“…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)
Robert Smithson by Alice Neel
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.
The awkward squad Ken Loach and Eric Cantona looked like a mismatch, until they worked together and it turned out they’re soul brothers – uncompromising and intense. So how come the result is Loach’s most light-hearted movie in years? Simon Hattenstone talks to them both
Happy birthday Ken Loach born on July 17. (his new film is called Jimmy’s House.)
Cantona & Assange working out togeher..
These Pro Athletes Gave Up Sports For Reasons You’d Never Believe
Eric Cantana, Borg, Pat Tillman were dicussed..
See Blue White – Tube - Soothing Soccor video art
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.
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.
See Ingrid Bergman at the museum, looking at the sculpture.
Viaggio In Italia
Marcel Proust by Nadar (Click to see large)
He was born 143 years ago on July 10, 1871.
On ne guérit d’une souffrance qu’à condition de l’éprouver pleinement.
We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
Celeste, La Captive and Proust Questionnaire
Alan Bates page on Proust (Janet McTeer played Celeste.)
Proust was, of course, a forceful personality. He utilized everything at his disposal to climb up the social ladder, and then to escape from it in order to hide and write. To move up in society, he had tremendous charm, effusive and extraordinary correspondence, great wit, and the psychological control that the physically weak can exert on those prone to guilt or compassion. Later in his life, when he knew he must withdraw from the vacuous life of the Fauburg St. Germaine in order to accomplish anything, he used his health to absent himself without alienating the hostesses who had brought him into it.
From his chart via Proust said that
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
The Perious Voyage
(Look out for Dragon!)
Friends stick together.. (requires practices)
These little pigs for 1 – 3 years old
3) Muffin 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).
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.
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.)
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
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)
Jennifer Wynne Reeves
Jennifer Wynne Reeves
(click to see large)
Two coates of paint
A Prayer for the art world.
Sad news: gifted painter Jennifer Wynne Reeves died yesterday at 51 after a relentless onslaught of tumors in her brain. Represented by BravinLee Programs, Reeves posted this prayer to the art world on her Facebook page in April.
R.I.P Charles Barsotti
Charles Barsotti, New Yorker artist was master cartoonist a true original and a nice guy to boot.
After Reading Tu Fu, I Go Outside to the Dwarf Orchard
East of me, west of me, full summer.
How deeper than elsewhere the dusk is in your own yard.
Birds fly back and forth across the lawn
looking for home
As night drifts up like a little boat.
Day after day, I become of less use to myself.
Like this mockingbird,
I flit from one thing to the next.
What do I have to look forward to at fifty-four?
Tomorrow is dark.
Day-after-tomorrow is darker still.
The sky dogs are whimpering.
Fireflies are dragging the hush of evening
up from the damp grass.
Into the world’s tumult, into the chaos of every day,
Go quietly, quietly.
Charles Wright named American Poet Laureate..