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Posts Tagged ‘Martin Parr’

With Martin Parr, Life’s a Beach (Towel)

Whether you’re bound for the beach or just your own backyard, make it a summer to remember with this bathing beauty, captured in 1997 by photographer Martin Parr while prowling the beaches of Benidorm on the coast of Spain. Our friends at Aperture are celebrating this month’s release of the beach-bag-sized edition of Parr’s Life’s a Beach with not only an exhibition of highlights from his beach photography but also a limited-edition terrycloth tribute (read: towel). Grab yours for $75 here before the supply of 150 sells out, and then toss it lovingly into your Roy Lichtenstein beach bag with some SPF 50 (and a tube of red lipstick?).

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At Tijuana Show Opening, Life More Interesting Than Art

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The raucous opening of “Strange New World: Art and Design From Tijuana” at the Santa Monica Museum of Art seemed to perfectly encapsulate its subject matter. More than half of the attendees were chatting animatedly en Espanol. The place was extremely crowded, over-populated to the point of aural discomfort. Music was blasting out of a nearby building. Lines were long but cheerful at the one bar set up to serve everyone. The wait, coupled with record low temperatures, forced some well-dressed partiers to double-fist shots of tequila.

Not a bad way to enjoy the show, which, although colorful and spirited, seemed more like a loosely-associated collection of pieces that might or might not have much to do with border culture, or even Tijuana, for that matter. Besides some vernacular residences by architect Teddy Cruz, there seemed little in the way of design. The best pieces were explotations of found objects–like the painted mufflers above, or a huge relief map of the US layered with beans and reflector lights. A video installation about food vendors customizing their pushcarts was visually interesting.

At the end, though, we found ourselves staring longingly at a copy of Martin Parr‘s book Mexico in the gift shop, wishing for just a few vibrant shots like that to make us feel like we had truly left the country. We were happy to discover that the exhibition’s website does a great job with that. Maybe better than the show itself.