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R I P Robert Pirsig – Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenace + Lila

April 24th, 2017
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    Robert M. Pirsig

    “His well known book ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ was rejected by 121 publishers.”

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    Early photos

    Lila (wiki)

    NYtimes obit

    One of Mr. Pirsig’s central ideas is that so-called ordinary experience and so-called transcendent experience are actually one and the same — and that Westerners only imagine them as separate realms because Plato, Aristotle and other early philosophers came to believe that they were.

    But Plato and Aristotle were wrong, Mr. Pirsig said. Worse, the mind-body dualism, soldered into Western consciousness by the Greeks, fomented a kind of civil war of the mind — stripping rationality of its spiritual underpinnings and spirituality of its reason, and casting each into false conflict with the other.

    In his part gnomic, part mechanic’s style, Mr. Pirsig’s narrator declares that the real world is a seamless continuum of the material and metaphysical.

    “The Buddha, the Godhead,” he writes, “resides quite as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain or in the petals of a flower.”

    Magnificent Polish Artist Magdalena Abakanowicz died at 86,

    April 21st, 2017
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    Magdalena Abakanowicz died at 86.
    See another photo of her from Daily News Obit here.

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    From quite early in her life, Abakanowicz has held a deep regard for the rough stalwartness of the Polish peasant culture and the utilitarian weaving done by Polish women.
    “The fiber I use in my works derives from plants and is similar to that from which we ourselves are composed…our heart is surrounded by the coronary plexus, the most vital of threads…handling fiber we handle mystery. When the biology of our body breaks down the skin has to be cut so as to give access to the inside. Later it has to be sewn on like fabric. Fabric is our covering and attire, made with our hands it is a record of our thought.”
    There is also an intriguing dichotomy in most of Abakanowicz’s work, one involving the powerful contrast between organic vitality and death. The wood trunks from the cycle War Games, for instance, invoke images of both victim and weapon, as the impoverished tree has been sculpted to resemble the axe that hewed it.

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    (Standing Mutants, 1992-1994 © Magdalena Abakanowicz, photo: by Jan Kosmowski)

    Magdalena Abakanowicz:Crowd and Individual

  • Photo Journalist Felipe Dana Takes Us to an Inside View of the Battle for Mosul

    April 17th, 2017
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    Guardian (April 13, 2017)

    Felipe Dana has spent the past three weeks photographing the Mosul offensive. He spoke to us about his experience.

  • Felipe Dana is from Brazil – (homepage)

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    In Iraq, hundreds of US troops have been sent to reinforce the assault on Mosul, with many more waiting in the wings

    Click and see Children play inside a damaged car amid heavy destruction in a neighborhood recently retaken by Iraqi security forces from Islamic State militants on the western side of Mosul, Iraq.
    (Instagram – Felipe Dana)

  • Felipe Dama won Pulitzer Prise for photo journalism

  • Fassbinder’s Eye, Cinematographer Michael Balhaus Dies – (5 August 1935 – 11 April 2017)

    April 12th, 2017
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    Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder worked together on 16 films. (via)

    Indiewire obit

  • Martin Scorsese

    He gave me an education, and he changed my way of thinking about what it is to make a film. He was a great artist. He was also a precious and irreplaceable friend, and this is a great loss for me.”

  • Michael Ballhaus was a German cinematographer. In 1990, he was the Head of the Jury at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival

    Ballhaus was influenced by family friend Max Ophüls,[3] and appears as an extra in Ophüls last film Lola Montès (1955).[4]

    He came to prominence with his work on sixteen films for Rainer Werner Fassbinder beginning with Whity (1971) and, including The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), Chinese Roulette (1976) and The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978)

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  • Gunther Kaufmann

  • Extraordinary & Cosmopolitan, Von Sydow, Seyrig and Shariff

    April 10th, 2017
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    Best Intentions – Max Von Sydow played Ingmar Bergman’s grandfather. (Directed by Bille August, scripted by Ingmar Bergman, won Palm d’Or at Cannes)

    Max Von Sydow became a French citizen in 2002. He has appeared in many films in many languages, including Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish (via wiki)

    See a photo of Max Von Sydow by Julian Schnabel (previous post) here.

    Speaking French in Diving Bell and Butterfly (youtube)

  • Max Von Sydow, Delphine Seyrig and Omar Shariff were all born on April 10.

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    (From Stolen Kisses directed by Francois Truffaut)

    Margurite Duras called Delphine Seyrig a famous stranger (previous post)

    Cool, auburn-haired French actress, born in Lebanon. Spent part of her early childhood in New York, where her archaeologist father was cultural attaché. Acted on the Parisian stage from 1952-55. Returned to New York to attend classes at the Actor’s Studio. Appeared on stage in Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People”. On the strength of her performance, she was cast in the lead of Last Year at Marienbad (1961) by director Alain Resnais. Subsequently acted in films by major European film makers, including Joseph Losey, Luis Bunuel and Francois Truffaut.
    She considered herself a feminist who was additionally socialist as opposed to her friend Jane Fonda, whom she called a socialist who was additionally feminist.

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    (From Dr Zhivago directed by David Lean)

    “Omar Sharif” was not the name given to him by his well-to-do, Catholic parents.

    From Movie Interviews
    50 Years On, Sharif Looks Back At ‘Lawrence’

    “My name was Michel,” he told NPR in 2012. Michel Shalhoub, to be exact. In his memoir, he wrote about wanting an Arab-sounding name that was easy to pronounce in different languages — essential to a man who spoke not just Arabic but also French and English. “I went to the school where the priests were French. And then after, when I was 9 or 8 years old, I went to an English school — thank God. And there was a theater there. And that’s how I started to become an actor.”

    Egyptian director Asaad Kelada says this multicultural preparation meant Sharif “was able to travel from nationality to nationality with conviction in the roles that he played. And so he was really the go-to person for any role that was of an exotic or different nature at that time.”

    For his next big film after Lawrence of Arabia, Sharif transformed himself from an Arab freedom fighter to a Russian revolutionary poet in Doctor Zhivago

    Omar Shariff passed away July 2015.

  • Isabel Coixet a prolific director was born in Spain and have made films in America, Paris and Tokyo and she was born on April 9.

    From France to Sedona Arizona, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington & Dorothea Tanning

    April 5th, 2017
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    Photo by Herman Landshoff – Max Ernst in New York 1942 (Guggenheim collection)
    Max Ernst fled Europe helped by his marriage to Peggy Guggenheim. He left his girlfrind Leonora Carrington and she suffered a major mental breakdown.

    Max had a terrific reputation for his beauty, charm, and success with women. He had white hair and big blue eyes and a handsome beak-like nose resembling a bird’s. He was exquisitely made – ( from Peggy Guggenheim’s Out of this Century).

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    Leonora with Max Ernst and Paul Eluard Photo by Lee Miller

    Leonora Carrington (April 6 was her birthday)

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    Max with Lee and Man Ray.
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  • Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst in Sedona Arizona.

    James Rosenquist – Pop Artist with Blue-Color Charm dies at 83

    April 1st, 2017
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    Mr. Rosenquist’s paintings rarely contained overt political messages, but his best-known work, the enormous “F-111” (1964-5), was a protest against American militarism.

    NYtimes James Rosenquist, Pop Art Pioneer, Dies at 83

    Miami Hearald obit

    Pop Art giant James Rosenquist’s work influenced generations from New York to Miami

    His Studio

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    Slideshow

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    The Bird of Paradise Approaches the Hot Water Planet (Grisaille), 1989.

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    Tumbledweed 1963-66

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    Via Russ Blaise

    William Acquavella, the New York art dealer, said that Mr. Rosenquist lost a significant amount of work in the fire.
    “He just rebounded from it,” he said. “Another guy would have had a tougher time bouncing back. But he enjoyed working, he enjoyed creating things, and he enjoyed painting.”
    Mr. Rosenquist also had homes in Bedford, N.Y., and Miami. Recently, he had been spending most of his time in New York City, Ms. Thompson said.
    In 2009, Mr. Rosenquist published an autobiography, “Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art,” written with David Dalton. Reviewing it in The New York Times, Dwight Garner called it “a ruddy and humble book, lighted from within by the author’s plainspoken, blue-collar charm.”

    Mike Brodie’s Photos & Andrea Arnold’s American Honey

    March 30th, 2017
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    Mike Brodie

    Born 1985 in Arizona, Mike Brodie first began photographing in 2004 when he was given a Polaroid camera. Working under the moniker, The Polaroid Kidd, Brodie spent the next four years circumambulating the U.S. amassing an archive of photographs that would go on to make up one of the few, true collections of American travel photography. Having never undergone any formal training, he chose to remained untethered to the pressures and expectations of the art market.

    He stopped making photographs after two projects.

    See more here.

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  • Discovered Mike Brodie’s photos from an interview on Andrea Arnold here.
    American Honey
    Sean O’Hagan asked Andrea Arnold –

    I myself was struck by how closely the mag crew resembled the real-life itinerants, runaways and train-hoppers photographed by Mike Brodie in his 2013 book A Period of Juvenile Prosperity. “Yes!” exclaims Arnold, when I mention this. “I love his photos, they’re beautiful. When I first spoke to Shia [LaBeouf] about the film, I actually gave him a Mike Brodie photo for one of the characters I imagined him to be. But also his pictures have the Polaroid light that I love.”

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    Sasha Lane Photo via LA
    ‘American Honey’ weaves an ode to the road with Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough and newcomer Sasha Lane.

    Arnold won an Oscar for her 2003 short film “Wasp,” but her real breakthrough was “Fish Tank,” the story of a young British girl struggling to break free from the prescribed life in her tower block. (It was also among the early major glimpses of actor Michael Fassbender.) Though “Fish Tank” was not a box-office hit on initial release, Arnold’s unique blend of grit and lyricism has seen its stature only grow in the years since, cited as an influence by the likes of “Girls” creator Lena Dunham.

    Forrest Bess, Bruce Nauman & Robert Smithson from The Menil Houston Collection

    March 28th, 2017
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    Forrest Bess, American, 1911 – 1977
    The Hermaphrodite, 1957
    Oil on canvas

    See more Forrest Bess (previous post including a video)

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    Bruce Nauman American, born 1941,
    Untitled, 1965
    Fiberglas, polyester resin, and neon tubing

    Poking Around Wittgenstein + Bruce Nauman (from Wittgenstein archive)

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    Robert Smithson American, 1938 – 1973
    Christ Series: Christ in Limbo, 1961
    Ink and gouache on paper

    Robert Smithson died in Amarillo Texas (previous post)

  • Edward Weston & the Photos of Real America, Tina Modotti, Robinson Jeffers, Cats, Fish Gourds etc.

    March 24th, 2017
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    EDWARD WESTON, “Three Fish-Gourds (Juguetes)”, 1926, silver print, printed ca. 1935-40, 8″ x 10” (via)

    Edward Weston (1886 – 1958)

    Weston was born in Highland Park, Illinois on March 24, 1886.

    His homepage here.

  • Real American Places: Edward Weston and Leaves of Grass (See great photos from here)

  • See photos of Charis Wilson (his model & muse)here.

  • EDWARD WESTON Mary (on Clock), 1945

    See more great cat photos by Weston here.

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    Tina Modotti and Edward Weston, “Anniversary”, Mexico, 1924. Photographer unknown

    Edward Weston the Lover

    It was more than his personal charm that attracted women. His ability to write, something he often considered a shortcoming, was magical as well. Consider this response from Tina Modotti to a letter he had written,

    Once more I have been reading your letter and as at every other time my eyes are full of tears – I have never realized before that a letter – a mere sheet of paper could be such a spiritual thing – could emanate so much feeling – you gave a soul to it! If I could be with you now at this hour I love so much, I would try to tell you how much beauty has been added to my life lately! When may I come over? I am waiting for your call.

  • The nude backs of Edward Weston (social/history blog)

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    Portrait of Robinson Jeffers by Weston

  • From Ingmar Bergman to Lasse Hallstrom – The Unbearable Sultriness of Lena Olin

    March 22nd, 2017
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    Philip Kaufman saw Miss Julie on stage and cast Lena Olin in The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

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    Lena Olin as Miss Julie.

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    Romeo is Bleeding – Lena played a psycho-killer.

  • Happy birthday Lena Olin (wiki)

    Olin, the youngest of three children, was born in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. She is the daughter of actress Britta Holmberg and director Stig Olin.[1] She studied acting at Sweden’s National Academy of Dramatic Art.[citation needed]

    In October 1974, at age 19, Olin was crowned Miss Scandinavia 1974 in Helsinki, Finland.

    n 1980, Olin was one of the earliest winners of the Ingmar Bergman Award,[3] initiated in 1978 by the director himself, who was also one of the two judges.

  • Film stills from Fanny and Alexander, Lena played a nanny (1982) scroll down to see her from the first comment.

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    Lena Olin was heartbreaking and ferocious..she won New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress.

    Paul Mazursky directed Enemies a Love Story.

  • With Lena Olin After the Rehearsal

    (via Ingmar Bergman archive)

    Innovative & Brilliant Dancer,Choreographer Trisha Brown Died

    March 20th, 2017
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    Trish Brown died (NY times)

    Trisha Brown, Choreographer and Pillar of American Postmodern Dance, Dies at 80

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  • 5 artists speaking on Trisha Brown

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    Trisha Brown “Woman Walking Down a Ladder”

  • See Set and reset (8 min)
    Set and reset (shorter version)
    Set and Reset (1983)
    Choreography: Trisha Brown
    Music: Laurie Anderson, “Long Time No See”; Performed by Laurie Anderson and Richard Landry
    Set Design: Robert Rauschenberg
    Costumes: Robert Rauschenberg
    Lighting: Beverly Emmons with Robert Rauschenberg

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    Robert Rauschenberg and Trisha Brown, 1983. Photo: © The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Courtesy Art + Commerce

  • Documentary (Bach to Monteverdi)

  • Collaboration of the Century - Trisha Brown, Czesow Milosz and Laurie Anderson

  • Solo Olos (1976) (youtube)