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Ren Hang 任航 (1987-2017), The Suicide of Chinese Photographer at 29

February 24th, 2017
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    Aperture Solo Show

  • Controversial and renowned Chinese photographer Ren Hang died at 29. (British Photographer Journal)

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    Ren Hang 任航 (1987-2017). (Poems in Chinese + a page on depression)

    See more photos Mashkulture net

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  • Empty Kingdom

  • Action, Arnachy, Audacity-Seijun Suzuki B Film Visionary Dies at 93

    February 22nd, 2017
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    Yumeji (Kenji Sawada as Yumeji, artist/illustrator)

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    Branded to Kill (Shishido Joe tried plastic surgery on his cheeks to get more work as an actor)
    See the trailer (Branded to Kill – youtube)

  • Youth of the Beast review

  • Seijun Suzuki dies aged 93 -
    Seijun Suzuki who inspired Tarantino and Jarmusch dies at 93

    Film-maker who paired pop art visuals and yakuza hitmen in Tokyo Drifter leaves behind a singular, surreal body of work that gained international acclaim

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    Jannis Kounellis of Art Povera RIP – (23 March 1936 -16 February 2017)

    February 16th, 2017
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  • An amazing artist Jannis Kounellis passed away.
    He was 80 years old.

    Jannis Kounellis was born in 1936 in Piraeus, Greece. In 1956, Kounellis moved to Rome and enrolled in the Accademia di Belle Arti.

    “One needs to consider that the gallery is a dramatic, theatrical cavity… My work is not surrealistic, the effect is theatrical, it is Baroque.” – Jannis Kounellis

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    Kounellis at Tramway

    Kounellis at Crownpoint

    Google Jannis Kounellis

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    Fragments of Memory

  • “I was with you on the burning sand” – Happy Valentine’s Day -2017

    February 14th, 2017
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    Guillaume D. relished working with Jacques Rivette in “Ne Touchez Pas La Hache” based on Balzac’s novel.

    Happy Valentine’s day!

    Sergei Eisenstein in Paris, Mexico + Commentary by Nestor Almendros & Peter Greenaway

    February 11th, 2017
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    Hans Richter, Sergei Eisenstein and Man Ray, Paris’ 1929

    Sergei Eisenstein died on 11 February 1948.

  • Nestor Almendros on Sergei Eisenstein

    “Outside [Eisenstein] was a Soviet Russian[;] inside, according to some, he was a Christian, to others he was a Jew, to yet others a homosexual….” In fact, he was all those things. Eisenstein was an obedient Communist throughout his life. He did have a very Christian education in his native Riga, and through his otherwise Russified father he had some Jewish blood. An abundance of religious—and antireligious—imagery was present in all his films. And in addition, there are reasons to believe that in Eisenstein’s creative drive homosexuality played a very important role.

    Nestor Almendros – (Previous post)

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    Diego, Frida and Eisenstein

    Eisenstein in Mexico

    Peter Greenaway on Eisenstein

    Ming the Panda & Photos by Ming Smith

    February 11th, 2017
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    Ming Panda London Zoo

    Statue for giant panda who lifted wartime spirits
    Ming the panda arrived in London as a cub in 1937 and was a huge hit among children, including two princesses

  • Some Panda photos by Fung Lin Hall here too.

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    Ming Smith, “Kites Inside, Columbus, Ohio” (ca. 1972)

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    Necessary Angels (Hyperallergic)

    More photos by Ming Smith here.

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  • Portrait of François Truffaut by Duane Michals + Other Odd Photos

    February 6th, 2017
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    Photo of François Truffaut by Duane Michals, 1981

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    François Truffaut was born on February 6, 1932, in Paris, France. With the identity of his biological father later becoming a mystery, François’s mother, Janine de Monferrand, wed Roland Truffaut, with her husband giving his surname to her son. Yet the couple ultimately never allowed the boy to live with them; he was looked after by a wet nurse until, as a toddler, he was taken in and raised by his maternal grandmother and grandfather.

  • Les Miston (see youtube)

    Truffaut simply called it “my first real film”.Moreover it was Bernadette Lafont’s film debut. She was at that time Gérard Blain’s wife. It was shot at her hometown Nîmes.


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    (Truffaut and Jean Cocteau)
    via Silent and Talkie blog

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    (Robert Bresson and Truffaut at Cannes 1967)

  • André Gregory and Wallace Shawn’s Top 10 – read what they have to say about Jules et Jim.

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    Two English Girls –

    Truffaut (previous post – his search for love & language, cinema & books)

    RIP Dore Ashton, an Art Historian who embraced Modernism dies at 88.

    February 3rd, 2017
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    NYtimes Dore Ashton who embraced and inhabited moernism dies at 88.

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    Art News obit

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    Portrait of Dore Ashton by Alice Neel

  • On the Influence of Gorky

    Ashton took her notes from Franz Kafka who believed that an “artist was a man of many lives, many potential personalities, and many different relationships.” This outlook on artists is a uniquely modern one. Many artists in the Pre-modern era fit this description, but it was of very little consequence, before the Impressionists, how artists adjusted themselves to fit into society. According to Ashton, it was Arshile Gorky who, upon landing in New York in 1925, made it not only fashionable but acceptable for other New York artists to feel a real sense of liberty and experimentation, to wear different masks when it suited them.

    “He was,” wrote Ashton, “at once, a painter who refused to put a face on his forms and a painter who, at times – moved by sentimental memories – assigned associations to certain paintings.” These meandering tendencies were not those of an artist without direction or focus, but of a man who fully recognized the wealth of form available to the imaginative eye. Ashton believes that Gorky set the bar for those younger New York artists who during the pre-WWII years did lack direction and focus.

    Artists from Middle East +Beyond Saudi Arabia, Tykwer Filmed in Morocco

    February 1st, 2017
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    Tammam Azzam (above)
    6 Inspiring artists from Middle East

    Saudi Arabia top 10 artists (where to find them)

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    Ben was in Perfume and Cloud Atlas. Ben appeared as a hologram/cameo in Hologram for the King.
    Tom Tykwer adapted based on a novel by Dave Eggers.

  • Illusions in the desert – Tom Tykwer’s Hologram for the King.

    Although Clay is trying to sell a hologram, he himself is more attached to tangible things, says Tykwer. “He once sold steel. He stands for a world that is ceasing to exist the way it was, but has to present something that belongs to the virtual future.” Therefore, Clay’s way of working reflects his character.

    By the way, Tom Tykwer did get to see the holy city of Mecca during his travels to Saudi Arabia: “I actually went to Mecca during my research tour – but not intentionally. My guide had taken a wrong route and couldn’t turn back, so we drove through Mecca.” This involuntary stay of Tykwer in the holy city is reflected on in the film.

    “A Hologram for the King” is a movie about the clash of two cultures that is told with subtle humor – and it is a film that reflects on how people deal with two totally different worlds.