Archive for March, 2014

Four Films about Women – The Love’s Torment

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
  • Augstine

    The 19th-century French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot is best remembered as a teacher of William James and Sigmund Freud, and also for the haunting, fascinating photographs he collected of patients in various states of symptomatic mental distress. Like other important figures in the history of medicine, he is a complicated figure in retrospect, at once a charlatan and a pioneer, a monster and a modernizer.

    Augustine trailer here.

    Alice Winocour

    Vincent Lindon – previous film

  • Mia Hansen Love (Interview)

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  • Goodbye First love is her second film.
    A very impressive debut film by Mia Hansen Love (Father of My Children)

  • Assayas and Mia Hansen Love (husband and wife filmmakers)

  • Adore Trailer

    Adore wiki

    Interview with Anne Fountaine – director of Adore

    AF: This is such an original love story! I had never heard of a fusional foursome. What’s really special here is that the tension doesn’t come from rivalry, jealousy, or any negative feeling – it’s built on love. Each of those four characters is simply in love with the other one. I know some people might find it hard to believe, but Doris Lessing, whom I had the privilege to meet before the shoot, told me her novella was based on a true story – which made it even more impressive and inspiring to me.

  • Grandmothers by Doris Lessing

  • See Brazil Rio, and the architecture ..

    Bruno Barreto filmography – includes Carried Away (he was married to Amy Irving)..Four days in Septrember.. (Alan Arkin, great film)..

    Elizabeth Bishop.

    Shigeru Ban – Architect of Emergency Shlter wins Pritzker

    Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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    Humanitarian activities (design boom)

    Shigeru Ban (NY times) wins Pritzker

    The Guardian on Shigeru Ban

  • David Shapiro

    My student Shigeru Ban wins the Pritzker for his work in temporary structures. Look up his curtain house blowing in wind. And for his tubes of cardboard. I loved a poem he wrote that was about being confused at 20 by going from Japan to New York all the time. His embrace of victims of the storms. Proud of his clear architecture.Another example of the greatness of John Hejduk’s conception of the social contract which is, after all, architecture. The fantasies at Cooper became the poetry within disaster. Cardboard !

    Shigeru Ban.Paper tube emergency shelter .Time lapse video

  • Agnes Martin – Early Years with Delphine Seyrig

    Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
  • Young Agnes Martin agnesm1

  • On the roof top
    Agnes Martin (at right, on the rooftop of the
    Coenties Slip building where she lived in New York.
    Jack youngerman (sitting), Ellsworth Kelly (standing), Robert Indiana (kneeling),Delphine Seyrig, 1957.
    Photograph by Hans Namuth. (via Martin bio page )

    Ms. Martin and Mr. Indiana related to the history of the locale in a particularly intimate way. Both were deeply interested in the American experience as something immediate and poetic, and they embedded the waterfront in their work. In their lofts they found actual relics of the old seafaring days: nautical equipment, shipbuilding materials, iron wheels, charts and ledgers.

    Where City History Was Made, a 50’s Group Made Art History

    In this film Agnes Martin described her friendship with Jack Youngerman and Delphine Seyrig, 1957.
    and their son who grew up to be bi-lingual shuttling between France and USA.

  • Wisdom of Agnes Martin

    As a fledgling art dealer in 1963, Pace Gallery founder Arne Glimcher met painter Agnes Martin at a party at Jack Youngerman’s loft on Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan. “We clicked immediately,” Glimcher recalls.

    One of the more curious chapters in Martin’s 92-year life concerns her brief career as a filmmaker. In 1976, she made a movie called Gabriel, about a ten-year-old boy’s impressions of the natural world around him. “Every rock, pebble and plant struggling for survival . . . is recorded,” Glimcher writes in the book. Martin was so pleased with the outcome that she planned another film “about the seduction of the princess of China by Genghis Khan,” he says. She went to Japan and hired Kabuki actors and brought them to New Mexico, where she hired Native Americans to play the Mongols. “Filming went on for a time before the project became uncontrollable in its scale,” Glimcher remembers. She gave it up and returned to painting.

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    Found this early untitled painting by Agnes Martin from MoMa Collection.
    (Water Color and Ink)
    See more from MoMa..

  • Young artist feels the weight of history from the last two images.
    Agnes Martin time to goagtimetogo2
    Agnes Martin Both Sides of the Room, From the series “Other People’s Art by Gabriela Vainsencher

    Betty Goodwin – Her images of Solitude and Mourning

    Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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    Betty Goodwin

    Born in Montreal, Betty Goodwin (March 19, 1923 – 2008) is regarded as one of Canada’s premier contemporary artists. Concerned with the fragility and ephemeral quality of life, Goodwin created haunting and mysterious images of solitude and mourning.

    Largely self-taught, Goodwin turned to painting in the late 1940s. In 1968, she enrolled in a printmaking course with Yves Gaucher at Sir George Williams (now Concordia University). It was there where she began working with found objects and clothing articles in her prints, which brought her much international attention.

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    Her wiki

    Born in Montreal the only child of Romanian immigrants Betty loved to paint and draw as a child, and was much encouraged by her mother to pursue art.

  • Bye Bill Knot – A Language Composed of Kisses & Leaves

    Thursday, March 13th, 2014
  • Bill Knott –1940 – 2014

    that Bill passed away yesterday from complications with surgery. The inventive, subversive, and immensely influential poet was 74.

    Knott, who was an orphan, spent a year in an institution for the mentally ill in Elgin, Illinois, when he was 15; he worked with his uncle at a farm in Michigan, spent two years in the army, and wrote his first book while working as a hospital orderly. He taught for many years at Emerson College in Boston.

    Death by Bill Knott

    Going to sleep, I cross my hands on my chest.
    They will place my hands like this.
    It will look as though I am flying into myself.

  • Knotty Knotty Boy (Richard Hell on Bill Knott)


    In this time and place, where “Bread and Circuses” has
    become “Bread and Atrocities,” to say “I love you” is
    like saying the latest propaganda phrase… ‘defoliation’… ‘low yield blast’.
    If bombing children is preserving peace, then
    my fucking you is a war-crime.

  • Michael Andre

    I thought at first that someone was repeating the old joke about Saint Geraud.
    Knott faked his suicide years ago, and then had his work ascribed to “Saint Geraud.”

  • Bill Knot Art blog

    Interview I

  • Click to see large and read a poem The Lost

  • Interview Harriett (He was reading Patricia Highsmith)

    What language will be safe
    When we lie awake all night
    Saying palm words, no fingertip words
    This wound searching us for a voice
    Will become a fountain with rooms to let
    Or a language composed of kisses and leaves

    R.I.P Wu Tianming + Cai Guo Qiang & Bruce Lee Musical

    Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
  • See The King of Mask full film (youtube)

    R.I.P Wu Tianming (LA Obit)

    Wu Tianming dies at 74; Chinese director shook up state-run studio
    Chinese director Wu Tianming was considered the inspiration for the so-called Fifth Generation of innovative filmmakers in China, including Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige.

  • Chinese artists and calligraphers on missing Malaysian Airline Flight.

  • Anti-mining and resources group Generation Alpha threaten Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition at GoMA due to Santos sponsorship

  • Bruce Lee musical (David Henry Hwang …) youtube trailer

  • Man walks 3000 miles in China.. His Before & After Photos Will Shock You. (via Lifebuzz).

    Feminlist – Nancy Cunard & Sophie Le Fraga

    Monday, March 10th, 2014
  • Photo of Nancy Cunard by Moffet

    Some of Moffat’s best portraits were of Nancy Cunard (1896-1965), a prolific English writer, editor, publisher, political activist, anarchist and poet. She was associated with the Dada and Modernist movements in Paris during the early 1920s when she and Moffat became friends and lovers. Moffat photographed her in a series of inventive poses wearing this extravagant feathered headdress.

    Nancy Cunard was born into the British upper class and devoted much of her life to fighting racism and fascism. She became a muse to some of the 20th century’s most distinguished writers and artists, including Wyndham Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Tristan Tzara, Ezra Pound and Louis Aragon, who were among her lovers, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Constantin Brâncuși, Langston Hughes, Man Ray, and William Carlos Williams. MI5 documents reveal that she was involved with Indian socialist leader VK Krishna Menon. In later years, she suffered from mental illness, and her physical health deteriorated. She died at age 69, weighing only 26 kilos (57 pounds), in the Hôpital Cochin, Paris.

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  • I love a bangle stack (scroll down to see a photo of Nancy with unknown women)

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    Sophia Le Fraga homepage.

    Interview with Sophia Le Fraga

    Drumroll please Sophia Le Fraga

  • Robert Fitterman introduces Sophie


    womenthol cigarettes
    womanchego cheese
    womanila envelopes
    Charles Womanson
    Marilyn Womanson
    Womandy Moore
    Paul Newoman
    Newoman’s Own
    sediwomentary rock
    womanta ray
    praying womantis
    womanic depression
    womental disorder
    Prewomenstrual Syndrome

    -Sophia Le Fraga

    Lee Ufan and Mingei + A Bowl to Remember Slovak Uprising

    Thursday, March 6th, 2014
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    Lee Ufan Mingei (Pace)

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    Lee Ufan (Korean: 이우환, Hanja: 李禹煥, Korean pronunciation: [iːuhwan] born 1936 in Haman County, in South Kyongsang province in Korea) is a Korean[1] minimalist painter and sculptor[2] artist and academic, honored by the government of Japan for having “contributed to the development of contemporary art in Japan.”[3] The art of this artist, who has long been based in Japan, is rooted in an Eastern appreciation of the nature of materials and also in modern European phenomenology. Lee, the main theorist of the Mono-ha (“School of Things”) tendency in Japan in the late 1960s and early 1970s, was trained as a philosopher.[4] As a painter, Lee significantly contributed to Tansaekhwa, or Korean monochrome painting, the first artistic movement in 20th century Korea to be promoted internationally. He advocates a methodology of de-westernization and demodernization in both theory and practice as an antidote to the Eurocentric thought of 1960s postwar Japanese society. Lee divides his time between Kamakura, Japan and Paris, France.

  • A bowl commemorating Slovak Uprising. Found this bowl at the thriftstore in Prague in 1997. (photos by Fung-Lin Hall)

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  • Korea archive here.

  • Haiku by Rafael here.

    Alain Resnais – 1922 – 2014

    Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
  • Alain Resnais

  • BBC obit

    Alan Resnais, experimental French director, dies aged 91

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  • Resnais left in 1945 to do his military service which took him to Germany and Austria with the occupying forces, as well as making him a temporary member of a travelling theatre company, Les Arlequins.[14] He returned to Paris in 1946 to start his career as a film editor, but also began making short films of his own. Finding himself to be a neighbour of the actor Gérard Philipe, he persuaded him to appear in a 16mm surrealist short, Schéma d’une identification (now lost).[12] A more ambitious feature-length work, Ouvert pour cause d’inventaire, has also vanished without trace. (via Alain Resnais wiki)

    Alain & Mifune

    07 Aug 1961, Venicem, Italy — Venice, Italy. french film director Alain Resnais (Left) and Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune congratulate each other after winning top honors September 5th at the 1961 Venice Film Festival. Resnais won the golden Lion of St Mark’s for his “Last year at Marienbad,” an unconventional literrary film. Mifune won the Volpi Cup for his acting in “Yojimbo” . — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS © Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

  • (Alain Resnais and Chris Marker)

  • Alain Resnais – A Life in Pictures..

  • Riva and Eiji Okada hiroshima
    (Or Futon and Cropped Hair image by Fung Lin Hal)

  • More photos, facts, films, people from David E’s blog.

  • (Stavisky directed by Alain Resnais)