Monday, March 31

Gram Parsons

Wikipedia - "In a story that has taken on legendary stature, Parsons' body disappeared from the Los Angeles International Airport, where it was being readied to be shipped to Louisiana for burial. Prior to his death, Parson steted that he wanted his body cremated at Joshua Tree and has ashes spread over Cap Rock, a prominent natural feature there."
Wikipedia, Gram Parsons Home, Rolling Stone, The Gram Parsons Project, Byrd Watcher, Gram Parsons Story, Video results

Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

Shane Lavalette - "A beautiful, surprising image from Tonatiuh Ambrosetti's Wolfschanze series."
Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

Saturday, March 29

White Cube

Wikipedia - "White Cube is one of the most prominent contemporary commercial art galleries in the world. It is based in Hoxton Square in the East End of London."
Wikipedia, White Cube

Ancient Near Eastern Seals & Tablets

Goats Before a Shrine, Mesopotamia (ca. 3500-2900 BC)
The Morgan Library & Museum - "They were carved in great detail with simple tools on semiprecious stones. These engraved objects provide a continuous artistic and chronological sequence of more than three thousand years."
The Morgan Library Museum

Friday, March 28

Edmund Teske

Chicago/Pianola Roll, 1938-1940
The Getty - "Edmund Teske credited a grammar school teacher with inspiring his interest in photography. He received his first box camera around 1920."
The Getty, BNET

Thursday, March 27

Shooshie Sulaiman

Kean Wong - "Shooshie's is visbly happier as the diaries' contents, which tell of her friend's experiences in the late 1970s, can now be better understood as her visitors browse the hand-made books, conjuring up memories through touch, smell and textual readings."
Universes in Universe, 1

John Ruskin

The Garden of San Miniato near Florence, 1845
Wikipedia - "John Ruskin (8 February - 1819 - 20 January 1900) is best known for his work as an art critic and social critic, but is remembered as an autyor, poet and artist as well. Ruskin's essays on art and architecture were extremely influential in the Victorian and Edwarian eras."
Wikipedia, Ruskin Collection, Ruskin Museum

Carnatic music

15/16th Century
Wikipedia - "Its classical tradition is from the southren part of the Indian subcontinent, and its area roughly corresponds to the four modern states of South India: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Karala, and Tamil Nadu."
Wikipedia, Answers, Carnatic Corner, Carnatic Classical Music

Wednesday, March 26

Kim Gordon

"KS Art annouces come acrss an exhibition of new abstract watercolors by Kim Gordon. Painted on translucent rice paper these ethereal images recall faces of audience members from the perspective of the performer."
Kerry Schuss / KS Art

Desiree Palmen

"This is the work of Dutch artist Desiree Palmen. The first thing I want to know is, how does she do this? It takes hours to paint each full-body, canvas-white suit."
Desiree Palmen

Tuesday, March 25

Ahlam Shibli

Arab-al-shaih, 2007
Wikipedia - "Her artistic medium is photography. Her work explores the life of the Bedouin. Adrian Seale describes as 'unsentimental and undramatic ... extremely moving'."
Wikipedia, Max Wigram Gallery, Universes in Universe

Margaret Mead

"As an anthropologist, the adult Margaret Mead sought to apply the principles anthrology and the social sciences to social problems and issues, such as world hunger, childhood education, and mental health."
Library of Congress

Vernon Fisher

Water Music, 2007
"These layered compositions begin with a magnified section of a colonial map of central-Western Africa upon which the artist paints any number of images referencing pop culture (a pixelized Mickey Mouse makes an appearance), war, stereotypical icons of Africa (elephants, monkeys, Tarzan), or death."
Charles Cowles Gallery

Monday, March 24

Cesar Vallejo

Wikipedia - "Cesar Abraham Vallejo Mendoza (March 16, 1892 - April 15, 1938) was a Peruvian poet. Although he published only three books of poetry during his lifetime, he is considered one of the great poetic innovators of the 20th century."
Wikipedia, Academy of American Poets, Ten Poems translated by Clayton Eshleman, Cesar Vallejo: the Poet, the Militant, the Communist, Open Letters, Shearsman, Oldpoetry

Elizabeth Magill

Parlous Land
Wikipedia - "Apparent influences are the glens and coastline of Northern Ireland, where she spent most of her chidhood, but the emptiness of the landscapes themselves is generally tempered by empty houses, electricity pyons, and the like, giving a sense of absence of absence of human life and wistful isolation."
Elizabeth Magill, PEER, Osborne Samuel

Great Baltimore Fire of 1904

"Sunday Morning, 11 am - On Sunday February 7th, 1904 most of Baltimore was looking forward to a quiet Sunday afternoon."
Baltimore on fire, Wikipedia

Sunday, March 23

Veronika Anita Teuber

"Stimulated through literature, I learned to see not only through my eyes but also through thoughts. The two ways of seeing, physical and mental, complete the power of perception."
Veronika Anita Teuber

Saturday, March 22

Nadine Gordimer

Wikipedia - "Nadine Gordimer (born 20 November 1923) is a South African writer, political activist and Nobel Prize in literature laureate. Her writing has long dealt with moral and racial issues, particularly apartheid in South Africa."
Wikipedia, Nobel, British Council, Salon, NYT

Zofia Kulik

All the Missiles Are One Missile, 1993
Maryla Sitkowska, Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw - "Since 1987 she has been working and exhibiting individually. She uses a self-developed technique known as 'multiple exposure black and white photography', the end result of which are large format, collage-type composition.", Cineview, Polish Culture, Image results

Roxy Paine

Conjoined, 2007
Eleanor Heartney - "Rising from a patch of green within the urban grid, Roxy Paine's metal trees and boulders have the unsetting character of industrial artifacts masquerading as natural phenomena."
James Cohan Gallery

Friday, March 21

David Goldblatt

ArtThrob by Sean O'Toole - "David Goldblatt's unerrring photographic recods of South African life have concentrated on landscape and structure, people and context. His output is predominantly rooted in that most turbulent of times, high apartheid."
ArtThrob, Stevenson, Wikipedia, MOMA

Robert Ashley

Photo by Joanne Savio, 2006
"Robert Ashley, a distinguished figure in American contemporary music, holds an international reputation for his work in new forms of opera and multi-disciplinary projects."
Robert Ashley, Wikipedia, PENNSOUND

David Alfaro Siqueiros

Wikipedia - "David Alfaro Siqueiros (Dec. 29, 1896 in Camargo, Chihuahua, Mexico - Jan. 6, 1974 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico) was a social realist painter (muralist), and also a Stalinist, known for large murals in fresco that established the 'Mexican Mural Renaissance' together with work by Diego Rivera, Orozco, and others."
Wikipedia, Artcyclopedia, Image results

Thursday, March 20

Stanko Abadzic

Forgotten Bicycle, 1998
Alan Griffiths - "These black and white photographs show every day life in the Czech capital of Prague, a city that Stanko loves deeply."

Wednesday, March 19

Karl Doyle

Mother Child - Mongolia
"Karl Doyle's unique vision and affinity for diverse cultures is rooted in an early fascination with nomadic gypsies in his birthplace of Ireland - a group whose individuality and exotic visual appeal serve as one of the artist's earliest and most profound memories."

Ron Padgett

Photo by Ulla Montan
"Beginning in the mid-1960s the Padgetts visited Kenward Elmslie and Joe Brainard at the former's house in northern Vermont each summer for fifteen years. Then they constructod their own abode nearby."
Ron Padgett,, PENNSOUND

Tuesday, March 18

Astor Piazzolla - "Astor Pantaleleon Piazzolla was born on March 11, 1921 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, only child of Vicente 'Nomino' Piazzolla and Asunta Mainetti. In 1925, the family relocates to New York City until 1939 with a brief return to Mar del Plata in 1930."
Piazzolla, Wikipedia, Todo Tango, Musicolog, Sterns Music, ToTANGO, Video

Creating French Culture

Pierre Bersuire, Decades, after 1480
"Throughout French history the powerful have sought to harness culture to their own ends. They understood that the representation of power - what today we call 'image' - is form of power itself."
Library of Congress Exhibitions

Monday, March 17

Patrick Winfield

"This view is from a ridge overlooking the forest floor and lake below. The white snow on the lake and the forest floor is so amazing unifies the whole piece."
Patrick Winfield

Red Detachment of Women

Wikipedia - "The Red Detachment of Women ... is a Chinese ballet which premiered in 1964. It is perhaps best known in the West as the ballet performed for US President Richard Nixon on his visit to China in 1972."
Red Detachment of Women, NYU, Internet Archive

Sunday, March 16

Bill Beckley

Oh to Be Young Again, Carefree and Gay, Kerhonkson - 2005
"Beckley's work of the past five or six years looks as the new millennium, and yet for years he has exchanged the ruled line of the minimalists for the less predictable linearity of stems and branches."
Bill Beckley

McClellan Street

David Turnley
"These photographs of McClellan Steet by david and Peter Turniey, taken in 1972-73, help us understand how America came to be the country that it is today."

Saturday, March 15

Cai Guo-Qiang

Drawwing for Transient Rainbow, 2003
"These explosion projects, both wildly poetic and ambitious at their core, aim to estabilsh an exchange between viewers and the larger universe them."
Cai Guo-Qiang, Guggenheim, art:21, Wikipedia, Artcyclopedia

Ian Curtis

Wikipedia - "In May 1980, on the eve of the Band's first American tour, Curtis, overwhelmed with depression, committed suicide. Joy Division's posthumously released second album, Closer, and the single 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' became the band's highest charting releases. After the death of Curtis, the remaining members refored as New Order, achieving significant critical and commercial success."
Joy Division Central, Ian Curtis, Wikipedia, Joy Division, Video

Friday, March 14

Kim Cogan

Save Domino
The San Francisco Bay Guardian - "His oil paintings capture contemporary life in all its beauty and absurdity, inspired by the works of artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Edward Hopper, and Antonio Lopez Garcia, he strives toward developing a visual language of his own."
Gallery Henoch, Kim Cogan

Eugene Guillevic

Bloodaxe Books - "Carnac (1961) marks the beginning of Guillevic's mature life as a poet. A single poem in several parts, it evokes the rocky, sea-bound, unfinished landscape of Brittany with its sacred objects and its great silent sense of waiting."
Answers, Boston Review, Union Songs, Thema, Amazon

Thursday, March 13

Meredith Monk

"Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music theater works, films and installations. A pioneer in what is now called 'extended vocal technique' and Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound in an effort to discover and weave together new modes of perception."
Meredith Monk, Wikipedia, New Music Box, YouTube


"As an undercover photographer, JR transforms his pictures into posters and makes open space photo galleries out of our streets. An acute observer of our time, as comfortable in cozy neighborhoods as in urban ghettos, he question pedestrians with the exhibitions he mounts on their everyday commutes."

Wednesday, March 12

Robert Doisneau

Les Tueurs Melomanes (The Accordionist), Paris
"Robert Doisneau is one the most well known French photographers. He focused on people photography, making images of common people as he wandered through the streets of Paris and its suburbs."
Vintage Works

Caribbean Poetry: Barbados

"To understand the significance and meaning of the poets' writings, scholars ultimately trace back to the island that gave birth to the poet's sensibility."
Virginia Commonwealth University

Tuesday, March 11

Jerry Spagnoli

"The images in this series are basically an attempt the camera to function as an observer/recorder of the world without too much interference from me."
Jerry Spagnoli

Art Images for College Teaching

Cremona Cathedal, ca. 14th century
"The AICT website's emphasis on ancient, medieval, and Renissance European art and architecture reflects the author's research and teaching interests."
Art Images

Monday, March 10

William Duckworth

"As a composer, Duckworth is considered the founder of Postminimalism, and his hour-long Time Curve Preludes for piano defines the postminimal style."
William Duckworth

Stanley Greenberg

Bypass Tunnel, Hillview Reservior, Yonkers, New York, 2000
"In these arrestingly beautiful black and white photographs of the city's infrastructre, Greenberg takes us through sites which are often off limits to the public, revealing places which keep New York City working."
Edelman Gallery

Sunday, March 9

Eduardo Galeano

"Like all Uruguayan children, I wanted to be a soccer player. I played quite well, in fact I was terrific, but only at night when I was asleep. During the day I was the worst wooden leg ever to set foot on the little soccer fields of my country."
Wikipedia, Common Dreams, Books and Writers, Charlie Rose, The Progressive, KCRW, Fact Index, Daily Bleed, Z Magazine, Atlantic, amazon, 1

Saturday, March 8

The National Gallery: London

Roelandlt Savery, 1576-1639
"The painting in the National Gallery's collection come from Western Europe, and their subjects reflect the history, religion and myths of the region."
National Gallery

Jerry Takigawa

"We live in an information-rich yet time-poor culture. I see a society that is becoming more and more disonnected from nature, disonnected from natural rhythms, cycles, and seasons. Often, this is manifested by being disonnected from our own selves."
Jerry Takigawa

Friday, March 7

Zoe Leonard

"Progress is always an exchange. We gain something, we give something else up. I'm interested in looking at some of what we are losing." -- Zoe Leonard
Wexner Center for the Arts, Zoe Leonard, MIT, frieze

Thursday, March 6

Steve McQueen

The ArtFund - "Queen and Country: A Project by Steve McQueen. Steve McQueen is one of Britain's most influential artists. Over the last decade he has opened up the ways in which artist work with film."
The ArtFund, Small Swords, Richard Hollis, frieze

Gordon Matta-Clark

Wikipedia - "Gordon Matta-Clark (June 22, 1943 - August 27, 1978) was an American artist best known for his site-specific artworks he made in the 1970s. He is famous for his 'building cuts,' a series of works in abandoned buildings in which he variously removed sections of floors, ceilings, and walls."
Wikipedia, QMA, Artcyclopedia, artnet, David Zwirner