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Brave and Bold, Lee Bontecou – A Formidable Artist

January 14th, 2018
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    Happy birthday Lee Bontecou, she is 87 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.

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    Inspiration – Alabama

    John Singer Sargent -Portraits of Henry James, Robert Louis Stevens etc.

    January 12th, 2018
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    (January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925)
    Complete works by John Singer Sargent

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    Painting of Robert Louis Stevens and his wife by John Singer Sargent – 1885.

    Curious Painting of Robert Louis Stevens and his wife by Sargent

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    Alice Runnel James (Mrs William James) watercolor by John Singer Sargent – 1921

    Poem For You – David Shapiro, Poet, Critic and an Art Historian

    January 2nd, 2018
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    Jan Palach – a Poem by David Shapiro, his collaboration with architect John Hejduk

  • Happy birthday David Shaprio

    Read Poem For You here.

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  • RIP Tim Rollins (1955–2017), Artist-Activist who worked with Kids

    December 27th, 2017
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    Artist Tim Rollins Has Died at 62
    Through his more than three decades working with the collective KOS (Kids of Survival), Rollins developed a unique model for art as collaboration, activism, and pedagogy.

    Animal Farm - G7 1989-92 by Tim Rollins born 1955

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    Tim Rollins and K.O.S.
    The Bricks, 1982/83

    Kids of Survival

    “What we’re doing changes people’s conception about who can make art, how art is made, who can learn and what’s possible, because a lot of these kids had been written off by the school system. This is our revenge.” – Tim Rollins

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  • Deer in Yosemite – Merry Christmas 2017

    December 24th, 2017
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    Photo taken from Grand Canyon.

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    South Rim Grand Canyon

  • John Muir passed away on 24 December 1914
    He was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of United States wilderness.
    “John Muir convinced Teddy Roosevelt to conserve Yosemite Park. In 1871
    Also that year, one of Muir’s heroes, Ralph Waldo
    Emerson, arrived in Yosemite and sought Muir out. Muir’s former
    professor at the University of Wisconsin, Ezra Carr, and Carr’s wife
    Jeanne encouraged Muir to publish his ideas.”

  • Painting from watch tower at Grand Canyon

  • Liv Ullman, Ed Ruscha, Dec 16 Birthday + Vitro Nasu is 13 Years Old

    December 16th, 2017
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    Happy birthday Liv Ullman

    Born: December 16, 1938 Tokyo Japan

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    Happy birthday Ed Ruscha (Scroll down – Happy anniversary to Vitro-Nasu. Ed Ruscha “Sin” was the first post published on Vitro-Nasu on his birthday, Dec 16, in 2004.)

    Born: December 16, 1937 – Omaha Nebraska

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    Red Rooster 1996 by Edward Ruscha

    The Year of Rooster is ending soon to make room for the Year of Dog.

    Dog Ed Ruscha Dog by Ed Ruscha

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    Ed Ruscha
    Psycho Spaghetti Western #14, 2013–14
    Acrylic on canvas

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    Lockeed Air Terminal by Ed Ruscha

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  • Ana Maria Tavares, Valeska Soares, Rosana Polino – Three Brilliant Artists from Brazil

    November 30th, 2017
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    Ana Maria Tavares

    See more art by Ana Maria Tavares here.

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    Lugar Column 2016

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    Santa Barbara Museum 2017

    Two above by
    Valaska Soares

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    Rosana Paulino

    As an artist, the highlight of her production is linked to social, ethnic and gender issues. Her main focus is the position of black women in Brazilian society and the various types of violence suffered by this population due to racism and the marks left by slavery.
    Born in 1967, São Paulo, Brazil.

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  • Portrait of Robert Creeley & Robert Duncan by Kitaj + Hole Punched Photos

    November 14th, 2017
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    Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan by Kitaj

    Kitaj (previous post)

    Robert Creeley archive

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    ‘Frenchy’ caretaker of the old lumber camp, Gemmel, Minnesota Lee, Russell/Library Congress
    Lee Russell

    History of Hole Punched photos –

    During the Great Depression, the US government launched a project to portray the country’s reality.

  • See Hole Punched collages and monoprints by Fung Lin Hall here.

  • When Words Fail – Photographs of Ben Zank

    November 9th, 2017
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    Ben Zank (homepage)

    See more from Warren McCowage

  • Remembering Ren Hang (RIP)
    Chinese photographer

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  • Blue & White – Halloween 2017

    October 28th, 2017
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    The top left is Korean Pumpkin.

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    Stephen Bowers, “Explorers’ Skulls” 2010, ceramic, underglaze, stains, 5.25″.

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    David Shrigley –
    Previous post, see the Philosopher here.

  • Bathroom, Guns and Hitler in Blue and White here.

  • Syria, Refugees series – more Quin Fua here.

  • Curious Bites/Ceramic art

    Saturday Inspiration Pumpkins

    Nise” The Matter of Heart”, Brazilian film on Nise da Silveira a Jungian Therapist

    October 24th, 2017
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    Nise da Silveira was a Brazilian psychiatrist, student of Carl Jung.
    She devoted her life to psychiatry and never was in agreement with the aggressive forms of treatment of her time such as commitment to psychiatric hospitals, electroshock, insulin therapy and lobotomy.

    In 1952 she founded the Museum of Images of the Unconscious, in Rio de Janeiro, a study and research center that collected the works produced in painting and modeling studios. Through her work, Nise da Silveira introduced Jungian psychology in Brazil.

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    Nise “The Matter of Heart” trailer here.

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    Gloria Pires was actually Berliner’s second choice for the lead, even though her performance turned out to be exactly what he wanted. Pires is one of the most famous actresses in Brazil and is the only big name in the film, because, said Berliner, the filmmaking team went to great lengths to cast actors who were mostly unknown.

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    NYtimes review

    The movie, full of characters behaving erratically, could easily have taken on the aura of a freak show, but the director, Roberto Berliner, somehow stays respectful of the subject matter even while depicting extreme psychiatric conditions. It’s a study of courageous innovation against an entrenched medical orthodoxy.

    “Our job is to cure patients, not comfort them,” one colleague chastises.

    “My instrument is a brush,” Dr. Silveira replies curtly. “Yours is an ice pick.”
    Nise: The Heart of Madness

    Gloria Pires played a Brazilian architect and a lover of Elizabeth Bishop in Reaching for the Moon. (Previous post – see the trailer)

    Beyond China, Czech Dinnerplate, Aleppo, Syria (Refugees Series) in Blue & White, Qin Fua Pottery

    September 20th, 2017
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    Aleppo by Paul Scott

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    Paul Scott from Refugees series

    Paul Scott Refugees series

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    A City Life – Jared Fitzgerald

    Jing de Zhen (Jared Fitzgerald)

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    Blue and White Pottery (wiki) (青花)

  • Le Xue – Drinking Tea – humorous pottery

    Looney Tunes by Le Xue

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    Plate from China – photo by Fung Lin Hall

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    Plate made in Czech Republic – photo by Fung Lin Hall

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    Porcelain statue of Ai Wei Wei by Michel Cox

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    Porcelain Cube (Ai Wei Wei)

    Owl House – Ai Wei Wei