Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964 @ De Young Museum

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San Francisco in 1964 was probably a very interesting place to be. GOP conventions, the Beatles, growing city, and Arthur Tress was there to capture it. Right now at the de Young Museum in SF, there is a great exhibition on display titled Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964.

In the summer of 1964, San Francisco was ground zero for an historic culture clash as the site of the 28th Republican National Convention and the launch of the Beatles’ first North American tour. In the midst of the excitement, a young photographer new to the city was snapping pictures not of the politicians or musicians but of the people in the crowds and on the streets. Arthur Tress, an accomplished American photographer, made more than nine hundred negatives in San Francisco during the spring and summer of 1964—among his earliest documentary work. Exulting in juxtapositions of the mundane and the absurd, Tress captured the chaos of civil rights demonstrations and political rallies, the idiosyncratic moments of San Francisco’s locals, the peculiar contents of shop windows, a miscellany of odd signs and much more.

Tress developed and printed his black-and-white negatives in a communal darkroom in the city’s Castro district before departing San Francisco in the fall of 1964. The vintage prints were packed away in his sister’s house, coming to light again only in 2009. The rediscovery of this forgotten body of work inspired the photographer to revisit his early negatives, and Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964 is the delightful outcome.

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Kim Jong-Il had “Dear Leader” embroidered on his bowling shirt and bowled a 300

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And that 300 was done at Pyongyang Lanes, and that information was given to us and the NY Times by North Korea’s state run media. So it has to be true. And as the Times so eloquently notes of Kim, he was an “international man of mystery who loved movies, kidnapped the occasional South Korean actress and reportedly could change the weather with his mood.” Who wants to party?

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Supreme and Levi’s Team Up for a micro collection

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Each collection that Supreme puts out, they do about one or two collaborations that make a very good deal of sense. Adam Kimmel suits were a good call, Thom Browne chambrays were great (we even picked one of those up), the North Face collabs keep coming, and the Vans stuff always looks nice. We figured at some point, with Levi’s being all over the place these days culturally and fashionly, that these two would team up. For Fall/Winter 2011, you are seeing some nice Americana with Japanese influence looks, with a Supreme Edition of the classic Levi’s 505 Zip-Fly Jean, a Chambray Work Shirt, a Trucker Jacket in Leather and Suede, a Denim Down Vest, and a Denim Bell Hat. All products are Made In The U.S.A., which Supreme doesn’t normally do.

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What North Korea looks like

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We are all really fascinated about what really happens in North Korea. VICE’s amazing travel report from the secretive nation was brilliant, compelling comedic theater, and now comes Charlie Cranes’ series of photographs from the NK capital, Pyongyang. These are just a few photos from a series by the UK-based photographer.

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Listen to Jamie xx’s remix of Radiohead “Bloom”

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This one is going loud in the office right now. Mr Jamie xx of The xx remixed Radiohead’s headtrip lead track of TKOL “Bloom.” He played it during his two-hour BBC Essential Mix Saturday night… you have to listen to about 2 hours of music here, but you can just fast-forward to the end to hear it in full. The track will appear on the Radiohead remix collection TKOL RMX 1234567, out October 10 in the UK and October 11 in North America. (via pitchfork).

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Flights of Genius featuring Stephen “ESPO” Powers

“Ogilvy & Mather New York and Joshua Liner Gallery unveil a series of commissioned murals by celebrated artist Stephen Powers that reinterpret the words and quotes of agency founder David Ogilvy.

Power’s bold graphic style, reminiscent of vintage advertising illustrations puts a unique emphasis on famous Ogilvy sayings and transforms them into actionable words designed to inspire the viewer. Painted in bright colors on the North stairwell of the agency’s headquarters office, the murals run from the first to the 11th floor of the office building.”

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New San and Escif in Death Valley and info on their show

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As we announced on the site the other day, Spanish street and fine artists, San and Escif, have been traveling with Upper Playground all around the West Coast, painting along the way, finding inspiration, and building a body of work that will be on display at our San Francisco gallery, FIFTY24SF, starting on June 30, 2011. They just sent us two images of a piece they finished in Death Valley, California.

Below, you can read our general announcement about the show, and a few words from both Escif and San about what the show will comprise of, and what their thinking is on the Upper Playground “See You in Croatan” road tour.

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We were taught in elementary school that the first settlements in North America failed; the colonists disappeared, leaving behind them only the cryptic message “Gone to Croatan”. The very first colony in the New World chose to renounce its contract with the Empire and go over to the Wild Men. They dropped out. They became ‘Indians,’ ‘went native,’ opted for chaos over the appalling miseries of serfing for the plutocrats and intellectuals of London” – TAZ, Hakim Bey

SAN FRANCISCO, CA [6.13.11] — FIFTY24SF Gallery presents “See you in Croatan” a road show by San & Escif opening on June 30th, 2011.

“See you in Croatan” is an experimental research project which will cross the lives and experiences of two friends in a random road trip across the west coast of the United States. As far away as possible from doctrines, imperialisms and linear reasoning. Searching for beauty in errors and fortuitous tools. Working with intuition and hazard; trying to light relations, transitions and processes; working with research as the way itself; understanding chaos as an ideal space for creation.

From Escif:

I’ve spent a few days thinking about the project, and about the way we are approaching it. The idea of generating a third language seems like it’s not working very well, at least not in a practical way.  Certainly it is a path that should become stronger during the journey, but so far it has seemed to be more of an impediment than the correct path. We already knew that teamwork is very complex, but I think it is a lot harder when the roles on the team are not well established. Because then the fight between the two egos grow to see who is the one directing the movie (I´m thinking out loud) and its something that gets more complex when the two directors (you and I) have such different ways of working.

From San:

I completely understand what you say. I think we have to be practical, although we both like to navigate riskier terrain than we normally would on our own. Team work is hard, and even more so when obsessive perfectionists like us work together, each with our own story, but it is what it is. When I made the two drawings that I sent you, I always thought that what I was doing was twisting my work a little bit to get closer to a new “skin”, not so much trying to invent a third language. I think that´s exactly where the focus of the expo should be, in making an effort to get out of our safe zone and dig into something a little less personal, but using our powers, of course…

San and Escif’s Road Show blog: http://elterceroencuestion.blogspot.com/

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Sixties Saturday: Bob Dylan “Girl From the North Country”

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There may not be a more intimate, or beautiful song in the Bob Dylan canon, and it came from 1963 and The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan with “Girl From the North Country.” Even if doesn’t mean one thing from the lyrics, and it just a story from the wind, Dylan never sounded more sincere.

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