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Hirokazu Kore-eda, The Shoplifters wins Palme d’Or at Cannes 2018

May 19th, 2018
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    The Shoplifters wins Palme d’Or.

    Japan Times – Kore eda, Master of Humanism

    Winners at Cannes here.

    Palme d’Or: “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda

    Grand Prix: “BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee

    Jury Prize: “Capernaum,” Nadine Labaki

    Special Palme d’Or: “The Image Book,” Jean-Luc Godard

    Best Actress: Samal Yeslyamova, “Akya”

    Best Actor: Marcello Fonte, “Dogman”

    Best Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”

    Best Screenplay (tie): Alice Rohrwacher, “Happy as Lazzaro” & Nader Saeivar, “Three Faces”

    Camera d’Or: “Girl,” Lukas Dhont

    Short Film Palme d’Or: “All These Creatures,” Charles Williams

    Queer Palm (Feature): “Girl,” Lukas Dhont

    Queer Palm (Short): “The Orphan,” Carolina Markowicz

  • Kore eda Films from previous posts.
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    Still Walking

    Nobody KnowsNobody Knows
    Film Quiz + Nobody Knows + Cities & Neglected Children

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    Previous Cannes festival.

    Kiki, for whom After the Storm is her fifth Koreeda film, described the director as among one of the most observant she has seen in her 55-year career.

    Kiki, Kore eda, Nagase etc

    The Right Stuff – Tom Wolf who Coined the Me Decade Dies at 88

    May 15th, 2018
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    Best selling author and genre breaking journalist dies at 88. (NPR obit)

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    Louis Menand (New Yorker) Tom Wolf, Sage of Status Anxiety

    Satire associates aspiration with fatuousness and newness with faddishness, and Tom Wolfe was skilled at making those reductions.

    Satire is highbrow populism. (Hence Wolfe’s diatribes against modernist art and architecture.)

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    SF Gate obit

    Philip Kaufman, the San Francisco filmmaker who directed the adaptation of “The Right Stuff,” also wrote the screenplay for the 1983 film.
    “The book was such a great piece of writing that in a way it could not be put into a film,” Kaufman said. “He was going for a spirit of something that maybe all people have in common. That ineffable quality that can’t even be mentioned. It took me five years to make the movie.
    “Tom saw it at a private screening,” Kaufman added. “There is a scene where Sam Shepard (as Chuck Yeager) is arriving by horseback in the high desert like a cowboy in a leather jacket. He sees this small test airplane sitting alone in the desert being fueled. Everyone who has tried to ride this plane has died, and now he is looking at this plane, the bronc that can’t be broken. It is, in a way, the meeting of the Western in the movies with the future.
    “When Tom saw this he just started applauding, I am told. When the movie was over, he asked if he could see it again right now, all the way through. He loved it.”

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    Tom W on Hunter (Youtube)

    Tom Wolf wiki

    Of particular influence was his professor Marshall Fishwick, a teacher of American studies, educated at Yale. More in the tradition of anthropology than literary scholarship, Fishwick taught his students to look at the whole of a culture, including those elements considered profane.[citation needed] Wolfe’s undergraduate thesis, entitled “A Zoo Full of Zebras: Anti-Intellectualism in America,” evinced his fondness for words and aspirations toward cultural criticism. Wolfe graduated cum laude in 1951.

    Astronaut Scott Kelly to Tom Wolf (Vanity Fair)

    Doris Lessing Loved Cactus – Happy Mother’s Day – 2018

    May 12th, 2018
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    Doris Lessing (Photo by Ida Kar)

  • Doris Lessing – A Retrospective.

  • Doris Lessing – A mother much misunderstood


  • Doris and her mother – a capable and talented woman who was extremely frustrated.

    Doris Lessing archive

    The Passing of Polymath-Neo-Expressionist Per Kirkeby at 79

    May 10th, 2018
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    (Title:Brett Felsen – painting by Per Kirkeby)

  • Painting is the real reality behind the so-called reality of our everyday experience. We only see it in glimpses.
    – Per Kirkeby

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    Per Kirkeby dies at 79.

    Artforum obit described Kirkeby as a romantic painter.

    “Kirkeby is a romantic painter, but he has ‘described’ the mysticism of the landscape, focusing on the tension between pattern or structure and seemingly structureless fluidity,” Donald Kuspit wrote in the March 2002 issue of Artforum.

  • Documentary on Per Kirkeby - Danish film The Man Falling .

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    (Brick Sculpture installation)
    Palais de Beaux arts Kopenhagen

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    Crown Point Press

    Brooklynrail -Perk Kirkeby- Serial Thinking

    Wiki

    Artnet

    Per Kirkeby is a Danish artist whose interest in geology and natural environments has exerted great influence over his paintings and brick sculptures. Entrenched in the conceptual understanding of a structure, Kirkeby works within parameters to contain the urgency of abstract mark making. “A structure-less painting is, to me, a painting that does not matter. Structure mirrors your degree of responsibility toward the work,” he said of making art. “You can’t just let it float around in pretty colors. It needs a kind of core. But this is an inner structure.” Born on September 1, 1938 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Kirkeby studied geology at the University of Copenhagen, but continued to pursue his art practice, producing paintings, sculpture, films, and prints. During the 1960s, Kireby’s performance art led him to collaborations with Conceptual artists, including Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik, and Charlotte Moorman. Sadly, in 2013 Kirkeby suffered a serious brain injury in a fall, and has since been unable to paint.

    Ermanno Olmi RIP – a Filmmaker/Producer for the Oppressed Died at 86

    May 7th, 2018
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    “…our wars of machines and technology make ‘progress’ ever more impersonal and deadly – a ‘progress’ that has not guaranteed man’s human, moral, and civil growth.” Ermanno Olmi

    His filmography..MUBI

    Previous post (Olmi filmed Jannis Kounellis)

  • Guardian obit

    Ermanno Olmi, Palme d’Or winner for Tree of Wooden Clogs, dies aged 86

    Award-garlanded Italian director renowned for his commitment to realism and non-professional actors was a winner at both Cannes and Venice

    More about Il Posto from this obit.

    Olmi’s breakthrough came in with his 1961 wry sophomore feature, Il Posto, a somewhat autobiographical coming-of-age tale about a small-town teenager who gets a job as a messenger for an unnamed corporation in Milan. The film—which co-starred Olmi’s wife, Loredana Detto—was followed in 1963 by I Fidanzati, another portrait of young adulthood set against the backdrop of Italy’s industrial north.

  • Film Reference (See photo of Rod Steiger and Ermanno Olmi)

    The Displaced: Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman & Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars & Resistance

    May 5th, 2018
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    and Ariel Dorfman wiki

    Displaced: Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman & Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars & Resistance
    (Democracy Now- Amy Goodman)

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    Happy birthday Ariel Dorfman!

    Guardian – on Dorman, not to belong anywhere is not a bad thing for a writer.

  • Roman Polanski adapted Death and the Maiden

    A. D. Homepage

    When Mandela Became Real to Me
    By Ariel Dorfman

    RIP Everett Fahy – “it’s not the number of people who agree with you, it’s the quality of their judgments”.

    May 3rd, 2018

  • Still from All the Vermeers in New York (Art 21 youtube_)

    Intense viewing

    Jon Jost filmed at the Mets

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    (Everett Fahy photo above)
    Art News Obit

    Sad news that the former Met curator and director of the Frick, Everett Fahy, has died. The New York Times has an obituary here, albeit with an unfortunate misprint at the end, describing an early 16th Century Italian painting (which Fahy had concluded was by Michelangelo) as a work by Velasquez.

    The article concludes with a quote art history would do well to remember:

    “With attributions, it’s not the number of people who agree with you, it’s the quality of their judgments.”

    Museum director Everett Fahy Obit NYTimes.

    Everett Fahy, a prominent historian of Florentine painters from the late 15th and early 16th centuries who joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a young curator and left to run the Frick Collection before returning to the Met as its chairman of European paintings, died on April 23 in Davis, Calif. He was 77.

    Writing in The New York Times, the critic John Canaday praised the reorganization for creating a “historical continuity” that went “beyond anything the Metropolitan has managed before.”

    The affable Mr. Fahy often rode his bicycle to work, filled his Upper West Side apartment with books and photographs, read voraciously, was close friends with the philanthropist Brooke Astor and freely shared his knowledge with colleagues and other scholars.

    Personal Collection of Dr Eerett Fahy

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    Michelangelo Symposium part 10

  • Graveyard of Over Supplied Bicycles in China

    May 1st, 2018
  • Worker rides a shared bicycle past piled-up shared bikes at a vacant lot in Xiamen

    Shanghai. (Yibo Wang / Shutterstock)

    The Atlantic - Bikeshare oversupply in China.

    (Unexpected Beauty China bicycle graveyards share in pictures )

  • Bikers byZhang Hongtu Zhang Hongtu or Mr Momao

    Zhang Hongtu – Scroll image (2008)

    Yves Klein – My Paintings are only the ashes of my art – 2018

    April 28th, 2018
  • Yves Klein – (wonderful resources)
    Blemheim Exhibition

    Yve Klein 1yveskleinjump Leap to the Void (web ride)

  • My Paintings are only the ashes of my art.
    Yves Klein.

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    Yves Klein
    Photo by Rene Burri

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    interviewed by blue shoes at Chelsea Hotel (photo collage by Fung Lin Hall)

    Yves Klein the Chelsea Hotel Manifesto

    It is necessary to create and recreate a constant physical fluidity in order to receive the grace which allows a positive creativity of the void.

    Judo master 1aababyYveK meditating the void.

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    Jean Tinguley and Yves Klein

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    Blue Bunny Klein Homage to Yves Klein

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    Yves Klein Blue installation via

    Yves Klein (1928-1962) lived almost as short a life as Mozart and Jesus and Keats, but he lived long enough to make “Yves Klein Blue” his own and to make sure it would still be universally recognized as such more than half a century after his death. – Spencer Alley

  • Bertrand Tavernier’s Journey of French Cinema – 2018

    April 25th, 2018
  • Bertrand Tavernier’s Journey of French Cinema (He loves Jacques Becker and talked about what he learned from Melville.)
    Bertrand assisted Melville in making on Leon Morin the Priest, which he praised as Melville’s masterpiece.

    Bertrand Taverniar with Gaspard Ulliel (click to see large)
    Discussion.. how he works & state of film industry & showing off his encyclopedic film knowledge appearing with Gaspard Ulliel..(on youtube)

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    (Dirk Bogarde, Tavernier and Jane Birkin in Daddy Nostalgia.)

    On the Set of "Coup de Torchon"
    Coup de Torchon – Noiret and Stephane Audran

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    Tavernier won the best director at Cannes with this film.(Exquisite and beautifully filmed family drama)

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    Dexter Gordon was nominated for an Oscar. (He should have won)

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    Safe Conduct (Laisser-Passer) by Bertrand Tavernier.
    The film is almost 3 hours long. The first half was a bit frantic and confusing but the last half the film began to take shape and delivers.
    Filmmaking under Nazi rule during the occupation in France is the theme and the central character played by an actor who was a real biker made this cycling resistence movie memorable. The film deals with a controversial and difficult subject.

  • He shares a birthday with Paul Mazursky and Cy Twombly Bertrand Tavernier
    In this interview of Bertrand Tavernier

    T: I like to deal with subjects that attract me. I’m interested in people fighting, trying to change things, making mistakes. But I like each film to be a challenge, [as if] it’s my first. When you do a film on adoption and you arrive in a place like Cambodia, anything can happen.

    Two Sketches by Ike No Taiga – Artist from Edo Period

    April 24th, 2018
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    Ike no Taiga

  • Met Museum (Click on + to see Meng Jia Loses His Hat (left); The Chinese Poet Su Shi (right))

  • Ike No Taiga:Influence of the Middle Kingdom and humble background

  • Ike No Taiga :True View (Japan Times) travel painter.

    ‘The Genius of Ike no Taiga: Carefree Traveler, Legendary Painter,” at Kyoto National Museum, is magisterial. Edo Period (1603-1868) Kyoto teemed with big name painters, but Taiga (1723-1776) was superlative.

    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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    Photo Credit: Anders Jones via

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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)

  • Dia add Lorna Simpson