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My Orb

April 2, 2017



Original Text and photo by Susan M. Kirschbaum

I want to be Golden

Like an Angel

Or Persephone

More likely, Persephone

I spend half my time in Hell

And I survive it

I thrive and create from it


Ode to Jack…

March 29, 2017


Original text by Susan M. Kirschbaum

Gimme a Beat

Yeah, baby, you’re driving us down Route 66

And we’re writing poetry along the way

And we drink till we drop on top of one another each night,

at a new Motel 6 that we call “kitsch”

And we self indulge as long as we need to nurse these illusions

to boost our shaky self esteem(s)

And, and, and and, and and….

 (*Photo & memories, flashbacks.)

Memories of Brussels

March 28, 2016

puggy_live_concert_ancienne_belgique_bruxelles-9370_-_kmeron-_-_by-nc-ndAncienne Belgique, a place I’d frequented often as a student, to see bands– the Charlatans, the Stone Roses, etc.– in Brussels, Belgium


by Susan Kirschbaum

FALSTAFF raspberry tarts
at 4 plus a.m.
Bourse outside, closed
But club kids
Aah, OUI C’est COOL
Black box, playing
Today, a sad day
The Mannequin Pis
The British boyfriend
Tight on his shillings
But, yes, mussels and fries
And weirdly spiced beers
And chocolates and
Synagogues on the outskirts
of town, where
Guards stand with Uzis outside
The Turkish baths
The vintage stores
The lace
The Moroccan restaurants
So much food
So good
So exotic
NATO office idiots
How can they rep the States?
The long bureaucratic lunches
Meats wrapped in puff pastries
Cappuccinos and champagnes
The heady weekend on the lake
When we broke into the wine cellar
Snowed in
Pricey bit of grape
Drinking at all hours
And a rickety oven
So, the chicken, when finally cooked
So slow
Fell off the bone
He sang to me, “She wore a raspberry beret”
With his punk blonde curls
Hanging over one bold blue eye
He skipped in Converse high tops
Till we giggled
From the ridiculousness of it all
The innocence of it all
Of which there is
No more
In these times of surveillance
And invading hell.

A True Artist Never Really Dies: David Jones (Bowie) January 8, 1947-January 10, 2016 The Music-Lyrics-Characters & (yes, dancing!) Will Live Forever

January 12, 2016
One of my heroes, David Bowie. Beautiful artist, unafraid to be himself, every one of them, every incarnation. Yet, offstage, a simple man. Therein lies the beauty.

One of my heroes, David Bowie. Beautiful artist, unafraid to be himself, every one of them, every incarnation. Yet, offstage, a simple man. Therein, lies the beauty.

David Bowie – Heroes


I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can beat them, just for one day
We can be heroes, just for one day

And you, you can be mean
And I, I’ll drink all the time
‘Cause we’re lovers, and that is a fact
Yes we’re lovers, and that is that

Though nothing, will keep us together
We could steal time, just for one day
We can be heroes, for ever and ever
What d’you say?

I, I wish you could swim
Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim
Though nothing, nothing will keep us together
We can beat them, for ever and ever
Oh we can be heroes, just for one day

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day

I, I can remember (I remember)
Standing, by the wall (by the wall)
And the guns, shot above our heads (over our heads)
And we kissed, as though nothing could fall (nothing could fall)
And the shame, was on the other side
Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever
Then we could be heroes, just for one day

We can be heroes
We can be heroes
We can be heroes
Just for one day
We can be heroes

We’re nothing, and nothing will help us
Maybe we’re lying, then you better not stay
But we could be safer, just for one day

WHO? Stephen Posen (Zac’s Dad!) Is A BADASS/Photo Outtakes

March 31, 2015
Stephen Posen tempts a tiger in Thailand

Tempting the Tiger in Thailand/Photo, courtesy of Stephen Posen

Whoever said photography isn’t dangerous has not met abstract painter turned photographer Stephen Posen. I delve into his new photography book Ellispsis: Dual Visions (Glitterati) in the following interview for T Magazine.

Yes, Posen is the father of Zac Posen, the fashion designer known for Broadway flair and high taste for GLAMOR.  Zac’s big sis Alexandra works as a fine artist in Red Hook, Brooklyn (She once created masks for theatre director Julie Taymor.)

Thus, the entire family likes to tempt boundaries for maximum impact, whether creating jungles on stages or courting danger to get the ideal angle/shot.


Thailand 2 Linda 515FASHION STATEMENT: Stephen Posen models LIVE BOA in Thailand/Photo, Courtesy of Stephen Posen

WHO? Leo Villareal Sporty Geometric Copulation & Cindy Sherman Play Dates

November 5, 2014


WHO? Artist Leo Villareal’s BUCKYBALL

If a soccer ball,a rhombus, and a Rubik’s copulated in electric orgasm; the result would be artist Leo Villareal’s Buckyball: now on view and the Sandra Gering Gallery on the Upper East Side.

The original larger than life LED light ball debuted two years ago at Madison Square Park. Three smaller versions — at $150,000 each– draw us in now, igniting childhood sci fi fantasies. Like Jeff Koons– whose trains and giant basketball art sculptures — were inspired by his son’s leftover toys, Villareal seems to engage us playfully. Cuatro Villareal — 11 years — told me at the post opening dinner last evening at Amaranth that his dad’s work “inspires” him, which surprised his father.

“Funny,” Leo said. “He never seems interested in going to art parties, with the exception of Cindy Sherman’s holiday party one year.” He chuckled. “She’s only the most famous female artist in the world!” Little Cuatro, then a toddler, had found drawers of costumes Sherman had used to dress up for her own photos and post party, kept begging his father for “a play date with Cindy.”

Villareal — who first sculpted the buckyballs and then painstakingly crafted each of the LED lights affixed to the lines over the course of a year–has really won the jackpot for composing life sized FUN.

Anyone driving across the Oakland Bridge in San Francisco will enter Villareal’s LED embellished masterpiece (25,0000 LED lights on each angle of architecture) as he or she travels from one end to the other.


And for those of us here in NYC, check out the three light fused balls here: Sandra Gering Gallery, 14 East 63rd Street, NY NYC, through January 10, 2015.

WHO? Whitney’s Living Flowers Augment Wall Flowers

May 9, 2014
Ana's "blue period"/Photo by Susan Kirschbaum

Ana’s “blue period”in front of piece by Maurice Carlin/Art Advisor Anastasia Rogers in Max Mara dress and Lulu Frost jewels/shot by Susan Kirschbaum

05-08-2014 In my very young absurd youth, I did party write ups for pubs like InStyle, the veritable New York Times, and something called Fashion Wire Daily, which has now morphed into the fashion tabloid the Daily.

I’ve since passed the traditional reportage to the new kids on the block. Later, after writing for art books — providing the words for talented photographers like  Roni Horn, Tierney Gearon —  upon entering the fray, I’ve searched for details that might escape other eyes.

Last evening, the Whitney Art Party (sponsored by Max Mara) gave me an opportunity to direct two living flowers — art advisor Anastasia Rogers and author/essayist Melanie Berliet (pictured below) — against the wall art that mimicked their energies.

After all, what’s an art party without living beauty?

"Sash and Mel" Living Love  Sasha Tcherevkoff kisses Melanie Bernier in front of "Love Me" by artist Curtis Kulig/photo by Susan Kirschbaum

“Sash and Mel” Living Love Sasha Tcherevkoff kisses Melanie Berliet in front of “Love Me” by artist Curtis Kulig/photo by  Susan Kirschbaum