Monday, May 31

Why preserve Van Gogh's palette?

Gustave Moreau
"Why preserve an artist’s palette? The daubs of raw pigment or the mixes left in position can be an intriguing index to the working method and the mind of the artist. And most, once the status of art had been elevated above the realms of mere craft, would paint themselves palette in hand."
Telegraph, Vermeer's Palette, Color Inspiration from the Masters of Painting, The Blue Lantern, Paintbox, Victorian Artist's Paint Box, Objects Page

Astor Piazzolla

"After this episode, Piazzolla returns to tango and to his instrument, the bandoneon. What was once a choice between the sophisticated music or tango, now would be sophisticated music and tango, but in the most efficient way: to work the structure of sophisticated music with the passion of the tango. In Paris, he composes and records a series of tangos with a string orchestra and he begins to play the bandoneon while standing up, he puts one leg on a chair, a trait that would characterize him on the music scene (Most bandoneonists play sitting down)."
Astor Piazzolla: Chronology of a Revolution, Wikipedia, YouTube - Muerte / Angel, Milonga del angel, Adios Nonino, Verano Porteño, Fracanapa, Lunfardo, Chin Chin, Tristezas de un doble A (Parte I), Tristezas de un doble A (Parte II), Buenos aires, Piazzolla & Bandoneon

Sunday, May 30

Dennis Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010)

Wikipedia - "Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker and artist. As a young man, Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1955, and appeared in two films featuring James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). Over the next ten years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films. He directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969), winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as co-writer."
Wikipedia, NYT, Mubi, YouTube - Raw Video: a Bandaged Dennis Hopper Gets a Star, Actor Dennis Hopper, On Art, Drug Crazed Rant in Apocalypse Now, Dennis Hopper throws a fit, Dennis Hopper reads a poem on The Johnny Cash Show, Blue Velvet Straight to Hell Fucker, Easy Rider Marijuana and UFO's, Inside The Actor's Studio Dennis Hopper 1, (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7)

Saturday, May 29

T.J. Wilcox

Tragedy (Sissi at the Sala Terrena)
"Wilcox’s fascination with the interaction of different eras is encapsulated by an image of the remains of the swimming pool Adele incongruously installed outside the walls of the 900-year-old castle where the couple lived after they married in 1932. The water has completely disappeared -- all that is left is a perimeter of stones outlining a rectangle in the lush green grass. The Duchess recalls a small pavilion by the pool, filled with suntan lotion in rainy Ireland."
artnet, (1), frieze

The Roundhouse

Wikipedia - "Many of these were hosted and promoted by the Jeff Dexter. Others bands who played at the Roundhouse during this period included, Gass, The Rolling Stones,[Jeff Beck, Zoot Money's Dantalions Chariot, David Bowie, The Sinceros, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Incredible String Band, The Doors with Jefferson Airplane, The Clash, Elkie Brooks and Motörhead who appeared at the Roundhouse on July 20, 1975."

The Map Room

Manitoba Historical Maps
"The Map Room is a blog about maps by Jonathan Crowe. It covers everything from collecting to the latest in geospatial technology from a generalist’s perspective."
The Map Room

Friday, May 28

C Press

"For more information about C Press, see Jed Birmingham’s articles on Time, Ted Berrigan, and Don’t Ever Get Famous. Andy Warhol provided the cover for issue four of C: A Journal of the Arts. Edwin Denby and Gerard Malanga appear on the silk-screened cover."
RealityStudio, Granary Books

Gary U.S. Bonds

Wikipedia - "Gary U.S. Bonds (born Gary Levone Anderson, June 6, 1939, Jacksonville, Florida) is an American rhythm and blues and rock and roll singer. He is also a prolific songwriter."
Wikipedia, YouTube, (1), (2)

Thursday, May 27

Eight Poems by Pierre Reverdy - Tom Hibbard (trans.)

"The difficulty of Reverdy's poems limited his audience. He founded a short-lived review, Nord-Sud (1916; 'North-South'), to promote Cubism. After turning to Surrealism in the 1920s, hereturned to Cubist-inspired poetic techniques. Reverdy published Étoiles peintes (1921; 'Painted Stars'), Les Épaves du ciel (1924; 'Shipwrecks from Heaven'), and Flaques de verre (1929; 'Glass Puddles'). - Encyclopædia Britannica"

Conceptual art

H.R. Fricker
Wikipedia - "Conceptual art is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns. Many of the works, sometimes called installations, of the artist Sol LeWitt may be constructed by anyone simply by following a set of written instructions."
Wikipedia, Conceptual art, Sentences on Conceptual Art - Sol Lewitt

Wednesday, May 26

Darren Almond

"Darren Almond’s diverse work, incorporating film, installation, sculpture and photography, deals with evocative meditations on time and duration as well as the themes of personal and historical memory."
White Cube, artnet, Tate


Wikipedia - "Koyaanisqatsi (English pronunciation: /ˈkɔɪ.ɑːnɪsˈkɑːtsiː/ KOY-ah-nis-KAHT-see), also known as Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance, is a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke."
Wikipedia, YouTube, (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9)

Tuesday, May 25

Klaus Schulze

Wikipedia - "Klaus Schulze (born August 4, 1947) is a German electronic music composer and musician. He also used the alias Richard Wahnfried. He was briefly a member of the electronic bands Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel before launching a solo career consisting of more than 60 albums (more than 140 CDs) lasting over four decades."
Wikipedia, Klaus Schulze,, YouTube, (1), (2), (3)

Railroad car

Pennsylvania Railroad Car
Wikipedia - "A railroad car or railway carriage is a vehicle on a rail transport system (railroad or railway) that is used for the carrying of cargo or passengers. Cars can be coupled together into a train and hauled by one or more locomotives. Passenger cars can be self propelled in which case they can be single or multiple units."

Monday, May 24

Mitch Ryder

Wikipedia - "Ryder is noted for his gruff, wailing singing style, much influenced by Little Richard, and his dynamic stage performances, influenced by James Brown. As a teen, Ryder sang backup in a black soul group known as the Peps, but racial animosities interfered with his continued presence in the group."
Wikipedia, Mitch Ryder, YouTube - Devil With The Blue Dress, 1966, CC Rider, Rock & Roll

Bill Berkson

Wikipedia - "Bill Berkson is the author of sixteen books and pamphlets of poetry, including the collections Serenade, Fugue State, and a volume of his 1960s collaborations with Frank O'Hara, Hymns of St. Bridget & Other Writings. A selection of his criticism, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings 1985-2003, appeared from Qua Books in 2004."
Wikipedia, Brooklyn Rail, twenty questions with Bill BERKSON, jacket # 5, SHAMPOO, Nowhere, PennSound

Sunday, May 23

Hand Drawn Map Association

"We are happy to announce the HDMA has been asked to participate in an exhibition this fall at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Katharine Harmon and will feature a variety of artists whose work maps the emotional landscape of New York City."
Hand Drawn Map Association

Shakespeare—Sonnet 138

Sofonisba Anguissola, Portrait of a Young Woman (ca. 1575)
"Listen to John Dowland’s Can She Excuse My Wrongs from the First Booke of Songes (1597) in a performance by Gérard Lesne and the Ensemble Orlando Gibbons, and then a guitar performance of his Melancholy Galliard and an Allemande by Jamie Andreas on a modern guitar"

Saturday, May 22

David Bowie, La La La Human Steps - "Look Back In Anger"

"Live in London with La La La Human Steps 1988"

Leon McAuliffe

Wikipedia - "Leon McAuliffe (January 3, 1917–August 20, 1988), born William Leon McAuliffe, was an American Western swing musician from Houston, Texas. He is famous for his steel guitar solos with Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, inspiring Wills's phrase, 'Take it away, Leon.'"
Wikipedia, Brad's Page of Steel, Legendary Steel Guitarist, YouTube, (1), (2)

Jockum Nordström

Wikipedia - "Jockum Nordström (born 1963) is a Swedish artist, best known for his vivid collages, but also for his drawings, paintings and work as an illustrator."
Wikipedia, artnet, YouTube

Friday, May 21

Gotham Art & Theater

"What does this have to do with art? Find out at Artists Space, where "Rip it Up and Start Again" can be seen until Feb. 20, 2010. Curated by an impressive assortment of presenters, including poet John Giorno, gallerist Mitchell Algus and fictional artist Claire Fontaine, this fascinating show brings together works by Burroughs, artist Ray Johnson, poet Charles Henri Ford, musician Arthur Russell and Philippe Thomas (who started a fictional public relations agency called readymades belong to everyone®). All of them shared an interest in collaboration, collage and breaking down the boundaries between visual, written and musical art."

The Famous Flames, T.A.M.I. Show - James Brown

Wikipedia - "The Famous Flames was an R&B vocal group founded by Bobby Byrd that performed with James Brown during the early years of his career. On recordings such as 'Please, Please, Please', 'Try Me', 'Think', 'I Don't Mind', 'Shout and Shimmy', 'Bewildered', 'Oh Baby, Don't You Weep', and 'I'll Go Crazy' the group's smooth backing harmonies contrasted strikingly with Brown's own rough, impassioned delivery, and their synchronized dance steps were a prominent visual feature of his live shows."
Wikipedia, W - T.A.M.I. Show, James Brown, The T.A.M.I. Show, (2), (3)

Nueva trova

Ruinas de la Casa de la Nueva Trova
Wikipedia - "Nueva trova is a movement in Cuban music that emerged around 1967/68 after the Cuban Revolution of 1959, and the consequent political and social changes. Nueva trova has its roots in the traditional trova, but differs from it because its content is, in the widest sense, political. It combines traditional folk music idioms with 'progressive' and often politicized lyrics."
Wikipedia, Cuban Trova. III Part. The Nueva Trova., At the Beginning, There Wasn't a Nueva Trova by Silvio Rodriguez, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), Cuba Son Guajira Nueva Trova - Video Dokumentation Mi Cuba Son

Thursday, May 20

Festival de Cannes 2010

"Find out more in detail about the official Selection, Juries, Awards, programmes, events, and follow everything happening at the Festival through articles, photos and videos."
Festival de Cannes 2010, (1), Wikipedia, MUBI

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Ville-d'Avray: Entrance to the Wood
Wikipedia - "Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (July 17, 1796[1] – February 22, 1875) was a French landscape painter and printmaker in etching. Corot was the leading painter of the Barbizon school of France in the mid-nineteenth century. He is a pivotal figure in landscape painting and his vast output simultaneously references the Neo-Classical tradition and anticipates the plein-air innovations of Impressionism."
Wikipedia, Artchive, Olga's Gallery, NGA

Wednesday, May 19

Prince Far I

Wikipedia - "Prince Far I (b. Michael James Williams, c.1944, Spanish Town, Jamaica, d. 15 September 1983, Kingston, Jamaica) was a reggae deejay, producer and a Rastafarian."
Wikipedia, My Space, Roots Archives, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)

Italian Renaissance

Gozzoli: Procession of the Kings (Medici Portraits)
Wikipedia - "The Italian Renaissance began the opening phase of the Renaissance, a period of great cultural change and achievement in Europe that spanned the period from the end of the 13th century to about 1600, marking the transition between Medieval and Early Modern Europe."
Wikipedia, WebMuseum, Famous Artists of Italy

Tuesday, May 18

Julie Mehretu: Grey Area

Middle Grey, 2007
"Currently on display at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin is American artist Julie Mehretu’s suite of paintings Grey Area. It’s the fifteenth work within the Deutsche Guggenheim’s series of commissions that started in 1998 with James Rosenquist, followed by Andreas Slominski, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lawrence Weiner, Jeff Koons, Rachel Whiteread, Bill Viola, Gerhard Richter, John Baldessari, William Kentridge, Hanne Darboven, Phoebe Washburn, Jeff Wall, Anish Kapoor, and now Julie Mehretu."
VTV, Artmag, White Cube

Error card

Wikipedia - "In the trading card collecting hobby, an error card is a card that shows incorrect information or some other unintended flaw. It can contain a mistake, such as a misspelling or a photo of someone other than the athlete named on the card. Depending on whether the manufacturer noticed the problem while the cards were still being produced, a card may exist in both correct and incorrect versions."

Werner Herzog Reads Where's Waldo

"Uncompromising German film director Werner Herzog reads the children's classic Where's Waldo"

Monday, May 17

Neil Young - Part 3

Wikipedia - "While Young had never been a stranger to eco-friendly lyrics, themes of environmentalist spirituality and activism became increasingly prominent in his work throughout the 1990s and 2000s, especially on Greendale and Living With War. The trend continued on 2007's Chrome Dreams II, with lyrics exploring Young's personal eco-spirituality."
Wikipedia, Harvest Moon, Winterlong, Prime Of Life, Sleeps With Angels, Mansion On The Hill, F!#*in Up, My Heart, From Hank to Hendrix. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Greendale, (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11), (12), (13), (14), (15*), Love to Burn, Piece Of Crap, Downtown, The Believer, Milano, Sad Movies, Wille Nelson, Home Grown - Farm Aid 2009, Love And Only Love, When You Dance I Can Really Dance, It's a dream, The Painter, He Was The King, No Wonder (Prairie Wind), Grey Ridery, This Note's For You - NY 1989, Crime In The City, Love Art Blues, Mellow My Mind, Words

Pedro Costa

Wikipedia - "Pedro Costa (born 1959) is a Portuguese film director. He is acclaimed for using his ascetic style to depict the marginalised people in desperate living situations. Many of his films are set in a district of Lisbon inhabited by the socially disadvantaged and shot in a natural and low-key way that makes them resemble documentaries."
Wikipedia, Pedro Costa, Guardian - "Pedro Costa, the Samuel Beckett of cinema", Harvard Film Archive, New Yorker - "Lisbon Calling", strictly film school, MUBI, Criterion Collection - "Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa

Sunday, May 16


Joseph Cornell
Wikipedia - "Assemblage is an artistic process in which a three-dimensional artistic composition is made from putting together found objects. The origin of the word (in its artistic sense) can be traced back to the early 1950s, when Jean Dubuffet created a series of collages of butterfly wings, which he titled assemblages d'empreintes."
Wikipedia, Google

Kon + Amir Present: The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Samples Of All Time

"These days, everyone loves hip-hop. But how much does the average fan really know about the building blocks that formed the foundation of the genre's entire sound? That's right, before it was all-808-everything, hip-hop used a secret (and sometimes not-so-secret) selection of classic soul, funk rock, and jazz records from the ’60s and ’70s to create their sound. From tiny, obscure snippets to instantly-recognizable loops, the sample-based producers of the late ’80s and early ’90s uncovered some truly classic musical gems that are still sought after and used today."
Kon + Amir Present: The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Samples Of All Time

Saturday, May 15


Wikipedia - "Diplomacy is a strategic board game created by Allan B. Calhamer in 1954 and released commercially in 1959. Its main distinctions from most board wargames are its negotiation phases (players spend much of their time forming and betraying alliances with other players) and the absence of dice or other game elements that produce random effects."
Wikipedia, Play Diplomacy Online, The Game of Diplomacy, (1), amazon

The American Breed

Wikipedia - "The American Breed was an American rock band that was formed in 1966 and disbanded in 1969."
Wikpedia,, YouTube

Friday, May 14

Art of the Mimeo Revolution

"I just finished reading Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics to Comix 1963-1990, which was released in connection with an exhibition at Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin a year ago."
Mimeo Mimeo, Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics into Comix, 1963 - 1990, Little Magazine Collection

DOLK Goes BIG in Brooklyn

"In New York for his show with M-City at the Brooklynite Gallery, DOLK has been hitting Brooklyn hard."
Wooster Collective, Brooklynite Gallery

The Master Musicians of Jajouka

"Jajouka is an ancient village perched above a long valley in the blue Djebala foothills of the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco. The village is home to the Master Musicians of Jajouka as well as the sanctuary of Saint Sidi Ahmed Sheikh, who came from the East around 800 AD to spread Islam to North Morocco."
The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Wikipedia, W - 1, My Space, YouTube, (1), (2), Master Musicians of Joujouka Live in Porto part 1, Porto part 2, Rolling Stones - 'In Morocco" BBC Documentary 1989 Pt 1, Pt 2, Pt 3, Pt 4, Pt 5.

Thursday, May 13

Patti Smith, Tom Snyder

"February 23, 2009 — Patti Smith interviewed by Tom Snyder, May 11, 1978."

Benjamin Péret

Wikipedia - "Benjamin Péret (4 July 1899 – 18 September 1959) was a French poet and Surrealist."
Wikipedia, Green Integer, enotes, Benjamin Péret: songs of the eternal rebels

Ken Kesey

Wikipedia - "Kenneth Elton 'Ken' Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American author, best known for his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962), and as a counter-cultural figure who considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s."
Wikipedia, W - Merry_Pranksters, Psychedelic 60s: Ken Kesey & the Merry Pranksters, YouTube

Wednesday, May 12

Eugène Delacroix

Liberty Leading the People
Wikipedia - "Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (26 April 1798 – 13 August 1863) was a French Romantic artist regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic school. Delacroix's use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour profoundly shaped the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist movement."
Wikipedia, Eugène Delacroix,

Gregory Isaacs

Wikipedia - "Gregory Isaacs (born Gregory Anthony Isaacs, 15 July 1951, Fletchers Land, Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae musician. Milo Miles, writing in the New York Times, described Isaacs as 'the most exquisite vocalist in reggae'."
Wikipedia,, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)

Tuesday, May 11

Tango #16

"'Tango', #16 in the Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine series, offers the unexpected pairing of contemporary downtown NY composers with vintage tango songs."
continuo, UbuWeb

Thomas Struth

Sommerstrasse, Düsseldorf, 1980
Wikipedia - "Thomas Struth (born 1954) is a German photographer whose wide-ranging work covers detailed cityscapes, Asian jungles and family portraits. Along with Andreas Gursky, he is one of Germany's most noted modern-day photographers."
Wikipedia, artnet, Marian Goodman

“Get out of there!,” the definitive montage

"So I was dangling this dork from Pajiba upside-down trying to dislodge his lunch money when out popped this video. It’s a montage of 'Get out of there!' scenes from movies."

Monday, May 10

Soviet Non-Conformist Art – Before and after the fall of the USSR

Lucien Dulfan, City Street, 1980s
"Under the paradoxical title Soviet Non-Conformist Art – Before and after the fall of the USSR, the Chambers Gallery next to Smithfields Market is showing paintings and prints by a group of artists hailing from the Odessa School, the Ukrainian Underground and Russia."
A World to Win, FAD, Guardian

Darren Almond

"Darren Almond’s diverse work, incorporating film, installation, sculpture and photography, deals with evocative meditations on time and duration as well as the themes of personal and historical memory."
White Cube, artnet