RIP Peter Bogdanovich – We All Laughed, Now What??

January 6th, 2022

  • (Audrey Hepburn & Peter Bogdanovich )

    Peter Bogdanovich A Loving Cineaste and Fearless genius of Cinema (Peter Bradshaw)

    • “We All Laughed” and “Saint Jack”(Ben Gazzara was directed by Peter Bogdanovich)

      Peter Bogdanovich on John Cassavates

    • The Thing Called Love – River Phoenix

    • What are you doing? “Driving”

    • Ben Kingsley in “Daliland”, Ben Whishaw in “Surge” – Goodbye 2021 – Happy New Year!

      December 31st, 2021

    • (Mary Harron directed the Daliland)

      Ben Kingsley as Salvador Dali – Daliland

      Oscar winner Ben Kinglsey is no stranger to inhabiting larger-than-life characters. From Gandhi to Schindler’s List and Sexy Beast, the actor’s career has spanned a wide variety of roles with presence and gravitas. Despite his comfort with such parts, Kingsley says that approaching the enigmatic and iconic Salvador Dalí in Mary Harron’s Daliland – the story of the artist’s strange and fascinating marriage to his tyrannical wife Gala (played by Barbara Sukowa) – was still a “daunting task”.
      “He was exhausting and exhilarating to portray,” comments Kingsley in his first interview since wrapping the movie. “Dali’s cup overflows. I had to give myself the opportunity to take risks. Dali encouraged me to take risks. That could have been catastrophic, but it could also pay off. If I’m in Dali’s silhouette, then I must allow myself to take certain risks. His artwork, writing and public appearances were one risk after another. He was not a character that one could portray carefully.”

      Ben Kingsley can play just about any ethnicity (see photos here)
      (Happy birthday Sir Ben Kingsley)

    • Ben Whishaw was terrific in ‘Surge”, a film he made with his friend. (Kanopy was streaming).

    • The Passing of Our Wise Seer, Joan Didion

      December 23rd, 2021
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      Joan Didion Documentary shows the warmer side of a cool Icon

    • (See a full film on youtube)

      (Directed by Frank Perry, starring Tuesday Weld and Anthny Perkins, Play as it lays, written by Joan Didion)

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      New Yorker –

    • The Center will not hold

      Photo by Annie Leibovitz

    • Joan Didion wrote the White Album (previous post)

      “We tell ourselves stories in order to live” is the first sentence of this collection of essays written by Joan Didion.
      “The White Album” includes her essays on Doris Lessing and Georgia O’Keefe.
      That would translate sere su testigo, and will not appear in your travelers’ phrasebook because it is not a useful phrase for the prudent traveler.’ Another beginning sentences from her novel “A Book of Common Prayer”.

    • Joan is the wise seer with a fragile exterior and migraine headaches and Harrison Ford built this deck at Joan Didion’s home’

      Remembering Joan Didion: ‘Her ability to operate outside of herself was unparalleled’

    • Paris Review interview

    • Cooler than “All About Eve”, Eve Babitz – (1943-2021)

      December 23rd, 2021
    • Eve Babitz (1943-2021) was the author of several books of fiction, including Sex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for a Good Time, L.A. Woman.

      ( Eve Babitz, pictured in Ed Ruscha’s “Five 1965 Girlfriends,” from 1970.)
      (Photograph by Julian Wasser / Courtesy of Ed Ruscha)

      Ed and Paul Ruscha on Eve Babitz Death

      HDP: Do you think that she had any influence on you in terms of the evolution of your own art?

      Ed Ruscha: Oh, I guess I’m influenced by everything. There’s nothing that crosses my path that doesn’t influence me in some way or other. Even if I reject it, I’m influenced by it. And, so, sure. I mean, she was a strong figure and I think everybody respected her. All the artists respected her, and and we were curious about her because she was a hot number. She did well with it, you know. (laughs)

    • Eve Babitz on the time She played Chess Nude with Marcel Duchamp

      The only trouble was, I had been taking birth control pills for the first and only time in my life, and not only had I puffed up like a blimp but my breasts had swollen to look like two pink footballs. Plus they hurt. On the other hand, it would be a great contrast—this large, too-LA surfer girl with an extremely tiny old man in a French suit. Playing chess.
      (After I saw the contact sheets, I never took the Pill again.)

    • Rare Interview Eve Babits long sober cool author

      Eve Babits introduced Salvador Dalí to Frank Zappa.

    • Émilie du Châtelet & Voltaire

      December 17th, 2021
    • Google celebrated Émilie du Châtelet (17 December 1706 – 10 September 1749)


      (via wiki)

      Relationship with Voltaire
      In the frontispiece to Voltaire’s book on Newton’s philosophy, du Châtelet appears as Voltaire’s muse, reflecting Newton’s heavenly insights down to Voltaire.

      Du Châtelet may have met Voltaire in her childhood at one of her father’s salons; Voltaire himself dates their meeting to 1729, when he returned from his exile in London. However, their friendship developed from May 1733 when she re-entered society after the birth of her third child.[4]

      Du Châtelet invited Voltaire to live at her country house at Cirey in Haute-Marne, northeastern France, and he became her long-time companion. There she studied physics and mathematics and published scientific articles and translations. To judge from Voltaire’s letters to friends and their commentaries on each other’s work, they lived together with great mutual liking and respect. As a literary rather than scientific person, Voltaire implicitly acknowledged her contributions to his 1738 Elements of the Philosophy of Newton, where the chapters on optics show strong similarities with her own Essai sur l’optique. She was able to contribute further to the campaign by a laudatory review in the Journal des savants.[12]

      Sharing a passion for science, Voltaire and Du Châtelet collaborated scientifically. They set up a laboratory in Du Châtelet’s home. In a healthy competition, they both entered the 1738 Paris Academy prize contest on the nature of fire, since Du Châtelet disagreed with Voltaire’s essay. Although neither of them won, both essays received honourable mention and were published.[13] She thus became the first woman to have a scientific paper published by the Academy

      A Memoir, The History of Bones – by John Lurie

      December 14th, 2021

    • (Happy birthday John Lurie – December 14)

      John Lurie’s father used to take him to fishing. John Lurie is a hard working, self taught artist in music, acting and in painting. Basquiat painted and slept at his place. Basquiat was a close friend that Lurie wrote a lot about in this memoir.
      John Lurie is a world traveller.
      He wrote about Africa, one of many places Lurie visited. He wrote.
      “I had been depressed for a long, long time. I could not get out of it. Africa saved me. You can feel life started there.

    • More paintings at his Gallery with great soundtrack from John Lurie’s Strange and Beautiful homepage

    • Strange and Beautiful John Lurie (previous post)

    • Listen to his playing here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_864xjMQY8)

    • John Lurie: ‘I wanted to break into Martha Stewart’s house and change the curtains. My lawyer said no’
      (He’s hung out with Warhol and gone ice fishing with Willem Dafoe, but the Fishing With John man’s new series stars just him and his canvas)

    • (A man, a bull and of course, the Soldier Bunnies. – John Lurie)

    • Art Installations of Estonian artist Katja Novitskova

      December 13th, 2021
    • Katja Novitskova wiki

      Katja Novitskova (born 1984 in Tallinn, Estonia) is an Estonian installation artist. She lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. Her work focuses on issues of technology, evolutionary processes, digital imagery and corporate aesthetics. Novitskova is interested in investigating how, “media actively redefines the world and culture, and everything”[2] related to art, nature and commerce.

      Her series of installations, pattern of activation

      Novitskova derives patterns from and expresses her works through her archives of online images, in a contemplation of our relationship with our screen based and environmental spaces. Her work is equal parts science, philosophy and an expanded approach to reading visual imagery. A perfect example of this lens is Pattern Of Activation, a series of more than five installations made by the artist over a span of six years. Her visual vocabulary is informed by her study of semiotics, culture, new media arts and graphic design in conversation with her philosophical interests. On the series Pattern Of Activation, Novitskova comments on her anthropologically and ecologically driven exploration, “I have always been interested in deep time loops. If you look at a contemporary object or emotion like an iPhone or our obsession with social media, I am always curious about the deep time origin of that activity and how it connects to our first tools of humanity or the evolutionary structures in our brains and our bodies that enable us to behave how we do today even though today’s world feels so far removed from the ancient times. We are actually really connected to the older generations, it’s not that long ago. I am always trying to be aware of this time thread and how we got here and of course the time scale of the Earth itself and our deep connection to other living creatures on it. From a jellyfish to bacteria, can be seen as a web of connections that is active today but also has this historical connection”.

    • Behind the White Glasses – Adieu Lina Wertmuller

      December 9th, 2021
    • Lina

      Italodamericano – Lina Wertmuller Oscar

    • Wki

      In general, Wertmüller’s films strongly reflect her own political commitments, with main characters who are either dedicated anarchists, communists, feminists, or all those, and the films’ main action centers on political or socioeconomic conflicts. Wertmüller self-identified as socialist.

    • Grotesque Poetry a Conversation with Lina Wertmuller

    • Witkin and Witkin – a Documentary film of Twin Artists

      December 7th, 2021
    • Review here
      Ziff has pulled off an astonishing accomplishment with Witkin and Witkin. The film works on many levels. Firstly, the viewer is drawn into the “weird news” curiosity about identical twins who go their separate ways. Then comes the compelling rush of fascination around the art they make. Finally, she delivers a tender, charming look at two very different lives of artists have gone through many experiences and relationships. It combines a sideshow with an art course and a twin biography that is exceedingly entertaining.

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      (Still Life with Mirror – Joel Peter Witkin

      Joel Peter Witkin – Heaven, Hell, Transesexuals, Deformed people (Previous post)

    • RIP – Lawrence Weiner – Conceptual, Language Artist

      December 2nd, 2021
    • At Whitney

      Lawrence Weiner

    • Marian Goodman Gallery

      In Memoriam: Lawrence Weiner

      Our fellow artist and dear friend, Lawrence Weiner, has passed at the age of 79. A force of conceptual art, Lawrence gained international recognition for the use of language as his primary medium. He proposed a new relationship to art and redefined the position of the artist, and his works demonstrated the power of language worldwide.
      “I am heartbroken.” —Marian Goodman

    • Artforum obit

      Lawrence Weiner, a towering figure in the Conceptual art movement arising in the 1960s and who profoundly altered the landscape of American art, died December 2 at the age of seventy-nine. Known for his text-based installations incorporating evocative or descriptive phrases and sentence fragments, typically presented in bold capital letters accompanied by graphic accents and occupying unusual sites and surfaces, Weiner rose to prominence among a cohort that included Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, and Sol LeWitt. A firm believer that an idea alone could constitute an artwork, he established a practice that stood out for its consistent embodiment of his famous 1968 “Declaration of Intent”:

    • George Seurat – Don’t Miss his Birthay on December 2.

      December 2nd, 2021
    • George Seurat Org

      George Seurat (December 2, 1859 – March 29, 1891)

      “We realized that that painting was the setting of a play,” explained Sondheim. “All the people in that painting, when you start speculating on why none of them are looking at each other, maybe there’s a reason for that. Maybe someone was having an affair with another one, or was related to someone else.” The final question Sondheim and Lapine asked themselves before they started work: Who was missing from the painting? Sondheim and Lapine both agreed — it was the artist

    • Happy bithday Goerge Seurat (December 2)

    • David Gulpilil – The Passing of an Indigenous Actor from Australia

      November 29th, 2021

    • (Thanks to “Walkabout”, David Gulpilil became an actor/activist.)

      The Indigenous actor, who was in his late 60s when he died, helped shape the history of Australian film

      David Gulpilil a titanic force in Australian cinema dies with lung cancer.

      David Gulpilil wiki

    • (Rabbit Proof Fence – directed by Philip Noyce, cinematography by Christopher Doyle)

    • The Last Wave

      In 1969, Gulpilil’s skill as a tribal dancer caught the attention of British filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, who had come to Maningrida scouting locations for a forthcoming film. Roeg promptly cast the sixteen-year-old unknown to play a principal role in his internationally acclaimed motion picture Walkabout, released in 1971. Gulpilil’s on-screen charisma, combined with his acting and dancing skills, was such that he became an instant national and international celebrity. He travelled to distant lands, mingled with famous people, and was presented to heads of state.[1] During these travels to promote the film, he met and was impressed with John Lennon, Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali, and Bruce Lee. (Via Wiki)