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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

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    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.

    UCLA In’tl

    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)

  • Google Qing Fua Design

    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

  • Joel- Peter Witkin – Heaven, Hell of Intersex, Transsexuals & Deformed People

    September 13th, 2017
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    Joel-Peter Witkin, Anna Akhmatova, Paris, 1998

  • Joel-Peter Witkin is an American photographer who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work often deals with such themes as death, corpses, and various outsiders such as dwarves, transsexuals, intersex persons, and physically deformed people
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    (Born September 13, 1939 – Joel Peter Witkin is 77 years old.)

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    “A flamboyant creator, incredible story-teller and irresistible liar (his awakening to photography during a car accident that decapitated a little girl whose head fell into his arms probably didn’t exist, but never mind)’ a hallucinating culture, Joel, who lives in an Albuquerque ghetto (on a farm no less) has for 30 years been exploring the relationship between sacred and profane.”

    See more and read JOEL-PETER WITKIN DAY: Heaven or Hell (Elizabeth Avedon Journal) here.

  • Las Meninas, New Mexico, from the “Twelve Photographs, 1993″ book

  • Witkin Archive

    Vienna Eye Phanthom, Philadelphia,1990

    see 220 photographs by Witkin here.

    The Passing of Kate Millet – Artist, Author, a Pioneer Feminist at 82 -(Sept 14, 1934 – Sept 6, 2017)

    September 7th, 2017
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    Kate Millet an influential feminist writer is dead at 82 (NYtimes)

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    Katherine Murray Millett was born on Sept 14, 1934, in St. Paul.
    She attended Oxford University and was the first American woman to be awarded a postgraduate degree with first-class honors after studying at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.
    The feminist, human rights, peace, civil rights, and anti-psychiatry movements were some of Millett’s principal causes. Her books were motivated by her activism, such as woman’s rights and mental health reform, and several were autobiographical memoirs that explored her sexuality, mental health, and relationships. Mother Millett and The Loony Bin Trip, for instance, dealt with family issues and the times when she was involuntarily committed to a nursing home. (via her wiki

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    Dinner for One – 1967 – Kate Millet

    See more art by Kate Millet here

  • “The Basement” was disturbing but I had to read it.
    Here is a review of the Basement by Duncan Mitchell

    Happy Kate katemillett by Hyder in 1994.

    Her homepage is here. – AN INVITATION TO THE WOMEN’S ART COLONY/FARM

    Of course she went to Iran.

    In 1981 Millett published Going to Iran, which was a new journalistic account of a trip she made to Iran in March 1979 to address Iranian feminists on International Women’s Day. The Shah of Iran had just abdicated, and the Ayatollah Khomeini had not yet fully consolidated his power. Nevertheless, Millett was soon expelled by the fundamentalist government for her feminist views. The chronicle is recorded in the rigorously honest style of her earlier works. (via)

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    The Return of the Troublemaker (June 2001)

    Society has lost its patience. So why isn’t she more downhearted? She smiles and says it’s because she is having too much fun. “I love making trouble. It’s a wonderful job. You don’t get paid but you have a lot of adventures.”

  • Flying with Kate Millet (previous post)
    Sexual Politics was circulated before the publication of her thesis.

  • RIP John Ashbery (1927-2017) + Portraits of Ashbery by Larry Rivers & Others

    September 3rd, 2017
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    John Ashbery by Larry Rivers

    NYtimes Obit

    The Guardian obit

    John Ashbery, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died early Sunday at age 90.

    Poetry Foundation

    Interview – John Ashbery (Paris Review)

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    John Ashbery by Jill Krementz
    (painting on the wall by Jane Freilicher)

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    Portrait of John Ashbery by Jane Freilicher

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    Fairefield Porter -Portrait of Schuyler and John Ashbery.. 57-58

    Fairefield Porter Respect for Things as they are - (previous post on John Ashbery and Fairefield Porter)

  • Dan Chiasson (The New Yorker)

    His early work was serene and beautiful; he then became rather frantic and trippy. He had a period of majesty unrivalled in recent poetry, stretching from the seventies through the nineties. His last phase was a kind of inventory of his mind, among the most interesting anyone has ever known. His method was to “snip off a length” of his consciousness, he said. It was, in part, a strike against the solemnities of achieved reputation, which confronted him everywhere in the forms of syllabi and colloquia.

  • Where is Rimbaud? (see a photo of John Ashbery and Rimbaud)

  • See a mixed media collage by John Ashbery (via Art News obit)

  • Two Photos of Yayoi Kusama, One from New York, Another from Tokyo Bay

    August 29th, 2017
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    Yayoi Kusama with one of her Infinity Net paintings in New York, c. 1961

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    Yayoi Kusama at Tokyo Bay 1993

    Both photos (via Red List)

  • Yayoi Kusama banned journalists from her studio.

  • Rene Magritte Photos + Remembering River Phoenix

    August 23rd, 2017
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    Rene Magritte - 130 photos featured in world first exhibition

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    River Phoenix
    August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993
    (Repost Looking back Gus Van Sant )
  • 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)