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Blue & White – Halloween 2017

October 28th, 2017
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    The top left is Korean Pumpkin.

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    Stephen Bowers, “Explorers’ Skulls” 2010, ceramic, underglaze, stains, 5.25″.

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    David Shrigley –
    Previous post, see the Philosopher here.

  • Bathroom, Guns and Hitler in Blue and White here.

  • Syria, Refugees series – more Quin Fua here.

  • Curious Bites/Ceramic art

    Saturday Inspiration Pumpkins

    Blue and White Porcelain – They Too/October Collection

    October 18th, 2017
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    Delft plates with images of nuclear power stations

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    Saw this with Jurgen Trautwein

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    Ann Agee

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    Kathryn Clark – on Mel Robson

  • The Chateau de Groussay
    Chateau blue and white

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    Jared Fitzgerald

  • See Paul Scott

    More Qin Fua

  • World’s End, Schwitters’ Barn, Walcott Museum, T. C Boyle’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s House

    June 22nd, 2017

  • Kurt Schwitters (Dada, sound poetry, the first installation artist)
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    Kurt Schwitters

    Kurt Schwitters’s Merz Barn under threat from property developers
    German artist’s ‘outstanding’ unfinished work in Cumbria could be sold after art institutions refuse to save it

    Derek Wallcott museum closing

  • World’s End..

  • Author TC Boyle at his home in Montecito, CA.

    2009 – archpaper – Frank Lloyd Wright Obsession is more novel than we thought
    (The Women by T C Boyle is based on Frank Lloyd Wright)

    T C Boyle homepage

    Page 2 – from his homepage

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    Taliesin West –
    Frank Lloyd Wright and his curious asian collection (Previous post)

  • Question Everything, – Performance to Architecture, Vito Acconci Dies at 77

    April 28th, 2017
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    Performance Test (1969)

  • Vito Acconci homepage

    His wiki

    Vito Dies at 77 (art news)

    Vito Hannibal Acconci (January 24, 1940 – April 28, 2017)[2] was an American designer, landscape architect, performance and installation artist.

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    (Saw this at the gallery in Soho).

    Question everything

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    Portrait from the artwork Veto Vito by Jonathan Harris.

    “My early work nearly ruined my career,” Vito told Harris by email, “and also nearly killed me,” he told later him in person. “What does a body artist do as a body grows old? It seemed necessary to find a new direction.”
    In the mid-1970s, Acconci stopped doing performances, and turned to architecture, to which he’s been committed ever since.

    Bric a Bra (links to his giant bra installation)

    or see it here

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

  • Google Vito Acconci

    Photo of Oscar Wilde by Sugimoto, Happy St Patrick’s Day – 2017

    March 17th, 2017
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    Eileen Gray the Irish Designer

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    Sinead O’Connor photo by Jane Bown

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    Photo by Hiroshi Sugimoto (via)


  • quotes

  • Frank McCourt

  • High Hopes in Ireland (see Irish art here)

    Breakfast on Pluto

    The wind that shakes the Barley

    Happy St Patrick’s day!

    EileenGray & Le Corbusier – The Price of Desire – Vincent Perez as the Architect

    June 10th, 2016
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    Le Corbusier and Vincent Perez
    Happy birthday Vincent Perez (June 10)

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    The Price of Desire features Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier
    Besides Vincent Perez Orla Brady as Eileen Gray and Alanis Morissette as lover “Damia” in The Price of Desire, directed by Mary McGuckian,

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    Eileen Gray:Innovative Designer – see her 28 million dollors chair.

  • Queen of the Curve, Zaha Hadid – A Renowned Architect from Iraq Passed Away

    March 31st, 2016
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    A young Zaha Hadid stands in front of the Trevi fountain in Rome. Image from her family archives.

    Observer Obit

    In her own words.

    on march 31, 2016, world renowned architect zaha hadid passed away at the age of 65. born in baghdad in 1950, she studied mathematics before enrolling at london’s architectural association in 1972. by 1979 she had established zaha hadid architects, and quickly rose to global prominence. working with office partner patrik schumacher, the studio utilized a host of innovative technologies that often resulted in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.

    Guardian Obit

    Zaha was an outsider and upfront about the unfair treatment she experienced as a woman, a foreigner and a designer of expensive, weird-looking buildings – a triple whammy. She did not fit the stereotypical white male profession of registered architects. Jealousy and prejudice failed to bar her way, but it took its toll.

    Reaction from Social Media

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    Theaster Gates – The Revolutionary artist of Craft-Urban Renewal + Junk Dada Noah Purifoy at Josha Tree

    March 21st, 2016
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    Theaster Gates

    Theaster Gates at White Cube

    Theaster Gates’ practice includes sculpture, installation, performance and urban interventions that aim to bridge the gap between art and life. Gates works as an artist, curator, urbanist and facilitator and his projects attempt to instigate the creation of cultural communities by acting as catalysts for social engagement that leads to political and spatial change.

  • Design Boom

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    Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada

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    The Unknown Purifoy

    Noah Purifoy

    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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  • Mahogany scottburton Table by Scott Burton

    Cherry, Mahogany and Scott Burton

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    Chorus of Chairs..

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

    (repost)

  • Eileen Gray – Innovative Designer, Her Dragon Chair sold for 28 Millions

    October 1st, 2015
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    Homepage

    Intelligent Life EILEEN GRAY’S UNDERRATED PAINTING

    She should be world-famous for her innovative designs—and would be, had Le Corbusier not intervened. But, as Michael Watts reports, her story now has a happy ending, thanks partly to a new film

    Gray was a bisexual Anglo-Irish aristocrat who became a free-spirited member of the bohemian classes. She is said to have driven around Paris, where she spent most of her life, in a Chenard-Walcker roadster with Damia, her celebrity girlfriend, and Damia’s pet panther. Even at the age of 80, Gray thought of buying a Vespa scooter. When she died, in 1976, she was 98 and still painting and experimenting with materials such as Plexiglass.

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    Wiki

    Design Museum

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    The unique and remarkable ‘Dragons’ armchair was acquired from Miss Gray by Suzanne Talbot, the first patron to provide her with an opportunity to create a complete environment. The exotic, symbolist character of the piece situates it conceptually within the first phase of Miss Gray’s creative cycle.
    The Mad Tea Party (previous post)

    Collection of Funny chairs, Bat, Elephant, Dragon chairs etc.

  • R.I.P Frei Otto – Named 2015 Pritzker Laureate

    March 10th, 2015
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    R.I.P Frei Otto – Named 2015 Pritzker Laureate (Archdaily)

    Frei Otto has just been named the 40th recipient of the Pritzker Prize – two weeks prior to the expected official announcement. The abrupt news has been released early due the unfortunate passing of the German architect and structural engineer, who was best known for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium. The pioneering tensile structure, which stood in considerable contrast to the strict, authoritarian stadium that was its predecessor, was meant to present a different, more compassionate face for Germany.

    “Throughout his life, Frei Otto has produced imaginative, fresh, unprecedented spaces and constructions. He has also created knowledge. Herein resides his deep influence: not in forms to be copied, but through the paths that have been opened by his research and discoveries,” says the Jury.

  • Otto Frei (Cavvia net) (See more designs here.)

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  • Shigeru Ban won last year Pritzker

  • Dreaming of a treehouse (youtube)

  • Jan Palach – A Poem by David Shapiro & his collaboration with architect John Hejduk

    August 11th, 2014
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    Jan Palach was born on 11 August 1948- an activist who set himself on fire in in 1969.. Palach’s protest caused extraordinary reaction both in the Czech Republic and abroad.

    These web pages present the life story of Jan Palach

    His schoolmates liked him for his nice and friendly nature. He was quiet, pensive, and very well-read. Since his early childhood, he was interested in nature, technology, and history.

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    Poetry and Architecture, Architecture and Poetry
    by John Hejduk David Shapiro

    The Funeral of Jan Palach

    When I entered the first meditation
    I escaped the gravity of the object,
    I experienced the emptiness,
    And I have been dead a long time.

    When I had a voice you could call a voice,
    My mother wept to me:
    My son, my beloved son,
    I never thought this possible

    I’ll follow you on foot.
    Halfway in mud and slush the microphones picked up.
    It was raining on the houses;
    It was snowing on the police-cars.

    The astronauts were weeping,
    Going neither up nor out.
    And my own mother was brave enough she looked
    And it was alright I was dead.

    —David Shapiro

    When I read of the sacrifice of Jan Palach, I was reading of a heroism toward which I had aspired but recoiled. But it is not for everyone to be such a sacrifice, as many have said, it is not even easy to be a disciple of such a hero. Indeed, Palach finally asked others to refrain from a mechanical martyrdom.

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    On the art of collaboration
    He is perhaps most proud of his long collaboration with the late architect John Hejduk, who served as dean of Cooper Union’s school of architecture for many years. In 1991, a poem Shapiro had written about the Czechoslovak student Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in 1969 to protest the Soviet invasion, was engraved on a plaque as part of a memorial designed by Hejduk and mounted on the grounds of Prague Castle in the Czech Republic.

    Sketch for house of suicide by John Hejduk

  • Pataphysics – interview of David Shapiro