Passport Smiles visited the exhibit at The Frist Center of Chuck Close Prints, Process and Collaboration. (The photos of Kate and Brad were not featured...I just like them).
It ran from June 26- Septemeber 13, 2009, and Passport Smiles decided to show up on the last weekend after she had spent way to much time at Urban Outfitters, leaving only one hour to see the genius of Chuck Close and his collaborators. The process to make his prints was revealed to be extremely and painfully slow and meticulous. Passport Smiles was astonished, and, although she has always liked Chuck Close since she saw one of his painting in NYC, this gave her an even deeper appreciation. She also loves his raw, exposing-all-flaws-and- beauty-photography. Brad Pitt seems to agree, as he hand- picked Close to do the shoot for W. The photo of Kate Moss was also taken for the September 2003 issue of W.
This picture below of Lucas/ Rug was a work featured at The Frist. And, yes, it was a rug! Passport Smiles found it both mystifying and horrifying. The colors, rhythm, and movements makes Lucas look like a one of those crazy, evil Russians featured in movies. Perhaps, The Saint? Not really sure, but whatever it is, the madness of it all made it one of Passport's favorite.
The title of this blog originates from Joni Mitchell's "People's Parties": "They've got stamps of many countries/ They've got passport smiles." In sum, this blog is dedicated to musings on Travel, culture, art and fashion. Take off your coat. Make a cup of tea. Stay for a while.