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Gramsci & Cultural Hegemony, Portraits by Francis Picabia, Portrait of Strindberg by Munch

January 21st, 2017
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    Portrait of Gramsci by Leopold Mendez

    Antonio Gramsci (Italian Ales (Sardinia), 22 January 1891 – Rome, 27 April 1937) was an Italian writer, politician, political theorist, philosopher, sociologist, and linguist. He was a founding member and onetime leader of the Communist Party of Italy and was imprisoned by Benito Mussolini’s Fascist regime.
    Gramsci was one of the most important Marxist thinkers in the 20th century. He is a notable figure within modern European thought and his writings analyze culture and political leadership. He is known for his theory of cultural hegemony, which describes how states use cultural institutions to maintain power in capitalist societies. (wiki)

    Cultural Hegemony

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    Francis Picabia – 22 January 1879 – November 30

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    Portrait of August Strindberg by Edward Munch

  • Ingmar Bergman on August Strindberg (see a video)

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    Miss Julie – Ingmar directing Lena Olin

    August Strindberg was born on Jan 22 1849.

  • August Strindberg by Schonberg

    Habitat – Monika Sosnowska (Polish Artist) + Refractions by Robert Morris

    January 13th, 2017
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  • Monika Sosnowska (born 1972 in Ryki, Poland)

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    Monika Sosnowska: Habitat at Contemporary Austin, Jones Center
    November 22, 2016 – February 26, 2017

    A fallen oak thrusts branches to the sky,
    Like a huge building, from which overgrown
    Protrude the broken shafts and walls o’erthrown.
    —Adam Mickiewicz1

    There is perhaps no stronger iconography of the Polish landscape than its forests, laden with beauty and witness to great atrocities. The ruinous trees illustrated by the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz refer to the Białowieża Forest, a vast, dark, and mythical forest, or puszcza, on the border between Poland and Belarus. As Mickiewicz’s words portray images of curved, bent, and broken branches—whose entangled forms evoke crumbling buildings and memories of past battles—so trees become metaphorical carriers of memory in the landscape. But Mickiewicz’s words could just as easily describe the work of Monika Sosnowska (Polish, born 1972 in Ryki, Poland). Based in Warsaw since 2000, Sosnowska lives across the street from another forest, this one home to a Jewish cemetery that was destroyed during the Second World War, as the Germans used its headstones for construction works. Shortly thereafter, the Polish people planted many of the trees that compose the current woods and began an initiative to restore the cemetery to its previous state, a project that continues today.

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  • Here is another Polish artist Monika Gryzmala who works in Germany.
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  • Robert Morris ‘Refractions’
    at Sprüth Magers Berlin
    22 November 16 – 14 January 17

    (Merci Pascal Blanchard )

    The Next Day, Bowie,Marion Cotillard,Gary Oldman and Peter Cook with Bowie

    January 10th, 2017
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    The Next Day – Marion Cortillard played a sexworker for priests – read more here.

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    Bowie at Berlin Wall – 1987
    Take peek, David Bowie’s art collection.

  • David Bowie showing off his knowledge of contemporary art with Julian Schnabel here on Charlie Rose. (youtube)

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    Peter Cook, Bowie and Dudley Moore – via

    David Bowie returned to space at 69 (Jan 10,2016 Bowie passed away 2 days after his birthday)
    See more photos and links here.

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    The Cop, The Nun and Peter Cook – the Comic Genius
    Jan 9 1995, Peter Cook died

    An extremely influential figure in modern British comedy, he is regarded as the leading light of the British satire boom of the 1960s. Cook was closely associated with anti-establishment comedy that emerged in Britain and the United States in the late 1950s.

    John Berger dies at 90 & Tilda’s film on John Berger

    January 2nd, 2017
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    John Berger dies aged 90.

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    A meditation, in words and images, on the practice of drawing, by the author of Ways of Seeing
    The seventeenth-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza—also known as Benedict or Bento de Spinoza—spent the most intense years of his short life writing. He also carried with him a sketchbook. After his sudden death, his friends rescued letters, manuscripts, notes—but no drawings.

    For years, without knowing what its pages might hold, John Berger has imagined finding Bento’s sketchbook, wanting to see the drawings alongside his surviving words. When one day a friend gave him a beautiful virgin sketchbook, Berger said, “This is Bento’s!” and he began to draw, taking his inspiration from the philosopher’s vision.

    In this illustrated color book John Berger uses the imaginative space he creates to explore the process of drawing, politics, storytelling and Spinoza’s life and times.

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    Tilda Swinton on making ‘The Seasons in Quincy’, four short films about maverick artist and thinker John Berger.

    For Swinton, making the film was a chance to spend time with someone who had become a firm friend. “I wanted a glimpse of his gimlet eye and a blast of his company,” is how she puts it. “I went to find him in Quincy for a check-in, for a catch-up, for a chinwag.”

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    “Never again will a single story be told as though it were the only one.” John Berger.. (Michael Ondaatjie quoted J.B. in his forward of his novel In the Skin of a Lion)

  • John Berger collaborated with Swiss filmmaker Alain Tanner who made inspiring films in the 70’s – (Tanner’s Messidor was remade as Thelma and Louise in Hollywood).

    Revisionsing Europe the films of John Berger and Alain Tanner

    is among the few existing English-language discussions of the films made by British novelist John Berger and Swiss film director Alain Tanner. It brings to light a political cinema that was unsentimental about the possibilities of revolutionary struggle and unsparing in its critique of the European left, and at the same time optimistic about the ability of radicalism and radical art to transform the world

    Fotos of Jane Birkin with Agnes Varda, Rivette & Tavernier + J.Birkin Painting by Julian Schnabel

    December 14th, 2016
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    Jane Birkin with Agnes Varda

    Happy birthay Jane Birkin!

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    Dirk Bogarde, Tavernier and Jane Birkin

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    With Rivette

    Museum Hours, Two Impromptu Performances – 2016

    December 7th, 2016
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    Title: Singer of Tales
    Scultpure installation by Jon Isherwood

  • Woody would meet Dick Cavett at the Met - read Museum Hours by David Ehrenstein.

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    Photos by Fung Lin Hall

  • Museum Hours by Jem Cohen – Art, Life & Mystery (previous post)

    Prankster Poet Painter Picabia’s Perpetual Movement – Francis Picabia at MoMa

    November 22nd, 2016
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    Picabia at MoMa..

  • Francis Picabia – 22 January 1879 – November 30, 1953

    Poet, painter, self-described funny guy, idiot, failure, pickpocket, and anti-artist par excellence, Francis Picabia was a defining figure in the Dada movement; indeed, André Breton called Picabia one of the only “true” Dadas.

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    Daughter Born without Mother
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    L’oeil Cacodylate, 1921

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    I Am A Beautiful Monster
    Who is with me is against me.

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    “Entr’acte,” the avant-garde film he made in 1924 with René Clair, and his contentious series of figurative paintings from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. Borrowing from art history, soft-core pornography and commercial art, they presage Pop Art, appropriation art and Neo-Expressionism.

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    “Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction” is a Picabia aphorism consistent with another one: “The only movement is perpetual movement.” The show has a propulsive, joyous energy. Something new, different and often challenging waits in nearly every gallery.

    Dada is like your hopes: nothing like your paradise: nothing like your idols: nothing like your heroes: nothing like your artists: nothing like your religions: nothing

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    Boneyard and Butterfly – Nabokov/November 2016

    November 16th, 2016
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    Boneyard, 1990 by Christian Marclay
    hydrostone casts of telephone receivers, in 750 parts
    dimensions variable

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    Here something interesting to read about Nabokov -

    Name these children album..

    Velázquez Portraits: Truth in Painting at the Met – Nov 4, 2016 – Mar, 2017

    November 4th, 2016
  • Velázquez Portraits: Truth in Painting at the Met
    November 4, 2016–March 12, 2017

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    Diego Velázquez – Self Portrait, 1645 (Uffizi)

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    Velazquez Artchive

    In the earliest portrait of Felipe Prospero, the prince rests his hand on the chair, symbol of royal status and power. In that chair, a sweet dog rests happily. Arthur C. Danto, the already cited professor of philosophy from Columbia, comments:

    “Given the chair in the rigid semiotics of courtly etiquette in Spain, something is being conveyed beyond the fact that spoiled dogs climb into furniture in which courtiers would not dare to sit. Some metaphysical joke? Or the suggestion that dogs hold some rank in nature higher than slaves or even courtiers: All I know is that a dog in a chair is not innocent naturalism.”

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    Pareja, his mulatto slave whom he had taught to paint. In it, he endowed Juan, whom he freed, with a majestic presence, adorning him with a fancy lace collar, a luxurious form of adornment forbidden by the sumptuary laws of the time, especially to someone of his social category.

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    Picasso’s Meninas by Richard Hamilton

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  • A portrait Mark&Velasquez of Philip IV by Velázquez and Mark Z. (Photo collage by Toni Dalton)

  • Seven Things to know about Spike Jonze’s “Her”

    October 22nd, 2016
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    Installation by Jurgen Trautwein

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  • 7 Things To Know About Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’

    1. “Her” is dedicated to the memories of actor James Gandolfini, author Maurice Sendak, cinematographer Harris Savides and musician-filmmaker Adam Yauch. (All four had worked with Jonze in some capacity over the last 20 years.)

    2. Two former “Saturday Night Live” cast members have their voices featured in “Her,” as does one of Jonze’s “Adaptation” co-stars. (These surprises are better left unspoiled without any further specifics.)

    3. Samantha Morton, who voiced Samantha during the film’s production and was replaced by Johansson after principal photography wrapped, is credited as an associate producer on the movie.

    “Every movie I’ve worked on takes a long time to find what it is, and that was part of the process of this movie finding what it was,” Jonze said when asked about the impetus behind the actress switch. “I’m hesitant to answer that question, because what Samantha brought to the movie by being with us on set was huge. What she gave me in the movie, and what she gave Joaquin in the movie, off camera, was huge. I think what Scarlett gave to the movie was also huge. I would rather leave it at that.”

    4. Chris Cooper, who was cut from the film altogether, is thanked in the end credits. So, too, are Catherine Keener, Nicole Holofcener, Bennett Miller and Steven Soderbergh, among others. As Mark Harris revealed in the recent New York Magazine cover story on “Her,” Jonze asked Soderbergh to put together his own cut of the film, though the final edit belonged to Jonze and his editors, Eric Zumbrunnen and Jeff Buchanan.

    5. “The Moon Song,” an original track that Karen O wrote for the film’s soundtrack, is sung onscreen by Johansson with backup from Phoenix. (Karen O’s version plays in the credits.)

    6. Jonze said he met with the design team behind The High Line, an elevated park on Manhattan’s West Side, to discuss the futuristic look of his film. He also revealed that he was inspired by the colors at Jamba Juice.

    7. Woody Allen was a big influence on the film’s script. “One of the movies I watched when I was writing [‘Her’] was ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ because that script is so incredibly written,” Jonze explained. “There’s a lot of talking about the idea of what the movie is about, but mostly the characters are plowing through the story, and taking you through the story, with their decisions. That was really inspiring.”

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    Final Portrait – Geoffrey Rush as Giacometti, Directed by Stanley Tucchi

    October 9th, 2016
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    (Photo by Robert Doisneau)

    Interview (see photos of Giacometti by Brassai, Cartier Bresson, Rene Burri, Robert Doisneau, Irving Penn, Arnold Newman, Man Ray, and Gordon Parks.

    Beckett and Giacometti
    (repost – Beckett archive here)

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    Monica Vitti and Antonioni looking at Giacometti sculptures.

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    Geoffrey Rush to star in Stanley Tucci’s new film, ‘Final Portrait.

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  • Robert Indiana – Imperial Love Installed in Berlin

    September 13th, 2016
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    Imperial Love installed at Berlin

    From Tuesday, 13 September 2016 – the artist’s birthday – visitors arriving at the entrance to the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin will be greeted by Robert Indiana’s large-scale sculpture, Imperial LOVE (1966/2006).

    Whitney (Beyond Love)

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Love in Hebrew installed in Jerusalem Noguchi Garden (Previous post)

    See a better photo of Ahava

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall (Scottsdale, Arizona)

  • How Love nearly ruined Robert Indiana’s career (mental floss)

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    Happy birthday Robert Indiana! his wiki here