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Lorna Simpson – Her Art Eludes a Simple Meaning

April 19th, 2018
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    Daring as a Woman: An Interview with Lorna Simpson

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    Photo Credit: Anders Jones via

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    Polka Dot and Bullet Holes #2, 2016

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  • Hauser & Wirth (63 works)

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

  • Hole Punched Object, Photos + Tree of Codes

    March 26th, 2018
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    Bible 1995 – Dorothy Cross

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    ‘Frenchy’ caretaker of the old lumber camp, Gemmel, Minnesota Lee, Russell/Library Congress
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    History of Hole Punched photos –

    During the Great Depression, the US government launched a project to portray the country’s reality.

  • See Hole Punched collages and monoprints by Fung Lin Hall here.

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    Over a year of writing, cutting and proto-typing later, comes Tree of Codes, a haunting new story by Jonathan Safran Foer cut from Bruno Schulz’s words.
    The book is as much a sculptural object as it is a work of masterful storytelling: here is an “enormous last day of life” that looks like it feels.

    Gordon Parks – Ingrid Bergman at Stromboli + Portraits of Richard Wright, Alain Clark

    March 7th, 2018
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    “Ingrid and Roberto felt like the whole world was against them,” Parks explains, “but Ingrid was sane enough to realize that they had to have a professional down there to take photos of them making the picture. She had seen a story of mine in LIFE, so she asked me to come to the island. Perhaps she thought I would do the story with more discretion.” (via)

    The most remarkable photographs that Parks made on Stromboli are two slightly different portraits of Bergman in a distant part of the island. As he was photographing her, he writes in A Hungry Heart, the last of his memoirs, “three women stopped on the hill above us. Clad in black, and resembling ominous birds, they stared at her with curiosity. Aware of their presence, Ingrid waited for them to leave. I allowed my camera to record this sardonic moment.”

    See photos of Ingrid Bergman and Rossellini here.

  • “Gordon Roger Alexander Buchannan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was a groundbreaking African American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist, and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine, and as the director of the film, Shaft.”
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  • See Langston Hughes here.

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    Photo by Gordon Parks (Harlem, 1963)

  • Richard Wright

    Richard Wright (Check his Haikus- previous post)

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    Gordon Parks photographed Alain Clark.
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    Alain Locke, The Harvard Professor/Philosopher & The Harlem Renaissance

    February 27th, 2018
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  • The Harlem Renaissance produced three of America’s most beloved writers—the poets Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen, and the Baha’i philosopher, Alain Locke. These three men, close friends throughout their lives, completely changed America’s–and the world’s–perceptions about what black people could accomplish as artists and intellectuals.

    Alain Locke( and Langston Hughes- via)

  • Art and Activism (Harvard) by Adam Kirsch

    Rediscovering Alain Locke and the project of black self-realization

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    Photo by Gordon Parks

    Alain Locke is widely acknowledged as the intellectual architect of the Harlem Renaissance (also known as the New Negro movement). Locke eloquently elaborated on the concept of the New Negro, an urbane individual who is knowledgeable and proud of his or her history and aware of his or her potential and power as a citizen in a democratic society. Locke graduated from Harvard College in 1907 and was the first black Rhodes Scholar. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard in 1918 and went on to be a professor of philosophy at Howard University.(via)

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    (photo via Black Plato on World Citizenship )

  • The New Negro – An Interpretation edited by Alain Locke

  • Nancy Burson – Trum(p)-fusion, Warhead Portraits

    February 6th, 2018
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    Warhead 2017 (Trump/Jong-un)

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    Warhead 2017 (Trump/Putin)

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    Nancy Burson (wik)

    Burson is best known for her pioneering work in morphing technologies which age enhance the human face and still enable law enforcement officials to locate missing children and adults. Her Human Race Machine, which allows people to view themselves as a different race, is used worldwide as an educational diversity tool that provides viewers with the profound visual experience of being another race

  • Vivian Maier – (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) –

    February 1st, 2018
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    Vivian Maier

    Vivian Dorothy Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer. Maier worked for about forty years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago’s North Shore, pursuing photography during her spare time. She took more than 150,000 photographs during her lifetime, primarily of the people and architecture of Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, although she also traveled and photographed worldwide

    via her wiki.. John Maloof, curator of some of Maier’s photographs, summarized the way the children she nannied would later describe her:

    “She was a Socialist 1ameriVivian, a Feminist, a movie critic, and a tell-it-like-it-is type of person. She learned English by going to theaters, which she loved. … She was constantly taking pictures, which she didn’t show anyone.”

  • Tim Roth invites you to Vivian M.

    How were you involved in Vivian getting her first posthumous gallery show here in L.A.?
    I said, “I have a friend who has a really lovely gallery. Why don’t we do the L.A. [photos] and I’ll host it?” So we’ve been doing it ever since. We try to do one a year. We do some new pieces, and we try and get some of her prints — which are very rare — in there as well. The ones that she printed probably at the corner store.

    What drew you to her eye?

    A favorite photographer of mine on the documentary side would be Don McCullin. Stuff that I really admire in cinema would be Ken Loach. Within the photographs is sort of a critique of society. She has that. I thought it was extraordinary. You can see in her framing and in her point of view and in how the equipment that she was using changed.

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    V.M - an anoymous portrait of america (See more photos here)

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  • Fouad Elkoury – Images of War & Nostalgia

    January 3rd, 2018
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    Fouad Elkoury is a Lebanese photographer and filmmaker. Son of Lebanese architect Pierre el-Khoury, he studied architecture in London before switching to photography. His photographic images of war in Lebanon gained Elkoury international recognition for his work.

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    Artnet - Layered Histories

    Suite Egyptienne is an account of Elkoury’s own, photographic travels through Egypt in the late 1980s. Following in the footsteps of Flaubert and Du Camp, the artist journeyed across the Nile valley nearly 150 years later. Whilst in pursuit of their 19th century voyage, Elkoury, accompanied by his then wife Nada, observed and documented an subconscious overlap of narratives. In his photography, Nada becomes the protagonist in Elkoury’s depiction of Egypt, transforming the 150-year-old Orientalist narrative into a personal fiction. The series evokes a sense of nostalgia for the era of Flaubert’s romanticism, whilst also making us reminisce the Egypt of 1989.

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    Kaak Seller, 1991, from “Beirut City Center

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    Blue sky gallery

    Deer in Yosemite – Merry Christmas 2017

    December 24th, 2017
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    Photo taken from Grand Canyon.

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    South Rim Grand Canyon

  • John Muir passed away on 24 December 1914
    He was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of United States wilderness.
    “John Muir convinced Teddy Roosevelt to conserve Yosemite Park. In 1871
    Also that year, one of Muir’s heroes, Ralph Waldo
    Emerson, arrived in Yosemite and sought Muir out. Muir’s former
    professor at the University of Wisconsin, Ezra Carr, and Carr’s wife
    Jeanne encouraged Muir to publish his ideas.”

  • Painting from watch tower at Grand Canyon

  • Takuma Nakahiro, Critic/Photographer, Collaboration with Daido, Shuji Terayama, Shomei

    December 10th, 2017
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    Takuma Nakahira – Okinawa (Japan Times)

    This solitary figure was the late Takuma Nakahira, then at the height of his influence as both a photographer and radical cultural critic, and now revered together with Daido Moriyama as an originator of the are-bure-boke (rough, blurry, out-of-focus) style of black-and-white photography associated with the turbulent urbanization and political activism of late 1960s Japan.

    For a Language to come (MoMa – Takuma’s photos for the 1971 Paris Biennial)

    Takuma Nakahiro (Pinterest)

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    Daido Moriyama

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    Nakahira started out as an editor for a left-wing journal in the mid-’60s, but left this post to help organize a major historical survey of Japanese photography at the invitation of photographer Shōmei Tōmatsu. As he transitioned into being a full-time photographer in the late ’60s, often collaborating with Daidō Moriyama and the poet-playwright Shuji Terayama, Nakahira sought to test photography’s capacity to engage with and incite critical thought.

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    Shuji Terayama (born on Dec 10) – he was Pencil Dracula

    Klaus Kinski was directed by Terayama see more photos and video here)

  • Master Photographer Shomei Tomatsu

  • His Final Performance, the Suicide of Yukio Mishima on Nov 25, 1970

    November 25th, 2017
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    Patriotism written, directed and acted by Yukio Mishima

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    Kishi Keiko on the left and Jean Cocteau on the right

  • John Nathan and Donald Richie on Yukio Mishima (Youtube)

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    Mishima – A Vision of the Void - by Marguerite Yourcenar.. (Photo of Mishima by Hosoe).
    Hijikata, Mishima, Hosoe, Tomatsu Donald Richie (see more photos here)

  • R.I.P Yukio Mishima Nov 25, 1970.

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    Japan Studies – Chozick

    But by age nine, Mishima abandoned transvestitism, noting that: ‘it was tacitly required that I act like a boy. The reluctant masquerade had begun’ (Confessions, 27)

    The Tragic Life and Death of Yukio Mishima

    Yukio Mishima had a darker side: tormented in his youth by a disturbed grandmother with aristocratic pretensions, shamed by his overbearing father into hiding his early work..

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    Paul Schrader directing Mishima, A Life in 4 Chapters, his sister in law acted as his interpreter with Japanese crew and actors.
    His brother Leonard knew Mishima.

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    Akutagawa Hiroshi, Mishima and Donald Keene
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  • Portrait of Robert Creeley & Robert Duncan by Kitaj + Hole Punched Photos

    November 14th, 2017
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    Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan by Kitaj

    Kitaj (previous post)

    Robert Creeley archive

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    ‘Frenchy’ caretaker of the old lumber camp, Gemmel, Minnesota Lee, Russell/Library Congress
    Lee Russell

    History of Hole Punched photos –

    During the Great Depression, the US government launched a project to portray the country’s reality.

  • See Hole Punched collages and monoprints by Fung Lin Hall here.

  • When Words Fail – Photographs of Ben Zank

    November 9th, 2017
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    Ben Zank (homepage)

    See more from Warren McCowage

  • Remembering Ren Hang (RIP)
    Chinese photographer

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