In her much awaited inaugural column for Vogue, former International New York Times fashion critic Suzy Menkes has taken on what she termed “the bitch brigade”.
Dear Dr. Dre: Congratulations on your recent sale of Beats and on your new career at Apple.
Given the sheer amount of money currently sloshing around the contemporary art market and the vertiginous prices achieved by the likes of Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Damian Hirst and a few others, we could easily be lulled into the sense that art as an occupation offers a comfortable existence for all involved.
René Magritte, The Lovers, 1928
“It was positively surreal.” How often do we use that term to describe an event or incident that strikes us as bizarre? It’s not clear exactly when the term was vacuumed up by popular culture to become a synonym for “weird” but it does illustrate the far-reaching impact of the cultural movement founded by French writer and poet André Breton. It is that movement that is the subject of the penultimate film from Le Méridien’s Unlock Art series.
As I’ve highlighted previously, one of the aspects of Netflix series House of Cards that gets little attention but makes it groundbreaking from a gender perspective is that the female characters are not only strong and well-developed with independent plot lines and a range of complicated emotions but they’re actually played by age-appropriate actresses.
If you do a quick Twitter search using the words “jill” “abramson” and “fired”, the result is a feed peppered with the words “pushy”, “brusque” and “equal pay”. For many women who aspire to top management positions in their professional field, Jill Abramson's firing is not only a deeply disappointing turn of events but also a disheartening one.
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