Cultural Omnivore No. 11

A Listing of What We Love


The Invisible Man,©Gordon Parks

“As a photographer, film director, composer, and writer, Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was a multi-disciplinary artist whose art and advocacy for social justice still resonates in contemporary culture. In collaboration with the Gordon Parks Foundation, this second half of a two-part exhibition will focus on some of Parks’ most celebrated and iconic imagery; demonstrating his abilities as a photographer and journalist who moved just as seamlessly documenting everyday life and injustice facing African American families across the country, framing his subjects with compassion amidst unvarnished reality.” Through MARCH 24, 2018, Jack Shainman Gallery, 524 W 24th Street, NYC


Edited by: Pat Hackett
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 11, 2009)
Publication Date: November 29, 2009
840 pages
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The Andy Warhol Diaries is a posthumous work by the American artist Andy Warhol and was edited by his frequent collaborator and long-time friend, Pat Hackett. The book begins on November 24, 1976 and ends eleven years later on February 17, 1987, just five days before his death.” – Wikipedia


Director: Griffin Dunne
Stars: Hilton Als, Tom Brokaw, Dick Cheney…

“Literary icon Joan Didion reflects on her remarkable career and personal struggles in this intimate documentary directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne.”


Artist: Galaxie 500
Album: On Fire

A rougher but no less melodic interpretation that breaks the iconic Joy Division song down to its elemental melancholic essence.

Lyrics: “I’ll break them down, no mercy shown
Heaven knows it’s got to be this time
Watching her, these things she said
The times she cried
Too frail to wake this time.”


Photograph: Patrick Swirc for the Observer

Web: Sophie Calle: ‘What attracts me is absence, missing, death…’

Writer: Eva Wiseman
The Guardian
July 2, 2017

Opening Paragraph:
”It is extremely important to Sophie Calle that she is able to disappear at a moment’s notice. That tomorrow she could lock the door behind her and become somebody else, somebody other than an artist whose 38-year career has involved documenting and exhibiting the most intimate details of her life. Calle’s father (the man she says she became an artist for, as a metaphorical seduction) died two years ago; her mother (whose deathbed she filmed, showing her final breaths at the Venice Biennale) in 2006. Last year her cat died – she is making an album about him. “My last dependent. Which means that now I could leave in one hour, forever. And maybe one day, I’ll use that.”“