LIZ SMITH: ON BEING DARING …

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MADONNA is the cover girl on Harper’s Bazaar’s “The Daring Issue.” Well, of course she is. I used to hope that at a certain point Madonna would go all Dietrich on us. Stand in a misty spotlight in a glamorous, glittery gown, and sing some of her truly lovely ballads. (In the end, I think it will be her ballads, rather than her dance music, that will define her for future generations.)

But this is not going to happen! And I suppose, certainly for Madonna, that’s a good thing. Calming down would be like a little death for her. She has to be active, brassy and bold — creative. (Even if we’re not quite sure what she’s creating!) And while she can be hurt by words, she doesn’t dwell on those who don’t approve.

She tells the magazine this, and I think it truly is Madonna’s mantra for existing: “If I can’t be daring in my work or the way I live my life, then I don’t really see the point of being on this planet.”

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“MADONNA NYC83” IS SET TO BE RELEASED WORLDWIDE AND NEW EXHIBITION AT MILK GALLERY IN NY

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Damiani Publishers has announced that Madonna NYC83, the new book by Richard Corman that captures Madonna’s extraordinary early years, is set to be released worldwide. The stunning photographic book will be available in major bookstores and retail outlets as well as online at http://www.amazon.com and http://www.damianieditore.com.

The 96-page book captures New York City in the early 1980s, a time of prolific interactions among the worlds of music, fashion and art. This economically fragile period gave rise to an edgy restlessness in the city, spawning adventurous new styles and music from up-and-coming artists. Madonna represented this sensibility like no-one else. As this book makes clear, from the start she was determined to define a look for herself, and to carve out a space in the public imagination.

“As a young photographer in 1983, I had the opportunity to capture a series of images with Madonna as she was on the verge of releasing her debut album,” said Richard Corman. “The rebellious energy of the East Village was the backdrop to showcase Madonna’s style, spontaneity and pioneering attitude. She consistently conveyed an attitude of fearlessness and fierce determination.”

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In conjunction with the U.S. book launch, Milk Gallery in New York City is hosting a special exhibition featuring images from Madonna NYC83. The exhibition is free and open to the public from Nov. 15 – Dec. 15. For information, visit http://www.themilkgallery.com.
More than 50 images from their partnership will be on display in Milk Gallery from November 14 through December 15, including two unique paintings by celebrated painter Alec Monopoly that turn Corman’s photographs into vibrant creations that are as bold and fresh as the artist who inspired them.

Madonna NYC83 will retail for ($49.95 – £34). Limited edition books with a special signed print by Richard Corman are also available on http://www.damianieditore.com.

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As a portrait photographer, Richard Corman has worked with subjects ranging from Nobel Peace Prize recipients (Nelson Mandela, Elie Wiesel) to actors (Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep), athletes (Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali) and musicians (Sting, Whitney Houston). Humbling experiences with non-profit organizations are reflected in Corman’s work. Most notable is heart-felt work with the Special Olympics over the last 20 years. A native New Yorker, Corman studied at Hunter College, later spending two years apprenticing with Richard Avedon.

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M.I.A : I’M A CROSS BETWEEN MADONNA AND JOHNNY ROTTEN

The ‘Paper Planes’ hitmaker – real name Mathangi Arulpragasam – says as an artist she is like the ‘Material Girl’ singer as she can create all different types of music, but she has a rebellious side like punk rocker Rotten, real name John Lydon.

In an interview with UK station BBC Radio 1, she said: ”People come up to me and say, ‘Oh my God it’s a thin line, you could either be Madonna or Johnny Rotten’ … I’m both, that’s what it is.”

M.I.A. has previously collaborated with Madonna on the track ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” on her 2012 album ‘MDNA’.

However, their relationship was soured when M.I.A. caused controversy by flipping her middle finger at a camera their performance at the Super Bowl XLVI NFL half-time show in February 2012, an action Madonna described as ”negative” and ”out of place”.

M.I.A was eventually fined $1.5 million fine by the NFL for her actions – a punishment she branded ”a massive waste of time”.

The 38-year-old musician fumed: ”[There is] a row of 10-15 cheerleaders, young black females, that Madonna got from a local high school in Indianapolis, and they were all under 16. If you look at them, they’re all wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrust in the air, legs wide open, in this very sexually provocative position.

So, now, they’re scapegoating me into figuring out the goalposts on what is offensive in America.

”That’s basically what it comes down to. It’s a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money … They want me on my knees and say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist.”

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MADONNA : THE BIGGEST SELLING SINGLES ARTIST OF ALL TIME

Pop queen Madonna has been named the biggest selling singles artist of all time, after it was revealed she had sold over 17.8million single during her 30 year career.

The singer earns the title ahead of Barbadian superstar Rihanna, who, in only seven years in music, has sold 11.4million singles and is expected to overtake Madonna in the next few years – if she continues to sell at the same rate.

The sales information has been released by the Official Charts Company, who collated the sales information spanning three decades, covering Madonna’s first ever single release ‘Everybody’ in 1982 to ‘Turn Up The Radio’ in 2012. Neither of these singles scored the singer a hit.

The top ten is as follows:

1. Madonna (17.8m)
2. Rihanna (11.4m)
3. Kylie Minogue (10.2m)
4. Whitney Houston (8.5m)
5. Lady Gaga (7.329m)
6. Britney Spears (7.324m)
7. Beyoncé (6.9m)
8. Celine Dion (6.7m)
9. Mariah Carey (6.62m)
10. Olivia Newton John (6.61m)

MADONNA ON INSTAGRAM 28.10.2013

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“The sky I saw this evening. Nature is Art. We need both to survive. Let’s keep both alive. Take care of our planet. It’s the only home we have. Encourage artistic expression. This is our future. The Revolution of Love is our only hope for survival. #artforfreedom.com”

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VOGUE IS THE NEW VOGUE

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In her most recent world tour, Madonna reprised her seminal 1990 hit “Vogue,” but this time the performance was not reminiscent of old Hollywood like in the song’s original music video, nor was it an ode to Marie Antoinette as in the singer’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. “Vogue” in 2013 had men in stilettos strutting down the runway stage so fiercely that they could’ve decapitated a small rodent.

“Vogueing is all about glamour and selling oneself, even if you don’t have expensive clothes or hair or makeup. It is about self-confidence and ambition,” said Skip Pryzwara, creative consultant for the upcoming event “Fall Into Vogue,” which will take place at Beatbox on Sunday.

Madonna’s song and accompanying dance routine was heavily inspired by New York’s underground “house balls” that brought the queer, black and transgender communities together for a night of cheeky pageantry and gender play. In 1990, the movement was captured for posterity in the documentary “Paris Is Burning” at the same time Madonna was fanning it all over MTV.

More than two decades later, vogue is back in, well, vogue, with expressions such as “reading” (spewing clever insults) and “realness” (a perfect rendition) popping up in “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Project Runway.” In diverse meccas like San Francisco, vogue has never left the spotlight.

“Fall Into Vogue,” produced by Jeremy Boatman and Megan Murray, will include a runway competition and “Vogue” performance with judges Peaches Christ, Mercedez Munro, Miss Rahni and Honey Mahogany assessing the contestants based on their look, attitude, walk and “what they serve” (a version of je nai se quoi). The event welcomes all colors, shapes and sizes of the racial and gender spectrum.

“I’ve seen a lot of white Russian kids death-dropping their asses off, and some very butch Latino boys who ruled the stage,” Murray said. “That’s why it was appealing to bring San Francisco culture to this show.”

“Fall Into Vogue’s” party flier features none other than Madge herself, whose early appropriation has made her a beloved icon. However, the LGBT and black communities have not seemed to have received similar present-day appropriations by other heterosexual white artists such as Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears quite as favorably.

“Everything is a remix, and homage is a great tribute,” Murray said. “The beautiful side effect [of mainstream artists borrowing elements from the underground] is a shared love of art. The crappy side effect is when originating artists don’t get the credit.”

In deciding whether this type of high-profile appropriation is positive or negative, sometimes it’s best to follow a simple test.

“We all wanted to be Madonna, or one of her dancers,” Pryzwara said. “I don’t know anyone who wants to be one of Miley’s stuffed bears.”

San Franciscans hoping to learn to vogue can join choreographer Joquese Whitfield of Vogue & Tone on Monday evenings at Dance Mission (3316 24th St.) or Thursday evenings at ODC Dance Commons (351 Shotwell St.).

“Fall Into Vogue” tickets are available online at voguesf.brownpapertickets.com.

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GALLERY : HERMAN KULKENS PHOTOSHOT

The dark haired teenager with the flinty eyes stares up at the camera, clad in nothing but a man’s striped shirt and burgundy tie and chewing seductively on a pair of glasses.

The steely expression that she went on to perfect while en route to becoming one of the world’s biggest stars, amassing an estimated fortune of $500million, is already present.

Aged 18, in late 1977, a University of Michigan dance student named Madonna Louise Ciccone posed nude at $10 an hour for photographer Herman Kulkens – only for the pictures to surface less than 10 years later after she became a household name.

For Kulkens, he once recalled how he was impressed by the girl he met in a sculpture class at Art World, a school in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Her face, he said, ‘reminded me of Cleopatra’.
At the time, Kulkens and his photographer wife Susan got a signed release from Madonna that granted them rights to ‘sell or use the photos as they saw fit’ in return for a small amount of money.
However, the Kulkens went on to sue Guccione for $2million in 1985 as well as attempting to block publication – just as Madonna’s star was on the ascendent and she had released some of her biggest hits, Holiday, Like A Virgin and Into the Groove and was embarking on her Like a Virgin tour – claiming they had never signed a binding agreement and wanting to publish with Playboy.
In the end, pictures from the set were published in both Playboy and Penthouse – with Guccione defending himself by claiming he had a signed agreement from the Kulkens, as Playboy raced to the newstands and breathlessly proclaimed it had published first.
Madonna’s long-time publicist Liz Rosenberg, who still works with Madonna to this day, said of the furore: ‘Madonna has acknowledged in past interviews that she did pose nude for art classes” when she was a model.
‘Her feeling is she’s never done anything she’s ashamed of.”

Jeremy Frommer is now putting the Madonna images up for auction on November 9 on Guccionecollection.com and told MailOnline: ‘We will also be selling 21 35mm slides, only six have ever been published…the craziest thing is that we still don’t know who the mystery girl whose hair Madonna’s playing with is.
Jeremy also revealed how he has been turned away from top auction houses he labels as ‘stodgy’ who have refused to sell many of the erotic images from Guiccione’s estate.

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