Archive for February, 2013

Heidi Pollard – Four Immeasurables

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

  • Heidi Pollard
    Four Immeasurables, 2011
    Papier mâché on board, black gesso
    31 x 29 inches
    Courtesy of Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

    May all sentient beings have happiness and the causes of happiness; may we be free from suffering and the causes of suffering; may we never be separated from the great happiness that knows no suffering; may we abide in equanimity, free from attachment, aversion and ignorance. those are the four immeasurables… Heidi Pollard

    Turtle Quail
    oil on canvas
    16 x 16 inches

  • Heidi Pollard – Homepage (See more Heidi’s delicious art)

  • Art on Edge (New Mexico Art Museum – Jan 18 – April 14, 2013 )

  • Heidi Poallard interviewed by Astrid Bowlby (NYARTS magazine)

    AB: I have to ask you about humor because we’re both kind of goofy. Some of your paintings are very goofy; some are very serious; sometimes it’s what you’ve titled them. Like Boot: ‘boot’ just makes Boot even goofier.

    HP: There’s an aspect of humor that’s all about the pleasure of silliness. A title can point out that it’s ok to laugh, that, in fact, it is funny. Or it’s serious in a way that includes laughter, you know? It’s very human.

  • ****And ONE Immeasurable fact… it was fun to meet Heidi Pollard whose works I admire and enjoy on my last ski trip to Taos.

  • Donald Richie – After Life

    Monday, February 25th, 2013

    Obit from Guardian

    For generations of scholars, critics and artists who have made Japan their field, Richie was a hugely influential and inspirational presence, opening a window on a ceaselessly fascinating world. Those who knew him personally will remember him for his endless approachability, enthusiasm, energy and generosity with his time, even in his final years of illness.

    Richie suggested a title change to Kore eda’s wonderful life to After Life. (Japan times – Master Critic)
    Donald R had a high praise for Still Walking calling the film..a staggering achievement..(previous post – Still Walking)

    Lafcadio Hearn of our time?
    Image via
    Kafu was his favorite authors among others Kawabata Yasunari and Junichiro Tanizaki.

  • Japanese Portraits, picture of different people..

  • Donald Richtie 1924- 2013 (Diplomat obit)

    “It is, in fact, an injustice to call Richie a writer on Japan; really, he is a writer on artifice and time and death, on being human. And most of all he’s a writer on the particularly modern art of learning how to be a foreigner.”

    In the introduction, Iyer goes on to place Richie in the company of literary figures such as Graham Greene, Jan Morris, Paul Bowles and Somerset Maugham.

    Donald Ritchie at his best talking about Bresson

  • A Film by Donald Richie

  • Freedom within bounds (kyoto journal)

    Donald Richie and Kawabata.Richie and Kawabata

    Paul Schrader says “Whatever we in the West know about Japanese film, and how we know it, we most likely owe to Donald Richie.” Richie also penned analyses of two of Japan’s best known filmmakers: Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa.

    via his wiki

    Richie wrote the English subtitles for Akira Kurosawa’s films Kagemusha (1980), Red Beard, and Dreams

    Among those he counted as his friends and intimates were the writers Marguerite Yourcenar, Susan Sontag, Christopher Isherwood, Anthony Thwaite, and Angela Carter. (Inclined View – Japan times)

    Watch viedo here..Life in Japanese film Donald Richie
    Citizen Kane opend his eyes.. he got a camera.
    On Mishima was still taboo in Japan according to Donald R.
    Yamato damashi – religion of Japan.. they believe in themselves.
    Drunken Angel was his first introduction to Japanese film.
    Individuality in Kurosawa. (Dostoevsky in Kurosawa).
    On Kagemusha.
    Katsu Shintaro..was considered – Shintaro brought his own camera crew..the fight erupted.
    the part went to Nakadai Tatsuya..Richie saw it as a mistake..

    Why women are great actresses .. they practice duplucity in Japanese culture.
    Women in Ozu real woman
    Women in mizoguchi.. women as victims..
    Naruse has a dark view of women
    Strong women in Imamura they do whatever…

    Ozu Menekata sisters not a good film according to Ritchie..
    He also said Simone Beauvoir was better philosopher than Sartre, Colette better writer than Scott Fitzgerald.

    Update: Remembering Donald (No1 Shinbun)

    They Hunt for Exiled Stars – Pad Thai & Ski Lift

    Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

    They write a long conceptual poem based on Christian Bök’s tweets

    Suicide Pact you first

    They sell you words
    They interview the “totalitarian Buddhist” who has built “Magnasanti”
    They create visual poetry by permuting four dark triangles
    They build a fractal pyramid
    They review “How to Write” by derek beaulieu
    They design an online toy that lets you write prose-poems automatically in the style of a TED Talk (More Christian Bök’s tweets)

    The True History of Pad Thai –

    It’s the noodle that’s the most Thai, and at the same time, the least. Before the 1940s, Pad Thai didn’t exist as a common dish. Its birth and popularity came out of the nationalist campaign of Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsongkram, one of the revolutionary figures who in 1932 pushed Thailand out of an absolute monarchy and into a Game of Thrones-style democracy, where coups and counter-coups have become the norm.It’s the noodle that’s the most Thai, and at the same time, the least. Before the 1940s, Pad Thai didn’t exist as a common dish. Its birth and popularity came out of the nationalist campaign of Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsongkram, one of the revolutionary figures who in 1932 pushed Thailand out of an absolute monarchy and into a Game of Thrones-style democracy, where coups and counter-coups have become the norm.

    The Noodle place : debt of pleasure (Hanif Kureishi on Tanizaki)

    Click to see large
    (Sunrise Resort Ski Arizona Feb 18 photo by Fung Lin Hall)

    No we did not eat Pad Thai while riding on the ski lift.

    Once Upon a Time in China – Agnes Varda

    Thursday, February 14th, 2013

    Agnes Varda photography – China

    In 1957, the People’s Republic of China was not yet recognized by the United Nations, and was closed to most foreigners.

    As beautiful as little cats.

    I felt very honored to be part of the French group invited to bring their experiences from different backgrounds to the young People’s Republic. I was determined to do the best job possible as a photographer. There was so much to discover—everything.

  • Photo by Agnes Varda

  • Cantonese Opera in pictures (guardian)
    (See 14 photos)

  • Peking Opera Blues directed by Tsui Hark – Full film.. (you can watch on youtube..)

    Peking Opera Blues

    The movie combines comedy, Hong Kong action, and serious drama with scenes involving Peking Opera. Director Tsui Hark described the film as a satire on the “Chinese ignorance of democracy.” [1] The film was nominated for six awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards including Best Actress.

  • Tsui Hark Hong Kong filmmaker/producer. was born on Feb 15.
    Born in Vietnam, moved to Hong Kong at the age of fourteen. Studied film at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • R.I.P Richard Artschwager -Protean & Enigmatic

    Sunday, February 10th, 2013

    Richard Artschwager-whose multifarious work defied categorization dies at 89.

    Richard Artschwager, who crafted a protean and enigmatic body of work over the course of more than half a century, has died.

    Richard Artschwager– Artnet

    (Two pianos via)

    5 scratches

  • See Brush pip

  • Richard Artschwager, Triptych V 1972 courtesy The Whitney Museum (see more here)

    Gypsi made

    started as a cabinet maker, a definite influence on his work and process. His sculptures, blockish structures made of wood and formica, mimic or describe useful everyday objects with a dry sense humor.

    (Portrait via)

  • Happy New Snake Year

    Saturday, February 9th, 2013
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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall
    (Fung Lin Hall’s Snake sculpture made from glued chopsticks – 1974 Honolulu Hawaii – an angel leaning against the ceramic sculptures made in 1980 Miami by Fung Lin Hall )

    Chinese world worries that Year of Snake may bite

    Year of rabbit (Ray Johnson Mona Lisa + pool Rabbit)

    Year of Ox

    Year of Rat (Banksy Rat)

    Porcile and Earthly Delight

    How it was “Snake”

  • Donald Byrd R.I.P

    Thursday, February 7th, 2013

    Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II
    (December 9, 1932 – February 4, 2013)

    Donald Byrd dies..

    The influential jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd died on Monday at the age of 80, his nephew has said.

    Byrd is best known as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while simultaneously remaining a pop artist.

    The Key to the House – Charlotte Rampling

    Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
  • Charlotte Rampling (5 February 1946) is an English actress. Her career spans four decades in English language as well as French and Italian cinema.

    You have to be Brave – (the Talk com)

    How was that working in Italian cinema?

    It suited me. I didn’t want to be in England at that moment, so it suited me. And Italy is the most wonderful country to work in. They so love beauty and they so love what they’re doing, they so love the actual art of filmmaking. I don’t think Fellini’s films or Visconti’s films ever made any money. They just did it for the grand, operatic feeling. It was so different from the way the English and the Americans were working, there was such passion. And me coming from a rather cold Protestant family, I woke up! That was the beginning of things for me, really.

  • Charlotte Rampling made two great films Under the Sands and The Swimming Pool both directed by François Ozon

  • On Night Porter

    I did the film because of Dirk Bogarde, who I’d met when I was filming the Visconti film. We had this extraordinary relationship until his death 10 years ago. We became like soul mates. And he had this script of “The Night Porter” five years before. He turned it down. He thought: No, no, no, I’m not going there. I don’t want to do that, put it away. When he met me and when we worked together on “The Damned,” he went and got the script again. So it was Dirk asking me: “Would you do this film with me? I think there really is something there if we do it together. We’ll make it into something really special because of who we are.”

    Heading South excerpt on youtube
    Laurent Cantet – previous post.. directed Heading South.

  • The Key To The House

    Beautifully crafted by acclaimed director Gianni Amelio, THE KEYS TO THE HOUSE is a compassionate and rigorous exploration of fatherhood and the often surprising nature of disability. After the film’s premiere in Venice in 2004, it became a box-office hit in Italy and was selected as Italy’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards 2004.

  • Isuzu Yamada – Sisters of Gion, The Throne of Blood

    Monday, February 4th, 2013

    Yamada Isuzu (5 February 1917 – 9 July 2012) was a Japanese actress whose career on stage and screen spanned eight decades.

    Sisters of gion, (Mizoguchi)
    Osaka elegy, (Mizoguchi)
    The Throne of blood (Kurosawa)
    Tokyo Twilght (Ozu)
    Black River
    The Lower Depth, (Kurosawa)
    Yojinbo (Kurosawa)
    She died in 2012 at age 95.

  • Throne of Blood

  • Love Songs & Drone Stories

    Friday, February 1st, 2013
  • Langston Hughes
    Pastel drawing of Hughes by Winold Reiss
    (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967)

    Jukebox and Love Song (previous post)

    On Geroge Whitman and Langston Hughes by Alan Sondheim

    I haven’t seen the film but in the 1960s I hung around Whitman’s bookstore and got to know him;
    I also remember listening to Langston Hughes through the bookstore skylight, we were on the roof and I almost fell through and on him. There was a wishing-well in the center of the place. It was amazing.

  • 1. Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. Pity. A signature strike leveled the florist’s.

    2. Call me Ishmael. I was a young man of military age. I was immolated at my wedding. My parents are inconsolable.

    3. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather. A bomb whistled in. Blood on the walls. Fire from heaven.

    4. I am an invisible man. My name is unknown. My loves are a mystery. But an unmanned aerial vehicle from a secret location has come for me.

    5. Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was killed by a Predator drone.

    6. Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His torso was found, not his head.

    7. Mother died today. The program saves American lives.

    Seven short stories about drones by Teju Cole

  • R.I.P Lucien Stryk (1924-2013) was an American poet, translator of Buddhist literature and Zen poetry, and former English professor at Northern Illinois University