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An Interview With Adele

An Interview With Adele

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by Maria Burmaster

 

On a nondescript, cold and rainy day we’re nestled inside London’s British Museum, soaking in a museum we’ve never visited and maybe even waiting for a blip of babe to pop up on our radar.

Not just any babe, we want radiance, beauty and preferably good news on this drab day. Then all wishful thinking stops. She appears.  She appears in the colors of honeybee actually, and we feel warm again.

Her name is Adele or Delly, as her friends call her. She wears what looks to be a giant, asymmetrical yellow sheepskin vest over black: a tint of charcoal black crossed over with shades of witch black; basically all we can say is that she’s wearing lots of black.

It goes without saying but with such an outfit, this British lass is most definitely an untroubled style shaker and resplendent surprise on an otherwise gloomy London day. 

Six months later, we’ve tracked down Adele to ask her a loads of questions that we were too sheepish to ask her in person, on that fateful day.

Full Interview here 

 

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An Interview With Marissa

An Interview With Marissa

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By stupefying chance, I bumped into Marissa twice.

Once at the Whitney and once at the Met Museum. Each time she seemed to be working, like wearing-a-badge-and-on-the-clock working. From these two accidental encounters, one thing was crystal clear, when Marissa is around music should be playing. Metaphorically or actually, whatever is fine, as long as it’s nothing fustian, just a melody that sticks in your mind.

To happen upon Marissa once was most winsome but crossing paths with her twice caused me to have those cartoon stars in my eyes and dreamy half thoughts like, “Who is this enchantress that has the time, let alone the courage, to work at every museum in New York City?! Is she in fact, real? Could she be…”

In this interview, Marissa, museum employee, NY native and babe among a myriad of other things, graces us with her own sorta song… Full interview here
 

Marissa at Met Museum by Xavier Aaronson

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An Interview With Diana

An Interview With Diana

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Only a babe is capable of dealing with everyday oddities with the greatest of ease.

Most waffling dopes know that an uninvited chat rarely turns into light repartee. However, that was not the case with Diana, the waviest of creatures you’ll ever meet at the Brooklyn Museum, or any museum, or any Brooklyn.

We caught Diana during one of the tiniest moments of solitude, during which she was spacing out, waiting for her friends to meet her at the museum. She was sitting in the foyer when she completely lasso-ed our attention. Perhaps it was her tough-chick Doc Martens dangling from her freshly laundered, matching socks. I don’t know.

Since Diana is of the rarest strands of loveliness, she politely agreed to having a couple photos taken for BATM. Months trickled by and we could still not etch her out of our minds. To justify her magnanimity for the whole world to see, we tracked her down and asked her silly questions about bestiality in art, rappers playing artists in movies and more. Turns out, all this time, we were staring down the barrel of a funnier, smarter babe than we were ever prepared to encounter.

Check out our unserious interview here.

Diana Tran at Brooklyn Museum cred Xavier Aaronson

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A Babe Behind The Babe: An Interview With Amanda

A Babe Behind The Babe: An Interview With Amanda

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Nevermind laughter; hypnotism is contagious.

The last time I caught myself really struck by another museum-goer was a few months ago, at the MET in New York. There was someone in standing so still in front of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s The Triumph of Marius that I myself was stuck in a competing stupor.

Her motionless concentration was as beautiful as the museum’s own four-corned majesty. Her name was Amanda and she was at the museum doing research for her latest novel.

Months had passed and echoes from our random encounter remained as vivid as ever. To quench our curiosity, we decided to track Amanda down, ask her a few questions about who she really is, in order to trade in our ephemeral hypnosis for a more permanent attraction.

 

Amanda Marie Burmaster at Met Museum cred. Xavier Aaronson

 

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A Babe Behind The Babe: An Interview With Jessica Tom

A Babe Behind The Babe: An Interview With Jessica Tom

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What we liked most about Jessica was her indulgence. Within a few seconds of spotting Jessica glide through Frances Stark’s My Best Thing exhibition at the MoMA PS1, her sniper-like focus on the exhibited words and full disregard for anyone around her completely fascinated us. Without breaking her concentration too much, we asked to take her photo and then off she went. The memory lingers in a way that’s more vivid than other babe encounters at the museum.

We managed to track Jessica down and ask her some things about herself that we didn’t get a chance to delve into during our initial 15-second interaction back in January. We interviewed Jessica about what artists excite her senses the most, the exciting madness of Yayoi Kusama’s Fireflies exhibit, and how museums could loosen rules a tad bit more to make visits more relaxing. Full interview here.

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A Babe Behind The Babe: An Interview With Jessica

A Babe Behind The Babe: An Interview With Jessica

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It was my first time shooting abroad and Antwerp happened to be the city to kick things off in. There I found a new, tetris-like monument called the MAS Museum and inside, I was treated to a lovely, chance encounter with a stunning Belgian called Jessica. Up until the moment we spoke, Jessica was moving between galleries and artworks in total dazed intrigue, oblivious to the rest of the museum-goers and even better, completely inattentive to her own allure.

We recently caught up with Jessica to talk about the color black, the pleasures of people-lurking, and the photographers who best depict a woman’s sex appeal. Complete interview here.

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Jessica in front of Anne-Mie Van Kerckhovens colorful murals at the  MAS Museum of Antwerp (photo by Xavier Aaronson)

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A Babe Behind The Babe: An Interview with Anni

A Babe Behind The Babe: An Interview with Anni

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The MoMA was packed. But then again it’s always packed. With so many people, you tend to zone out and get tired, until someone of quiet pizzazz strolls in and slips right into the corner of your eye. Free of any friends, family, or escorts, this radiant wanderer drifted through paintings and people, careless of the crowd, like someone who practically lives at the museum. With a certain Meret Openheim backdrop in mind and a little battery-life left in my camera, I hoped she was cool with having her photo taken. Her name was Anni. Full interview here

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Red Head, Blue Body by Meret Oppenheim 1936. (photo by X.A.)

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A Babe Behind The Babe: An Interview with Mia

A Babe Behind The Babe: An Interview with Mia

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How could we forget Mia. She’s the radiant German brunette who we met at the MoMA a few months ago with legs like stilts, a band-aid-covered knee, and unforgettable shiny flats. We remember it like yesterday. She gave us effortless looks and relaxed poses as we snaked through different galleries for a series of unique photos.  We recently caught up with Mia to get an update on what she’s been up to, what artists would make the best fashion designers, and how the museum experience could be improved. Full interview here

 

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Mia and Claude Monet Water Lilies (1914–26) at MoMA

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A Babe Behind The Babe: An Interview with Ana

A Babe Behind The Babe: An Interview with Ana

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We speak to one of our favorite babes about short, museum-appropriate dresses, Frida’s enchanting severity, and romance in museums. Read our interview here

Ana at MoMA PS1 by Xavier Aaronson

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