Friday, May 31

Fitzcarraldo - Werner Herzog

Wikipedia - "Fitzcarraldo is a 1982 film written and directed by Werner Herzog and starring Klaus Kinski as the title character. It portrays would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an Irishman known as Fitzcarraldo in Peru, who has to pull a steamship over a steep hill in order to access a rich rubber territory. The film is derived from the real-life story of Peruvian rubber baron Carlos Fitzcarrald."
Roger Ebert
MUBI (Video)
Fitzcardboardaldo: A Classic Film Recreated with Cardboard (Video)

2008 August: Popol Vuh, 2010 December: Aguirre, the Wrath of God, 2011 May: Abschied (1972)

Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000) - PJ Harvey

Wikipedia - "Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea is the fifth studio album by English alternative rock musician PJ Harvey, released 23 October 2000 on Island Records. Recorded during March to April 2000, it contains themes of love that are tied into Harvey's affection for New York City."
YouTube: Good Fortune, A Place Called Home, Big exit, One Line, This Mess We're In

2009 November: PJ Harvey, 2011 May: Let England Shake

Thursday, May 30

Hand Drawn Map of New York

"Hi everyone, so here is the Hand Drawn Map of New York that I've been working on for what seems like FOREVER! It was once again commissioned by the lovely and was just as hard as the Map of London, if not harder... Anyway, I'll let the images speak for themselves as I have lost the ability to think about anything other than buildings."
Jenni Sparks Illustration
Guardian: 10 of the best hand-drawn maps – in pictures
Daily Mail

Jorge Luis Borges

Wikipedia - "Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges (24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986), known as Jorge Luis Borges ..., was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator born in Buenos Aires. His work embraces the 'character of unreality in all literature'. His most famous books, Ficciones (1944) and The Aleph (1949), are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes such as dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, animals, fictional writers, philosophy, religion and God. His works have contributed to philosophical literature and also to both the fantasy and magical realism genres."
Paris Review: Jorge Luis Borges, The Art of Fiction No. 39
The Poetry Foundation
The Garden of Jorge Luis Borges
NY Times
amazon: Jorge Luis Borges

2009 August: Jorge Luis Borges

Shaped on all Six Sides

"'Shaped on all Six Sides' is a fascinating mini documentary on the philosophy and craft of wooden boat carpentry, as told by boat carpenter Andy Stewart of Emerald Marine in Anucortes, Washington. The film was directed by Kat Gardiner."
laughing squid (Video)

Wednesday, May 29

Mike Kelley

Memory Ware Flat #35, 2003
Wikipedia - "Michael 'Mike' Kelley (October 27, 1954 – January 31, 2012) was an American artist. His work involved found objects, textile banners, drawings, assemblage, collage, performance and video. ... Kelley was born in Wayne, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, to a working class Roman Catholic family in October 1954. His father was in charge of maintenance for a public school system; his mother was a cook in the executive dining room at Ford Motor Company."
Gagosian Gallery
PBS: art21 (Video)
BOMB 38/Winter 1992, ART
NYT: This Ranch in Detroit Is Not for Sale. It’s Art.

Johnny Cash- 4 Classic Sun Records

"4 Titles from Tex Ritter's Ranch Party. Classic Vintage Johnny, and Luther Perkins at his frightened best....."
YouTube: 4 Classic Sun Records

Saint Dominic's Preview - Van Morrison

Wikipedia - "Saint Dominic's Preview is the sixth solo album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. ... The diversity of the material on the album highlighted Morrison's fusing of Celtic folk, R&B, blues, jazz and the singer-songwriter genre. 'Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)' and the title track were blends of soul and folk, while lesser known tracks such as 'Gypsy' and 'Redwood Tree' continued to display a lyrical celebration of nature's beauty."
W - Saint Dominic's Preview
YouTube: St Dominics Preview (1979, Dublin and Belfast), St Dominics Preview (1996), Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile), Redwood Tree, Listen to the Lion, Almost Independence Day

Tuesday, May 28

The Maximus Poems - Charles Olson

"... He began work on his opus, The Maximus Poems, in the mid-1940s, and continued to expand and revise them until his death in 1970. Formally similar to Ezra Pound's Cantos, the Maximus poems are, in Olson's words, 'about a person and a place.' The person, Maximus, represents Olson's alter ego, and is named after the second-century Maximus of Tyre, as well as a fourth-century Phoenician mystic, and may also refer to Olson's impressive stature (he was six feet seven inches tall). The place is Gloucester, Massachusetts, or more accurately, the small town communal American life that Olson struggled to preserve."
Poets - Groundbreaking Book: The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson (1960)
I, Maximus of Gloucester, to You - Poetry Foundation
For The Birds
Arduity: Charles Olson and the Maximus Poems
amazon: The Maximus Poems
YouTube: Charles Olson NET film 1/2, NET film 2/2

2009 January: Charles Olson, 2009 April: Rockport Harbor, 2010 September: Charles Olson: The Art of Poetry No. 12, 2010 December: "In Cold Hell, in Thicket", NET film, 2011 July: Charles Olson: February 21, 1957, 2012 April: A Trip to Charles Olson’s Gloucester, 2012 June: In Which We Lather Our Sensibilities At Length, 2013 January: Mass.Charles Olson.

Hot Dog

Wikipedia - "A hot dog is a fully cooked sausage, traditionally grilled or steamed. It is typically served in a sliced bun, as a corn dog dipped in corn batter and deep fried, or as an ingredient in other dishes like beanie weenies. It is often garnished with mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, cheese, chili and/or sauerkraut."
The Brooklyn Hot Dog Company
America's best hot dogs
YouTube: How It's Made - Hot Dogs

John Renbourn - The Lady and the Unicorn

"Renbourn's last solo album for the next six years overlaps with his Pentangle work, featuring Terry Cox playing hand drums and glockenspiel, with future John Renbourn band member Tony Roberts and violinist Dave Swarbrick. The repertory consists of medieval and early classical pieces, interspersed with the expected folk material -- keyboard works from the Fitzwilliam virginal book (transcribed for guitar) stand alongside traditional tunes such as 'Scarborough Fair,' which turns up as part of an 11-minute track that also incorporates 'My Johnny Was a Shoemaker,' with Swarbrick at the top of his form on violin. The album is entirely instrumental, but as with other Renbourn releases, one hardly misses the vocals."
YouTube: The Lady and the Unicorn 1970 [FULL ALBUM] 42:33

2011 September: Faro Annie, 2011 April: Cruel Sister (1970) - Pentangle, 2012 November: John Renbourn - Sir John Alot.

Monday, May 27


Café de Flore, Paris.
Wikipedia - "Coffeehouse, coffee shop, and café are related terms for an establishment which primarily serves prepared coffee or other hot beverages. It shares some of the same characteristics of a bar or restaurant, but it is different from a cafeteria. As the name suggests, coffeehouses focus on providing coffee and tea as well as light snacks. Many coffee houses in the Middle East, and in West Asian immigrant districts in the Western world, offer shisha (nargile in Turkish and Greek), flavored tobacco smoked through a hookah. Espresso bars are a type of coffeehouse that specialize in serving espresso and espresso-based drinks."
W - Coffee culture

Go Home Productions

Wikipedia - "Go Home Productions (also known as GHP) is the alter ego of Mark Vidler, a producer/remixer/DJ based in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. GHP has produced well over 200 mash-ups since May 2002, many of which have been played on both national and independent radio stations around the world. GHP creations have been heard regularly on Xfm London's The Remix and The Rinse radio shows, and are heavily played on the New York City area station WFMU."
Go Home Productions
YouTube: Supreme Evil (ELO vs The Supremes), Downtown Octopus (Petula Clark vs The Beatles), "Virgin O'Riley" (Madonna/The Who), Rock in black (Ac/Dc and Queen), Smells Like Rockin' Robin (Nirvana vs Michael Jackson), "Imagine The Band" (Lennon/Wings)

Sunday, May 26

Duke Ellington’s Symphony in Black, Starring a 19-Year-old Billie Holiday

"In September of 1935 Paramount Pictures released a nine-minute movie remarkable in several ways. Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life is one of the earliest cinematic explorations of African-American culture for a mass audience. It features Duke Ellington and his orchestra performing his first extended composition. And perhaps most notably, it stars Billie Holiday in her first filmed performance."
Open Culture (Video)

2010 April: Billie Holiday, 2011 November: Duke Ellington - "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", 1943, 2011 September: "Take the A Train" - Duke Ellington, 2012 June: The Sound of Jazz (1957).

"Sessions at West 54th" 1997 - Patti Smith

"Recorded live on September 27, 1997 at the Sony Music Studios in New York City, NY for the 'Sessions at West 54th' television program."
YouTube: Beneath the Southern Cross, About a Boy, Wing, Don't Say Nothing

Saturday, May 25

Mel Bochner: Proposition and Process: A Theory of Sculpture (1968-1973)

“Five by Four” (1972), of stones and chalk, “Theory of Sculpture” series
"The excellent exhibition of Mel Bochner’s mind-bending, defiantly modest early Conceptual sculptures at Peter Freeman is a post-Minimalist time capsule. It provides a startlingly real sense of the attitude and physical ethos of SoHo’s experimental, artist-generated beginnings in the late 1960s and early ’70s while showcasing some of the most singular art that the era produced."
NYT: A Calculus With Chalk, Stones and Walnuts
Peter Freeman, Inc

2009 September: Mel Bochner

Junior Byles - 129 Beat Street: Ja-Man Special 1975-1978

"A collection of four Junior Byles tracks from his post-Lee 'Scratch' Perry era and seven tracks from lesser-known artists like Rupert Reid, Pablo Moses and others, 129 Beat Street highlights some of the best cuts from the little-known House of Music studio operated by Dudley 'Manzie' Swaby and Leroy 'Bunny' Hollett. In addition to that unifying theme, all the classic roots tracks are held together by thumping bass, exquisite singing and strongly conscious Rastafarian messages."
Blood And Fire
YouTube: Junior Byles & Rupert Reid - Chant Down Babylon, Dave Robinson - My Homeland, Remember Me (Extended), Bim Sherman - Mighty ruler, Pitchy Patchy, Know Where You're Going, U Brown - So Long, Rupert Reid - See The Dread Deh

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada New Mural In Vitry, France

"Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada just completed this brilliant and massive mural somewhere on the streets of Vitry, France. The intense beauty of Jorge Rodriguez- Gerada's artwork is heightened by the artist's obsession with picture surface- Jorge's pieces are painted directly onto our manmade environment, yet appear to spring forth so organically from the bubbling paint and crumbling brickwork. The artist stresses his artworks should work 'in harmony with their location.'"

2012 May: Identity Series by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

Friday, May 24

Ronald Reis

New York City: Washington Square Park
"Ronald Reis began taking photographs as a youngster with an Argus A2. ... Influenced by the work of Helen Levitt, Louis Stettner, and Cartier-Bresson, Reis became a passionate street photographer, honing his eye and his ability to compose and capture photographs on the fly. This decisive quality is reflected in his contact sheets filled with single exposures."
Duke: About the Ronald Reis Photographs Collection
Duke: Ronald Reis Photographs

Leroy Washington

"Little is known about Leroy Washington, who recorded several sessions between 1957 and 1961 for Jay Miller. He was recalled by Miller as perhaps his favorite blues guitarist. He only released a handful of sides, however, he had recorded a considerable legacy of material for Miller, which had lain unissued for decades."
YouTube: My True Life, Wild cherry, Hello Baby, I Don't Want Your Money, You Can´t Trust Nobody, Baby Please Come Home

Thursday, May 23

New European Paintings Galleries, 1250–1800

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, ca. 1525–1569, The Harvesters (detail)
"The Met's world-renowned collection of European Old Master paintings from the thirteenth through the early nineteenth century have reopened after an extensive renovation and reinstallation. This is the first major renovation of the galleries since 1951 and the first overall reinstallation of the collection since 1972. Increased in size by almost one-third, the space now accommodates the display of more than seven hundred paintings in forty-five galleries, including one rotating special exhibition gallery."
Met Museum: New European Paintings Galleries, 1250–1800
Met Museum: Video
Met Museum:
A Tasting Tour of European Paintings


"The result of three intense days of shooting in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn."
charles le brigand

Tom Johnson: An Hour for Piano (1985)

"Composer Tom Johnson rarely wrote musical pieces that existed for music's sake alone. Generally, they involved conceptual re-orientation on the part of the listener, often with language (particularly the language of self-reference) as the intermediary. With An Hour for Piano, the lovely, Satie-esque music is intended to be heard while the listener is reading Johnson's program notes which begin, 'It is important that you try not to allow the program notes to distract you from concentrating on the music.' Which, of course, they already have done."
W - An Hour for Piano (Tom Johnson)
Lovely: An Hour for Piano by Tom Johnson
YouTube: An hour for piano (Part 1, Rzewski), (Part 2, Rzewski), (Part 3, Rzewski), (Part 4, Rzewski).

2011 February: Tom Johnson, 2012 May: Rational Melodies, 2013 March: Tom Johnson In Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 22

Roland Penrose - The Road Is Wider Than Long

"The manuscript of Roland Penrose’s narrative poem The Road Is Wider Than Long is an artist’s book, beautifully calligraphed with a style that reflects the changing mood of the poem and illustrated with his own photographs and collage. He had it bound in covers made of strong brown shoe leather, perhaps symbolic of durable protection. It is the chronicle of a shared journey and his gentle expression of his obsessive love for the woman of his dreams. ... The 'Lee' he refers to is Lee Miller who Roland had met in June 1937 at a wild Surrealist fancy dress party held by the daughters of the Rochas couturiers in their home while their parents were away. The party ended abruptly due to the unexpected return of Mons. et Mme Rochas who threw everyone out in the street, but Max Ernst with whom Roland had gone to the party knew the beautiful American woman who on that brief encounter had delivered to Roland what he later described as a bolt of lightning."
Musée de l'Élysée Lausanne
NPR - Much More Than A Muse: Lee Miller And Man Ray (Video)
Farley Farm House
W - Farley Farm House
Lee Miller Archives
W - Lee Miller
Farley Farm: Where Picasso came to tea

Tuesday, May 21

Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates, The Dorchester Project.
Wikipedia - "Theaster Gates (born 1973 Chicago) is an American Installation artist Social Practice artist. He lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Gates' work has been shown at major museums and galleries internationally and deals with issues of urban planning, religious space, and craft. He is committed to the revitalization of poor neighborhoods through combining urban planning and art practices."
Theaster Gates
Theaster Gates: The Dorchester Project
Kavi Gupta
Theaster Gates: The Rise of an Unconventional Art Star
Theaster Gates: 13th Ballad
vimeo: Theaster Gates: Dorchester Projects
White Cube: 12 Ballads for Huguenot House (Video)
YouTube: Interview with Theaster Gates

The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900

John Spencer Stanhope, Love and the Maiden, 1877
"The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900 is the first major exhibition to explore the unconventional creativity of the British Aesthetic Movement, tracing the evolution of this movement from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home. The superb artworks on view encompass the manifold forms of Victorian material culture: the traditional high art of painting, fashionable trends in architecture and interior decoration, handmade and manufactured furnishings for the 'artistic' home, art photography, and the new modes of dress."
Legion of Honor (Video)

Monday, May 20

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)

Duke Riley, Farewell, All Joys! More Fools Than Wise (2013)
"BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters."
W - Brooklyn Academy of Music
NYT: Brooklyn Academy of Music
YouTube: That's So New York: Brooklyn Academy of Music 150th Anniversary, The Brooklyn Music School

The Superiors - "What Would I Do"

"This is another performance filmed for my now legendary documentary, 'The Strange World Of Northern Soul'. The Superiors were a New York group in the 1960s, led by Ken Williams, who also recorded 'Come Back' for Okeh. 'What Would I do' seems to have been their only real monster on the scene. Ken worked a lot with both J.R. Bailey, and with Van McCoy, two late but great geniuses."
YouTube: What Would I Do

2012 October: Northern Soul, 2012 December: The obsession that is Northern Soul, 2013 February: J. J. Barnes

Sunday, May 19

Parking Garage Door Does Impression of Miles Davis’ Jazz Album, Bitches Brew

"Classic. And if you’re not familiar with the reference — Miles Davis’ 1970 experimental jazz album, Bitches Brew — you can catch it on YouTube, or snag a copy online. H/T Kottke"
Open Culture (Video)

Atlas of Remote Islands - Judith Schalansky

"The Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky is an extraordinary book – an armchair exploration of some of the world’s most remote and fascinating places. It is fascinating, illuminating and extremely beautiful. - An exclusive interview with the author of the Atlas of Remote Islands."
The Island Review
Intelligent Travel
Literary Review

"Private Idaho", "Give Me Back My Man" - The B-52's

Wikipedia - "'Private Idaho' is a single released by The B-52's from their album Wild Planet. The single was their second Billboard Hot 100 chart entry, at #74. The single also peaked at #5 on the US Hot Dance Club Play, along with previous single 'Give Me Back My Man' and 'Party out of Bounds', both from Wild Planet."
W - "Private Idaho"
W - "Give Me Back My Man"
YouTube: Private Idaho 1980, Give Me Back My Man

2008 October: The B-52's
2012 October: The B-52's -1

Saturday, May 18

Meatpacking District

Wikipedia - "The Meatpacking District is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan which runs roughly from West 14th Street south to Gansevoort Street, and from the Hudson River east to Hudson Street, although recently it is sometimes considered to have extended north to West 16th Street and east beyond Hudson Street."
YouTube: Meatpacking District, Manhattan (Part 1), (Part 2

New England Fiddles

"New England Fiddles presents seven of the finest traditional musicians as they play in their homes and at dances and contests, passing their styles to younger fiddlers, and commenting on their music. Featured are Ron West (Yankee), Paddy Cronin (Irish), Ben Guillemette (Quebecois), Wilfred Guillette (Quebecois), Harold Luce (Yankee), Gerry Robichaud (Maritime), and the Cape Breton style of Joe Cormier. The film was made in 1983 by John Bishop and folklorist Nicholas Hawes."
folkstreams (Video)

Friday, May 17

An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle

Jess, Tricky Cad, Case V (detail), 1958
"The artist Jess Collins, known simply as Jess, and his partner, the poet Robert Duncan, were one of the most fascinating artistic couples of the 20th century. Soon after they met in 1950, they merged their personal and artistic lives to explore their interest in cultural mythologies, transformative narrative, and the appropriation of images. This is the first exhibition to explore the couple's artistic production and relationship. Through more than 100 individual and collaborative works of art and personal letters drawn from private and public collections, this exhibit also looks at their influence and unique position as precursors of Postmodernism."
Crocker Art Museum
artforum: Michael Duncan
O! Tricky Cad & Other Jessoterica
Proof: O! Tricky Cad & Other Jessoterica in Production
Jess: Master of the collage aesthetic

Bob Marley: In Dub Vol 1

"I'm always quite dubious of posthumous releases. They usually come cobbled together attempt at money making that would have the artist turning in his grave. Despite some reservations, I was intrigued enough to give this a spin as the thought of some good Marley tunes dubbed out was quite a prospect. In Dub Vol. 1 isn'€™t quite a new release, it was originally released in 2010 as a digital only package. There are some new versions here though added to some older stuff. The older ones have appeared on single b-sides in the past and are mainly instrumentals with some cute dubbing going on."
Louder Than War
YouTube: 03 - Forever Loving Jah Dub (Bob Marley & The Wailers In Dub, Vol. 1)
YouTube: Bob Marley "In Dub Vol. 1" (Full Album) 38:50

Thursday, May 16

Un jour Pina m'a demandé (1987)

"Chantal Akerman followed famous Choreographer Pina Bausch and her company of dancers, The Tanzteater Wuppertal, for five weeks while they were on tour in Germany, Italy and France. Her objective was to capture Pina Bausch’s unparalleled art not only on stage by behind the scenes."
The Pina Bausch blog - the films
YouTube: Un Jour Pina à Demandè - Pina Bausch - Chantal Akerman, Pina Bausch In Un jour Pina a demandé 01, 03, 05

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

I, You, We

Mary Ellen Mark, The Damm Family in Their Car, Los Angeles, California, 1987
"I, you, we: three very commonplace words. These pronouns—with all their implied complexities of meaning—provide an unexpected guide for assessing the works of art from the 1980s and early 1990s in the Museum’s collection. What becomes apparent in this survey of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs is how the personal, social, and collective issues and concerns of the artists of this time are still relevant several decades later."
Whitney: Images

Wednesday, May 15

DJ Hugo Mendez

"Sofrito is a U.K.-based DJ collective whose members include Hugo Mendez, Frankie Francis, and the Mighty Crime Minister. Since 2007, they've established a near-fanatical fan base because of their almost legendary parties under the Tropical Warehouse moniker in East London. Their rep has spread and they've branched out, hosting massive bashes on the beaches of Greece, and spinning from the stages of the WOMAD festival and in New York clubs. They've also featured live acts along with their spinning: the Souljazz Orchestra, Manu Dibango, and Quantic have all all appeared with them."
allmusic - Sofrito: International Soundclash
W - Sofrito
W - Mirepoix (cuisine)
Sofrito’s ‘International Soundclash’: An Interview with Hugo Mendez (Video)
Super Discoteca Down Under Mix (Video)
Soundcloud - Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque mini-mix by DJ Hugo Mendez (Video)
22tracks (Video)
YouTube: The Story Behind Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque

Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist

"Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist is the first museum retrospective of the exemplary career of Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi. Bringing together approximately 80 works from five decades of the artist's career, the retrospective highlights one of the most significant figures in African and Arab Modernist art, and reveals his place in the context of a global art history. The exhibition traces a personal journey that originates in Sudan and leads to the artist's international schooling, his detention as a political prisoner in his home country, his self-imposed exile in Qatar, and his current life in the United Kingdom."
Museum for African Art
amazon - Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist
W - Ibrahim el-Salahi
YouTube: TateShots

Tuesday, May 14

6 Great Transit Maps That Aren't Transit Maps

"A good transit map is like a party for your eyes, and everyone's invited. Maybe it's the intentional distortion that brings clarity to an otherwise confusing world. Maybe it's the sharp lines and fluid curves that transform a utilitarian document into a piece of wall art (or, at least, a T-shirt). Maybe it's just something cool that's not worth over-analyzing. In any event, we find transit maps so appealing that they're worth looking at even when they don't actually depict transit systems. Here are six great transit maps — from a chart of classic movies to a meta transit map of the world's transit systems — that are likable precisely because they have little to do with transit."
The Atlantic: Cities

"Ol' '55" - Tom Waits

"Time went so quickly,
I went lickety-splitly
Out to my ol' '55
Pulled away slowly, feelin' so holy
God knows I was feelin' alive

And now the sun's comin' up
I'm ridin' with Lady Luck
Freeway cars and trucks"
YouTube: Ol' 55 Live 1999, Ol' 55 (The Early Years)

2012 July: Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
2013 March: Burma Shave

Monday, May 13

Narelle Jubelin

BOX.SET 10, 1999
"Art comes face-to-face with architecture in Vision in Motion, a project by the artist Narelle Jubelin. A celebration of significant – though often overlooked – modernist architecture, the exhibition presents a survey of Jubelin’s intricately sewn petit points of the past three decades alongside new site-specific works and videos, inspired by architecture and the built environment. The exhibition will be reconfigured for each venue of the tour."
Vision In Motion
Marlborough Contemporary
The Renaissance Society

Fairytale - Donovan

Wikipedia - "Fairytale is the second album from British singer-songwriter Donovan. ... Fairytale finds Donovan evolving his styles further towards British folk, especially on songs such as 'Summer Day Reflection Song' and 'Jersey Thursday'. 'Sunny Goodge Street' foreshadows the jazzy feel and descriptions of life in urban London that Donovan would continue to explore over the next two years."
YouTube: Colors, To Try For The Sun, Summer Day Reflection Song, Sunny Goodge Street, Little Tin Soldier, Ballad of a Crystal Man, The Universal Soldier, Ballad of Geraldine

By the Lake, Tasmania

"Three young filmmakers from Melbourne, Australia heard about a man named Phipps who lived on a lake in central Tasmania. Phipps was a fly fisherman so the three set out to create a short film about the beauty of the serene sport. Once they met Phipps, however, that all changed. As Drew Dunlop, one of the three filmmakers explained to us, 'Phipps lives in a fisherman’s shack that his family’s owned all his life.
 His front garden is a giant lake, brimming with 9 lb trout; his neighbors are wedge-tailed eagles and possums and tiger snakes.
 We set out thinking we'd make a short film about the beauty of fly fishing but soon found out Phipps was the real star. The end result being a snapshot of Phipps' beautiful, quiet world.'"
My Modern Met (Vimeo)

Sunday, May 12

A Passion for France

Edouard Vuillard, Young Girls Walking, 1891
"A pair of American art lovers, passionate about French culture, created, over several decades, an outstanding collection of 19th century and early 20th century works. The bonds of friendship established between the owners and the director of the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie have now enabled this collection to be exhibited. Works include the seventh panel of Édouard Vuillard's Public Gardens, the Musée d'Orsay already has five of the nine panels, as well as works by Bonnard, Ranson and Roussel, and several of Vuillard's enchanting paintings, decorative panels by Maurice Denis and two Symbolist masterpieces by Redon."
Musée d'Orsay
Musée d'Orsay: A Passion for France

Self Portrait - Robert Mapplethorpe

"As variously costumed characters, Mapplethorpe researches his own identity, capturing his complex and contradictory nature. Whether depicting himself in a playful, fierce, or vulnerable state, the artist’s explorations are intensely personal and self-reflexive. In a number of early self-portraits, Mapplethorpe boldly explores the notion of gender. In one work from 1980, the artist appears as a sneering, smoking greaser – a James Dean archetype. In another from the same year, Self Portrait (with make-up), Mapplethorpe blurs his gender identity by appearing in partial drag, his face dramatically made-up."
YouTube: Robert Mapplethorpe 'Self Portrait', 1980

2008 July: Robert Mapplethorpe, 2010 September: Arena - Robert Mapplethorpe (1988), 2010 October: The Hotel Chelsea, 2011 December: "Wild Leaves" - Patti Smith on World Aids Day, 2012 September: Last Address - Ira Sachs.

Saturday, May 11

PUNK: Chaos to Couture

"The Met's spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, will examine punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today. Featuring approximately one hundred designs for men and women, the exhibition will include original punk garments and recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear borrow punk's visual symbols."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Video and Audio)
Met Museum: Punk Fashion Will be Focus of Spring 2013 Costume Institute Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum
New Yorker: The Day That Punk Died Again
BBC: Punk fashion from chaos to couture at New York's Met (Video)
Punk: Chaos to Couture at the Costume Institute Shows How Derivative the Style Has Become (Video)
YouTube: "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibit, PUNK Gallery Views, Punk : Chaos to Couture Interview With Andrew Bolton - VOGUE, Met Gala 2013: Behind the Scenes at Punk: Chaos to Couture

Friday, May 10

A Century of Proust

"May 2 - Reading Proust: An Introduction. ... One hundred years after its publication, 'Swann’s Way,' the first volume in Marcel Proust’s cycle 'À la Recherche du Temps Perdu' — 'In Search of Lost Time,' better known to many Anglophone readers as 'Remembrance of Things Past,' the Shakespearian title used by Proust’s first English translator — doubles as thematic 'overture' and Michelin guide to the most captivating, ambitious and elusive of modern novels. The glittering surface of 'Swann's Way' presents a Manet-like canvas of belle époque France, a sumptuous world of fashionable salons and tranquil summer homes populated by characters — old and young, rich and poor, artists and aristocrats, footmen and physicians — who spring at us with comic ferocity: their sufferings and delusions, their petty cruelties, their self-destructive obsessions and corrosive vanities. By the end of the giant cycle (some 4,000 pages) these fictitious beings will seem realer than the members of one’s own family."
NY Times
Paris Review – Proust, Lost in Translation
Slate: In Pursuit of Proust

2008 June: Marcel Proust, 2011 October: How Proust Can Change Your Life, 2012 April: Marcel Proust - À la recherche du temps perdu, 2013 February: Marcel Proust and Swann's Way: 100th Anniversary.

Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions

Wikipedia - "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions is a 2012 box set album featuring the lyrics of American folk musician Woody Guthrie set to music by English folk rock guitarist Billy Bragg and American alternative rock band Wilco. The set contains all the tracks from the previously-released Mermaid Avenue (1998) and Mermaid Avenue Vol. II (2000) as well as a third disc of outtakes from the original album sessions. Nonesuch Records released the album for Record Store Day to commemorate Guthrie's 100th birthday. In addition to the three albums, the box set includes the documentary Man in the Sand about the making of the Mermaid Avenue project."
Christian Century (Video)
Salon: Greil Marcus on “Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions”
YouTube: Go down to the water, Listening To The Wind That Blows, She Came Along to Me, Walt Whitman's Niece, Airline to Heaven, Remember the Mountain Bed, Natalie Merchant - Birds and Ships

Thursday, May 9

Aryz New Mural In San Francisco, USA

"After a series of progress shots last week (covered), Aryz has now completed his new piece in San Francisco, USA. As usual with the Barcelona-based artist, he delivers a large scale mural featuring his signature colour palette combined with always impeccable technique. Organised by Upper Playground in association with Fifty24SF and WALLSPACE SF, this mural can be found on Polk Street. Make sure to peep some more extra shots after the jump..."
Street Art News