a tale of a few cities

New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law

Posted in marriage, New York City, new york times, prop 8, Twitter by petercombe on June 24, 2011


State lawmakers voted late this evening to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the bill into law.

The marriage bill, whose fate was uncertain until moments before the vote, was approved, 33 to 29, in a packed but hushed Senate chamber.

Senate approval was the final hurdle for the same-sex marriage legislation, which was approved last week by the Assembly. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the measure at 11:55 p.m., and the law will go into effect in 30 days, meaning that same-sex couples could begin marrying in New York by late July.

New York City celebrated.

A huge precedent has been set and I’m sure quite a few politicians’ knickers are in a knot about the signing of the equal marriage legislation.

Samuel M. Steward’s Neatly Organized Stud File

Posted in collecting, collections, habits, humour, new york times, Photography, poetry, Symmetry, Work on Paper by petercombe on April 14, 2011


Back in February The New York Times wrote about a website called Things Organized Neatly, a Tumblr site that features a piece of my art. On any given day the site may feature an image of white socks on a blue background, on another, a patterned stack of tires or a careful arrangement of baseball bats. The site is overseen by a young Indianapolis designer named Austin Radcliffe, who seems less intent on collecting objects than on collecting images of collections. His site started less than a year ago, but since being written about in The Guardian and elsewhere, it has gained a following in the tens of thousands.

In 2010, The New York Times Books section featured “Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade”. The book by Justin Spring, examines the life of Samuel Steward, left, an English professor, novelist and tattoo artist who documented gay life in the middle decades of the 20th century. During his research, Mr. Spring discovered that Steward, who died in 1993, left behind 80 boxes full of drawings, letters, photographs, sexual paraphernalia,  manuscripts and other items. Among the artifacts was “a green metal card catalog (above photo) labeled ‘Stud File,’ which contained a meticulously documented record on index cards of every sexual experience and partner — Rock Hudson, Thornton Wilder, ‘One-eyed Sadist’ — that Steward said he had had over 50 years.”

A month or so ago I submitted the above photo to thingsorganizedneatly.tumblr.com. Sadly, it appears that the joke was lost on Austin Radcliffe. 

Credit: The Estate of Samuel M. Steward

Collector Sues Gagosian Gallery for Selling Him a Painting Partially Owned by Met

Posted in Art, new york times, Painting by petercombe on March 11, 2011

Mark TanseyThe Innocent Eye Test, 1981, 78 x 120″

Mark Tansey’s 1981 painting “The Innocent Eye Test,” a crisply realistic rendering of a bunch of experts showing a live cow a crisply realistic portrait of a couple of other cows, has long been seen as a hilarious send-up of the art world.

But the painting is now the subject of an art-world dispute that has none of the combatants amused. A British collector who lives in Monaco, Robert Wylde, filed suit Thursday in federal court in Manhattan against the Gagosian Gallery, contending that the gallery sold the painting to Mr. Wylde in 2009 without telling him that the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the work had once been on display, already owned 31 percent of it and had been promised by its longtime owners that the museum would eventually get the whole thing.


Minimalist Lego

Posted in clever, design, humour, new york times by petercombe on October 22, 2009


Via Christoph Niemann> over at Abstract City

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Mormon Machinations

Posted in new york times, prop 8 by petercombe on November 15, 2008


Click the following pink link for an interesting article on the mechanisms of the passing of the Prop 8 ballot in California; 


Posted in new york times by petercombe on September 15, 2008


Nothing like Sunday mornings and the New York Times.

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