Above: Doug Aitken Untitled (Shopping Cart) 2000
Below: Richard Misrach Shopping Cart, Tanger FactoryOutlet Center, I-10, Gonzales, Louisiana, 2010,
Taryn Simon May Day (Grace Jones), 1985, 2013
Gagosian’s next Beverly Hills show (annual Oscar Party) is going to be Taryn Simon’s* newest series Birds of the West Indies. As you may or may not know, Ian Flemming, author of the James Bond series, took the name James Bond from a world famous ornithologist James Bond who was author of a study on the birds of the west indies called wait for it..Birds of the West Indies. In this series, Simon takes on the lens of an ornithologist for the entire Bond series, photographing and cataloging the birds (literal and of the lady variety) and bad-assery from over the years. Should be a shit-show of a crowd, considering the cinematic nature of the show, but worth it if there is even a .000005% chance Grace Jones might be there.
*Can you believe it’s been 6 years since I was first exposed to her work? Will Salman Rushdie be there? Is this the return of jihyde? Only time will tell!