Archive for December, 2020

RIP Pierre Cardin, Jeanne Moreau, Hiroko Matsumoto & His Bubble Palace

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020
  • Hiroko Matsumoto
    Hiroko Matsumoto, more than just a model, muse.
    BBC Obit

    Pierre Cardin homepage

  • Pierre Cardin’s life in pictures

  • Jeanne M.1aaCardinJM
    Moreau with Pierre Cardin.
    She had a long affair with designer Pierre Cardin.. and a short marriage to Friedkin (director of The French Connection).
    Moreau lost a friendship with Coco Chanel after she started living with Pierre Cardin..

    J. Moreau
    (This dress is designed by Pierre Cardin, from Losey’s film Eva. )

    Jeanne Moreau with Pierre Cardin

  • Pierre Cardin

    He will be remembered for his futuristic designs – some were inspired by the space age, some were even impossible to wear.
    He carved his own way through the fashion industry. Parisian haute couture had always been exclusive – its high priests believed it should be high-end, individually tailored and eye-wateringly expensive.
    Cardin broke the mould. He launched “ready-to-wear” collections, bringing high fashion to the middle classes. His designer peers were aghast, and threw him out of their club.
    In the 1950s, men wore traditional suits which made the young look like their fathers. Cardin threw out the boxy jackets and stiff white shirts, creating a revolutionary look for a new, progressive generation.
    Gone were the bulky details; collars, lapels, tails and cuffs. Trousers were tapered and hung loosely on the hips.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Pierre Cardin showed up at Paquin, one of France’s leading fashion houses, met the legendary film director, Jean Cocteau and began working on his costumes for Beauty and the Beast. Impressed, Cocteau introduced him to Christian Dior.

    Passing of Art Critic & Historian of Modern Art Barbara Rose at 84.

    Monday, December 28th, 2020
  • Artforum obit
    Artnews Obit

    via (scroll down)

  • See the photo of Barbara Rose and Frank Stella with Barnet Newman and others here

  • (Barbara Rose)

    Deborah Solomon

    A fond farewell to Barbara Rose, the great art historian, art critic, nurturer of talent, Spainophile, and walking Britannica of 20th century art—she died on Friday at age 84. RIP

  • What Critic Barbara Rose Did for Modern Art?

    Through her practice, Rose helped define the major art movements of the latter half of the twentieth century, while consistently advocating for painting, a medium which many at the time claimed was dead. Exploring postwar art and its contradictions, she wrote about culture with an authority informed by her close friendships with two generations of artists in New York and abroad. She will also be remembered as the critic who championed Minimalism during the 1970s and a great promoter of art made by women.
    Throughout her career, Rose continually worked to advance the art careers of women. In 1971, she wrote the first major monograph on Helen Frankenthaler and, in 1983, she organized the first museum retrospective of Lee Krasner’s work. She also furnished the text for definitive monographs on Magdalena Abakanowicz, Nancy Graves, Beverly Pepper and Niki de Saint Phalle.

    Magdalena Abakanowicz (previous post)
    Barbara Rose wrote a book on Magdalena Abakanowicz.
    Barbara Rose championed these artists.
    Susan Rothenberg
    Bevery Pepper, A Sculptor of Monumental Lightness

    Ron Gorchov

    Ed Moses

    Elizabeth Murray

  • Barbara Rose Wiki/Legacy/

    In October 1965, Rose published the essay “ABC Art” in Art in America magazine, in which she described the fundamental characteristics of minimal art. In her essay, Rose considered the diverse roots of minimalism in the work of Kasimir Malevich and Marcel Duchamp as well as the choreography of Merce Cunningham, the art criticism of Clement Greenberg, the philosophy of Wittgenstein, and the novels of Alain Robbe-Grillet. In examining the historical roots of minimal art in 1960s America, Rose drew a distinction between Malevich’s “search for the transcendental, universal, absolute” and Duchamp’s “blanket denial of the existence of absolute values”.[17] Rose further argued in “ABC Art” that minimalist sculpture was at its best when it was inhospitable to its audience: “difficult, hostile, awkward and oversize”.[18]

    Rose grouped some 1960s artists as closer to Malevich, some as closer to Duchamp, and some as between the two; she argued that the work of some minimalists constituted a “synthesis” of Malevich and Duchamp.[13] Closer to Malevich were Walter Darby Bannard, Larry Zox, Robert Huot, Lyman Kipp, Richard Tuttle, Jan Evans, Ronald Bladen, Anne Truitt. Closer to Duchamp were Richard Artschwager and Andy Warhol. Between Malevich and Duchamp she placed Robert Morris, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, and Dan Flavin. Her conclusion was that minimal art is both transcendental and negative:
    The art I have been talking about is obviously a negative art of denial and renunciation. Such protracted asceticism is normally the activity of contemplatives or mystics…Like the mystic, in their work these artists deny the ego and the individual personality, seeking to evoke, it would seem, the semihypnotic state of blank unconsciousness.[19]
    She also contrasted minimal art with Pop Art:
    …if Pop Art is the reflection of our environment, perhaps the art I have been describing is its antidote, even if it is a hard one to swallow.[20]
    Rose is also credited with having popularize the term Neo-Dada.

    Dennis Oppenheim

  • Carl Andre’s hilarious Barbara Rose Interview

  • Barbara Rose filmography

    See Barbara’s loft from here.

  • Artist, Grace Knowlton (1932–2020)

    Friday, December 25th, 2020
  • Grace Knowlton – Homepage

    Steel Twists

    Grace Knowlton (1932–2020) was an American sculptor who was known for her outdoor sculptures.
    She studied privately with Kenneth Noland.

    My sculptures are closed spherical forms of various materials – clay, concrete, styrofoam and paint, steel and copper. They are created by an ancient technique involving the laying on of hands.

    Drawing is the most direct and vital of the art forms. It can be powerful, yet questioning; tentative, yet full of conviction.
    read knowlton’s essay: “How to Draw Wrong”

    Happy Covid Christmas -2020

    Monday, December 21st, 2020
  • Tree

  • Soviet Santa (How Santa Survived the Soviet Era)

  • Edgard Varese, Frank Zappa Connection
    Frank Zappa – Birth date, December 21
    Edard Varese – Birth date, December 22

  • See Marilyn as a streetwalker with Charles Laughton

    Choose Alan Rudolph, & his Collaborators

    Friday, December 18th, 2020

  • (Campbell Scott as Benchley and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dorothy Parker)

    Alan Rudolph the most underrated independent filmmaker.. he was Robert Altman’s assistant. & Altman produced some films for Alan… “you either know all of his films or none at all..” I love many of his films.
    Choose Me (Ed Ruscha designed & appeared.. G. Bujold, Keith Carradine etc), Equinox (Mathew Modeine). Made in Heaven, The Moderns, After Glow (Julie Christie was nominated for an Oscar, Nick Nolte), Trouble in Mind, The Secret Lives of Dentists (Hope Davis, Cambell Scott.. love this film).. Albert Finney was directed by him..Breakfast of Champions.

    There’s so much confidence and freedom that comes from that way of doing things. Robert Altman and Alan Rudolph make the set the place to be. It’s fun. It’s a kind of creative freedom that’s really inspiring. Altman loved actors so much. He was a great mentor for me, really.
    Jennifer Jason Leigh

  • ChooseMeEdRu
    Bujold starred in Choose Me (1984), directed and written by Alan Rudolph. She promptly made two more films for Rudolph:Trouble in Mind (1985) and The Moderns (1988).

  • Happy birthday Alan Rudoph – the vision of a filmmaker

    Partners in mind, Keith Carradine and Alan Rudolph

    Here is the list of actors/actresses who worked with Alan Rudolph and Robert Altman.
    Keith Carradine, Julie Christie , Geraldin Chaplin, Jennifer Jason Leigh,Emily Watson, Mathew Modine (Equinox) Lori Singer, Jeff Goldblum .

    Our Hero, John Le Carre Showed us the World beyond England

    Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

  • (Photo of John Le Carre by Lord Snowdon)

    Atlantic Obit

    John le Carré Knew England’s Secrets
    He revealed more about the country’s ruling class than any political writer of his era.

    John Le Carre Com


    Favorite Film Adaptations

  • Writers, Friends remembered John Le Carre

  • Actor Ralph Fiennes and author John Le Carre pose for photographs at an auction in aid of The Constant Gardeners’ Trust, at the Soho Hotel in London, Sunday March 12, 2006. The trust was set up to help the people of Kenya, where the book and film The Constant Gardener, was set. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA

    Ralph Fiennes, actor
    When I was approached by [producer] Simon Channing Williams in 2003 about making The Constant Gardener, I was already an enormous fan of le Carré’s books. I loved the world he created. And then I met the man, and he was so charming and generous of spirit and immediately available for conversation about the novel and the character. I must have fired all sorts of spurious questions at him but I just remember how he was very gregarious and excited about the project. (viaread more)

  • (Ralph Fiennes and Pete Postlethwaite from the Constant Gardner)
    The Constant Gardner

  • John Le Carre on Philip Seymour Hoffman

    (Philip Seymour Hoffman with German cast)

    A Most Wanted Man – Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Last film

    10 ways of getting to know John Le Carre Novels

    Update: His son revealed that John Le Carre became Irish

    Kim Ki Duk Dies of Covid 19, in Latvia at 59

    Friday, December 11th, 2020

  • via

    (Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring )

    Kim Ki Duk wiki

    Deadline obit, Kim Ki Duk dies of Covid 19 at 59 (South Korean director won prizes at Venice, Cannes and Berlin)

    Obit from Onmanrama

  • Jean Louis Trintignant at 90, 2020

    Friday, December 11th, 2020

  • (The Conformist)
    Jean Louis Trintignant

    Robbe Grillet
    Trans Europe Express a film directed by Alain Robbe Grillet

  • Jean Louis Trintignant surprises in Amour

    When Mr. Trintignant was named best actor (for “Amour”) at the recent European Film Awards, it was his first acting honor of any kind in four decades. He was not, in fact, heavily laureled even in the period of his greatest success, the 1960s and ’70s, when he starred in more than his share of international hits — pictures like “A Man and a Woman” (1966), directed by Claude Lelouch; Eric Rohmer’s “My Night at Maud’s” (1969); Costa-Gavras’s “Z” (1969); and Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Conformist” (1970) — and seemed to be working constantly, primarily in his native France, sometimes elsewhere in the world. (Read more here)

  • Eric Rohmer directed Jean Louis Trintignant in My Night at Maud

  • (Il Sorpasso – directed by Dino Risi – with Vittorio Gassman)

  • (The Conformist with Dominique Sanda)

    Goodbye Suh Se Ok, Korea’s Art Abstract Pioneer

    Sunday, December 6th, 2020

  • (Dancing Two People)


    See more at artnet


    Art News Obit

    Artist Suh Se Ok, Pillar of Korean Contemporary Painting, Dies at 91

    Effie Gray, Portrait of Ruskin, & Bronte Sisters

    Friday, December 4th, 2020
  • Effie Gray wiki – scripted by Emma Thompson

  • “Effie Gray is more than just an ordinary costume drama”

  • Ruskin Effie Marriage

    Portrait of John Ruskin by Millais

  • Bronte family biography

    Brontes Sisters

  • Brontes Sisters – Modern Family – art forum

    Sensitive to the extreme limits the Brontë sisters faced owing to their sex, Téchiné is careful not to overdramatize the fact that Charlotte, Emily, and Anne all published, in 1847, their first novels under male pseudonyms (becoming, respectively, the “brothers” Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell). The director’s insistence on understatement—though never at the expense of diminishing the anguish and thwarted desire the sisters endured during their too-short lives (all died before reaching the age of forty)—clearly guided the performances as well.

    Roland Barthes as an actor

    Roland Barthes