Saturday, December 28

Rudy Burckhardt


Wikipedia - "Rudy Burckhardt (1914, Basel – 1999) was a Swiss-American filmmaker, and photographer, known for his photographs of hand-painted billboards which began to dominate the American landscape in the nineteen-forties and fifties. Burckhardt discovered photography as a medical student in London. He left medicine to pursue photography in the 1930s. He immigrated to New York City in 1935. Between 1934 and 1939, he traveled to Paris, New York and Haiti making photographs mostly of city streets and experimenting with short 16mm films. While stationed in Trinidad in the Signal Corps from 1941-1944, he filmed the island's residents. In 1947, he joined the Photo League in New York City. Burckhardt married painter Yvonne Jacquette whom he collaborated with throughout their 40 year marriage. He taught filmmaking and painting at the University of Pennsylvania from 1967 to 1975. On his 85th birthday, Burckhardt committed suicide by drowning in the lake on his property."
Wikipedia
NYSS: Rudy Burckhardt's Maine
VOICE: The Met Shares a Sublime New York Photo Album by Rudy Burckhardt
Jacket 21: The Cinema of Looking - Rudy Burckhardt and Edwin Denby
Rudy Burckhardt and Friends: New York Artists of the 1950s and '60s
Met: New York, N. Why?: Photographs by Rudy Burckhardt, 1937–1940
FANDOR: Rudy Burckhardt
PennSound: Central Park in the Dark, New York City, NY, 1985; The Automotive Story, 1954
vimeo: Haiti (1938)
YouTube: Rudy Burckhardt & Edwin Denby: The Climate of New York, Rudy Burckhardt: Man In the Woods

Sketchbook


Wikipedia - "A sketchbook is a book or pad with blank pages for sketching and is frequently used by artists for drawing or painting as a part of their creative process. The exhibition of sketchbooks at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University in 2006 suggested that there were two broad categories for classifying sketches. Observation: this focuses on the documentation of the external world and includes many such travel and nature studies and sketches recording an artist's travels. Invention: this follows the artists' digressions and internal journeys as they develop compositional ideas."
Wikipedia
amazon: Sketch Book, Moleskine Classic Sketch

Friday, December 27

Wiesenland - Pina Bausch (2000)


"... The last show in the sequence was created with Central Europe, specifically Hungary, in mind. Wiesenland (meaning something like 'state of meadows': the French, by whom Bausch is much treasured, translate it as 'terre verte', green earth), is on balance one of the tenderest and now a personal favourite of mine; but that’s to state only a position of subjectivity. Bausch is all about personal favourites. ... If there’s an overriding law to emerge from this global mishmash it is that Bausch archly defeats criticism. Against an enormous, vertical-standing backdrop of jungly vegetation, which leaks water, the ensemble enacts little dramas of desire and rejection. There are tropes of gypsy matrimony (the Romanian band Taraf de Haidouks, amongst others, are credited in the track listing), two wedding dresses tossed about in the air like ghostly shuttlecocks. Dancers, still smoking, are doused in water from buckets, perhaps in some ritual of barmy baptism - a return from striving adulthood to a cleansing innocence...?"
the arts desk
Laurent Paillier - Dance photographer
London Dance
PINA BAUSCH: LOCK, STOCK AND BARREL
YOUKU: Wiesenland
facebook: Diaporama Wiesenland

2008 May: Pina Bausch, 2009 June: Pina Bausch 1940-2009, 2012 August: Pina Bausch Costumes.

Tetsu Inoue and Carl Stone - pict.soul (2001)


"pict.soul documents the first meeting between two giants in the experimental, ambient, and post-ambient world. The ten pieces here present a variety of approaches and ways of organizing sound that intermingle in ways guaranteed to vex and delight the serious trainspotter for either of the two artists, and – like any good collaboration – ventures to places where the individual artists might not visit while travelling solo."
C74
YouTube: _.healthy, %.disk, ?.digit, ^.error, &.restart, _.digit, !.tuning

2010 August: Carl Stone, 2011 April: Ear Meal with Carl Stone, 2012 September: Carl Stone' DARDA performance Super Deluxe Tokyo

Thursday, December 26

Alphabet City


Wikipedia - "Alphabet City is a neighborhood located within the East Village in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Its name comes from Avenues A, B, C, and D, the only avenues in Manhattan to have single-letter names. It is bordered by Houston Street to the south and by 14th Street to the north, along the traditional northern border of the East Village and south of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. Some famous landmarks include Tompkins Square Park and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. The neighborhood has a long history, serving as a cultural center and ethnic enclave for Manhattan's German, Polish, Hispanic, and Jewish populations."
Wikipedia
airbnb: Alphabet City
#1: Alphabet City
WSJ: Contrasts Grow as Alphabet City Evolves
YouTube: The Gentrification of Alphabet City

2011 July: East Village, 2011 September: Tompkins Square Park.

Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Donates Shunk-Kender Photo Trove


Jacques Villeglé working, Montparnasse, Paris, 1961
"... The collaboration of Shunk-Kender (Harry Shunk and János Kender), based first in Paris and later in New York, took the core group of photographs from 1958 to 1973. The collections also include photographs taken by Shunk alone in earlier and later years. These images offer a sometimes intimate and sometimes formal view of more than 400 prominent artists in their studios, at events such as openings and in the midst of their performances. They provide an historic document of the artworks of the period in the context in which they were first shown and are often irreplaceable as the only existing record of ephemeral artworks and actions."
Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Donates Shunk-Kender Photo Trove
NYT: Art-Scene Glimpses, Lost Then Found
Two Photographers Emerge from the Shadows with Over 400 Artist Portraits

The Academic and the Avant Garde: Artists of the 1913 Armory Show


Marine Garden Peacocks
"... The 1913 Armory Show became legendary for signaling a break from the traditions and constraints of the French art academies and for paving the way for avant garde artists in America. The Academic and the Avant Garde gathers objects and archival materials to illustrate how these artists served as a bridge between past and present. The exhibition also sheds light on the eclectic taste that shaped Vizcaya and, more generally, early twentieth-century architecture and design in America."
Vizcaya
[PDF] The Academic and the Avant Garde

Wednesday, December 25

Meredith Monk - Double Fiesta (video remix by kurtigghiu)


"Meredith Monk composer, singer, dancer, film-maker, choreographer, performance artist. 'Double Fiesta' is extract 'Do you be' (masterpiece album 1987). The remix was created in 2004 by kurtigghiu. Video is from performances extract at the Almeida Theatre Islington, London (1983).The video-remix by kurtigghiu (2010)"
YouTube: Meredith Monk - Double Fiesta (video remix by kurtigghiu)

Tuesday, December 24

Transatlantic Sessions - Programme One, Programme Two (1995)


Wikipedia - "Transatlantic Sessions is the collective title for a series of musical productions by Glasgow-based Pelicula Films Ltd, funded by - and produced for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and RTE of Ireland. The productions comprise collaborative live performances by various leading folk and country musicians from both sides of the North Atlantic, playing music from Scotland, Ireland, England and North America, who congregate under the musical direction of Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas to record and film a set of half-hour TV episodes."
Wikipedia
Programme One: Wheels of Love (Iris DeMent, Emmylou Harris and Mary Black), MacIlmoyle (Aly Bain, Jay Ungar, Russ Barnberg, Molly Mason, Jim Sutherland), Ready for the Storm (Kathy Mattea, Dougie MacLean), Spencer the Rover (John Martyn, Danny Thompson), Big Bug Shuffle (Russ Barenberg with Jerry Douglas), Black Diamond Strings (Guy Clark & Emmylou Harris), Guitar Talk (Michelle Williams and Karen Matheson).
Programme Two: May You Never (John Martyn, Kathy Mattea), Big Scioty (Jay Ungar, Aly Bain, Molly Mason, Russ Barenberg, Jerry Douglas), Ta Mo Chleamhnas Deanta, (Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Donal Lunny), Grey Eagle (Mark O'Connor), Talk to Me of Mendocino (Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Karen Matheson), Mexican Monterey (Savourna Stevenson, Aly Bain, Danny Thompson), By The Time It Gets Dark (Mary Black, Emmylou Harris, Declan Sinnot), Auld Lang Syne (Rod Paterson, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Martyn Bennett).

All the Buildings in New York


"James Gulliver Hancock is one of those people who set impossible tasks for themselves that evolve into blogs and then into books. For Mr. Hancock, a 35-year-old Australian artist and illustrator, the task has been to draw every building in New York. He started in April 2010, while living in Brooklyn. Now back home in Sydney with his wife and year-old son, he returns to the scene of his ambition from time to time and otherwise works from photographs and Google Maps. The drawings are posted on his Web site, allthebuildingsinnewyork.com, where they often inspire commissions, leading Mr. Hancock’s pen on an erratic course from Staten Island to the Bronx and from squat warehouses to soaring landmarks."
NYT: New York as a Work in Progress
All the Buildings in New York
amazon: All the Buildings in New York
YouTube: All the Buildings in New York

Monday, December 23

Connecting Seas


"Connecting Seas draws on the Getty Research Institute's extensive special collections to reveal how adventures on other continents and discoveries of different cultures were perceived, represented, and transmitted in the past, when ocean travel was the primary means by which people and knowledge circulated. Featuring rare books and maps, photographs and panoramic vues d'optique, prints, and even Napoleon's monumental folios on Egypt, the exhibition traces the fascinating course of scholarly investigation and comprehension of cultures in Africa, Asia, and the Americas."
Connecting Seas (Video)
[PDF] Connecting Seas
“Connecting Seas” at the Getty Research Institute

Guide to the Musee D'Orsay


"One of the world's most-visited museums, the Musee d'Orsay houses the largest collection of painting, sculpture, and decorative objects produced between 1848-1914, showcasing many of the most remarkable works of the early modern era. Giving visitors a detailed and breathtaking look at the birth of modern painting, sculpture, design, and even photography, the Musee d'Orsay's permanent collection spans from neoclassicism and romanticism to impressionism, expressionism, and art nouveau design."
Go Paris
amazon: Guide to the Musee D'Orsay

Sunday, December 22

Christmas Beyond the Blue - David McGee


"... Thus is the tone set for Death Might Be Your Santa Claus, Legacy’s 18-track collection of Christmas tunes and Yuletide sermons that are about as far from being merry and bright as you could imagine. In these tunes, people don’t imbibe Christmas cheer, they drink either to forget to simply get through the season in one piece (check out Bessie Smith’s groundbreaking Yuletide blues recording, 'At the Christmas Ball,' a 1925 session with Fletcher Henderson on piano and Freddie Green delivering a terrific, moaning trumpet solo that mirrors Bessie’s tipsy mood); the great Rev. J.M, Gates rails against materialism and counsels getting right with God lest 'The Coffin Be Your Santa Claus'; and for women alone, Christmas morning means getting a letter from a male paramour in stir and in so deep 'even a white man can’t get him freed,' as Victoria Spivey wails in 'Christmas Morning Blues,' accompanied by Porter Granger on piano and Lonnie Johnson on guitar; a bonus track of the same song features a less tortured reading by Kansas City Kitty but does offer the treat of Georgia Tom Dorsey’s rather hilarious piano support in which he seems to mock the singer’s feelings at times—this was before Tom had his eureka moment and became the father of modern gospel music, Thomas A. Dorsey). ..."
Deep Roots Magazine (Video)
amazon: Death Might Be Your Santa Claus, Blues Blues Christmas 1 1925-1955, Blues Blues Christmas 2 1926-1958, Blues Blues Christmas, Vol. 3, 1927-1962
YouTube: Reverend J.M. Gates - Death Might Be Your Santa Claus, Bessie Smith - At the Christmas Ball, Lil McClintock - Don't Think I'm Santa Claus, December 1930, Bo Carter - Santa Claus, Tampa Red - Christmas & New Year Blues, Kansas City Kitty - Christmas Morning, Victoria Spivey - Christmas Morning Blues, Oscar Woods & Black Ace - Christmas Time Blues Beggin' Santa Claus, Hep Cats' Holiday-The Cats and the Fiddle, Duke Ellington - Sugar Rum Cherry, The Davis Sisters - The Christmas Boogie, Cordell Jackson - Rock And Roll Christmas

City Lights, LA Light, NightFall - Colin Rich


"'City Lights' is the final chapter from my "Trilogy of Light" series that began a couple years ago with 'LA Light' and then followed up with 'Nightfall'. It was an nightly adventure that took me to almost every angle of Los Angeles. It was an exercise in patience. A lesson in light. An understanding of what it is to live amongst each other and to understand the system and order of a city, the seemingly complex organics that make it up and the life form that the city truly is. A visualization of sonder. It was a daily jaunt to watch the arterial freeway systems pump car cells through its body and channel them to the capillaric avenues that are our neighborhoods and homes. It was a chance to break away from the 70mph freeway perspective and to observe the sun slip from view and watch the electric dance of nightfall begin. It was challenging. It was frustrating. Definitely dangerous at times. ..."
vimeo: City Lights, LA Light, NightFall

Friday, December 20

Raw Havana


"Trapped under tropical socialism, Havana is a city of numerous contradictions and paradoxes. Havana juxtaposes cultural richness and necessity, colonial splendor and dilapidated beauty. It’s a vibrant place where joie de vivre collides with hopelessness, and where resourcefulness hide out the flagrant lack of infrastructures. I’ve spent 7 days in La Havana and this is the result..."
Charles le Brigand
flickr
Animal NY

Hassan Khan: "Superstructure"


"The Egyptian artist and musician Hassan Khan, one of the protagonists of the exhibition 'Voice of Images' at Palazzo Grassi will perform in a concert entitled 'Superstructure' organized in collaboration with the Teatro Fondamenta Nuove in Venice. Employing his signature melding of precomposed structures and live performance Khan will trawl through his back catalogue to select segments from his various and varied sets. The evening will begin with the layered strings, modulated percussions and minimal electronica of ‘a short story based on a distant memory’ and conclude with the massive constantly morphing beats of ‘superstructure: the ammunition of the nation’. In the middle revisiting the hysterical new-wave shaabi and hard core electronica of ‘The Big One’ as well as the delicate piano figures of ‘12 pieces for piano and electronica’."
Venice Connected
vimeo: SALT: Concert by Hassan Khan 39:46
Galerie Chantal Crousel - Hassan Khan
Hassan Khan at dOCUMENTA (13)
YouTube: Jewel (2010), The Big One, The Queens Museum of Art, part 1 (2009), part 2. Hassan Khan discusses his show The Hidden Location at The Queens Museum of Art

Thursday, December 19

The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti


"Urban art is very much alive and goes well beyond Banksy's recent stint in New York City. 'The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti' by Rafael Schacter profiles more than 100 of today's best street artists from all over the world and the environments in which they perform. 'World Atlas' aims to capture 'the spontaneous creativity that is inherently connected to the city.' Basically, it is the definitive survey of international street art. The author shared some works with us."
Forget Banksy — These Are The Greatest Street Artists In The World
NYC Book Launch
amazon
vimeo: The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti

Dom Svobode - Thierry De Mey


"This film is a true technical feat since the dancers (and camera) defy the laws of gravity by moving along the sheer cliff face thanks to a rigging system holding them by the waist. The choreography turns the spectator’s points of reference upside down, supported in this vertiginous enterprise by the choice of viewpoints. But very quickly, the rapid editing leaves the acrobatic performance and attaches itself to the movements of a choreography as rigorous as it is inventive."
charleroi danses (Video)
EN-KNAP

2011 July: Anne Theresa De Keersmaeker FASE at Walker Art Center

Wednesday, December 18

An Interactive Map of Odysseus’ 10-Year Journey in Homer’s Odyssey


"The Odyssey, one of Homer’s two great epics, narrates Odysseus’ long, strange trip home after the Trojan war. During their ten-year journey, Odysseus and his men had to overcome divine and natural forces, from battering storms and winds to difficult encounters with the Cyclops Polyphemus, the cannibalistic Laestrygones, the witch-goddess Circe and the rest. And they took a most circuitous route, bouncing all over the Mediterranean, moving first down to Crete and Tunisia. Next over to Sicily, then off toward Spain, and back to Greece again. If you’re looking for an easy way to visualize all of the twists and turns in The Odyssey, then we’d recommend spending some time with the interactive map created by Gisèle Mounzer'Odysseus’ Journey' breaks down Odysseus’ voyage into 14 key scenes and locates them on a modern map designed by Esri, a company that creates GIS mapping software. ..."
Open Culture
Open Culture - Play Caesar: Travel Ancient Rome with Stanford’s Interactive Map (Video)
ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World

Raw Vision


"Raw Vision was first published in 1989 with the express purpose of bringing the phenomena of Outsider Art to a wide public. The first edition of Raw Vision presented works known to just a handful of people around the world. Raw Vision has since continued to feature new discoveries of Outsider artists and unknown places such as sculpture gardens and extraordinary self-made buildings."
Raw Vision
W - Raw Vision

2013 March: Outsider Art

Tuesday, December 17

Hannah Arendt (2013)


"An intense look at the trouble life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. It deals with her American personal experiences , as in 1950, Hanna (Barbara Sukowa) became a naturalized citizen of the United States along with her husband Heinrich Blucher (Axel Milberg). Arendt served as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Princeton University, and Northwestern University. In the spring of 1959, she became the first woman lecturer at Princeton; Arendt also taught at the University of Chicago, The New School in Manhattan and Yale University. Furthermore, in the movie appears some flashbacks about her relationship with Martin Heidegger (Klaus Pohl). Hanna was was a German-American political theorist as well as a prestigious philosopher. Arendt's work deals with the nature of power, and the subjects of politics, direct democracy, authority, and totalitarianism."
IMDb
New Yorker: “Hannah Arendt” and the Glorification of Thinking
W - Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
Democracy Now: "Hannah Arendt" Revisits Fiery Debate over German-Jewish Theorist’s Coverage of Eichmann Trial
W - Hannah Arendt
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Hannah Arendt Papers at the Library of Congress
YouTube:  By Margarethe von Trotta - Trailer (HQ), Hannah Arendt - Final Speech
YouTube: Hannah Arendt "Zur Person" Full Interview (with English subtitles) 1:00:26

Thomas Dewing


In the Garden
Wikipedia - "Thomas Wilmer Dewing (May 4, 1851 – November 5, 1938) was an American painter working at the turn of the 20th century. He was born in Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts. He studied at the Académie Julian in Paris, and later settled into a studio in New York City. He married Maria Oakey Dewing, an accomplished painter with extensive formal art training and familial links with the art world. He is best known for his tonalist paintings, a genre of American art that was rooted in English Aestheticism. Dewing's preferred vehicle of artistic expression is the female figure situated in a moody and dreamlike surrounding. Often seated playing instruments, writing letters, or simply communicating with one another, Dewing's sensitively portrayed figures have a detachment from the viewer that keeps the spectator a remote witness to the scene rather than a participant."
Wikipedia
Bert Christensen's Cyberspace Gallery
amazon: The Art of Thomas Wilmer Dewing

Spool's Out: 2013's Best Tapes Reviewed


"In our beautiful and enlightened, utopian digital age, the consistently rocky and progressively confused relationship with relics from the recent past is one of the strangest things to happen. From one day to the next we are surrounded with growing tonnes of out-dated detritus, rendered obsolete by the relentless march into the netherworld of a weightless society. ... In any case we’re talking about music here, so the rules of logic need not apply to the masses and our erratic behaviour. Inevitably, the most photogenic, nostalgic and the original pop music medium has seen the greatest upturn, with vinyl sales very glamorously doubling in 2013. But I’m here to discuss the unexpected return of vinyl’s redundant heir and that most filthy dirty of formats: the cassette tape."
The Quietus

Monday, December 16

Hotel Chevalier - Wes Anderson (2007)


Wikipedia - "Hotel Chevalier is a short film written and directed by Wes Anderson and released in 2007. Starring Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman as former lovers who reunite in a Paris hotel room, the 13-minute film acts as a prologue to Anderson's 2007 feature The Darjeeling Limited. It was shot on location in a Parisian hotel by a small crew and self-financed by Anderson, who initially intended it to be a stand-alone work. ... In a hotel lobby, the concierge answers a phone call from one of the guests' rooms. A man (Jason Schwartzman) lies on a hotel bed in a yellow bathrobe, watching the black-and-white American war film Stalag 17 and reading the newspaper. After ordering room service from the concierge in broken French, he receives a call from a woman whose voice he recognizes. She tells him she is on her way from the airport and asks for his room number."
Wikipedia
YouTube: Wes Anderson & Jason Schwartzman discuss "Hotel Chevalier"
YouTube: Hotel Chevalier

The Quotable Kierkegaard


"The father of existentialism, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a philosopher who could write like an angel. With only a sentence or two, he could plumb the depths of the human spirit. In this collection of some 800 quotations, the reader will find dazzling bon mots next to words of life-changing power. Drawing from the authoritative Princeton editions of Kierkegaard's writings, this book presents a broad selection of his wit and wisdom, as well as a stimulating introduction to his life and work. Organized by topic, this volume covers notable Kierkegaardian concerns such as anxiety, despair, existence, irony, and the absurd, but also erotic love, the press, busyness, and the comic. ..."
Princeton University Press
amazon

2011 July: Søren Kierkegaard, 2013 April: Repetition (1843).

John Fahey - Dances of the Inhabitants of the Invisible City of Bladensburg (1973)


"One of acoustic music's true innovators and eccentrics, John Fahey was a crucial figure in expanding the boundaries of the acoustic guitar over the last few decades. His music was so eclectic that it's arguable whether he should be defined as a 'folk' artist. In a career that saw him issue several dozen albums, he drew from blues, Native American music, Indian ragas, experimental dissonance, and pop. His good friend Dr. Demento has noted that Fahey 'was the first to demonstrate that the finger-picking techniques of traditional country and blues steel-string guitar could be used to express a world of non-traditional musical ideas -- harmonies and melodies you'd associate with Bartok, Charles Ives, or maybe the music of India.' The more meditative aspects of his work foreshadowed new age music, yet Fahey played with a fierce imagination and versatility that outshone any of the guitarists in that category. His idiosyncrasy may have limited him to a cult following, but it also ensured that his work continues to sound fresh. ..."
allmusic
YouTube: Dances of the Inhabitants of the Invisible City of Bladensburg (Live)

2009 March: John Fahey, 2011 March: Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958-1965), 2012 September: Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice), 2013 February: The Mill Pond, 2013 August: Railroad (1983).

Sunday, December 15

Traveling furiously toward you


Hotel Negresco, 2010, collage, 6 ¼ x 5 ½ inches, by John Ashbery
"... Poetry and painting are set in an interlinked relation of the arts, with music, dance, movies, theater, and literature, all feeding new aesthetic questions as they come into being. With these overlapping affinities in mind, we went about assembling 'John Ashbery and the arts' wanting to explore how artists across genres respond creatively to Ashbery’s poetry. Our most exciting revelation was how much everyone here fashioned work by reading himself or herself into Ashbery’s. That is to say, contributors created their pieces through reading their own sensibilities into Ashbery’s, and not the other way around. ..."
Eugene and Johnny Go Boating Rosanne Wasserman, 
Star-crossed Trevor Winkfield
Boiled Dinner Jennifer Moxley
In No Time at All Wanda Coleman
Quiet Moon Harry Mathews
Correspondences Marcella Durand
Three looks Sandra Lim
The Late Parade Adam Fitzgerald
Farms Mark So
Uptick Emily Skillings
Morning in Runnemede Thomas Devaney

Jacket2

Frank Gossner – Brooklyn, NY


"I have the great pleasure to feature Frank Gossner, who some of you might also known from his amazing African Funk parties in Brooklyn. yes, I’m talking about Voodoo Funk! Frank was one of the first guys in NY to help me start this ongoing photo project. He introduced me to the right people and motivated me to do this documentary project about record collectors. It’s been 2 years now since our first meeting, and this time I’m honored and excited to give you a small glimpse into this man’s incredible collection which literally took a lot of blood, sweat & tears to accomplish. Frank has been digging for dusty and forgotten records throughout West Africa armed with endless dedication and desire to find that special sound and beat. His stories could fill a whole blog for themselves, and there is no way I could even touch the tip of his wild adventures on this magical continent."
Dust and Grooves

Saturday, December 14

Thomas Bayrle at dOCUMENTA (13)


"One of the largest rooms of dOCUMENTA (13) is dedicated exclusively to the work of German artist Thomas Bayrle. Bayrle, born in 1937 in Berlin, has already participated in Documenta 3 in 1964 and in Documenta 6 in 1977 in Kassel (Germany). Nearly 50 years after his first participation Thomas Bayrle is now celebrating his impressive comeback to one of the most important art events of the world. In this conversation with Dr. Bettina Krogemann, Thomas Bayrle talks about the works he is showing at dOCUMENTA (13)."
Vernissage (Video)
Thomas Bayrle at dOCUMENTA (13): The Holy Ghost and the Machine
Contemporary Art Daily
frieze: Social Fabric (Video)

Map of the World


"I do realize it must feel like map week around here, but how could we not share this literary street map, loosely based on Victorian London? To quote the Dorothy studio, the map 'is made up from the titles of over six hundred books from the history of English Literature (and a few favourites from further afield). The map includes classics such as Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Bleak House, Vanity Fair, and Wuthering Heights as well as twentieth and twenty-first century works such as The Waste Land, To the Lighthouse, Animal Farm, Slaughterhouse 5, The Catcher in the Rye, The Wasp Factory, Norwegian Wood, and The Road.'"
The Paris Review
Dorothy

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China


"The first major exhibition of Chinese contemporary art ever mounted by the Metropolitan, Ink Art explores how contemporary works from a non-Western culture may be displayed in an encyclopedic art museum. Presented in the Museum's permanent galleries for Chinese art, the exhibition features artworks that may best be understood as part of the continuum of China's traditional culture. These works may also be appreciated from the perspective of global art, but by examining them through the lens of Chinese historical artistic paradigms, layers of meaning and cultural significance that might otherwise go unnoticed are revealed. Ultimately, both points of view contribute to a more enriched understanding of these artists' creative processes."
Met Museum
Met Museum - Exhibition objects
NYT: A Magical Well That Never Runs Dry

Friday, December 13

Nuart 2013: The Final Video


Vhils, Portugal 2013
"For the past 3 years, we have been invited to Stavanger, Norway to participate in the NuArt Festival, where an international roster of street and public artists convene on the west coast of the country to create a yearly project that combines art, city planning, and good old-fashioned street intervention. This year, the roster included David Choe, Vhils, Faith47, ROA, Martha Cooper, M-City, Aiko, Hush, DALeast, and many more, and today, the good people behind NuArt released a video recap of this year's festival..."
Juxtapoz (vimeo)

Alisa Baremboym


Alisa Baremboym - "My work revolves around how our relationships with our bodies are complicated by the perpetual need for conservation. The body is an industrious machine turned inside out and in need of maintenance. The line between exterior and interior is blurred and the topology is tubular, making its parameters cyclical, porous and absorbing. We have generated ways to extend our selves through technological mechanisms and we use these conduits to prolong and preserve the confines of our leaky bodies. There is no longer a line between organic composition and appendage. I am interested in this pollution of surfaces and the disintegration of boundaries. This contradiction of materialities propels my work."
47 Canal Street
HYPER-MATERIALITY interview by Ruba Katrib
Alisa Baremboym & skúta, installation view, hallway
vimeo: Interview d'Alisa Baremboym dans le cadre de COOKBOOK- Beaux-Arts de Paris

Běla Kolářová


Wikipedia - "Běla Kolářová née Helclová (24 March 1923 in Terezín – 12 April 2010 in Prague) was a Czech artist and photographer. Běla Kolářová belongs to the generation which touched off an iconoclastic revolution and "rearmament" in Czech art during the 1960s. This new wave hit the scene with a program of objective tendencies, proclaiming that art can exist as a process, concept, method, experiment and language, or as something 'concrete'—such as a found and designed object. Kolářová’s training is in photography, and her role in the 1960s reversal was associated with this medium from the beginning. As with many of her contemporaries, she arrived at the conclusion that it is not possible to photograph the world, i.e. to use classic methods of representing reality."
Wikipedia
Bela Kolarova – Raven Row
Contemporary Art Daily
vimeo: Běla Kolářová (v doprovodu Tomáše Vaňka)

Thursday, December 12

Dennis Hopper: On the Road


"Director, actor, photographer, artist and art collector, Dennis Hopper was a man of diverse talents who intersected with countless key moments in American culture--particularly, and most famously, in the 1960s. Hopper’s great gifts as a photographer are well established, with many of his images having entered public consciousness. This handsomely produced volume looks at Hopper’s photography throughout its glory years, from 1961 to 1967. In these years, Hopper carried a camera everywhere, from bars to marches, art openings to freeways. Conceived as a kind of road trip across America, the book runs the gamut of 1960s counterculture and film culture, taking in Warhol’s Factory (where Hopper spent much time), film shoots, street scenes, road trips and of course the classic portraits of movie stars, musicians, artists, bikers and activists, from Martin Luther King to Allen Ginsberg and James Brown."
artbook
vimeo: Dennis Hopper: On The Road

The First 40 - The Monks of Cinema (1964)


"We came to the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar to present Jack Smith's film Flaming Creatures, although we were not included among the official guests. We slept outside and experienced Vermont night in our bones. The morning was beautiful and we all felt great, we felt we that we were the 'Monks of Cinema.' The eye-pod will give you another glimpse into my way of filming."
The First 40 (Video)

Wednesday, December 11

Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources - Claude Berri


Wikipedia - "Jean de Florette ... is a 1986 French historical drama film directed by Claude Berri, based on a novel by Marcel Pagnol. It is followed by Manon des Sources. The film takes place in rural Provence, where two local farmers scheme to trick a newcomer out of his newly inherited property. The film starred three of France's most prominent actors – Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, who won a BAFTA award for his performance, and Yves Montand in one of the last roles before his death. The film was shot, together with Manon des Sources, over a period of seven months."
W - Jean de Florette
W - Manon des Sources
W - Claude Berri
amazon
Claude Berri: Film director and screenwriterbest known for 'Jean de Florette' and 'Manon des Sources'
YouTube: Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources

Was (Not Was) - Papa Was A Rolling Stone


"It was the third of September
That day I'll always remember, yes I will
'Cause that was the day that my daddy died
I never had a chance to see him
Never heard nothin' but bad things about him"
vimeo: Papa Was A Rolling Stone

2009 October: Was (Not Was)

Tuesday, December 10

Geoffrey Farmer - Leaves of Grass (2012)


'Leaves of Grass', 2012 - Life magazines (1935–85)
"Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer has created the three dimensional and sculptural collage work 'leaves of grass' for the 13th documenta art festival, which features the works of 200 artists and takes place every five years for a duration of 100 days in kassel, germany. The work spans sixty feet and is built from thousands of clippings from american image-centric magazine LIFE taken between the years of 1935 and 1985. Each of the small photograph cut-outs feature various objects from advertisements and articles including politicians to products evocative of a particular point in visual history for the american journal. These excerpts from LIFE are affixed individually to thin wooden posts in order to properly display every image chosen by the artist from this fifty year period."
designboom
Geoffrey Farmer Discusses His Big Documenta Hit
W - Geoffrey Farmer
YouTube: Leaves of Grass (2012), documenta 13

The Richard Brautigan Collection from poet Joanne Kyger


Please Plant This Book
"Joanne Kyger met Richard Brautigan at a gallery opening in San Francisco in the spring of 1957 when they were both 22 years old. After dinner the following night Richard gave Joanne her first tour of North Beach. In 1960, Joanne left San Francisco and lived in Japan for several years where she married Gary Snyder and studied Zen Buddhism. She became close friends with Richard when she returned to San Francisco in February 1964. Joanne and Richard were greatly influenced by Jack Spicer early in their careers and both were important and vivid figures in the remarkable literary and art scene in San Francisco in the mid-to late 60’s. ..."
Granary Books
Richard Brautigan By Joanne Kyger

2011 September: Richard Brautigan, 2012 December: Trout Fishing in America.

Louis Braille


Wikipedia - "Louis Braille (... 4 January 1809 – 6 January 1852) was the inventor of braille, a system of reading and writing used by people who are blind or visually impaired. As a small child, Braille was blinded in an accident; as a boy he developed a mastery over that blindness; and as a young man – still a student at school – he created a revolutionary form of communication that transcended blindness and transformed the lives of millions of persons. After two centuries, the braille system remains an invaluable tool of learning and communication for the blind, and it has been adapted for languages worldwide."
Wikipedia
Lees Mee braille stamps by René Put
Louis Braille and the Braille System

Monday, December 9

Reginald Marsh - Why Not Use the “L”? (1930)


Why Not Use the “L”?, 1930
"... In this work, Marsh captures a slice of the city that's now gone: riders on the elevated train. The train depicted appears to be the Third Avenue 'L' (or, sometimes, 'El'), but transportation aficionados should chime in if we are wrong about that. As in many of Marsh's paintings, there is a gauzy quality to the canvas, though a few things are in sharp focus. Above the sleeping man's head is a sign that gives the painting its title: 'The subway is fast, certainly. But the open-air elevated gets you there quickly, too! And with more comfort. Why not use the 'L'?'"
Inside the Apple
Saturday Art: Why Not Take The “L” by Reginald Marsh
WSJ: The City We Thought We Knew
NYT: Misery Loved a Good Night Out
amazon: Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York
Whitney (Audio)

2008 September: Reginald Marsh

Susan Philipsz - Study for Strings (2012)


"This is art as an act of kindness. In this sound piece, which you can hear at the Kassel train station, artist Susan Philipsz has recorded the music of Holocaust victim musician Pavel Haas. It is said that Haas imagined this beautiful Study for Strings as he left the station on his way to concentration camp, and death. He heard his music only once, undoubtedly in dire circumstances, in the camp; Haas was killed, and manuscript to his music lost. Here, Philipsz reconstructs each instrument’s part, and has it play hauntingly across the platform, and beautiful homage to a wonderful musician – a stranger the artist never met. I think this artwork is a gift to all of us, who may never have heard Haas’ beautiful music, and it is a great gift to the man himself. Philipsz, you have done truly a beautiful thing with this artwork, in every way. Thank you."
words for the spirit
Susan Philipsz: Sound As Invisible Sculpture
Art on the Tracks at dOCUMENTA
vimeo: Spring 2013 Talks: Susan Philipsz 1:22:25
vimeo: Susan Philipsz, Study for Strings, at Documenta 13
YouTube: dOCUMENTA (13) SOUNDINSTALLATION AM BAHNSTEIG KASSEL-HAUPTBAHNHOF

2011 April: Susan Philipsz, Lowlands (2009)

Billi Kid/M.I.A. video for SPIN magazine


"BK BRAND - The 'notoriously harmonious'* Billi Kid is a street artist determined to refine his voice while leaving an indelible mark on the over saturated urban and cyber landscapes. A life-long doodler, art enthusiast and design junkie, his work blur the lines between graffiti, pop culture, iconography and art. Never to busy to look, feel and listen, his collaborative works with artist from around the world have been celebrated in both the media and street art community alike. His passion for the streets has led him to curate ground breaking exhibitions that have helped bridge the gap between the urban landscape and the sterile indoor environment."
Billi Kid
Understanding M.I.A.: 5 Things You Need to Know
vimeo: Billi Kid/M.I.A. video for SPIN magazine

Sunday, December 8

Telephones - Christian Marclay (1995)


"It is a dark and stormy night, and a man hustles to a phone booth and furtively dials. Cut to another man, also dialing, the motion of his hand betraying a certain anxiety. Cut to a succession of others, many of whom are immediately recognizable--Cary Grant, Tippi Hedren, Ray Milland, Meg Ryan, Humphrey Bogart--dialing or stabbing Touch-Tones in various states of expectation. Drawn into this anticipatory mood, we are startled when, in the next shot, a phone actually rings--as, in real life, when we are jolted by that unexpected call. Cleverly conceived and artfully edited, Christian Marclay's 7 1/2-minute video, Telephones, comprises a succession of brief film clips that creates a humorous narrative of its own in which the characters, in progression, dial, hear the phone ring, pick it up, converse, react, say goodbye and hang up. In doing so, they express a multitude of emotions--surprise, desire, anger, disbelief, excitement, boredom--ultimately leaving the impression that they are all part of one big conversation."
Christian Marclay's Telephones
Christian Marclay by Ben Neill BOMB 84/Summer 2003
YouTube: Telephones, 1995

2008 September: Christian Marclay, 2010 July: Christian Marclay Festival, 2010 October: Night Music, 2011 March: Christian Marclay - Part I: Race to ‘The Clock’, 2011 July: Christian Marclay's Video Quartet, 2011 August: Cyanotype, 2012 July: Fred Frith at Cafe Oto, with Christian Marclay, John Edwards, and Mark Sanders, 2013 October: Record Player: Christian Marclay (2000).

Street - James Nares


"Street, a new video by the British-born artist James Nares, forms the centerpiece of this exhibition. Over the course of a week in September 2011, Nares—a New Yorker since 1974—recorded sixteen hours of footage of people on the streets of Manhattan from a moving car using a high-definition camera usually used to record fast-moving subjects such as speeding bullets and hummingbirds. He then greatly slowed his source material, editing down the results to one hour of steady, continuous motion and scoring it with music for twelve-string guitar composed and performed by his friend Thurston Moore, co-founder of Sonic Youth."
Met Museum (Video)
The Extraordinary in the Ordinary:
James Nares’ Video, Street

James Nares Captures a Dreamlike New York Streetlife in High-Def
W - James Nares
NYT: The Lens Rises in Stature

Winter Winds - Fotheringay


"Winter winds they do blow cold,
The time of year, it is chosen.
Now the frost and fire,
And now the sea is frozen.

He who sleeps he does not see
The coming of the seasons,
The filling of a dream
Without a time to reason.

He who sleeps he does not see
The coming of the seasons,
The filling of a dream
Without a time to reason."
YouTube: Winter Winds

Saturday, December 7

Amour (2012)


Wikipedia - "Amour (pronounced: [a.muʁ]; French for 'Love') is a 2012 French-language drama film written and directed by the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. ... A brigade of firemen break down the door of an apartment in Paris to find the corpse of Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) lying on a bed, adorned with cut flowers. Several months earlier, Anne and her husband Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant), both retired piano teachers in their eighties, attend a performance by one of Anne's former pupils. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, Anne silently suffers a stroke. She sits in a catatonic state, not responding to Georges. She comes around as Georges is about to get help, but doesn't remember anything that took place. Georges thinks she was playing a prank on him. Anne is unable to pour herself a drink. ..."
Wikipedia
NYT: Étude on Aging, Its Graces, Its Indignities
NYT: Words of Love From a Severe Director
Roger Ebert
LA Times - Essay: 'Amour' is a horror film for the ages
Guardian - Amour: how can we embrace a film that is so clearly an advert for euthanasia?
YouTube: Amour - trailer Cannes Film Festival 2012

Belton Sutherland


"Ages ago, I came across a short video of a song fragment by Belton Sutherland on YouTube. The clip of Sutherland, performing the song 'Old Grey Mule,' was taken from the Alan Lomax documentary The Land Where the Blues Began (1978). In the film, and the YouTube clip I saw, the song cuts out after a single verse. That single verse captivated me. The emotion with which Sutherland performed the piece was incredible. The guitar lines were menacing, and his ragged voice matched the tone perfectly."
See That My Blog is Kept Clean
YouTube: Blues #2, Blues #1, Belton Sutherland's field holler, Belton Sutherland & Clyde Maxwell: Blues, I Have Trouble

Friday, December 6

Deimantas Narkevičius


"Originally trained as a sculptor, Narkevičius has mainly been working on storytelling using film and video. His central focus is an exploration of history with a current and subjective point of view. History itself has become his methodology and his primary material. Choosing moments in History has helped him understand physical and psychological phenomenon, and that process has made him reconsider his own place in the world. In the film installation 'His-story', the artist tells about a period in his country from a personal freely formed perspective, all the while using the style of a documentary. As in the title, Narkevičius is making a play on words: relating his own story to the history of Lithuania. He tells about his father, a highly placed government bureaucrat who was fired from his job without notice. Having no other explanation for this action, the state labeled him mentally unstable and had him committed. ..."
Deimantas Narkevicius: Presentation
Deimantas Narkevicius
Flash Art
Tate
frieze
BFI Gallery Launch (Video)
Deimantas Narkevičius’ Video Art: Between the Personal and the Political (Video)
YouTube: Ausgeträumt - Marino Marini, Firenze, Draudžiami jausmai (2011), Into the Unknown (2009), Matching the TU 144, 2012, Museo Marino Marini 2013
UbuWeb: The Role of A Lifetime (2003)