The artist Rose Wylie came of age in austere postwar England, a member of the so-called Silent Generation, but she doesn’t quite fit the mold. While she leads a relatively frugal and hermetic life that exemplifies the resourcefulness her contemporaries are known for, silent she is not. At 86, Wylie paints freewheeling pictures, often with words loosely scrawled across them, that are gloriously big and crude, and full of a certain dry British humor that sends up any whiff of orthodoxy or pretension. Tudor kings and queens cavort cartoonishly across 16-foot-wide, unprimed canvases. Disembodied mouths chomp through exploding cookies. Celebrities, cinematic characters and figures from commercials often appear: stars from Quentin Tarantino films with hulking shoulders and slender legs; Lolita-like blondes in sunglasses; Serena Williams hammering a tennis ball into the air. Nothing is off limits. “I don’t like constraints,” says Wylie. “I’m hugely open to options and possibilities.” … [Read more...] about The Unstoppable Rose Wylie
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THERE’S AN ART to imposture. It’s the how they did it, I think, rather than the self-evident why, that keeps us fascinated by tales of con artists and “visionaries,” the gurus and hucksters, schemers and dreamers, the online dating scammers — all of our 21st-century buccaneers of society, politics and commerce. From the small-time grifters like Anna Sorokin , who adopted the last name Delvey to masquerade in downtown New York circles as a European heiress for four years before she was convicted of second-degree grand larceny in 2019, to the murderous faux WASP “ Clark Rockefeller, ” as the serial impostor Christian Gerhartsreiter was known until his clubby life was upended by kidnapping charges in 2008, all impostors come equipped with a tall tale and a look to match. In Sorokin’s case, it seemed to be largely about the chunky Celine glasses, code for jolie-laide cool; in Gerhartsreiter’s, it was the Lacoste shirts and East Coast lockjaw copied from the millionaire character on … [Read more...] about How ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Foretold Our Era of Grifting
Ties. Dozens of patterns, colors and fabrics — discounts on 300 different styles. That’s what Nordstrom had planned for its big sale last July. The company had worked with trend forecasters and talked with designers, but history was its best guide. Based on previous sales, the retailer was confident that shoppers would be seeking out deals on office wear like ties, dresses, heels and handbags. By the end of February, it had ordered everything it planned to sell at the event. Months later, the world had rearranged itself in a way no trend forecasters could have predicted. The summer sale was pushed to August and had just 15 types of ties. (People did still sometimes dress up for Zoom calls.) “There was nothing for staying home and working remote,” Teri Bariquit, Nordstrom’s chief merchandising officer, said in an interview. The retailer threw itself into tracking terms that newly isolated customers were searching for on its website and on Google (“cozy” and “slippers” among … [Read more...] about What Are We Going to Wear?
Synopsis "One take-away that I have from (West) Bengal and Assam (Assembly elections) is: You should never, never accept that you are too small, you are too weak and that you can''t make it big in a particular region or State", he told P T I in an interview on Monday. Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid wants his party to think big like the BJP , and refuse to accept "pessimistic view" that the outfit has now become too small, weak and cannot regain its lost ground. "One take-away that I have from (West) Bengal and Assam ( Assembly elections ) is: You should never, never accept that you are too small, you are too weak and that you can''t make it big in a particular region or State", he told P T I in an interview on Monday. "I think, BJP has done that (think-big strategy) where they had no existence at all. They tried to do it in other places where they still don''t have any existence," Khurshid said. The Congress, the former Union Minister insisted, should … [Read more...] about We have to think big like BJP to succeed, says Congress leader Salman Khurshid
close Video Media clash on voting rights As Biden aggressively pushes bill. Partisan, political, designed to inflame. That’s what Merrick Garland’s recent speech on voting rights was. It certainly was not objective, measured and deliberate – the kind of speech you expect from an attorney general . What’s worse, his central assertion – that state efforts to improve the integrity of the election process will make it "harder" for eligible citizens to vote – is demonstrably false. Garland’s speech started to go off the rails when he talked about the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which he said "drastically weakened" voting rights protections. It did not. REP. VIRGINIA FOXX: HOW TO FIGHT CRITICAL RACE THEORY, OTHER DUBIOUS IDEOLOGIES AND END STUDENT INDOCTRINATION That decision left untouched the most important parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, including Section 2 – a permanent, nationwide ban on racial … [Read more...] about Hans von Spakovsky: Merrick Garland’s misleading voting claims – what AG gets wrong about US elections