Cartoonishness has been a regular recourse of master painters from Roy Lichtenstein and Sigmar Polke to Carroll Dunham and Albert Oehlen. Each incorporates a wood frame in oak, cherry, or maple , mounted flush. Blondy was like a skater up his own river, a frozen ribbon the rest of us might have glimpsed through trees, from within a rink where we circled to tinny music. Or under it, as if the man were floating. He has also designed an apartment building, which the New York developer Frank Sciame wants to build downtown, made up of a series of stacked cubes. Serota was running late getting there one day; he was on a catamaran whizzing up the Thames from Tate Modern.
This did not sit well with German film historian Jurgen Trimborn, an authority on Third Reich cinema. Shortly after the death of his wife, he married a woman who had been a governess in the Scherlach household and who would bear him three more children in the years that followed. This was a cold winter, everyone battened into woollen layers and readily excused from dawdling in the open, and Zwelish and his expectant young wife were more and more like figures in a snow globe, viewable but uncontactable from the human realm. If you asked it again, she would storm out, fall down, shriek, weep. There would be little reason to recall it if the logistical challenges of filming abroad had not forced her to re-create her Iberian sets on German soil and to find some swarthy-looking peasant extras to lend her the rude eloquence of their physiognomies. He quit Patou, and hired himself out as a freelance ready-to-wear designer. An enormous statue of Britannia, helmet on her head, trident in her fist, glowered down from the roof.
Steven Spielberg said he wanted to meet her. Although he officially lives in Glasgow with his boyfriend, he spends most of his time travelling—to Belfast, Belgrade, Bogotá, Baghdad—and making elaborate videos with the locals. She still looked rather fetching in flippers and a wetsuit in her late nineties. Shortly after receiving his master''s certificate, he took over a prosperous installation business, which he ran with a combination of practical knowledge and commercial farsightedness. Lagerfeld was enchanted, telling her that only a true woman could get away with smoking like that. He joined the Tate in 1988, when it was little more than a fine outpost of national heritage, and he now presides over an empire of four museums: Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, and Tate St. He had been raised to rule his family with a firm hand and tolerate no disagreement, and he considered the example set by his father to be the ideal for his own family.
Publishers Weekly, October 16, 2006, review of Leni Riefenstahl, pp. Among her boosters were the organizers of the first Feminist Film Festival, in Telluride, who, in 1974, touted Riefenstahl as a role model for women directors, impervious to the irony that she had used her singularly privileged role to glorify a cult of violence and misogyny. Turner Classic Movies Web site, February 3, 2007 , review of Leni Riefenstahl. The architecture changed not at all. On the other hand, there was no director, however illustrious, whom she could not hurl herself beneath wearing no clothes at all. An assistant looked at the drawing and hustled to the model to make adjustments. Photo Riefenstahl in Nuremberg in 1934, for the filming of Triumph of the Will.
To Lagerfeld, Rathenau and Kessler represent all that was noble about Weimar Germany. And, also, he pushed people. In less than half that time, she acquired a brilliant reputation. Yet the controversies had an upside: they were life support for her mythos. He towered, moved softly and suddenly, usually vanished at any risk of being introduced.
Also with Lagerfeld was a wholesome-looking model named Brad Kroenig, from St. Scattered through the rooms were dozens of iPod nanos of every hue. Though neither book is precisely adulatory, put them together and they add up to an awful lot of attention. The upper floor will contain only furniture and art made after the year 2000, including pieces by the Bouroullec brothers, Marc Newson, and others. From Vietnam, it was revealed when they met on the street, and tiny enough to make Zwelish look tall. Lagerfeld was immediately hired as a junior assistant at Balmain, the haute-couture house. She had a way of hiding only where she could be found, and she never ceased to assure the world that although she and Hitler had spent a lot of time talking in private, she never knew anything about what was happening to the Jews.
Trimborn had the advantage of observing Riefenstahl close-up during an interview and in subsequent correspondence with her. If ever there was a time to play the artist, that was it. In 1995, Damien Hirst made news on several continents when he won the prize after a show featuring a work in which a cow and its calf were bisected and displayed in four tanks of formaldehyde. She said that nothing had happened, and that to suggest such a thing was a slander. A few months later, Riefenstahl's dancing career came to an abrupt end when she injured her left knee. If Serota had a favorite, no one could tell who it was. Here you have found your heaven and in it you will be eternal.
You can take an idea from the past, but, if you do it the way it was, no one wants it. Alfred Riefenstahl had a strong character, and insisted on staying in control and exerting his authority. Likely, given his history with Zwelish already, Blondy knew it was reckless, though he did it wholly in gentleness and out of sheer enthusiasm. She expunged his name from the credits so that a judenrein Jew-free version of the film could be released, and Balázs, hearing of its success, wrote to her from exile in Moscow to ask for his deferred fee. If, like me, you know only the bare bones of Riefenstahl's story, this can get confusing.
From the outside, the Riefenstahls epitomized a happy family. But with her wedding she had to bury the secret dream of her youth of becoming an actress. She admired Adolph Hitler, who became her patron, and she made films for him, including the notorious propaganda film The Triumph of the Will and Olympia. Known internationally for two of the films she made for him, Triumph of the Will and Olympia, Riefenstahl's demanding and obsessive style introduced unusual angles, new approaches to tracking shots, and highly symbolic montages. And thank God it was preserved, because very little survived. Or at least she gave him the illusion that she might: a power of suggestion that we can usefully regard as her most persuasive thespian gift. Pros and cons accumulated, and there was much talk of relevance and timing.