Tuesday, March 31

Michael Anderson

Black Panther Apocalypto, 2007
"Advertising provides the material, appropriation is the mode of operation, and collage is the medium of my artistic creation/recycling. To create my collages, I use international street posters, taken from the streets of such far-flung places as Mexico City, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Rome and, of course my hometown favorite, NYC. The fragments of thousands of posters are re-arranged in a painterly fashion to create the composition and imagery of an individual piece."
... the Art of Michael Anderson ...

Barcelona 1908

"Placed on the driver’s cabin, the camera seems to lead the way! And off we go to the prestigious Paseo de Gracia, the Calle Salmeron, before driving through Lesseps Square…"
Barcelona en Tranvia

Diego Rivera

The Flower Carrier
Wikipedia - "He was a world-famous Mexican painter, an active Communist, and husband of Frida Kahlo, 1929-1939 and 1940-1954 (her death). Rivera's large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Renaissance. Between 1922 and 1953, Rivera painted murals in Mexico City, Chapingo, Cuernavaca, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City."
Wikipedia, PBS, Olga's Gallery

Monday, March 30

Sandy Denny

Wikipedia - "Sandy Denny, born Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny (6 January 1947 – 21 April 1978), was an English singer and songwriter who has been described by Allmusic's Richie Unterberger as 'the pre-eminent British folk rock singer'."
Wikipedia, MySpace, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)

Dan Witz

Scott (Diamond Grate), 2008
"Definitely not. That's way too broad of a question. It requires definitions-which always end up as limitations. If pressed though, I'd say there's probably little difference in the big picture. We're all pretty much cave painters in the end. From slightly different caves maybe."
Dan Witz, YouTube


Wikipedia - "Ephesus (Ancient Greek Ἔφεσος; Turkish Efes) was an ancient Greek city on the west coast of Anatolia, in the region known as Ionia during the period known as Classical Greece. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League."
Wikipedia, Ephesus Library, Celsus Library

Sunday, March 29

Sanford Biggers

Blossom, 2007
"A native of Los Angeles, California, and current New York resident, Sanford Biggers uses the study of ethnological objects, popular icons, and the Dadaist tradition to explore cultural and creative syncretism, art history, and politics."
Sanford Biggers, artnet, artkrush

The Red Admiral and Painted Lady Research Site

"Observers and experimenters ranging from casual to serious can discover new and valuable information about these butterflies. The list below links to more detailed information, including summaries of published findings and methods for observing these fascinating butterflies."
The Red Admiral and Painted Lady Research Site

Saturday, March 28


Wikipedia - "Negativland is an experimental music and sound collage band which originated in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1970s. They took their name from a Neu! song, while their record label is named after another Neu! song."
Wikipedia, Negativland, MySpace, WIRED, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4)

Western art history

Pierre Mignard, Clio, muse of heroic poetry and history, 17th century
Wikipedia - "Western art is the art of European Countries, and those parts of the world that have come to follow predominantly European cultural traditions such as the Americas. Written histories of Western art often begin with the art of the Ancient Middle East, Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Aegean civilisations, dating from the 3rd millennium BC."

Bernd and Hilla Becher

Bernd and Hilla Becher’s 1972 study of of concrete cooling towers
Wikipedia - "Bernd Becher (born August 20th 1931 in Siegen; died June 22nd 2007 in Rostock) and Hilla Becher, née Wobeser (born September 2nd 1934 in Potsdam) were a German artist couple, best known for their photographic images of industrial buildings."
Wikipedia, Google, Fine Art Photography, designboom, Dia

Friday, March 27

Shahzia Sikander

Hood's Red Rider #2, 1997
art:21 - "Sikander specializes in Indian and Persian miniature painting, a traditional style that is both highly stylized and disciplined. While becoming an expert in this technique-driven, often impersonal art form, she imbued it with a personal context and history, blending the Eastern focus on precision and methodology with a Western emphasis on creative, subjective expression."
art:21, Cooper-Hewitt, Artdaily, Shahzia Sikander

Brian Dettmer

Wikipedia - "Brian Dettmer (born 1974) is an American contemporary artist. He is noted for his alteration of preexisting media -- such as old books, maps, record albums, and cassette tapes -- to create new, transformed works of visual fine art."
Wikipedia, Brian Dettmer: Book Autopsies, Kinz + Tillou Fine Art, Packer Schopf Gallery, Toomey Tourell

Dorothy Simpson Krause

Trees, 2007
"The exhibition will include both large-format pieces and artist books which combine traditional art materials and digital processes. The wall-hung pieces are printed primarily on uv cured flatbed printers on substrates such as aluminum and polycarbonate. The books include covers pigment printed on copper and engraved with a laser into wood."
Dorothy Simpson Krause, artnet

Thursday, March 26

Extravagant Crowd

Ruby Dee
Bruce Kellner - "Women seem always to have loomed large in Carl Van Vechten’s photographic legend. During his Iowa youth in the 1890s, he began making photographs with a box camera and glass plates for blue cyanotypes, starting out with his paternal grandmother, posed rather like Whistler’s mother, although he had not yet seen or even heard of that painting."
Extravagant Crowd

Adrian Ghenie

Flight into Egypt, 2008
The Romanian Cultural Centre - "Adrian Ghenie approaches painting like an old master, and there is very much a sense that his collages and paintings can and should be read in dialogue with the history of painting as much as with contemporary culture."
The Romanian Cultural Centre, Andreianamihail Gallery, Galeria Plan B

Kenneth Patchen

Wikipedia - "Kenneth Patchen (December 13 1911 – January 8 1972) was an American poet and novelist. Though he denied any direct connection, Patchen's work and ideas regarding the role of artists paralleled those of the Dadaists and Surrealists."
Wikipedia, Kenneth Patchen Home Page, poets.org, Poet Hunter, Painted and Silkscreened Poems , Jacket 12, Grand Inspiritors

Wednesday, March 25

Holger Czukay

Wikipedia - "Holger Czukay (born Holger Schüring [1] on 24 March 1938) is a German musician, probably best known as a co-founder of the krautrock group Can."
Wikipedia, Holger Czukay, Discogs, An Interview With Holger Czukay, ESTWeb, last.fm, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7)

Carol Reed

Wikipedia - "Sir Carol Reed (30 December 1906 – 25 April 1976) was an English film director, most famous for directing The Third Man and Oliver!. He won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Director for the latter."
Wikipedia, Carol Reed, senses of cinema. YouTube, (1), (2), veoh

Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice

Venus with a Mirror, 1555, Titian
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - "In the sixteenth century, Venice was one of the largest and richest cities in Europe, and steady demand for paintings from both local and international clients fostered a climate of exceptional competition and innovation."
mfa, NYT

Tuesday, March 24

Industrial Workers of the World

Wikipedia - "The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies) is an international union currently headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. At its peak in 1923 the organization claimed some 100,000 members in good standing, and could marshal the support of perhaps 300,000 workers. Its membership declined dramatically after a 1924 split brought on by internal conflict and government repression."
Wikipedia, Industrial Workers of the World, "Red Robin's" Wobbly Page and Links, Fire in the Hole, Google, Temple University Libraries, NPR

David Burrows

All over the new smart, 2008

Wikipedia - "David Burrows (born 1965) is British contemporary artist and writer. His work consists of drawings and paint-spattered, debris-littered, haphazard installations."
Wikipedia, fa projects, BBC

John Fahey

Wikipedia - "John Fahey (February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001) was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who pioneered the steel-string guitar as a solo instrument. His style has been greatly influential and has been described as American Primitivism, a term borrowed from painting and referring mainly to the self-taught nature of his art."
Wikipedia, John Fahey, last.fm, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4)

Monday, March 23


smarthistory - "For years we have been dissatisfied with the large expensive art history textbook. We found that they were difficult for many students, contained too many images, and just were not particularly engaging. In addition, we had found the web resources developed by publishers to be woefully uncreative."

Larry Rivers

Camel Quartet, 1978
Wikipedia - "Larry Rivers (August 17, 1923 - August 14, 2002) was a Jewish American artist, musician, filmmaker and occasional actor. Rivers resided and maintained studios in New York City, Southampton, New York on (Long Island) and Zihuatanejo, Mexico."
Wikipedia, Larry Rivers Foundation, Google, artnet, Artopia - John Perreault

New York Arts of Pacific Asia Show

Chrysanthemum and Brushwood Fence, early 19th century, Edo (Tokugawa) Period (1615-1868).
NYT - "The annual spring extravaganza known as Asia Week is under way, but like so much else it’s been downsized. The New York International Asian Art Fair is no more, leaving collectors and browsers with just one centralized marketplace: the New York Arts of Pacific Asia Show, in a new home across from the Empire State Building."
NYT, Asian Art Dealery

Sunday, March 22

Louise Nevelson

Wikipedia - "Louise Berliawsky Nevelson (born Leah Berliawsky, September 23, 1899, Kiev, Czarist Russia - d. April 17, 1988, New York, New York) was a Ukrainian-born American artist."
Louise Nevelson, artnet, Louise Nevelson Foundation, The Jewish Museum

Josef Hoflehner

Frozen Trees
"Josef Hoflehner was born in 1955 in Wels, Austria when the country was still under allied occupation. He grew up in a family where the camera was used so rarely that as many as three Christmas holidays would be captured on one roll of film."
Michael Hoppen Gallery, Josef Hoflehner, artnet

Lucie Debelkova

"Why photograph? For me it's simply an extension of the natural impulse to explore the larger world. Photography is a great self learning process that has no borders. It should be far more than the simple act of recording a lasting memory. In a way, it is about tempting our imagination to create an outer image. In essence, it is an art form and a way of expression."
Lucie Debelkova

Tuesday, March 17

IN MOTION: The African-American Migration Experience

"New societies, new peoples, and new communities usually originate in acts of migration. Someone or ones decide to move from one place to another. They choose a new destination and sever their ties with their traditional community or society as they set out in search of new opportunities, new challenges, new lives, and new life worlds."
IN MOTION: The African-American Migration


Wikipedia - "Dada or Dadaism is a cultural movement that began in Zürich, Switzerland, during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1922. The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature—poetry, art manifestoes, art theory—theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works."
Wikipedia, ArtLex on Dada, DaDa Online, International Dada Archive, NGA-DADA

Johnny Thunders

Wikpedia - "Johnny Thunders, born John Anthony Genzale, Jr. (July 15, 1952 - April 23, 1991), was an Italian American rock and roll/punk rock guitarist, singer and songwriter."
Wikipedia, Johnny Thunders Cyber Lounge, MySpace, NYROCK, YouTube, (1), (2)

Monday, March 16

Miru Kim

"Miru Kim is a New York-based artist who has explored various urban ruins such as abandoned subway stations, tunnels, sewers, catacombs, factories, hospitals, and shipyards."
Miru Kim, Miru Kim: Naked City Spleen, YouTube, Google

The Zine Library

ZineLibrary+ - "Welcome to ZineLibrary.info. Here you will find hundreds of radical zines ready to print. You can also upload zines to the site (zines with file sizes bigger than 7mb can be uploaded to http://indymedia.org and linked here). Feel free to comment and contribute."
ZineLibrary+, IPRC Library, Barnard College Library, Papercut Zine Library

Terracotta Army

Wikipedia - "The Terracotta Army (... literally 'soldier and horse funerary statues') are the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shi Huang the First Emperor of China. The terracotta figures, dating from 210 BCE.., were discovered in 1974 by several local farmers near Xi'an, Shanxi province, China near the Mausouleum of the First Qin Emperor."
Wikipedia, Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Terracotta Warriors Museum, Google

Sunday, March 15


Wikipedia - "The guides, often referred as simply 'Baedekers' (sometimes the term is used about similar works from other publishers, or in reference to any kind of guide), contain important introductions, descriptions of buildings, of museum collections, etc., written by the best specialists, and are frequently revised in order to be up to date. For the convenience of travellers, they are in a handy format and in small print."
Wikipedia, Old Guide Books, Baedeker

Stanko Abadžic

Curiosity, Prague, 2000
"Stanko Abadžic (1952-) is a photojournalist who shows a wide range of genre and themes within his work. Undoubtedly, this is because after his amateur beginnings, he achieved professional maturity working with the press."
Luminous Lint, PhotoCentral

Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard

"This exhibition will focus on a collection of 9,000 picture postcards amassed and classified by the American photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975), now part of the Metropolitan’s Walker Evans Archive."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5B4

Saturday, March 14

Maria Levitsky

"Maria Levitsky is a New York based artist whose work takes a slanted forensic approach to architectural environments through photography and installation.Her area of specialization is photographic explorations of empty industrial buildings which are about to undergo some kind of transformation."
Maria Levitsky

John Zorn

Wikipedia - "John Zorn (born September 2, 1953 in Queens, New York City) is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Zorn's recorded output is prolific with hundreds of album credits as a performer, composer, or producer."
Wikipedia, MySpace, The Unofficial John Zorn Homepage, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7)

Morris Louis

Point of Tranquility (1959-60)
Wikipedia - "Morris Louis (Morris Louis Bernstein) (November 28, 1912 - September 7, 1962) is a United States abstract expressionist painter, one of the many such painters to emerge in the 1950s."
Wikipedia, Google, Morris Louis Portfolio

Friday, March 13

Fritz Fabert

Conscientions - "Fritz Fabert's Archäologie der Arbeit [Archeology of Work] presents 'relics' from closed down businesses and hospitals. It's such a simple idea, it works so well, and it's such a fine alternative to giving the world yet another series of abandoned buildings (seriously, we've had more than enough of those!)."
Conscientions, THE F BLOG, GINGERANDCLOVE, ALTphotos, Fritz Fabert

The Old, Weird America

Steven Jenkins - "Filmmaker, musician, painter, mystic and string collector — Harry Smith wore many hats during his long, eventful life as a key figure of underground culture through the latter half of the 20th century."
San Francisco International Film Festival, THE OLD, WEIRD AMERICA

Neues Museum

Wikipedia - "The Neues Museum (New Museum), located north of (behind) the Altes Museum (Old Museum) on Berlin's Museum Island, was built between 1843 and 1855 according to plans by Friedrich August Stüler, a student of Karl Friedrich Schinkel."
Wikipedia, Spiegel Online, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, NYT

Thursday, March 12

Brian Rutenberg

Cherry Grove 4, 2007-2008
Forum Gallery - "Brian Rutenberg was born in South Carolina in 1965. Currently living and working in New York City, this abstract landscape painter is a recent addition to Forum Gallery’s roster."
Forum Gallery, artnet, Toomey Tourell

Tim Hardin

Wikipedia - "Timothy James Hardin (23 December 1941 – 29 December 1980) was an American folk musician and composer. He is best remembered for writing the top 40 hits 'If I Were a Carpenter' covered by Bobby Darin and 'Reason to Believe' covered by Rod Stewart, as well as his own uneven recording career."
Wikipedia, Tim Hardin, last.fm, YouTube, (1), (2), (3)

Ralph Albert Blakelock

Day is Done (Landscape with Indian Canoe) - 1880s
Wikipedia - "Blakelock's early landscapes have their genesis in the style of the Hudson River school of painters. In time, he developed a more subjective and intimate style. His favorite themes were those depicting the wilderness and solitude; evocative and emotional paintings of illuminated moments in nature, of moonlit landscapes and twilight hours and Indian camps in the solitude of nature."
Wikipedia, artnet

Wednesday, March 11

Gardens of the Mughal Empire

Shalimar Gardens
"It is a great pleasure for me to introduce you to the first interactive Web site on the Gardens of the Mughals, an Islamic dynasty that ruled between 1526 and 1858 in territories now divided among Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kashmir, and northern India."
Smithsonian Institution, Wikipedia

Jerome Rothenberg

Wikipedia - "Jerome Rothenberg (born 1931) is an internationally known American poet, translator and anthologist who is noted for his work in ethnopoetics and poetry performance."

Cheryl Ann Thomas

Relic, 2006
"Coiling is a way of hand-building a pot using “snakes” of clay. Its history includes Pre-Columbian pottery and West African pottery. Most Neolithic cultures also used this method of making for large storage jars. However, this technique is still used by contemporary ceramic artists."
Frank Lloyd, del Mano Gallery, artnet