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RIP Carolee Scheemann (1939 – 2019)

March 6th, 2019
  • Art News obit

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    Carolee Scheemann

    Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist. Transformed the definition of art, especially discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender. The history of her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, the body of the artist in dynamic relationship with the social body.


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  • Carolee Schneeman on Robert Morris (See photo of their collaboration)

    OH DEAR BOB . . . your death is unacceptable. Your absence joins the current stampede of death, diminishing the continued conversations among my generation. Missing in action. I am so grateful for our wonderfully enriching history and for the configuration of friends and work that surrounds the years we shared. We were neighbors here in the Hudson Valley, and it’s wrenching to consider that we cannot anticipate more good times together.


  • Carolee Schneemann
    Terminal Velocity
    2001-2005, impressions jet d’encre 96 x 84 chacune. Collection Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart

    Intime Images Mediatsisees pour reflechir histoire

    Conversation with Carolee Schneemann

    Artplus interview

    Hinamatsuri, Happy Girls Day in Japan – March 3, 2019

    March 3rd, 2019
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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall (Scottsdale, Arizona)

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    The Dolls – (Directed by Takeshi Kitano, Poland gave this the best film award – costume design by Yoji Yamamoto)

    Name these girls – Happy Hinamatsuri album

    Google Hinamatsuri

    The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. Hinamatsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi (雛流し, lit. “doll floating”), in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them.(via wiki)

  • James Merrill (March 3, 1926 – February 6, 1995)

    March 2nd, 2019

  • James Merrill, Stonington, Connecticut, June 1973; photograph by Jill Krementz
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    James Merrill (March 3, 1926 – February 6, 1995)

    Log

    “[…] Now and then
    “It is given to see clearly. There
    “Is what remains of you, a body
    “Unshaven, flung on the sofa. Stains of egg
    “Harden about the mouth, smoke still
    “Rises between fingers or from nostrils.
    “The eyes deflect the stars through years of vacancy.
    “Your agitation at such moments
    “Is all too human. You and the stars
    “Seem both endangered, each
    “At the other’s mercy. Yet the gem
    “Revolves in space, the vision shuttles off.
    “A toneless waltz glints through the pea-sized funhouse.
    “The day is breaking someone else’s heart”

    ~ birthday celebrant James Merrill.

    Thanks to Chris Schneider for the poem above.

  • Poetry Foundation

  • RIP Andre Previn, Film Composer, Won 4 Oscars & played duet with Oscar Peterson

    February 28th, 2019
  • Timothy Spall, Bruno Ganz at The Party & Sally Potter’s Molly

    February 27th, 2019
  • Timothy Spall was born on Feb 27.

  • Bruno Ganz – interview.

    RIP Bruno Ganz

  • Sally Potter’s most anticipated film – Molly

  • Julie Christie
    Julie Christie was in Sally Potter’s early film.

    Wave to Orlando – (Tilda and Sally Potter) (previous post)

    RIP Donald Keene – Enigmatic, Eminent Scholar of Japanese Literature

    February 24th, 2019
  • Japanese Literature Scholar, Translater Donald Keene died at 96.

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    Akutagawa Hiroshi, Mishima and Donald Keene
    Mishima (his final performance)

  • His autobiography is an excellent read.. what an amazing life.

    Keene Observation Donald Keene (On his 84th birthday)

  • Donald Keene

  • Interesting review of his book by Colin Marshall.. Donald Keene on Familiar Terms.

  • Enigmatic Emperor Emperor Meiji

    Dancer, Director, Stanley Donen Dazzled us, dies at 94

    February 23rd, 2019

  • Stanley Donen dies at 94


    Two for the Road


    Indiscreet

    Stanley Donen dated Elizabeth Taylor, married many times, condolences to Elaine May who has been his partner.

    Edward Gorey – Love of Balanchine PT II

    February 22nd, 2019

  • Edward Gorey near one of the Nadelman sculptures on the promenade at the NY State Theater, 1973. Photograph: Bruce Chernin. Image provided by the Alpern Collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University.
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    Edward St. John Gorey (February 22, 1925 – April 15, 2000)

    “He was a precocious child. He claimed to have read all the works of Victor Hugo by the age of eight.”

  • Edward Gorey

    Edward Gorey Love of George Balanchine Part I

  • Feb 22 – Int’l cat day in Japan .. see Gorey with cat here.

  • Wes Anderson is under the spell of Edward Gorey


  • Two roommates

    Poet Frank O’Hara and macabre writer and illustrator Edward Gorey were roommates at Harvard in the late ’40s, where they furnished their apartment with garden furniture and a coffee table made from a repurposed tombstone. According to The New Yorker, the pair “established their rooms as (in the words of a home-town friend) the spot to ‘lie down on a chaise lounge, get mellow with a few drinks, and listen to Marlene Dietrich records.’” Pompous and eccentric? Perhaps. But we bet their room was the coolest place on campus.

  • Art is a Dark Mirror, Ellen Harvey’s Reflective Installations

    February 20th, 2019
  • Ellen Harvey

    Night Hawk

    Metal Painting 2015
    Harvard Magazine – Art is a Dark Mirror

    Ellen Harvey’s reflective installations

    John Schlesinger – Far from the Crowd, Worked w/ Bates, Christie & Finch.

    February 16th, 2019

  • “Darling” with Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey. .

    John Schlesinger
    A Kind of Loving.. his first film, starring Alan Bates.

    Old Obit from Independent

    Oscar-winning director of ‘Midnight Cowboy’ who brought a fresh approach and contemporary viewpoint to his film,
    John Richard Schlesinger, film director: born London 16 February 1926

    Terence Stamp. See Nicolas Roeg’s spectacular cinematography from here.

  • “Sunday Bloody Sunday” – his most personal film –

    Ian Bruma was his newphew.

    Conversation with John Schlesinger

    Goodbye, The Last Days in Chez Bruno Ganz

    February 16th, 2019
  • RIP Bruno Ganz

  • On the set of The American Friend

  • Bruno Ganz and Dennis Hopper (American Friend directed by Wim Wenders, based on a story by Patricia Highsmith )

  • From angel to Hitler Bruno Ganz
    headlines splashed.

  • On filming in Beirut,

    Volker Schlöndorf, said that Bruno Ganz was distressed with the war experience whereas Hanna felt quite comfortable in the midst of chaos.

    Circle of Deceit see another photo here ‘


  • Marquis d’O – directed by Eric Rohmer
    (Marquis d”O was based on the novel by Heinrich von Kleist)

  • Isabelle Huppert posted two photos on FB (did not know about these two films, both actors so prolific).

  • Bruno Ganz was in Australia working with Gillian Armstrong in Last Days in Chez Nous.

  • Thank you Bruno Ganz!

    Bride & Groom – Yves Klein & Rotrout, R. D.Laing & Jutta – Happy Valentine’s Day!

    February 13th, 2019

  • Yves Klein & Rotrout

    In 1962, Rotraut and Klein married in Paris. Klein died six months later, while Rotraut was pregnant with their son’

    Rotrout divides her time between Phoenix, Arizona, Paris and Sydney Australia.
    Brother of Rotrout Uecker is Gunter Uecker

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


  • Jutta and R. D.Laing.

    Mad to be Normal – reviewed by Psychology Today

    Gabriel Byrne played a mad patient in Mad to be Normal.

  • Happy Valentine’s day!