Francisco Zubaran, Sam Taylor Wood, Jan Groover – Happy Thankgiving 2015

November 25th, 2015
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    Francisco Zubaran – see his goat – (Year of Goat)

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    See video here

    Sam Taylor Wood
    Sam Taylor Wood follows the examples of artists Julian Schnabel and Stev McQueen of crossing over to make mainstream films.

    Nowhere Boy was dedicated to late Anthony Minghella.

    White Cube - Sam Taylor Wood (Johnson now).

    Art eat art (blog)

    Jan Groover

  • Bruce Conner & Origami Shirt by Gianfranco Ferré

    November 18th, 2015
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    Bruce Conner - World Without End

    See his Bombhead here R.I.P Bruce Conner

    Bruce Connor and Ana Mendieta were both born on Nov 18.

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    Origami 2004 – Nylon tulle, silk chiffon

    the design of this blouse is rooted in the technical experimentation with laser cutting. The secret behind
    the sculptural volue of this shirt lies in the choice of fabrics used.

    The White shirt according to me Gianfranco Ferré

    Moon and the Coyote

    November 7th, 2015
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    Moon and the Coyote

    Safari at the Mall

    Photos by Fung Lin Hall

  • Desert Time II- more art here by FLH.

    See more photos from Desert Time album.

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    See more
    Apres le Deluge Debris here.

  • Three Oracles and Three Sculptures Snake or Spoon
  • Last Life in the Lens Universe - (with bonus film links)

  • Rainbow Trouts, Jackson Pollack and Birds

    Manuel Ocampo, La Liberte + William Lamson, etc – Halloween 2015

    October 28th, 2015
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    Maneul Ocampo 1990

    Manuel Ocampo (born 1965) is a Filipino artist. His work fuses sacred Baroque religious iconography with secular political narrative. His works draw upon a wide range of art historical references, contain cartoonish elements, and draw inspiration from punk subculture.

  • God is my co-pilot

    The film chronicles this hugely talented artist’s rise to popularity, his mistrust of the art world that embraced him and his current efforts to recast himself as a post-identitarian artist.

  • Evelyn Waugh – God, Satan, Waugh Paris Review

  • Ted Hughes R.I.P
    28 October 1998

    He died one day after Sylvia Plath birthday (Sept 27).

    Lovesong read by Cillian Murphy (youtube).

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    William Lamson in Arizona

  • Cerith Wyn Evans – We are in Yucatan and every unpredicted thing

    October 16th, 2015
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    We are in Yucatan and every unpredicted thing

    See 8 Chandelias at White Cube (one was dedicated to Iannis Xenakis)

    Cerith Wyn Evans (Ingeby Gallery)

    Cerith Wyn Evans was born in Wales in 1958 and now lives and works in London. Wyn Evans began his career as a filmmaker, firstly assisting Derek Jarman and then, throughout the 1980’s, making his own short experimental films.

    By the 1990’s, Wyn Evans’ practice had begun to shift, focusing more on sculpture and installation art. Most of the artist’s work stems from his strong interest in language and communication – often using found or remembered texts from film, philosophy or literature combined with a powerful and beautifully clean aesthetic.

    Amongst his most recognisable works are his neon and firework texts and his chandelier sculptures, which communicate through a series of morse code flashing sequences.

    Eileen Gray – Innovative Designer, Her Dragon Chair sold for 28 Millions

    October 1st, 2015
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    She should be world-famous for her innovative designs—and would be, had Le Corbusier not intervened. But, as Michael Watts reports, her story now has a happy ending, thanks partly to a new film

    Gray was a bisexual Anglo-Irish aristocrat who became a free-spirited member of the bohemian classes. She is said to have driven around Paris, where she spent most of her life, in a Chenard-Walcker roadster with Damia, her celebrity girlfriend, and Damia’s pet panther. Even at the age of 80, Gray thought of buying a Vespa scooter. When she died, in 1976, she was 98 and still painting and experimenting with materials such as Plexiglass.

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    Design Museum

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    The unique and remarkable ‘Dragons’ armchair was acquired from Miss Gray by Suzanne Talbot, the first patron to provide her with an opportunity to create a complete environment. The exotic, symbolist character of the piece situates it conceptually within the first phase of Miss Gray’s creative cycle.
    The Mad Tea Party (previous post)

    Collection of Funny chairs, Bat, Elephant, Dragon chairs etc.

  • R.I.P John Perreault of Artopia + His Marcel Duchamp Interviews

    September 9th, 2015
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    Hannah Weiner, Scott Burton, Anne Waldman, Vito Acconi, Bernadette Mayer, Eduardo Costa and John Perreault, NYC, 1969

    NYtimes obit

    Mr. Perreault started out as a poet and painter, but after being recommended by the poet and art critic John Ashbery, he began writing criticism for Art News.

    Portrait of John P by Alice Neel

    Art Experience Interview


    John Perreault as Vincent Van
    Gogh in Les Levine’s Analyze
    Lovers, The Story of Vincent,
    for Dutch National Television.
    Courtesy John Perreault


    New Marcel Duchamp Interviews

    Dada Perfume Marcel Duchamp Interview

    Ubu Roi – Pataphysical Life of Alfred Jarry

    September 8th, 2015
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    Ubu Roi

    It is considered a wild, bizarre and comic play, significant for the way it overturns cultural rules, norms, and conventions. For those who were in the audience on that night to witness the response, including William Butler Yeats, it seemed an event of revolutionary importance. It is now seen by some to have opened the door for what became known as modernism in the twentieth century. It is a precursor to Dada, Surrealism and Theatre of the Absurd. It is the first of three stylised burlesques in which Jarry satirises power, greed, and their evil practices—in particular the propensity of the complacent bourgeoisie to abuse the authority engendered by success.

    Alfred Jarry
    Born 8 September 1873
    Laval, Mayenne, France
    Died 1 November 1907 (aged 34)
    Paris, France

    Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life by Alastair Brotchie – review

    Both Burroughs and Ballard were inspired by him, he had a profound influence on the British authors associated with New Worlds magazine, and was admired by artists from Duchamp to Paolozzi as well as any number of playwrights, including Artaud, Beckett and Ionesco. His posthumous Exploits and Opinions of Dr Faustroll, Pataphysician has been cited several of today’s most innovative authors. This fine biography, written with loving honesty by Alastair Brotchie, is the best to date.

    The Fiction duo (J.G. Ballard and Alfred Jarry)

    Raymond Queneau, Jean Genet, Eugène Ionesco, Boris Vian were Pataphysics followers.

  • Jarry’s Bike (previous post)

    Alfred Jarry was played by an actress, Annette Robertson in Always on Sunday (a film by Ken Russell on Henri Rousseau’s bio pic)

  • John Cage, Silence, Time Lapse and Vexations

    September 5th, 2015
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  • Silence (repost) Time Lapse

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    John Cage (image source)


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    Vexations - Satie and John Cage

    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..
    Andy Warhol Andy Warhol glancing sideway.