Sunday, August 31

Bill Viola


The Crossing, 1996
Wikipedia - "Bill Viola (born America, 1951) is a contemporary video artist. With a career spanning 35 years his significant contribution to the genre of video art is today widely acknowledged on the international stage."
Wikipedia, Bill Viola, James Cohan Gallery, Google, YouTube, (1), (2)

Duan Jianghua


Monument No.1, 2007
"Duan Jianghua's expressionist-style painting struggle with the ramifications of power; power worshiped, pursued, lost, redeemed. Duan's violent and stong strokes, dark and dense, question the space between man and his surroundings, the present and past, things plundered and revered."
Chelsea Art Galleries, artnet

Saturday, August 30

Chuck Close


Wikipedia - "Chuck Thomas Close (born July 5, 1940, Monroe, Washington) is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. Though a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he has continued to paint and produce work which remains sought after by museums and collectores."
Wikipedia, Chuck Close, Pace Prints, Washington U., Google

Yigal Ozeri


Priscilla with vines, 2007
"A charismatic aspect of both the temperament of Yigal Ozeri is his undisguised delight in the power paint and a robust affection for the painterly surface, proportion and atmosphere."
Skot Foreman Fine Art, Mike Weiss Gallery

Friday, August 29

Wilco


Rolling Stone - "It's about four o'clock on a Monday afternoon, and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco is getting ready to play an incredibly intimate one-off gig."
Rolling Stone, WILCO WORLD, Wikipedia, Gumbo Pages, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4)

Lucy R. Lippard


Strange Weather 1, 2005. Joy Garnett
"In New York's art circles and on hundreds of Web sites, Lucy Lippard '54 is regarded as a popular feminist, art critic, theorist, author and political activist."
Andover, Wikipedia

Bernini


Corpus, 1650
Wikpedia - "Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (December 7, 1598 - November 28, 1680) was a pre-eminent Baroque sculptor and architect of 17th Century Rome."
Wikipedia, Met Museum, Web Gallery of Art

Thursday, August 28

Michelangelo Antonioni


senses of cinema - "The fims of Michelangelo Antonioni are aesthetically complex - critcally stimulating though elusive in meaning. They are ambiguous works that pose difficult questions and resist simple conclusions."
senses of cinema
, Wikipedia, IMDb, Little Rabbit

Zhang Dali


Wikipedia - "Zhang Dali (born 1963, Harbin, China) is an artist based in Beijing. Zhang trained at Beijing Central Acadermy of Art & Design."
Wikipedia, artnet, The Saatchi Gallery

Wednesday, August 27

Michelle Stuart


anoka, 1985
"Her artwork consistently centers on themes in nature and Stuart often incorporates natural elements into her compositions such as beeswax, earth, fossils and plants."
Diane Villani, Michelle Stuart, BNET

Tuesday, August 26

Gary Snyder


Wikipedia - "Gary Snyder (born May 8, 1930) is an American poet (often associated with the Beat Generation and the San Francisco Renaissance), essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist (frequently described as the 'poet laureate of Deep Ecology')."
Wikipedia, Morern American Poetry, poets.org, Gary Snyder Poems

Jennifer Steinkamp


Istanbul Modem - MUSAC
"Jennifer Steinkamp is an installation artist who with video and new media in order to explore ideas about architectural space, motion, and perception."
Steinkamp Artist Resume

Josef Koudelka

Magnum - "Invasion ... In August of 1968 the Warsaw Pact armies invaded Czechoslovakia with more than 5,000 tanks and hundreds of thousands of soldiers. The invasion followed Czech reforms that emphasized freedom of the press, consumer goods, and democracy."
Magnum

Monday, August 25

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker


"Out of a dance vocabulary entirely designed to suit her own body the choreographer developed an idiom closely linked to specific performers."
Rosas, Wikipedia, Vlaams Theater Instituut, YouTube, (1)

Stan Drake


"Born in Brooklyn on November 9th, 1921, he worked for $1 a day on the back of a Dugan's Donut truck for spare cash when going to high school."
Stan Drake, Wikipedia, Wikipedia - 1

Popol Vuh


Wikipedia - "Popol Vuh was a German Krautrock band founded by pianist and keyboardist Florian Fricke in 1970 together with Holger Trulzsch (percussion) and Frank Fiedler (electronics)."
Wikipedia, Wikipedia - 1, last.fm, Popol Vuh, YouTube

Sunday, August 24

Michael Eastman


Arenal, Cuba Series
Duane Reed Gallery - "The St. Louis native has traveled throughout Europe and Cuba to shoot his architectural and landscape photography."
Duane Reed Gallery

Charles Simonds


Floral Font (detail), 1989
VDB - "There he discovered an area of clay pits that had once provided the raw material foor some of Manhattan's older buildings."
VDB, UbuWeb, BNET

Saturday, August 23

1970 FIFA World Cup


Wikipedia "The Brazilian team, featuring the likes of Pele (who was in his fourth and final World Cup), Carlos Alberto, Clodoaldo, Gerson, Jairzinho, Rivelino, and Tostao, is usually regaded as the greatest attacking World Cup team ever."
Wikipedia, Wikipedia - Pele, YouTube, (1)

Joseph Campbell


Wikipedia - "Joseph John Camphell (March 26, 1904 - October 30, 1987) was an American mythology professor, writer, and lecturer best known for his work in the fields of comparative mythology and comparative religion."
Wikipedia, Wikipedia - 1, Joseph Campbell Foundation

Friday, August 22

Wire


Wikipedia - "Wire are arguably a definitive art punk or post-punk ensemble, mostly due to their richly detailed and atmospheric sound, often obscure lyrical themes and, to a lesser extent, their Situationist political stance."
Wikipedia, Pinkflag, Brainwashed, wireviews

Thursday, August 21

Jean-Luc Godard


Wikipedia - "Many of Godard's films challenged the conventions of Hollywood cinema, and he was often considered the most extreme New Wave filmmaker. His films often expressed his political ideologies as well as his knowledge of film history."
Wikipedia, IMDb, Cinema=Godard=Cinema, senses of cinema, Godard, YouTube, (1)

Newgrange


Sacred Destinations - "Newgrange has been dated to about 3200 BC, during the Bronze Age. It is not known for whom the tomb was built, but it was clearly the burial of great tribal leaders."
Sacred Destinations, Wikipedia, Knowth, Newgrange

Wednesday, August 20

Olivier Messiaen


Wikipedia - "On the fall of France in 1940 Messiaen was made a prisoner of war, and while incarcerated he composed his Quatuor pour la fin du temps ('Quartet for the end of time') for the four available instruments, piano, violin, cello, and clarinet."
Wikipedia, YouTube, last.fm

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad


PBS - "An Iraqi photojournalist from Baghdad, he has sought out Islamic militants across the Middle East, and his articles and photos have appeared in several Western newspapers."
PBS, Wikipedia, Selves and Others, YouTube, (1), (2)

Lester Bangs


Wikipedia - "Leslie Conway Bangs (December 13, 1948 - April 30, 1982) was an American music journalist, author and musician. Most famous for his at Creem and Rolling Stone magazines, Bangs was and still is regarded as an extremely influential voice in rock criticism."
Wikipedia, Perfect Sound Forever, (1), ALLLIE, RockCritics

Tuesday, August 19

Vietnam War Era Ephamera Collection


May 12, 1967 Helix cover
"It's not hard to define 'what' the Sixties were. Most can agree on the main ingredients: Vietnam and the explosion worldwide of wars for national liberation; civil rights and emergence of 'black power' and other cultural-identity movements...."
University of Washington Libraries

Big Apple Circus


Wikipedia - "Paul Binder and Micheal Christensen were a pair of American street jugglers who, after meeting in San Francisco, decided to travel to Europe in the early 1970s."
Wikipedia, Big Apple Circus, Wikipedia - Circus

Thomas Dworzak


"State organized demonstration marking the 24th anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the US embassy, 'The Den of Espionage', by radical students and Revolutionary Guards."
Thomas Dworzak

Monday, August 18

Nancy Holt


Captures the Sun at both Winter & Summer Solstices
Wikipedia - "Nancy Holt (born, April 5, 1938) is an American artist famous for her public sculpture, installation art and land. Throughout her career, Holt has also produced works in other mediums, including film, photography, and writing artist's books."
Wikipedia, greenmuseum.org, Video Data Bank

James McNeill Whistler


Nocturne in Black and Gold: Entrance to Southampton Water, 1872 to 1874
"James Abbott McNeill Whistler was the one revoltionary painter in the English-speaking world whom courbet, Manet, and Degas regarded as their peer and comrade-in-arms in the crusade against nineteenth century academic art."
WebMuseum, Wikipedia

Q. Sakamaki


"Since the land 80s, he has photographed New York's political, social landscape, such as issues of AIDS, homelessness, and street crimes, focusings on people suffering their human rights violation in the related poverty, discrimination, and violence."
Q. Sakamaki, Redux Pictures, NYT

Saturday, August 16

The Incredible String Band


Wikipedia - "The members of the group are considered musical pioeers in psych folk and, by integrating a very wide variety of traditional music forms and instruments, in the development of world music."
Wikipedia, Wikipedia - 1, The Incredible String String Band, YouTube, (1), (2)

Dan Witz


Williamsburg, Brooklyn 2008
"Kilroy Variations 2008 Ugly New Buildings. In the past few years much of my neighborhood in Brooklyn has been torn down to make for luxury housing. For better or worse it's a whole new street-scape out here."
Dan Witz

The Marvel and Measure of Peru


Two singing entertianers of Contisyo
"When Francisco Pizarro and his fellow Spanish conquistadors first encountered Peru in 1523, they were shocked by the wholly unfamiliar world."
The Getty

Friday, August 15

Paul Blackburn


M.L. Rosenthal - "This is how Blackburn's art works: lightly, broodingly, absorbingly. The opening couplet of The Watchers takes us unawares. It is plain, casual."
Modern American Poetry, Wikipedia, EPC, PENNSOUND, Literary History

Alan Watts


Wikipedia - "Alan Wilson Watts (Jaanuary 6, 1915 - November 16, 1973) was a philosopher, writer, speaker, and student of comparative religion. He was best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Asian philosophies for a Western audience."
Wikipedia, Alan Watts, Alan Watts Lectures and Essays, Alan Watts Resource, YouTube, (1), (2), (3)

Thursday, August 14

Rainer Werner Fassbinder


Wikipedia - "His intense discipline and phenomenal creative energy when working were in violent contrast with a wild, self-destructive libertinism that earned him a reputation as the enfant terrible of the New German Cinema, as well as its central figure."
Wikipedia, senses of cinema, The Fassbinder Foundation, Jim's Reviews / Fassbinder, YouTube, (1)

1930 FIFA World Cup


"Participation in a FIFA World Cup takng place overseas involved a long sea journey. Moreover, for some clubs it meant having to go without their best players for two months - a problem that is still topical today."
FIFA, Wikipedia, YouTube, (1)

Wednesday, August 13

Paul Gauguin


Tahitian Women on the Beach, 1891
Wikipedia - "His bold experimentation with coloring led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his painting, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the was to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential exponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms."
Wikipedia, WebMuseum, Olga's Gallery, National Gallery of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, wbur.org

Remember Tibet

"On the occasion of the Beijing Olympics opening this upcoming August 8th 2008, we will be asking people to remember Tibet's struggle for independence against the undemocratic government of China."
Remember Tibet

Tuesday, August 12

Nick Cave


Wikipedia - "He is best known for his work in the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and his fascination with American music and its roots."
Wikipedia, Wikipedia - 1, Guardian - "Old Nick", Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Rhapsody, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)

Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943


The By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1942 collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal."
By the Peoply, For the Peoply: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943

Monday, August 11

Poor People's Campaign: A Dream Unfulfilled


Kathy Lohr - "In early 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders planned a Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D.C., for the spring. "
npr, Higher Pictures

Bill Knott


Robert Arnold - "Outspoken yet reclusive, lyrical but political, simultaneously tragic and comic, Bill Knott seems to specialize in self-denial."
Memorious 6, not poetry blog, Wikipedia, Bookslut, Ploughshares

Saturday, August 9

Beijing 2008


NYT - "An ecstatic China finally got its Olympic moment on Friday night. And if the astonishing opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games lavised grand tribute on Chinese civilization and sought to stir an ancient nation's pride, there was also a message for an uncertain outside world: Do not worry. We mean no harm."
NYT: Olympics 2008, Rings, NYT: China's Leaders Try to Impress and Reassure World.
NBC Olympics, NBC: Opening Celemony (Video)

William Christenberry


T.B. Hick's Store in Newbern, Ala., 1976
Wikipedia - "William Christenberry (born November 5, 1936) is a photographer, painter and sculptor who works with personal and somewhat mythical themes growing out of his childhood experiences in Hale County, Alabama."
Wikipedia, Christenberry Online, npr

Friday, August 8

The Roches


Wikipedia - "The Roches (Maggie, Terre and Suzzy Roche) are a female vocal group of three songwriting sisters from Park Ridge, New Jersey, known for their unusual and rich harmonies, quirky lyrics, and casually comedic stage performances."
Wikipedia, The Roches, YouTube: The Roches Hallelujah Chorus 1982, (1), (2), (3)

Era Rock Art


"Amongst the outcrops and boulders of northern England keen eyes may spot an array of mysterious symbols carved into the rock surfaces."
Era Rock Art

Stanley Kubrick


Wikipedia - "Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 - March 7, 1999) was an influential American film director, screenwriter and producer. He directed a number of highly acclaimed and sometimes controversial films."
Wikipedia, IMDb, Stanley Kubrick: The Master Filmmaker, The Kubrick Site, MySpace

Thursday, August 7

Horace Bristol


Portrait of Young Legong Dancer, Bali, 1939
Robert Miller Gallery - "One of the first staff photographers for LIFE magazing. Horace Bristol (1908 - 1997) worked aginst a backdrop of profound economic upheaval and sweeping political change."
Robert Miller Gallery, The Getty, Horace Bristol

George Tooker


Lunch, 1964
"His subjects, often of mixed sexual and racial features, are often obscured by heavy clothing and appear sagging and shapeless, trapped within their own dull worlds."
Rogallery, Ten Dreams