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Takuma Nakahiro, Critic/Photographer, Collaboration with Daido, Shuji Terayama, Shomei

December 10th, 2017
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    Takuma Nakahira – Okinawa (Japan Times)

    This solitary figure was the late Takuma Nakahira, then at the height of his influence as both a photographer and radical cultural critic, and now revered together with Daido Moriyama as an originator of the are-bure-boke (rough, blurry, out-of-focus) style of black-and-white photography associated with the turbulent urbanization and political activism of late 1960s Japan.

    For a Language to come (MoMa – Takuma’s photos for the 1971 Paris Biennial)

    Takuma Nakahiro (Pinterest)

    Aperture

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    Daido Moriyama

  • Artforum

    Nakahira started out as an editor for a left-wing journal in the mid-’60s, but left this post to help organize a major historical survey of Japanese photography at the invitation of photographer Shōmei Tōmatsu. As he transitioned into being a full-time photographer in the late ’60s, often collaborating with Daidō Moriyama and the poet-playwright Shuji Terayama, Nakahira sought to test photography’s capacity to engage with and incite critical thought.

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    Shuji Terayama (born on Dec 10) – he was Pencil Dracula

    Klaus Kinski was directed by Terayama see more photos and video here)

  • Master Photographer Shomei Tomatsu

  • Shashi Kapoor – Bollywood Legend Dies at 79

    December 5th, 2017
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    Heat and Dust (Merchant-Ivory production)

    BBC

    Shashi Kapoor: Remembering Bollywood’s crossover star

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    Sammie and Rosie Get Laid Shashi Kapoor with Clarie Bloom (script by Hanif Kureishi)

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    Rare and Unseen photos from the set of Shakespeare Wallah

    Wiki – Shashi Kapoor

    RIP Ulli Lommel – Acting for Fassbinder to Directing Andy Warhol & Richard Hell in Blank Generation

    December 3rd, 2017
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    Ulli Lommel (wiki)

    (21 December 1944 — 1 December 2017) was a German actor and director, noted for his many collaborations with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his association with the New German Cinema movement.[1]

    Ulli Lommel (homepage)

    Ten years before I met Warhol I had another encounter that would prepare me for Andy: German genius Werner Rainer Fassbinder. In 1967 I was a teenage movie star in Germany, on the cover of teen magazines and receiving tons of fan mail each day.

    When I first met Fassbinder he said that if I played the lead in his debut film he would get money from an investor and to finance it. I accepted and starred in “Love is Colder than Death” (1968).

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    I invented a love story at dinner with Warhol, Truman Capote and Jackie Kennedy called “Blank Generation”.
    Three months later we were shooting with French super star Carole bouquet and punk rocker Richard Hell. Andy himself played and helped producing. I never returned to Europe and after making the second movie with Warhol in 1978 entitled “Cocaine Cowboys” (starring Jack Palance and Andy Warhol), and after working with Andy in the Factory in Manhattan for three years, creating art, Polaroids, music and screen tests, I was on my way to Hollywood and in August of 1980 my horror cult film “Boogeyman” stormed the charts and was soon the No.1 movie in America.

    Blank Generation (1980) Directed by Ulli Lommel

  • Ana Maria Tavares, Valeska Soares, Rosana Polino – Three Brilliant Artists from Brazil

    November 30th, 2017
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    Ana Maria Tavares

    See more art by Ana Maria Tavares here.

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    Lugar Column 2016

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    Santa Barbara Museum 2017

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    Valaska Soares

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    Rosana Paulino

    As an artist, the highlight of her production is linked to social, ethnic and gender issues. Her main focus is the position of black women in Brazilian society and the various types of violence suffered by this population due to racism and the marks left by slavery.
    Born in 1967, São Paulo, Brazil.

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  • His Final Performance, the Suicide of Yukio Mishima on Nov 25, 1970

    November 25th, 2017
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    Patriotism written, directed and acted by Yukio Mishima

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    Kishi Keiko on the left and Jean Cocteau on the right

  • John Nathan and Donald Richie on Yukio Mishima (Youtube)

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    Mishima – A Vision of the Void - by Marguerite Yourcenar.. (Photo of Mishima by Hosoe).
    Hijikata, Mishima, Hosoe, Tomatsu Donald Richie (see more photos here)

  • R.I.P Yukio Mishima Nov 25, 1970.

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    Japan Studies – Chozick

    But by age nine, Mishima abandoned transvestitism, noting that: ‘it was tacitly required that I act like a boy. The reluctant masquerade had begun’ (Confessions, 27)

    The Tragic Life and Death of Yukio Mishima

    Yukio Mishima had a darker side: tormented in his youth by a disturbed grandmother with aristocratic pretensions, shamed by his overbearing father into hiding his early work..

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    Paul Schrader directing Mishima, A Life in 4 Chapters, his sister in law acted as his interpreter with Japanese crew and actors.
    His brother Leonard knew Mishima.

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    Akutagawa Hiroshi, Mishima and Donald Keene
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  • Garage Sale Photos etc & Happy Thanksgiving 2017 –

    November 22nd, 2017
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    photos by Fung Lin Hall

    Happy thanksgiving!

    Portrait of Robert Creeley & Robert Duncan by Kitaj + Hole Punched Photos

    November 14th, 2017
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    Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan by Kitaj

    Kitaj (previous post)

    Robert Creeley archive

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    ‘Frenchy’ caretaker of the old lumber camp, Gemmel, Minnesota Lee, Russell/Library Congress
    Lee Russell

    History of Hole Punched photos –

    During the Great Depression, the US government launched a project to portray the country’s reality.

  • See Hole Punched collages and monoprints by Fung Lin Hall here.

  • When Words Fail – Photographs of Ben Zank

    November 9th, 2017
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    Ben Zank (homepage)

    See more from Warren McCowage

  • Remembering Ren Hang (RIP)
    Chinese photographer

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  • Edward Yang – A Brighter Summer Day & Yi Yi

    November 5th, 2017
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    Lisa Yang and Chang Chen
    A Brighter Summer Day a 4 hours film directed by Edward Yang

  • Edward Yang – 1947-2007
    b. November 6, 1947, Shanghai, China
    d. June 29, 2007, Beverley Hills, USA
    Edward Yang – a profile from Senses of Cinema.

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    Yi Yi on youtube with Portugese subtitles. Here Issey Ogata plays Japanese Bill Gates type computer businessman.

    The kid with a camera says farewell to grandmother here.

    Obit from Steven Shaviro who has seen Edward Yang’s early films.

    I remember being stunned and blown away by The Terrorizer (1986) when I saw it at the Seattle Film Festival: sometime in the late 1980s. It was an elegant, beautifully meditative, and deeply unsettling exploration of urban anomie and alienation, paranoia, and random encounters.

    The Center Will Not Hold – a Documentary of Joan Didion – 2017

    November 1st, 2017
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    Joan Didion Documentary shows the warmer side of a cool Icon

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    New Yorker –

  • The Center will not hold

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    Photo by Annie Leibovitz

  • Joan Didion wrote the White Album (previous post)

    “We tell ourselves stories in order to live” is the first sentence of this collection of essays written by Joan Didion.
    “The White Album” includes her essays on Doris Lessing and Georgia O’Keefe.
    “I WILL BE HER WITNESS.
    That would translate sere su testigo, and will not appear in your travelers’ phrasebook because it is not a useful phrase for the prudent traveler.’ Another beginning sentences from her novel “A Book of Common Prayer”.

    Having lost her loved ones and having won an award for the brave book
    Joan is still writing.

    Joan shares a birthday with other funny writers and personalities,
    Calvin Trillin, Margaret Cho and Hanif Kureishi.

    Joan is the wise seer with a fragile exterior and migraine headaches.

  • Paris Review interview

  • Joan Didian recommended Another Sky –

    Blue & White – Halloween 2017

    October 28th, 2017
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    The top left is Korean Pumpkin.

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    Stephen Bowers, “Explorers’ Skulls” 2010, ceramic, underglaze, stains, 5.25″.

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    David Shrigley –
    Previous post, see the Philosopher here.

  • Bathroom, Guns and Hitler in Blue and White here.

  • Syria, Refugees series – more Quin Fua here.

  • Curious Bites/Ceramic art

    Saturday Inspiration Pumpkins

    Nise” The Matter of Heart”, Brazilian film on Nise da Silveira a Jungian Therapist

    October 24th, 2017
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    Wiki

    Nise da Silveira was a Brazilian psychiatrist, student of Carl Jung.
    She devoted her life to psychiatry and never was in agreement with the aggressive forms of treatment of her time such as commitment to psychiatric hospitals, electroshock, insulin therapy and lobotomy.

    In 1952 she founded the Museum of Images of the Unconscious, in Rio de Janeiro, a study and research center that collected the works produced in painting and modeling studios. Through her work, Nise da Silveira introduced Jungian psychology in Brazil.

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    Nise “The Matter of Heart” trailer here.

    UCLA In’tl

    Gloria Pires was actually Berliner’s second choice for the lead, even though her performance turned out to be exactly what he wanted. Pires is one of the most famous actresses in Brazil and is the only big name in the film, because, said Berliner, the filmmaking team went to great lengths to cast actors who were mostly unknown.

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    NYtimes review

    The movie, full of characters behaving erratically, could easily have taken on the aura of a freak show, but the director, Roberto Berliner, somehow stays respectful of the subject matter even while depicting extreme psychiatric conditions. It’s a study of courageous innovation against an entrenched medical orthodoxy.

    “Our job is to cure patients, not comfort them,” one colleague chastises.

    “My instrument is a brush,” Dr. Silveira replies curtly. “Yours is an ice pick.”
    Nise: The Heart of Madness

    Gloria Pires played a Brazilian architect and a lover of Elizabeth Bishop in Reaching for the Moon. (Previous post – see the trailer)