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We go ga-ga for Ruby Woo


The Puppini Sisters

Having recently discovered The Puppini Sisters, I cannot keep my mouth shut any longer: they are officially the coolest thing since ice.

The Sisters are a three-piece vocal group from the UK who are at the forefront of the Vintage Revival currently sweeping the country (and fast catching on here). Marcella, Kate and Steph give a 20s-30s-40s treatment to many well-known tracks, beautiful renditions of standards such asMr. Sandman and Bei Mir Bist Du Schon to simply incredible re-imaginings of songs like Crazy In Love, Wuthering Heights, Heart of Glass and, my personal favourite, Walk Like An Egyptian. Their most recent album, The Rise and Fall of Ruby Woo (a reference to a MAC Cosmetics lipstick favoured by the gals… and Robert Smith of The Cure, if you can believe their Wiki entry) also includes several original compositions which are equally stunning and showcase their close-harmony style to great effect.

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Posted by Robert on Feb 29th 2008 | Filed in Music,News,People,Style | Comments (0)

Australian Surrealism – The Agapitos/Wilson collection



 Max Dupain, Doll’s Head & Goat Skull. Silver gelatin photograph, c.1935

The National Gallery of Australia is currently hosting an incredible exhibition of Australian Surrealist works from the Agapitos/Wilson collection, offering the chance to view some of the country’s most outstanding yet rarely exhibited pieces of 20th century art from the likes of Dupain, Gleeson, Nolan and Klippel. 

As exhibition curator Elena Taylor tells us via the NGA website “The story of Surrealism in Australia has until recently remained largely unknown. It was only in 1993 with the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition Surrealism: revolution by night that the extent of Surrealist practice in this country was revealed. That seminal exhibition led the Sydney collectors James Agapitos, OAM, and Ray Wilson, OAM, to focus their energies towards collecting Australian Surrealist art. Assembled with intellect and passion, their collection became the largest and most important repository of Australian Surrealist art in private hands.”

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Posted by Robert on Feb 28th 2008 | Filed in Art,Events | Comments (0)

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