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The Plague Year – T. S Rollins & Kids + Claude Cahun

June 8th, 2020
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    The Plague Year
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    Tim Rollins with Kids (Tim Rollins RIP -2017)

    Through his more than three decades working with the collective KOS (Kids of Survival), Rollins developed a unique model for art as collaboration, activism, and pedagogy.

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    Claude Cahun Identity Performance

  • RIP Chrsito is now with Jeanne-Claude

    May 31st, 2020
  • Artnet obit

    Christo, Jeanne Claude Home page

    Christo… he lost his partner a few years ago.. Jeanne Claude they were both born on June 13.. they were like twins. When they wrapped the islands in Biscayne Bay Miami.. I lived in Miami Beach .. my house was on the waterfront.. saw this installation.. also sailed around the islands.

    Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff walks on his monumental installation “The Floating Piers” he created with late Jeanne-Claude, on June 16, 2016 during a press preview at the lake Iseo, northern Italy. Some 200,000 floating cubes create a 3-kilometers runway connecting the village of Sulzano to the small island of Monte Isola on the Iseo Lake for a 16-day outdoor installation opening on June 18. / AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION – TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

    See Reichstag Berlin II Wrapped, 1990–2000

  • Adam Frelin

    Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude have always been outsized influences on my art, even from the beginning. When I was lucky enough to be part of the team that was awarded a Bloomberg grant a few years ago for Breathing Lights, I was asked what artist I wanted to meet with about the project. I said Christo. Instead I got to meet with Maya Lin (not a bad second choice). I own all of their films and most of their books, and have studied them endlessly. Along with their immense impact on environmental art, I have also thought they they have never been properly recognized as the grandparents of social practice art. Their importance in my life cannot be underestimated. I so hope that their L’Arc de Triomphe project, which after initially being proposed 50 (!) years ago just received approval this year, will still move forward.
    You were two of the good ones. Thank you, and goodbye.

  • May 31 2020 – Christo passed away. RIP.. photo collage by Fung-Lin Hall

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Thursday, June 13, 2013

  • Masks & Social Distancing Surreal Art Selection

    May 25th, 2020
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    Newsha Tavolian (artist from Tehran)

    Lee and Penck

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    (James Lee Byers and Penck holding hands with the wood statue)


  • Christ Returns.

    Paolo Gioli

  • MalalaiMalalai is one of the only police women in Kandahar. Unlike other women in the region, Malalai works alongside…

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2012

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    RIP Susan Rothenberg – (Life of Painting & Bruce Nauman)

    May 19th, 2020

  • Susan Rothenberg Art News Obit

    Susan Rothenberg, Trailblazing Painter with a Taste for the Understated and Indefinable, Is Dead at 75

  • Susan Rothenberg- Pontiac

  • Studio visit to Susan and Bruce Nauman

  • President Obama meets with national security aides John Brennan, foreground, and Denis McDonough in front of a painting titled Butterfly by Susan Rothenberg

  • Photos of Michiko Kon – Mistress of the Dark

    May 11th, 2020
  • Surreal photos by Michiko Kon

  • More photos (Pinterest)


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    Japan Times -Arts, Mistress of the dark

    Some of Kon’s recent work has been created in Mexico and it’s not difficult to see a correspondence between their macabre festivity and the visual traditions of the Day of the Dead festivities. In a pointed departure from her usual depiction of imaginary and/or inanimate, objects, Kon appears in a self-portrait with her face made up as a skull. She cradles a doll in her lap with one hand, while holding on to the brim of her sombrero with the other, as though it might blow away in the wind. It’s an odd mix of poised calculation and kitschy tourist snapshot that doesn’t fit comfortably with the main body of her work.

    RIP Germano Celant – Art Historian, Critic, Champion of Art Povera

    April 30th, 2020
  • Art Net obit

    Germano Celant (1940-2020) ArtForum


  • Art or Sound, curated by Germano Celant

  • Germano Celant, the towering Italian critic, curator, and art historian whose wide-ranging writing, exhibition-making, and scholarship altered the trajectory of contemporary art and made him a leading voice in the field, has died in Milan at eighty years old due to complications from Covid-19. The author of hundreds of books, essays, and articles that coincided with as many large-scale shows, Celant is most closely affiliated with Arte Povera, a term he coined in 1967 for the association of avant-garde artists who made meaning from mundane materials and challenged art’s symbolic function, formal conventions, and commodity status in postwar Italian culture. (

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    Jannis Kounellis Art Povera

    Joel Peter Witkin

    Dennis Oppenheim
    Published by Germano Celant

    RIP Zarina – An Independent Artist from India

    April 27th, 2020
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    Zarina Hashmi, known professionally by her first name only, was an Indian artist living and working in the USA. Her work spanned drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Associated with the Minimalist movement, her work utilized abstract and geometric forms in order to invoke a spiritual reaction from the viewer. (via wiki)

  • A Fiercely Independent Woman Artist (The Hindu )

    Zarina’s works on paper, in print and collage, and her sculptures, made from paper pulp or metal, found homes in prominent museum collections.

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    A Poem “Corona” by Paul Celan

    April 21st, 2020
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    Roony Mara in “Carol” here.

  • Why I Recite the Same Paul Celan Poem to All My Dates

    Paul Celan reads Corona (Youtube)

  • Corona

    Autumn nibbles its leaf from my hand.
    We are friends.

    We shell time from the nuts and teach them to walk.
    Time returns into its shell.

    In the mirror is Sunday.
    In dreams come sleeping–
    the mouth speaks true.

    My eye moves down to my lover’s loins.
    We gaze at each other and we speak dark things.

    We love one another like poppy, like memory
    we slumber like wine in the sea shells
    like the sea in the moon’s blood jet.

    One heart beat for unrest.

    We stand at the window embracing.
    People watch us from the street.
    It is time people knew. It is time
    the stone consented to bloom.

    It is time it came time.
    It is time.

    The first time I read “Corona,” I perceived Celan’s hope, urgency and romance. I had never memorized a poem before and it occurred to me, after that first read, that his was a poem for committing to memory. Also, I had some time on my hands: I was on hiatus from my waitressing job because I had to temporarily wear an eye-patch.

    “Corona” is an outlier within Celan’s poetry. This poem is quite different from his defining works like “Death Fugue”—“he looses his hounds on us and grants us a grave in the air”—or “Ashglory”—“the drowned rutterblade / deep / in the petrified oath.” If you’re not familiar, Celan’s poetry is pretty dark. Celan’s writing contains explicit ties to the trauma of World War II; he spent his early twenties being forced to burn Russian literature in Bukovia and was later imprisoned in a Romanian labor camp. He was separated from his parents, who were sent to a separate camp, and was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust. He would allude to this survivor’s guilt in the thousands of letters and poems he wrote over the course of his life until, at the age of 49, he died by suicide.

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    Previous Post (see a video of him reciting Todesfuge.. powerful & moving)

  • RIP Peter Beard, & Portraits by Francis Bacon

    April 19th, 2020
  • Missing Photographer Peter Beard Found Dead in Forest

  • Francis Bacon/Peter Beard

    Bacon first met the American artist, photographer, diarist and writer, Peter Beard (born 1938) at the Clermont Club in London in 1965. The occasion was the launch of Beard’s book on wildlife in Africa, The End of the Game, which documented the massive die-off of over 35,000 elephants in Tsavo National Park from the destructive impact of overcrowding, a theme Beard revisits often in his artistic work. Beard’s images impressed Bacon who particularly admired his aerial photographs of dead elephants. They became friends and Bacon painted nine major portraits of Beard. From their first meeting in 1965, Bacon and Beard appear to have developed a close friendship.

    RIP Peter Beard (Homepage)

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    RIP Helène Aylon – Ecofeminist, Anti-nuclear Art

    April 7th, 2020

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  • Artnews obit

  • Helène Aylon was an American multimedia and ecofeminist artist.[1][2] Her work can be divided into three phases: process art (1970s), anti-nuclear art (1980s), and The G-d Project (1990s and early 2000s), a feminist commentary on the Hebrew Bible and other established traditions. In 2012 Aylon published Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist.

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    Earth Ambulance, Helene Aylon, Creative Time, 1992.

    Eco-art

    The original 1982 “ambulance” was a truck painted to resemble an ambulance. A key element of the mobile performance are hundreds of common pillowcases carried by the Earth Ambulance, donated by participants, representing the “nightmares” people experience about the potential for nuclear obliteration of life on earth. Some pillow cases have been inscribed with messages, others filled with earth dug close to missile launch sites and from Native American reservations frequently used either as nuclear test sites, or for uranium mining and processing. Still others are blank, representing the unknown future.

    In the 1992 exhibition under the Brooklyn Bridge, a selection of these pillowcases were strung from the bridge girders above the parked “ambulance.”

    The ambulance also has been a focal point for mass demonstrations.

    Take a Contemporary Art Trip with Nina Beier

    March 30th, 2020
  • Nina Beier – Metro Pictures

    Croy Nielsen Showing Nina Beier

    Standard Oslo, Nina Beier Works

  • (Thanks to Marlene Sharoff)

    Nina Beier

    Posted by Marlene Sarroff on Monday, March 30, 2020

    ARTIST: Nina Beier, “Empire” 2019
    Nina Beier tackles some messy copies and creates some others herself. Pieces of collectable porcelain dinnerware inhabit birdcages that imitate man-made architecture. Installed on the gallery’s parquet flooring, the antique china doesn’t seem out of place in this formerly domestic space. Each hand-painted plate or vessel belongs to a series called Empire that was produced by Royal Copenhagen. Porcelain ceramics imported from China became coveted status symbols in Europe as early as the 14th century. They were quickly and widely copied, yet European craftspeople couldn’t match the quality of Chinese exports for another nearly 400 years.

    By placing things into an uneasy state of cohabitation, Beier causes them to become more honestly themselves – as if an exhibition could also be group therapy for wayward commodities. Whether this is the case for the art dealer surrounded by paintings of himself is harder to say, but the short circuiting of the dynamic between a gallerist and the works they exhibit reveals something interesting about the machinations of art.
    Excerpt: – Patrick Armstrong

    RIP Maurice Berger, Critic, Curator & Author of White Lies

    March 24th, 2020
  • Critic, Curator Maurice Berger(Artnet)

    Art Critic and Curator Maurice Berger, Whose Prescient Work Addressed Representations of Race, Has Died of COVID-19 at Age 63
    The influential writer was the author of books including ‘White Lies’ and ‘For All the World to See.’

    Maurice Berger poses in the “For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” exhibit in the National Museum of African American History and Culture Gallery of the Smithsonian’s American History Museum July 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The traveling exhibit, which focuses on the power of visual media, is on display to November 27 and is organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland and the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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