The Gold Bird Variations – Some Images by Fung Lin Hall

April 13th, 2014
  • The Fact that Socrates wrote nothing.
    The Fact that Jesus wrote nothing.
    The Fact that Buddha wrote Nothing.

    Vanishing Point page 128. David Markson

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  • Related links –
    Three Oracles and Three Sculptures Snake or Spoon

    Rainbow Trouts, Jackson Pollack and Birds

    Last Life in the Lens Universe - (with bonus film links)

    Above images by Fung Lin Hall

  • François Rabelais, the Renaissance humanist

    April 9th, 2014
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    Nature abhors a vacuum.
    Half the world does not know how the other half lives. – Francois Rabelais
    Read more here.

  • François Rabelais, writer, doctor, humanist

    Rabelais’ use of his native tongue was astoundingly original, lively, and creative. He introduced dozens of Greek, Latin, and Italian loan-words and direct translations of Greek and Latin compound words and idioms into French. He also used many dialectal forms and invented new words and metaphors, some of which have become part of the standard language and are still used today. Rabelais is arguably one of the authors who has enriched the French language in the most significant way.
    His works are also known for being filled with sexual double-entendres, dirty jokes and bawdy songs that may shock even modern readers.

    And one more Rabelais on (youtube) with Medieval/Renaissance music

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    In his novel Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne quotes extensively from Rabelais.

    Alfred Jarry performed from memory, hymns of Rabelais at Symbolist Rachilde’s Tuesday salons, and worked for years on an unfinished translation of Gargantua and Pantagruel.

    Anatole France lectured on him in Argentina. John Cowper Powys, D. B. Wyndham-Lewis, and Lucien Febvre (one of the founders of the French historical school Annales) wrote books about him. Mikhail Bakhtin, a Russian philosopher and critic, derived his celebrated concept of the carnivalesque and grotesque body from the world of Rabelais.

    Hilaire Belloc was a great admirer of Rabelais. He praised him as “at the summit” of authors of fantastic books.[14] He also wrote a short story entitled “On the Return of the Dead” in which Rabelais descended from heaven to earth in 1902 to give a lecture in praise of wine at the London School of Economics, but was instead arrested.

    Mikhail Bakhtin wrote Rabelais and His World, praising the author for understanding and unbridled embrace of the carnival grotesque. In the book he analyzes Rabelais’s use of the carnival grotesque throughout his writings and laments the death of the purely communal spirit and regenerating laughter of the carnival in modern culture.

    George Orwell was not an admirer of Rabelais. Writing in 1940, he called him “an exceptionally perverse, morbid writer, a case for psychoanalysis”.

    Milan Kundera, in a 2007 article in The New Yorker, wrote: “(Rabelais) is, along with Cervantes, the founder of an entire art, the art of the novel.” (page 31). He speaks in the highest terms of Rabelais, calling him “the best”, along with Flaubert.

    Rabelais was a major reference point for a few main characters (Boozing wayward monks, University Professors, and Assistants) in Robertson Davies’s novel The Rebel Angels, part of the The Cornish Trilogy. One of the main characters in the novel, Maria Theotoky, writes her PhD on the works of Rabelais, while a murder plot unfolds around a scholarly unscathed manuscript. Rabelais was also mentioned in Davies’s books The Lyre of Orpheus, and Tempest-Tost.[citation needed]

    Rabelais is highlighted as a pivotal figure in Kenzaburō Ōe’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994

    Spero, Woodman and Carruth

    April 3rd, 2014

  • (Nancy Spero at her studio)

    More Nancy Spero here.

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    Francesca Woodman
    April 3, 1958 – January 19, 1981

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    Lucille Clifton and Hayden Carruth

    He did read the prominent poets Ben Johnson, William Yeats, and Ezra Pound, but added that “the real question is not by whom I was influenced, but how.” To Miller, Carruth’s early grounding in traditional poetic forms prepared him to “improvise” later on, much like the way jazz musicians often study classical music early in their training: “The discipline must precede the rejection of discipline.”

  • At Seventy-Five: Rereading An Old Book

    My prayers have been answered, if they were prayers. I live.
    I’m alive, and even in rather good health, I believe.
    If I’d quit smoking I might live to be a hundred.
    Truly this is astonishing, after the poverty and pain,
    The suffering. Who would have thought that petty
    Endurance could achieve so much?
    And prayers –
    Were they prayers? Always I was adamant
    In my irreligion, and had good reason to be.
    Yet prayer is not, I see in old age now,
    A matter of doctrine or discipline, but rather
    A movement of the natural human mind
    Bereft of its place among the animals, the other
    Animals. I prayed. Then on paper I wrote
    Some of the words I said, which are these poems.

    Anonymous Submission
    Hayden Carruth

    Agnes Martin – Early Years with Delphine Seyrig

    March 22nd, 2014
  • See her bedroom here.

    Young Agnes Martin agnesm1

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    Agnes Martin (at right, on the rooftop of the
    Coenties Slip building where she lived in New York.
    Jack youngerman (sitting), Ellsworth Kelly (standing), Robert Indiana (kneeling),Delphine Seyrig, 1957.
    Photograph by Hans Namuth. (via Martin bio page )

    Ms. Martin and Mr. Indiana related to the history of the locale in a particularly intimate way. Both were deeply interested in the American experience as something immediate and poetic, and they embedded the waterfront in their work. In their lofts they found actual relics of the old seafaring days: nautical equipment, shipbuilding materials, iron wheels, charts and ledgers.

    Where City History Was Made, a 50′s Group Made Art History

    In this film Agnes Martin described her friendship with Jack Youngerman and Delphine Seyrig, 1957.
    and their son who grew up to be bi-lingual shuttling between France and USA.

  • Wisdom of Agnes Martin

    As a fledgling art dealer in 1963, Pace Gallery founder Arne Glimcher met painter Agnes Martin at a party at Jack Youngerman’s loft on Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan. “We clicked immediately,” Glimcher recalls.

    One of the more curious chapters in Martin’s 92-year life concerns her brief career as a filmmaker. In 1976, she made a movie called Gabriel, about a ten-year-old boy’s impressions of the natural world around him. “Every rock, pebble and plant struggling for survival . . . is recorded,” Glimcher writes in the book. Martin was so pleased with the outcome that she planned another film “about the seduction of the princess of China by Genghis Khan,” he says. She went to Japan and hired Kabuki actors and brought them to New Mexico, where she hired Native Americans to play the Mongols. “Filming went on for a time before the project became uncontrollable in its scale,” Glimcher remembers. She gave it up and returned to painting.

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    Found this early untitled painting by Agnes Martin from MoMa Collection.
    (Water Color and Ink)
    See more from MoMa..

  • Young artist feels the weight of history from the last two images.
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    Agnes Martin Both Sides of the Room, From the series “Other People’s Art by Gabriela Vainsencher

    Betty Goodwin – Her images of Solitude and Mourning

    March 19th, 2014

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    Betty Goodwin

    Born in Montreal, Betty Goodwin (March 19, 1923 – 2008) is regarded as one of Canada’s premier contemporary artists. Concerned with the fragility and ephemeral quality of life, Goodwin created haunting and mysterious images of solitude and mourning.

    Largely self-taught, Goodwin turned to painting in the late 1940s. In 1968, she enrolled in a printmaking course with Yves Gaucher at Sir George Williams (now Concordia University). It was there where she began working with found objects and clothing articles in her prints, which brought her much international attention.

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    Her wiki

    Born in Montreal the only child of Romanian immigrants Betty loved to paint and draw as a child, and was much encouraged by her mother to pursue art.

  • Lee Ufan and Mingei + A Bowl to Remember Slovak Uprising

    March 6th, 2014
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    Lee Ufan Mingei (Pace)

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    Lee Ufan (Korean: 이우환, Hanja: 李禹煥, Korean pronunciation: [iːuhwan] born 1936 in Haman County, in South Kyongsang province in Korea) is a Korean[1] minimalist painter and sculptor[2] artist and academic, honored by the government of Japan for having “contributed to the development of contemporary art in Japan.”[3] The art of this artist, who has long been based in Japan, is rooted in an Eastern appreciation of the nature of materials and also in modern European phenomenology. Lee, the main theorist of the Mono-ha (“School of Things”) tendency in Japan in the late 1960s and early 1970s, was trained as a philosopher.[4] As a painter, Lee significantly contributed to Tansaekhwa, or Korean monochrome painting, the first artistic movement in 20th century Korea to be promoted internationally. He advocates a methodology of de-westernization and demodernization in both theory and practice as an antidote to the Eurocentric thought of 1960s postwar Japanese society. Lee divides his time between Kamakura, Japan and Paris, France.

  • A bowl commemorating Slovak Uprising. Found this bowl at the thriftstore in Prague in 1997. (photos by Fung-Lin Hall)

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  • Korea archive here.

  • Haiku by Rafael here.

    Alain Resnais – 1922 – 2014

    March 2nd, 2014
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  • BBC obit

    Alan Resnais, experimental French director, dies aged 91

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  • Resnais left in 1945 to do his military service which took him to Germany and Austria with the occupying forces, as well as making him a temporary member of a travelling theatre company, Les Arlequins.[14] He returned to Paris in 1946 to start his career as a film editor, but also began making short films of his own. Finding himself to be a neighbour of the actor Gérard Philipe, he persuaded him to appear in a 16mm surrealist short, Schéma d’une identification (now lost).[12] A more ambitious feature-length work, Ouvert pour cause d’inventaire, has also vanished without trace. (via Alain Resnais wiki)

    Alain & Mifune

    07 Aug 1961, Venicem, Italy — Venice, Italy. french film director Alain Resnais (Left) and Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune congratulate each other after winning top honors September 5th at the 1961 Venice Film Festival. Resnais won the golden Lion of St Mark’s for his “Last year at Marienbad,” an unconventional literrary film. Mifune won the Volpi Cup for his acting in “Yojimbo” . — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS © Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

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  • Alain Resnais - A Life in Pictures..

  • Riva and Eiji Okada hiroshima
    (Or Futon and Cropped Hair ..digital image by Fung Lin Hal)

  • More photos, facts, films, people from David E’s blog.

  • Portraits of Jean by August Renoir + George Moore by Manet

    February 25th, 2014
  • Jean Renoir Knitting Girl or Boy Sewing (see more here)

    A new film about the Renoirs.. I have not seen.

  • August Renoir – 25 February 1841

  • George Moore – 24 February 1852

    He originally wanted to be a painter, and studied art in Paris during the 1870s. There, he befriended many of the leading French artists and writers of the day.

    Manet painted George Moore

    This pastel, executed in one sitting, depicts the Irish critic and novelist George Moore. He used it as the frontispiece for his book Modern Painting (1893), noting that as “a fresh-complexioned, fair-haired young man, the type most suitable to Manet’s palette, [the artist] at once asked [him] to sit.” Critics ridiculed this work when it was exhibited in 1880, calling it “Le Noyé repêché” (the drowned man fished out of the water). The picture is Manet’s only completed portrait of Moore; one of his unfinished canvases, George Moore at the Café (55.193), is in the Museum’s collection.

    George Moore at Cafe

  • Emile Zola by Manet

    More about George Moore – who was influenced by Emile Zora..

    As a naturalistic writer, he was amongst the first English-language authors to absorb the lessons of the French realists, and was particularly influenced by the works of Émile Zola.[2] His writings influenced James Joyce, according to the literary critic and biographer Richard Ellmann,[3] and, although Moore’s work is sometimes seen as outside the mainstream of both Irish and British literature, he is as often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist.

    Hibiscus Photos and Helen Mirren’s Teacher

    February 17th, 2014
  • Teaching is not a lost art but the regard for it is a lost tradition. Jacques Barzun

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  • Links to Teacher men

    A Midsummer Nights Dream, Poets, Teacher Man, Orientalist

    Mitsuo Aoki - Hawaii’s Living Treasure

  • Joan Mitchell & Frank O’Hara – A Look at Their Friendship

    February 12th, 2014
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    See more on Joan Mitchell installaion and her friendship with Frank O’Hara here (Poetry installaton)

    At last you are tired of being single
    the effort to be new does not upset you nor the effort to be other
    you are not tired of life together (Frank’s poem to Joan Mitchell)

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    Joan Mitchel was a junior champion.

    During high school, Mitchell excels as an athlete and becomes a highly competitive figure skater, entering Midwestern and national championships. In 1941, Mitchell wins the Midwest Junior Pairs Title with ice-skating partner Bobby Specht, and in 1942, she places Fourth in the Junior Women’s Division of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. A knee injury later ends her skating career. – See more here

    Trained as a pianist, he called writing “playing the typewriter.

  • Joan Mitchell and Barney Rosset Joan Mitchell Painting(Part II of Barney/Michell archive)

  • To the Habormaster – Joan’s reponse to Frank O’Hara

    To the Harbormaster (Poem by Frank O’Hara)

    I wanted to be sure to reach you;

    though my ship was on the way it got caught

    in some moorings. I am always tying up
    and then deciding to depart. In storms and
    at sunset, with the metallic coils of the tide
    around my fathomless arms, I am unable
    to understand the forms of my vanity
    or I am hard alee with my Polish rudder
    in my hand and the sun sinking. To
    you I offer my hull and the tattered cordage
    of my will. The terrible channels where
    the wind drives me against the brown lips
    of the reeds are not all behind me. Yet
    I trust the sanity of my vessel; and
    if it sinks, it may well be in answer
    to the reasoning of the eternal voices,
    the waves which have kept me from reaching you.

    Visionary Land Artist – Nancy Holt – (1938–2014)

    February 10th, 2014
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    Visionary Land Artist, Nancy Holt (1938–2014) dies at 75

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    Just last year Holt received the International Sculpture Center’s lifetime achievement award. At the ceremony, Holt described what being a sculptor meant to her. “When I say sculptor, it is a word I’ve used for myself over the years, and I realize it is the expansive word. If you say you’re a painter, it’s very limited. You are really stuck with your medium. But being a sculptor, you can breathe, you can do conceptual art, you can do video, you can do film, you can do Land Art, you can do installation pieces, you can do traditional sculpture.”

  • Links to titles – Nancy Holt

    Art in America obit

  • “The natural curves can serve as a small amphitheater for events, the side tunnels providing entry to the area.” – Nancy Holt

    Up and Under (fin. Yltä ja Alta)
    Artist: Nancy Holt (USA)
    Location: Sasintie 555, Pinsiö

  • Coexistent – Nancy Holt

    With Smithson , her late husband.

    Nancy Holt – Smithson Monolake

    BENTEN CLAY drives throu NANCY HOLT (youtube)

    (Y)ear of the Wood Horse – 2014

    January 29th, 2014
  • Noble Horse
    Gong Kai (Chinese, 1222–after 1304)
    One of the classics says that a horse’s ribs should be slender and numerous. An ordinary horse has only ten ribs. One with more than this is a noble steed.

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    Headless horse – Frank Lloyd Wright with his curious chinese asian collection

  • Jannis Kounellis horses

  • Turin Horse
    Turin horse – Bela Tarr

  • Band-aid horse by Lucy White.

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    Deborah Butterfield

  • Two drawings by Leonardo da Vinci

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    Study of horses for the Battle of Anghiari 1503-04

    Head of a horse

    Susan Rothenberg Pontiac


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    The Introduction of 2014 Year of Horse
    The Year 2014 is considered as the Year of the Horse as per the Chinese Zodiac Calendar which begins on January 31, 2014, and ends on February 18, 2015. 2014 according to Chinese Astrology Calendar. it is the Year of Wood Horse. Wood is related to tree or green, so it is also called Year of Green Horse. 2014 is the jiăwŭ (甲午) year