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The Year of Metal Rat – Happy New Lunar Year 2020

January 24th, 2020

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  • Hieronymus Bosch
    (11 Things I learned from the Hieronymus Bosch by David Byrne)

  • Chinese New Year Zodiac Rat

    Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.

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    (Banksy)
    2008 Rat year

    Personality and characteristics

    Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Rat year are likable by all. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but are stubborn with your opinion. Their personality is kind, but due to weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude.

    On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy. However, their love for hoarding will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things.

    Francis Alÿs, Film Sandlines, Selfie in Mosul

    January 13th, 2020
  • On January 21, 2020, Francis Alÿs will receive the Art Icon Award . The award will be given at an evening event hosted by Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick, OBE, and Swarovski Executive Board member Nadja Swarovski.


    (photo by Parwar Tariq)

    Francis Alÿs will debut his new film Sandlines (2018) in the “New Frontiers” category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Filmed during multiple trips over the past few years, the work is part of a larger body of work focused on Iraq, the beginnings of which were first exhibited at the Iraqi Pavilion during the 2017 Venice Biennale.

    Sandlines the story of history
    (Sundance Institute, Saturday, January 25th 9:00 PM Temple Theatre Park City Theaters)


  • (Film still from Sandlines)


  • With Kurdish Army in Mosul (Artforum-Interview)

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Francis Alys via Phoenix Art Museum (With other Latin American artists)

    Francis Alÿs (See his projects here – like this one “Cut” )

    RIP John Baldessari will not make more boring art

    January 5th, 2020
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    (Beethoven’s Trumpet John Baldessari)

  • John Baldessari Radically Influential, Conceptual Artist, Dies at 88 (LA times)

  • Art News obit

    John Baldessari, Fearless Conceptual Artist Who Put Big Ideas Before Pretty Pictures, Is Dead at 88

    Baldessari was frequently asked where he got his ideas, and he often cited art history itself. He was an admirer of art from all periods of art history, and he even named his dogs Goya and Giotto. In a New York Times interview from 2016, he fantasized about an alternate life in which he became a historian who could be called Dr. Baldessari, adding, “I do believe that art comes from art.”

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    Baldessari’s Yellow Fin and Tristram

  • I’m at a rare loss of words now that John [Baldessari] is gone. He was literate. He was witty. He was a curmudgeon. But I remember him always having a list of jokes he had heard.” – Lawrence Weiner (thanks to Marian Goodman Gallery)

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  • Rollercoaster – 1989-90

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  • John Baldessari photographed in his studio in Santa Monica by Larry Sultan

    Posted by Pascal Blanchard on Monday, January 6, 2020

  • RIP Panamarenko (5 February 1940 – 14 December 2019)

    December 15th, 2019

  • RIP Panamarenko

  • Artist, Engineer, Poet, Physicist, Inventor and Visionary, and has for thirthy years pursued a singular course of exploration of space, movement, flight, energy and the force of gravity.

    More images from Artnet

    Web Gallery panamarenkoThermo Photovoltaic Energy Convertor

    The name Panamarenko is supposedly an acronym for Pan American Airlines and Company.

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    Raven’s Variable Matrix, 2000.

    Murmuration Squidsoup at Scottsdale Contemporary Museum

    December 14th, 2019

  • Murmuration

    Squidsoup returns to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) with a site-specific artwork that uses a networked data system to connect hundreds of lights and audio sources, creating a responsive data swarm. During the daytime, “Murmuration” offers a harmonious auditory experience, but when the sun goes down, a dynamic audiovisual experience swirls around SMoCA like its namesake—a term for a flock of starlings whirling in unison through the sky.

    Image credit: “Murmuration” rendering by Squidsoup

    Counter-Landscapes-Performative-Actions from the 1970’s


  • Digital image by Fung Lin Hall

  • Exhibition includes works by Allora Calzodilla
    (See part i and parti)

    And Rebecca Horn

  • Counter-Landscapes: Performative Actions from the 1970s – Now presents a group of artists working in both natural and urban environments whose work exploits the power of place to address issues of social, environmental, and personal transformation. Through a focused selection of key works made between 1970 and 2019, which extend beyond traditional categories, Counter-Landscapes illuminates how the strategies created by women artists in the 1970s and 1980s are employed by artists today. Developing a practice of performative actions, these artists countered the culture that surrounded and oppressed them by embodying the live elements of performance art in order to push for social change.

    Featuring photography, video, sculpture, painting, drawing, performance, and installation centered on performance in the landscape, the exhibition initiates a dialogue across generations, locations, and genders. It brings the work of an innovative generation of women artists—Marina Abramović, Eleanor Antin, Agnes Denes, VALIE EXPORT, Rebecca Horn, Leslie Labowitz, Suzanne Lacy, Ana Mendieta, Adrian Piper, Lotty Rosenfeld, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Beth Ames Swartz, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles—together with more recent work by artists who have adopted and extended their methods. These artists, both male and female, include Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Alÿs, Angela Ellsworth, Ana Teresa Fernández, Maria Hupfield, Saskia Jordá, Christian Philipp Müller, Pope.L, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Zhou Tao, and Antonia Wright. Counter-Landscapes shows how, in the process of overcoming the extraordinary obstacles they faced as women, artists working in the landscape in the late 20th century developed inventive methodologies that have profoundly influenced younger artists and changed the face of the art world. Ultimately, the works underline and emphasize the pervasiveness of the feminist legacy, which is too often neglected, marginalized, and undervalued.Counter-Landscapes-Performative-Actions from the 1970’s

  • Bunker Archeology

    November 16th, 2019
  • Nuclear bunker for sale in Arizona

  • US Nuclear Bunkers, Washington, VA. Pennsylvania

  • Paul Virilio Philosopher of Bunker Archeology

    Keith Haring Berlin Wall Mural, 1986

    November 9th, 2019
  • The fall of the Berlin Wall, on 9 November 1989, was a pivotal event in world history which marked the falling of the Iron Curtain.
    Keith Haring was there in 1986.


    (Keith Haring painting his Berlin Wall Mural, 1986
    Photo: Vladimir Sichov/vladimirsichov.me)

    See more photos and read about Keith Haring Berlin Wall Art

    The destruction of the painting
    Unfortunately, the 300-meter stretch Haring had painted the mural was vandalized, destroyed and painted over by other artists by the time the wall came down on 9 November 1991. Although the actual mural is no longer there, Keith Haring is often given credit for agitating for free movement of East Berliners to the Federal Republic of West Germany.

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    and Tseng Kwong Chi

  • How Keith Haring’s Art forced us to talk about Aids

  • Keith Haring, William S. Burroughs and John Giorno, photo by Tseng Kwong Chi.

  • Keith Haring Mural Sold at Auction

  • November – The Eyes of Many Elves

    November 1st, 2019

  • Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    November
    Besides the autumn poets sing,
    A few prosaic days
    A little this side of the snow
    And that side of the haze.
    A few incisive mornings,
    A few ascetic eyes, —
    Gone Mr. Bryant’s golden-rod,
    And Mr. Thomson’s sheaves.
    Still is the bustle in the brook,
    Sealed are the spicy valves;
    Mesmeric fingers softly touch
    The eyes of many elves.
    Perhaps a squirrel may remain,
    My sentiments to share.
    Grant me, O Lord, a sunny mind,
    Thy windy will to bear!

    Emily D on November and Norway
    (By Sadie Stein – Paris Review)

    Emily Dickinson’s: “November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.”

  • Julian Schnabel & Hans Heiner Buhr – 2019

    October 25th, 2019

  • Happy birthday Julian Schnabel (photo via
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  • Happy birthday Hans Heiner Buhr

    His homepage

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    The Passing of a Killer Poet/Muse, John Giorno

    October 12th, 2019
  • Art news obit

    News
    John Giorno, Storied Artist Who Expanded Poetry’s Possibilities, Is Dead at 82

  • Do the Undone – John Giorno Installation at Sperone Westwater.
    (5 September – 26 October 2019, Sperone Westwater, New York)

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  • Keith Haring, William S. Burroughs and John Giorno, photo by Tseng Kwong Chi.

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  • William Burroughs, Laurie Anderson & John Giorno photographed at Giorno’s loft in New York City in 1980.
    Giorno as Muse

    JOHN GIORNO AT HOTEL CHELSEA, 1965. PHOTO: WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS.

    Hans Haacke’s Exhibition, Martin Creed’ s Ballet – October 2019

    October 1st, 2019
  • Opening October 24 –
    The New Museum Presents Hans Haacke, All Connected


  • Together – Hans Haacke – (Paula Cooper Gallery)

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    American flags & amigos


  • Martin Creed Ballet

    Martin Creed choreographs a piece for classically trained dancers featuring live music. Using video and music composed by Creed and played by his band, Work No. 1020 is performed by five dancers who are restricted to using the five core classical ballet positions, each of which are ascribed a musical note. By limiting the dancers to the five positions, Creed establishes a tight framework in which to examine the changing effects of time, speed, and direction.

    Most ballet is not very funny. But by using just the five basic positions of ballet, Martin Creed — better known for his art than his choreographic skills — offers a playful and engaging 70 minutes of repetitions where the limitations actually become the springboard of creativity. It’s a bit like watching a giggly game of chess or perhaps a game of Scrabble created with the human body, which has been intercut with a bit of chat from Creed, some video (including some of Creed’s more notorious vomiting and defecating films) and some songs played by Creed and a band, who limit their musical palate just as the dancers’ physical movement is limited.

  • The Passing of Gianfranco Gorgoni Land Art/Avant Garde Photographer at 77

    September 22nd, 2019
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    Photo of Robert Smithson by Gianfranco Gorgoni

    Gianfranco Gorgoni

    Obit from the art newspaper
    Artsy obit

    Gorgoni came to the US in 1968 to produce a photographic essay. His stay was intended to last just a few months, but, after a chance encounter with Robert Rauschenberg in 1969, Gorgoni spent the better part of the next 50 years in the United States floating in circles that included Richard Serra, Robert Morris, Andy Warhol, Walter de Maria, Bruce Nauman and other artists.

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    Portraits of artists by Giafranco Gorgoni at Whitney

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  • (Ed Ruscha photo by Gianfranco Gorgoni)


  • Robert Rauschenberg (photo by G. Gorgoni)

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    Portrait of an artist by Gorgoni (Nature Means Everything)


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    Cuba, El Salvador: Gianfranco Gorgoni by Betsy Sussler