Archive for April, 2011

Riddle of Poetry – JL Borges

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Jorge Luis Borges JorgeLuisBorges (via)
Age 3

  • Jorge Luis Borges borges-kodamaand Maria Kodama

    El Go

    Today, the ninth of September of 1978,
    I had in the palm of my hand one small disc
    of the three hundred sixty-one that are needed
    for the astrologic game of Go,
    that other chess of the East.
    It is older than the oldest writing
    and the board is a map of the universe.
    Its black and white variations
    will exhaust time.
    Men can be lost in it
    as in love and day.
    Today, the ninth of September of 1978,
    I, myself, who am ignorant of so many things,
    know that I do not know one more,
    and I thank my poetic inspiration
    for this revelation of a labyrinth
    which will never be mine.

    The gift from a blind poet google braille
    (From Borges to Cartier Bresson – previous post)

    His found drawing

    Willem De Kooning

    Sunday, April 24th, 2011

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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

    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)

    Mingus & Paul Chambers

    Friday, April 22nd, 2011
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  • Charles Mingus by Guy Le Querrec, Marseille airport, 1976
    ( click to see large)

  • Paul Chambers
    Two shared a birthday…
    Paul Chambers April 22, 1935

    Charles Mingus April 22, 1922

  • Tim Hetherington, Chris Hondros – In Memoriam

    Wednesday, April 20th, 2011


    Time by Paul Moakley

    Today, the devastating news arrived that Tim Hetherington had been killed in Misratah, Libya. He was many things: a journalist, a photographer, a filmmaker, an artist and friend. He recently won popular acclaim after the documentary Restrepo, which he directed, was nominated for an Oscar.

    New Yorker with photo -slideshow

    “The media landscape is in flux, and so am I,” said Hetherington. “Who knows what the future holds.”

    The Documentary Blog Recommends: Diary by Tim Hetherington

    His homepage

    Mohammed Kgarbo Blind school
    Milton Margai School for the Blind. Sierra Leone. (Photograph by Tim Hetherington)

    Restrepo trailer

  • R.I.P Chris Hondros

    Earlier today, April 20, photojournalist Chris Hondros was killed on assignment in Misrata, Libya. He was 41 and recently engaged to be married.
    His long list of awards — from being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for breaking-news photography (2004), to winning the Robert Capa Gold Medal (2005) for “best published photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise” — attest to Chris’s skill and legacy as a photographer

    Abandoned Theaters + Janus Films

    Sunday, April 17th, 2011

    75 Abandoned Theaters from around the USA



    #47 in holyoke MA is the victory theater. I am part of a group documenting the restoration efforts, which are already underway. one early project was to interview very elderly people from the area (before they died!) about their memories of the space, to aid in an accurate restoration. these interviews are all on film.” Cicily Corbett

    Buffalo NY buffalonewyork

    I have identified the Buffalo theatre (#43). It was called The Sattler Theatre, also known as The Casino and The Broadway (or Dipson’s Broadway), located at 512-516 Broadway. The Sattler was built in 1914, and was in continuous use as a movie theater until the mid-60s, when it was converted first into a mosque, then a Christian revival church (“God’s Holy Temple”) for the local African-American community. It was designed by Henry L. Spann , who also designed other Buffalo theatres, including the North Park (which is still operating as an art-house theatre, near my home Jeff O’Connell

    Queen Theater queenHonlulu Honolulu
    I saw the Russian Hamlet in this theater and my late mother saw Bergman’s Silence here.

    They evoke many feelings of beauty, majesty, longing for the memory of decades of experienced magic, tragedy of neglect for ornate architecture that was once common and taken for granted, and wish that they could all be brought back to life as performance art and cinema spaces. Perhaps some say these are examples of “ruin porn” (the voyeuristic and exploitative celebration of decay), but I disagree. They are certainly motivators to reconsider and reclaim the urban landscape as a resource and not symbols of crime, death, and the Death Of America. Jeff O’Connell

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    50 Years of Janus Film

    Cyrus I. Harvey R.I.P.
    a quirky entrepreneur who created two significant brands in disparate fields — Janus Films, a distributor of movies by international directors like Bergman, Fellini and Kurosawa, and Crabtree & Evelyn, the purveyor of aromatic soaps and botanicals — died Thursday in Dayville, Conn. He was 85 and lived in Woodstock, Conn.

    Harvard Film Archives

    The founders of Janus Films, Bryant Haliday and Cyrus Harvey Jr. (both actors), eventually purchased the Brattle Theatre, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, converting it into an art film movie house. Haliday and Harvey continued to show Janus titles at the Brattle until 1966, when they sold Janus Films to its new owners, Saul Turell and William Becker.

    Janus film Charlie Chaplin..

    Below I’ve linked the images to their corresponding pages within the Janus site, for each Charlie Chaplin film they’ve made available so far.

    Making Sense of Life

    Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

    Happy birthday Seamus Heaney! 13 April 1939

    Digging (youtube)
    (Between my finger and my thumb
    The squat pen rests; as snug as a gun….)

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  • Maurice Ronet (13 April 1927 – 14 March 1983) was a French film actor, director and writer.

  • John McCracken R.I.P

    Sunday, April 10th, 2011
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    Obit from LA times

    John McCracken, an artist whose fusion of painting with geometric sculpture in the mid-1960s came to embody an aesthetic distinctive to postwar Los Angeles, died Friday in New York. He was 76.

  • Magic via Wikiart

  • Obit from Roberta Smith

    He was one of the few artists affiliated with the movement who did not object to its name and who made most of his work by hand, sanding and polishing his enamel, lacquer or resin surfaces until their colors achieved a flawless and reflective perfection.

    See a photo of J.M. and more images here. (Minimalism on Things and Objects)

    More J.M. from Moda Vivendi

    Fickr retrospective photos

    Sidney Lumet R.I.P

    Saturday, April 9th, 2011
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    Sidney Lumet and Marlon Brando (from the Fugitive Kind)

  • Sidney Lumet (June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011)
    (- vigorous storytelling” and the “social realism” in his best work.)

  • Of his final film, “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (2007), I wrote: “This is a movie, I promise you, that grabs you and won’t let you think of anything else. It’s wonderful when a director like Lumet wins a Lifetime Achievement Oscar at 80, and three years later makes one of his greatest achievements.” Like many of his films, it went on my list of the year’s ten best.
    Roger Ebert

    10 essential films by Lumet (Running on Empty was not in this list).

    Sidney Lumet, Director of American Film Classics, Dies at 86

    Yet for all the critical success of his films and despite the more than 40 Academy Award nominations they drew, Mr. Lumet himself never won an Oscar, though he was nominated four times as best director. (The other nominations were for “12 Angry Men,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “The Verdict.”)
    Only in 2005 did the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences present him with an honorary Academy Award. Manhola Dargis, writing in The New York Times, called it a “consolation prize for a lifetime of neglect.”

    Share your thoughts on director Sidney’s Legacy

    Who gives the order – Larry
    Larry Hagman was in two films by Sidney Lumet Fail Safe and The Group.

    On Actor’s studio – interview

    Dean Stockwell (previous post) was in Long Day’s Journey into Night

    Umbrellas of Chezbricks

    Friday, April 8th, 2011

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    Umbrellas of Chezbricks

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  • This little bird was very sick, was there motionless for many min.
    Probably a photo of the last day for this bird.
    The Last Day bird

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    History of brick installation
    Nov 2008 by Dotdude
    See Spike and Daisy from Jtwine’s blog.

    Tadeusz Kantor

    Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
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    Kantor and the sink from a play Let the Artist Die

    Kantor is to Polish art what Joseph Beuys was to German art, what Andy Warhol was to American art. He created a unique strain of theatre, was an active participant in the revolutions of the neo-avant-garde, a highly original theoretician, an innovator strongly grounded in tradition, an anti-painterly painter, a happener-heretic, and an ironic conceptualist. (Via)

    Tadeusz Kantor April 6, 1915

    Bill Traylor & Alberta Hunter

    Friday, April 1st, 2011

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    I heart Bill Traylor (Funny Eye Blogspot)

    Bill Traylor Village Voice

    Some people are simply compelled to create art, caring nothing for art history, critical theory, or career strategies. Bill Traylor was born a slave in 1854; after a lifetime as a cotton laborer, destitute and living on a Montgomery, Alabama, sidewalk, he began drawing. He was 83, and sold his work for nickels.

    More images from Hammer Gallery

  • Bill Traylor April 1, 1854 – bill_traylor_photo

    Traylor was a self-taught artist born into slavery on a plantation near Benton, in Lowndes County, Alabama

    Alberta Hunter April 1, 1895