Seven Things to know about Spike Jonze’s “Her”

October 22nd, 2016
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    Installation by Jurgen Trautwein

  • 7 Things To Know About Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’

    1. “Her” is dedicated to the memories of actor James Gandolfini, author Maurice Sendak, cinematographer Harris Savides and musician-filmmaker Adam Yauch. (All four had worked with Jonze in some capacity over the last 20 years.)

    2. Two former “Saturday Night Live” cast members have their voices featured in “Her,” as does one of Jonze’s “Adaptation” co-stars. (These surprises are better left unspoiled without any further specifics.)

    3. Samantha Morton, who voiced Samantha during the film’s production and was replaced by Johansson after principal photography wrapped, is credited as an associate producer on the movie.

    “Every movie I’ve worked on takes a long time to find what it is, and that was part of the process of this movie finding what it was,” Jonze said when asked about the impetus behind the actress switch. “I’m hesitant to answer that question, because what Samantha brought to the movie by being with us on set was huge. What she gave me in the movie, and what she gave Joaquin in the movie, off camera, was huge. I think what Scarlett gave to the movie was also huge. I would rather leave it at that.”

    4. Chris Cooper, who was cut from the film altogether, is thanked in the end credits. So, too, are Catherine Keener, Nicole Holofcener, Bennett Miller and Steven Soderbergh, among others. As Mark Harris revealed in the recent New York Magazine cover story on “Her,” Jonze asked Soderbergh to put together his own cut of the film, though the final edit belonged to Jonze and his editors, Eric Zumbrunnen and Jeff Buchanan.

    5. “The Moon Song,” an original track that Karen O wrote for the film’s soundtrack, is sung onscreen by Johansson with backup from Phoenix. (Karen O’s version plays in the credits.)

    6. Jonze said he met with the design team behind The High Line, an elevated park on Manhattan’s West Side, to discuss the futuristic look of his film. He also revealed that he was inspired by the colors at Jamba Juice.

    7. Woody Allen was a big influence on the film’s script. “One of the movies I watched when I was writing [‘Her’] was ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ because that script is so incredibly written,” Jonze explained. “There’s a lot of talking about the idea of what the movie is about, but mostly the characters are plowing through the story, and taking you through the story, with their decisions. That was really inspiring.”

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    Happy birthday Spike Jonze

    Final Portrait – Geoffrey Rush as Giacometti, Directed by Stanley Tucchi

    October 9th, 2016
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    (Photo by Robert Doisneau)

    Interview (see photos of Giacometti by Brassai, Cartier Bresson, Rene Burri, Robert Doisneau, Irving Penn, Arnold Newman, Man Ray, and Gordon Parks.

    Beckett and Giacometti
    (repost – Beckett archive here)

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    Monica Vitti and Antonioni looking at Giacometti sculptures.

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    Geoffrey Rush to star in Stanley Tucci’s new film, ‘Final Portrait.

  • Jean Genet jeangenet by Giacometti

  • Robert Indiana – Imperial Love Installed in Berlin

    September 13th, 2016
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    Imperial Love installed at Berlin

    From Tuesday, 13 September 2016 – the artist’s birthday – visitors arriving at the entrance to the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin will be greeted by Robert Indiana’s large-scale sculpture, Imperial LOVE (1966/2006).

    Whitney (Beyond Love)

    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Love in Hebrew installed in Jerusalem Noguchi Garden (Previous post)

    See a better photo of Ahava

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall (Scottsdale, Arizona)

  • How Love nearly ruined Robert Indiana’s career (mental floss)

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    Happy birthday Robert Indiana! his wiki here

    East Meets West – Tseng Kwong Chi the Improbable Pilgrim

    September 10th, 2016
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    and Tseng Kwong Chi

    My mirrored glasses give
    the picture a neutral
    impact and a surrealistic
    quality I am looking for.
    I am an inquisitive traveler,
    a witness of my time, and
    an ambiguous ambassador.
    Tseng Kwong Chi

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  • Tseng and Herman Costa, Aids Memrorial (Photos of Eleven Good Men)
    Tseng was 39 when he died.

    See him at Grand Canyon

    His imagery was always the curious, blank Chinese tourist. I would say to Kwong that you don’t fool me, I know, I can sense protest when I see it… this blankness was the way in which this culture at large expected him, as an Asian man, to exist. So he became a kind of a cipher, a smooth surface that because it was so impenetrable, this persona, it reflected everything!

    Bill T. Jones

    [TSENG’s work is like] a cross between Ansel Adams and Cindy Sherman.

    Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

    Bernie Sanders & Burlington Snow – a Poem by Allen Ginsberg

    September 7th, 2016
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    See Allen Ginsberg’s Handwritten Poem For Bernie Sanders, “Burlington Snow” (1986)

    Ginsberg blog

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    Happy birthday Bernie Sanders!

    Photos via

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    via Andrew Bonheler
    See previous post on Bernie Sanders (Contempt for Voters, theater of cruelty, undemocratic primary of 2016.

  • Martin Buber. I and thou.

    “The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.”
    ― Martin Buber

    “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
    ― Martin Buber
    Sparrow Impromptu in Portland – Hilarious Falcon Flying from Bosnia to Syria – War and Peace Spring of 2016

    Casper David Friedrich – Chalk Cliffs on Rügen – His Recollection of the Artist’s Honeymoon

    September 5th, 2016
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    Chalk Cliffs on Rügen

    c. 1818
    Oil on canvas, 90,5 x 71 cm
    Oskar Reinhart Collection, Winterthur

    The painting was painted in recollection of the artist’s honeymoon.

    Caspar David Friedrich (5 September 1774 – 7 May 1840)


    One of the unexpectedly important things that art can do for us is teach us how to suffer. It can do so by evoking scenes that are dark, melancholy or painful, and that normalise and lend dignity to the suffering we may ourselves be experiencing in isolation and confusion. They reveal – with grandeur and technical skill – that grief belongs to the human condition.

    Caspar David Friedrich, a painter of sublime sadness, was born in 1774 in Greifswald, an ancient trading town in the far north of Germany, on the Baltic coast. It was a beautiful place in a severe, northern sort of way. As a child he loved the way the pinnacles, spires and towers of the town loomed up above the trees in the haze of very early summer mornings.

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    Trauerszene am Strand

    Matisse Stories by A.S. Byatt + Mark Rylance, K. Scott Thomas in Angels & Insects

    August 24th, 2016
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    Happy birthday A.S. Byatt

    Mark Rylance 1Angels&Insects and Kristin Scott Thomas in Angels and Insects

    See a trailer here (youtube)

  • THe Children’s Books (youtube)

  • Paris review – interview

    A.S. Byatt’s essay on Sigmar Polke

    Sigmar Polke
    Anyone Can Have Out-of-Body Experiences at Will 2002
    Mixed media on fabric, 302 X 403 cm
    Courtesy Michael Werner, New York and Cologne © Sigmar Polke

    Sausages and potatoes, fairytale images and the dots of newspaper photographs – Sigmar Polke explores modern reality through an extraordinary range of imagery. The novelist A.S. Byatt sings his praises

    Mary, Marcel, Man Ray, Chris Marker & Penn for Photography Day – 2016

    August 19th, 2016
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    photo by Man Ray.

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    See Jean Cocteau by Irving Penn and others by Penn.

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  • Chris Marker 1aChrisMarker2-660 and Alain Resnais
    (Click to see previous posts on Marker and Resnais)

  • 11 Things I Learned from the Hieronymus Bosch – by David Byrne

    August 9th, 2016

    11 Things I Learned from the Hieronymus Bosch – by David Byrne

    5. He was among the first to paint what he imagined
    Bosch was considered among the first to paint things that were wholly out of his imagination. Previously there were standard demons as described in the Bible and elsewhere, but his figures went beyond that. His landscapes were fictional, too—a conflation of traditional Dutch elements and imagined versions of somewhat spectacular Middle Eastern holy lands.

  • 7. Humanity is, for the most part, wretched

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    Hieronymus Bosch painted sheet music on man’s butt and now you can hear it.

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    Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights

    Previous post – Porcille and Earthly Delight

  • Hieronymus Bosch: The Wayfarer, circa 1500–1510
    Hieronymus Bosch: The Wayfarer, circa 1500–1510

    The Mystery of Hieronymus Bosch by Ingrid D. Rowland

  • Contempt for the Voters, Theater of Cruelty – Undemocratic Primary of 2016

    August 5th, 2016
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    via Andrew Bonheler

    Hillary Clinton didn’t win the Democratic Party nomination – she simply won the game of trickery, collusion and fraudulence that modern politics in this country has devolved into. And while Sanders’ bid to clean house ultimately failed, it opened the eyes of many millions of voters to show just how corrupted that system has become.


  • Uncounted (Youtube) Documentary of Corrupt California Primary includes proof of fraudulent voting machine counts.

    Joint studies from Netherlands and Stanford. Statistically impossible that Hillary won primaries.

  • And something else, congratulations Garry Trudeau. 1aDGarry

    Via Amy Goodman

    All You Fascists Bound To Lose, Woody Guthrie & Bound for Glory- Hal Ashby & David Carradine

    July 14th, 2016
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    Happy birthday Woody Guthrie!

    Robert Crumb (previous post Birthday bean effect)

    Woody Guthrie~ All You Fascists Bound To Lose (Youtube)

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    July 14 (also a birthday of Ingmar Bergman.. who cast David Carradine in Serpent’s Egg .. Carradine and Elliot Gould were the only 2 Americans to appear as lead actor in Bergman films)

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    Bound for Glory was directed by Hal Ashby

  • Dennis Oppenheim – Parallel Stress, Ten Minute Performance Piece

    July 10th, 2016
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    Dennis Oppenheim – Parallel Stress, ten minute performance piece, 1970

    Intended partly as a protest against the minimalist fixation on the essence of the object, this piece tested the capacity of the artist’s body to suspend itself from fingertips and toes between two masonry walls. The performance repeated the same position on the stomach in the notch between two gravel hills. Photographs were taken at the greatest stress position prior to collapse.


    Dennis Oppenheim An artist who moved heaven and earth

    From his Minimalist earthworks created in remote places in the 1960s to Pop-Surrealist public sculptures for urban settings in the 1990s and 2000s, Dennis Oppenheim was dedicated to the proposition that art should be open to the world rather than cloistered in galleries and museums. So it is appropriate that he should be this year’s featured artist at the Storm King Art Center in the Hudson Valley, where sculptures by Alexander Calder, Sol LeWitt, Louise Nevelson, Alice Aycock and scores of other artists dot the beautiful, 500-acre landscape of hills, fields and forest.

    Created an archive for Dennis Oppenheim.

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    Cones on Park Ave.