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RIP Tony DeLap, Illusion /Magic, Abstract West Coast Artist

June 1st, 2019

  • Triple Trouble II

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  • Art News obit

    Tony DeLap, Maker of Inventive Abstract Art That Embraced Illusion and Magic, Is Dead at 91

    Tony Delap (Homepage)

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  • See More at Artsy

  • LA Times Obit

    DeLap rose to prominence in 1964 when an illustration of his work was featured on the cover of Artforum magazine alongside a glowing review by then-Editor-at-large John Coplans. The work, exhibited at San Francisco’s Dilexi Gallery, was a series of two-sided glass boxes with edges that descended inward toward the center.

    By the late 1960s, DeLap was among artists including Billy Al Bengston, Craig Kauffman and Larry Bell who were pioneering what came to be known as the “Finish Fetish,” with an emphasis on clean lines, simple shapes and bright, monochromatic colors.

    “He is apart from and yet entirely amidst the whole trajectory of geometric abstract art in California,” said longtime friend, curator and critic Peter Frank. “He’s not quite a minimalist, he’s not quite a traditional abstract artist, but he relates to all of them and did so early on.”

    As the first art professor to be hired at UC Irvine, DeLap influenced generations of artists including Bruce Nauman, Chris Burden, John McCracken and James Turrell.

    Walt Whitman- When lilacs last in the door-yard bloom‘d

    May 31st, 2019

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  • Julian Schnabel’s Walt Whitman IV

  • Whitman and Boys (Boston Review)

  • Paul Hindemith – Work of the week – When lilacs last in the door-yard bloom‘d

  • RIP Lawrence Carroll – (26 October 1954 – 21 May 2019)

    May 22nd, 2019

  • Lawrence Caroll Ghost House

  • Lawrence Carroll

    The Australian-born, American-raised painter Lawrence Carroll—known for his expressively elegant, restrained sculptural pictures often assembled from found materials—has died. (Artforum)

  • Artnet

    Wiki

    The Passing of Mono-ha Artist Nobuo Sekine at 76 -May 18, 2019

    May 18th, 2019
  • Nobuo Sekine
    Artsy Obit

    Nobuo Sekine (1942–2019)
    Conceptual artist Nobuo Sekine—whose ephemeral, site-specific sculptural and installation works were associated with Mono-ha (the School of Things), the postwar Japanese art movement active in the late 1960s to the mid ’70s—died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was seventy-six years old.(Artforum Obit)

    (Historical Photographs)


    (Phase of Nothingness – Cloth and Stones)


  • Nobuo Sekine and his Phase of Nothingness (1969) installed at the Japanese Pavilion, 35th Venice Biennale, 1970. Photo by Yoriko Kushigemachi. © Nobuo Sekine.

  • The Passing of Enigmatic Painter Thomas Nozkowski at 75

    May 9th, 2019

  • Untitled – 2010


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    Thomas Nozkowski passed away (Art News)

    Pace

    Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944, Teaneck, New Jersey, d. 2019) is recognized for his richly colored and intimately scaled abstract paintings and drawings that push the limits of visual language. An awareness of perception and the desire to explore the possibilities of seeing, is at once grounded in reality for the artist and released from specific legibility. His concurrent practices of painting and drawing reflect on specific places and experiences—from the deeply symbolic to the notational—translating sensations and memories into abstract compositions

  • In conversation (Brookynrail.org) with Nozkowski

  • Adieu Ivan Regina

    April 19th, 2019
  • See his many striking photos here

  • Ivan Regina posted on April 13, that he was feeling sick. He fell into a comma as Notre Dame de Paris was burning.
    He loved life and art, will miss him greatly.. he taught me a French expression, “Très maitrisé”
    It means “under control”, and more.. he explained.

    Crottes de chameaux – (camel dung, Ivan referred to the rock formation)

    PapagoCrottes de chameaux -(merci Ivan Regina)

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Monday, April 27, 2009

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    Ivan Regina (above) – to Heros Fragiles
    (Time Lapse – previous blog presentation)

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    Nod le Fou, Ivan Régina, juillet 2009

  • Fais Vite (previous post)

    Adieu Agnes Varda, Innovative Filmmaker, Photographer, Wife & Mother

    March 29th, 2019
  • Adieu Agnes Varda, she died at 90. (BBC obit)

    I fought for radical cinema all my life – Agnes Varda (Her last interview at Guardian)


  • (Agnes Varda and Jr while filming Faces and Places)

  • Interview: This is Part of the Work- Agnes Varda

    She studied art history at the Louvre, but at night took classes on photography.

  • Peter Bradshaw (Guardian)

    Greatest of the great’ – Agnès Varda: the eternally youthful soul of world cinema

  • Agnes Varda with blooms –


  • Criterion – Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand – partners in song
    (Repost)

    Agnes Varda archive here.

    Agnes Varda (wiki)

    Viva Rebecca Horn & Lawrence Ferlingetti -March 24 2019

    March 24th, 2019
  • Happy birthday Rebecca Horn and Lawrence Ferlingetti
    (Underwear, Unicorn body suit – previous post)

  • Rebecca Horn, Body, Art installations

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    Dreaming Stones – Rebecca Horn.


  • Lawrence is 100 years old today!

    Little Boy (LA Times)

    Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s ‘Little Boy’ reveals his life before the San Francisco beat scene

    John Richardson – an Art Historian & Picasso Biographer died at 95

    March 13th, 2019

  • John Richardson’s home with a portrait of him by Andy Warhol. Photo by François Halard, courtesy of Rizzoli.
    Artnet obit

  • Richardson wiki


  • From left to right: son Paolo, Picasso, Jacqueline, daughter-in-law Christine,
    art expert John Richardson, poet Jean Cocteau and art historian Douglas Cooper
    Photo via


    Modigliani, Picasso & Andre Salmon.
    (John Richardson – A Life of Picasso Volume II 1997.)

  • Michael Andre

    I read enough John Richardson. He is as pious about Picasso as a banker is about his gold reserves.
    Poetry and painting are fundamentally difficult. Poetry is essentially without pecuniary value. Art can be more valuable than gold or platinum.

    (A day before the passing of John Richardson, there was a lively discussion on FB on Picasso)

  • Art News obit

  • RIP Carolee Scheemann (1939 – 2019)

    March 6th, 2019
  • Art News obit

  • Carolee
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    Carolee Scheemann

    Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist. Transformed the definition of art, especially discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender. The history of her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, the body of the artist in dynamic relationship with the social body.


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  • Carolee Schneeman on Robert Morris (See photo of their collaboration)

    OH DEAR BOB . . . your death is unacceptable. Your absence joins the current stampede of death, diminishing the continued conversations among my generation. Missing in action. I am so grateful for our wonderfully enriching history and for the configuration of friends and work that surrounds the years we shared. We were neighbors here in the Hudson Valley, and it’s wrenching to consider that we cannot anticipate more good times together.


  • Carolee Schneemann
    Terminal Velocity
    2001-2005, impressions jet d’encre 96 x 84 chacune. Collection Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart

    Intime Images Mediatsisees pour reflechir histoire

    Conversation with Carolee Schneemann

    Artplus interview

    Edward Gorey – Love of Balanchine PT II

    February 22nd, 2019

  • Edward Gorey near one of the Nadelman sculptures on the promenade at the NY State Theater, 1973. Photograph: Bruce Chernin. Image provided by the Alpern Collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University.
    photo via Paris Review
    Edward St. John Gorey (February 22, 1925 – April 15, 2000)

    “He was a precocious child. He claimed to have read all the works of Victor Hugo by the age of eight.”

  • Edward Gorey

    Edward Gorey Love of George Balanchine Part I

  • Feb 22 – Int’l cat day in Japan .. see Gorey with cat here.

  • Wes Anderson is under the spell of Edward Gorey


  • Two roommates

    Poet Frank O’Hara and macabre writer and illustrator Edward Gorey were roommates at Harvard in the late ’40s, where they furnished their apartment with garden furniture and a coffee table made from a repurposed tombstone. According to The New Yorker, the pair “established their rooms as (in the words of a home-town friend) the spot to ‘lie down on a chaise lounge, get mellow with a few drinks, and listen to Marlene Dietrich records.’” Pompous and eccentric? Perhaps. But we bet their room was the coolest place on campus.

  • Art is a Dark Mirror, Ellen Harvey’s Reflective Installations

    February 20th, 2019
  • Ellen Harvey

    Night Hawk

    Metal Painting 2015
    Harvard Magazine – Art is a Dark Mirror

    Ellen Harvey’s reflective installations