Ribbon Around A Bomb

Femme Avant-core

Style Ish: Androgynous Female Artists

If this is your first time reading, let me take a moment to tell you the absolute number one tenet here on Ribbon Around a Bomb: ALWAYS style over substance. … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · 3 Comments

Arts Bombast: Louise Nevelson

“The greatest thing we have is the awareness of the mind. There we can build mansions. There we have all the things that are not given to us on earth.” … Continue reading

October 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Arts Bombast: Ruth Asawa

The first time I saw Ruth Asawa‘s work was about a week after I moved from New Mexico to San Francisco, in a hallway (not a gallery) at the de … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Arts Bombast: Allen Ginsberg at CJM

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” -Allen Ginsberg [Ginsberg, 1953.] I recently had the rather mystical pleasure of attending a preview of the Contemporary Jewish Museum‘s new exhibition, … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · 7 Comments

Arts Bombast: Picture This at the SFPL

[Mission: Mission High School, ca. 1946.] Saturday (aka the day that I did ALL the things) I had a chance to visit our fine city’s Public Library. For any bibliophobes … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

Arts Bombast: Puss Magazine

Between 1968-1974, a group of Swedish artists produced 24 copies of Puss Magazine, an often radical, always inappropriate political satire magazine. Check these groovy covers, and tell me- why does … Continue reading

April 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

In the Mood For… Vintage Vinyl Babes

What’s not to love? [Chris Noel] [Carole Singleton] [Nina Hagen with Dolly Parton record] [Muhammad Ali and female vinyl enthusiasts.] [Joanie Labine] Found most of these images here.

March 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Arts Bombast: Tokyo: A New Avant-Garde 1955-1970

I’ll conclude Ribbon Around a Bomb’s unofficial “Japan Week” with an exhibition recommendation: MoMA’s Tokyo: A New Avant-Garde 1955-1970. I haven’t been to it myself, but I sure as hell … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Arts Bombast: Valie Export

Valie Export wants you to fondle her. At least, she did in 1968. I recently discovered the piece Tapp- und Tast-Kino or “Tap and Touch Cinema” by the Austrian experimental/feminist … Continue reading

December 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Arts Bombast: Ed Van Der Elsken

Self-taught Dutch photographer Ed Van Der Elsken was known for capturing bohemian, rebellious youth culture in the ’50s. His series, “Love on the Left Bank” follows a fictional story of … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

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