Archive for January, 2014

R.I.P Miklós Jancsó – Hungarian Filmmaker of The Red & White

Friday, January 31st, 2014
  • Miklós Jancsó, director and filmmaker
    (27 September 1921 – 31 January 2014)

    Among his most successful films were “The Round-up” (1965), “The Red and the White” (1967) and “Silence and Cry” (1968).
    He received lifetime achievement awards in Cannes in 1979, Venice in 1990 and Budapest in 1994.

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  • Full film here (youtube)

  • Miklós Jancsó wiki

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  • Pierre Clementi – previous post.

  • (Y)ear of the Wood Horse – 2014

    Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
  • Noble Horse
    Gong Kai (Chinese, 1222–after 1304)
    One of the classics says that a horse’s ribs should be slender and numerous. An ordinary horse has only ten ribs. One with more than this is a noble steed.

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    Headless horse – Frank Lloyd Wright with his curious chinese asian collection

  • Jannis Kounellis horses

  • Turin Horse
    Turin horse – Bela Tarr

  • Band-aid horse by Lucy White.

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    Deborah Butterfield

  • Two drawings by Leonardo da Vinci

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    Study of horses for the Battle of Anghiari 1503-04

    Head of a horse

    Susan Rothenberg Pontiac


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    The Introduction of 2014 Year of Horse
    The Year 2014 is considered as the Year of the Horse as per the Chinese Zodiac Calendar which begins on January 31, 2014, and ends on February 18, 2015. 2014 according to Chinese Astrology Calendar. it is the Year of Wood Horse. Wood is related to tree or green, so it is also called Year of Green Horse. 2014 is the jiăwŭ (甲午) year

    R.I.P Pete Seeger – The Power of Song

    Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
  • Pete Seeger

    Photo via Passion for boating

    Pete Seeger performing “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” in Calcutta in 1963.

    This bhajan (Hindu devotional song) translates:

    Chief of the house of Raghu, Lord Rama,
    Uplifters of those who have fallen, Sita and Rama,
    Sita and Rama, Sita and Rama,
    O beloved, praise Sita and Rama,
    God and Allah are your names,
    Bless everyone with real wisdom, Lord.

    h/t to Priya Barr

  • The Power of Song – a film by his late wife..

    Pete Seeger Remembers His Late Wife Toshi, Sings Civil Rights Anthem “We Shall Overcome”

  • Fracking Indigenous Struggle and Hiroshima Bombing

  • Arlo Guthrie

    Pete Seeger:

    I usually do a little meditation and prayer every night before I go to sleep – Just part of the routine. Last night, I decided to go visit Pete Seeger for a while, just to spend a little time together, it was around 9 PM. So I was sitting in my home in Florida, having a lovely chat with Pete, who was in a hospital in New York City. That’s the great thing about thoughts and prayers- You can go or be anywhere.

    I simply wanted him to know that I loved him dearly, like a father in some ways, a mentor in others and just as a dear friend a lot of the time. I’d grown up that way – loving the Seegers – Pete & Toshi and all their family.

    I let him know I was having trouble writing his obituary (as I’d been asked) but it seemed just so silly and I couldn’t think of anything that didn’t sound trite or plain stupid. “They’ll say something appropriate in the news,” we agreed. We laughed, we talked, and I took my leave about 9:30 last night.

    “Arlo” he said, sounding just like the man I’ve known all of my life, “I guess I’ll see ya later.” I’ve always loved the rising and falling inflections in his voice. “Pete,” I said. “I guess we will.”

    I turned off the light and closed my eyes and fell asleep until very early this morning, about 3 AM when the texts and phone calls started coming in from friends telling me Pete had passed away.

    “Well, of course he passed away!” I’m telling everyone this morning. “But that doesn’t mean he’s gone.”

    Samuel Palmer – Pear Tree & Corfield

    Monday, January 27th, 2014
  • Samuel Palmer

    Samuel Palmer was born on Jan 27 – 1805.

    Mysterious Wisdom – Life and work of Samuel Palmer by Rachel Campbell.

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    Pear Tree in a Walled Garden

    Samuel Palmer in the Valley of Vision – the Other English Mystical Romantic Artist

  • Palmer’s sketchbook – many images here.

  • See more Graphite drawing

    A path through a cornfiled

    Stanislas Wawrinka – Reading & Tweeting, Australian Open 2014

    Saturday, January 25th, 2014
  • “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett quote tatooed

  • Stan Wawrinka homepage.

  • Australian museum – he visited.

  • Love it ..more tweet...

  • Oldest first time winner. where does he fit? .

  • Wow.. his tactics revealed:brain game against Nadal.

  • Stan Wawrinka carried the Olympic flag, Federer and Wawrinka won gold medals together playing the double at previous Olympics. He is a late bloomer.. played many exciting games last year.

  • Update..
    Congrats to Stan Wawrinka –

    Via ESPN a new grand slam champion.

    Wawrinka became the first man to defeat the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds at a Grand Slam since Sergi Bruguera at the 1993 French Open. He is also the only the fourth male player in Open era history to win a maiden Grand Slam singles title against a player with at least 13 majors on his résumé.

  • Samuel Beckett

    George Balanchine & Arthur Mitchell (An African American Dancer)

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

  • George Balanchine and Arhtur Mitchell

    Mitchell shares interesting stories about Balanchine. (youtube) or whyPad de deux was so controversial (youtube)

    Arthur Mitchell is an African-American dancer and choreographer who created a training school and the first African-American classical ballet company, Dance Theatre of Harlem.
    In 1955 Mitchell made his debut as the first African American with the New York City Ballet
    Mitchell was the only African-American dancer with the NY City Ballet until 1970. Choreographer and director of the NYCB George Balanchine created the pas de deux in Agon especially for Mitchell and the white ballerina Diana Adams. Although Mitchell danced this role with white partners throughout the world, he could not perform it on commercial television in the United States before 1965, because states in the South refused to carry it.

    Arthur Mitchell

    Slim dragon-fly
    too rapid for the eye
    to cage,

    contagious gem of virtuosity
    make visible, mentality.
    Your jewels of mobility

    and veil
    a peacock-tail.

    — by Marianne Moore

  • Other related links..
    4 temperaments – Portraits of Paul Hindemith

  • THe Unknown Balanchine.. (Balanchine’s early years)

    George Balanchine was born on January 22 [O.S. January 9] 1904.

    R.I.P Claudio Abbado – (A Great Conductor Arranged the Tarkovsky Festival)

    Monday, January 20th, 2014
  • R.I.P Claudio Abbado (26 June 1933 – 20 January 2014)

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    Andrei and Claudio
    ( Photo by Cordula Groth)

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  • Tarkovsky spoke Italian here.., with Claudio Abbodo.

  • Hearing the silence :a portrait (youtube) of Claudio Abbado

  • (Gustavo Dudamel dedicates TV live Berlioz Requiem in Abbados Memory)

  • Abbado conducted Cecilia Bartoli, Exsultate,Jubilate by W,A,Mozart

    Zatoichi Actor Katsu Shintaro Entertained the Balthus Family

    Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
  • Balthus and Setsuko, Chateau-d’Oex, Switzerland, 1989 ..

    Setsuko was a painter

  • (Katsu Shintaro -wiki)

  • Harumi (Balthus daughter) is a Jewlery designer
    Beauty of Spring (Vimeo) (Created by Donatella Wenders/Mrs Wim Wenders)
    Bono makes an apperance.. and unlike Balthus little girls Harumi grew up to became a mother.

  • Rilke
    Baladine and Balthus (photo via)
    Letter to Balthus – Rilke was the lover of Baladine Klossowski, the mother of Balthus.

    Previous post on Rilke

  • Balthus at the Mets

  • Zatoichi meets Yojimbo

    Jeremy Abbott – Skates “Pina” – A Phenomenal Performance

    Monday, January 13th, 2014
  • Jeremy Abbott wins fourth US men’s title

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    A road to Sochi –
    (A video shows Jeremy’s skating as little kid.. he skated like a pro. )

    Luis Rainer – A Movie Legend with 2 Oscars is 104

    Sunday, January 12th, 2014
  • Luis Rainer
    Luise Rainer won two consecutive Best Actress Awards for ‘The Great Ziegfeld’ in 1936 and ‘The Good Earth’ in 1937.

    Some film historians consider her the “most extreme case of an Oscar victim in Hollywood mythology”(via Luis Rainer wiki )

    Luis Rainer is a movie legend

    Clifford and Luis

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    Spalding Gray – Swmming in Melancholia

    Friday, January 10th, 2014
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    Photo of Spalding Gray by Paul Waldman

    The owner of Dean & Deluca lived above him and he said he was driving him crazy. We sat and talked through a NYC thunder storm…(Paul Waldman)

  • Via Spalding Gray wiki

    On January 11, 2004, Gray was declared missing. The night before his disappearance, he had seen Tim Burton’s film Big Fish, which ends with the line, “A man tells a story over and over so many times he becomes the story. In that way, he is immortal”. Gray’s widow, Kathie Russo, has said, “You know, Spalding cried after he saw that movie. I just think it gave him permission. I think it gave him permission to die.”

    Among those from whom Gray sought treatment was Oliver Sacks, a neurologist. Sacks began treating Gray in August 2003 and continued to do so until almost the time of Gray’s death. In an article by Gaby Wood published on the first anniversary of Gray’s disappearance, Sacks proposed that Gray perceived the taking of his own life as part of what he had to say: “On several occasions he talked about what he called ‘a creative suicide.’ On one occasion, when he was being interviewed, he thought that the interview might be culminated with a ‘dramatic and creative suicide.'” Sacks added, “I was at pains to say that he would be much more creative alive than dead.”

    What Spalding Gray left us

    As Gray describes Merton’s death, “the Trappists sent him to Southeast Asia to research Buddhism. He stepped out of a bathtub, touched an electric fan and died instantly.”
    This account, as it happens, dramatizes the conflict found throughout Gray’s extensive journals: between his own relentless search for transcendence (“perfect moments” and the like) and the often shocking absurdity of worldly contingency of the sort that will, eventually, tragically, short-circuit him too.

  • I remember standing in that second-story window and looking down, wondering if I really had the courage to jump and if I did would it kill me from such a small height. I think I figured I’d just break a leg or something and end up in a cast for the rest of the summer, and that would be much better than dying because of all the attention I’d get. But then I also realized that Mom wouldn’t be able to give me any attention, because she was cracking up and needed all of it for herself.

    –from Impossible Vacation
    Levity – Spalding Gray

    The Cop, The Nun and Peter Cook – the Comic Genius

    Friday, January 10th, 2014
  • Peter Cook (17 November 1937 – 9 January 1995)

    An extremely influential figure in modern British comedy, he is regarded as the leading light of the British satire boom of the 1960s. Cook was closely associated with anti-establishment comedy that emerged in Britain and the United States in the late 1950s.

    See more photos of Peter Cook Funniest Man who ever drew breath

    Stephen Fry on Peter Cook

    You’re getting sleepier