BURJ BINGHATTI JACOB CO RESIDENCES: FOR THE ESOTERIC

BURJ BINGHATTI JACOB CO RESIDENCES: FOR THE ESOTERIC

After a long day at work, closed a $150 million dollar deal, driving in your Bugatti to your opulent heavenly abode, the penultimate BURJ BINGHATTI JACOB CO RESIDENCES, to celebrate with your loved ones, have LOUIS XIII and enjoy the panoramic views of Dubai, about 400 meters high, 104th level. The BURJ BINGHATTI JACOB CO RESIDENCES, the world’s tallest and opulent  tower residences of more than 110 storeys, is a magnanimous gift to Dubai. For…

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Jean-Luc Godard: Director Departs, But Never Will Leave The Scene

Jean-Luc Godard: Director Departs, But Never Will Leave The Scene

He painted the world anew in each picture, showing a cacophony of contradictions and contraindications, which reflected his inner world. He was truly the human manifestation of an oxymoron! Although he rarely produced a movie that was a commercial success and almost always made his films on a small budget and independently, Jean-Luc Godard persisted as a filmmaker for many decades, and each movie had a different perspective than his previous one. His body of…

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VALENTINO AND NATACHA RAMBOVA: A LOVE AFFAIR  

VALENTINO AND NATACHA RAMBOVA: A LOVE AFFAIR  

Many considered the Hollywood couple to be “lavender lovers,” a name given to a male-female pair who marry for convenience and to conceal the true nature of their stigmatized sexual orientation. Whether it was a marriage of convenience or a romantic affair, Rudolph Valentino and Natacha Rambova became one of Hollywood’s power couples of the 1920s. He was Hollywood’s first sex symbol. She was a spiritualist costume designer who dabbled in acting but would later…

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PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: AN ART-FILLED LIFE  

PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: AN ART-FILLED LIFE  

Peggy Guggenheim was an eccentric art collector (and Virgo), born August 26, 1898 to Florette Seligman, of the banking Seligmans, and Benjamin Guggenheim, of the mining Guggenheims. Art patronage seemed to run deep in the family, as did their pockets. Her uncle was Solomon R. Guggenheim (yes, that Solomon R. Guggenheim.) Amassing one of the most extensive collections in the world, she did not consider herself a mere collector, and in her own words, “I…

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Fernand Leger: Tubist Abstractionist of Machine Age Promulgated Pop Art Movement

Fernand Leger: Tubist Abstractionist of Machine Age Promulgated Pop Art Movement

Fernand Leger, in thought and deed, was a ground breaking artist. His tubist variations of cubism spiked with Machine Age abstractionism spawned highly recognizable idiosyncratic masterworks which fostered the Pop Art Movement. To better understand and appreciate Leger’s art, let us contemplate what he believed, as expressed in his own words: “The feat of superbly imitating a muscle, as Michelangelo did, or a face, as Raphael did, created neither progress nor a hierarchy in art….

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The Fisher Building: Art Deco Building Still Reigns Majestically in Detroit!

The Fisher Building: Art Deco Building Still Reigns Majestically in Detroit!

Art Deco Buildings Still Well Preserved in Detroit  THE FISHER BUILDING, DETROIT  The building known as “Detroit’s largest art object” has been dropping jaws in New Center for nearly a century.  The Fisher — built by the Fisher brothers of “Body by Fisher” fame — opened in September 1928, at Second Avenue and Grand Boulevard. Once known as the Cathedral to Commerce, the 441-foot tower is decked to the nines in fancy marbles, mosaics, soaring,…

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The Classic Photography of EDWARD STEICHEN

The Classic Photography of EDWARD STEICHEN

Edward Jean Steichen (March 27, 1879 – March 25, 1973) was a Luxembourgish American photographer, painter, and curator, renowned as one of the most prolific and influential figures in the history of photography. Steichen was credited with transforming photography into an art form.[2] His photographs appeared in Alfred Stieglitz’s groundbreaking magazine Camera Work more often than anyone else during its publication run from 1903 to 1917. Stieglitz hailed him as “the greatest photographer that ever…

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Detroit Preserves Art Deco

Detroit Preserves Art Deco

THE GUARDIAN BUILDING, DETROIT The Roaring Twenties were the backdrop for the renowned architect Wirt C. Rowland to create a building like no other. In the 1920s, the city of Detroit was a worldwide industrial and commercial hub, and the city grew with unprecedented prosperity. It was in this era that a newly organized banking group – the Union Trust Company – was anxious to communicate their public image through their flagship headquarters and new…

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THE SERENE HIGH SEAS PICNIC ABOARD THE SUNREEF 80 ECO

THE SERENE HIGH SEAS PICNIC ABOARD THE SUNREEF 80 ECO

By #GBLX68 It was a fantastic Sunday, beautiful perfect March weather in Dubai, ready for the picnic cruise aboard the SUNREEF 80 ECO. The navy blue catamaran, the SUNREEF 80 ECO standing strong and rock solid at the Palms harbour, its beautiful blue stance, its curvaceous twin hulls connected by a bridge deck, the 39 feet giant beam accommodates an expansive fly bridge, as the fluid lines exude a stylish design silhouette, this is the…

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Shi Yan Fan: The Captain of His Soul

Shi Yan Fan: The Captain of His Soul

In the course of his life, he has been poisoned, stabbed, and paralyzed. Attempts have been made to drown him. A poisonous snake was placed in his room. He is, however, very much alive today! Am I talking about 007? Who is he? He is the Historical Venerable Monk Shi Yan Fan, the first Western monk to be ordained in China and assigned to bring Kung Fu to the West. Born Franco Testini, he grew…

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