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Goodbye Arturo Di Modica – Sculptor of Charging Bull on Wall Street

February 22nd, 2021
  • Artforum obit

    Sicilian sculptor Arturo Di Modica died on February 19 in his hometown of Vittoria, Italy, at the age of eighty, following a years-long battle with cancer, his dealer Jacob Harmer confirmed. Di Modica, who operated outside the confines of the traditional art world for most of his career, is most widely known for his massive bronze 1989 sculpture Charging Bull, which has greeted passersby in New York’s Bowling Green for more than thirty years.

  • Early Days At The Studio Di Modica On Crosby Street, Which Arturo Built From The Ground Up With His Own Hands.

    Charging Bull

    Arthur Di Modica wiki

    Di Modica received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1999.


    (Arturo Di Modica 1970, Henry Moore Inspired Bronze)

    (via -Wikiwand)

    Dying Young, Pascale Ogier, Full Moon & Ghost Story

    February 19th, 2021
  • Pascale Ogier and Derrida from this amazing site.


    (Ghost Dance a Documentary film )

  • Pascale Ogier wiki

    For her performance in director Éric Rohmer’s film Full Moon in Paris, Ogier was nominated for a César Award for Best Actress at the 10th César Awards and won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 41st Venice International Film Festival. Shortly afterwards, on the day before she was to celebrate her 26th birthday, Ogier died of a heart attack probably caused by a heart murmur condition she had since age 12, combined with drug use.
    Ogier is buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The film Down by Law (1986) is dedicated to her.

  • “We are still in mourning. One month since Pascale Ogier died in her sleep. Still, nothing can soften the intolerable cruelty of that news. Around her lovely face, memory cannot yet set in. Pascale lives on.
    When death comes, the grace of the young woman still spreads throughout the city. Nothing can prevent it; nothing can contain it. A great 25-year-old actress was born, as sumptuous and simple as a Renaissance castle on the banks of the Loire River.”
    Marguerite Duras, 30 November 1984, Libération.


  • (Full Moon in Paris directed by Eric Rhomer)

    Richard Brody on Eric Rohmer and Pascale Ogier


    Mother and Daughter (Bull Ogier and Pascale Ogier)

  • (Repost – Jacques Rivette archive)
    Another photo of Pascale and Bull Ogier

    23 Photos of Pascale Ogier

    Legendary Chinatown Photographer Corky Lee dies from Covid

    January 27th, 2021
  • (The Village Sun Obit)

    Lee, who was a gentle soul, went by the whimsical moniker the “undisputed unofficial Asian American photographer laureate.” For 50 years, starting in the 1970s, he documented Manhattan’s Chinatown and the city’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.


    (Photo by Corky Lee)
    Throwing a hook: Japanese American teacher was secret women’s boxing trailblazer

    Corky Lee wiki

    Corky Lee (born as Lĭ Yángguó; 1947 – January 27, 2021) was an American journalistic photographer. His work chronicled and explored the diversity and nuances of Asian American culture overlooked by mainstream media and made sure Asian American history was included as a part of American history

    Photographic Justice
    See photo of Grace Lee Boggs and Mr. Mirikitani (Previous post, The Cats of Mirikitani)

    Corky Lee poses with his 1982 photograph of striking garment workers, featured in the New York Historical Society’s exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion. “It was the largest Chinese garment worker rally in the history of NYC. 15,000 showed up to lobby for a new contract – it was pretty monumental. Fifteen, twenty years after that, the garment industry is no longer a viable employment source for the Chinese immigrant community, but back in the day, at least one person in the family had to work for the union, because that was the source of health insurance. Because there was absolutely no health insurance in the laundries and restaurants.” Corky was still in high school when he began noticing the absence of Chinese Americans in the media and newspapers around him – even the historic photograph of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, built by Chinese labor, didn’t have any Chinese workers in it. He has been committed to making his community visible ever since, photographing not only Chinatown but Asian America for more than four decades. The 68 y.o. Queens native has been the country’s self-appointed, undisputed, Unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate for so long that even the post office agrees: a letter addressed to just this title in “Elmhurst, Queens” actually found its way to the photographer.


    photo via
    Creator: Katja Heinemann | Credit: Katja Heinemann
    Copyright: © Katja Heinemann

    My Own Private “Traveling Bernie Sanders Selections”,

    January 21st, 2021

  • Aloha Bernie Sanders. He was in Honolulu.
    About the Mittens.

    The mittens were created by Vermont teacher Jane Ellis. Ellis made the mittens from repurposed wool sweaters and lined them with fleece from recycled plastic bottles.

  • Naomi Klein from Intercept

    The Meaning of the Mittens: Five Possibilities


  • (Bernie levitating at Guggenheim Museum in New York)
    See more Bernie Sanders art history memes here


  • (Bernie in Kyoto)

    Bernie was in Japan directed by Akira Kurosawa.
    Ikiru
    Thanks to Sachin Shrijith


  • (Bernie in Tijuanna, Mexico )


    Bernie in Budapest

    Bernie Sanders in Burlington (see more photos and links from here)
    Bernie and Allen 1allenberniecartoon


  • (Here is Bernie Sanders in front of my house)

  • RIP Mary Catherine Bateson – Daughter of Mead & Bateson

    January 15th, 2021
  • Mary Catherine Bateson (wiki)

    Mary Catherine Bateson (December 8, 1939 – January 2, 2021) was an American writer and cultural anthropologist.

    MCBateson

    We Are Not What We Know but What We are Willing to Learn.

    Legacy Obit

  • Edge obit – Mary Catherine Bateson: Systems Thinker

  • Bateson & Mead

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    Thank you Mary Catherine Bateson, this reader devoured her books, she was passionate.

    David Goodis Author of “Down There” & “The Moon In the Gutter”

    January 7th, 2021

  • The Moon in the Gutter – Crimson Kimono. com

    David Goodis wiki (March 2, 1917 – January 7, 1967)

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    Shoot the Piano Player
    (Truffaut archive here)

    (Truffaut, Charles Aznavour and Marie Dubois)

  • David Goodis Bleak Beautiful Vision of humanity

    It’s difficult to find quotes from David Goodis about his own approach to writing, but the accolades and insights of others help fill the gap. Ed Gorman once said that “David Goodis didn’t write novels, he wrote suicide notes,” and if we think of the literature of the suicide note, filled with equal parts anguish, guilt, love, and attempts to understand, then David Goodis’ work would easily fit within these bounds. His characters are broken down shadows of their former selves, worried more about damaging those they love then worrying about damage to themselves; as full of weaknesses, contradictions, and surprising resistances as Goodis himself.

  • Pulp International

  • David Goodis biography – LA times

  • RIP Pierre Cardin, Jeanne Moreau, Hiroko Matsumoto & His Bubble Palace

    December 29th, 2020
  • Hiroko Matsumoto
    Hiroko Matsumoto, more than just a model, muse.
    BBC Obit

    Pierre Cardin homepage

  • Pierre Cardin’s life in pictures

  • Jeanne M.1aaCardinJM
    Moreau with Pierre Cardin.
    She had a long affair with designer Pierre Cardin.. and a short marriage to Friedkin (director of The French Connection).
    Moreau lost a friendship with Coco Chanel after she started living with Pierre Cardin..

    J. Moreau
    (This dress is designed by Pierre Cardin, from Losey’s film Eva. )

    Jeanne Moreau with Pierre Cardin

  • Pierre Cardin

    He will be remembered for his futuristic designs – some were inspired by the space age, some were even impossible to wear.
    He carved his own way through the fashion industry. Parisian haute couture had always been exclusive – its high priests believed it should be high-end, individually tailored and eye-wateringly expensive.
    Cardin broke the mould. He launched “ready-to-wear” collections, bringing high fashion to the middle classes. His designer peers were aghast, and threw him out of their club.
    In the 1950s, men wore traditional suits which made the young look like their fathers. Cardin threw out the boxy jackets and stiff white shirts, creating a revolutionary look for a new, progressive generation.
    Gone were the bulky details; collars, lapels, tails and cuffs. Trousers were tapered and hung loosely on the hips.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Pierre Cardin showed up at Paquin, one of France’s leading fashion houses, met the legendary film director, Jean Cocteau and began working on his costumes for Beauty and the Beast. Impressed, Cocteau introduced him to Christian Dior.

    Goodbye Suh Se Ok, Korea’s Art Abstract Pioneer

    December 6th, 2020

  • (Dancing Two People)

    via

    See more at artnet

    Sheep

    Art News Obit

    Artist Suh Se Ok, Pillar of Korean Contemporary Painting, Dies at 91

    RIP Soumitra Chatterjee, Actor, Playwright, Poet

    November 15th, 2020

    Soumitra Chatterjee: India acting legend dies, aged 85

    Soumitra Chatterjee (January 19, 1935 — November 15, 2020)
    (photo via)
    The third movie of the trilogy, Apur Sansar, which released in 1959, was also Chatterjee’s debut film. He would go on to star as the lead actor in 14 of Ray’s films.
    Pauline Kael called Chatterjee Ray’s “one-man stock company” who moved “so differently in the different roles he plays that he is almost unrecognisable”.

  • Chatterjee, who starred in more than 300 movies, was also an accomplished playwright, theatre actor and poet.

  • Chaterjee shone even in non-Satyajit Ray films

    Lesser Known facts about the living legend

    Thank you Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    September 18th, 2020
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg said before her death, according to a statement released by one of her granddaughters, Clara Spera.


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    The New Yorker obit- The Great Equalizer –

  • My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

    I said on the equality side of it, that it is essential to a woman’s equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling.

    Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.
    The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality.

    On the basis of Sex

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Guided ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ Say Armie Hammer and Felicity Jones

    Michael Ondaatjie

    September 12th, 2020
  • (Happy birthday Michael Ondaatjie– Sept 12)

    See photos of him from his life here
    In Ceylon

  • 76 facts you might not know about on Michael Ondaatjie

    31. Ondaatje calls his novels “cubist,” by which he means that he eschews linear narratives and experiments with the form.

  • See a photo of Ondaatjie and Ralph Fiennes here.
    Breaking the Rules

    One of his beloved books “Coming Through Slaughter” is a fictional story of New Orleans, Louisiana about 1900, very loosely based on the lives of jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden and photographer E. J. Bellocq. Winner of the 1976 Books in Canada First Novel Award.
    New Orleans and vicinity at the turn of the century is the setting for the novel. Consider the places where the action occurs: N. Joseph’s Shaving Parlor, the river, Shell Beach, the Brewitts, Webb’s cottage, the streets of Storyville, Bellocq’s studio, Bolden’s home with Nora and the children, the mental hospital.

  • Willem Dafoe interviewed Michael Ondaatjie
    He has given many interviews but the interview with William Dafoe, Michael became more open and revealing. He said, “I went into a tailspin after The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. I won an award for it in Canada and I went into this hole. So I wrote Coming Through Slaughter, which was a huge fury about fame. It was on a very small scale, but it was big enough. I mean, the thing is to continue to avoid being self-conscious. To write and forget that you wrote other books.”
    “I have a tendency to remove more and more in the process of editing. Often I’ll write the first chapter last, because it sets up the story. The last thing I wrote in Coming Through Slaughter was “His geography,” almost like a big landscape shot, with buried clues you can pick up later. ”

    On the genesis of plane crash image for English Patient:

    “WD: Where did you get the central image of the plane crash, do you even remember?
    MO: I just got the image and it was there. The artist, Joseph Beuys, was in a plane crash in the far north, not in the desert, but I already had this image in my head. It was one of those things where I’d heard about Beuys and his obsession with felt and that worked its way in too. That was enough. I didn’t need to know anymore. The medicine man… ”
    He then continues to talk about Herodotus, Charles Olson and Robert Creeley.
    “MO: I had already read some of him. Then there was a reference to him in one of the explorer’s desert journals; one guy who said, “I was responsible for our library on one of our expeditions. But our library was only one book, Herodotus” And I thought that was great, because he was an historian writing about a place where these guys are many hundreds of years later. The idea of a contemporary history and an ancient history that links up… These explorers in the 1930s were out of time. I love the idea of them checking out sand dune formations. I love historical obsessives. And I kept thinking of writers like Charles Olson and Robert Creeley in some odd way. Creeley in his toughness, brittleness and lovely guarded lyricism was a clue for me about the patient, Almasy. And this wonderful, heroic era of exploration that was then ignored, while the twentieth century became more mercenary or mercantile. Also Herodotus’ sense of history is great because it’s very much based on rumor. “

    The End Judges Everything by Herodotus (with original greek text)
    The world according to Herodotus
    Herodotus’ Histories

    Michael O. shares birthday with these two historical figures.
    Lorenzo di Medici
    9/12/1492 – 5/4/1519
    Florentine ruler (1513-9)

    Francis I
    9/12/1494 – 3/31/1547
    French king and patron of the arts and scholarship (1515-47 )

    Comic Cat, Lit Cat, Film Noir Cat – 2020

    August 8th, 2020

  • Edward Gorey loved cat and Balanchine (previous post)

    The Cop and Peter Cook the Comic Genius

  • Doris Lessing
    Doris Lessing archive here.

    Herman 1HermanHesse
    and the Cat.
    . another photo from writing & the feline muse.

    Herman Hesse – The Glass Bead Game

  • Yuichi Hibi – Neco hibineko

    Kay Ryan
    A CAT/A FUTURE

    A cat can draw
    the blinds
    behind her eyes
    whenever she
    decides. Nothing
    alters in the stare
    itself but she’s
    not there. Likewise
    a future can occlude:
    still sitting there,
    doing nothing rude.

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    Samuel Beckett Archive

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    Louisa Chase