MUSIC, PHOTOGRAPHY & THE MAKING OF ICONS

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Music is the only invisible art, it exists only when we hear it. And because of its intrinsically ephemeral nature, music is the art closest to thought; because we cannot hold it or grasp it or put it in our pockets, the only way we can make music ‘real’ is by bringing it into our tangible, physical, visible world.

GREGORY SPECK: MENAGERIE OF ANIMAL HOUSE AT BERESFORD

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I created my museum out of love for the beauty of these splendid, intelligent, inspired creatures, none of whose deaths I caused. My profound knowledge of the natural taxonomy of their graceful identities, as soon to be extinct living artwork of the Lord, leaves me in contempt of those who would approach my temple to the Ark with anything less than faith in me and my severe judgment upon them all.

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A museum curator since she was 20, Dominique de Font-Réaulx came into her own surrounded by the world’s most celebrated works of art. Rembrandt, Cézanne, Ingres, Courbet – the glorious masters of canvas are her life’s work. No doubt influenced by the compelling presence of these paintings, the Parisian-based curator and historian began exploring the effect on painters of a new medium that exploded onto the 1800s art scene: photography.

COLE RUMBOUGH

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There is so much a singer can do to convey a story to their audience with these lyrics in an intimate cabaret room. For the audience, it transports. For the performer, it’s pure joy.

GERHARD STEIDL

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The beauty of the book is that it has not changed its form. It remains as Gutenberg designed it, leaves bound between covers, handy enough to be held in our arms. A book comes alive when it is opened, and it is here that the magic and mystery begin, as we turn the page and discover a new world held together by concept, content, and the quality of production itself. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to speak with Gerhard Steidl about his life’s work, as a single force who continues to honor the art of book making through his exquisite publishing programme.

WILLIAM McKEEN

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Born into a military family, McKeen grew up in several states and countries. He spent three childhood years on an Air Force base north of the Florida Keys during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Two stories in the anthology are his, drawn from that time in his life.

SUSAN VREELAND

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Beauty lends itself to more beauty for award-winning novelist Susan Vreeland. Art opens doors to new artwork, and life is a constant canvas for new perspective.

Vreeland’s passion for delving into the stories behind Old World art may have earned her a place in literary history, but she remains the starry-eyed high school English teacher standing on Pont Neuf 40 years ago.

UTE LEMPER

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Ute Lemper is a study in contrasts: her grace on stage commingles with an open and abraded rawness, whose heart seems both hardened and palpably forgiving. Beauty and Truth are flip sides of the invisible mask Ute Lemper wears.

Redemption, regret, catharsis: Love, lust, longing: Eros, desire, retreat. Lemper’s voice expresses the full spectrum of human emotions, it is both instrument and weapon. Expressing manifold tones and shades all in the same breath – oscillating between bell-like clarity, hushed whispers, and a throaty haughtiness – her voice is unmistakable: pure Ute Lemper.