Unlike Facebook, Instagram Provides Major Platform For Frank Talk About Public Breastfeeding

candice swanepoel-breastfeeding-122916-.png

Unlike Facebook, Instagram Provides Major Platform For Frank Talk About Public Breastfeeding

Multiple celebrities like new mom Candice Swanepoel are using Instagram to launch a major discussion around the public shaming of discreet breastfeeding moms in America. And a new image from app from Pics Art comes to the rescue, taking the 'brelfie' to a new level by creating 'tree of life' pictures of mom and child. 

breastfeeding-selfie-app-today-161220-06_d72c24d8686e139673bdcbe68a8522eb.today-inline-large.jpg

Second Fez International Artists Gathering Explores Art's Role In Times of Crisis

The 2017 gathering from January 12-14 in Fez, Morocco includes a group exhibition and conference panels exploring more typical topics like 'photography and documentary films' or 'art in education' but also a more timely one like 'art, islam, and extremism'. 

Pascual Jordan, of Werkstatt Galerie in Berlin, and photographer Evi Blink, who participated in last year’s edition as a panelist, after undertaking a photographic research project on Moroccan women, will curate the group exhibition. The duo work closely with Omar Chennafi, founder of the event.

The 14 artists come from Morocco, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the US, each of them dealing with themes of political or personal crisis in their work. The curators explain: "We open this exhibition for an existential discourse about identity, poverty, war, freedom, and art." via ArtNet

Trump Honored In China As Gilded, Giant Rooster Statue; Will A Golden Goose Statue Come To Wall Street?

We don't follow Donald Trump on Twitter, so there's no word on whether or not the president-elect believes that the giant rooster sculpture outside a shopping mall in Taiyuan, China accurately captures all his self-perceived grandeur. The 23-ft statue celebrates the upcoming Year of the Rooster in the Chinese lunar calendar.

Everyday Chinese citizens believe that the Trump rooster helps to lighten up tensions between China and America, as expressed at major rallies by Donald Trump throughout the presidential campaign.

The New York Times writes:

Global Times, a state-run tabloid, said on Tuesday that onlookers in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi Province, had praised the statue as a “perfect blend of Chinese and Western cultures.”
“It’s not bad looking,” Zhang Guoqiang, an employee at the Yihui Japanese Restaurant at the North America N1 Art Shopping Center, where the statue is, said by telephone on Thursday.

The always-entrepreneurial Chinese have inflatable 'Trump chicken' replicas on sale at online shaopping website Taobao. The 32-foot version is advertised for $1,725.

Artist Casey Latiolais, based in Seattle, says the response to his artwork has been outstanding. We share another Trump gem from Casey's Behance page.

British Art Scene Will Highlight Gay History in 2017 | NYC Second Ave Subway Unveils First Permanent, Apolitical LGBTQ Mural

David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)(1972). Photo: courtesy David Hockney.

David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)(1972). Photo: courtesy David Hockney.

Britain Plans A Year of LGBTQ Art Celebrations

ArtNet: British Institutions Will Highlight Gay History in 2017 Read on.

British institutions including  British Museum, the Red House, the Walker in Liverpool, the Russell-Cotes museum and gallery, and more are marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalized gay relationships between men over 21.

The 1967 act amended the law of England and Wales regarding homosexual activity, with Scotland following suit in 1980, and Northern Ireland in 1982.

One of the largest exhibitions will be the Tate Britain's April 2017 'Queer British Art 1861-1967', featuring a full-length portrait of British icon Oscar Wilde, who was imprisoned for his sexuality.

NYC's First Gay Mural

Artist Vik Muniz told the AP that he chose to include New York married couple Thor Stockman and Patrick Kellogg in his new Second Ave Subway mural project because 'Perfect Strangers' represents "just the people you would expect to see" riding the city's subway.

The new Second Ave subway opens on New Year's Day.

Fredrik Lerneryd Captures Beauty & Ballet Magic Of Mike Wamaya's Kibera Dance School

Fredrik Lerneryd Captures Beauty & Ballet Magic Of Mike Wamaya's Kibera Dance School

"The sun rose in Kibera this morning, and it rose in my world, too, with my rapture over these Fredrik Lerneryd images of ballet dancers in the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi. They are my best Christmas gift.

Anne of Carversville has a long psychological, emotional and now functional relationship with Kibera. Initially, my lovefest with the largest slum in Africa was triggered by JR's famous 'Women Are Heroes' project, with Kibera being one of the four slums featured in his everyday examination of the beauty and heroic female efforts worldwide. Over time I pieced together collection of intimate and deeply personal connections to Kibera through my muse Dan Eldon.  The functional dimension of AOC's connection to Kibera is GLAMTRIBALE's support of The Kibera School for Girls, with 5% of revenues. Another 5% is earmarked for elephant conservation.

The dancers photographed by Fredrik Lerneryd learn dance through a program run by UK-based charity Anno's Africa, which provides alternative arts education to over 800 children in Kenya. "

Tributes Continue For The Remarkable Editrix Franca Sozzani | Steven Meisel's 2005 'Hollywood Life'

The tributes to Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani, who died of lung cancer last Thursday. continue to resonate. W's Stefano Tonchi shares his thoughts on the truly remarkable Sozzani.

Franca was assertive, with a directness that was born of the strength of her convictions. She was loud and clear when she talked; you didn’t second-guess her. She did not tolerate bullshit, but she loved to listen to ideas. She was also very good at managing talented photographers and stylists—which is both an incredible honor and incredibly frustrating—to allow them to do their best work. Italian Vogue had a tradition of working with important photographers like Helmut Newton, but there was always this sense of control. When she got there, she let the photographers take over.

The many admirers of France Sozzani have references her most notorious editorials and issues devoted to a single message. I wrote at length about America's PC fashionistas and self-appointed culture critics who were besides themselves with ire over Meisel's 'Water & Oil' editorial that put fashion within the values context of the BP oil spill. Simply stated, the Americanas couldn't get beyond step one of taking the editorial literally. I imagine France Sozzani took a deep sigh over that fiasco, when the editorial so concretely and without ambiguity was focused on environmentalism and a commentary on the irrelevance of fashion in a world where nature is suffocating in tar sands. .

Related: Remembering Franca Sozzani: A Worldview That Mattered by Vanessa Friedman of New York Times

Another major fashion adventure between Franca Sozzani and Steven Meisel was Linda Evangelista's 'Hollywood Life', published in 2005 as a social commentary on the need to be a woman with a young face in Hollywood. As always Sozzani was daring in her willingness to pursue ugliness (the procedures) in an American-values world that celebrates California girl youth and perfection. Sozzani was far more captivated by personality and presence, than beauty.

Linda Evangelista By Steven Meisel In 'Hollywood Life' For Vogue Italia July 2005 AOC Body Beat