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Thank you Aretha Franklin for Making us Feel, Duet with Sinatra was Her Favorite

August 16th, 2018
  • Aretha Franlin
    (photographed by George Hurrell, 1979)

    Duet with Frank Sinatra was her favorite..

  • Read (Independent)

    Aretha Franklin: How the Queen of Soul offered to post bail for Angela Davis, saying ‘black people will be free’

  • The Mystic Masseur Nobel Prized Author V.S. Naipaul Dies at 85

    August 12th, 2018

  • Portrait by Paul Emsley at the National Portrait Gallery

    The World is What it is (The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul, Patrick French, 2008 – reviewed by Agog)

    Guardian obit

    VS Naipaul, Nobel prize-winning British author, dies aged 85.

    Ian Buruma on Naipaul (the Poet of the Displaced)

    An Appraisal- NYtimes..

    V.S.Naipaul wiki
    5 things Probably Didn’t know about V.S.Naipaul

    1) He had a nervous breakdown while studying at Oxford, and spent all his money on a trip to Spain
    2)He wrote his first story collection in five weeks (read more from the above link)


  • Pat and V.S Naipaul

    V.S.Naipal and Harold Pinter here.

  • Kureishi Novel echoes Life of V. S.Naipaul

  • Paris Review

    INTERVIEWER
    Do you ever wonder what would have become of you if you had stayed in Trinidad?
    NAIPAUL
    I would have killed myself. A friend of mine did—out of stress, I think. He was a boy of mixed race. A lovely boy, and very bright. It was a great waste.
    INTERVIEWER
    Is he the boy that you mention in the introduction to A House for Mr. Biswas?
    NAIPAUL
    Yes, he is the boy I had in mind. We shared an admiration for each other. His death was terrible.

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    Portrait of Joseph Beuys by Warhol & What They Saw in Each Other

    August 5th, 2018
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    Andy Warhol standing in the factory with a Liz painting and several screens in the background.

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    Momus Ca – Dubious Icons, Godheads, Messiahs, Artist, Celebrity

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    Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys in 1980 posing in front of Lenbach’s Self Portrait with his Family
    Photograph: Angela Neuke

  • What Andy Warhol saw in Joseph Beuys (Phaidon)

    Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys were not close friends. Though they met a number of times, in New York, Naples and Dusseldorf, the artists maintained a sincere, respectful relationship.

  • Christie – When Warhol met Beuys

  • Andy was in China, Iran and Bali – (previous post)

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    Andy and Ali (Previous post)

    Brazilian Artist, Antonio Dias of After Utopia, Dies- (1944-2018)

    August 3rd, 2018
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    O Meu Retrato (My Portrait), 1966
    Electromechanical object, photograph on paper (via Walker Art Center)

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    Artforum obit

    Brazilian artist Antonio Dias, whose paintings and sculptures viscerally challenged the authoritarian regime that ruled his country for over two decades, has died at age seventy-four. While Dias’s early canvases mingled Nova Figuração (New Figuration) with graffiti and comic book influences to address urban violence, censorship, war, and Brazil’s former military dictatorship, his later works moved toward an abstraction that was less overtly political.

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    After Utopia

  • “Our Lives Are Shaped by the Quality of Our Attention” – Antonio Dias

    Looking back at looking back, What Drives Me –

    Confronting the double-bind,
    Growing up in a predicament we get past incredulity or we take refuge in madness.

  • Antonio Dias and Tropicalia . (Ken Li blogged)

  • “I Am Not Your Negro” Written by James Baldwin, Directed by Raoul Peck

    August 1st, 2018
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    (“I Am Not Your Negro” Written by James Baldwin, Directed by Raoul Peck)
    New Yorker –

    Capturing James Baldwin’s Legacy Onscreen
    With “I Am Not Your Negro,” Raoul Peck seems to be stepping in to make the movie that Baldwin couldn’t.

    Baldwin was drawn to Ingmar Bergman’s films, because they were the work of a feeling thinker who mined his past—especially his troubled relationship with his authoritarian pastor father. In a 1960 Esquire profile of Bergman, Baldwin describes how, after an interview with the filmmaker, he got into his car and imagined a movie he might make about his own past. But Baldwin had neither Bergman’s studio support nor his skin color.

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    Nina Simone and James Baldwin (Wild is the Wind)

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    Baldwin and Marlon (Dangerous Minds – civil rights 1963)

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    Go Tell It on the Mountain, which Baldwin had worked on for years under various titles, was finally finished during a trip to Switzerland. When New York publisher Alfred Knopf expressed interest in publishing the work, Baldwin returned to America on a ticket bought with a loan from Marlon Brando. His novel was published a year later in 1953 and received rave reviews. (via)

  • Gerda Taro A War Photographer & Robert Capa

    August 1st, 2018
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    The Woman Who invented Robert Capa

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    Google honors Gerda Taro, a pioneering female war photographer Gerda Taro

    Widely considered the first female photojournalist to cover a war, she was also the first to die doing so.

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    Gerda Taro

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    (Photo of Robert Capa by Gerta Taro on the right)

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    Marcel Duchamp – Network of Stoppages – 2018

    July 27th, 2018
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    Network of Stoppages – 1914 (MoMa)

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    photo by Man Ray.
    Re-thinking Marcel Duchamp by Barbara Rose.

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    Marcel Duchamp in uniform 1895

    Military avoidance

    The essay traces military relationships in the work of Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), paying particular attention to his notes of 1912 known as the ‘Jura-Paris Road’. These are interpreted as ‘military texts’ and the author shows how military concerns remained with Duchamp throughout his career, resulting in facetious outcomes that obscured uneasy preoccupations.

    Marcel Duchamp was born on 28 July 1887.


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    Marcel Duchamp and Martin Friedman 1965

  • Ed Ruscha on Marcel Duchamp (Youtube)

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    John Cage met Marcel Duchamp in the 1940’s
    (Only when Duchamp’s health was failing, Cage decided to seek Marcel out with the pretext of taking chess lessons. So Duchamp, his wife and Cage met and played chess.)

    John Cage: Music for Marcel Duchamp (Youtube)

  • Arts Journal – Marcel Duchamp Interviews

    “To all appearances, the artist acts like a mediumistic being who, from the labyrinth beyond time and space seeks his way out to a clearing.”
    In Artopia we think of Duchamp as one of the great poets of the last century; perhaps too much of a dandy, perhaps too much of a chess-player and a poseur, perhaps too much of a gentlemen — but always a prestidigitator of the first order.

    Robert Smithson told me he once confronted Duchamp at a party: “I see you are into alchemy,” he accused. “Why, yes,” answered Marcel.

    Dada Perfume Marcel Duchamp Interview

    JP: Why did you keep it a secret?
    MD: As we have discussed in the past, secrets have been essential to my work, which may or may not have anything to do with art.
    JP: I read in Calvin Tomkins’ new biography called simply Duchamp (Henry Holt, 1996) that your brother-in-law Jean Crotti once said that how you used time was your real art work.
    MD: Rather, it was how I abused time.

    John Perrault and Duchamp

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    Enigmatic & Prolific, Time Regained with Raul Ruiz – 2018

    July 25th, 2018
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    Born: July 25, 1941, Puerto Montt, Chile
    Raúl Ruiz 1941-2011

  • Time Regained (Cinema Poetry – youtube)

  • Raoul Ruiz, a highly regarded director of more than 100 films in several different languages, has died at the age of 70.
    His films, philosophical yet playful, often deal with the nature of truth and perception while utilizing the notions of parallel realities and identities; few were as willing to toy with the viewer on such a consistent basis.

  • One of his most ambitious projects was Mistérios de Lisboa (Mysteries of Lisbon, 2010), based on the episodic novel by the 19th-century Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco. The turning and twisting narrative of this four-and-a-half-hour film stretches through three generations and as many countries, all controlled by Ruiz’s flowing digital camerawork. (Obit: Guardian)

    Mysteries of Lisbon trailer

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    Two two enigmatic films by R. Luiz – Ce-Jour La.. and Comedy of Innocence.

  • But if I had to pick one anecdote (among so many) that best characterised the warmth and genuinely democratic, open spirit of Raúl, it would be from his International Rotterdam Film Festival retrospective of 2004, when I was standing next to him in a crowded foyer. Suddenly, he spotted and waved to a distant guy; they approached each other, warmly embraced, briefly chatted and parted ways in the throng. Who was he (I asked), an actor, a producer from one of his films? No: “He projected my films here in Rotterdam twenty years ago”. For Raúl, a good projectionist was just as important, just as valuable as anyone who contributed to his work, no less than a Malkovich or a Deneuve, a Jorge Arriagada (composer) or a Sacha Vierney (cinematographer). What a memory he had – and what a profoundly ethical sense, right where it most matters, in everyday life, and in the lived history of that everyday. Adrian Martin via girish

    Dennis Stock – Photos of Hollywood, Jazz & Dean

    July 24th, 2018
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    Louis Armstrong working on his autobiography. (1958, Corona Queens – photo by Dennis Stock)

  • Dennis Stock :born July 24,1928, The Bronx, New York City, NY (Magnum Photos)

  • Louis and Billie Holiday (Previous post)

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    Simone Signoret and Yves Montand (An Oscar for 1960 film “Room at the Top” directed by Jack Clayton)

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    Jack Lemmon

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    James Dean (previous post)

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    Dennis watched in horror as Jimmy took off his boots and climbed into a bronze casket. He crossed his arms and shouted, “Shoot.”
    Dennis refused, saying that it was in bad taste, and suggested Jimmy get out of the casket before someone came in.
    Implicit in the series of photos was Jimmy’s dark side, coupled with his desire to be close to his mother, who had died when he was nine years old.

    Dennis Stock How he came to know and love the doomed screen idol.

  • Shinobu Hashimoto, Screenwriter for Kurosawa, Kobayashi Dies at 100

    July 20th, 2018
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    Shinobu Hashimoto and Akira Kurosawa (made history with Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Ikiru)

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    Screenwriter for Rashomon dies – (deadline)

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    (Samurai Rebellion directed by Kobayashi, screenwriting by Hashimoto)

    Mainichi obit

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    Certain Women 2016 from the Criterion Collection – Kelly Reichardt

    July 17th, 2018
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    The Guardian –

    Her work is subtle, deliberately anti-dramatic. Her approach goes beyond naturalism and lands somewhere between painful introversion and acute empathy. As such, Certain Women won’t appeal to everyone.

    But for those who connect with Reichardt’s approach – and I count myself among them – the film is a minor miracle. Based on the writing of Maile Meloy, it is loosely a triptych of stories in which nothing much happens, full of expressive moments in which nothing is said, but which somehow convey an ache of longing or a small stab of triumph. The tales don’t so much intersect as brush against each other. They unfold in the small-town American northwest and feature four women, who each, in their own way, have something of the unvarnished pioneer spirit that fascinated Reichardt in Meek’s Cutoff (2010).

    Found the film from the local library – as Criterion added to it’s collection.
    The disc includes an interview to Todd Haynes who was an executive producer of Certain Women.

  • Another Interview –

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    Ingmar Bergman the Centennial Celebration with His Actresses

    July 13th, 2018
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    The first sentences from the Magic Lantern by Ingmar Bergman.
    When I was born in 1918, my mother has Spanish influenza. I was in a bad way and was baptized as a precaution at the hospital.

    (Ingmar Bergman archive here)

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    Jeanne Moreau visiting Ingmar Bergman.
    (Read Ingmar Bergman’s Dangerous Liasions)

    As Harriet Andersson acknowledged, his leading performers grew exasperated at his tendency to describe them as “my actresses”, as if they were his chattels. From the very beginning of Bergman’s career in the 1940s to its very end 60 years later, the women in his films have testified to the intense and claustrophobic relationship he cultivated with them.

  • Jeanne Moreau – beloved actress was brilliant and breathlessly cool.

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    (During the awarding of the Selznick-Goldlorbeer-award on 29th June 1961 in Berlin on accasion of the Berlinale Film Festival. )
    (Shimura appeared in 21 of Akira Kurosawa’s 30 films)

  • Happy birthday Ingmar Bergman

    More photos of Ingmar Bergman here.