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Matisse & the Nun, Model & a Collaborator

October 20th, 2014
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    A Model for Matisse available on netflix. (see nice photos)

    Monique Bourgeois 1MatisseMonique-Bourgeois-2 later Sister Jacques-Marie

    NY times on Sister Jacques-Marie

    As a painter he loved the splendid mass of her dark hair and the way her neck rose from her shoulders like a white tower,” Hilary Spurling, his biographer, wrote.

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    Monique Bourgeois, as Sister Jacques-Marie was known before she took orders, was the 21-year-old daughter of a soldier. Her upbringing had been painfully strict: she had never worn make-up or read a book without asking her mother’s permission. Her parents told her she was ugly and would never amount to anything.
    When Matisse took her on, she was astonished. She certainly didn’t fit the description of the girl he had advertised for. ‘Young I certainly was,’ she later said. ‘But pretty? Hmmm.’
    Matisse, however, was charmed.
    ‘Who said you were ugly?’ he asked her. ‘Your parents?’

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  • According to Ms. Spurling’s book, “Matisse the Master,” the lonely Matisse “found warmth and comfort in the uncomplicated affection” of the nun. Accounts of the chapel’s genesis vary, but according to Ms. Freed, the filmmaker, Sister Jacques-Marie sketched an Assumption for Matisse and he urged her to turn it into a stained-glass window. It happened that the rest home, Foyer Lacordaire, was hoping to convert a ramshackle garage used for prayer into a full-fledged chapel, and Matisse wondered if displaying the window could help raise money.

    With the aid of a monk convalescing at the rest home, Matisse roughed out a sketch for a chapel, and Sister Jacques-Marie made the working model. Soon Matisse immersed himself in every aspect of the chapel, from the brushstroke sketches of a Stations of the Cross mural to the vestments and the slender Crucifixion altarpiece. The stained-glass windows, with one pair, “Tree of Life,” suggestive of a flowering cactus, are regarded as particular triumphs; they allow lemon-yellow, bottle-green and blue light to play capriciously against white-tiled walls and the marble floor.

    Sister Jacques-Marie did preliminary design work and offered candid evaluations. As important, she ran interference with her local superior, who disapproved of a chapel designed by an artist known for his nudes. In the end, Matisse described the chapel as “their shared project.” When Sister Jacques-Marie told Matisse that she believed he was inspired by God Almighty, he replied gently, “Yes, but that god is me.”

    Matisse by Robert Capa Photo of Matisse
    by Robert Capa (Previous post War and Ingrid Bergman)

  • Caterpiller – Koji Wakamatsu

    October 17th, 2014
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  • Caterpiller wiki

    Caterpillar is a 2010 Japanese drama film directed by Kōji Wakamatsu, partially drawn from Edogawa Rampo’s banned short-story “The Caterpillar” (芋虫 Imomushi?)
    The film is a critique of the right-wing militarist nationalism that guided Japan’s conduct in Asia during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. The film deals with various issues, such as war crimes, handicapped veterans, and spousal abuse. The film also deals with themes of sexual perversion and features graphic sex scenes.

    It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.[4] Shinobu Terajima received the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival for her portrayal of Kurokawa’s wife.

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    (1 April 1936 – 17 October 2012)

    MUBI page

    The Essential Films of Koji Wakamatsu

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    Newsha Tavakolian – Refused the Prize Money

    September 19th, 2014

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    Newsha Tavakolian (see more from her portfolio)

    Keeping True to an Iranian Vision, Minus Big Money

    Lens plus

    She has instead walked away from the prestigious prize after what she considered repeated interference from Mr. Carmignac, whom she accused in a lengthy Facebook post and subsequent interview with Lens of distorting her vision by editing her images, demanding changes to her text and insisting on titling the project “The Lost Generation,” which she thought was not only a cliché, but could possibly provoke Iranian authorities. While she said the foundation had announced it had “adjourned” her prize because of fears for her safety in Iran, she said the only perils she faced were artistic ones from Mr. Carmignac, who she said seemed intent on controlling her take on her homeland and experiences.

    “I had to make a choice between my artistic freedom and my dignity, or the glory of something that is not real or not mine when it comes to what kind of book do I have,” Ms. Tavakolian said in a phone interview from Tehran.

    In the Mood for Fan Ho’s Photography – Hong Kong 1950

    September 10th, 2014
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  • Fan Ho (homepage)

  • Fan Ho: finding love and light in 1950s Hong Kong – in pictures

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    Ho Fan (Chinese: 何藩) (born October 8, 1937) is a celebrated Chinese photographer, film director and actor. He has won over 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide since 1956 for his photography

    Hegel’s Dialectics from Half Nelson to Goethe in Love

    August 28th, 2014
  • Half Nelson . Ryan Gosling explains Dialectics.

    Aug 27 birthday of - German philosopher Hegel , a major figure in German Idealism. His historicist and idealist account of reality revolutionized European philosophy and was an important precursor to Continental philosophy and Marxism. Hegel’s influential conceptions are those of speculative logic or “dialectic”, “absolute idealism”. They include “Geist” (spirit), negativity, sublation (Aufhebung in German), the “Master/Slave” dialectic, “ethical life” and the importance of history. (wiki)

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    Portrait of Goethe by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein

    Johan Wolfganv von Geothe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832)

    In 1810, Goethe published his Theory of Colours, which he considered his most important work. In it, he contentiously characterized color as arising from the dynamic interplay of light and darkness through the mediation of a turbid medium.[33] In 1816, Schopenhauer went on to develop his own theory in On Vision and Colors based on the observations supplied in Goethe’s book. After being translated into English by Charles Eastlake in 1840, his theory became widely adopted by the art world, most notably J. M. W. Turner.[34] Goethe’s work also inspired the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, to write his Remarks on Color.

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  • How Hegel put Goethe’s Urphänomen
    to Philosophical Use

  • “Here Hegel recognizes that in Goethe’s hands, the concept escapes the airless depths of the philosopher’s study and connects up with Nature and the everyday life of the people. And he observes:

    “the two worlds greet each other: our abstruse world and the world of phenomenal being. Thus out of rocks and even something metallic Your Excellency prepares for us granite, which we can easily get a handle on because of its Trinitarian nature and which we can assimilate”(Hegel 1984: 699).”

    Two Films on Percy Bysshe Shelley – Haunted Summer & A Shape Of Error + His Sketches

    August 4th, 2014
  • Two Films on Percy Bysshe Shelley – Haunted Summer & A Shape Of Error.

  • 1) Haunted Summer

  • 2) A Shape of Error – by Abigail Child (Vimeo trailer here)

    An experimental l6mm feature, A Shape of Error is based on the life of Percy Bysshe Shelley and his second wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley— writers whose lives forecast the modern in their concern for women, free love and labor. Child retells their story as an imaginary home movie, using strategies developed in her earlier films—The Future Is Behind You (2004-05) and Covert Action (1984)— to shape a new kind of narrative. With sound by the acclaimed composer Zeena Parkins (who has worked with John Zorn and Bijork), non-actors in the lead roles and silently shot with Child’s l6mm camera, A Shape of Error is an original—startlingly emotional and engrossing.

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    Sketches of Sailing Boats by Shelley

    Sailing was Shelley’s favourite pursuit in the last year of his life, first on the rivers Serchio and Arno, and latterly off the coast. Rough sketches of sailing vessels are dotted about his notebooks, and many of his poems contain evocative images of boats, rivers and the sea. ‘Rivers are not like roads’, he wrote to Peacock in July 1816, ‘the work of the hands of man; they imitate mind, which wanders at will over pathless deserts, and flows through nature’s loveliest recesses, which are inaccessible to anything besides.’

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    Percy Bysshe Shelley – born on 4 August 1792

    Shelley became an idol of the next three or four generations of poets, including important Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite poets such as Robert Browning and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He was admired by Oscar Wilde, Thomas Hardy, George Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell, W. B. Yeats, Karl Marx, Upton Sinclair and Isadora Duncan.[3] Henry David Thoreau’s civil disobedience was apparently influenced by Shelley’s non-violence in protest and political action.

    Robert Smithson Died in Amarillo, Texas – July 20, 1973

    July 20th, 2014
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    “…the artist seeks…. the fiction that reality will sooner or later imitate.”
    Robert Smithson from “A Museum of Language in the Vicinity of Art,” 1968

    Robert Smithson homepage (simply fabulous)

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  • On July 20, 1973, Smithson died in a plane crash, while surveying sites for his work Amarillo Ramp in the vicinity of AmarilloOn July 20, 1973, Smithson died in a plane crash, while surveying sites for his work Amarillo Ramp in the vicinity of Amarillo, Texas. (via wiki)

    Nancy Holt his widow passed away last February.

  • Museum Hours by Jem Cohen – Art, Life & Mystery & Iris Murdoch

    July 14th, 2014
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    Rembrant Born: July 15, 1606

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    Museum Hours trailer on youtube.

    Old masters, sweet mystery – A.O Scott

    “Museum Hours,” Jem Cohen’s quietly amazing, sneakily sublime new film, is partly a reflection on such aesthetic puzzles. Shot on high-definition digital video and super-16-millimeter film in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the film lingers over great paintings by Rembrandt, Bruegel and other European masters, inviting us to contemplate the complex, half-obscured tales they might tell. In one scene, an art historian (Ela Piplits) tries to initiate a crowd of skeptical tourists into the mysteries of Bruegel’s “Conversion of St. Paul” (1567), and Mr. Cohen’s camera supports her arguments by finding details in the picture that might be easy to overlook.

    Jem Cohen directed the museum hours.

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    Iris Murdoch was born on 15 July 1919
    Walter Benjamin, Iris and Derrida (previous post)

    “Until the escape into art, then nature,
    the stories are dark, dark, dark.
    Parsifal with no Grail.
    Isolde with no Death.
    Papageno with no flute.”

    Summer Interlude – Iris and Derrida
    “Murdoch’s implicit philosophical position is austere, classical, rigorous: unromantic, and pessimistic. Not that pessimism precludes comedy: on the contrary, it is probably the basis of the comic spirit.

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    Viaggio In Italia

    On Kawara – His Last Day – July 10, 2014

    July 10th, 2014
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    On Kawara via artnet
    A giant of conceptual art dead at 81

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  • On Kawara wiki

  • He was life, blood, heart

    Alan Sondheim (via netBehavior)

    On July 8, 2014, Guggenheim announced On Kawara solo show for 2015 .

    Summer Fun – A Guide to Fun, Imaginative & Educational Sites For Kids

    July 4th, 2014
  • 1) Starfall camp (ABC, learn to read, stories including Greek, chinese myths etc)

  • Music animations – Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Scott Joplin, Offenbach and Tchaikovsky.

  • Quotations from Shakepeare – A horse! a horse! My Kingdom or a horse Starfall camp

  • 2) O r i s i n a l (game site).1aflashorisinal
    nice design, many games are soothing..
    Panda Run

    The Perious Voyage
    (Look out for Dragon!)

    Friends stick together.. (requires practices)

    Frog Hydrophobia

    These little pigs for 1 – 3 years old

    Fresh Egg

  • 3) Muffin films 1aMuffin_Films
    (Fun, fun, fun)
    Designed by Amy Winfrey.

  • 4) Boowa & Kwala (from Australia in English & French)
    Excellent site for kids..a must visit (many puzzles, stories.. totally delightful).

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    Their first gameSamorost is here..

    Amanita Design an imaginative game site by Czech team of designers.

  • 6) Poisson Rouge amazing game site from France. One site gives language lessons. The chinese site is excellent.

  • 7) Future Physics
    Grab a planet and play with it.

    By Rafael Rozendaal

    Stanley Spencer – Imaginative and Religious

    June 30th, 2014

  • (Sister Wendy.. so funny.. )

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    This is Spencer’s first self-portrait in oils. In its dark and rich colour harmonies and its strongly modelled form, the painting attempts to emulate the style of an Old Master painting. Spencer recalled that he was inspired to paint it in this manner after seeing a reproduction of a head of Christ by an Italian Renaissance artist called Luini. The portrait was painted in the front bedroom of Spencer’s family home, Fernlea, at Cookham, Berkshire. (via Tate)

    British Film Pathe - film of Stanley Spencer

  • Paintings – Slideshow

  • Laura Sims & Ann Beattie discussed David Markson + Markson & Gaddis

    June 28th, 2014
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    Beattie was asked about her falling in love Wittgenstein’s Mistress, and she responded:
    “I think more than just falling in love with it, or whatever, though—and I don’t mean to say this kept me removed from the book—but there was a kind of writerly awe that anybody would dare to be so uncompromising.”

    Copy of picturing ( In fact, she was one of the first people to read Wittgenstein’s Mistress before it was published, as it was being rejected left and right.)

    Laura Sims and Ann Beattie discussed David Markson at Strand (youtube)

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    Fare Forward

    In this first-ever book of letters by novelist David Markson—a quintessential “writer’s writer” whose work David Foster Wallace once lauded as “pretty much the high point of experimental fiction in this country”—readers will experience Markson at his wittiest and warmest. Poet Laura Sims shares her correspondence with him

    A postcard sent to me

    Letters from David Markson

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    Gaddis & Markson

  • William Gaddis painted 1987 by Julian Schnabel

    On page 107 Vanishing Point by David Markson

    Tardily realizing–qualms after all.
    Author would undeniably be distressed at the loss of
    Schnabel’s portrait of Willim Gaddis.

    Markson also wrote on the same page,

    Georg Trakl was a pharmacist.
    E.T. A Hoffman was a lawyer.
    Kate Smith could not read music.

    On page 106 Vanishing Point..

    E.E.Cummings died after chopping firewood

  • Ann Beattie – author of Chilly Scenes of Winter (youtube)