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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

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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.

    Artists from Middle East +Beyond Saudi Arabia, Tykwer Filmed in Morocco

    February 1st, 2017
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    6 Inspiring artists from Middle East

    Saudi Arabia top 10 artists (where to find them)

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    Ben was in Perfume and Cloud Atlas. Ben appeared as a hologram/cameo in Hologram for the King.
    Tom Tykwer adapted based on a novel by Dave Eggers.

  • Illusions in the desert – Tom Tykwer’s Hologram for the King.

    Although Clay is trying to sell a hologram, he himself is more attached to tangible things, says Tykwer. “He once sold steel. He stands for a world that is ceasing to exist the way it was, but has to present something that belongs to the virtual future.” Therefore, Clay’s way of working reflects his character.

    By the way, Tom Tykwer did get to see the holy city of Mecca during his travels to Saudi Arabia: “I actually went to Mecca during my research tour – but not intentionally. My guide had taken a wrong route and couldn’t turn back, so we drove through Mecca.” This involuntary stay of Tykwer in the holy city is reflected on in the film.

    “A Hologram for the King” is a movie about the clash of two cultures that is told with subtle humor – and it is a film that reflects on how people deal with two totally different worlds.

    Happy Chinese Lunar New Year of the Rooster, Jan 28 2017 – February 15, 2018

    January 27th, 2017
  • Happy Chinese Lunar New Year of the Fire Rooster!

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    (repost – see other photos here)

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    Map of China as Rooster .. by Jurgen Trautwein

  • Funny Rooster on youtube .

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    Red Rooster 1996 by Edward Ruscha
    Ed Ruscha archive here.

  • Year of Monkey
    (see Frida Kahlo, Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn playing with monkey)

    Year of Goat (Zubaran, Marguerite Yourcenar, etc)

    Year of Wood horse (Turin Horse, Leonardo etc)

    Year of Rabit (Pool Rabbit, Ray Johnson etc)

    Year of Rat (Banksy Rat, Rat Patrol)

    Year of Dog

    Year of Pig (Pasolini, Kimono Pig etc)

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    Pathe Rooster

    Then there’s the Pathé rooster, who’s been going strong for more than a hundred years and still turns up in silhouette at the end of the current Pathé “mobile” logo. So far as I know, that rooster has had the longest life of any movie symbol, in part because he originated with the Pathé Frères in France during the late 1800s, was registered in the U.S. in 1902, and adorned a record label (“I sing loud and clear” was the original slogan) as well as newsreels and feature films over the decades. It’s nice to see the company still respects its longtime mascot.

    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

    See more Picabia Perpetual Movement (previous post)

  • Gertrude gertrude-stein Stein by Francis Picabia

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  • August Strindberg / Gem. v. Munch
    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.
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    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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    Previous post Monika Gryzmala Spatial drawing

  • 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.”

  • Previous post – Way of Seeubg – John Bergmer.

    “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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    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..