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Magnificent Polish Artist Magdalena Abakanowicz died at 86,

April 21st, 2017
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    Magdalena Abakanowicz died at 86.
    See another photo of her from Daily News Obit here.

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    Hess Collection

    From quite early in her life, Abakanowicz has held a deep regard for the rough stalwartness of the Polish peasant culture and the utilitarian weaving done by Polish women.
    “The fiber I use in my works derives from plants and is similar to that from which we ourselves are composed…our heart is surrounded by the coronary plexus, the most vital of threads…handling fiber we handle mystery. When the biology of our body breaks down the skin has to be cut so as to give access to the inside. Later it has to be sewn on like fabric. Fabric is our covering and attire, made with our hands it is a record of our thought.”
    There is also an intriguing dichotomy in most of Abakanowicz’s work, one involving the powerful contrast between organic vitality and death. The wood trunks from the cycle War Games, for instance, invoke images of both victim and weapon, as the impoverished tree has been sculpted to resemble the axe that hewed it.

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    (Standing Mutants, 1992-1994 © Magdalena Abakanowicz, photo: by Jan Kosmowski)

    Magdalena Abakanowicz:Crowd and Individual

  • From France to Sedona Arizona, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington & Dorothea Tanning

    April 5th, 2017
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    Photo by Herman Landshoff – Max Ernst in New York 1942 (Guggenheim collection)
    Max Ernst fled Europe helped by his marriage to Peggy Guggenheim. He left his girlfrind Leonora Carrington and she suffered a major mental breakdown.

    Max had a terrific reputation for his beauty, charm, and success with women. He had white hair and big blue eyes and a handsome beak-like nose resembling a bird’s. He was exquisitely made – ( from Peggy Guggenheim’s Out of this Century).

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    Leonora with Max Ernst and Paul Eluard Photo by Lee Miller

    Leonora Carrington (April 6 was her birthday)

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    Max with Lee and Man Ray.
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  • Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst in Sedona Arizona.

    James Rosenquist – Pop Artist with Blue-Color Charm dies at 83

    April 1st, 2017
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    Mr. Rosenquist’s paintings rarely contained overt political messages, but his best-known work, the enormous “F-111” (1964-5), was a protest against American militarism.

    NYtimes James Rosenquist, Pop Art Pioneer, Dies at 83

    Miami Hearald obit

    Pop Art giant James Rosenquist’s work influenced generations from New York to Miami

    His Studio

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    Slideshow

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    The Bird of Paradise Approaches the Hot Water Planet (Grisaille), 1989.

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    Tumbledweed 1963-66

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    Via Russ Blaise

    William Acquavella, the New York art dealer, said that Mr. Rosenquist lost a significant amount of work in the fire.
    “He just rebounded from it,” he said. “Another guy would have had a tougher time bouncing back. But he enjoyed working, he enjoyed creating things, and he enjoyed painting.”
    Mr. Rosenquist also had homes in Bedford, N.Y., and Miami. Recently, he had been spending most of his time in New York City, Ms. Thompson said.
    In 2009, Mr. Rosenquist published an autobiography, “Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art,” written with David Dalton. Reviewing it in The New York Times, Dwight Garner called it “a ruddy and humble book, lighted from within by the author’s plainspoken, blue-collar charm.”

    Forrest Bess, Bruce Nauman & Robert Smithson from The Menil Houston Collection

    March 28th, 2017
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    Forrest Bess, American, 1911 – 1977
    The Hermaphrodite, 1957
    Oil on canvas

    See more Forrest Bess (previous post including a video)

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    Bruce Nauman American, born 1941,
    Untitled, 1965
    Fiberglas, polyester resin, and neon tubing

    Poking Around Wittgenstein + Bruce Nauman (from Wittgenstein archive)

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    Robert Smithson American, 1938 – 1973
    Christ Series: Christ in Limbo, 1961
    Ink and gouache on paper

    Robert Smithson died in Amarillo Texas (previous post)

  • Edward Weston & the Photos of Real America, Tina Modotti, Robinson Jeffers, Cats, Fish Gourds etc.

    March 24th, 2017
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    EDWARD WESTON, “Three Fish-Gourds (Juguetes)”, 1926, silver print, printed ca. 1935-40, 8″ x 10” (via)

    Edward Weston (1886 – 1958)

    Weston was born in Highland Park, Illinois on March 24, 1886.

    His homepage here.

  • Real American Places: Edward Weston and Leaves of Grass (See great photos from here)

  • See photos of Charis Wilson (his model & muse)here.

  • EDWARD WESTON Mary (on Clock), 1945

    See more great cat photos by Weston here.

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    Tina Modotti and Edward Weston, “Anniversary”, Mexico, 1924. Photographer unknown

    Edward Weston the Lover

    It was more than his personal charm that attracted women. His ability to write, something he often considered a shortcoming, was magical as well. Consider this response from Tina Modotti to a letter he had written,

    Once more I have been reading your letter and as at every other time my eyes are full of tears – I have never realized before that a letter – a mere sheet of paper could be such a spiritual thing – could emanate so much feeling – you gave a soul to it! If I could be with you now at this hour I love so much, I would try to tell you how much beauty has been added to my life lately! When may I come over? I am waiting for your call.

  • The nude backs of Edward Weston (social/history blog)

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    Portrait of Robinson Jeffers by Weston

  • Photo of Oscar Wilde by Sugimoto, Happy St Patrick’s Day – 2017

    March 17th, 2017
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    Eileen Gray the Irish Designer

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    Sinead O’Connor photo by Jane Bown

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    Photo by Hiroshi Sugimoto (via)


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  • High Hopes in Ireland (see Irish art here)

    Breakfast on Pluto

    The wind that shakes the Barley

    Happy St Patrick’s day!

    Instinctive & Mysterious Painter Howard Hodgkin Died at 84

    March 9th, 2017
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  • Howard Hidgkin Quicksilver Colorist dies at 84 (Art News)

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    Sir Howard Hodgkin, regarded as one of Britain’s greatest contemporary painters, has died aged 84.

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    Hodgkin paints fairly reclusively, on several paintings in parallel, most of which take years to complete. (from Rodcorp)

    Do you have a Hodgkin painting? Mine is in the bathroom on top of small stack of Japanese books – two by Kawabata Yasunari. I was not thinking of Hodgkin when I painted this.

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    2006 interview –

    There is something about his work, something so delicate and instinctive and mysterious, but also so direct and simple and intense, that talking about it will not help anyone to see his paintings better. From I Hate Painting – Guardian, Colm Toibin’s interview)

    But I work in a country where I think that if I didn’t talk about my work at all people might not even bother to look at it.
    Howard Hodgkin

    A perfect example of Hodgkin’s sharp personality is the small You Are My Sunshine, which, like a sycophant’s true feelings, contains a snide black core within effusive, almost hyper orange and yellow. (The Color of Turmoil by Ana Finel Honigman)

    Colour is, of course, what characterises a Hodgkin painting. Seductive and jewel-like, it is never simply there for its own sake. In this he belongs to a distinctively European tradition, with the French post-impressionists Édouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard, and with Henri Matisse. As Susan Sontag pointed out, he is mindful of the ancient quarrel between Michelangelo’s preference for disegno over Titian’s for colore. It is as though he wants, she said, “to give colore its most sumptuous exclusive victory”. (Living Color - Sue Hubbard)

    Happy Girls Day in Japan – March 3 is Hinamatsuri Day – 2017

    March 3rd, 2017
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    Dolls trailer (Directed by Takeshi Kitano, Poland gave this the best film award – costume design by Yoji Yamamoto)

    Name these girls – Happy Hinamatsuri ablum

    Google Hinamatsuri

    The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. Hinamatsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi (雛流し, lit. “doll floating”), in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them.(via wiki)

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    Captive Girls (previous post)

  • More delicous performances at the museum..

    2 Photos -When Harry Met Marlon + Belafonte & Chomsky at Amy Goodman

    March 1st, 2017
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    (Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge & Marlon Brando )

    Google Belafonte and Marlon Brando here.

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    His recent Discussion with Naom Chomsky (youtube)

    Happy birthday Harry Belafonte!

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    After “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue by Jeff Wall
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    Ralph Ellison – March 1, 1914. (His birthday)

    Ren Hang 任航 (1987-2017), The Suicide of Chinese Photographer at 29

    February 24th, 2017
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    Aperture Solo Show

  • Controversial and renowned Chinese photographer Ren Hang died at 29. (British Photographer Journal)

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    Ren Hang 任航 (1987-2017). (Poems in Chinese + a page on depression)

    See more photos Mashkulture net

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  • Jannis Kounellis of Art Povera RIP – (23 March 1936 -16 February 2017)

    February 16th, 2017
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  • An amazing artist Jannis Kounellis passed away.
    He was 80 years old.

    Jannis Kounellis was born in 1936 in Piraeus, Greece. In 1956, Kounellis moved to Rome and enrolled in the Accademia di Belle Arti.

    “One needs to consider that the gallery is a dramatic, theatrical cavity… My work is not surrealistic, the effect is theatrical, it is Baroque.” – Jannis Kounellis

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    Kounellis at Tramway

    Kounellis at Crownpoint

    Google Jannis Kounellis

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    Fragments of Memory

  • RIP Dore Ashton, an Art Historian who embraced Modernism dies at 88.

    February 3rd, 2017
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    NYtimes Dore Ashton who embraced and inhabited moernism dies at 88.

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    Art News obit

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    Portrait of Dore Ashton by Alice Neel

  • On the Influence of Gorky

    Ashton took her notes from Franz Kafka who believed that an “artist was a man of many lives, many potential personalities, and many different relationships.” This outlook on artists is a uniquely modern one. Many artists in the Pre-modern era fit this description, but it was of very little consequence, before the Impressionists, how artists adjusted themselves to fit into society. According to Ashton, it was Arshile Gorky who, upon landing in New York in 1925, made it not only fashionable but acceptable for other New York artists to feel a real sense of liberty and experimentation, to wear different masks when it suited them.

    “He was,” wrote Ashton, “at once, a painter who refused to put a face on his forms and a painter who, at times – moved by sentimental memories – assigned associations to certain paintings.” These meandering tendencies were not those of an artist without direction or focus, but of a man who fully recognized the wealth of form available to the imaginative eye. Ashton believes that Gorky set the bar for those younger New York artists who during the pre-WWII years did lack direction and focus.