Saturday, May 31

The Wing Luke Asian Museum


Letter Cloud, Erin Shie Palmer
"The Wing Luke Asian Museum engages the Asian Pacific American communities and the public in exploring issues related to the culture, art and history of Asian Pacific Americans."
The Wing Luke Asian Museum, New York Times, YouTube, (1)

Friday, May 30

Laura Letinsky


Greg Fallis - "Letinsky had abandoned her practice of photographing people in public places. For the next six years she photographed couples in intimate settings, private settings, usually their homes. She wanted to explore the way the romantic expectations raised by popular shape private perceptions of love."
Utata Tribal Photography, Stephen Bulger Gallery

The Prayer Book of Claude de France


The Morgan Library & Museum - "The book's miniature scenes are painted in a range of soft purples, mauves, and roses in tiny, sometimes almost invisible brushstrokes."
Morgan Library

Thursday, May 29

Nancy Scheinman


Burnished with Soft Autumn Glare, 2006
"She layers time. Like medieval artists she boxes a related sub-text of narratives within the space of the main image. Physially her pieces are interwoven with her own chronnology, collaging parts of earlier images, etching and drawings to the new."
Nancy Scheinman, Heineman Myers

Africana Collections


Cote d'Ivore, 1959
"The oral narrative, whether epic poetry, folktale, or recitation of a historic event, may be presented by by a storyteller, with dramatic emphasis and artistic skill before a live audience."
The Library of Congess

Wednesday, May 28

U. Utah Phillips


"Described by himself as the Golden Voice of the Great Southwest, he is described by others as a true eclectic, archivist, historian, activist, philosopher, hobo, tramp, member of the IWW, and just about everything in between."
Utah Phillips, Wikipedia, You Tube, (1)

Richard Barnes


"He looks at architecture as artifact and, placing it within the context of archaeology, challenges our conceptions of the way we inhabit and represent the built environment."
Richard Barnes

Tuesday, May 27

Janis Joplin


"Janis broke with local social traditions during the tense days of racial integration, standing up for the rights of African Americans whose segregated status in her hometown seared her youthful ideals. ... Discovering an inborn talent to belt the blues, Janis began copying the styles of Bessie Smith, Odetta and Leadbelly."
The Official Janis Joplin Site, Wikipedia, Janis Joplin, YouTube, (1), (2), (3)

Michael Arcega


"Michael Arcega is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installations. His art, though visual, revolves largely around language."
Michael Arcega, KQED: arts & Culture

Dorothea Lang


Wikipedia - "Lange's photographs humanized the tragic consequences of the Great Depression and profounly influenced the development of documentary photography."
Wikipedia, Oakland Museum of CA, Women Come to the Front

Monday, May 26

Merce Cunningham


Wikipedia - "Cunningham was born in Centralia, Washington, and received his first formal dance and theater at the Corninh School (now Cornish College of the Arts) in Seattle,. From 1939 to 1945, he was a soloist in the company of Martha Graham. He presented his first New York solo concert with John Cage in April 1944."
Wikipedia, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, pbs, YouTube

Julio Larraz


"Julio Larraz was born in Havana, Cuba, on 12 March 1944. The son of a newspaper publisher, he began to draw at a very early age. In 1961 his parents moved to Miami, Florida, taking the whole family with them."
Julio Larraz

Sunday, May 25

O. Winston Link


"The last of the N&W's steam locomotives was taken out of service in May 1960, and Winston returned to New York, where he continued his work as a commercial photographer."
Link, Wikipedia, Carolina Arts, artnet

Chinese Poems

"This site presents Chinese, pinyin and English texts of poems by some of the greatest Chinese poets. Most of the featured authors are from the Tang dynasty, when culture in China was at its peak, but writers from other periods are also included."
Chinese Poems

Edible Flowers


French Rose
"Roses are a group of herbaceous shrubs found in temperate regions throughout both both hemispheres. All the Roses of the Antipodes, South Africa and the temperate parts of South America have been carried there by cultivation."
Edible Flowers

Saturday, May 24

Cornell Capa


The Hand of John F. Kennedy California, 1960
Wikipedia - "Cornell Capa (April 14, 1918 - May 23, 2008) was a Hungarian-American photographer, member of Magnum Photos, and photo curator, and the younger brother of photo-journalist and war photographer Robert Capa."
Wikipedia, SKJosefsberg Studio

Paul Celan


Wikipedia - "Paul Celan (...November 23, 1920 - approximatelly April 20, 1970) was the most frequently used pseudonym of Paul Antschel, one of the major poets of the post-World War II era."
Wikipedia, Poets.org, Force of Light, Art of Europe

Friday, May 23

Virginia Rodrigues


"Like so many Brazilian girls of humble origin, she had to help support his family by working as washerwoman, cleaning woman, manicurist, and cook."
Virginia Rodrigues, FeileAfrica, Wikipedia

Georges Remi, 1907-1983


Lambiek.net - "Herge - a pseudonym of Georges Remi's initials (G.R.) in reverse (R.G.) - is the creator of the highly popular comic character, Tintin. This famous Belgian artist is often considered to be the most influential European comic artist ever." (Artw)
Lambiek, Tintin

Thursday, May 22

John Berger


"John Berger is a storyteller, essayist, novelist, screenwrier, dramatist and critic, whose body of work embodies his concern for, in Geoff Dyer's words, 'the enduring mystery of great art and the lived experience of the oppressed.'"
John Berner, Wikipedia

Walid Raad


Wikipedia - "Walid Raad ... (born in Chbanieh, Lebanon) is a contemporary media artist. His works to date include video, photography and literary essays."
Wikipedia, artnet

Agnes Denes


Wheatfield - A Confrontation, 1982
greenmuseum.org - "One of the early pioneers of both the environmental art movement and Conceptual art, Agnes Denes brings her wide ranging interests in the physical and social sciences, mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, poetrt and music to her delicate drawings, books and monumental artworks around the globe."
greenmuseum.org, Projects for Public Spaces, Wikibiotics

Wednesday, May 21

Seamus Heaney


Poets.org - "Seamus Heaney was born on April 13, 1939, in Casthedawson, County Derry, Northern Ireland. He earned a teacher's certificate in English at St. Joseph's College in Belfast and in 1963 took a position as a lecturer in English at that school."
Academy of American Poets, Wikipedia, Internet Poetry Archive, Seamus Heaney, Literary History

Bush Tetras


Wikipedia - "The Bush Tetras were a rock band from New York City, popular in the New York club scene in the early 1980s but never achieving much mainstream success. Their music, sometimes classified under Rare Beats, combined dance rhythms and dissonant rock-guitar riffs."
Wikipedia, msn, Deaf Sparrow, YouTube, (1), (2), Knitting Factory

Henry Hudson, 1570-1611


"No one knows what happened to Henry Hudson and his shipmates after the mutinous crew aboard Discovery lost sight of them on that cold morning. They were never found by subsequent rescue missions, nor was any trace found to identify them as having survived in that harsh land."
Ian Chadwick

Monday, May 19

The Schoolhouse


"The Schoolhouse nurtures each child's natural love of learning and helps each to assume responsibility for learning and proceed at his/her own pace. Our goal is to lead chidren to discover the rewards found in the process of active inquiry and respectful, cooperative work with others."
The Schoolhouse

Ron Hicks


Once Upon a Time
"Ron Hicks' works have been characterized as a blend of representational art and impressionism. Some critics have compared them to paintings by Rembrandt and Daumier."
Ron Hicks

Jasmina Danow


"Created with thin washes overlaying thick paint sufaces, the colors and forms in Danowski's panels are compressed and charged, drawing energy from the confinement of the small, square supports."
Spanierman Modern

Sunday, May 18

Isadora Duncan


Wikipedia - "Barefoot, dressed in clinging scarves and faux-Grecian tunics, she created a primitivist style of improvisational dance to counter the rigid styles of the time. She was inspired by the classics, especially Greek myth. She rejected traditional ballet steps to stress improvisation, emotion, and the human."
Wikipedia, Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco, B. John Zavrel, YouTube

Saturday, May 17

Arundhati Roy


"Arundhati Roy (born November 24, 1961) is an Indian novelist, activist and a world citizen. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel The God of Small Things."
Arundhati Roy, Wikipedia, Salon, Anniina's Arundhati Roy, YouTube, Video

Friday, May 16

Peter Hutton


Wikipedia - "Peter Hutton (born 1944 in Detroit, Michigan) is an experimental filmmaker, known primarily for his silent cinematic portraits of cities and landscapes around the world."
Wikipedia, Canyon Cinema, REDCAT, Study of a River, My Space, My Space - 1

Penny Black


Wikipedia - "The Penny Black, the world's first adhesive postage stamp of a public system, was issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 1 May 1840, for use from 6 May."
Wikipedia, Penny Black Stamp, The Penny Black Project

Janis Avotins


Conversation - "People, places, focus, artists, short interesting conversations, the weather, music, an empty museum (never been in one), gossip and generosity."
Conversation, IBID Projects, Video

Wednesday, May 14

Robert Rauschenberg


Bowery Parade (Borealis), 1989
Wikipedia - "Rauschenberg is perhaps most famous for his 'Combines' of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovations. While the Combines are both painting and sculpture, Rauschenberg has also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking, and performance."
Wikipedia, pbs, National Gallery of Art, Greg Kucera Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Berend Strik


DJ, 2008
"The images are chosen from photographs the artist has taken on his travels through Africa, documenting the people, architecture and post-colonial landscapes of the continent."
Tilton Gallery

Tuesday, May 13

Dinh Q. Le


Untitied (from The Hill of Poisonous Trees Series), 2008
The Penal Colony - "Dinh Q. Le had been working for over a decade with issues of politics, memory and history, and he continues this exploration with The Penal Colony."
PPOW

Near East Collections


"Essentially geographic designations imposed upon this vital part of the world by the European West, each of these names both obscures within that region's manifold achievements and promotes as many enduring stereotypes of its inhabitants as the number of the rivers flowing through it."
The Library of Congress

Pizzi Cannella


Luna o luna nuova, 2006-2007
"After initially working in mixed media, Cannella adopted painting. Beginning in the mid-1980s, he begun a series of works that set objects (dresses, stools, beds, doors, cathedrals) against unspecified, non-desript backgrounds."
Barbara Mathes Gallery

Monday, May 12

Bound for Glory: 1939-1943


Marion Post Wolcott. Melrose, Louisiana, June 1940.
"Bound for Glory: Amermica in Color is the first major exhibition of the little known color images taken by photographers of the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information."
Library of Congress

Susan Burnstine


Bridge To Nowhere
"In Spring 2005, she started building her own homemade lenses and cameras, primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts and random household objects. The result of this creative endeavor can be viewed in her series, On Waking Dreams."
Susan Burnstine, On Waking Dreams

Sunday, May 11

Nedko Solakov


O.K Center for Contemporary Art - "Sprung from the artist's fertile imagination, the stories take shape in a unique artistic universe made of drawings, paintings, installations, videos and performances, in which he tackles personal as well as universal themes, using a strongly poetic yet critical approach often tinged with a fine sense of humour."
OK Centrum, Arndt & Partner, Nedko Solakov

Grand Central Terminal


"Grand Central Terminal was built to house Cornelius Vanderbilt's railroad network, consolidated in the late 19th century as New York Central."
New York Architecture

Saturday, May 10

Trisha Brown


"The Trisha Brown Dance Company has presented the work of its legendary artistic director for more than 35 years. Founded in 1970 when Trisha Brown branched out from the experimental Judson Dance Theater to work with her own group of dancers, TBDC offered its first performances at alternative sites in Manhattan's SoHo."
Trisha Brown Dance Company, Wikipeda, YouTube, (1)

Slavery in America


L'Afrique, 1782
"The American slave trade was an international business. It began in Western Afica, where prisoners were taken for sale to European and American slave traders, and continued in permanent and impromptu slave markets in the United States, ultimately, conentrated in the South."
New York Life

Friday, May 9

Arthur Rimbaud


Wikipedia - "As part of the decadent movement, his influence on modern literature, music and art has been enduring and pervasive."
Wikipedia, Arthur Rimbaud

Au Pairs


Wikipedia - "All these bands shared a strongly left wing social outlook, but the Au Pairs stood out due to their frontwoman, Lesley Woods, being an outspoken feminist and lesbian: the band were greatly influential in this respect on the riot grrrl movement a decade later."
Wikipedia, Au Pairs, New Wave Photos, mog, Rhapsody, YouTube, (1)

Thursday, May 8

Diego Rivera


Wikipedia - "Diego Rivera (December 8, 1886 - November 24, 1957, born Diego Maria de la Concepcion Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Asosta y Rodriguez in Guanajusato, Gto.) was a world-famous Mexican painter, an active communist, and husband Frida Kahlo."
Wikipedia, The Virtual Diego Rivera, Diego Rivera, pbs

Jacob Collins


"The Hudson River School for Landscape with build a new movement of American art, modeling itself after the artistic, social and spiritual values of the Hudson River School painters."
Jacob Collins

Gustave Le Gray


Beech Tree
The Getty - "Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884) is known as the most important French photographer of the nineteenth century because of his technical innovations in the still new medium of photography, his role as the teacher of other noted photographers, and the extraordinary imagination he brought to picture making."
The Getty, Gustave Le Gray - In Images

Wednesday, May 7

Canadian Painting in the 30s


Walter J. Phillips, York Boat on Lake Winnipeg, 1930
"An innovative stude of the period, this exhibition documents the development of Canadian modermist painting, from the nationalism of early schools of landscape painting to the intternational trends 1940s."
Canadian Painting in the Thirties

Paul Beliveau


Les Humanites CCLVXXXIII, 2007
Stricoff Fine Art - "Recognized for his expertise drawing, engraving and painting he has since then had more than sixty solo exhibitions across Canada and the United States."
**Paul Beliveau