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Lorna Simpson – Her Art Eludes a Simple Meaning

April 19th, 2018
  • Paris Review:Lorna Simpson

    Daring as a Woman: An Interview with Lorna Simpson

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    Polka Dot and Bullet Holes #2, 2016

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  • See Poets

  • Hauser & Wirth (63 works)

  • Hauser & Wirth also represents Monika Sosnowska (Polish artist)

  • Miyagawa at MoMa – A Cinematographer for Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Ozu, Kon Ichikawa etc.

    April 15th, 2018
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    Yojimbo -( Kurosawa, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa )

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    Sansho Dayu (Kenji Mizoguchi, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa)

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    Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa)

    At MoMa calendar
    Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan’s
    Greatest Cinematographer
    Through April 29
    The Museum of Modern Art

    Kazuo Miyagawa (Japan Society)

    Born in Kyoto on 25 February 1908, he was introduced at the age of 12 to the art of Sumi-e, a style of ink wash painting in which the dilution of the ink and the mastery of the brush allows the artist to obtain every possible shade of grey. Miyagawa would later state that “it was my training in ink wash painting that really taught me how to see.”

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    Kenji Mizoguchi (on the chair), Miyagawa (behind) and actresses on the set of his film “Street of Shame (Akasen Chitai)

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    with Michio Kogure..from Sisters of Gion.

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    Miyagawa filmed Ayako Wakao in Ozu’s Floating Weed, Gion’s Sisters.

  • Floating Weeds Floating Weeds Yasujiro Ozu

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    Ozu Yasujiro and Kazuo Miyagawa

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    Another of Miyagawa’s masterful achievements was on Kon Ichikawa’s Tokyo Olympiad (1965), where he supervised 164 cameramen, who used 234 different lenses to capture the dramatic intensity of competition in extreme close-up.

    Tokyo Olympiad - Kon Ichikawa

    Loves of Milos Forman, RIP – From Prague to US & to the Moon

    April 14th, 2018
  • The Guardian obit

    Milos Forman the director who brought the spirit of Anti-Soviet Rebellion to Hollywood dies at age 86.

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    He appeared as an actor in French film “Beloved” directed by Christophe Honore with Catherine Deneuve and her daughter.

    All about Milos Forman (His fabulous homepage)

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  • A delightful documentary with amazing background stories.

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    Vaclav Havel was his friend.

  • Milan Kundera was his teacher at the academy. He was a Francophile. He made Milos to read The Dangerous Liasions which he adapted to a film called, “Valmont’ with Colin Firth and Annette Benning.

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    Goya’s Ghost – Milos was thinking of Iraq war.

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    Named his twins – Andy and Jim.

  • Google Mozart Morzart
    digital image by Fung Lin Hall
    Antonio Salieri

    1) Take this quiz..
    by Mikhail Simkin

    The audio clips below are either from Mozart or from Salieri.

    After listening to each clip choose the composer. Hit the Submit button when done. The quiz will be graded and you will see the correct answers.

    Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway – Set & Rewind The Conversation from the Past

    April 10th, 2018
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    April 11 1869 –
    birthday of Gustav Vigeland

    Visited here when I stayed in Oslo for 3 months.

  • Did Edward Munch hate Vigeland?

  • The wild conversation here about this park, thanks to Mark Z. (scroll down to see him resembling the Noble man painted by Velasquez)

    The Passing of an Innovative Jazz Pianist & Poet Cecil Taylor – RIP

    April 5th, 2018
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    Guardian obit – Cecil Taylor was 89. (Excellent coverage)


    Cecil Taylor: a visionary pianist
    who breathed fire and life into jazz -John Fordham.

    NYtimes obit

    Cecil Taylor (March 25, 1929-2018)

    was an American pianist and poet.[1][2] Classically trained, Taylor was generally acknowledged as one of the pioneers of free jazz. His music is characterized by an extremely energetic, physical approach, producing complex improvised sounds, frequently involving tone clusters and intricate polyrhythms. His piano technique has been likened to percussion, for example described as “eighty-eight tuned drums” (referring to the number of keys on a standard piano).[3] He has also been described as “like Art Tatum with contemporary-classical leanings”

  • Rhythm is the life of space of time danced through. – Cecil Taylor.

  • (Thx to Jeff O’Connell)

  • His music meant so much to me, the dancing on the keys, the huge chordings/speeds/oceanic, then pointillist, the intensity, the uncompromising musics…

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  • M. Duras & Tony Perkins were born on April 4 + Their film “This Angry Age”

    April 4th, 2018
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  • This Angry Age. (Directed by Rene Clement)

    It is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ 1950 novel, The Sea Wall. The film stars Anthony Perkins and Silvana Mangano.

    Full film This Angry Age

    Margruete Duras was born on April 4, 1914.
    Anthony Perkins was born on April 4, 1932.

  • Pain, Trauma and Finding Oneself Marguerite Duras a 15ans

    The Photo shows Marguerite Duras at 15 years. Sarraute, Duras, Truffaut, and Louise Bourgeois are four French geniuses whose childhoods are well documented. Exploring the links between childhood experiences and the later emergence of creative genius are some of the following:
    Marguerite Duras In Sa Dec, Vietnam is the setting for Duras’s autobiographical novel Lovers.

  • See M. Duras with Delphine Seyrig here.

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    M Duras and Jeanne Moreau.

    Duras here. Duras

    (Photo by Hélène Bamberger)

  • Life is Elsewhere – Easter Sunday is April Fool’s Day in 2018

    March 31st, 2018
  • Milan Kundera was born on April 1. (His first novel was called The Joke.)

    Life is Elsewhere Praha Man Photo collage by Fung Lin Hall.
    The above image is a photo collage of an outdoor art installation from a street near Malostranska station in Prague. The statue of Sigmund Freud hanging by one hand by David Cerny – Czech Sculptor. *
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    Philip Kaufman saw Miss Julie on stage and cast Lena Olin in The Unbearable Lightness of Being for his adaptation of Milan Kundera’s most popular novel.
    Daniel Day Lewis and Lena Olin

  • Easter Sunday – 2018

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    The Rabbit knows how to relax.

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  • Arizona Tales

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    The Good, The Bad and The Rabbit

  • Rabbit by Henri Rousseau, Durer and others here.

  • George Clooney Customized by Yayoi Kusama + Foto of Yayoi & Joseph Cornell

    March 22nd, 2018
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    Yayoi Kusama with one of her Infinity Net paintings in New York, c. 1961 (repost)

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    George Clooney was customized by Yayoi Kusama

    Photographed by Emma Summerton, Clooney is decked out in a Giorgio Armani suit, shirt, bow tie, and shoes that are all customized by the artist Yayoi Kusama. According to the accompanying W article, the Japanese artist admitted to not being familiar with who the Hollywood star was.. (2013 – old news)

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    Kusama and Joseph Cornell New York 1971

    In 1972, American assemblage and collage artist Joseph Cornell died. Twenty-six years her senior, Cornell had been Kusama’s closest friend. New York was by this time home to a community of Japanese artists, but Kusama had avoided the associations many of her compatriots formed with groups such as the anti-art happening bunch in the neo-Dada group Fluxus.
    “I had gone to New York to be independent,” she says, “Not to join a group.”
    Cornell’s death left Kusama dangerously isolated, and her mental condition began to deteriorate. She experienced frequent hallucinations and bouts of severe depression and developed heart problems. Heeding her parents entreatments, Kusama returned to Japan. Her father died two years later, and despite out-patient psychiatric treatment, Kusama’s anxiety neurosis was now unmanageable. In 1977 she entered the psychiatric institution.
    Kusama has lived in the same hospital for over 20 years. There is no furniture, save a bed. Her 12 square-meter room has a big, French-style bay window that looks out onto a small garden. Kusama sometimes watches people playing tennis in a court that lies behind the garden.
    Every morning after breakfast, Kusama walks five minutes up Gaien Higashi street to her studio to paint. She walks back to the room for lunch, then returns to her studio and works through the afternoon. Kusama takes her dinner at the hospital before retiring each evening.
    “It’s very comfortable, very private” says Kusama, “And very simple, I like it.”

    Yayoi Kusama loves pumpkins and polka dots

    The Horror of Tulips, Zizek has the Answer + Peter Brook, The Remarkable Man is 93

    March 21st, 2018
  • Happy birthday S. Zizek March 21 1949

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    Scroll down – Sophie Fiennes (sister of Ralph Fiennes directed Zizek.)

  • The Duty of Philosophy? Zizek has the answer.

  • Peter Brook is 93 –

    Peter Brook’s Filmography

    1953, The Beggar’s Opera
    1960, Moderato Cantabile (UK title Seven Days… Seven Nights)
    1963, Lord of the Flies
    1967, Ride of the Valkyrie
    1967, Marat/Sade
    1968, Tell Me Lies
    1971, King Lear
    1979, Meetings with Remarkable Men
    1979, Mesure pour mesure
    1982, La Cerisaie
    1983, La Tragédie de Carmen
    1989, The Mahabharata
    2002, The Tragedy of Hamlet (TV)

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    Jeanne Moreau and Jean Paul Belmondo in Moderate Cantabile directed by Peter Brook, an adaptation of a story by Marguerite Duras.

    See “on the bench” from Moderate Cantabile (youtube)

    Dorothy Cross, an Irish artist exploring Memory and Cultural Identity

    March 17th, 2018
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    Kerlin Gallery is showing Dorothy Cross

    Dorothy Cross (wiki)

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    Dorothy Cross studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, among others, from 1980 to 1982, before eventually choosing to return to Ireland, in Dublin then Connemara. Since the mid-80s her work has included sculpture, photography, video, and installations. She reappropriates the locations and materials she uses to make new metaphorical associations that sound out today’s sexual and religious behaviours, habits and identity constructions. She utilises the animal realm (sharks, jellyfish, cows, crabs, birds, snakes) to question male and female stereotypes and the notions of power, dependence, and fertility. The Udder series (a phonetic play on the word other), created between 1990 and 1994, most notably includes the pieces Virgin Shroud (1993), inspired by her mother’s wedding dress, and Saddle (1993). Her experience working at an electric plant for a few years resulted in a series of object/environments, which she explored through photography: the “residues”, which include Control Room, Dresser, and Parthenon, were presented at the Powerhouse exhibition in 1991. She also represented Ireland at the 1993 Venice Biennale.

    Happy St Patrick’s day!

    Happy St Patrick’s Day

    March 16th, 2018
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    Seamus Heaney ( Putting Feelings into Words)


  • Photo of Samuel Beckett by Steve Schapiro

    Beckett was asked by a reporter how a small country like Ireland could have produced so many great writers since the last half of the nineteenth century.

    “It’s the priests and the British, Beckett replied tersely. “They have buggered us into existence. After all, when you are in the last bloody ditch, there is nothing left but to sing.” (Page 282, A biography of Samuel Beckett by Deirdre Bair.)

    Samuel Beckett Archive

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    (Kitch invades the sacred land or Our Lady of the Desert)

    Happy St Patick’s Day (See Frank McCourt and other Irish luminaries)

  • High Hopes in Ireland (see Irish art here)

    The wind that shakes the Barley

  • Hubert de Givenchy Dies at 91 – Elegance & Simplicity, Creative Partnership with Audrey Hepburn .

    March 12th, 2018
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  • NYtimes obit

  • See Audrey and Cary Grant in Charade here.

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