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RIP Lawrence Carroll – (26 October 1954 – 21 May 2019)

May 22nd, 2019

  • Lawrence Caroll Ghost House

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    The Australian-born, American-raised painter Lawrence Carroll—known for his expressively elegant, restrained sculptural pictures often assembled from found materials—has died. (Artforum)

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    The Passing of Mono-ha Artist Nobuo Sekine at 76 -May 18, 2019

    May 18th, 2019
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    Artsy Obit

    Nobuo Sekine (1942–2019)
    Conceptual artist Nobuo Sekine—whose ephemeral, site-specific sculptural and installation works were associated with Mono-ha (the School of Things), the postwar Japanese art movement active in the late 1960s to the mid ’70s—died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was seventy-six years old.(Artforum Obit)

    (Historical Photographs)


    (Phase of Nothingness – Cloth and Stones)


  • Nobuo Sekine and his Phase of Nothingness (1969) installed at the Japanese Pavilion, 35th Venice Biennale, 1970. Photo by Yoriko Kushigemachi. © Nobuo Sekine.

  • RIP I M Pei – East- West Center in Manoa

    May 16th, 2019

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    RIP I M Pei at 102

    Obit from Phaidon-2019

  • Jefferson Hall, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii This 1963 building was one of a handful commissioned from Pei by the US government, who viewed the East-West Center, in the centre of the Pacific as “a meeting place for the intellectuals of the East and the West,”

    “Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei was tapped to design the core buildings of the new campus on the eastern edge of the university grounds,” Bradley writes. “Pei was already coming into his own as a brilliant architect, after designing a number of buildings in Atlanta, Denver, and was also designing the new L’Enfant Plaza in DC at the time. Of course, the symbolism of having a Chinese-American architect design the buildings of the East-West Center was probably not lost on anybody.”

    The residential blocks were heavily influenced by Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation designs; (Pei was such a Corbu fan he even wore glasses similar to those favoured by the Swiss-French architect). However, the Hawaiian climate allowed Pei a little more freedom, prompting him to include outdoor communal kitchens for Honolulu students, offering them good ventilation, and even better views of the surrounding hills.

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    Sayonara, the Passing of Int’l Actress Kyo Machiko at 95

    May 14th, 2019

  • (Kyo Machiko in Floating Weeds directed by Ozu Yasujiro)

    Kyodo news obit

    Machiko Kyo, internationally acclaimed Japanese actress, dies at 95

    Kyo Machiko (wiki)

    Kyō continued to act through her 80’s. Her final role was as “Matsuura Shino” in the NHK television drama series Haregi Koko Ichiban in 2000. In 2017 she was presented with an award of merit at the 40th Japanese Academy Awards.[1] After retiring from film, she moved back to Osaka, where she resided until her death.
    Kyō never married, although her romantic relationship with Daiei’s president Masaichi Nagata was well-publicized in her native country.
    Kyō died from heart failure on May 12, 2019. She was 95


    (Kyo Machiko with Marlon and Glenn Ford from the Tea House of the August Moon)

    Her sole role in a non-Japanese film was as the young geisha Lotus Blossom from The Teahouse of the August Moon opposite Marlon Brando and Glenn Ford, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

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    Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa)


  • (Rashomon – Kurosawa, cinematography by Miyagawa)


  • (The Face of Another, Kyo Machiko directed by Teshigahara)

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    Kenji Mizoguchi and actresses on the set of his film “Street of Shame (Akasen Chitai)

  • The Usual Suspects Meet Bohemian Rhapsody

    May 13th, 2019
  • Caravaggio
    (Dexter Fletcher played young Caravaggio, directed by Derek Jarman)
    Dexter Fletcher how he ended up replacing Bryan Singer here

    Fletcher replaced Singer in the Freddie Mercury biopic last December, after Singer became ‘unavailable’ following reports of major clashes with Rami.

    The Rocketman by Dexter Fletcher (Hollywood reporter, see a trailer)

  • The Usual S.

    The Usual Suspects , (Me Too are after both Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer. )

    Bryan Singer described the film The Usual Suspects as Double Indemnity meets Rashomon, and said that it was made “so you can go back and see all sorts of things you didn’t realize were there the first time. You can get it a second time in a way you never could have the first time around.”[16] He also compared the film’s structure to Citizen Kane (which also contained an interrogator and a subject who is telling a story) and the criminal caper The Anderson Tapes.[12]

    Gabriel Byrne Homepage (Who just had a birthday celebration on May 12.. also a link to his saying goodbye to Albert Finney who starred with him in Miller’s Crossing.)

    Mr. Kobayshi or Peter Postlethwaite here .

    The Passing of Enigmatic Painter Thomas Nozkowski at 75

    May 9th, 2019

  • Untitled – 2010


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    Thomas Nozkowski passed away (Art News)

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    Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944, Teaneck, New Jersey, d. 2019) is recognized for his richly colored and intimately scaled abstract paintings and drawings that push the limits of visual language. An awareness of perception and the desire to explore the possibilities of seeing, is at once grounded in reality for the artist and released from specific legibility. His concurrent practices of painting and drawing reflect on specific places and experiences—from the deeply symbolic to the notational—translating sensations and memories into abstract compositions

  • In conversation (Brookynrail.org) with Nozkowski

  • Gary Snyder – Poet of Deep Ecology at 89

    May 7th, 2019

  • Gary Snyder (Photo by Allen Ginsberg )

    Happy birthday Gary Snyder (May 8 1930)

  • “I feel ancient, as though I had
    Lived many lives.
    And may never now know
    If I am a fool
    Or have done what my
    karma demands.”‘ Gary Snyder

  • “Range after range of mountains.
    Year after year after year.
    I am still in love.”
    ― Gary Snyder

    “Clouds sink down the hills
    Coffee is hot again. The dog
    Turns and turns about, stops and sleeps.”
    ― Gary Snyder, Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems

    Reality Insight (poem on youtube)

  • Paris Review Interview here.

  • Poetry foundation

    ”Poetry a riprap on the slick rock of metaphysics”
    “Once Only almost at the equator almost at the
    equinox
    exactly at midnight from a ship the full moon in the center of the sky.”

  • Iain Sinclair meets Gary Snyder (The Man In the Clearing)

  • Snyder on Kerouac

    The dialectic that I observed in Jack, which was kind of charming, really, and you see it at work in his novels, was that be could play the fool and he could play the student very well. “But see, I really don’t know anything about this. Teach me!” “Wow! You really know how to do that?” and lead you on. ‘I’hat was balanced by sometimes great authoritativeness and great arrogance, and he would suddenly say, “I am the authority.” But then he would get out of that again. It was partly maybe like a really skillful novelist’s con, to get people to speak. And be uses that as a literary device in his novels, where he presents himself often as the straight guy and he lets the other guys be smart.

    I much appreciated what he had to say about spontaneous prose, although I never wrote prose. I think it influenced my journal writing a lot, some of which would, say, be registered in the book Earth House Hold. I think that I owe a lot to Jack in my prose style, actually. And my sense of poetics has been touched by Jack for sure.

    Our interchanges on Buddhism were on the playful and delightful level of exchanging the lore, exchanging what we knew about it, what he thought of Mahayana. He made up names. He would follow on the Mahayana Sutra invention of lists, and he would invent more lists, like the names of all the past Buddhas, the names of all the future Buddhas, the names of all the other universes. He was great at that. But it was not like a pair of young French intellectuals sitting down comparing their structural comprehension of something. We exchanged lore. And I would tell him, “Now look. Here are these Chinese Buddhists,” and that’s how we ended up talking about the Han-shan texts together, and I introduced him to the texts that give the anecdotes of the dialogues and confrontations between T’ang Dynasty masters and disciples, and of course he was delighted by that. Anybody is. ‘I’hat’s what we did.

    Orson Welles’ Sketchbook & Max Ophuls

    May 5th, 2019

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    Orson Welles sought justice for Isaac Wood a African-American World War II veteran.

  • Max Ophuls and Orson Welles share a birthday on May 6. Max was born 12 years earlier, in 1902, Orson in 1915.

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  • Actor James Mason, who worked with Ophüls on two films, wrote a short poem about the director’s love for tracking shots and elaborate camera movements:

    A shot that does not call for tracks
    Is agony for poor old Max,
    Who, separated from his dolly,
    Is wrapped in deepest melancholy.
    Once, when they took away his crane,
    I thought he’d never smile again.



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  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak on Her life & on Her work with Derrida

    April 30th, 2019
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    Interview Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

    Because of the unusualness of my parents…my mother was very active. When the refugees from the newly created state of East Pakistan came in the millions into Calcutta at Independence at 5:00am in the morning she was in the railway station helping with rehabilitation. She helped establish a nunnery particularly for educated middle-class women who really wanted to get out of their lives, etc. She ran the first working women’s hostel in Calcutta so well that even the state asked her, “Mrs. Chakravorty, how do you do it? We failed!”

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    Spivak – Interview

    Has your understanding of Derrida’s book changed over the four decades since you first translated it?

    So I found. When I began, I didn’t notice how critical the book was of “Eurocentrism” because the word in 1967 was not so common. Derrida was an Algerian Jew, born before World War II, who was actually encountering Western philosophy from the inside. A brilliant man, he was looking at its Eurocentrism.

    He also said a very powerful thing about African orality: they could remember seven generations back; we’ve lost that capacity. There, “writing” takes place on the psychic material called “memory.” Derrida connects this to Freud. So he was saying, look at reality carefully. It’s coded so that other people, even if they’re not present, can understand what we are saying. He looked at how this was suppressed in philosophical traditions.

  • Ornette Coleman and Derrida

  • Derrida was from Algeria – Previous post, Far from Men Viggo’s film about Algeria

    Adieu Jean Pierre Marielle (April 12, 1932 – April 24, 2019)

    April 24th, 2019

  • ALL THE MORNINGS OF THE WORLD, (AKA TOUS LES MATINS DU MONDE), Jean-Pierre Marielle, Caroline Sihol, 1991, (c)October Films

  • Jean Pierre Marielle passed away
    via wiki

    Jean-Pierre Marielle (April 12, 1932 – April 24, 2019)[2] was a French actor. He played in more than a hundred films in which he brought life to a very large diversity of roles, from the banal citizen (Les Galettes de Pont-Aven), to the serial killer (Sans mobile apparent), to the World War II hero (Les Milles), to the compromised spy (La Valise [fr]), to the has-been actor (Les Grands Ducs), to his portrayal of Jacques Saunière in (The Da Vinci Code (film) , acting always with the same excellence whatever the quality of the movie in itself. He was well known for his outspokenness and especially for his warm and cavernous voice which is often imitated by French humorists considering him as the archetype of the French gentleman.


  • with Philippe Noiret in Coup de Torchon.

    Adieu Ivan Regina

    April 19th, 2019
  • See his many striking photos here

  • Ivan Regina posted on April 13, that he was feeling sick. He fell into a comma as Notre Dame de Paris was burning.
    He loved life and art, will miss him greatly.. he taught me a French expression, “Très maitrisé”
    It means “under control”, and more.. he explained.

    Crottes de chameaux – (camel dung, Ivan referred to the rock formation)

    PapagoCrottes de chameaux -(merci Ivan Regina)

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Monday, April 27, 2009

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    Ivan Regina (above) – to Heros Fragiles
    (Time Lapse – previous blog presentation)

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    Nod le Fou, Ivan Régina, juillet 2009

  • Fais Vite (previous post)

    Bibi Andersson (11 November 1935 – 14 April 2019)

    April 14th, 2019

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    Sad news.. goodbye Bibi Andersson! RIP
    Obit here -Guardian

    she starred in more than 10 films Bergman-directed pictures, including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Brink of Life, The Magician, The Passion of Anna, The Touch and Persona. She also appeared with Ingmar Bergman on the Dick Cavett Show for interviews.
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    Persona – Bibi Andersson

  • Persona Persona Ingmar Bergman and Sven Nykvist

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    Gunnel Lindblom, Jeanne Moreau, Ingmar Bergman and Bibi Andersson.