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Ray Johnson, Mystery Artist, Mail Art, Moticos & Nothing

August 12th, 2017
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    Mathew Marks Gallery

  • Ray Johnson – Mail Art & Ephemera

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    Ray Johnson helping Andy Warhol film Jill Johnston Dancing at the Factory, 1964

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    In Memory of Moticos

    Ray Johnson has been called a mystery artist, outsider and visionary. He’s one of the earliest progenitors of pop art, performance, installation and happenings, and was the founder of correspondence art, phone art, Moticos and nothings. Ray’s body of work has had a growing interest and fascination since his untimely timed suicide, on January, Friday the 13th, 1995.

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    Your daily dose of Ray Johnson

    Lucky Strike

  • I like funny storiess (In Geman, see Samuel Beckett by Ray Johnson)

    Blurred boundaries and other connections (Nothing on Ray Johnson, some great art here)

    Portrait of John Kiriakou Jailed Cia Whistleblower by Andres Serrano

    August 8th, 2017
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    (Portrait of John Kiriakou by Andres Serrano)
    Torture, Andres Serrano
    June 3 – October 8, 2017
    Station Museum Alabama

    “It’s easy to torture people when you have power over them.” – Andres Serrano

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    (Photo by Andres Serrano)

  • Democracy Now – Formerly Jailed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: Jeff Sessions Is Extending Obama’s War on Leaks

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    Jay Leto interviewed John Kiriakou who was Jay’s High school teacher.

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    Kiriakou on Snowded at Democracy Now (youtube)

    Epic Poetic Art of Julie Mehretu – Painter from Ethiopia

    August 4th, 2017
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  • NYtimes -artist Working at Harlem Church .

    The artist Julie Mehretu has been flying awfully close to the sun.

    Soaring midair on a mobile platform inside an unused Harlem church, she has been working and reworking two towering paintings taking shape on opposite walls, a monumental commission for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

  • More art from Julie Mehretu Artnet

    (See Epigraph, Damascus, 2016 –
    Photogravure, sugar lift aquatint, spit bite aquatint, open bite)

    Julie Mehretu painter from Ethiopia

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  • Conversation with Julie Mehretu

  • Esplanade, Paul Taylor & Rauschenberg Were Kindred Spirits, + Dogs Designed by Alex Kats

    July 29th, 2017

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    Happy birthday Paul Taylor! (biography)

    Born on July 29, 1930, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, Paul Taylor started the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1954 and worked with icons like Martha Graham and George Balanchine. Taylor went on to establish a massive repertory with his company and created a distinct, acclaimed mode of choreography in works like “Esplanade” and “Arden Court.”

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    Kiki Smith and Paul Taylor
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    The Paul Taylor Dance Company Performing Tracer, in 1962. Robert Rauschenberg’s Bicycle Wheel was the only scenery on stage.

    Kindred Spirits (youtube)

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    Yerba buena SF 2015

    “I had seen Paul dance for the first time shortly before we met with Edwin [Denby] and thought his choreography was one of the most surprising things I had seen as an artist. Paul’s dancing seemed to be a real break with that of the previous generation: no expression, no content, no form, as he said, and with great technique and intelligence.”

    Alex Kats

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    Paul Taylor proves staying power of ’70s and ’80s dance

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    Pictured all smiles and full of joy the dance trio Gwen Verdon, Mikhail Baryshnikov & Rudolf Nureyev in performance benefitting the Paul Taylor Dance Company ..(via)

    Wing Shya, Hong Kong Photographer Who Collaborated with Wong Kar Wai

    July 16th, 2017
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    (Photo of Maggie Cheung by Wing Shya)

    Wing Shya

    In 1997, appointed as the exclusive photographer and graphic designer; Shya began his collaboration with the renowned movie director, Wong Kar-Wai on Happy Together, continued then on In the Mood for Love, Eros and 2046.

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    Dystopic Visions from the movie sets of Wong Kar Wai

  • See a short video by Wong Kar Wai – Shanghai Diva here.

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  • Louise Alexander Gallery – Wing Shya

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    (From Happy Together)

  • Long Hot Summer of Love from Germany, Sigmar Polke & Jurgen Trautwein

    July 11th, 2017
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    See more art by Sigmar Polke from an archive here.

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    See Jurgen Trautwein’s archive here.

  • Jean Cocteau – Postcard from Paris, Self-Portrait to Paul Valery -2017

    July 5th, 2017
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    see portrait by Modigliani and other links here.

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  • Jean Cocteau Part II

  • True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing. Jean Cocteau

    Jean Cocteau (more quotes here)

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    Postcards from Paris

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    (With Francois Truffaut )

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    Self-Portrait by Jean Cocteau in a letter to Paul Valéry…

    Rilke and Paul Valery (previous post)

    Edit DeAk , Critic & Curator for the Undercovered – (1950–2017)

    June 23rd, 2017

    Edit DeAK

    Art critic Edit deAk has died. Doyenne of a downtown New York art world that was the playground for many a nascent movement and ideology—punk, Pictures, New Wave, No Wave, and postmodernism—DeAk wrote for Artforum, Interview, ZG, and Art Random, among other publications. She was also, perhaps most famously, the cofounder—with artist-critic Walter Robinson and writer Joshua Cohn—of Art-Rite, an art periodical published from 1973 to 1978. Artists such as Alan Vega (of the band Suicide), Dorothea Rockburne, Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, Pat Steir, and Rosemary Mayer designed covers for the paper.

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    New York City Ballet dancer Ulrik Trojaborg, artist/critic Edit DeAk, and art luminary Andy Warhol discussing Polaroids at The Odeon, 1986.

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    NYtimes obit

    Ms. DeAk founded Art-Rite in 1973 with Walter Robinson and Joshua Cohn, two fellow students at Columbia University. Its stated goal was to provide “coverage of the undercovered.”
    Continue reading the main story

    Attuned to the emerging alternative galleries and performance spaces in downtown Manhattan, the journal, published out of Ms. DeAk’s SoHo loft, turned the spotlight on art at the margins: performance art, video art, conceptual art and outsider art. She had a special affection for street art, which she once called “information from the middle of the night.”
    Ms. DeAk’s critical style was personal, quirky and inventive, with adjectives like “nuancical” popping up unexpectedly.

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    Vito Acconci arranging cushions for PersonA, curated by Edit deAk, April 1974
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    Vito Acconci - previous post

    World’s End, Schwitters’ Barn, Walcott Museum, T. C Boyle’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s House

    June 22nd, 2017

  • Kurt Schwitters (Dada, sound poetry, the first installation artist)
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    Kurt Schwitters

    Kurt Schwitters’s Merz Barn under threat from property developers
    German artist’s ‘outstanding’ unfinished work in Cumbria could be sold after art institutions refuse to save it

    Derek Wallcott museum closing

  • World’s End..

  • Author TC Boyle at his home in Montecito, CA.

    2009 – archpaper – Frank Lloyd Wright Obsession is more novel than we thought
    (The Women by T C Boyle is based on Frank Lloyd Wright)

    T C Boyle homepage

    Page 2 – from his homepage

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    Taliesin West –
    Frank Lloyd Wright and his curious asian collection (Previous post)

  • Remembering photographer Irving Penn & Gallerist Jack Tilton

    June 15th, 2017
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    See portraits of Jean Cocteau, Colette, Claude Levi-Strauss, David Smith by Irving Penn (previous post) here.

    The son of a watchmaker and a nurse, Penn was born June 16, 1917, in Plainfield, N.J., and grew up in Philadelphia. His younger brother, Arthur, became a successful movie director with “Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967.

    Arthur Penn was his brother - (about the two of them – from Vanity Fair)

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    Jack Tilton (1951–2017)

    Jack Tilton Gallery

    Art News obit _ Relentlessly Venturesome art dealer died

    Nytimes Obit

    Jack Tilton, an art dealer whose gallery was instrumental in discovering or giving crucial early exposure to Marlene Dumas, Kiki Smith, David Hammons and other artists who later became prominent, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 66.

    The cause was complications of cancer, his wife, Connie Rogers Tilton, said.

    Mr. Tilton, who began his career as an assistant to Betty Parsons at her renowned 57th Street gallery, had an eye for the new and a thirst for discovery. He was particularly keen on finding young artists just coming into their own and giving them the needed push.

    Several artists who are now well established, including Francis Alys, Glenn Ligon, and Fred Holland, who died last year, benefited from his backing. He was also a prescient, intrepid explorer of Chinese art, using his gallery to showcase work by artists like Huang Yong Ping and Zhang Peili.

  • Jack Tilton gallery introduced me to Blinky Parlermo’a art

  • John Ashbery and Fairefield Porter – Respect For Things as They are

    June 10th, 2017
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    Fairefield Porter – was born on June 10, 1907 – a painter and an art critic.

  • On Fairefield Porter Respect For Things As They Are
    by JOHN ASHBERY

  • Mystery that is essential to reality – Fairefield Porter

  • John Ashbery (Harpers – )

    He has often said that the artist’s role is to make himself misunderstood, but such a position needn’t be taken as mere obfuscation. It might be entertained as a sort of blessing or benediction, something akin to the one he offers in
    And Ut Pictura Poesis Is Her Name”:

    Something
    Ought to be written about how this affects
    You when you write poetry:
    The extreme austerity of an almost empty mind
    Colliding with the lush, Rousseau-like foliage of its desire to communicate

    Something between breaths, if only for the sake
    Of others and their desire to understand you and desert you
    For other centers of communication, so that understanding
    May begin, and in doing so be undone.He has often said that the artist’s role is to make himself misunderstood, but such a position needn’t be taken as mere obfuscation. It might be entertained as a sort of blessing or benediction, something akin to the one he offers in

  • Ashbury’s poem from Paris Review

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    Larry Rivers: Pyrography: Poem and Portrait of John Ashbery II, 76 x 58 inches, 1977
    A Vanguard of Friends

  • See John Ashbery portrait by Jane Freilicher (Previous Post)

    The poet John Ashbery, with whom she shared a six-decade friendship, wrote, “Her pictures always have an air of just coming into being, of tentativeness that is the lifeblood of art.” The two met when Ashbery, fresh out of college, came to stay at the poet Kenneth Koch’s apartment at East 16th Street and Third Avenue, and Freilicher, who lived one floor above, provided the key to let him in.

  • Ashbery and Rimbaud

    Where is Rimbaud? (Previous post)

    Donald Duck, Depp, Drump Fear & Loathing in the White House – 2017

    June 9th, 2017
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    Donald as a cross dresser
    1999, charcoal and pastel on paper
    10 feet x 14 feet

    Donald Duck by Joyce Pensanto

    Happy birthday Donald Duck June 9 1934

    Donald Duck debuted – here -

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    Happy birthday Johnny Depp (Before Night Falls, he had double roles)
    trailer here .

    Fear and loathing (see Las Vegas, Hunter Thompson, Ali and Depp)

    Walt Disney and Shostakovich

    Act Natural Miranda July photo July Act Natural
    (Orange blob escaped from the white house)
    (art by Miranda July)