joie de vivre

“remember you always have freedom of choice.” - jenny holzer, south african “truism”

portrait of emile zola, Éduard Manet, 1867

portrait of emile zola, Éduard Manet, 1867

the art that is frankly decorative is the art to live with. it is, of all visible arts, the one art that creates in us both mood and temperament. mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied by definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. the marvels of design stir the imagination… - oscar wilde, the artist as critic 

photograph by karl lagerfeld 

photograph by karl lagerfeld 

modigliani, 1916

modigliani, 1916

“I am in search of the simple, elegant, seductive, maybe even obvious IDEA. With this in my pocket I cannot fail.” 

- tibor kalman 

ben shahn

ben shahn

"with his secondhand kodak retina, the poet had surreptitiously illustrated not only his energetic generation, but his own oeuvre, leaving behind a catalog of images to reawarken the euphoric thesis that he’s scribbled across the arch of his lifetime: namely, that sex and poetry and the "cosmic vibrations" of youth and life are way, way awesome."

inside allen ginsberg’s photo diary, via nytimes

clare grill, 2010

clare grill, 2010

procrastinating

procrastinating

"…and it’s one life, and it’s this life, and it’s beautiful…"

first aid kit, live at the bell house, brooklyn, ny

ian ridpath 

ian ridpath 

ian ridpath, constellation cards 

ian ridpath, constellation cards 

paul rand 

paul rand 

paul rand, 1959

paul rand, 1959