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Happy Halloween 2010

October 29th, 2010

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Bat Chair and clips from known but forgotten design firm.

  • Philip Glass Dr. Van Helsing And Dracula (Youtube)

  • Vincent by Tim Burton (1982)

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  • Steve Nash & Julian Schnabel

    October 26th, 2010
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    Watch Steve Nash on the court.

  • His surfing paintingSchnabel_Surfing_Painting

    See Marlon Brando painting and Jane Birkin painting II and listen to audio clips here.

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    (previous post – Navigation Drawings )

    His Palestinian film has been panned.

    Julian Schnabel opens photo album for London show

    George Crumb

    October 24th, 2010

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    Happy birthday George Crumb October 24, 1929

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  • Paul Thek & Peter Hujar

    October 21st, 2010

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  • Relics of Paul Thek (An introduction to Paul Thek)

  • Paul Thek: Diver, A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art:October 21st – January 9th, 2011

  • EXHIBITION: Paul Thek: cityscapes and other ideas
    Peter Hujar: Thek’s studio 1967 At Alexander and Bonin.
    DATES: October 16 – November 27, 2010

    The relationship between Thek and Hujar developed into one of the most important in both their lives. They spent the summer of 1963 in Sicily and visited the Capuchin catacombs near Palermo, where Hujar took unforgettable photographs, and where the rows of human remains in glass boxes had a profound impact on Thek’s work. In Rome, Thek made his sculpture La Corazza di Michelangelo, covering a plaster miniature breast plate in paint and wax. This is the oldest piece in the Diver exhibition. Shortly after his time in Rome, Thek began making his Technological Reliquaries, or “meat pieces.” He showed these at his first New York exhibition, in 1964, at the legendary Stable Gallery. Placed within Plexiglas boxes and hung on walls, the works were deeply disturbing and were taken by many as a comment on the cool remoteness of the geometric sculpture then on view in New York galleries (work later called Minimalism).(Post Thing Net )

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    In 1983, Thek wrote to a friend, “As you may know NYC is ripe with plague now, “aids”….The gay scene here now is vastly different then what you may recall, many have died of it and sexual conduct has undergone enormous changes…It’s better than The Plague! We get to go! It’s better than dying alone for your own silly little reason! This way we get to go out with a real BANG!”
    In late July, 1988, Thek returned to New York City from a monestary in Vermont, very ill, & was hospitalized. He dictated his will naming Robert Wilson the executor. Sheyla Baykal remembered Thek’s wry humor as Thek described the proceedings as a “career move.” (It’s About Time)

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    See a portrait of Susan Sontag by Pete Hujar (1934 – 1987)
    Susan Sontag dedicated two of her books to Paul Thek (1933-1988)

    Body of Work – Audio slideshow (Peter Schjeldahl -The New Yorker)

    James Brooks

    October 18th, 2010

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    James Brooks (October 18, 1906 – March 9, 1992) was an American muralist, abstract painter and winner of the Logan Medal of the Arts. Brooks was a friend of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner on Eastern Long Island. In 1947 he married artist Charlotte Park. Considered a first generation abstract expressionist painter

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    The Irascibles – photo by Nina Leen – Life.
    James Brooks sits between Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko.
    Thanks to Pascal Blanchard for finding James Brooks in this photo.

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  • Portrait photo of James Brooks here

    My painting starts with a complication on the canvas surface, done with as much spontaneity and as little memory as possible. This then exists as the subject. It is as strange as a new still life arrangement as confusing as any unfamiliar situation. It demands a long period of acquaintance during which it is observed both innocently and shrewdly. Then it speaks, quietly, with its own peculiar logic. Between painting and painter a dialogue develops which leads rapidly to the bare confrontation of two personalities. At first a rhythm of the painting is modifies, then a chain of formal reactions sets in that carries painting and painter through violent shifts of emphasis and into sudden unfamiliar meanings.
    At some undetermined point the subject becomes the object, existing independently as a painting.
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  • R.I.P Benoit Mandelbrot

    October 15th, 2010

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb states on his website that his occasional collaborator (and fractal pioneer/popularizer) Benoit Mandelbrot has died.

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    A Greek among Romans

    Fractal fractal1 by Benoit Mandelbrot

    Fractals Mandelbrot on youtube

    The Art of Roughness from Ted talk – 17 min.

    Update: Obit from Wired and NYtimes.

    Global Remake + For Ryuichi by N.J.Paik

    October 13th, 2010

    On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a constructivist: Perry Bard’s The Man With the Movie Camera: The Global Remake

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  • Replica, for keyboard (Ryuichi Sakamoto)

  • Money, Mario and Liu Xiaobo

    October 8th, 2010

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  • Money, the impoverished visuals

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    Mario Mario Vargas Llosa and Peter Handke and Peter Handke. (Recycled image from Just One More Thing)
    Mario won a Nobel prize this year.

    Tune in Tomorrow is based on Mario’s Aunt Julia and Scriptwriter. (Part I here if you want to see the film on youtube).

    William Boyd on Mario’s Nobel prize: Mario Vargas Llosa: an unclassifiable Nobel winner

    Mario from Peruvian Frecuencia Latina

    Awarding the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to jailed activist Liu Xiaobo was an honor to be shared by all Chinese dissidents, this year’s Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa said Friday.
    “I believe that this is a tribute to all Chinese dissidents and all Chinese who want, not just economic, but also political growth and progress in China,” Vargas Llosa told Peruvian television Frecuencia Latina from New York.

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    (Photo by his wife before his arrest)

    Nobel peace prize: the contender who shares a cell with five people
    Wife of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo reveals details of his life in prison, where he has been held since December 2008

    Update: Blacky eye photo + Literary feud of 30 years

    Rodrigo Moya, a close friend of García Marquez, took the black-and-white pictures in 1976 but has kept them secret until this week.

    The long feud between the two literary heavyweights has also been one of the most colourful. The two men had been close friends – so much so that Mr García Márquez is godfather to Mr Vargas Llosa’s second son, Gabriel.

    Robert Wilson

    October 4th, 2010


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    Happy birthday Robert Wilson!

    Robert Wilson (born 4 October 1941) is an American avant-garde stage director and playwright who has been called “[America]’s — or even the world’s — foremost vanguard ‘theater artist'”. Over the course of his wide-ranging career, he has also worked as a choreographer, performer, painter, sculptor, video artist, and sound and lighting designer. He is best known for his collaborations with Philip Glass on Einstein on the Beach, and with numerous other artists, including Heiner Müller, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, and David Byrne. (wiki)

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    The Dark Brain of Piranesi pinranesi

    Jean-François Millet (October 4, 1814 – January 20, 1875)
    The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda) starts with a painting by Millet.

    The World of Kublai Khan

    October 3rd, 2010

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    Under Khubilai, the Mongols welcomed a diversity of religions. The paintings and artifacts displayed here reflect not just Buddhism, but Hinduism, Taoism and Islam — a miracle of tolerance.
    “They were barbarians, but they were never rude,” says Watt. “They killed a lot of people, but they weren’t rude.”

    Read more:Barbarians at the Mets.

    Noble Horse horse
    Gong Kai (Chinese, 1222–after 1304)

    One of the classics says that a horse’s ribs should be slender and numerous. An ordinary horse has only ten ribs. One with more than this is a noble steed

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    Wang Zhenweng (Chinese, active 14th century)
    Portrait of the Japanese Monk Kokan Shiren, dated 1343
    Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)

    The inscription at the top of this portrait indicates that it is one of three such portraits produced in China by the little-known artist Wang Zhenweng. It also identifies the subject as the important Japanese monk Kokan Shinren, who trained in the Linji (Rinzai) tradition of Chan (Zen) Buddhism. Known for promoting the use of physical punishment as a goad to advancement, monks in this lineage are often portrayed holding the large sticks they used to prod students.

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    Tapestry with Lions with Palmettes, 13th century
    Central Asia
    The Iranian influence on the pattern and the similarity of its layout to that of drawloom silks suggest that this type of silk tapestry may have originated in the early thirteenth century, at a time of massive migrations of artisans from the eastern Iranian world to eastern Central Asia.