Lanvin: I Love You

August 19, 2014 @ RizzoliNewYork & WWD

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Welcome to the fantastical displays of Alber Elbaz, the subject of a hardcover Rizzoli tome due out in October. Titled “Lanvin: I Love You,” the 260-page book features 200 color photos of window displays, many at the Lanvin flagship in Paris on the Rue du Faubourg-Saint Honoré, and other installations done for various press events.

“When I do windows, I don’t start with a red dress or a white coat, I begin with a dream, with a story, and with a sketch,” designer Alber Elbaz writes in the foreword. “Windows are the most direct way to communicate with people.”

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Tree ~ Paul McCarthy

October 17, 2014 @ DangerousMinds

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A giant inflatable Christmas tree.

McCarthy specifically designed “Tree” for the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain  or the contemporary art fair being held in Paris between the 23rd and 26th October.

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October 19, 2014 @ DangerousMinds

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Controversial Christmas Tree deflated by vandals …

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Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau ~ A. Boogert

May 6, 2014 @ ThisIsColossal

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In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time.

The entire book is viewable in high resolution here, and you can read a description of it here (it appears E-Corpus might have crashed for the moment). The book is currently kept at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France. (via Erik Kwakkel)

Red Terror. White Terror

September 26, 2013 @ Wikipedia

The Red Terror in Soviet Russia refers to a campaign of mass killings, torture, and systematic oppression conducted by the Bolsheviks after seizing power in Petrograd and Moscow. In Soviet historiography, the Red Terror is described as having been officially announced on 2 September 1918 by Yakov Sverdlov and ended about October 1918. However, many historians, beginning with Sergei Melgunov, apply this term to political repression during the whole period of the Russian Civil War, 1918–1922. The mass repressions were conducted by the Cheka (the Bolshevik secret police), together with elements of the Bolshevik military intelligence agency (the GRU).

The term “Red Terror” was originally used to describe the last six weeks of the “Reign of Terror” of the French Revolution, ending on 28 July 1794 with the execution of Maximilien Robespierre, to distinguish it from the subsequent First White Terror.

The first White Terror was started by a group in the south of France calling themselves The Companions of Jehu. They planned a double uprising to coincide with invasions by Great Britain in the west and Austria in the east. The movement was crushed by Lazare Hoche at Quiberon, 21 July 1795.

The White Terror took place in 1795, during the period known as the Thermidorian Reaction, in the aftermath of the Reign of Terror. It was organized by reactionary “Chouan” royalist forces, and was targeted at the radical Jacobins and anyone suspected of supporting them. Throughout France, both real and suspected Jacobins were attacked and often murdered. These “bands of Jesus” dragged suspected terrorists from prisons and murdered them much as alleged royalists had been murdered during the September Massacres of 1792. Just like during the Reign of Terror, trials were held with little regard for due process. In Paris, the Muscadins, gangs of dandyish youths roamed the streets attacking Jacobins and sans-culottes.