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Blaise Cendrars, Kuniyoshi, V. Gassman – Overlooked Masters Who Were Born on Sept 1

September 1st, 2015
  • ‘What a writer learns from Cendrars is to follow his nose, to obey life’s commands, to worship no other god but life.’ – Henry Miller

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    Blaise Cendrars : September 1, 1887

    Blaise Cendrars was born Frédéric Louis Sauser
    Cendrars… the name he chose was a mix of cendres, ashes, and ars, or art.

    “I am haunted by no phantoms. It is rather that the ashes I stir up contain the crystallization that hold the image (reduced or synthetic) of the living and impure beings that they constituted before the intervention of the fire. If life has a meaning, this image (from the beyond?) has perhaps some significance. That is what I should like to know. And it is why I write.”(BLAISE CENDRARS [the greatest poetic spirit of the 20th century] )

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    Yasuo Kuniyoshi 1 September 1893

    Yasuo Kuniyoshi A Modernist often overlooked gets a Smithsonian Retrospective (see many images here)

    Kuniyoshi portrait by Arnold Newman

  • Vittorio Gassman was Il Mattatore
    Al Pacino’s Scent of a woman was a remake.. Vittorio played first. His early film Mambo was a hit..he did some Hollywood films. . Vittorio seduced Audrey (War & Peace) and played opposite Elizabeth Taylor, married Shelley Winters.. had a daughter. Gassman played an Italian Patriarch in The Family.

    Vittorio Gassman recites Cesar Pavese - Death Will Come With Your Eyes

    Vittorio Gassman 1 September 1922

    Hans Haacke is 79 Years Old, His Gift Horse & Gulf Labor

    August 11th, 2015
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    Venice: Hans Haacke at the Central Pavilion

  • Happy birthday Hans Haacke!

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  • The art of good business - Hans Haacke (Goes after Koch)

    Hans Haacke on Gift Horse, Gulf-Labor and Artist Resale Royalties

    Gift Horse Fourth Plinth Commission

    Tied to its front leg is an electronic ribbon which displays live data from the London Stock Exchange, completing the link between power, money and history. The piece attempts to make a number of hidden substructures visible – tied up with a bow as a gift to all.(via)

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    Hans Haacke on fighting the establishment (SFMOMA)

    Andy Warhol in China, Iran and Bali – His Book on Angels, Angels, Angels

    August 6th, 2015
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    (One more Bali Drawing )

    Found out that Warhol was in Bali from a page in his delightful book Angels, Angels, Angels.

    The most memorable thing for me during an around-the-world trip that I took once was walking along a trail in Bali and finding a bunch of people having a big happy party, and it turned out their friend had died and they were so thrilled for him that he was now having his next life.

    Some links ..

    See the animation here..
    Silent Stars by Andy Warhol - 1999 – click to animate..
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    Andy Warhol Andy Warhol glancing sideway.

  • In Memoriam Lori Ellison – October 5, 1958 – August 1, 2015

    August 1st, 2015
  • A very sad news of Lori’s passing came this morning from Lawrence Swan on FB.

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    Lori’s dazzling humilty

    Love note to Lori on facebook
    October 5, 1958 – August 1, 2015

    On ne guérit d’une souffrance qu’à condition de l’éprouver pleinement.

    We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full. Marcel Proust

    (Lori was reading Proust for her essay.)

    Lori and Lars

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    (for a window display at a local bookstore on Valentine’s Day. via FB)

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    (It’s the anniversary of my husband and mine’s engagement on Singer Island Fla. so I had to post it. 2010 via FB)

    Vanishing Techniques, Foto by Baudrillard + Military Avoidance of Marcel Duchamp

    July 28th, 2015
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    Vanishing Techniques – photography of Jean Baudrillard
    Jean Baudrillard was born on 27 July 1929.

    RIP Jean Baudrillard (previous post)
    Sainte Beuve Saint Veuve photo by Jean Beaudrillard

    Then, on one of my trips to Japan, I was given a camera, and I began to try it out a bit, taking photographs from the plane on the return journey.
    I like photography as something completely empty, ‘irreal’, as something that preserves the idea of a silent apparition.

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    Military avoidance

    The essay traces military relationships in the work of Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), paying particular attention to his notes of 1912 known as the ‘Jura-Paris Road’. These are interpreted as ‘military texts’ and the author shows how military concerns remained with Duchamp throughout his career, resulting in facetious outcomes that obscured uneasy preoccupations.

    Marcel Duchamp was born on 28 July 1887.

    Zhang Ke Chun – Between the Mountains and Water- Photography of China

    July 1st, 2015
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    Zhang Kechun born 1980 in Sichuan, China, is a artist currently based in Chengdu

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    Photography of China

    Thanks to Giulo Tosi

    Alan Turing – Thinking Machine by Henrik Olesen

    June 7th, 2015
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    What interests me about the TURING biography is not only the way it illustrates the boundaries and histories of the 20th century, but that it also seems almost like a gendered prophecy. In a horrifying way, TURING ’s body was injured by the violence of modern ideology, he lost his own body, in a way, but he also made a new one. In 1936, he published a theoretical model of a machine that was to constitute the basis of all post-war computing, making him the father of all modern computer science. And this part of his biography is a futuristic tale about thinking machines, artificial intelligence and the appearance of possible future bodies. And to me, this is a long-needed escape from biological, heterosexual reproduction. – HENRIK OLESEN for Mousse Magazine

    Alan Turing Art project by Henrik Olesen

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  • Alan Turing 1954 (7 June): Death (suicide) by cyanide poisoning, Wilmslow, Cheshire.

    Can machine think?

  • How Alan Turing solved the enigma of Solitaire in letter to girl, 8

    Nico Muhuly takes on Alan Turing

    See the codebreaker.. (not starring Benedict Cumberbatch).

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    Richard Long & Rineke Dijiskstra + Portrait of Marquis de Sade by Man Ray

    June 2nd, 2015
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    Happy birthday Richard Long! (homepage)

    See more via Lisson gallery

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    June 2 birthday of Marquis de Sade – Drawing by Man Ray

  • Yukio Mishima’s Madame Sade staged by Ingmar Bergman

  • Happy birthday Rineke Dijiskstra (Previous post)

    Nature Means Everything – Ellsworth Kelly

    May 31st, 2015
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  • He is talking here.. (Youtube)

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    Via Gemini

    See Agnes Martin black and yellow..(scroll down) untitled one.

    Find Ellsworth Kelly’s black and yellow here.

  • Happy birthday Ellworth Kelly

    After being abroad for six years, Kelly decided to return to America in 1954. He was interested after reading a review of an Ad Reinhardt exhibit, to which he felt his work related. Upon his return to New York, he found the art world “very tough.”[1] Although Kelly is now considered an essential innovator and contributor to the American art movement, it was hard for many to find the connection between Kelly’s art and the dominant stylistic trends.[7] In May 1956 Kelly had his first New York exhibition at Betty Parsons’ Gallery. His art was considered more European than was popular in New York.

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    Kelly’s background in the military has been suggested as a source of the seriousness of his works. While serving time in the army, Kelly was exposed to and influenced by the camouflage with which his specific battalion worked. This close contact helped enlighten him on the use of form and shadow as well as the construction and deconstruction of the visible. It was a basic part of Kelly’s early education as an artist. Ralph Coburn, a friend of Kelly’s from Boston, introduced the technique of automatic drawing to him while he was visiting Kelly in Paris. Kelly embraced this technique of arriving at an image without looking at the sheet of paper upon which the image is drawn. These techniques helped Kelly in loosening his particular drawing style and broaden his acceptance of what he believed to be art. Kelly’s illness and coexistent depression may possibly be related to his use of black and white during his last year in Paris.

  • I just feel like I can live on. I hope I can reach 100. I think today if you just keep doing, keep working, that – maybe that’s possible. – Ellsworth Kelly

    I’m constantly investigating nature – nature, meaning everything.

    Read more at Brainy quote

    Always on Sunday, Rousseau’s Biopic by Ken Russell +Rabbit by Henri Rousseau & Durer

    May 21st, 2015
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  • Ken Russell (previous post)

    A non-actor played Henri Rousseau.. both Rousseau and Alfred Jarry were so authentic a truly marvelous joyful portraiture rarely seen in films these days. (Alfred Jarry was played by Annette Robertson in the role of the surrealist playwright.)

    Full film Always on Sunday

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  • Henri Rousseau - May 21, 1844

    Albrecht Durer - May 21, 1471

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    Conceptual Artist Chris Burden Dies at 69

    May 10th, 2015
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  • Chris Burden dies at 69: artist’s light sculpture at LACMA is symbol of L.A.

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    For Oh Dracula, a 1974 performance at the Utah Museum of Art in Salt Lake City, Chris Burden replaced a painting on the wall with a large cloth chrysalis which he then climbed inside. Burden hung on the wall for one day during museum hours, cloistered in darkness like a light-sensitive vampire.

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    The Agony of Body Artist (Roger Ebert)

    Do you believe in Television – Chris Burden and TV

  • Christopher Burden (April 11, 1946 – May 10, 2015) was an American artist working in performance, sculpture, and installation art.

    One of Burden’s most reproduced and cited pieces, Trans-Fixed took place on April 23, 1974 at Speedway Avenue in Venice, California.[8] For this performance, Burden lay face up on a Volkswagen Beetle and had nails hammered into both of his hands, as if he were being crucified on the car. The car was pushed out of the garage and the engine revved for two minutes before being pushed back into the garage.

    Knight Rise Skyspace – James Turrell is 72 years old

    May 6th, 2015

    Internationally acclaimed artist James Turrell has been creating skyspaces since 1975. Knight Rise, located in the Nancy and Art Schwalm Sculpture Garden at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, is one of only 14 skyspaces open to the public in the United States.

    Happy birthday James Turrell – (May 6, 1943)artskyspace

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    Above photos by Fung Lin Hall