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red-hippos  asked:

Who are your recommended Wonder Woman writers over the years? I've read a fair bit of her comics but that's because I was new and couldn't really appreciate which was bad characterisation and which was good. tho looking back my gut feeling about the new52 run was right in saying that it was an A+ Trainwreck, despite how much I love the art. But for the life of me I can't figure out who wrote which arc and etc. I was hoping you could help 😂

Sure thing!! I hope you don’t mind if I copy/paste from a previous recs post!

Wonder Woman: Hiketeia is my first suggestion to everyone so good on you! : )

After that, you can turn to these pretty solid stories to follow up:

  • Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals [Wonder Woman (1987-2006) #1-7] by George Pérez
  • Wonder Woman: Challenge of the Gods [Wonder Woman (1987-2006) #8-14] by George Pérez
  • Wonder Woman: Destiny Calling [Wonder Woman (1987-2006) #20-24 + Annual #1] by George Pérez
  • JLA: A League of One by Christopher Moeller
  • Wonder Woman: Losses [Wonder Woman (1987-2006) #73-81] by William Messner-Loebs & Lee Moder
  • Wonder Woman: Three Hearts [Wonder Woman (1987-2006) #154-155] by Doselle Young & John McCrea
  • Wonder Woman: She’s a Wonder! [Wonder Woman (1987-2006) #170] by Phil Jimenez & Joe Kelly
  • Wonder Woman: Gods of Gotham [Wonder Woman (1987-2006) #164-167] by Phil Jimenez
  • Wonder Woman: Paradise Lost and Paradise Found [Wonder Woman (1987-2006) #168-169, & 171-175] by Phil Jimenez
  • Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia (2002) by Greg Rucka & J. G. Jones
  • Wonder Woman: Eyes of the Gorgon [Wonder Woman (1987-2006) #206-213] by Greg Rucka & Drew Johnson
  • Wonder Woman: Land of the Dead [Wonder Woman (1987-2006) #214-217, The Flash (1987-2009) #219]
  • Wonder Woman: The Circle [Wonder Woman (2006-2011) #14-17] by Gail Simone, Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
  • Wonder Woman: Rise of the Olympian [Wonder Woman (2006-2011) #26-33]
  • Wonder Woman: Year One [Wonder Woman (2016-Present) #2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14] by Greg Rucka & Nicola Scott

The ones in bold are my personal favorite stories that I recommend to pretty much everyone.

I would also like to add that I have heard just wonderful things about The Legend of Wonder Woman (2015- ) and am going to pick it up myself soon. I also will admit I have a slight blindness toward the Pre-Crisis Wondy books, having never been the biggest fan of them myself. I would also recommend that if you’re interested, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon is a very interesting read, though I have very major critiques of it.

Also if you’re a child at heart like me at all, you must pick up the issues of Scooby-Doo Team-Up with Themyscira because they’re wonderful and Daphne and Velma become honorary Amazons.

I hope that helps!


Guerrilla Girls, Conscience of the Art World

The Girls decided to go all the way, and have continued to do so ever since: in their posters as well as in their performances, lectures, interviews, exhibitions, and publications, they have named names, showed numbers, quoted sources, and presented bare facts that the public is invited to elaborate.

Treasures from the Vault: The Guerrilla Girls Archive

From top: “You’re Only Seeing Half the Picture” poster project, 1989. Props used in the Guerrilla Girls’ actions: plastic gun, bananas, and gorilla fingers with nail polish. Calling card passed out at the opening of documenta 8 (Kassel 1987); the card was kept by curator Harald Szeemann in his artist files. Mask used by the Guerrilla Girls in their actions.

All images: Guerrilla Girls records, the Getty Research Institute. Copyright © Guerrilla Girls, courtesy guerrillagirls.com

signs as rappers

aries: chance the rapper (4/6/1993)- defining characteristics: ambitious, confident and courageous.

songs: no problem, same drugs, smoke break

taurus: travis scott (4/30/1992)- defining characteristics: determined, stable, lover of music.

songs: antidote, goosebumps, through the late night

gemini: kanye west (6/8/1977)- defining characteristics: creative, inconsistent, individualistic and intellectual.

songs: gold digger, stronger, heartless

cancer: post malone (7/4/1995)- defining characteristics: intuitive, emotional, imaginative.  

songs: white iverson, congratulations, go flex

leo: lil uzi vert (7/31/1994)- defining characteristics: optimistic, loyal, love to be in the lime light, energetic.

songs: money longer, do what i want, XO TOUR LIF3

virgo: wiz khalifa (9/8/1987)- defining characteristics: hardworking, well developed sense of speech and writing, deep thinkers.

songs: young, wild & free, work hard play hard, roll up

libra: lil wayne (9/27/1982)- defining characteristics: complex, diplomatic, romantic, just.

songs: how to love, blunt blowin, mirror

scorpio: drake (10/24/1986)- defining characteristics: mysterious, passionate, ambitious, intense.

songs: marvin’s room, headlines, all me

sagittarius: nicki minaj (12/8/1982)- defining characteristics: outspoken, honest, great sense of humor, independent.

songs: feeling myself, anaconda, super bass

capricorn: mac miller (1/19/1992)- defining characteristic: realistic, determined, leader, humble.

songs: weekend, donald trump, the end is near

aquarius: j.cole (1/28/1995)- defining characteristics: poetic, artistic, affectionate, detached.

songs: wet dreamz, power trip, no role modelz

pisces: tyler, the creator (3/6/1991)- defining characteristics: thoughtful, intuitive, sensitive, imaginative.

songs: yonkers, IFHY, orange juice

Alexander Iolas or Alexandre Iolas (25 March 1907 – 8 June 1987) was a Greek art gallerist and collector. Born Constantine Koutsoudis (Κωνσταντίνος Κουτσούδης) in Alexandria, Egypt to Greek parents, he went to Berlin in 1924 as a pianist. Soon, he moved to Paris to study ballet. There, he socialized with artists such as Jean Cocteau, Giorgio de Chirico, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Rene Magritte and Max Ernst and bought his first works of art.

In 1944 he gave up ballet and got involved in the art world. He opened galleries in New York, Paris, Milan, Madrid and Geneva. In his galleries, he represented artists such as Andy Warhol, René Magritte, Roberto Matta, Ed Ruscha, Jean Tinguely, Joseph Cornell, Yves Klein, Jannis Kounellis, Takis, Victor Brauner, Jules Olitski, and Niki de Saint-Phalle. In fact, he was the one who organized Warhol’s first and last shows (during the artist’s life) in New York. Known for his exclusive representation of the major European Surrealists in the United States- primarily Max Ernst and René Magritte - Alexander Iolas helped to form more than one important collection.

Alexander Iolas built between 1951-1972 a 1,300 square meter (14,000 sq. ft) Attica-stylle villa on a 7000 square meter lot in Agia Paraskevi, a suburb of Athens. It was designed and built by the Greek architect Dimitris Pikionis, along with artist Yiannis Tsarouhis. There, he started exhibiting his collection, together with ancient Greek and Roman antiquities.

In his last years, he tried to donate the villa along with his whole collection to the Greek state, however the government at that time though denied the deal. Iolas died in 1987 and his villa became property of his heirs who sold it to a real estate developer. The construction plans however, were held up by the Ministry of Culture that marked it as a site of Greek cultural heritage in 1998 and promised to acquire the villa from its owners. Since then, no progress has been made and the property has remained abandoned.

The villa nowadays has been heavily vandalized and most of his collection of art works have been stolen or dispersed. A part of the collection had been already donated by Iolas himself to the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art. The only items that remain in the villa today are artefacts too heavy to take away, like roman columns and other marble vanities.

On 25 May 2017, Sotheby’s London will offer at auction a selection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, prints and jewellery formerly in the collection of Alexander Iolas, the twentieth-century art dealer whose legacy is credited with defining the careers of the leading artists he championed. From mounting Andy Warhol’s first and last gallery exhibitions and introducing an American audience to Surrealism, to shaping the careers and movements of those with whom he forged personal and lasting friendships, Iolas played a vital role in the post-war art world. Over 150 lots will be offered for sale, with estimates ranging from £100 to £150,000.

Georgina Gold, Senior Director, Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department, London: “In many ways, Alexander Iolas lived a surreal life, and in constantly looking to the future and to the past, he was a Janus-like figure whose imprint on art history should not be underestimated.”

Iolas nurtured connections among artists, gallerists and collectors through his international network of galleries in New York, Paris, Milan, Geneva and Madrid, and collaborations in Rome and Athens. He was a renowned perfectionist and his attention to detail when staging exhibitions was fastidious. Each show was much like a performance for him, a fitting analogy considering his early years as a ballet dancer who toured internationally with Theodora Roosevelt and the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas.

“Each exhibition is like the premiere performance of a ballet,” he told the art historian Maurice Rheims in 1965. “I await the audience, I perform. I don’t consider the gallery as a commercial occupation. It’s a purely artistic occupation. An exhibition has to be a ballet, decorated by Yves Klein, by Max Ernst. It’s a show in which the audience members are the dancers, and the scenery is made by the painter.” Iolas was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1907, into a family of wealthy Greek cotton merchants. Although his parents wanted him to enter the family firm, Iolas defied familial expectations, recalling later that, “they could not take me away from the arts. I didn’t want to become a cotton dealer, not even a rich cotton dealer.”

During his time as a celebrated dancer on the ballet circuit, he developed his eye for art. An encounter in Paris with a painting by Giorgio de Chirico hanging in a gallery window was transformative, in effect sealing his career path as an art dealer. “I was drawn to the picture as if by magic,” he recalled.

Retiring from dance in 1944, Iolas was active in his career as a dealer for 35 years, between 1945 and 1980. He served as the director of the Hugo Gallery in New York for a decade before going on to open his eponymous galleries around the world. Unfairly overlooked in the roster of influential twentiethcentury art dealers, including Ileana Sonnabend and Leo Castelli, in recent years Iolas has been hailed as the “proto-Gagosian” of his day at the dawn of the era of the mega gallery and the celebrity artist.

Iolas had a talent for friendship, maintaining close relationships with some of the most prominent cultural figures of the time, including Warhol, Max Ernst and Rudolf Nureyev (with whom he danced in a Milanese street). His devotion to artists was unwavering, and he came to regard them as his family. Iolas not only extended the hand of friendship and financial support, he also played an important role in the creation of their artistic output, inspiring ideas and themes. From de Chirico, he commissioned costumes and set designs for a ballet production in Athens; in the mid-1980s he proposed to Warhol that the artist create a series of works based on Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ for an exhibition in Milan, a project Warhol relished. He was even one of the few people at the time to fully embrace Picasso’s late paintings, when these works by the artist were undervalued and unappreciated by all but a discerning few.

Iolas staged pivotal exhibitions of new work by Ernst and René Magritte, but also by Victor Brauner, Dorothea Tanning and Leonor Fini. He fostered the talents of artists such as Lucio Fontana and Claude Lalanne, and also connected with the Pop sensibility of Ed Ruscha and the eroticism of Takis, giving shows to both. His eye was informed by intuition, he said, rather than commercial considerations.

The bond between Warhol and Iolas was to prove unbreakable. They met in New York in 1945 when the young illustrator was just 17. By 1952, Iolas gave Warhol his first gallery show: ‘Fifteen Drawings based on the writings of Truman Capote”. The two continued to work together closely until their deaths, only months apart in 1987. Just as Iolas hosted Warhol’s first gallery exhibition, he would also host his last, commissioning a series of works, coincidentally but somewhat poetically based on Da Vinci’s the Last Supper. In Adrian Dannatt’s words, “Andy worked with many other dealers, but Iolas had a special place.”

Warhol produced several portraits of Iolas, testament to their enduring friendship. The gallerist can be seen in a 1972 diptych portrait, where he fades and appears through smudges of silver acrylic paint. Again, in 1974, Warhol immortalised Iolas in a portrait, against a proud blue background, in which Iolas stares straight at the viewer.

Quoted in Interview magazine in March 2014, Adrian Dannatt and Vincent Freemont – who collaborated on the exhibition that year at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, ‘Alexander the Great: The Iolas Gallery 19551987’, of some 40 works by artists Iolas worked with during his lifetime – describe how Iolas cut a swathe through the art world with his flamboyant persona: “he made up for [his small stature] by wearing shoes with Cuban heels, outlandish furs… if you saw him you would stop and go, ‘Wow, who is this person?’”

His professional achievements were often attached to extraordinary stories – possibly apocryphal – and a legend formed that was in part of his own making. It was said that he had married Theodora Roosevelt to attain a Green Card and that curls of his hair were made into false eyelashes for Marlene Dietrich.

Michel Strauss, former Head of the Impressionist & Modern Art Department at Sotheby’s London, recalls visiting Iolas in 1979: “He opened a drawer which was full of Cartier watches, pulled one out and gave it to me. He had a big drawer full of those watches, which he handed out to his friends like sweets.”

In later life, having closed all but his New York gallery, Iolas concentrated his energy on his home, a marble palace that he built in an unprepossessing working class suburb of Athens. It was, in a way, his last gallery, a domestic space filled with the art that he had loved throughout his career and furnishings that complemented his flamboyant demeanour.

Iolas returned to New York, the setting of many of his greatest triumphs, and he died in Manhattan in the summer of 1987. The New York Times noted that he would be remembered as a dealer who could convince a client with “his hierophantic manner, his often sensational mode of dress and his mischievous and sometimes irresistible charm.”

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