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You may invite 5 people to Thanksgiving

Who are they?

Alive or dead.

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Preferably real people, not, like, Bert and Ernie (beside, Ernie would come to my house if given his druthers).

Let’s make this easy and say we are already allowed to bring our friends and family and loved ones.

I just want to know which famous people, or people in history, you would most like to share your holiday meal with you.

It’s interesting to wonder who out of the people we admire would make good dinner guests. I’ll forgo Woody Allen and Lester Bangs and Jean-Michel Basquiat because, frankly, I think they would make lousy guests. Andy Warhol? Nah.

My list:
1. Buddha

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2. Richard Pryor

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3. Yoko Ono

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4. Brian Eno

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5. John Cage

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This will all change by next week. (Well, not, I suspect, Buddha and Richard).

Who’s on your list?

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Let’s catch up!

I’m back from North Carolina, but I’ve been moping around in bed all day because I’m really sore from my first whirlwind weekend with a Wii. I boxed. I bowled. I golfed (badly). I tried to play baseball, but it wouldn’t let me bat left-handed. (I’m kind of ambidextrous when it comes to sports). I know: it’s sad that Wii activity could tucker out a person, and I have taken the hint to be more physical.

Honestly, the main reason I’m sore is because our group went bowling in real life and as I was strutting down the lane with my ball, my feet fell into the slick area and I did a nearly cartoon-like shuffle and fell down hard on my back. Apparently, from my lady friend’s laughter, the only way it would have looked funnier is if there was a cartoon banana peel under my feet.

But, ouch. GV is not a kid anymore. I’m lucky I didn’t break a hip.

So, let’s catch up. Here’s what’s on my radar today:

Lindsay Lohan is confirming in the December Harper’s Bazaar that she’s in love with Samantha Ronson.

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In other Lohan news, Lindsay appears to call President-elect Barack Obama, whom she supported, a “colored” in this clip. Oh dear,

Jennifer Aniston gives husband stealer Angelina Jolie a little swat on the nose in December’s Vogue.

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Here is the full quote in which Jen comments on Angie’s recent admission that she and Brad Pitt fell in love on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, while he was still married to Jen:

“There was stuff printed there that was definitely from a time when I was unaware that it was happening. I felt those details were a little inappropriate to discuss. That stuff about how she couldn’t wait to get to work every day? That was really uncool.”

I was excited for Jen to be rid of Brad, but it seems she’s got a taste for cads. In the same interview Jen confirms that she is still seeing ignoramus guitarist John Mayer. “Love just shows up,” Jen says.

Oy.

Finally, the New York Post’s famous Page Six gossip section is reporting that “rocker” Jon Bon Jovi was looking through the Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings up for auction at Sotheby’s recently.

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I wouldn’t peg JBJ as a Basquiat enthusiast, but good for him.

And, how are you? I’ve missed your cute faces.

I love the Hirschhorn!

Our house guest Stacy and I spent a few hours yesterday at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, a museum of modern and contemporary art owned by the Smithsonian. We saw a lot of crazy modern art by Frank Stella, Eve Hesse, Claes Oldenburg, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, and many, many more. Stacy took this picture of me in front of an Andy Warhol piece:

I especially loved that the museum reserves space for young, contemporary artists who aren’t necessarily “famous” – yet. Some of my favorite pieces were by emerging talents like this piece called “off the dome: don’t front, you know we got you open” by Iona Razeal Brown, who is, incidenally from right here in D.C.:

You can’t see, really, in the pic, but the pattern on this fly lady’s kimono is a repeating image from a vintage black record label.

I’m looking forward to discovering more work by Brown – I’ve already started my research – and to many more trips to the Hirshhorn, where admission is magnificently free!

Takashi and Kanye: a list of artist and musican collaborations

I just found out that famed Japanese visual artist Takashi Murakami has created animation for his first music video. Naturally it’s for a song (“Good Morning”) by Kanye West. Murakami has already designed album art for Kanye and the two are developing a clothing line together.

This isn’t the first time a visual artist and a musician have worked together.

Indie rock superstars Sonic Youth famously dedicated cover space on each of their album covers to a burgeoning artist, dating back to 1986’s Evol, which featured a still from a film by New York artist Richard Kern.

Later Sonic Youth albums featured recognizable work by Raymond Pettibon (Goo), Gerard Richter (Daydream Nation), Mike Kelly (Dirty) and Richard Prince (Sonic Nurse).

Other examples: Andy Warhol designed the cover for several albums including the Velvet Underground’s first album with Nico, the Rolling Stones’s Sticky Fingers and jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell’s Blue Lights.

Blur used work by British artist Banksy for its Think Tank album. Metallica used work by controversial artist Andres Serrano for cover art on Load and ReLoad. (Serrano is the man who earned infamy over a piece depicting a crucifix floating in urine called Piss Christ).

Fashion designer Gianni Versace created Elton John’s ornate cover for The One. Queen’s News of the World cover was painted by award-winning sci-fi artist Frank Kelly Freas.

Did you know famed photographer Helmut Newton shot the classic cover of The Scorpions’ Love at First Sting?

Newton also took the pic of Dale Bozzio that graces the cover of Missing Persons‘ Rhyme & Reason album. The band’s video for “Surrender Your Heart” used imagery by pop artist Peter Max. Max also designed album cover art for Alice Coltrane and Badfinger.

Robert Mapplethorpe took the iconic shot of Patti Smith for the cover of her debut album Horses.

How weird is this? Classic American painter Norman Rockwell was the artist behind the cover art for The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper.

Cartoonist Robert Crumb designed the album art for Big Brother and the Holding Company‘s Cheap Thrills.

Pin-up artist Alberto Vargas came out of semi-retirement to create the cover art for The Cars’ Candy-O album.

How’s this for cool? I actually own art by this artist: Kathie Olivas painted the cover for Girl In A Coma‘s Both Before I’m Gone.

Isn’t this fun? Help me think of more.

Please do not lick this page

Some gorgeous art by Andy Warhol used years ago in an advertisement for Lifesavers:

Click on it, it won’t bite.

Cy Twombly

Just taking a minute to celebrate the work of American painter Cy Twombly who turned 80 in April. Along with Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd and Yves Klein, Twombly was born in 1928 and yet, he’s the only one still with us.
The Tate Modern in London has a retrospective of his work right now including this one, The Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. 1993-94.

Interestingly, a year ago in France, an artist was arresting for kissing one of Twombly’s works – which sell for millions of dollars – and leaving a lipstick smudge on it. The woman, who is still awaiting prosecution, told authorities she was compelled by beauty:

“It was just a kiss, a loving gesture. I kissed it without thinking; I thought the artist would understand… It was an artistic act provoked by the power of Art”

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