Archive for April, 2020

RIP Germano Celant – Art Historian, Critic, Champion of Art Povera

Thursday, April 30th, 2020
  • Art Net obit

    Germano Celant (1940-2020) ArtForum

  • Art or Sound, curated by Germano Celant

  • Germano Celant, the towering Italian critic, curator, and art historian whose wide-ranging writing, exhibition-making, and scholarship altered the trajectory of contemporary art and made him a leading voice in the field, has died in Milan at eighty years old due to complications from Covid-19. The author of hundreds of books, essays, and articles that coincided with as many large-scale shows, Celant is most closely affiliated with Arte Povera, a term he coined in 1967 for the association of avant-garde artists who made meaning from mundane materials and challenged art’s symbolic function, formal conventions, and commodity status in postwar Italian culture. (

  • Walter de Maria

    Jannis Kounellis Art Povera

    Joel Peter Witkin

    Dennis Oppenheim
    Published by Germano Celant

    RIP Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi, Namesake, The Lunchbox

    Wednesday, April 29th, 2020
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    Irrfan Khan Dies aged 53 (The Guardian)
    Irrfan Khan a life in pictures
    Filmography – IMDB

    Two of the films that he has worked on (Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi) collectively won 12 Oscars.


    Khan was known for his nuanced and understated performances, with many calling him one of India’s most talented actors.
    He was so highly respected, director Wes Anderson once wrote him a part just so he could work with him.

    He kept in touch with Mira Nair – who had spotted his talent at drama school but cut him from Salaam Bombay. They would go on to make The Namesake in 2006 and New York, I Love You in 2010.

  • Irrfan Khan: a seductive actor capable of exquisite gentleness
    Peter Bradshaw

  • On being asked regarding his favorite Directors in an interview, Irrfan Khan replied:
    “My favourite director was Stanley Kubrick. Krzysztof Kieslowski. Andrei Tarkovsky… the earlier films of Satyajit Ray… the Apu Trilogy. The first film (Pather Panchali) he did, it was so organic. He learnt it on the job. That has a kind of mystery. He was discovering the craft. Ritwik Ghatak… Meghe Dhaka Tara. I love all his films. I watch it with subtitles.”

  • With Kelly Mcdonald in Puzzle

    RIP Zarina – An Independent Artist from India

    Monday, April 27th, 2020
  • Zarina died

    Zarina Hashmi, known professionally by her first name only, was an Indian artist living and working in the USA. Her work spanned drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Associated with the Minimalist movement, her work utilized abstract and geometric forms in order to invoke a spiritual reaction from the viewer. (via wiki)

  • A Fiercely Independent Woman Artist (The Hindu )

    Zarina’s works on paper, in print and collage, and her sculptures, made from paper pulp or metal, found homes in prominent museum collections.

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    RIP Deidre Bair, Passing of Beckett Biographer

    Friday, April 24th, 2020
  • Biographer of Beckett, Beauvoir & Jung, Deirdre Bair Died (NYtimes)
    Irish Times obit

  • Wiki

    Deirdre Bair (21 June, 1935 – 17 April, 2020) was an American writer and biographer. She was the author of six works of nonfiction.
    Bair received a National Book Award for Samuel Beckett: A Biography (1978).[1][a] Her biographies of Simone de Beauvoir and Carl Jung[2] were finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her biographies of Anaïs Nin and Simone de Beauvoir were chosen by The New York Times as “Best Books of the Year”,

  • On the difficulty of convincing Samuel Beckett of just about anything

    Deirdre Bair, Biographer of Record, Recalls Their First Meeting

    (Literary Hub)

    (Photo of Samuel Beckett by Steve Schapiro)
    Samuel Becket Archive

  • Saul Steinberg

  • RIP Patricia Bosworth April, 2020.
    April 24 – birthday of Patricia Bosworth, biographer of Marlon, Monty and Diane Arbus

  • A Poem “Corona” by Paul Celan

    Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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    Roony Mara in “Carol” here.

  • Why I Recite the Same Paul Celan Poem to All My Dates

    Paul Celan reads Corona (Youtube)

  • Corona

    Autumn nibbles its leaf from my hand.
    We are friends.

    We shell time from the nuts and teach them to walk.
    Time returns into its shell.

    In the mirror is Sunday.
    In dreams come sleeping–
    the mouth speaks true.

    My eye moves down to my lover’s loins.
    We gaze at each other and we speak dark things.

    We love one another like poppy, like memory
    we slumber like wine in the sea shells
    like the sea in the moon’s blood jet.

    One heart beat for unrest.

    We stand at the window embracing.
    People watch us from the street.
    It is time people knew. It is time
    the stone consented to bloom.

    It is time it came time.
    It is time.

    The first time I read “Corona,” I perceived Celan’s hope, urgency and romance. I had never memorized a poem before and it occurred to me, after that first read, that his was a poem for committing to memory. Also, I had some time on my hands: I was on hiatus from my waitressing job because I had to temporarily wear an eye-patch.

    “Corona” is an outlier within Celan’s poetry. This poem is quite different from his defining works like “Death Fugue”—“he looses his hounds on us and grants us a grave in the air”—or “Ashglory”—“the drowned rutterblade / deep / in the petrified oath.” If you’re not familiar, Celan’s poetry is pretty dark. Celan’s writing contains explicit ties to the trauma of World War II; he spent his early twenties being forced to burn Russian literature in Bukovia and was later imprisoned in a Romanian labor camp. He was separated from his parents, who were sent to a separate camp, and was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust. He would allude to this survivor’s guilt in the thousands of letters and poems he wrote over the course of his life until, at the age of 49, he died by suicide.

  • Todesfuge
    Previous Post (see a video of him reciting Todesfuge.. powerful & moving)

  • RIP Peter Beard, & Portraits by Francis Bacon

    Sunday, April 19th, 2020
  • Missing Photographer Peter Beard Found Dead in Forest

  • Francis Bacon/Peter Beard

    Bacon first met the American artist, photographer, diarist and writer, Peter Beard (born 1938) at the Clermont Club in London in 1965. The occasion was the launch of Beard’s book on wildlife in Africa, The End of the Game, which documented the massive die-off of over 35,000 elephants in Tsavo National Park from the destructive impact of overcrowding, a theme Beard revisits often in his artistic work. Beard’s images impressed Bacon who particularly admired his aerial photographs of dead elephants. They became friends and Bacon painted nine major portraits of Beard. From their first meeting in 1965, Bacon and Beard appear to have developed a close friendship.

    RIP Peter Beard (Homepage)

  • The Ladies Man Vanishes

    RIP Hélène Châtelain, Brian Dennehy Allen Daviau

    Thursday, April 16th, 2020

  • RIP Hélène Châtelain
    (La Jetee directed by Chris Marker)

  • RIP Brian Dennehy

  • Allen Daviau – cinematographer of E. T. and Empire of the Sun

    Hands Over the City Rod Steiger Directed by Francesco Rosi

    Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

  • (Rod Steiger in Hands Over the City directed by Francesco Rosi)
    Hands Over The City – Criterion

    Rod Steiger is ferocious as a scheming land developer in Francesco Rosi’s Hands over the City, a blistering work of social realism and the winner of the 1963 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion. This expose of the politically driven real-estate speculation that has devastated Naples’s civilian

  • (See full film on youtube)

  • Rod Steiger – April 14, 1925 – passed away 2002. Julie Christie April 14, 1940

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Saturday, April 13, 2019

  • (Julie Christie previous post)

  • Hitchcock Meets Stanley Kubrick, Made in Heaven

    Saturday, April 11th, 2020
  • (More on Stanley Kubrick here)

    Hitchcock Meets Stanley Kubrick

    Watch Stanley Kubrick Meet Alfred Hitchcock in This Trippy Mashup

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    (Carey Grant and Danny Kaye and Hitch looked unhappy.)

  • It seemed somehow appropriate to post this sensational behind-the-scenes photo from MADE IN HEAVEN on Easter Weekend. …

    Posted by Choose Alan Rudolph on Saturday, April 11, 2020

  • RIP Helène Aylon – Ecofeminist, Anti-nuclear Art

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

  • My postcript is for the children

  • Artnews obit

  • Helène Aylon was an American multimedia and ecofeminist artist.[1][2] Her work can be divided into three phases: process art (1970s), anti-nuclear art (1980s), and The G-d Project (1990s and early 2000s), a feminist commentary on the Hebrew Bible and other established traditions. In 2012 Aylon published Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist.

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    Earth Ambulance, Helene Aylon, Creative Time, 1992.


    The original 1982 “ambulance” was a truck painted to resemble an ambulance. A key element of the mobile performance are hundreds of common pillowcases carried by the Earth Ambulance, donated by participants, representing the “nightmares” people experience about the potential for nuclear obliteration of life on earth. Some pillow cases have been inscribed with messages, others filled with earth dug close to missile launch sites and from Native American reservations frequently used either as nuclear test sites, or for uranium mining and processing. Still others are blank, representing the unknown future.

    In the 1992 exhibition under the Brooklyn Bridge, a selection of these pillowcases were strung from the bridge girders above the parked “ambulance.”

    The ambulance also has been a focal point for mass demonstrations.

    Aki Kaurismaki is On the Side of Hope

    Saturday, April 4th, 2020
  • On the Other Side of Hope

  • (Happy birthday Aki Kaurismaki)

    Le Havre trailer (Aki has no hope for the humankind so he makes a delightful film full of hope and goodness)

    Aki’s loving tribute to Ozu Yasujiro (youtube – a great video)
    (Ozu Yasujiro Archive here)

    His top ten films (Saw Casque d’Or recently becuase of his recommendation)

    The Conversation Piece -Luchino Visconti

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

  • (Burt Lancaster and Helmut Berger)

    Conversation Piece by Luchino Visconti

    Burt Lancaster is a model of subtlety in Visconti’s most candid self-portrait

    A detailed, French-made documentary on Visconti and Conversation Piece is if anything more compelling than the film. We learn of Lancaster’s rushing to the stroke-afflicted Visconti’s side to commit to the film and win Italian producers’ approval, and how, without the director’s knowledge, he undertook to complete work on it if Visconti’s health failed completely. There are excellent testimonials, among others, from Renata Franceschi, script supervisor and speaker of the best-articulated Italian I’ve ever heard, and two of the actors – Patrizi, looking good in the early 2000s, and Berger, decidedly raddled. A short essay by a sober Italian critic adds a few more piquant details to the mix; the only pity is that the nitty-gritty of Visconti’s relationship with Berger is skimped in both extras