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The Passing of Poet, Tireless Traveler, W. S Merwin at 91

March 15th, 2019
  • Merwin Conservancy.org

    Pulitzer Pris winning poet W.S. Merwin passed away at 91


  • (With his wife Paula)
    Photo via

    FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF MY DEATH

    Every year without knowing it I have passed the day When the last fires will wave to me
    And the silence will set out
    Tireless traveler
    Like the beam of a lightless star

    Then I will no longer
    Find myself in life as in a strange garment
    Surprised at the earth
    And the love of one woman
    And the shamelessness of men

    As today writing after three days of rain
    Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease
    And bowing not knowing to what

    — W.S. Merwin

  • New Yorker -The Final Prophecy of W.S Merwin

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    Paris Review (Obit)

    “The kind of writing that matters most to me is something you don’t learn about,” Merwin tells Edward Hirsch in his interview. “It’s constantly coming out of what I don’t know rather than what I do know. I find it as I go. In a sense, much that is learned is bound to be bad habits. You’re always beginning again.”

  • Art of Poetry (Paris Review)

  • The Ascetic Insight of W.S. Merwin (New Yorker)

  • Stephen Hawking Died on Einstein’s Birthday on March 14, 2018

    March 14th, 2019
  • Marie Curie’s Pict0410
    Sex scandal?
    (photo by Fung Lin Hall from the supermarket rack).

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    Stephen Hawking (previous post)

  • See more March 14 birthdays here.


    (Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer – photo by Alfred Eisenstaed)


  • Einstein and Tagore

    On July 14, 1930, Albert Einstein welcomed into his home on the outskirts of Berlin the Indian philosopher, musician, and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The two proceeded to have one of the most stimulating, intellectually riveting conversations in history.

    John Richardson – an Art Historian & Picasso Biographer died at 95

    March 13th, 2019

  • John Richardson’s home with a portrait of him by Andy Warhol. Photo by François Halard, courtesy of Rizzoli.
    Artnet obit

  • Richardson wiki


  • From left to right: son Paolo, Picasso, Jacqueline, daughter-in-law Christine,
    art expert John Richardson, poet Jean Cocteau and art historian Douglas Cooper
    Photo via


    Modigliani, Picasso & Andre Salmon.
    (John Richardson – A Life of Picasso Volume II 1997.)

  • Michael Andre

    I read enough John Richardson. He is as pious about Picasso as a banker is about his gold reserves.
    Poetry and painting are fundamentally difficult. Poetry is essentially without pecuniary value. Art can be more valuable than gold or platinum.

    (A day before the passing of John Richardson, there was a lively discussion on FB on Picasso)

  • Art News obit

  • RIP Carolee Scheemann (1939 – 2019)

    March 6th, 2019
  • Art News obit

  • Carolee
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    Carolee Scheemann

    Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist. Transformed the definition of art, especially discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender. The history of her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, the body of the artist in dynamic relationship with the social body.


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  • Carolee Schneeman on Robert Morris (See photo of their collaboration)

    OH DEAR BOB . . . your death is unacceptable. Your absence joins the current stampede of death, diminishing the continued conversations among my generation. Missing in action. I am so grateful for our wonderfully enriching history and for the configuration of friends and work that surrounds the years we shared. We were neighbors here in the Hudson Valley, and it’s wrenching to consider that we cannot anticipate more good times together.


  • Carolee Schneemann
    Terminal Velocity
    2001-2005, impressions jet d’encre 96 x 84 chacune. Collection Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart

    Intime Images Mediatsisees pour reflechir histoire

    Conversation with Carolee Schneemann

    Artplus interview

    Hinamatsuri, Happy Girls Day in Japan – March 3, 2019

    March 3rd, 2019
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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall (Scottsdale, Arizona)

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    The Dolls – (Directed by Takeshi Kitano, Poland gave this the best film award – costume design by Yoji Yamamoto)

    Name these girls – Happy Hinamatsuri album

    Google Hinamatsuri

    The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. Hinamatsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi (雛流し, lit. “doll floating”), in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them.(via wiki)

  • James Merrill (March 3, 1926 – February 6, 1995)

    March 2nd, 2019

  • James Merrill, Stonington, Connecticut, June 1973; photograph by Jill Krementz
    (photo via)

    James Merrill (March 3, 1926 – February 6, 1995)

    Log

    “[…] Now and then
    “It is given to see clearly. There
    “Is what remains of you, a body
    “Unshaven, flung on the sofa. Stains of egg
    “Harden about the mouth, smoke still
    “Rises between fingers or from nostrils.
    “The eyes deflect the stars through years of vacancy.
    “Your agitation at such moments
    “Is all too human. You and the stars
    “Seem both endangered, each
    “At the other’s mercy. Yet the gem
    “Revolves in space, the vision shuttles off.
    “A toneless waltz glints through the pea-sized funhouse.
    “The day is breaking someone else’s heart”

    ~ birthday celebrant James Merrill.

    Thanks to Chris Schneider for the poem above.

  • Poetry Foundation

  • RIP Andre Previn, Film Composer, Won 4 Oscars & played duet with Oscar Peterson

    February 28th, 2019
  • Timothy Spall, Bruno Ganz at The Party & Sally Potter’s Molly

    February 27th, 2019
  • Timothy Spall was born on Feb 27.

  • Bruno Ganz – interview.

    RIP Bruno Ganz

  • Sally Potter’s most anticipated film – Molly

  • Julie Christie
    Julie Christie was in Sally Potter’s early film.

    Wave to Orlando – (Tilda and Sally Potter) (previous post)

    RIP Donald Keene – Enigmatic, Eminent Scholar of Japanese Literature

    February 24th, 2019
  • Japanese Literature Scholar, Translater Donald Keene died at 96.

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    Akutagawa Hiroshi, Mishima and Donald Keene
    Mishima (his final performance)

  • His autobiography is an excellent read.. what an amazing life.

    Keene Observation Donald Keene (On his 84th birthday)

  • Donald Keene

  • Interesting review of his book by Colin Marshall.. Donald Keene on Familiar Terms.

  • Enigmatic Emperor Emperor Meiji

    Dancer, Director, Stanley Donen Dazzled us, dies at 94

    February 23rd, 2019

  • Stanley Donen dies at 94


    Two for the Road


    Indiscreet

    Stanley Donen dated Elizabeth Taylor, married many times, condolences to Elaine May who has been his partner.

    Edward Gorey – Love of Balanchine PT II

    February 22nd, 2019

  • Edward Gorey near one of the Nadelman sculptures on the promenade at the NY State Theater, 1973. Photograph: Bruce Chernin. Image provided by the Alpern Collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University.
    photo via Paris Review
    Edward St. John Gorey (February 22, 1925 – April 15, 2000)

    “He was a precocious child. He claimed to have read all the works of Victor Hugo by the age of eight.”

  • Edward Gorey

    Edward Gorey Love of George Balanchine Part I

  • Feb 22 – Int’l cat day in Japan .. see Gorey with cat here.

  • Wes Anderson is under the spell of Edward Gorey


  • Two roommates

    Poet Frank O’Hara and macabre writer and illustrator Edward Gorey were roommates at Harvard in the late ’40s, where they furnished their apartment with garden furniture and a coffee table made from a repurposed tombstone. According to The New Yorker, the pair “established their rooms as (in the words of a home-town friend) the spot to ‘lie down on a chaise lounge, get mellow with a few drinks, and listen to Marlene Dietrich records.’” Pompous and eccentric? Perhaps. But we bet their room was the coolest place on campus.

  • Art is a Dark Mirror, Ellen Harvey’s Reflective Installations

    February 20th, 2019
  • Ellen Harvey

    Night Hawk

    Metal Painting 2015
    Harvard Magazine – Art is a Dark Mirror

    Ellen Harvey’s reflective installations