Happy Chinese Lunar New Year of the Fire Monkey – 2016

February 6th, 2016
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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Goodbye the Year of Goat or Sheep 2015

    Happy Chinese Lunar new year of the fire Monkey, 2016

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    Frida Kahlo with her pet Fulang Chang

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  • The Meeting of Thomas Merton and D.T. Suzuki + Loui Loui Played Bongo

    January 31st, 2016
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  • “I sat with Suzuki on the sofa and we talked of all kinds of things to do with Zen and with life … For once in a long time I felt as if I had spent a few moments with my own family.” (Dancing in the Water of Life, pp. 116-117)

    “One had to meet this man in order to fully appreciate him. He seemed to me to embody all the indefinable qualities of the “Superior Man” of the ancient Asian, Taoist, Confucian, and Buddhist traditions. Or, rather in meeting him one seemed to meet that “True Man of No Title”, that Chuang Tzu and Zen Masters speak of. And of course this is the man one really wants to meet. Who else is there? In meeting Dr. Suzuki and drinking a cup of tea with him I felt I had met this one man. It was like finally arriving at one’s own home.” (Zen and the Birds of Appetite, p. 61)


  • Thomas Merton met D.T. Suzuki in NYC in 1964

    “Without contact with living examples, we soon get lost or give out …. He really understands what interior simplicity is all about and really lives it. This is the important thing.” (Letter to Anglican priest, Fr. Aelred, Dec. 8, 1964, The School of Charity, p. 254)

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    Happy birthday louie louie. He is a good photographer

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    A Short life of Porfirio DiDonna – -The Mystery he found in Painting

    January 27th, 2016
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    Porfirio DiDonna

    Porfirio DiDibba was born on 11 April 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. He died in Brooklyn on 26 August 1986 at the age of 44.


    He would spend years trying to understand his commitment to art. He had studied piano since he was young and noted how painting could be like music in its phrasing and harmonics. Also, painting was much like his mother’s religious devotion, awakening feelings of awe and trust that he could not experience elsewhere.

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    See more here.

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    See more (via)

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  • Painters Table (Brooklyn Rail)

  • Leila Alaoui – the Photographer was killed by Jihadists – (10 July 1982-18 January 2016)

    January 22nd, 2016
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    Photo by Leila Alaoui

    Leila’s homepage – see her works.

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    Leila Alaoui,photographer, born 10 July 1982; died 18 January 2016

    Alaoui was in Ouagadougou to work on a photography project for a women’s rights campaign called My Body My Rights for Amnesty International.

    The Artist who was killed by jihadists and what she was trying to tell the world.

    Family and colleagues pay tribute to a talented young photographer, shot dead by four heavily-armed thugs in an al-Qaeda attack on a popular café in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    The Moroccans

    See a photo from Lebanon November 2013

    R.I.P Franco Citti & Ettore Scole + Vittorio Gassman in La Famiglia & We All Love Each Other so much

    January 21st, 2016
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    Franco Citti

    Franco Citti dies at 80 .

    Citti, known internationally for his role as Calò in Francis Ford Coppola’s the Godfather I and III and as the face of films by director Pier Paolo Pasolini, came to fame at the age of 26 playing the title role in Pasolini’s 1961 Accattone. He continued to work with the legendary director throughout the 60s and 70s, appearing in films such as Mamma Roma, Edipo Re, Pigsty and The Decameron.

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    Ettore Scole dies at 84

    the family in French

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    We all love each other so much

    Parallax view

    Ettore Scola, Italian Film Director of Satire and Farce, Dies at 84

    The closest any of his films came to being autobiographical was “The Family” (1987), which instructs moviegoers in 80 years of European history from the vantage point of an apartment that housed five generations of a clan whose story is recounted by a retired professor, its last patriarch.

    “It was like a big tribe composed of people who didn’t really know each other very well but respected the rules that bound them together,” Mr. Scola recalled of his own family. “The house was like a place filled with mirrors but no windows — you looked at each other but not at the world outside.”

    Letter from Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse + Mel Bochner’s Portrait of Eva Hesse

    January 11th, 2016
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    Eva Hesse Untitled 1966

    Letter From Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse

    While Hesse was living with her husband in Germany, Sol LeWitt nourished and encouraged Eva during her days of artistic isolation They corresponded daily. He was her friend and a mentor.

    Sol Lewitt (previous post)

    Eva Hesse (born on January 11, 1936, Hamburg, Germany)


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    Mel Bochner, Portrait of Eva Hesse, 1966.

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    Josef Albers and Eva Hesse

    Tate:Albers and Hesse – Imperatives of Teaching

    Eva Hesse had little praise for her Yale education and Albers seemed aware of this. Upon her death he sent a photograph of himself with Hesse (fig.8) to the Fischbach Gallery asking if her heirs might want to have a picture ‘showing her with me as her painting teacher … despite [my emphasis] my being in it.’16 Although she was among Albers’s favourite pupils, Hesse disliked him in so much as his views were not in keeping with her then expressionist painting technique and by extension, for what she perceived as the restrictiveness of his approach. Upon hearing a lecture by her teacher she wrote in her diary: ‘He is terribly limited but really maintains one point of view throughout. This is a paradoxically strong and weak attribute and shortcoming.’17 Many scholars and critics have addressed Hesse’s stated frustration with Yale University and Albers as part of diverse arguments about the artist, her work, and Modernism.18 Yet Linda Norden is one of few who has discussed Hesse’s formal education in depth and to my knowledge no one has written extensively about how (in a pedagogic sense) she was trained.19 Hesse’s work is intriguing because she studied with Albers, who along with Moholy-Nagy was largely responsible for the dissemination of Bauhaus-indebted teaching ideas in the United States – ideas to which Hesse likely had been exposed prior to her studies with the former Bauhaus master directly.

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    The Passing of a Modernist Maverick, Pierre Boulez – (26 March 1925 – 5 January 2016)

    January 7th, 2016
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    Revolutionary by nature (Obit from Philly)

    “I write what I think is for me necessary to write,” Pierre Boulez said in 2008. The conductor and composer died at his home in Germany on Tuesday at 90.

    LA Times. (Obit)

    Pierre Boulez, a radical titan of contemporary music, dies at 90

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    In his early career, Boulez played a key role in the development of integral serialism, controlled chance and electronic music. This, coupled with his highly polemical views on the evolution of music, gained him the reputation as an enfant terrible

    Previous post (see Boulez as Mona Lisa)
    Last March Pierre Boulez celebrated his 90th birthday.

  • Francis Poulenc..Born on 7 January 1899, half monk half delinquent..
    The composer is largely self-taught and eccentric. Francis Poulenc -“(Previous post)

  • Jean Pierre Rampal also was born on Jan 7. (Bach – youtube)

  • Painting Exhibitions of Alan Ebnother and Henry Chapman

    January 4th, 2016
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    Alan Ebnother..

    George Lawson

    January 6 – February 20, 2016
    Reception: January 9, 4 – 6pm
    Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:30-5:30

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    Alan Tired –
    See Time Lapse

    Sushi – Green Tea and Alan Ebnother

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    See Henry Chapman (Portfolio)

    See more paintings from 2014

    Looking back 2015 Art & Culture – Going forward to 2016

    January 1st, 2016
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    Above photo by the late Mary Ellen Mark..

    Happy new year 2016!

  • In Memoriam 2015

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    Chris Burden

    R.I.P Chantal Akerman

    Manoel de Oliveira dies at 106

    R.I.P Miklos Jancso (Hungarian filmmaker)

    Francesco Rosi (Italian neo realist) dies at 92.

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    Jaffrey and Akiyuki Nosaka

    OLiver Sacks and Julian Bond

  • Louis Jourdan

    Karl Pribram.

    Frei Otto


    Ornette Coleman

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    Scott Burton – A Sculptor who challenged Elitism; his work fused art & life

    December 29th, 2015
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    Burton died of complications due to AIDS on December 29, 1989, at Cabrini Medical Center in New York City.
    See Aids Memorial on FB here.

    Roberta Smith (obit)

    Mr. Burton, a small, wiry man known for his erudition, verbal precision and explosive laugh, worked as a critic and an editor for Art News and Art in America before becoming a full-time artist.

    He was inspired by tensile chairs and tables of Rietveld, the Dutch De Stijl designer who, like Piet Mondrian, specialized in simple geometries and primary colors. Further inspiration came from the round stone table and stools that Constantin Brancusi created as a memorial for the fallen of World War I in Tirgu Jiu, Rumania. But he also took ideas from Art Deco designs, the common American lawn chair, as well as rustic or Adirondack furniture made from bark-covered tree trunks and branches.

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    Scott Burton

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    His wide-ranging body of writing, which often champions positions thought to be antagonistic and advocates for underdogs, is united by a strong and consistent underlying philosophy—his belief that art should be accessible, personal, and affective, that it should challenge the elitism, exclusivity, and hierarchies that plague the art world in favor of producing subjective and eclectic emotional responses and direct connections with viewers. He sought to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, placing emphasis on temporal and performative works because they are subject to the same mortal span as the viewer and deny the impossible permanence of the object.


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    Cherry, Mahogany and Scott Burton


    Chorus of Chairs..

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    Hannah Weiner, Scott Burton, Anne Waldman, Vito Acconi, Bernadette Mayer, Eduardo Costa and John Perreault, NYC, 1969


  • The Passing of an Observant, Exploratory & Deeply Personal Artist Ellsworth Kelly

    December 27th, 2015
  • Ellsworth Kelly died at 92.

    Mr. Kelly was a true original, forging his art equally from the observational exactitude he gained as a youthful bird-watching enthusiast; from skills he developed as a designer of camouflage patterns while in the Army; and from exercises in automatic drawing he picked up from European surrealism. Although his knowledge of, and love for, art history was profound, he was little affected by the contemporary art of his time and country. He was living in France during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism in New York and only distantly aware of art in the United States. When he returned to America in 1954, he settled on what was then an out-of-the-way section of Manhattan for art, the Financial District, and had little interaction with many of his contemporaries. The result was a deeply personal and exploratory art, one that subscribed to no ready orthodoxies, and that opened up wide the possibilities of abstraction for his own generation and those to come.

  • Nature Means Everything. – Ellsworth Kelly. (preivous post- see more here.)


    Via Gemini

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    Ellsworth Kelly’s chair. (via Pascal Blanchard)

  • Ellsworth Kelly’s seamless monochromatic abstractions are derived from real-life observations and replicate the shapes, shadows and other visual sensations experienced in the surrounding world. The line, form and color of the works elicit a physical and instinctive impact.

    “Making art has first of all to do with honesty. My first lesson was to see objectively, to erase all ‘meaning’ of the thing seen. Then only, could the real meaning of it be understood and felt”.



    Richard Artschwager, Protean and Enigmatic – Part II

    December 26th, 2015
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    Photo by Ben Blackwell

    Richard Artschwager - Protean and Engimatic (previous post)

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    Political Portraits

  • Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari discussing Richard Artschwager.

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    Chair/Chair, 1987/90
    Oak, burl wood and cowhide
    (this one is actually for sitting + sold for $55k at Phillips de Pury)

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