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R.I.P Marisol Escobar – May 22, 1930 – April 30, 2016

May 2nd, 2016
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    It was in the following decade of the 1960s that Marisol began to be influenced by pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. She appeared in two films by Andy Warhol, The Kiss and 13 Most Beautiful Girls

  • Queen of Pop art Marisol dies at age 85.

  • Marisol Escobar (May 22, 1930 – April 30, 2016), otherwise known simply as Marisol, was a French sculptor of Venezuelan heritage who worked in New York City

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    Magritte VI, Marisol Escobar 1998; Magritte III in Heaven, Marisol Escobar 1998
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    The Father Damien Statue stands in front of the Hawaiʻi State Capitol, greeting all its visitors.

  • Daniel Berrigan, Poet, Jesuit Priest, Peace Activist Dies at 94

    May 1st, 2016
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    Daniel Berrigan, Poet,Jesuit Priest, Peace Activist Dies at 94.
    NYtimes obit

    Daniel Berrigan (wiki)

    Protest against the Vietnam war..Berrigan, his brother Josephite priest Philip Berrigan, and Trappist monk Thomas Merton founded an interfaith coalition against the Vietnam War, and wrote letters to major newspapers arguing for an end to the war. In 1967, Daniel and Phillip were arrested for pouring blood on draft records as part of the Baltimore Four. Phillip was sentenced to six years in prison for defacing government property. This, and his belief that his support of prisoners of war during the war was not acknowledged and appreciated, further radicalized Berrigan against the United States government.

    Berrigan traveled to Hanoi with Howard Zinn during the Tet Offensive in January 1968 to “receive” three American airmen, the first American POWs released by the North Vietnamese since the U.S. bombing of that nation had begun.

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    Father Berrigan said that coaching the film’s stars, Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons, on their roles as priests had been like working on two different planets. Irons plays the head of the mission and De Niro portrays an ex- mercenary and slave trader who becomes a priest.

    “Irons is more of a method actor,” said Father Berrigan. “He wanted to get inside the thinking of a Jesuit. I told him the only thing to do was to fast. He and I spent a day without food or water, and Irons frequently went off my himself to meditate.

    “De Niro is a natural genius. All he wanted to do was question me for hours about being a priest.”

    via Philly.com.

    He also had a way of popping up in the wider culture: as the “radical priest” in Paul Simon’s song “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”; as inspiration for the character Father Corrigan in Colum McCann’s 2009 novel, “Let the Great World Spin.” He even had a small movie role, appearing as a Jesuit priest in “The Mission” in 1989.

    Looking Back In Gratitude

    On my return to America House after the interview, I looked up the poem in the June 13, 1942, issue; it is called “Storm-Song,” an ode to the Virgin Mary. A decade or so later, an editor at Macmillan who had heard about Berrigan’s poetry asked him for a collection of his poems. He told Berrigan that he would give it to the “toughest reader” at Macmillan; and if the report was good, “we’ll publish it.” That reader turned out to be Marianne Moore, a highly regarded poet, who gave the manuscript a glowing report. It led to the publication in 1953 of Berrigan’s first book of poetry, Time Without Number, which won the Lamont Poetry Prize in 1957.

    The Legend of Maya Deren, Her Collaboration with Alexander Hammid & Teiji Ito

    April 29th, 2016
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    The film was shot in 1943 in Los Angeles by Deren’s then-husband, Alexander Hammid, a Hollywood cinematographer and filmmaker himself, and it launched Deren’s career as a staunch proponent of independent and experimental film in the New York indie scene.
    The 50 most important independent films

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    The sound composed by her Japanese husband was added in 1953 (Via)
    She made four trips to Haiti between 1951 and 1952 and came home with endless footage of voodoo rites. What she had shot overwhelmed her: Divine Horsemen: the Living Gods of Haiti, a 54-minute sound film, was edited after her death by Cherel and Teiji Ito. The latter, 18 years younger, was a Japanese drummer whom Deren married in her New York days. When she died at 44, he scattered her ashes on the side of Mount Fuji.

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    Eleanor (Maya Deren) was around 14 years old when she wrote this poem after an encounter with Gandhi at his lecture in Geneva.

    Gandhi

    Small in size
    Great in belief
    Poor in Clothing
    Rich in Will
    Withered in body
    Full with purpose
    Scarce in beauty
    Overflowing with wisdom
    That is Gandhi

    (From The Legend of Maya Deren, a documentary biography and collected works, page 86)

    Eleanora (Maya) Deren was born in Kiev, Russia and came to USA as a child.
    Studied in France and Geneva. B.A from NYU and Master’s from Smith College. She has been a reporter, a radio scriptwriter and a translater. Worked as a secretary to Katherine Dunham and her dance group.
    Her earlier interest was in folkdancing and cultural expressions of diverse nationalities and races. She wrote papers as a graduate student of anthropology.

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    In this film Deren weaves together her interest in dance with the exploration of myth and symbol. Dance becomes a metaphor for courtship and sexual union. (via)

    Key themes in this film are the dread of rejection and the contrasting freedom of expression in the abandonment to the ritual. (via)

    After her death, Deren allegedly appeared to poet James Merrill (1926-1995) and his partner David Jackson (1922-2001) during séances in which she spelled out ghostly messages through a Ouija board. Deren is a character in Merrill’s The Book of Ephraim (1976), the first book of the trilogy known as The Changing Light at Sandover (1982). James Merrill paid for the completion of several of Deren’s films. (via)

    Round Midnight Photo Exhibit of Cy Twombly, Dexter, Bertrand, Ella, Marilyn & Paul Mazursky

    April 25th, 2016
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    Photograph of Cy Twombly by Robert Rauschenberg
    Cy Twombly with Relics
    Cy Twombly birthday April 25, 1928.

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    Ella Jane Fitzgerald, April 25, 1917 (birthday)

    During the ‘50s, one of the most popular venues was Mocambo in Hollywood. Frank Sinatra made his Los Angeles debut at Mocambo in 1943, and it was frequented by the likes of Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Lana Turner.

    Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at Mocambo because of her race. Then, one of her biggest fans made a telephone call that quite possibly changed the path of her career for good. Here, she tells the story of how Marilyn Monroe changed her life:

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  • Willem De Kooning – Mini Retrospective – 2016

    April 24th, 2016
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    The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.

    Willem de Kooning April 24, 1904

  • In his studio ..De Kooning photography by Fred McDarrah

    De Kooning in His Broadway Studio, March 23, 1962
    Vintage gelatin silver print, printed 1962

    Well, I have my beautiful de Kooning
    to aspire to. I think it has an orange
    bed in it, more than the ear can hold

    Frank O’Hara
    (See Summer Couch from – In Memory of My Feelings)

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    Jane Freukcher with Ruth Kligman and DeKooning.

    Under the Cherry Moon – Good Night Dear Prince

    April 21st, 2016
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    R.I.P Malick Sidibe – Mali Photographer of Youth, Women and Joy

    April 16th, 2016
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    NYtimes. Malick Sidibe Photographer known for social reportage in Mali dies at 80.

    He attended Saturday-night parties at which young Malians, dressed to the nines, danced the twist, the rumba and the merengue to the Beatles, James Brown and Afro-Caribbean music. This was Mali’s youthquake, and Mr. Sidibé was its photographic witness.

    “For me, photography is all about youth,” he told The Daily Telegraph of London in 2008. “It’s about a happy world full of joy, not some kid crying on a street corner or a sick person.”

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  • Malick Sidibé: Portrait of the Artist as a Portraitist (Trailer)

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    Mark Rylance as Leonardo da Vinci – BBC Mini Series (2003)

    April 15th, 2016
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    Da Vinci, The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything (See a trailer and the film)

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    Leonard spent his last years and died here at Le Clos Luce This is a wonderful place to visit, following La Loire and visiting the famous castles nearby.

  • Two drawings of Horses by Leonardo (scroll down)

  • Here is anexcerpt from David Markson
    “It is said that in the street markets of Florence Leonardo da Vinci would buy the various small birds that were for sale—the ones caged at the food stands, the ones for purchase by those with a palate for small roasted finches and warblers—and then he would go somewhere and set them free.
    I presume the birds were in cages. Though I do not know. Surely bird cages are an ancient art. You see, Leonardo was a vegetarian. If he saw other animals under the same market duress I suppose he might have let those go as well. After buying them. Monkeys and dogs and such. This would only make sense. He would want to spare all the innocents from the dastardly meat eaters. Though doubtless there were some animals which were not for sale as food. Decisions would have to be made. Was he only going to buy the birds and animals that were in the most immediate danger? Were there labels to help with momentous decisions such as this?
    Food monkey. Companion monkey. Edible parrot. This dog is for eating, this one is not. Please do not eat these birds. One does not want to think of the trial and error involved in birdeaters knowing which were the tastiest of birds. Let us say nothing of the dog testers. – David Markson

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    Leonardo da Vinci Tarot is here.

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    Tony Conrad – Drone and Minimal, Avand Garde Musicians & Filmmaker Died at 76

    April 10th, 2016
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    Tony Conrad (American, born 1940). Examinations, 1979. Pencil on paper with Lucite, strap, and bed, drawing:

  • For a generation of musicians and filmmakers in Buffalo and around the world, Tony Conrad was the walking embodiment of the avant garde.

    Mr. Conrad, who died Saturday morning in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, at 76 after fighting prostate cancer, began his career as an underground musician and filmmaker and ended it as an internationally idolized composer, performer, professor and thinker.

    He served as a widely admired faculty member of the University at Buffalo’s media study department from 1976 until his death, during which time he was instrumental in the formation of Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center, the growth of Buffalo’s cable access network and countless exhibitions, collectives and collaborations on city streets, cable channels and in institutions across the region.

    Despite a diverse career that significantly impacted the lives of thousands of students, as well as the trajectory of visual art and music in the United States and far beyond, Mr. Conrad is perhaps best-known for inspiring the name of influential rock band The Velvet Underground when he was getting his start as an artist in New York City.

    Anthony S. Conrad was born March 7, 1940, in Concord, N.H. He earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard University in 1962 before moving to New York City and beginning his career as an experimental musician, composer and filmmaker. During his time in New York, he collaborated with musicians John Cale, LaMonte Young and others in a loose collective known as the Theatre of Eternal Music and later as the Dream Syndicate, whose work would spawn and influence several new genres of music, including drone, minimalism, punk and electronica.http://buffalo.com/2016/04/09/news/art/tony-conrad-avant-garde-pioneer-ub-professor-dies-76

    Panama Papers: Could Pirate Party Co-Founder Birgitta Jónsdóttir Become Iceland’s Next PM?

    April 6th, 2016
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    Panama Papers: Could Pirate Party Co-Founder Birgitta Jónsdóttir Become Iceland’s Next PM? (Amy Goodman Democracy Now)

    Birgitta Jónsdóttir (Wiki) is a Poetician.

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    Opening the door to my Soul, Mind & HeArth

    The Official Website of Birgitta Jonsdottir

  • Marlon and Stanley Kubrick, Kerouac’s Letter, Home Video with Monty

    April 3rd, 2016
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    Hat tip to Will Mccrabb for the photo.

    Marlon set the timer on Kubrick (read how Kubrick got fired.)

    Stanley Kubrick and Marlon Brando working on the script of One-Eyed Jacks, circa 1958.

  • Marlon in Viva Zapata – Kazan

  • Marlon Brando Documentary (youtube)

  • Letter to Marlon – Come on now Marlon, put up your dukes

    I visualise the beautiful shots could be made with the camera on the front seat of the car showing the road (day and night) unwinding into the windshield, as Sal and Dean yak. I wanted you to play the part because Dean (as you know) is no dopey hotrodder but a real intelligent (in fact Jesuit) Irishman. You play Dean and I’ll play Sal (Warner Bros. mentioned I play Sal) and I’ll show you how Dean acts in real life, you couldn’t possibly imagine it without seeing a good imitation

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    Queen of the Curve, Zaha Hadid – A Renowned Architect from Iraq Passed Away

    March 31st, 2016
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    A young Zaha Hadid stands in front of the Trevi fountain in Rome. Image from her family archives.

    Observer Obit

    In her own words.

    on march 31, 2016, world renowned architect zaha hadid passed away at the age of 65. born in baghdad in 1950, she studied mathematics before enrolling at london’s architectural association in 1972. by 1979 she had established zaha hadid architects, and quickly rose to global prominence. working with office partner patrik schumacher, the studio utilized a host of innovative technologies that often resulted in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.

    Guardian Obit

    Zaha was an outsider and upfront about the unfair treatment she experienced as a woman, a foreigner and a designer of expensive, weird-looking buildings – a triple whammy. She did not fit the stereotypical white male profession of registered architects. Jealousy and prejudice failed to bar her way, but it took its toll.

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