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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    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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    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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    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.

  • 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



    (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)

  • From Lawrence Swan on Lori’s last days.

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    Lars’ hospice journal in Lori’s last days

    I want to write my log, my blog, in bed with Lori. I want to write to Lori, with her in bed next to me, and write about our thoughts on transcendental experiences.

    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


  • 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).

    More link on the Imitation game -

    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)