November-December 2014 … The Global Online Magazine of Arts, Information & Entertainment … Volume 10, Number 6
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Jeanne Mackin Wins Fiction Award

SYRAC– USE, N.Y. — Writers Jeanne Mackin and Joseph E. Fahey and poet Jasmine Bailey are the winners of the 2014 CNY Book Awards in fiction, nonfiction and poetry, Jeanne Mackin.JPGrespectively. Marianne Angelillo received the 2014 People’s Choice Award. The winners were announced at a reception at La Casita Cultutral Center. This is the third year of the awards, sponsored by YMCA Downtown Writers Center.

Jeanne Mackin won for“The Beautiful American,” and Fahey won for “James K. McGuire: Boy Mayor and Irish Nationalist.”Bailey was recognized for“Alexandria.” Angelillo won for “Sharing My Stones.”
Three independent judges selected the finalists and winners in the individual categories. Here is the list of the finalists in each category:

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And the winners are…

International Feature Film Competition
Representing a wide variety of styles and genres, these works compete for the Festival’s highest honor, the Gold Hugo, a symbol of discovery.



A scene from “The President”

Gold Hugo, Best Film:The President” (Georgia, France, UK, Germany) Director: Mohsen Mahkmalbaf

Silver Hugo, Special Jury Prize:Refugiado” (Argentina, Colombia, France, Poland, Germany) Director: Diego Lerman

Silver Hugo, Best Director: “Timbuktu” (France, Mauritania) Director: Abderrahmane Sissako

Silver Hugo, Best Actor: Anton Yelchin, “Rudderless” (USA)

Silver Hugo, Best Actress: Geraldine Chaplin, “Sand Dollars” (Dominican Republic, Mexico)

Silver Hugo, Best Cinematography: John Christian Rosenlund, “1001 Grams” (Norway)

Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay: Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz (co-writer and co-directors), “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” (Israel, France, Germany)

Gold Plaque for Best Art Direction: Mauro Radaelli, “Human Capital” (Italy)

Gold Plaque for Best Costume Design: Pia Myrdal and Anne-Dorthe Eskildsen, “Speed Walking” (Denmark)

Gold Plaque Special Mention for Originality: “The Owners” (Kazakhstan) Director: Adilkhan Yerzhanov

The International Feature Film Competition Jury includes Kathleen Turner (USA), Margarethe von Trotta (Germany); Ferzan Ozpetek (Italy); Giora Bejach (Israel); and Parviz Shahbazi (Iran).

New Directors Competition
This selection of first and second feature films receiving their U.S. premieres in Chicago celebrates the spirit of discovery and innovation upon which the Festival was founded.

The Gold Hugo goes to “Underdog” (Sweden), a modern take on class conflict that keeps its focus on its believable characters instead of highlighting the melodrama inherent in its narrative. When a young Swedish woman named Dino begins working for a successful Norwegian man named Steffen, the consistently genuine performances and Ronnie Sandahl’s mature handling of difficult themes allow the film to resonate. It is a film that both addresses specific cultural issues and yet feels simultaneously universal through its honesty. Director: Ronnie Sandahl.

The Silver Hugo goes to “Next to Her” (Israel), an accomplished portrait of sisterhood with striking performances conveying a difficult subject matter. Liron Ben-Shlush anchors the film with her stunning turn as Chelli, intimately capturing how responsibility can turn into codependency. Asaf Korman subtly portrays that the victims are not always who we think they are. Director: Asaf Korman.
The New Directors Competition Jury includes Anna Croneman (Sweden); Izza Génini (Morocco); Wieland Speck (Germany); and Brian Tallerico (USA). The New Directors Competition is sponsored by Columbia College Chicago.

The Roger Ebert Award
The Roger Ebert Award will be presented annually to an emerging filmmaker whose film presents a fresh and uncompromising vision. Films competing in the Festival’s New Directors Competition are eligible for this award.

The Roger Ebert Award goes to “La Tirisia” (Mexico), which instills empathy through its director’s strong sense of visual composition and handling of difficult themes. Setting his film in a surreal, sensual landscape in Oaxaca, Mexico, this subtle drama of two pregnant women transports viewers to a unique part of the world, but deals with universal human emotion at the same time. It’s the kind of unforgettable journey that only film can replicate. Director: Jorge Pérez Solano.

Docufest Competition
This selection of international documentaries competing for the Gold Hugo go beyond the headlines in telling those true stories that surprise, entertain and challenge us.

The Gold Hugo goes to “Echo of the Mountain” (Mexico). Through extremely intricate artistic works, a Huichol artist conveys the symbols and meanings of his own native culture—a traditional culture kept alive for thousands of years in the deep mountains of Mexico. Director Nicolás Echevarría follows artist Santos de la Torre for one year, as he elaborates his next mural. Rich aural and visual textures provide an intimate view of Santos and his world. Echevarría’s documentary conveys the hybrid complexity of the exchange between modern and traditional cultures still coexisting in our globalized present. Director: Nicolás Echevarría.

The Docufest Competition Jury includes Luisela Alvaray (USA), Peter Berggren (USA) and Clayton Brown (USA). The Docufest Competition is sponsored by Columbia College Chicago

OUT-Look Program/Q Hugo Award
Chosen from the Festival’s OUT-Look program, the winners of this award exhibit new artistic perspectives on sexuality and identity.

The Gold Q Hugo Film Award goes to “Xenia” (Greece) for confronting an unfriendly world with defiant gaiety. Director: Panos H. Koutras.

The Silver Q Hugo Film Award goes to “Something Must Break” (Sweden), for telling a brave, modern story about characters whose relations to gender and sexuality are hard to categorize but are lived with passion and guts. The jury looks forward to the unfolding career of this exciting filmmaker who presented this tale in such an uncompromising way. Director: Ester Martin Bergsmark.

The Q Hugo Film Award jury includes Mihai Chirilov (Romania), Nick Davis (USA), David Robinson (UK), and Brenda Webb (USA).

The Founder’s Award
The Founder’s Award is given to that one film or performance across all categories that captures the spirit of the Chicago International Film Festival for its unique and innovative approach to the art of the moving image. The 50th Chicago International Film Festival presented actor Michael Keaton with the Founder’s Award for his electrifying performance as an actor who hopes to revive his moribund career in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s daring comedy “Birdman.“To pick a single film or performance from this year’s incredibly strong lineup of more than 150 films was difficult, but an eagerly anticipated challenge – they all exemplify the Festival’s spirit of innovation and discovery. And yet, Michael Keaton’s performance in ‘Birdman’ moved me deeply; it confirmed that Keaton is not only one of our greatest American actors, but one whose work will soon be reevaluated and further appreciated,” said Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza.

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann
Director: Felix Herngren

Chicago Award
The Chicago Award, presented to a Chicago or Illinois artist for the best feature or short film, goes to “The Alley Cat,” directed by Marie Ullrich, an exceptionally innovative and refreshing first feature representing the auspicious and exciting start of a promising filmmaking career. Bold, gritty, and full of energy, Ullrich’s film is a prime example of first-rate low-budget filmmaking, serving as an intriguing announcement of a new voice.

The Chicago Award jury includes Monica Long Ross (USA), Julian Antos (USA), and Malik Bader (USA).

Short Film Competition: Live Action
The Gold Hugo for Best Short Film goes to “Amazon” (Norway).  Marianne O. Ulrichsen’s “Amazon” finds its power in contrasting the small heartbreaks of childhood against the vast beauty of the Norwegian landscape. This coming of age story, involving shifting vulnerabilities and eventual connection between two young girls, pulses with life, buoyed by the human performances of its two young actors and the breathtaking cinematography of Annika Summerson. The lyrical short film captures and celebrates the undefined possibilities inherent in liminal spaces: those unscheduled afternoons, new meetings and open landscapes that lead to self-discovery. Director: Marianne O. Ulrichsen.

The Silver Hugo for Live Action Short is awarded to “In August” (USA). Through its beautiful cinematography and sincere performances, “In August” exquisitely captures the moment between a little girl realizing her world is changing forever and the change itself—the sublime before the storm. Director: Jenna Hasse.

The Gold Plaque for Best Student Short is awarded to “Skunk” (USA). Demonstrating instincts similar to early David Gordon Green or Debra Granik, “Skunk” masterfully teases the audience with the promise of a lazy summer day and the nightmare that other teens induce upon each other. The young actors’ nuanced performances wonderfully illustrate youthful humiliations via the conflicts of puberty—the bravado of boys who can’t yet control their bodies, and the retribution of a girl not interested in taking things lightly. Director: Annie Silverstein.

The Gold Plaque for Narrative/Live Action Short goes to “Artun” (Iceland/Denmark), a pale yellow, Black Metal ode to that age when you feel like the dirtiest thing in the world because you’re still so clean. Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

The Silver Plaque for Narrative/Live Action Short goes to “The Immaculates” (France). In this affecting document of tragedy, director Ronny Trocker weaves a quilt of 3D imagery, leading viewers through a disorienting landscape of retelling and remembrance. Director: Ronny Trocker.

The Gold Plaque for Best Experimental Short goes to “Prehistoric Cabaret” (France).  In this colonoscopic reverie, courtesy of the world’s most dangerous camera, we penetrate the cosmic mystery shrouded in secrets within the enigma at the very center of being (or at least through the center of our lovely hostess.) Life IS a cabaret.  Director: Bertrand Mandico.
A Special Mention goes to “Washingtonia” (Greece). With humor and heart, “Washingtonia”  exists in the space between narrative and free association, offering an absurdist urban myth that is somehow recognizable, even as it eludes definition. Director: Konstantina Kotzamani.

The Live Action Short Film Competition Jury includes Lindsay Bosch (USA), Susan Kerns (USA), and Spencer Parsons (USA).

Short Film Competition: Documentary
The Silver Hugo is awarded to “Love.Love.Love.” (Russia). Sandhya Daisy Sundaram’s “Love.Love.Love.” is a rotating treatise on the forms love takes in the lives of Russian women. In a beguiling series of deceptively compact tableaus, it evokes a universal hunt for romance and companionship from the dawn of birth to the twilight of old age.  We award “Love.Love.Love.” Best Documentary Short because, in rare form, it lives up to its title, and reflects invisible truths found in the combination of everyday moments. Director: Sandhya Daisy Sundaram.

A Gold Plaque – Special Jury Prize goes to “Ghost Train” (Australia). “Ghost Train” paints a vivid portrait of a man who is drawn to a cabaret dancer at a local haunted house. As he deals with his wife with Alzheimer’s and faces his own death, he finds solace in her vivacity and energy in a house dedicated to death. Through found footage, stunning black and white cinematography and borrowing the style of bygone horror films, “Ghost Train” leads the audience on an exploration of life, death and legacy. Directors: James Fleming and Kelly Hucker.

Special Mention to “A Paradise” (Cuba), a brief but compelling observation of a poor family in rural Cuba, and a discreet look into complex issues surrounding children living in poverty. Director: Jayisha Patel.

The Documentary Short Film Competition Jury includes Jack C. Newell (USA), Brian Ashby (USA), Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa (USA).

Short Film Competition: Animation
The Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short Film goes to “Coda” (Ireland). “Coda”’s elegantly simple visuals, minimal lines and solid patches of color, describe an urban nighttime world of disconnection and insularity. Here, the moment of dying is seen as a chance for re-evaluating the individual’s relationship to humanity and life itself. The jury recognizes this film for the challenging depth of its themes, and for the spare but powerful aesthetic which presents those themes with lyrical complexity. Director: Alan Holly.

The Gold Plaque-Special Jury Prize goes to “Symphony No. 42” (Hungary). The jury was hypnotized by the associative links between the domestic and the natural, and by the portrayal of animal exploitation as a farce. These nihilistic allegories functioned both as a dystopia and as an indictment of contemporary human activity. Director: Réka Bucsi.

The Silver Plaque is awarded to “Drifting” (USA), for its strange manipulation of time, and the notion of capturing the uncapturable, for no witness. A documented life critique. Director: Joel Benjamin.

A Special Mention goes to “Man on the Chair” (South Korea), for its poetic pastel beauty and its willingness to be calm and powerful at the same time. Director: Jeong Dahee.

The Animation Short Film Competition Jury includes Eric Patrick (USA), Timothy Brayton (USA), Chris Sullivan (USA).

101 Reykjavík

101 Reykjavík
Director: Baltasar Kormákur

INTERCOM Competition
One of the longest-running international competitions of its kind, INTERCOM honors a wide range of corporate-sponsored, educational and branded films.

The Gold Hugo goes to “The Art of the Pit Stop” (Germany) from Kemper Kommunikation GmbH. Truly living up to the spirit of INTERCOM and appropriately titled, “The Art of the Pit Stop” is a simple, poetic film that addresses the branded video with the highest level of cinematic achievement.

The INTERCOM Competition jury includes Dan Sutherland (USA), Susan Kerns (USA), and Ron Falzone (USA)

Special Awards
The 50th Chicago International Film Festival honored director Gina Prince-Bythewood with an Artistic Achievement Award and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw with an Emerging Artist Award during the Festival’s 18th Annual Black Perspectives Tribute on October 10.

Evening Hosts: Michigan Avenue Magazine and Sofitel; Lead Partner: Wintrust Community Banks; Evening Partners: Stella Artois, Casale del Giglio and Effen Vodka.

Led by Tourism Partner Illinois Office of Tourism and Presenting Partners Columbia College
Chicago, the 50th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include Official Airline: American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel: JW Marriott Chicago; Major Partner: Intersites, Wintrust Community Banks; Participating Partners: AARP, Allstate, Bloomberg, Casale del Giglio, Cultivate Studios, Netrix, Stella Artois; Platinum Media Sponsors: NCM Media Networks, Ingage Media, JC Decaux, Michigan Avenue Magazine.

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Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image.

The 50th Chicago International Film Festival runs October 9-23, 2014.

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Association of Illustrators 
Illustration Awards 2014

AOI Illustration Professional Award 2014
Geoff Grandfield

“The text was the key, I was keen to represent both the subject of Alexander as an extraordinary character and his world and the interpretation and staging that Mary Renault had made across the three novels in her trilogy. Her selection of events as known/recorded are dramatised in an increasingly powerful way vividly showing the increasingly epic scope of his short life. Each picture I made attempted to convey a narrative idea that would visually add to this approach.”  — G. G. 

The winning work from the AOI Illustration Awards 2014 is being exhibited at Somerset House’s Terrace Rooms from 10am – 6pm, everyday until Sunday 2nd November 2014. Admission is free.

Association of Illustrators
Somerset House, London, United Kingdom
London, England WC2R 1LA
United Kingdom

For more information:

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A Daily Dose of Gurbo

Fans of surreal imagist/illustrator Walter Gurbo will be pleased to know you can view a new panel every day on the artist’s Facebook page. Walter has been contributing to Ragazine.CC for a few years now, but since we only publish every two months, you aren’t going to get your fix on a regular basis. So, make the most of it, and see what Walter has up his sleeve ….:

It’s a circus in there!

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A gathering of the tribe: Former (that is, mostly former) Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin staff got together for an afternoon picnic at a local park… some came from Buffalo and Potsdam. Others came from back in the day when hot type was still the norm and stories came in on teletype. It’s true. Thanks to Chris Tevyaw for sharing the pics.

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This One-On-One Poetry Workshop is for those interested in an in-depth series of email exchanges about their poems between themselves and the workshop leader, poet Arthur Vogelsang.  Each week for 7 weeks the workshop member submits a different poem which Vogelsang critiques in a 700-750-word email.  That week the member responds to the critique and Vogelsang responds to the member.  After 7 of these exchanges, one per week, in the 8th week the member writes a “conference letter” to Vogelsang, topics initiated by the member, then Vogelsang responds, and the member has an opportunity to respond again.

As each workshop member’s exchanges are done on an individual, private basis and there is no group interaction, all levels of writing are welcome, from beginners to poets with a publishing history and all of those between.  Application is free, but the workshop is not.  The next session is October 13 – December 5.  The application period is September 10 – 22.  Decision on admission by September 24.

Complete information about the workshop application process, fee policies, and workshop schedules is here:


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Framingham, MA

Gloria Mindock & the Červená Barva Press
Poetry Reading Series
Presents Flavia Cosma & Alan Britt
at the Červená Barva Press Studio
Date: Saturday, June 21st
Time: 7-9pm
Place: The Arts for the Armory, Basement, Room B8
191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

Admission $3.00. Refreshments will be served!

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Art & Transformation


Brazilian artist Duda Penteado launched his new tabletop book,  ARTISTIC REVOLUTION, ARTE & TRANSFORMAÇÃO, at Cultural-Conjunto Nacional bookstore in Sao Paulo. This comprehensive art historical text examines the artistic achievements of one of Brazil’s leading visual artists. Penteado, a multimedia artist, has lived and worked for over twenty years in both the United States and Brazil, creating a unique oeuvre  via various genres, including: performance, video,  installations, murals, sculptures and paintings.


Duda Penteado, Book Signing

Hundreds of people attended the book signing at Brazil's largest bookstore, BOOK STORE CULTURA – CONJUNTO NACIONAL (Avenida Paulista, 2073 – Bela Vista, Sao Paulo – SP, 01311-940). Here are photographs from the event.

In recent years, Penteado has devoted much of his work to important transcultural issues currently facing mankind: peace, globalization, poverty, tyranny, immigration, inequality, ethno-racism and other 21st Century geopolitical and socio-economic problems facing the Americas.  Penteado’s primary message is the affirmation of the transformative power of art, presenting  the concept of Artistic Symphony, a concept he defines within the new text.  The book culminates more than two years of work, collaborating with art critics and writers including: Katia Canton, Olivio Guedes, Oscar D ‘Ambrosio, Joao Eduardo Hidalgo, George Nelson Preston, Jose Rodeiro, Alejandro Anreus, Carlos Hernandez, Michael Foldes, Alan Britt, and others.   The book was released simultaneously with a corresponding website that will feature interviews, lectures, reviews and a special introduction to a new art project in the Amazon.

The book was launched with the support of the publishing company GRUPO REAÇÃO NATURAL (Rua Caiubi, 137 – Perdizes, São Paulo, Brazil – SP CEP 05010-000 (, and the assistance of  editorial-coordination by Maria Luiza Paiva (  Over the years, RAGAZINE.CC  has covered Penteado’s work and the activities of the We Are You Project. See more at:   and


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Fountain Street Fine Art presents

June 19 -Aug 3, 2014
Reception Saturday June 21, 5 – 7 PM
Poetry Reading Sunday June 22, 1-4 PM
Wed. June 25th at 7pm.,
160 Hollis St.
Framingham  MA  01702

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An Evening of Music & Poetry

William Musto Cultural Center Reading 5-10-14

Spirits of Cuba Favoring Jose Marti
Spirits of Cuba Favoring Jose Marti
Roberto Rosado
Roberto Rosado
Pierro Romano
Pierro Romano
The Musto Gallery
The Musto Gallery
Sal Talgiarino
Sal Talgiarino
Paul Sohar
Paul Sohar
Jacqueline Milena and Simon Mulligan
Jacqueline Milena and Simon Mulligan
Michael Foldes
Michael Foldes
Emcee Lucy Santiago and Poet Alan Britt
Emcee Lucy Santiago and Poet Alan Britt

All photographs by Sergio Villamizar

Saturday’s event at William Musto Cultural Center – Union City (N.J.) turned out to be a very special evening, indeed. Rain threatened, and there was drizzle in the air that for a moment required an umbrella or sidestep under an awning as an assemblage of poets and artists walked Union City’s streets in search of just the right Cuban restaurant for a late lunch and multiple espressos. Led by LaRuche Artists’ director and OASIS organizer Roberto Rosado, the group returned to the “recital hall” and gallery space to chat with guests and prepare for “work.”

Thanks to all who came out to enjoy the music and spoken word. If you didn’t make it, see you next time!

(Photo information can be seen by clicking on the “Information Icon” in the upper right corner of the photos.)

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Africa Speaks

“Come and Join the Conversation”

Meeting Mrs. Winnie Mandela

As a follow up to the articles we ran last year in Ragazine, the conference sponsored by the University of South Africa and Study Abroad to Africa (September-October, 2013) was a success with engaging speakers and the “Evolution/Revolution 2” exhibition by internationally renowned artist, Ben Jones.  The U.S. based group attended the conference and traveled extensively in South Africa.  Some members of the group were honored to meet Mrs. Winnie Mandela who autographed her new book  491 Days: Prisoner Number 1323/69 – Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

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to Egypt’s Albawtaka Review,

Winner of Two Grants from

The UNESCO IFPC and the British Council in Cairo

to produce audio books for the blind in Egypt and Libya, 2014

From over 1,500 submitted projects, the Albawtaka Review has won two grants from the UNESCO IFPC and the British Council in Cairo to translate a dozen stories from English to Arabic as audio books for the blind. The stories will be read in Arabic by 12 female Arab authors who will choose the stories they most want to read aloud. The stories deal with community and ethical themes and all feature women protagonists dealing with issues such as the question of abortion rights, cultural traditions, disease, racism, poverty, and other community hardships. These stories reflect a sustaining collection celebrating women’s struggles against misogyny and prejudice. Some stories to be translated include: Doris Lessing’s, “An Old Woman and Her Cat,” Margaret Atwood’s, “Giving Birth,” Louise Erdrich’s, “Fleur,” Nadine Gordimer’s, “The First Sense,” Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s, “Refuge in London,”and Melanie Rae Thon’s, “Letters in the Snow – for kind strangers and unborn children – for the ones lost and most beloved.” 

Despite the fact that there are estimated millions of blind people in Egypt and Libya, the Ministries of Culture do not currently acknowledge the needs of the blind in their plans for providing educational materials. With these books, visually-impaired youth will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the world’s most innovative fiction. The audio books will be distributed for free in Egypt and Libya for the benefit of the visually-impaired youth aged between 18 and 30 years old. Organizations endeavoring to cater to the welfare of the visually impaired have volunteered to accomplish this mission: the Egyptian Blind Association, Cairo; the Association of the Blind, Benghazi; and Taha Hussein Hall in Cairo University. A number of 5000 audio books (DVDs in MP3 format) will be made in Cairo by the Albawtaka Review while the 5000 copies allotted to Libya will be made in Tripoli.

Hala Salah Eldin, The Albawtaka Review editor and publisher, expressed gratitude not only for the grants, but also to the officials of all institutions working in the service of the blind in Egypt and Libya, and to the Blind Association in Cairo, The University of Cairo, and the Blind Association in Benghazi for their future cooperation. Eldin is hopeful that this project will encourage other institutions to organize funds and produce more books for the blind.

The Albawtaka Review is an Arabic independent nonprofit online quarterly concerned with translating contemporary English short fiction (

For more details on the grants and their recipients:

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DECEMBER 18, 2013


to Avery Irons,

winner of Ragazine.CC’s

“Speculative Fiction by People of Color” contest

for his original story

“The Chance”

Final Judge: Sheree Renée Thomas…


Thomas, is the author of “Shotgun Lullabies” and editor of “Dark Matter,” a collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror produced by people of African descent. “Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora is a groundbreaking achievement by any measure and was the winner of the 2001 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.”

Thomas had this to say of Irons’ story:

“…Your near-future story was a provocative, frightening, and moving work that explored a socio-economic problem – and its intergenerational impact – that is rarely discussed frankly in American society and is certainly not often explored in literature.  As I read your story, I came to feel deeply for the family you depicted and their struggle.  Your writing was clear, evocative, and riveting at times, with natural dialogue that read like truth.  The ending of the story was surprising and inspiring…”

“The Chance” will appear in the January-February 2014 issue of Ragazine.CC. Don’t miss it!

Runners up (stories to be published in Ragazine in 2014):

Ely Azur’s “Never. Give. You. Up.” (moving but creepy adopted monster/baby/zombie? And a disclaimer, don’t usually care for zombie tales, but this family’s attempt to adopt and become parents during a biological epidemic was compelling)

Lisa Bolekaja’s “Don’t Dig Too Deep,”  (spooky children’s lore), and

Sharon Warner’s “The Color of Time” (short and sweet microfiction).

Honorable Mentions for Imagination and Lore:

“Jacob and the Owl,” by Shawn Frazier

“Ruth’s Garden” by Kyla Philips

Honorable Mentions for exciting locations/settings:

(Dogon tribe /Africa), Sacha Webley

(Brazil),  Adanze Asante

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This was Ragazine’s first fiction contest and we received so many strong entries that I would seriously encourage all of you to send me work for subsequent issues. Our judge was also impressed with the quality of the work. We hope you will continue to read and submit to Ragazine. We are looking forward to doing more speculative and fantasy fiction in the future.

                                                             Joe Weil – fiction editor


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We are most thankful to all the writers who entered our Speculative Fiction by People of Color contest, and offer our sincere congratulations to the winner and runners up, whose stories were critiqued by our final judge, Sheree Renée Thomas.  We trust you’ll stay tuned to future issues and will look for these stories as they appear throughout 2014.

Our attempt to promote this underserved genre was our first publishing fundraising venture, and we look forward to many more contests celebrating various genres in the future. We appreciate the support and effort by the judge, Sheree Thomas, who skipped the work to rule dictum to help spread the word about the contest. Thanks, too, to the many publications, venues and people whose time and energy contributed to providing an opportunity for these writers to be heard.

— Mike Foldes, Founder/Managing Editor

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Franklin Furnace Still on fire …

A Letter from Martha Wilson

Dear Franklin Furnace Aficionados,

We extend sincere thanks to those of you who have already renewed your memberships for 2013-14.  If you have not yet joined, please read about our upcoming programs below and follow this link to our online membership page:

In 1976 I saw a void in the art world: major institutions were not seeing that downtown artists were creating ephemeral works dealing with the social, political, economic and philosophical world — socially engaged art. Ever since, we’ve been keeping such art practice from falling between the cracks.

Now it is 2013, and climate change is upon us.  Many of us do our part — recycling bottles, cans and plastic bags; forgoing AC; buying local produce — although in light of our planet’s most calamitous problem, these steps feel ineffectual.  Regina Cornwell, an independent curator, proposed a city-wide exhibition by artists who wish to confront climate change; in the coming year, Franklin Furnace will launch her project, InClimate: Climate Change Solutions, Awareness and Action. This ambitious exhibition focuses on underserved urban communities and confronts global warming through art by calling upon artists, in collaboration with climate change experts, to find solutions and antidotes.  The participating artists are Lillian Ball, Lynn Cazabon, Billy X. Curmano, Agnes Denes, Alicia Grullon, Planetary One collaborative, and Andrea Polli.

Here are examples of some InClimate projects now underway:

• Mega Dunes: For the People of the Rockaways:  Internationally acclaimed artist Agnes Denes, who has been called “the mother of eco-art,” is producing a pilot for her Mega Dunes. This is InClimate’s only permanent work. InClimate has partnered with community organization Rockaway Waterfront Alliance to identify local adults and youth to plant salt-resistant trees and other vegetation on the pilot dune.  Denes’ project will contribute to the artistic heritage of the City of New York; build protection and resilience for the Rockaway residents and their homes, schools, businesses, places of worship and beaches which were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy; and be a catalyst for youth to consider careers as artists, landscape architects, oceanographers and more.

• Particle Falls is a night-time projection of cascading blue falls on an outdoor wall. Suddenly, disturbing blotches invade the soothing image. Media artist Andrea Polli’s project employs specialized technology to monitor, record, and make visible the amount of invisible CO2 and other pollutants in the air. More blotches appear when a jetliner flies overhead, less when a motorcycle passes nearby, so viewers can immediately grasp the reality of climate change.

EcoNet is a phytoremediation project which the Planetary One team of artists will create with children in a Brooklyn public school, P.S. 20, the Clinton Hill School, with which Franklin Furnace has partnered since 2006.  The students will help build mini-wetlands and place them in their schoolyard.  Specialized sensors in these tiny marshes monitor the process of the water’s decontamination. Indoors, a dynamically designed installation driven by sensor data allows viewers to experience results in a variety of media that chart the constantly changing process as the plants decontaminate water.

I believe artists can and should try to change the world with their work, and never get tired of seeing how artists engage with the real world.  I hope you will join Franklin Furnace in 2013-14, our 37th season, as we mount InClimate, and continue our three principal programs — the Franklin Furnace Fund, SEQuential ART for KIDS, and the Unwritten History Project.

Please click this link to be taken to Franklin Furnace’s 2013-14 Membership page:

Very truly yours,

Martha Wilson

Founding Director

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
80 Arts – The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place, #301
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506
T 718 398 7255
F 718 398 7256


Martha Wilson, Founding Director
Harley Spiller, Deputy Director
Michael Katchen, Senior Archivist
Jenny Korns, Program Coordinator
Mary Suk, Financial Manager
Agustina Bullrich, Project Manager


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New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie and artists at the opening reception for “New Jersey Impressions”.

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“New Jersey Impressions

at Drumthwacket

By Dr. José Rodeiro
Art Editor

New Jersey Impressions,”  a highly perceptive, visually stunning collection of art works by 13 landscape artists representing “The Garden State” will be on display through July 21, 2014, at Drumthwacket Mansion, the official residence of Governor Chris Christie and New Jersey’s First Lady Mary Pat Christie.

Artists represented include W. Carl Burger, Califon, Hunterdon County; Myles Cavanaugh, Lambertville, Hunterdon County; Todd L.W. Doney, Gillette, “Great Swamp,” Morris County; Amy Evans, Califon, Hunterdon County; Julie Friedman, Randolph, Morris County;  Gary Godbee, Westfield, Union County; Jeff Gola, Moorestown, Burlington County; Maria Mijares, Plainfield, Somerset County; Nancy Ori, Berkeley Heights, Union County; Gerald Slota, Paterson, Passaic County; Stan Sperlak, Goshen, Cape May County; George Tice, Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, and  Tricia Zimic, Maplewood, Essex County.

The show provides a mix of imaginative studio pieces inspired by photographs and sketches, and an array of virtuoso plein-air works that reaffirm 21st Century Radical Postmodern “‘Re-Impressionist” tendencies.


Among the works is a vibrant 2012 oil painting by Todd L.W. Doney, Swamp, Oct. 18, 5:58 PM, (above) created near his home on the edge of the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge (   The opening reception  for the artists was hosted by Mrs. Christie, along with The Drumthwacket Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

The mansion is located at 354 Stockton Street, Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey.  The exhibit is open to the public any Wednesday in 2013 with the exception of November 27, and December 18 and 25 when it will be closed.  Reservations are necessary and visitors  need to schedule at least one week ahead.  For more information, go to


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Foldes reads from “Sandy Poems”; Devereaux painting to his left.
Richard D’Egidio photo.

Port Washington’s ART & POETRY Observance
of the First Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy:
October 2-30, 2013

by Dr. José Rodeiro, ART Editor, Ragazine CC
 Christie Devereaux’s “Stormy Weather Series:
A Post-Sandy Reflection in Paint on the Forces of Nature”
In Collaboration with Michael Foldes reading
Chronicles of a Superstorm: “The Sandy Poems.”  

During October 5’s opening-reception (from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM) of Christie Devereaux’s art exhibition titled: “Stormy Weather Series: A Post-Sandy Reflection on the Forces of Nature,” the Port Washington Public Library (One Library Drive – Port Washington -NY 11050) presented a unique “artistic” collaboration between painter Christie Devereaux and poet Michael Foldes. The exhibition runs thru October 30, 2013, and is part of the national observance of the First Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

This distinctive visual-literary coalescing of “art-&-poetry” by two 21st Century masters sensitively and perceptively recalls the overwhelming catastrophe known as “Superstorm Sandy” that hit especially  hard New Jersey and New York on October 29-30, 2012, causing billions of dollars in damage and killing 285 people.

Together, Devereaux’s “Stormy Weather exhibit with her insightful illustrations for Foldes’s Chronicles of a Superstorm poetry collection, and his reading, represent the collective hallmarks of an extraordinary creative partnership whose thoughtful and thought-provoking “poetic-artistic” joint venture sheds light upon, as well as memorializes and commemorates, last fall’s overpowering tropical storm.

This artistic collaboration began in early November 2012, in the wake of the storm, when both artist began independently to put together their collections.  Deeply and directly affected by the storm (Devereaux’s mother’s home was inundated by the Atlantic Ocean),  she reexamined her emerging “Stormy Weather Series” as a post-Sandy reflection (in paint) on Nature’s power. Soon she was in contact with poet Michael Foldes regarding his emerging “Sandy Poems” that grew with Devereaux’s illustrations into a visual and literary benchmark, Chronicles of a Superstorm.

Sandy 1

We are the bottom of the sea
The City That Never Sleeps
Awakening from a bad dream
An Atlantis in the making
Neptune and Poseidon,
Thetis and Oceanus,
Aphrodite And Sedna,
Matsu and Mizu-Gami,
All the names of all the Gods We pray to,
and those we don’t,
Who like the air we breathe
And the water we drink
Flow in and out of our lives
Leaving behind detritus
Evidence of unyielding power
Even as their liquid arms
Clamp our granite columns
Fill our caverns with sea water
Order us about demanding
An acknowledgement
Not off how small and insignificant
We are, but of how great and true
And without prejudice they be.

Devereaux, a native of Brooklyn (NY), has always been drawn to the power of the sea as a source of inspiration for her paintings. Since 2007, she has unerringly directed her keen attention to every aspect of sea-storms (e.g., Her current show represents this fixation or singular focus on the intensity, energy and awe of storms that can be experienced while living in or near a seaside community. Many of the paintings on display will appear in their book as sublime and penetrating illustrations (or, in truth, as sacred “illuminations”).

For more of Devereaux’s work, see

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Paul Ballard, Ana López,Paolo Ruiz, N A’Yara Stein, Carment Doreal (front), David Brême, Morelia Flores, Anna Loiuse E. Fontaine (front), Sharl, Louise Carson, Jüri Talvet, Eva Halus, Flavia Cosma, Maria Caltabiano, Jeremiah Wall, Katherine Kretler

The Eighth Writers’ and Artists’ International Festival at Val-David, QC, Canada By Ana López  

Twice a year, the Writers’ and Artists’ Residence at Val-David, Quebec, Canada, celebrates its Writers’ and Artists’ Festival.  The Residence directed by Flavia Cosma opens its doors to receive poets, authors, musicians and visual artists from all over the world, and fills the forests of Val-David with poems, stories, arts and music.

The Eighth Writers’ and Artists’ Festival “The Lyrical Wild Berries Harvest,” took place  5 and 6 October, 2013, with the collaboration of L´Association des auteurs des Laurentides and with the support of the Municipality of Val-David.  The Festival started on Saturday with the work of the prestigious Estonian poet and scholar Jüri Talvet, followed by the poets Louise Carson (Saint-Lazare-de-Vaudreuil, Québec), N. A. Yara Stein (Estados Unidos), Ana López (Argentina), David Brême (Francia/ Montréal), Flavia Cosma (Val-David, Québec), Carmen Doreal (Deux Montagnes, Quebec), Paul Ruíz (Italia) and, the presentation virtual of  Luis Raúl Calvo (poet, compositor and interpreter from Argentina).

Flavia Cosma

A musical interlude was also provided by Jeremiah Wall, author and performer of Val-David, Quebec.

The day of Sunday the 6th October started with a conference sustained by the poet and editor Michel Mirolla “The new Guernica Press and the state of books publishing in XXI Century”, followed by Jüri Talvet, who presented his book about the Estonian poet Juhan Lliv and by Flavia Cosma, who spoke about Cervena Barva Press, a successful publishing venture out of Somerville, Massachusetts.

In the afternoon, Paul Ruíz presented a retrospective of the Canadian/Italian artist painter Rito Caltabiano, at 10 years from his death, followed by lectures by Diane Robert Dit Lafontaine (Montréal), Louis Philippe Hébert (Saint-Sauveur, Québec), Talleen Hacykyan (Montréal), Anna Louise Fontaine (Laurentides, Québec),  Connie Guzzo-McParland (Montreal/Italia), Eve Duhaime (Laurentides, QC), Roger Lauzon (Morin Heights, Québec), Eva Halus (Montréal), Maria Caltabiano (Montréal).

The Festival ended with an exuberant finale full of music and merriment realized by Sharl, musician and performer from Laurentides, Québec. During both days the spirit of the meetings emphasized the richness brought forth by the artists and writers from various cultures and countries, the sharing of experiences and creativity, and made possible the meeting of new friends in a fertile and cordial atmosphere. For the visual arts show we must mention the contribution of Rito Caltabiano, Morelia Flores, Carmen Doreal, Talleen Hacikyan, Eva Halus, Roger Lauzon, Paul Ballard, Anna Louise Fontaine and Sharl.

For me as an individual this gathering was like a gate opening towards the work of important artists and authors of the world, with whom we shared during two magical days the pleasure of poetry and of arts in a fraternal climate of friendship and kinship among persons from distant lands.

Ana López, writer Buenos Aires, Argentina Val-David, 9 October 2013.
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Good news for Bob Baldori and Bob Seeley. Baldori was awarded Best Director of a Documentary and Best Picture at the Chain NYC Film Festival for “Boogie Stomp! The Movie”.  “Boogie Stomp!” will screen at the 2013 Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival in Bay City, MI, from September 26-29, 2013 and  the Kansas International Film Festival in Overland Park, KS, October 4-10, 2013. You can check out the trailer, and stream the 86-minute video, at or purchase at

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Poetry at the Gallery
WAYPI artist Jose Rodeiro reading the poetry of Duda Penteado, Alan Britt and Rafael Montañez Ortiz.

WE ARE YOU INTERNATIONAL’s  “CALIFORNIA EXHIBITION” at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, California


On August 2-3, the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, Calif., hosted a reception for the opening of the We Are You Project International traveling art exhibition. The reception Friday night, August 2, was followed on Saturday with a reading of poetry by We Are You Project poets. Poems of poets who could not be present were read by WAYPI artists.

More information about the exhibition

and the reading can be found at

Cristina Velazquez the MC of the poetry event
Cristina Velazquez, emcee of the poetry event.
Raul Villarreal with  Rochelle Leininger Ramos
Raul Villarreal with Rochelle Leininger Ramos.
In a back alley ...
Alan Britt (aka “El Britto”) organized the Poetry Recital and re-enactment of Raphael Montañez Ortiz’s WAY Poetry PROJECT (José Rodeiro, Gabriel Navar, and Charles Hayes).

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HERITAGE Exhibit at WBGO/Jazz88FM, Newark, NJ with artists represented by LaRuche Art LLC, Union City, NJ 07087


July 11, WBGO studio, Newark, NJ, Heritage exibit, celebrating Hispanic Heritage with a group exhibition curated by Robert Rosado, La Ruche Art, Director, presented by WBGO Jazz88. Artists included Jose Acosta, Laura Cueveas, Gerardo Castro, Alfredo Gomez Jr., Irelys Martinez, Jose Rodeiro and Isabell Villacis. Poetry by Mike Foldes. Piano by Elio Villafranca, and Mauricio Herrera on drums. All Photos courtesy of Vicki Fernandez and WBGO.


WBGO/Jazz88 studio, Newark, NJ, Heritage exibit, celebrating Hispanic Heritage with a group exhibition curated by Robert Rosado, La Ruche Art, Director. Artists include Jose Acosta, Laura Cueveas, Gerardo Castro, Alfredo Gomez Jr., Irelys Martinez, Jose Rodeiro and Isabell Villacis. Poetry at the opening reception by Mike Foldes. Jazz piano by Elio Villafranca, with Mauricio Herrera on drums. All Photos courtesy of Vicki Fernandez and WBGO. On exhibit now at WBGO gallery, Newark Public Radio, 54 Park Place Newark, NJ 07102. For hours and further information visit:  Thanks to all who helped make this a wonderful complement to the NJ PAC street fest taking place a block away!  All Photos courtesy of Vicki Fernandez and WBGO.

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Minotaur in Brooklyn!

 VOID SEED part of 2013’s amazing

Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival

Kylin O’Brien to perform with artist/minotaur Rob Andrews

at Collective Spectacle, Sunday, July 14, 8:30 p.m.

The Gowanus Ballroom

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Babs Reingold, The Last Tree, ISE, 555 Broadway, NYC, 5/10/13 Read the interview: Interview by Midori Yoshimoto

The Last Tree

Babs Reingold “The Last Tree” installation opening May 10, 2013, ISE Gallery, 555 Broadway, NYC

Photos by Panida “Panda” Suwannawisut

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Thanks to LOCUS Magazine, Online !

Good news from Locus about the Ragazine.CC fiction contest.

Be sure to check out their site:


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Ellen Jantzen wins

“Prix de la Photographie Paris”

Ellen Jantzen’s photo series “Transplanting Reality; Transcending Nature,” has won First Place in the prestigious French Photo Exhibition, PX3 for Fine Art Photography. Her  image “A Resonant Chill” will be on view at the exhibition in Paris. Opening reception is Wednesday July 10th at Espace Dupon, Paris. Jantzen, a frequent contributor and long-time supporter of Ragazine.CC, can be contacted at Her web site is

You can see other images in the series by Clicking Here.

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Art Stars Out for Nocturne Opening   


It might seem ironic that on one of the longest days of the year, an exhibition celebrating darkness and night opened at the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ.  Nocturne, curated by Dr. Virginia Butera, art history professor at the college, includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and mixed media works by nineteen New Jersey and New York contemporary artists. The exhibit is on view now through September 22, 2013. An extensive overview of the exhibit and its place in the historical record by Dr. Butera is scheduled to appear in the July-August issue of Ragazine.CC. Don’t miss it.

For location, hours and directions:

Photos: 1) Virginia Fabbri Butera (curator), Christie Devereaux and Dr. Jose Rodeiro;  2)  Raul Villarreal and Rodeiro;   3) Leonard Merlo; 4)  Pasquale Cuppari; 5) Joyce Yamada

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The poets and presenters; photo by Christian Moraru, Toronto.
Art by Edmon Khalil from Sudan, living now in Sweden.

PALABRA EN EL MUNDO Revisited By Flavia Cosma

 The Seventh International Writers’ and Artists’ Festival at Val-David, Quebec Canada, “Palabra en el mundo” (Words in the World) came to an end on May 26th 2013 in the presence of distinguished artists, poets and writers from all over the world. The Festival is organized biannually by The International Writers’ and Artists’ Residency, Val-David, QC, Canada, and took place 25 and 26 May, 2013

The prestigious event counts with the support of the Council of Arts, Canada, the League of Canadian Poets, the Municipality of Val-David and the Association des Auteurs des Laurentides. As the Director of this Festival and a poet and cultural promoter myself, I consider that poetry has its own life, its own music and that one can enjoy poetry even in a different language, and even when one doesn’t speak the language in which we listen to it.

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Charles Hayes, USA. Photo by Christian Moraru, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Moreover we live here in Canada in a society totally multilingual, with immigrants who came her from around the world searching for a better life. But as anyone knows, the economical aspect is never enough. We have to find ways to express our spiritual and artistic aspirations and talents, and the Festival was a good answer for many writers and artists who have been born in another country and were feeling like foreigners in this wonderful country of ours.

From the very beginning the Festival started developing in an incredible manner. A combination of poetry, visual arts and other artistically expressions weaved themselves together as a natural extension. The Seventh Festival was the best festival ever for the quality of the presentations and as well as for the participation of a numerous public at large. We counted with the presence of writers and artists of an excellent level from Canada and from abroad as well as contemporary international artists of an incredible quality of expression.

It was like an immersion in a never ending fairy tale of poetry, stories and art works that although very different one from another, were harmonizing together extraordinarily. After the Festival the reaction of the participants and of the public was very encouraging. I’ll cite one comment at random:

For me as a poet the Festival at Val-David was a wonderful occasion to meet the other poets and artists from all over the world, to see and listen to their work and their reflections on poetry. What a variety of people there were: a true United Nations of artists. (Hugh Hazelton, poet, Montreal).

Very educational, professional and much appreciated by the public were the two Sunday morning conferences (May 26, 2013):

  1. Alan Britt, USA, “On modern tendencies in American poetry
  2. Patricia Tenorio, Brazil, “ On Ekphrasis (the verbal representation of a visual representation) in poetry, particularly in Brazilian poetry” 

The Eighth International Writers’ Festival Lyrical Wild Berries Harvest, a multilingual Poetry and Prose reading and Art Exhibition will take place on October 5th and October 6th, 2013. For more info and possible participations please write, and/or visit

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Steve Westlake has the inside track on the low down. As one of the few people with Total Access to the original National Police Gazette archives, he’s the man in demand when filmmakers need props for those ’30s mobsters to be reading in the barber chair when they get whacked…. Check it out here:   * * * * *

Imagining the AudienceViewing Positions in Artistic and Curatorial Practice

audiencHow do artists and curators imagine the audience in their work? How do they weave a picture of the individual viewer’s mental, physical, and emotional experience into the production of art events and what impact do these conceptions have on the finished artworks or exhibitions? Which new perspectives are useful in explaining the changes that have occurred in the art field and the concomitant new viewing positions?

These are some of the questions that are the basis for Imagining the Audience. This book focuses on the role that notions regarding the audience play in artistic and curatorial practice, in the development of concepts and ideas, as well as in the actual production of artworks and exhibitions. It is an attempt at circumscribing an approach to the audience within contemporary art that differs from audience education and communication, rather highlighting the experience of the individual viewer, which the artist and the curator carry with them throughout the creative process.

Contributors include:  Kader Attia , Lundahl & Seitl, Raimundas Malasauskas and Phil Collins, artists; Jacquelyn Davis, writer, art critic; Clarie Doherty, writer, curator; curators Magdalena Malm, Simon Njami, Johan Pousette, Joanna Warsza; and film theorist Annika Wik. Editors: Magdalena Malm och Annika Wik. The book is a collaboration between Swedish Exhibition Agency and Mobile Art Production and published by Art and Theory Publishing. 

For more information, contact Anna Eriksson: +46 70 647 00 68.

Imagining the Audience Viewing Positions in Artistic and Curatorial Practice 240 pp, English/Swedish, Softcover, Graphic Design: Sandra Praun ISBN 978-91-979985-5-0

* * * * * crossroads2013   * * * * * Todd Doney at the Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Road Morristown, NJ  March 28 reception, 6-8 p.m. Runs through June 23. doney Todd L. W. Doney, assistant professor of art at County College of Morris (CCM), will be displaying his artwork at the Morris Museum in a solo exhibition. The exhibition, titled Nature Sublime: Landscape Painting by Todd L. W. Doney, features more than 20 of Doney’s works d. Doney’s artwork features a variety of landscapes inspired from his own backyard—the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. See also: * * * * * PaintingPortal app for Art & Artists

Ed Marcus recently came up with a great idea for quick referencing classical works of art that are in the public domain, many of which were retrieved from or by the Yorck Project, hosted by WikiMedia. The app, which is available on iTunes for $6.99, allows i Pad users to quickly pull up high-resolution images of paintings by masters from Michelangelo to Monet. The app allows users to search and sort, zoom, save and much more. Puts  much of the world’s great museum collections at your fingertips.

For more information, see

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Gabriel Navar


Galerie B Haasner - Mel Ramos



Galerie B Haasner - Gabe Navar


Galerie B. Haasner, Wiesbaden, Germany “Mel Ramos and Gabriel Navar: Teachers and Students” by José Rodeiro Ragazine Art Editor March 21 – April 27, 2013

Galerie B. Haasner (Wiesbaden, Germany) presents a memorable, visually titillating and thought-provoking spring exhibition that brings together two of California’s premier artists: Mel Ramos and Gabriel Navar. In this German exhibit titled “Teachers & Students,” the Ramos/Navar “dynamic-duo” offers an insightful re-examination of their unique “mentor/mentee,” “teacher/student” relationship that juxtaposes Pop master Ramos with former pupil and Metaphorical Realist, Gabriel Navar.

Mel_Leta_&_Gabe_Jan_2013 Galerie B. Haasner, Wiesbaden, Germany “Mel Ramos and Gabriel Navar: Teachers and Students” March 21 – April 27, 2013 See:

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Bye-Bye, MAP Stockholm
(Mobile Art Productions)
From the makers of MAP:
THANKS … All of us who have worked at MAP over the years will take our wealth of experiences from working here with us into a variety of new contexts. We wish you all a prosperous new year and hope to see you again in the future in different constellations. Thanks for the time we’ve had together! Best regards and warm wishes from all of MAP’s co-workers since 2007, brought to you by: Magdalena Malm, founder and artistic director until August 2012 Anna van der Vliet, acting director and curator Annika Wik, head of research
Access the archive here: 
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From PowerHouse Books:
Seven American Deaths and Disasters

In his first book published in 5 years, author Kenneth Goldsmith, brings us back to those moments in American history that have left an indelible impression on our memories. These were the occurrences that we recollect then ask, “Where were you when…?” These were the occasions when the collective human society’s reaction evolves as the facts unfolds and when the broadcast commentators are equally as confused, saddened, terrified, and impacted. In Seven American Deaths and Disasters the chilling first moments of the J.F.K. assassination, R.F.K. assassination, John Lennon assassination, Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Columbine shootings, World Trade Center attacks, and Michael Jackson‘s death are recounted through radio transcripts.

Goldsmith is a conceptual poet and artist who has been invited to read at President Obama’s A Celebration of American Poetry at the White House. This spring The Museum of Modern Art appoints Kenneth Goldsmith as First Poet Laureate for their winter/spring 2013 term.

Following the book release in March 2013, Goldsmith will give his Laureate Lecture, followed by a book launch and reading from Seven American Deaths and Disasters at the MoMA.

Contact: powerHouse Books, 37  Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Tel 212 604 9074 x  118

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Cooperative Gallery 213/Two Rivers Photography Club
Announce Photo Competition winner
Tuscan Storm - Low Res

Greg Chiannis takes Best in Show for “Tuscan Storm”

The Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club  Memorial Exhibit is a tribute to the art embodied in the photography of Bob Johnston, a founding member of the gallery who died in 2010. Thirty one photographers entered the Competition in either Color or Black and White categories. Photographs were judged by Kirk and Leslie Van Zandbergen of Van Zandbergen Photography, guided by this sentiment from Bob Johnston’s artist’s statement: “For me, the successful photograph is one in which both the abstract elements and the subject matter of the image reinforce each other to provide an emotional experience for the viewer.”

The show runs Jan 4-26, 2013, 213 State St., Binghamton, NY 13905. 607-724-3462 or

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 Winter Solstice 2012 David Gittens & Friends offer a portal into 2013: And when you’re done watching tune in to  In gratitude to Stephanie Heidemann, Julian Douglas, Linda Maree, Michael Rutherford, Chinling Hsu, and many others in our Sarasota, FL community who made these videos possible.
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Kathmandu, Nepal
Priscila De Carvalho 
Work in Progress Report
 The wall is located in Jawalakhel Chowk, Kathmandu, Nepal


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The Siddhartha Arts Foundation (SAF)
 presents the 2nd Kathmandu International Art Fest
November 25 thru December 21, 2012

A total of 95 artists from 31 countries, are exhibiting at 15 venues around the Kathmandu Valley for a month. Festival sponsors include: The Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands), Brazilian Embassy, USAID funded Hariyo Ban Program, Metropark, British Council, Siddhartha Art Gallery, US Embassy, Indian Embassy, Nepal Investment Bank, Habib Bank Ltd., ICTC, Samsung and Pashupati Paints.  

Priscila Carvalho and assistants work on her installation for the fest. 
Featured artworks will highlight our relationship with nature and anthropomorphic forces that have fueled a rapid changing of the climate. Although Nepal is not cited as a global polluter or a nation that is over exploiting her resources, its fragile and unique ecosystem (the Tibetan Plateau is the 3rd largest storage site of ice in the world) has been one of the first to suffer from rising temperatures and change in weather patterns.
Festival organizers write: “We feel responsible to raise a voice. Art has the power to heighten our sensitivity and to challenge the way we view complex situations, we believe the festival to be the perfect platform to promote meaningful dialogue on such issues of critical importance.”
Detail of Carvalho installation. 
Artworks will encompass: paintings, digital prints, photography, new media works, sculpture, installations and performing arts. A majority of the international artists will be exhibiting existing work, whereas all 21 of the Nepali artists will be creating new works for the Festival.
Participant Priscila De Carvalho was one of the Three “Hot” Brazilian Artists featured in Ragazine.CC:
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Laumeier Sculpture Park Receives Major Work by Ernest Trova as Gift from Estate of Grace Brod Falling Man/Study Represents Artist’s Mature Period

ST. LOUIS – Laumeier Sculpture Park has received a donation of Falling Man/Study (Wrapped Manscape Figure), 1984, a complex figurative work by American artist Ernest Trova (1927-2009). The life-size, stainless steel sculpture based on graphic works from 1967, is a gift to Laumeier from the Estate of Grace Brod. Brod was a long-time docent and Board member, who passed away in March 2012. Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of the leading dedicated sculpture parks in the world. The largest visual arts organization in St. Louis County, Laumeier showcases more than 60 works of large-scale outdoor sculpture in a 105-acre County park open year-round. Photo courtesy Laumeier Sculpture Park

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Albert Watson Photography Exhibit
Albert Watson Photo
Hasted Kraeutler presents Cyclops, an exhibition of rare, unique vintage photographs by Albert Watson, beginning December 1, and running through January 19, 2013. If you can’t make the show at the Gallery in New York City, see the Albert Watson interview and galleries in Volume 6, Number 5, of Ragazine.CC:
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Colorado and Washington states vote to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use.
Old News: 
“American reformers seem to have no idea, at any time or in any connection, that the only remedy for wrong is right; that moral education, self-control, good manners, will save the world; and that legislation is not merely a broken reed, but a suffocating vapor. Further, an excess of legislation defeats its own ends. It makes the whole population criminals, and turns them all into policemen and spies… “
— Aleister Crowley
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Smithsonian To Honor Nam Jun Paik 
Film & Media Arts:  Gardening in the Age of the Moving Image

 Next month we will install 310 living plants in our gallery. An unruly mix of Warneckii, Aglaonema, Pathos, and Areca Palms, potting soil and planters will welcome visitors to our exhibition, Nam June Paik: Global Visionary. The plants are part of Paik’s groundbreaking installation titled TV Garden, on loan from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Paik’s garden also includes sixty-five Cathode Ray Tube televisions sets (CRTs), multiple video and audio amplifiers, speakers, cables, 2x4s, green paint, and the pioneering, single channel video Global Groove from 1973. But don’t get too distracted by the flickering green spectacle. There is a great deal more to this beneath the topsoil.


The subject of the exhibition is the artist Nam June Paik. He died in 2006 but his art and legacy continue to inspire generations. We speak very fondly of him around the museum. Our senior curator of media art, John Hanhardt, was a friend of the artist and worked with him for many years. In 2009 we acquired his complete estate archive, which helps shape the foundation of our Film and Media Arts program. Nam June Paik’s contributions as an artist cannot be overstated. He democratized technology and transformed video into an artist’s medium. He redefined art making globally.

Normally, we would not place living plants in our gallery space. Paik was constantly challenging those conventions. Trained as a musician and acting as a performance artist in the early 1960s, he was an important part of the Fluxus network, an international art movement that exploded various disciplines and sought to mash-up high and pop cultures. Fluxus founder George Maciunas authored a manifesto stating that, among a host of other goals, Fluxors aimed to “PURGE the world of dead art” and “promote living art”. In response and collaboration, Paik incessantly broke things, from musical scores and violins, to TV sets and robots. As an avant-garde artist, he mangled the mechanics of pianos, intervened in scores for performances, and manipulated the circuitry of CRTs. By doing so, Nam June Paik fused some humanity with our techno-cultural progress and changed the way we see art and ourselves. 

Visit the museum’s blog Eye Level for the full post, and mark your calendars to see Nam June Paik: Global Visionary, open December 13, 2012 — August 11, 2013.

Download the Paikbot:
Inspired by the “Flat Stanley Project” of the 1990s, you can download an image of PaikBot from the Smithsonian website, then print him out and take photos of him in interesting locations or (if you don’t feel like leaving the computer) digitally insert him into images.
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Carlos Chavez

Left to right. Ricardo Fonseca, We Are You Project; Jaime Vásquez, artist; Paul Baron, entrepreneur; Guillermo Chang, entrepreneur; Pablo Caviedes, curator; Gail Carrillo Smith, President & Manager of Impacto; assistant representative of Panama; Don Jaime Andrade, collector; Ximena Hidalgo, Impacto; Mar Verdugo, Impacto; Carlos Chávez, exhibitor; Susana Patiño,designer; Guido Remache, artist; and, Vanessa Smith, Vice president, Impacto.

Impact Gallery in Manhattan
Honors Carlos Chávez

Both in Perú and in the USA, in the 21st Century, Carlos Chávez is widely considered a great Latin American master in the art of painting. In his youth,  Chávez did rough sketches on napkins and other perishable found-surfaces. He obtained formal artistic training under esteemed Peruvian artist, Angel Chávez (who stressed the old masters). In 1982, C. Chávez arrived in New York City, where he frequented major galleries and museums, attentively absorbing contemporary art trends, while enhancing his growing “freedom-of-expression.” C. Chávez thereby forged a style that merged metaphorical imagery with Latin American Magic-Realism, Neo-Surrealism, Immanentism and Amnesis.

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Here is a link to George Pingeon’s Times Up bicycle generator article… The bikes are operating in NYC’s lower east side, recently devastated and without power in the wake of Tropical Storm Sandy. In addition to charging batteries, Pingeon’s system stores energy in supercapacitor  modules in a modification of the storage battery system, and if things work out, will be going into production in the not-too-distant future…. * * * * *

Butterly wins 2012 Smithsonian art award

Kathy Butterly is the tenth annual winner of the museum’s contemporary artist award. Butterly was recognized by an independent panel of jurors as an inventive and independent sculptor whose work reflects the fading boundary between craft and contemporary art.

The jurors wrote in their decision: “Butterly’s voluptuous ceramic objects explode traditional conceptions of earthenware art through careful manipulation of the medium, resulting in unconventional forms, colors, and surfaces. Her small, nuanced, labor-intensive sculptures are richly communicative and wildly imaginative. Each enigmatic work balances between humor and horror, seduction and repulsion, abstraction and figuration. Butterly masterfully harnesses these tensions to transform the familiar into something new and strange. She stands out as one of the most innovative artists of her generation.”

Butterly’s recent solo exhibitions include at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, California, Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City, and The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Butterly was born in 1963 in Amityville, New York. She received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (1986) from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and earned a master’s degree in fine arts (1990) from the University of California, Davis. She is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery and the Shoshana Wayne Gallery.

Jurors included Monica Amor, Maryland Institute College of Art; Ian Berry, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College; Irene Hoffman, Site Santa Fe; James Nares, artist; and Alma Ruiz, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Pictured: Kathy Butterly, Cool Spot, 2012, clay and glaze, 5 x 4 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches, Courtesy Shoshana Wayne Gallery and Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Photo by Alan Wiener. © Kathy Butterly

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For a unique reading experience… 

real: Pure Slush Vol. 3 is available now!

Upfront! Uptight! Up yours! Non-fiction from 31 writers who spill their guts! memoir / essays / creative non-fiction
Yes! Pure Slush’s first print anthology of
non-fiction is now available, for only US$13.00.Featuring stories about love and lust and food and tourists and drag queens and lead poisoning and throwing up, this unique collection will leave you with many answers and just as many questions … including, when’s the sequel?
Writers include Gessy Alvarez, Cheri Ause, Meghan K. Barnes, Layla Blackwell, Laura Bogart, John Wentworth Chapin, Rebecca Chekouras, James Claffey, Joanna Delooze, Mira Desai, Gloria Frym, S.H. Gall, Cinda Gibbon, Walter Giersbach, Jane Hammons, William Henderson, Gill Hoffs, Claire Ibarra, Joanna Jagoda, Maude Larke, Michael Gillan Maxwell, S.B. Phoenix, Matt Potter, Mark Rosenblum, Shane Simmons, D.M. Simone, Jonathan Slusher, Sharon Louise Stephenson, Thomas Sullivan, Susan Tepper and Diana J. Wynne.
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Is this an app which I see before me?

Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth reimagined for iPad

Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, 30 October 2012 – Cambridge University Press yesterday launched the Explore Shakespeare series at RADA, bringing Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth to life on iPad in the most truly interactive and inspiring version ever made. These unique apps bring the latest technology together with 500 years of dramatic tradition and more than three decades of research and teaching experience. In so doing, they transform the plays for the 21st century while respecting the core values that make them classics.

Released worldwide and available for download on Apple’s App Store, the apps retail at £9.99 each and have been created by the world-famous Cambridge University Press and the BAFTA-nominated developer Agant. The first two titles, Romeo and Juliet: Explore Shakespeare and Macbeth: Explore Shakespeare, let you read, listen and interact with the characters and text. Cambridge University Press’s definitive versions of the text have been beautifully reimagined for iPad, with illuminating visuals, helpful commentary and a compelling audio performance.

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Binghamton, NY
Great time at the Orazio Salati Gallery Friday night on State St. in Binghamton, at a reading organized by Mario Moroni of the Romance Languages department at Binghamton University.  By the time the event began, the gallery was SRO.  An appreciative audience was privileged to hear poetry in Italian, English and the nearly extinct Ahtna language of the diminishing Alaskan tribe recited in the original and in translation by John Smelcer, one of the few surviving speakers of the language, and the only person alive who also reads and writes the language. If you’re wondering, it’s an exhibit of Brian Keeler paintings.
Poet Joe Weil engages with the moderator and event photographer
Mario Moroni (left) & John Smelcer
Salati Gallery Reading
Dennis McMicken
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Angel Spotted in Sao Paolo
Maria Oriente Photo
It could be “The Second Coming” of ART to Brazil. Gersony Silva‘s images remind one instantly of James Ensor (1860-1949) – The Entry of Christ into Brussels in 1888  (1889) [Getty Museum, L.A.).  Notice in Ensor’s title, the number 1888 is used; in numerology the number “8” is the number of God; the title has three “8s” with a one (“1”) in front of the three “8s,” suggesting three Gods in One: The Trinity!!   

Maria Oriente Photo

Eight is a lemniscate, an ancient Egyptian and Aegean symbol for infinity!  As a member of Brussel’s XX, Ensor was well-versed in numerology and other higher forms of mathematics,  In this light, between 1913 and 1930, Albert Einstein frequently visited Baron Ensor during various Brussels’s Solvay Conferences on Physics.  Once, Einstein even helped Ensor to move the enormous The Entry of Christ carrying it through the street in Brussels.

That “event” is comparable to Silva’s current Sao Paulo Articulations and Interventions.  Thus, Silva’s bizarre street-art has a direct relationship to Ensor and Einstein.

Iuri Oriente Photo

“The performance was very good!” said Silva. “I did one in my atelier, and another in Paulista avenue (it was an action). Some people participated and I am happy. On the street I talked about accessibility. I was with black clothes and white wings on the back, so I invited people to pass through the slit of a white tissue written acessibility, freedom, and told them that they could go because there was access there, and that in a lot of places that’s not so. I did that in some places the main avenue in Sao Paulo, where the sidewalk had access to disabled people. Some people were embarrassed, some  passed through tissue. It was amazing!”

Iuri Oriente Photo

Another artist fixated on angels is Ultra Violet – always insisting that she is an angel.  Meanwhile, Gersony Silva has sprouted wings as well. Ultimately, all that can be deduced from Silva’s enigmatic images is that she instantly needs to sojourn in New York or Brussels or Los Angeles for at least a decade, ASAP!!!   Especially because her dramatic images depict an agitated Brazil on the verge of a wild and dangerous ART revolution!!

– Dr. Jose Rodeiro 
Contributing Art Editor
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September 20th from 5-8pm in the Lemmerman Gallery at NJCU. Populous: Exploring the impact of people on the spaces they inhabit. Featuring the work of Kirk Bray and Daniel Brophy Curated by Michelle Mumoli September 20 – October 25 Opening reception: Thursday, September 20th 5-8pm Artist talk: Thursday, October 25th 6pm Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery Hepburn Hall Room 323 2039 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305 Also RSVP at our FaceBook invite:  

Kirk Bray and Daniel Brophy create a thorough artistic dialogue through their work relating to over-crowded landscapes and the residual manifestations of those forces brought on by the people who inhabit those areas.”

*Part of the Jersey City Artist Studio Tour

Curator, Michelle Mumoli – With a background in Film and Media from New Jersey City University, Michelle Mumoli has been curating art events for close to 10 years in the NY Tri-State Area, most recently under the guise of ‘Pop-UP Art’. She was awarded a Newark ArtStart Grant in 2005 for her video production workshops with Newark public school children and in 2007 worked as Associate Producer on a feature length documentary, which premiered to a sold out crowd at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She is now Assistant Director of the Not Yo Mama’s Fair alongside Founder/Artist Megan Gulick and independently curates art exhibitions throughout the New York Tri-State Area.

Arcadia Now Contemporary Art In Country September 13 – October 24, 2012 Artist talk: Saturday, October 13, 4pm Visual Arts Gallery 100 Culver Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07305 Gallery hours: Monday- Friday 11am-5pm and by appointment Special gallery hours: Saturday, October 13, 12-6pm* *Part of the Jersey City Artist Studio Tour Also RSVP at our FaceBook invite:

Arcadia Now invokes the idea of the pastoral past, and combines art in an ensemble vision of what that pastoral idea, or an idyllic place of remove, might look like in the present. Combining photography, painting, sculpture and video, the exhibition addresses issues of nature and human consequence on nature, beauty and banality, and the ideal and the real in both abstract and figurative terms. How do we “see” the country?

Curated by Tom McGlynn This exhibition was originally presented at the Christine Price Gallery of Castleton State College, VT, in April-May 2011.  Visit: for more information. * * * * *


Courtesy of CML:

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For Those Who Have Never Been To War

by DR Goff

I personally am grateful for the media exposure in Vietnam. It was a fucking un-winnable war. Another week of bombing Hanoi only would have killed more civilians. We won every battle I saw. That’s called a Pyrrhic victory. When you win every battle but lose the war. We won everything worth winning in the first six months in Afghanistan. Now 10 years later, we have more suicides in the ranks than KIAs. I wish the media were publishing the real daily effects of rotting bodies, both ours and theirs. The only winners are in the “defense industry.” The reality of war has already been masked by our government. W and now Obama forbid the pix of returning caskets at Andrews AFB. Your heroes W and Cheney never spent a day under fire nor has Black Elvis. Not them or the citizens (calling for more war) have smelled burning, mutilated bodies of our troops, as well as the enemy and children. I have, and so have the poor fuckers being sent back for tour after tour. I say let the media show the reality! Maybe then this fucking war will stop. I believe The Media are a bunch of pussies for not exposing the true cost of war. Just like Vietnam, after we leave, those Taliban assholes will again fuck over the civilians. The only difference will be that we’ve  pissed off another country and given the terrorists more propaganda ammo and made Halliburton and KBR a fortune. I’ve seen this movie before and didn’t buy this or Iraq from the beginning. Fuck War! Fight when you really need to. The military doesn’t necessarily mean defense.

Doug Goff was a wartime photographer in Vietnam.


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Occupy Kassel: Guardians of Time

By Manfred Kielnhofer 

The Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer are issued in the Documenta city Kassel. You can see the mystical sculptures on different public places in the Docuementa city for 100 days. Most of the images were made on Friedrichsplatz in the “Occupy Kassel” camp.  

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WE ARE YOU PROJECT INTERNATIONAL           “National Hispanic Heritage Celebration”

  September 9  to  October 4, 2012   Arts Guild New Jersey   1670 Irving Street Rahway, New Jersey 07065 Telephone:  732-381-7511

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM and is open to all. Admission is Free and light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will take place at Arts Guild New Jersey galleries at 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ.  Developed by We Are You Project, the exhibit reveals both prescient Latino concerns as  well as achievements, which are reflected in paintings, prints, and  mixed-media works by thirty-five prominent, contemporary Hispanic artists. The We Are You Project Website is . Arts Guild New Jersey is a non-profit center for the arts located in the downtown Arts District of Rahway. Arts Guild New Jersey:    or

 DORA SI HUGO, We Are You Artist

CARLOS CHÁVEZ’s Trabajadores de la tierra (top)2011, Oil on canvas, 14″ x 42″, Collection of the artist. HUGO MORALES’s DORA (above), 2010, Digital Image, 24″ x 18″, Collection of The Council on Hispanic Affairs (CHA).

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Art Flyer

Steve Poleskie just posted an edited version of a video recording his experiences as an artflyer in 1984…..a biplane pilot who ‘performed’ public art for anyone on the ground who could look up and see it …. Check out the You Tube Video…

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Poetry, roller blades and music:

'Stutter the Violins'

A short film on the struggle of structure and chaos.

Stutter the Violins‘ is a part of the full length film, The Shock Video. It is a byproduct of The Apple Juice, the epic poem of rollerblading. The Apple Juice is dedicated to Sean Cullen, creative of the infamous ‘The Apple’ film series and mastermind of NRICLOTH. The musical component of ‘Stutter the Violins’ has been featured in NO!R NEW  YORK‘s Ceremony of Innocence, December 2011. Love and a taste of The Apple Juice to BLK DNM, KOEK NYC, & I Roll NY.

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Suited with Steve, at Baikanor

Thumbs Up

A letter from U.S. Astronaut Sunita Williams

in anticipation of her next launch

from the Baikanor station

Hi, We arrived in Baikanor yesterday!  We are here two weeks early to check out our spacecraft and be in quarantine. Leaving AGAIN was difficult… life has been full of “maybe lasts” for me these last months… leaving Houston and Mike, leaving Boston, mom, dad, Dina, Gorby, Elsie and Thomas, and this last time leaving Star City and all my family there.  Sort of emotional, but I know I will see all these friends again! Change is good and means something else fun is around the corner.  Specifically, here in Baikanor we have been doing the fun things you see in the pictures above.  But first we were met by a group of kids at the airport sporting gold pompons – not sure what all that was about?!?  But certainly memorable.  Yesterday essentially all we had was dinner and a couple of review sessions about what we were going to do today at the suit up building, no. 254. Today we actually got in our space suits and in our space craft.   It is the last time we will see it without it’s protective covering until launch.  Next time we see it, she will be under her “glavni opticatal” so we won’t see her outsides until after we dock. “Suited with Steve” is me and my flight doc in the suit up room.  Check out our cool Nancy Sinatra boots! “Space Kennel” is us walking to the spacecraft with our little air conditioners.  Some people thought that was a lunchbox or a little travel kennel for Gorby.  Unfortunately it is only some additional air conditioning. “Outside the ship” is our crew before we got in for our “fit check”  Yes we FIT!!! “No-no squished” is our crew inside the vehicle from one of the 2 exterior windows in out descent compartment.  You can’t see Aki and can barely see Yuri.  I am farthest away so you can see me.  Close quarters but actually pretty comfortable! Some quick impressions were again, everything seems like a last for me.  Not sure why, but surely this time is different from being a backup. Saw some wild horses in the plains on our way to the suit up building – certainly is the wild, wild east out here. I feel really comfortable in my suit and in the spacecraft.  Maybe it is the test pilot in me that makes all this stuff seem very natural.  What is un-natural and uncomfortable for me still is talking to the many people and the press.  For some reason I get sort of chocked up.  Flying spacecraft is easier for me… Happy 4th of July everyone!!!!  Tomorrow is actually our flag raising ceremony.  I can’t think of a better place to be on this day for this event.  Tom Marshburn (our backup American) and I will raise the American flag here at the cosmonaut hotel.  Aki of course will raise the Japanese flag, Yuri and Roman will raise the Russian flag and Chris Hadfield will raise the Kazakh flag this time around, since he is backup.  Next time when he is prime he will raise his native Canadian flag. There is always a Kazakh flag raised here as we are in their country. Looking forward to it and will send more pictures! Take care, Suni (Letter and photos provided courtesy of Janez Vlachy, Slovenia.)

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Comfest 2012

Sci Fi meets Teen Fiction

Teen Fiction was working the crowd at Comfest 2012, when Columbus’ answer to Iron Man shows up. So who was the crowd favorite? (Harry Farkas Photo)

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From June 2 to October 21, The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento presents a major retrospective exhibition of works by acclaimed Pop Artist and Neo-neosurrealist Mel Ramos entitled MEL RAMOS: 50 YEARS OF SUPERHEROES, NUDES, AND OTHER POP DELIGHTS.   In this comprehensive and thorough Crocker Museum show, along with many sensational 2-D pieces on display; there are extraordinary, gorgeous, and amusing polychrome resin figurative-sculptures, depicting ravishing nude women juxtaposed with enormous commercial-products as props.

These intriguing and engrossing sculptures meet all of the criteria Marcel Duchamp set for “semi-readymades.”  For instance, a prime example of a semi-readymade is Duchamp’s Étant donnés (or “The Spanish Door”) wherein the nude figure of Alexina Teeny Matisse lies spreadeagle in a marsh holding-up a gas-lamp by a watermill within this ultimate semi-readymade Étant donnés: 1. La chute d’eau, 2. Le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas), 1944-1966.  In this Duchampian light, art historically, Ramos’s innovative, daring, and alluring 3-D female nude figures  belong within the cache or cohort of radical Postmodern  ground-breaking neo-neoclassical figurative sculptural trendsetters, such as Allen Jones, John De Andrea, Frank Gallo, Carole A. Feuerman, Jeff Koons, Yasumasa Morimura and other leading figurative-artists.

The Crocker Museum show is available for viewing from Tuesday through Sunday (10 am to 5 pm) except Thursdays when the museum remains open until 9 pm.  Simultaneous with The Crocker Museum show is a display of scores of his famed prints at Archival Gallery, 3223 Folsom Blvd.(Sacramento) that runs through July.

Concurrent with these two shows is the exhibit at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, which was just reviewed in the May-June 2012 issue of RAGAZINE (Volume 8, Number 3) in an article titled PAY IT FORWARD, pertaining to a joint exhibition that featured Ramos and his former student the Mexican-American painter Gabriel Navar.  Also, in that same issue of RAGAZINE (Vol. 8 – #3) is a short interview with Ramos conducted by Navar.

The Crocker Art Museum  216 O Street Sacramento, CA 95814 916.808.7000

* * * * * At Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba Jinsing Productions’ ingenious and powerful film is the first 21st Century documentation of politically-charged Pro-Latino activist poetry: Latino advocacy-poetry We Are You Project reading on You Tube  Click. * * * * * A Corner in Bushwick



Brazilian artist Priscila De Carvalho  took part getting ready for the Bushwick art festival by painting a mural on the wall of a building at Troutman and Nicholas in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. While it was a work-in-progress when these photos were taken, the paint is most likely long-dry… have a look.

* * * * * Congratulations to Miya Ando, recipient of a 2012 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award! * * * * * Christie Devereaux

See more Devereaux work at:

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Maile Colbert

If you’re in San Francisco, join Maile for the Activating the Medium Festival, Dark Ecology, where she’s premiering her project Come Kingdom Come, with a video including haunting photography using a special drying technique by Olivia Block, and footage of movement artist Rafaela Salvador intertwined and effected in sync with the audio thanks to the amazing SpectralGl and artist Jesse Gilbert. (

Sunday, April 29, 2012
Andrea Polli (Albuquerque)
Andrea Williams (Oakland)
3pm : soundwalks : San Francisco : $10 
The Lab
2948 16th Street : San Francisco


San Francisco Art Institute : Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut Street : San Francisco

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Talking to Mahmood, Conversation with Fr. Dan Dwyer
SCTV Channel 17, You Tube: Talking to Mahmood

Talking to Mahmood Spend half an hour with Sienna College professor Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, as he conducts interviews with modern day thinkers on global ideas and events that matter. You Tube

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Bill Lavendar posted a link to Charles Bernstein’s essay on Facebook. The copyright permission at the bottom was an invitation to reprint it here …. Thanks to Bill. Thanks to Charles.

Against National

Poetry Month

As Such


by Charles Bernstein Author of My Way: Speeches and Poems

And they say If I would just sing lighter songs Better for me would it be, But not is this truthful; For sense remote Adduces worth and gives it Even if ignorant reading impairs it; But it’s my creed That these songs yield No value at the commencing Only later, when one earns it. —translated from Giraut de Bornelh (12th century) April is the cruelest month for poetry. As part of the spring ritual of National Poetry Month, poets are symbolically dragged into the public square in order to be humiliated with the claim that their product has not achieved sufficient market penetration and must be revived by the Artificial Resuscitation Foundation (ARF) lest the art form collapse from its own incompetence, irrelevance, and as a result of the general disinterest among the broad masses of the American People. The motto of ARF’s National Poetry Month is: “Poetry’s not so bad, really.” National Poetry Month is sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, an organization that uses its mainstream status to exclude from its promotional activities much of the formally innovative and “otherstream” poetries that form the inchoate heart of the art of poetry. The Academy’s activities on behalf of National Poetry Month tend to focus on the most conventional of contemporary poetry; perhaps a more accurate name for the project might be National Mainstream Poetry Month. Then perhaps we could designate August as National Unpopular Poetry Month. Through its “safe poetry” free verse distribution program, the American Academy of Poetry’s major initiative for National Poetry Month is to give away millions of generic “poetry books” to random folks throughout the country. This program is intended to promote safe reading experiences and is based on ARF’s founding principle that safe poetry is the best prophylactic against aesthetic experience. Free poetry is never free, nor is free verse without patterns. Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Only an auctioneer admires all schools of art.” National Poetry month professes to an undifferentiated promotion for “all” poetry, as if supporting all poetry, any more than supporting all politics, you could support any. National Poetry Month is about making poetry safe for readers by promoting examples of the art form at its most bland and its most morally “positive.” The message is: Poetry is good for you. But, unfortunately, promoting poetry as if it were an “easy listening” station just reinforces the idea that poetry is culturally irrelevant and has done a disservice not only to poetry deemed too controversial or difficult to promote but also to the poetry it puts forward in this way. “Accessibility” has become a kind of Moral Imperative based on the condescending notion that readers are intellectually challenged, and mustn’t be presented with anything but Safe Poetry. As if poetry will turn people off to poetry. Poetry: Readers Wanted. The kind of poetry I want is not a happy art with uplifting messages and easy to understand emotions. I want a poetry that’s bad for you. Certainly not the kind of poetry that Volkswagen would be comfortable about putting in every new car it sells, which, believe it or not, is a 1999 feature of the Academy’s National Poetry Month program. The most desirable aim of the Academy’s National Poetry Month is to increase the sales of poetry books. But when I scan some of the principal corporate sponsors of the program of the past several years, I can’t help noting (actually I can but I prefer not to) that some are among the major institutions that work actively against the wider distribution of poetry. The large chain bookstores are no friends to the small presses and independent bookstores that are the principal supporters of all types of American poetry: they have driven many independents out of business and made it more difficult for most small presses (the site of the vast majority of poetry publishing) to get their books into retail outlets, since by and large these presses are excluded from the large chains. I also note this year that The New York Times is a major sponsor of National Poetry Month; but if the Times would take seriously the task of reviewing poetry books and readings, it would be doing a far greater service to poetry than advertising its support for National Poetry Month. The whole thing strikes me as analogous to cigarette makers sponsoring a free emphysema clinic. Indeed, part of the purpose of the Academy’s National Poetry Month appears to be to advertise National Poetry Month and its sponsors—thus, the Academy has taken out a series of newspapers ads that mention no poets and no poems but rather announce the existence of National Poetry Month with a prominent listing of its backers, who appear, in the end, to be sponsoring themselves. The path taken by the Academy’s National Poetry Month, and by such foundations as Lannan and the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund, have been misguided because these organizations have decided to promote not poetry but the idea of poetry, and the idea of poetry too often has meant almost no poetry at all. Time and time again we hear the official spokespersons tell us they want to support projects that give speedy and efficient access to poetry and that the biggest obstacle to this access is, indeed, poetry, which may not provide the kind of easy reading required by such mandates. The solution: find poetry that most closely resembles the fast and easy reading experiences of most Americans under the slogans—Away with Difficulty! Make Poetry Palatable for the People! I think particularly of the five-year plan launched under the waving banners of Disguise the Acid Taste of the Aesthetic with NutriSweet Coating, which emphasized producing poetry in short sound bites, with MTV-type images to accompany them, so the People will not even know they are getting poetry. This is the genius of the new Literary Access programs: the more you dilute art, the more you appear to increase the access. But access to what? Not to anything that would give a reader or listener any strong sense that poetry matters, but rather access to a watered down version that lacks the cultural edge and the aesthetic sharpness of the best popular and mass culture. The only reason that poetry matters is that is has something different to offer, something slower on the uptake, maybe, but more intense for all that, and also something necessarily smaller in scale in terms of audience. Not better than mass culture but a crucial alternative to it.

The reinvention, the making of a poetry for our time, is the only thing that makes poetry matter. And that means, literally, making poetry matter, that is making poetry that intensifies the matter or materiality of poetry—acoustic, visual, syntactic, semantic. Poetry is very much alive when it finds ways of doing things in a media-saturated environment that only poetry can do, but very much dead when it just retreads the same old same old.

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As an alternative to National Poetry Month, I propose that we have an International Anti-Poetry month. As part of the activities, all verse in public places will be covered over—from the Statue of Liberty to the friezes on many of our government buildings. Poetry will be removed from radio and TV (just as it is during the other eleven months of the year). Parents will be asked not to read Mother Goose and other rimes to their children but only … fiction. Religious institutions will have to forego reading verse passages from the liturgy and only prose translations of the Bible will recited, with hymns strictly banned. Ministers in the Black churches will be kindly requested to stop preaching. Cats will be closed for the month by order of the Anti-Poetry Commission. Poetry readings will be replaced by self-help lectures. Love letters will have to be written only in expository paragraphs. Baseball will have to start its spring training in May. No vocal music will be played on the radio or sung in the concert halls. Children will have to stop playing all slapping and counting and singing games and stick to board games and football. As part of the campaign, the major daily newspapers will run full page ads with this text:

Go ahead, don’t read any poetry.

You won’t be able to understand it anyway: the best stuff is all over your head. And there aren’t even any commercials to liven up the action. Anyway, you’ll end up with a headache trying to figure out what the poems are saying because they are saying NOTHING. Who needs that. Better go to the movies.

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Charles Bernstein My Way: Speeches and Poems ©1999, 334 pages Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 978-0-226-04409-5 Paper $18.00 ISBN: 978-0-226-04410-1 Copyright notice: ©1999 by Charles Bernstein. This text appears on the University of Chicago Press website by permission of the author. This text may be used and shared in accordance with the fair-use provisions of U.S. and international copyright law and agreements, and it may be archived and redistributed in electronic form, provided that this entire notice, including copyright information, is carried and provided that Charles Bernstein and the University of Chicago Press are notified and no fee is charged for access. Archiving, redistribution, or republication of this text on other terms, in any medium, requires the consent of Charles Bernstein.

From our friends in Bucharest: ___________________ 
At the launching of the CHM Anthology in Bucharest, April 7, 2012:
Left: Actress Lidia Lazu (National Theatrum in Bucharest) presents poems published in the second Anthology; Right: Edith Uncu, translator for the Greek language, reads messages from CHM’s international contributors, including Prof. Don Riggs from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and poet Oscar Hahn from Santiago de Chile.

Daniel Dragomirescu, center, poet and actress Lidia Lazu (left); poet Tatiana Radulescu, contributor of CHM (behind Dragomirescu); poet Victoria Milescu (right), and two unidentified participants at the Launch. The group is seeking donations for their efforts to expand CHM’s multicultural literary programs. Multicultural Project, Dragomirescu Daniel-Florian, Str. N. Balcescu, no 77, bl 77, sc B, et 4, ap 32, 730131 VASLUI, ROMANIA / EUROPEAN UNION


Amy Tan On abuse … 

I am shaped by three generations of sexual abuse, but I am not victim to it. My grandmother, a widow with two children, was raped by a rich man and forced to become his 3rd concubine. Shortly after the baby from that rape was born, she killed herself. My mother's first husband would not allow her to leave the marriage. He raped her at gunpoint and had her jailed for running away. In the years before she could leave him, she had three abortions, Meanwhile, he raped school girls. When I was 15, I was counseled by a youth minister for reading Catcher in the Rye. He threw me on the bed and molested me, then said that I shouldn't read dirty books because it would make people believe I had a dirty mind. In my early 20s, when I was very ill, a gynecologist sexually abused me, and when the nurse walked in, shocked, she left when the doctor told her to. How could I accuse a youth minister who would say I had a dirty mind? How could I accuse a doctor who would say his abuse was normal medical procedure? The epilogue: The youth minister ran off with a teenager and when he returned with her, he was not charged with pedophilia or statutory rape. He simply lost his job. The gynecologist's long history of sexual abuse led one woman's husband to blow up his boat with him in it. He survived and eventually lost his job, then went to work as a doctor at a live porn theater. What has all of this done to me psychologically? I am not suicidal like my grandmother was. I don't live in constant rage as my mother did. But I do have hair-trigger reactions to religious self-righteousness that would decide whether a woman has a dirty mind in her own bedroom, that would force a woman to be vaginally probed --humiliated and punished--before she is permitted to have an abortion, even for rape. These mad men want to take us back to the days of my grandmother and mother, when women had no say. I write stories to give my grandmother and mother their say. "Tell the whole world," my mother said when I told her what I was writing. "All these years, no one knew what we suffered," she said, crying. "Tell the world what happened to us." I am joining millions who will vote, not just for Barack Obama, but with force and unity against the megalomaniacs who get off imagining what women do and should do in bed.

Reprinted in Ragazine with permission of the author.


Eric Marlow's Nest Egg, Photo by Charlie Einhorn, Innerart

Eric Marlo’s Recycled Chicken

Make Nice

My friend Eric Marlow created this Finger Lickin’ Good chicken out of recycled plastic ice-cream tasting spoons, drinking straws and a few plastic forks to shape the wings. An egg pops out of a hidden compartment below. For the past three decades, Eric has been creating art made from scrap he recycles, and he teaches that in numerous schools around the state. Check out more of Eric’s sculptures and jewelry, as well as the magnificent giant fiber flowers made by Gail Larned, his wife and partner, at:

Posted by Charlie Einhorn, Innerart, Columbus, Ohio



Ellen Jantzen at Spiritus Gallery

Point and Shoot at 70 MPH

Point & Shoot at 70 MPH were taken on a 6000 mile road trip from Missouri to California and back using a point and shoot camera. Ellen has captured the landscape while traveling at high speeds resulting in images that give you the feeling of motion and change.

More of the series and other good work at:

 Susan Spiritus Gallery


Lifted from Tamo Noonan’s facebook page … who lifted it from somewhere else …. who had the good sense to share it …..

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Time/December 2011, & Ragazine/October 2011


Bye-bye Freedom …

Where’s the Outrage?

If you’re more concerned about would-be terrorists than the existence of real freedoms, then you probably think the National Defense Authorization Bill going to Obama for his signature is going to put in place mechanisms to protect us from unimaginable threats. But now hear this: that brazen attempt to control Americans and limit individual freedom with the threat of mind control is no less than HUAC, Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, the Greek Military occupation, the North Korean super-leader mythos, 1984, Brave New World and Guantanamo wrapped into one. The greatest nation on earth imposing an order that would allow unlimited control of thought and action is completely against the so-called American Way, which is driving more and more citizens to their own extremes, left, right and center. If you oppose this limitation on your rights, if you don’t go along with the idea that your Congressmen, President and Military Leaders know more than YOU, Your Neighbor, Your Friends & Family, then speak out…. there’s something happening here, and it really isn’t good.

Read more at:

November 6, 2011, Zuccotti Park, NYC

Beautiful day for a protest. First time there. Surprised at how small the park really is. Remember The Mouse That Roared. This ragtag band of protesters takes the world stage. A half block away a platoon of cops with their mobile command post stands guard 24/7. It’s ominous. Many of the bedgraggled appear to have found a home after moving south from the streets of the East Village, which doesn’t make their argument less — or more — valid.


Zuccotti Park 11-6-11

A walk through the narrow aisles reveals signs of an earnest rebellion. Hand drawn, hand painted, craftspeople finding common ground. A friend in the neighborhood said she hasn’t been there yet, but wishes she could stand with them. Don’t know why she can’t, even for a few minutes on a day like this when the people and the press and police mingle momentarily at the foot of the island where a band of patriots have declared their independence. Let’s hope by the time you read this there’s still time.


DUMBO ARTS FEST, October 2011


Dumbo Arts Fest 10-11

Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass: take the A Train to High Street or find some other way. Get up early and avoid the crowds. Too much like a carnival after that, but early on there’s plenty to see, gallery space to gallery space, crib to crib, rolloff to rolloff. As for the Brooklyn Bridge, the crew making repairs is doing Cristo proud.


 SEPTEMBER 25, 2011  It's inevitable...

DON RUBEN Don Ruben, long time Ragazine supporter, contributor, and most importantly a personal friend of 40 years, passed away Sept. 15 after an 8-month battle with cancer. He fought to the end, interviewing Tamar Todd from the Drug Policy Alliance (interview is in Ragazine Vol 7 No 5 online now), before a serious relapse from which he never recovered. I last visited Don on June 4 with DR Goff at DR’s 64th b’day in Columbus. He was recovering from some serious radiation and chemo therapy and, while suffering measurably, continued working, with the assistance of his long-time partner Lelia Cady, to survive. He will certainly be missed by the hundreds of people he defended, most of them successfully, and the hundreds — or more likely thousands — more he knew and befriended.

The more bad news: Floods. Thoughts are with those affected by the recent flooding throughout the northeast, especially for what was lost and cannot be regained. The good news:  Politics editor Jim Palombo is on his way to Rhodes Forum 2011 in large part on behalf of Ragazine. If you would like to know more about, or comment on, the “Dialogue of Civilizations,” or the Campaign for an Informed Citizenry,, feel free to get in touch with Jim…


For New York Fashion Week, fashion photographer Gabrielle Revere captured top model Karlie Kloss, for a LIFE Magazine Special issue that was to be handed out at Lincoln Center 9/9/11. Want to know more?



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