahn Museum and gardens. You can see the autochromes commissioned by philanthropist Kahn from some 50 photographers sent around the world here. The project was abandoned when the crash of 1929 brought [...]
After a month seaside, I spent the day saying goodbye to Laguna and tying up a multitude of loose ends, including the pressing need to catalog the seaweed. Love that Prussian Blue (aka ferric ferrocyanide).
Cylindrical landscape paintings, effulgence, lemonade, sinister foliage, Flopper and Boris (bunnies), prospectors and grizzlies (painted), the surprise of old friends. A magical night passed here.