Cars Without Men – Jan 12, 2022

January 12th, 2022

  • (Photo by Fung Lin Hall)

  • (それ お 送る – Send it)
    (Photo by Fung Lin Hall)

  • (Photo by Fung Lin Hall – Dec 31,2021)

    Happy birthday Haruki Murakami (Jan 12, 1949)

  • My Poverty Shaped like a Cheescake (A short story by Murakami translated by PeterCat)

  • Cooler than “All About Eve”, Eve Babitz – (1943-2021)

    December 23rd, 2021
  • Eve Babitz (1943-2021) was the author of several books of fiction, including Sex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for a Good Time, L.A. Woman.

    ( Eve Babitz, pictured in Ed Ruscha’s “Five 1965 Girlfriends,” from 1970.)
    (Photograph by Julian Wasser / Courtesy of Ed Ruscha)

    Ed and Paul Ruscha on Eve Babitz Death

    HDP: Do you think that she had any influence on you in terms of the evolution of your own art?

    Ed Ruscha: Oh, I guess I’m influenced by everything. There’s nothing that crosses my path that doesn’t influence me in some way or other. Even if I reject it, I’m influenced by it. And, so, sure. I mean, she was a strong figure and I think everybody respected her. All the artists respected her, and and we were curious about her because she was a hot number. She did well with it, you know. (laughs)

  • Eve Babitz on the time She played Chess Nude with Marcel Duchamp

    The only trouble was, I had been taking birth control pills for the first and only time in my life, and not only had I puffed up like a blimp but my breasts had swollen to look like two pink footballs. Plus they hurt. On the other hand, it would be a great contrast—this large, too-LA surfer girl with an extremely tiny old man in a French suit. Playing chess.
    (After I saw the contact sheets, I never took the Pill again.)

  • Rare Interview Eve Babits long sober cool author

    Eve Babits introduced Salvador Dalí to Frank Zappa.

  • A Documentary of Colette Urban, by Katherine Knight

    December 20th, 2021

  • (“Pretend Not to See Me”)

    See the film at Kanopy or here online

    Katherine Knight is a Photographer who directed “Pretend Not to See Me”

    Colette U.

    What does it mean to live on the edge of the country, but at the heart of art?

    At her spectacular oceanfront farm in Newfoundland, performance artist Colette Urban becomes a half woman-half bear, dances a tango while strapped into bungee cords, wheels nonsensical record contraptions and turns herself into a parody of consumer goods.

    “I am timid in the real world. Performance and this idea of disguise are a real comfort to me. I’m not me. I’m someone else once I am in that role of the performer.”

    This is a film about following a dream, having courage and believing in oneself. It’s about embracing risk and sustaining courage through acts of the imagination. It’s an astonishing representation of Colette Urban’s enigmatic art performances set against the rugged beauty of rural Newfoundland

    Art Installations of Estonian artist Katja Novitskova

    December 13th, 2021
  • Katja Novitskova wiki

    Katja Novitskova (born 1984 in Tallinn, Estonia) is an Estonian installation artist. She lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. Her work focuses on issues of technology, evolutionary processes, digital imagery and corporate aesthetics. Novitskova is interested in investigating how, “media actively redefines the world and culture, and everything”[2] related to art, nature and commerce.

    Her series of installations, pattern of activation

    Novitskova derives patterns from and expresses her works through her archives of online images, in a contemplation of our relationship with our screen based and environmental spaces. Her work is equal parts science, philosophy and an expanded approach to reading visual imagery. A perfect example of this lens is Pattern Of Activation, a series of more than five installations made by the artist over a span of six years. Her visual vocabulary is informed by her study of semiotics, culture, new media arts and graphic design in conversation with her philosophical interests. On the series Pattern Of Activation, Novitskova comments on her anthropologically and ecologically driven exploration, “I have always been interested in deep time loops. If you look at a contemporary object or emotion like an iPhone or our obsession with social media, I am always curious about the deep time origin of that activity and how it connects to our first tools of humanity or the evolutionary structures in our brains and our bodies that enable us to behave how we do today even though today’s world feels so far removed from the ancient times. We are actually really connected to the older generations, it’s not that long ago. I am always trying to be aware of this time thread and how we got here and of course the time scale of the Earth itself and our deep connection to other living creatures on it. From a jellyfish to bacteria, can be seen as a web of connections that is active today but also has this historical connection”.

  • Witkin and Witkin – a Documentary film of Twin Artists

    December 7th, 2021
  • Review here
    Ziff has pulled off an astonishing accomplishment with Witkin and Witkin. The film works on many levels. Firstly, the viewer is drawn into the “weird news” curiosity about identical twins who go their separate ways. Then comes the compelling rush of fascination around the art they make. Finally, she delivers a tender, charming look at two very different lives of artists have gone through many experiences and relationships. It combines a sideshow with an art course and a twin biography that is exceedingly entertaining.

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    (Still Life with Mirror – Joel Peter Witkin

    Joel Peter Witkin – Heaven, Hell, Transesexuals, Deformed people (Previous post)

  • RIP – Lawrence Weiner – Conceptual, Language Artist

    December 2nd, 2021
  • At Whitney

    Lawrence Weiner

  • Marian Goodman Gallery

    In Memoriam: Lawrence Weiner

    Our fellow artist and dear friend, Lawrence Weiner, has passed at the age of 79. A force of conceptual art, Lawrence gained international recognition for the use of language as his primary medium. He proposed a new relationship to art and redefined the position of the artist, and his works demonstrated the power of language worldwide.
    “I am heartbroken.” —Marian Goodman

  • Artforum obit

    Lawrence Weiner, a towering figure in the Conceptual art movement arising in the 1960s and who profoundly altered the landscape of American art, died December 2 at the age of seventy-nine. Known for his text-based installations incorporating evocative or descriptive phrases and sentence fragments, typically presented in bold capital letters accompanied by graphic accents and occupying unusual sites and surfaces, Weiner rose to prominence among a cohort that included Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, and Sol LeWitt. A firm believer that an idea alone could constitute an artwork, he established a practice that stood out for its consistent embodiment of his famous 1968 “Declaration of Intent”:

  • George Seurat – Don’t Miss his Birthay on December 2.

    December 2nd, 2021
  • George Seurat Org

    George Seurat (December 2, 1859 – March 29, 1891)

    “We realized that that painting was the setting of a play,” explained Sondheim. “All the people in that painting, when you start speculating on why none of them are looking at each other, maybe there’s a reason for that. Maybe someone was having an affair with another one, or was related to someone else.” The final question Sondheim and Lapine asked themselves before they started work: Who was missing from the painting? Sondheim and Lapine both agreed — it was the artist

  • Happy bithday Goerge Seurat (December 2)

  • Baseera Khan – “I Am an Archive”

    November 17th, 2021
  • Baseera K.

    Baseera Khan I am an archive – New Yorker

  • Baseera Khan homepage

  • Baseera Khan I am an Archive

  • I am a Muslim – an interview with Baseera Khan

  • Mistress of the Dark

    October 30th, 2021

  • (Self Portrait- Michiko Kon)

    Michiko Kon Mistress of the Dark

  • (Art by Kaitlyn who is 15 years old)

  • Happy Halloween!

    Laurie Anderson at Hirshorn – Exhibition till July 2022

    October 26th, 2021

  • Laurie Anderson at the Hirshhorn

    Looking Back While Facing Forward: Laurie Anderson at the Hirshhorn

  • Laurie Anderson: The Weather – Hirshhorn Exhibition and Portrait

    Laurie Anderson The Weather

  • Laurie Anderson – interview

  • See more art from Vito Schnabel Gallery – Laurie Anderson

  • (Photo by Mary Ellen Mark)
    RIP Lou Reed who passed away on Oct 27, 2013.

    RIP Manuel Neri (April 12, 1930–October 18,2021)

    October 20th, 2021

  • Manuel Neri wiki

    Manuel Neri – Hackettmill (See more art here)

  • Manuel Neri was an American sculptor who is recognized for his life-size figurative sculptures in plaster, bronze, and marble. In Neri’s work with the figure, he conveys an emotional inner state that is revealed through body language and gesture.

    Granddaughter Kaitlyn performed at Phoenix art museum.

  • Etel Adnan, The Poet, Novelist, Journalist and Artist – Guggenheim Oct 8, 2021

    October 9th, 2021
  • Etel Adnan Art

  • Poetry Foundation

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    Exhibition – Etel Adnan Lights – New Measure

    She was born in Beirut in 1925 to a Greek mother and Syrian father; grew up speaking French, Arabic, and Greek; and as an adult has lived for extended periods in Lebanon, the United States, and France. She began to paint in the late 1950s, while working as a professor of philosophy in Northern California. It was a period when, in protest of France’s colonial rule in Algeria, she renounced writing in French and declared that she would begin “painting in Arabic.”

    While Adnan’s writings have been unflinching in their critique of war and social injustice, her visual art is an intensely personal distillation of her faith in the human spirit and the beauty of the natural world. She has stated, “It seems to me I write what I see, paint what I am.” Adnan creates her paintings decisively and intuitively.

    (Via Guggenheim)

  • The Luminous Abstractions of Etel Adnan (New Yorker)