An Evening with Peter Hutton – At Sea
Declared the best avant-garde film of the decade, At Sea is ambitious and profound. A haunting meditation on human progress charting the life-cycle of a colossal container ship from creation through destruction, with a voyage across the Atlantic in between. The film will be screened in its true 16mm format, and will be followed by conversation and audience Q&A with the artist. This film is a part of the Film Form/Film Art series.
Happy birthday Lee Bontecou, she is 84 years old.
Bontecou does not care what you think
She doesn’t want to impose. She’s probably most closely allied to the abstract expressionists because she acknowledges when she was a young artist [during] the heyday of the abstract expressionists, she admired not only their work but the idea of freedom and experimentation that their work embodied and the way they lived their lives. They weren’t theorists. They didn’t talk about their work. It was intuitive. She still doesn’t want to really talk about her work. She doesn’t want to fix meaning. She wants to keep it open for people.
On Dec 19 1851 Turner passed away.
Turner died in the house of his lover Sophia Caroline Booth in Cheyne Walk in Chelsea on 19 December 1851, and is said to have uttered the last words “The sun is God”.
See a painting Ancient Italy Ovid Banished From Rome
How Turner set painting free War: The Exile and the Rock Limpet 1842
“Turner has always been a key figure for me,” he says. “When you look at a Turner painting, you can sort of drift into it – and that drifting allows the painting to hold you. It takes time – it’s not an instant, it’s not a selfie, but something that has a process within it. And that’s interesting. Turner made something so abstract that he must have trusted the people who looked at the painting to finish the story off. I think this trust is amazing.” Olaf – Elliasson
German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl has had careers – and success – in three different countries under three very different systems. First in communist East Germany, where he was a heartthrob and matinee idol, then in West Germany where he worked with Rainer Werner Fassbinder in films including Lola and Verona Voss, and, finally, in Hollywood, where he has worked with directors such as David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh, Ron Howard and Barry Levinson. (via Hollywood reporter)
He appeared in such films as Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Lola (1981), Veronika Voss (1982), Andrzej Wajda’s A Love in Germany (1984),
Angry Harvest (Agnieszka Holland), The Music Box, Avalon, Shine, and Eastern Promises.
Previous post -2010 (Buddenbrooks + showing off Armin’s paintings)
Eastern Promises (youtube) (love this film).
Armin directed Conversation with Beast (youtube)
Blog Vitro Nasu is 10 years old.
See the first post – here..
Jane Freilicher (in film star pose) Water Mill, NY, 1958
By John Jonas Gruen
R.I.P Jane Freilichner an outsider in era of Abstract Expressionism dies at 90.
The prevailing critical current, for most of her career, devalued the landscape and still-life genres. In landscape, what Mr. Ashbery called her “sweetness of tone” drew unfavorable comparisons with Mr. Porter’s moodier treatment of similar scenes.
“My work was deviant enough to explain why I was not rising through the ranks,” she told The New York Times in 1998. “But I liked not having the demands made on me a big career would have made. It allowed me a certain freedom to fool around.”
art news obit In 1958, the poet James Schuyler termed her “a poet’s painter who may yet become the public’s painter”—an apt description for her entire career.
Jane with Ruth Kligman and DeKooning.
Ashbery and O’Hara regularly sought her advice for poems in process. Urbane, affectionate, and gossipy, the letters put the artist’s legendary wit on display.
O’Hara wrote his celebrated series of “Jane poems,” weaving her name into the titles.(via)
See more paintings by Jane here.
The poet John Ashbery, with whom she shared a six-decade friendship, wrote, “Her pictures always have an air of just coming into being, of tentativeness that is the lifeblood of art.” The two met when Ashbery, fresh out of college, came to stay at the poet Kenneth Koch’s apartment at East 16th Street and Third Avenue, and Freilicher, who lived one floor above, provided the key to let him in. –
The depth of Koch’s friendship with Freilicher is equally evident. There’s a typed manuscript page for his script for The Automotive Story, a 1954 short film directed by Rudy Buckhardt featuring Jane Frelicher; likewise the painter’s portraits of Koch are reproduced, as is Freilicher’s painting The Car, alongside the painter and poet’s jokey collaborative text “A Car” (“Dashboard: I am my setting sun, a dashboard. / Clutch: I clutch. We like each other.”).
Photo by Gordon Parks (Harlem, 1963)
The racial group most likely to be killed by law enforcement is Native Americans, followed by African Americans, Latinos, Whites, and Asian Americans.
Aids Memorial (Fotos of Eleven Good Men) Klaus Nomi & and others.
Aids Memorial part II
Susan Sontag and Nestor Almendros
Susan Sontag, the American critic and a former supporter of the Castro regime, describes the Castro campaign against homosexuals as ”a heritage, in a way a ‘Puritan’ one, that is deeply embedded in the morals of the Left.” She continues: ”The discovery that homosexuals were being persecuted in Cuba shows, I think, how much the Left needs to evolve.”
(Susan Sontag’s son David Rief translated Francois Truffaut’ forward to A Man with A Camera titled “The Lights of Nestor Almendros”.)
Nestor Almendros - A Man with a Camera…(You can see his documentary from here.)
(Photo by Robert Giard)
was an American author, poet, and activist best known for his essays about gay relationships.
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir. 1988
Burce Chatwin and Werner Herzog – The Anatomy of Restlessness.
Mark Strand dies – Pulitzer winning poet laureate ..( Born in Prince Edward’s Islands, Canada, initially he studied art.)
I empty myself of the names of others. I empty my pockets.
I empty my shoes and leave them beside the road.
At night I turn back the clocks;
I open the family album and look at myself as a boy.
What good does it do? The hours have done their job.
I say my own name. I say goodbye.
The words follow each other downwind.
I love my wife but send her away.
My parents rise out of their thrones
into the milky rooms of clouds. How can I sing?
Time tells me what I am. I change and I am the same.
I empty myself of my life and my life remains.
Read his poem “The End” (poetry foundation)
Wallace Shawn interviewed Mark Strand (Paris Review)
Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.
The librarian does not believe what she sees.
Her eyes are sad
and she walks with her hands in her dress.
The poems are gone.
The light is dim.
The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up.
Their eyeballs roll,
their blond legs burn like brush.
The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.
She does not understand.
When I get on my knees and lick her hand,
I am a new man,
I snarl at her and bark,
I romp with joy in the bookish dark.
(Jim Bauerlein’s favorite poem thanks..)
Lines for Winter
1934 – 2014
for Ros Krauss
as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
that you will go on
the same tune no matter where
you find yourself—
inside the dome of dark
or under the cracking white
of the moon’s gaze in a valley of snow.
Tonight as it gets cold
what you know which is nothing
but the tune your bones play
as you keep going. And you will be able
for once to lie down under the small fire
of winter stars.
And if it happens that you cannot
go on or turn back
and you find yourself
where you will be at the end,
in that final flowing of cold through your limbs
that you love what you are.
Icon of New Topography Movement Lewis Baltz dies at 69.
More than those of his colleagues, Mr. Baltz’s stark, geometric photographs used the language of Minimalism, the dominant mode of sculpture at the time, to convey a kind of creeping soullessness in the man-made landscape of Southern California, where he grew up.
The camera, he said, was often a device less for communication than for a kind of existential defense. In 2009 he told an interviewer for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, “I used photography to distance myself from a world that I loathed and was powerless to improve.”
R.I.P Mike Nichols
6 November 1931, (Berlin, Germany) – November 19, 2014
Back in Berlin, Mike’s father was part of a young intellectual circle that included Russian immigrants such as Vladimir Nabokov’s sister and Boris Pasternak’s parents. (via IMDB)
According to Jack Nicholson’s April 1972 Playboy Magazine interview, Nichols asked Nicholson and other cast members not to smoke marijuana while filming Carnal Knowledge (1971) on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, where cannabis was easily available. Nichols thought that it dulled an actor’s performance. (via IMDB bio)
Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball wanted to give us our own show, and we flew all the way out to L.A. with our lawyers and manager. We got to this room with a big desk, and I said: “You know what? I don’t want to do it.” And Elaine laughed so hard, she fell on the floor. The two of us on a TV series would have been a catastrophe. We were too weird. We weren’t made for that.
I liked doing the stand-up. I only stopped because Elaine wanted to stop. I’ve never understood it. I thought: “Why? It’s not a very long show. It doesn’t cost us anything emotionally.” But it was hard for her. She was much more inventive than I was. I was plot, she was character. (via)
What about Dolphins? (Robin Williams from the Birdcage – youtube)
Interestingly, in 1989 Martin Scorsese was looking for an artist who could be a model for his film, New York Stories: Life Lessons. Several art dealers recommended Connelly. Subsequently, the “wild man artist” played by Nick Nolte was based on Chuck, and all of the artwork shown in the film was Connelly’s.
A number of insiders in the art world are interviewed in the film, including the venerable gallery owner Annina Nosei, who launched both Chuck’s career and those of Basquiat and Schnabel.
A Man with a Camera – Nestor Almendros (Previous post)..
Happy birthday Martin Scorsese!
AT last she comes, O never more
In this dear patience of my pain
To leave me lonely as before,
Or leave my soul alone again.
– Robert Louis Stevens
Painting of Robert Louis Stevens and his wife by John Singer Sargent – 1885. via
He wrote this story, the Wrong Box, with all stars cast..(Michael Caine.. Peter Cook, Peter Sellers – see the trailer on youtube)
To celebrate his birthday, Take a quiz here.
Aidan Quinn played Crusoe