Archive for July, 2021

RIP – Louise Fishman, Large Scale Abstract Painter (1939-2021)

Monday, July 26th, 2021

  • (Paper Louise Tiny Fishman Rock, 2016, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo: Constance Mensh.)

    Kienzle Art Foundation Berlin, Work by Louise Fishman, Kienzle Collection

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  • Louise Fishman – Artforum (Obit)

    Louise Fishman, whose process-based large-scale abstractions draw on queer, feminist, and Jewish cultures, died early July 26 at the age of eighty-two. The news was confirmed by New York gallery Karma, which represents the artist. Often working with a grid motif, Fishman melded gestural abstraction with geometric minimalism to create densely layered and textured paintings that appear as if they had been built or woven. From the massive, energetic oil-on-canvas works for which she became known in the 1970s and ’80s, to the small-scale watercolors of recent years, her entire body of work radiates emotional intensity.

  • Art News Obit

    For a series begun in 1973, known as “Angry,” Fishman reflected on her own frustration with a patriarchal world that oppressed women by scrawling the names of famous women above abstract backgrounds. One in shades of beige and blue referring to the actress Marilyn Monroe reads “ANGRY MARILYN”; another is filled with crosshatched green strokes and alludes to the poet Gertrude Stein reads “ANGRY GERTRUDE.” Still others refer to Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia founder Ti-Grace Atkinson, the dancer Yvonne Rainer, and Fishman herself. She returned to the series in 2008 for a related body of work called “Serious Rage” that picks up the 1973 series’ themes for a new era, focusing on modern-day figures like Hillary Clinton.

  • Conversation with Louise Fishman (Two Coats of Paint)

    Photos of Gus Van Sant and Dennis Stock

    Saturday, July 24th, 2021

    (Portrait of Lautrec on the wall, Gus Van Sant directing Joaquin Phoenix)

    After River’s death, Van Sant offered him a meaty role in the black comedy “To Die For,” co-starring Nicole Kidman and Matt Dillon. It was Joaquin’s first role in four years.
    Twenty-three years later, Van Sant and Joaquin Phoenix are together again in “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” a film about the late quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan, who lived in Van Sant’s hometown of Portland, Ore.

    Happy birthday Gus Vant Sant!

    Initially Gus wanted Tom Waits for the role that went to Matt Dillon. Drugstore Cowboy was based on a true story. William
    S. Burroughs changed the profession for his part to that of a priest. He only wanted to work for one day so they shot everything in a day.

    Birth of Indie films, death trilogy and his polaroids

    (Nicole Kidman and Steve Buscemi – Polaroids by Gus Van Sant)

  • Dennis Stock shared a birthday with Gus Van Sant.
    Born: July 24, 1928, Bronx, New York, NY
    Died: January 11, 2010, Sarasota, FL
    Dennis Stock photos of Hollywood, Jazz and Dean


    Dennis watched in horror as Jimmy took off his boots and climbed into a bronze casket. He crossed his arms and shouted, “Shoot.”
    Dennis refused, saying that it was in bad taste, and suggested Jimmy get out of the casket before someone came in.
    Implicit in the series of photos was Jimmy’s dark side, coupled with his desire to be close to his mother, who had died when he was nine years old.

    Audrey photographed by Dennis Stock during the filming of ‘Sabrina’ in 1954.

  • Happy birthday David Hammons

  • Naomi Osaka

    Friday, July 23rd, 2021
  • Naomi Osaka (Homepage)

    Naomi Osaka and her parents

  • Adieu Françoise Arnoul – (3 June 1931 – 20 July 2021)

    Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

    Francoise Arnoul wiki

  • (Le chemin des ecoliers by MichelBoisrond with Francoise Arnoul, Alain Delon and Jean Claude Brialy)

    (No Sun in Venice – 1957 directed by Roger Vadim. )

  • French CanCan
    (Directed by Jean Renoir)

    Birthday Celebration for Benedict Cumberbatch – 2021

    Sunday, July 18th, 2021
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    Benedict Cumberbatch was terrific in Parades’ End. (On Parades’ End Cumberbatch on youtube here)

    Happy birthday Benedict Cumberbatch
    Benedict Cumberbatch read the Guantanamo Diary and optioned the right to make a film adaptation. He is the executive producer and also an actor in “The Mauritanian”.

  • B. Cumberbatch fell for the oddball artist and his world of cats (About his new film from the Guardian July 11, 2021)

  • Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for an Oscar, playing the genius Alan Turing

    Christian Boltanski (1944–2021)

    Friday, July 16th, 2021
  • Christian Boltanski, Artist Who Tenderly Pondered Mortality and Trauma, Has Died at 76

    Art news obit
    Artforum obit

    See from Marian Goodman Gallery

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    More images here.

    Christian Boltanski at Grand Palais (previous post)

    An Appreciation, Tahar Rahim from the Prophet to Mauritanian

    Monday, July 12th, 2021
  • The Mauritanian – Justice gone haywire drama

    And we ask why this is so.

  • Tahar Rahim’s five favorite films

    Tahar Rahim

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    Tahar Rahim directed by Jacques Audiard

  • Tahar Rahim was directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Scroll down to see the trailer).

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    Tahar Rahim the actor here watching Charlie Chaplin film “The Kid” for the first time – a scene from “In the Cut”
    Fatih Akin directed Tahara Rahin in “In The Cut’

    Vittorio De Sica – What is Neorealism?

    Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

    (Montgomery Clift and Vittorio De Sica)

    Via The Museum of Modern Art VITTORIO DE SICA “The French film critic Andre Bazin wrote of Vittorio De Sica, “To explain De Sica, we must go back to the source of his art, namely, his tenderness, his love. The quality shared in common by Miracle in Milan and The Bicycle Thief…is the author’s inexhaustible affection for his characters.”

    What is Neorealism a video essay

    Why Vittorio de Sica is one of Europe’s greatest tragic film-makers

    (Two Women, directed by Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren received an Oscar for best actress – unusual to see Jean Paul Belmondo cast as an intellectual)

  • As a leader of neo realist Italian cinema.. De Sica directed some impressive films to mention a few.. Shoshine, Bicycle Thieves, Umberto D.. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow..Marriage Italian Style, Sunflower and other films with Sophia Loren and Marcello Matroianni.. Two Women. The Garden of Finzi Contini. As an actor he was in Max Ophuls‘ wonderful “The Earrings of Madame De ”
    De Sica continued to act in films in order to finance his own projects.

    “Unknown Known”, Erroll Morris & Steve Carell as Rumsfeld in “Vice””

    Friday, July 2nd, 2021
  • Challenging the Believing-Is-Seeing Mindset: Errol Morris on Donald Rumsfeld and ‘The Unknown Known’

    Unknown Known, & Donald Rumsfeld

  • July 3 – 2021 – Erroll Morris on Donald Rumsfeld

  • Erroll Morris, Ecstatic absurdity it’s the confrontation with meaninglessness.