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Lorna Simpson – Her Art Eludes a Simple Meaning

April 19th, 2018
  • Paris Review:Lorna Simpson

    Daring as a Woman: An Interview with Lorna Simpson

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    Photo Credit: Anders Jones via

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    Polka Dot and Bullet Holes #2, 2016

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  • See Poets

  • Hauser & Wirth (63 works)

  • Hauser & Wirth also represents Monika Sosnowska (Polish artist)

  • Compulsion – A Film with Orsen Welles, Bradford Dillman, and Dean Stockwell

    April 18th, 2018
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    Darrow was the inspiration for the character of Johnathan Wilk in the 1956 novel Compulsion, a thinly fictionalized account of the Leopold and Loeb case. In 1959, the novel was adapted into a film of the same name, starring the legendary filmmaker Orson Welles as Wilk. Welles, whose closing monologue was the longest ever committed to film at that time, shared the Best Actor award with co-stars Bradford Dillman and Dean Stockwell at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.

  • True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
    Clarence Darrow

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    Dean Stockwell - Delicate to Delirium

    Orson Welles and Pasolini

    Miyagawa at MoMa – A Cinematographer for Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Ozu, Kon Ichikawa etc.

    April 15th, 2018
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    Yojimbo -( Kurosawa, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa )

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    Sansho Dayu (Kenji Mizoguchi, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa)

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    Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa)

    At MoMa calendar
    Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan’s
    Greatest Cinematographer
    Through April 29
    The Museum of Modern Art

    Kazuo Miyagawa (Japan Society)

    Born in Kyoto on 25 February 1908, he was introduced at the age of 12 to the art of Sumi-e, a style of ink wash painting in which the dilution of the ink and the mastery of the brush allows the artist to obtain every possible shade of grey. Miyagawa would later state that “it was my training in ink wash painting that really taught me how to see.”

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    Kenji Mizoguchi (on the chair), Miyagawa (behind) and actresses on the set of his film “Street of Shame (Akasen Chitai)

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    with Michio Kogure..from Sisters of Gion.

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    Miyagawa filmed Ayako Wakao in Ozu’s Floating Weed, Gion’s Sisters.

  • Floating Weeds Floating Weeds Yasujiro Ozu

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    Ozu Yasujiro and Kazuo Miyagawa

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    Another of Miyagawa’s masterful achievements was on Kon Ichikawa’s Tokyo Olympiad (1965), where he supervised 164 cameramen, who used 234 different lenses to capture the dramatic intensity of competition in extreme close-up.

    Tokyo Olympiad - Kon Ichikawa

    Loves of Milos Forman, RIP – From Prague to US & to the Moon

    April 14th, 2018
  • The Guardian obit

    Milos Forman the director who brought the spirit of Anti-Soviet Rebellion to Hollywood dies at age 86.

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    He appeared as an actor in French film “Beloved” directed by Christophe Honore with Catherine Deneuve and her daughter.

    All about Milos Forman (His fabulous homepage)

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  • A delightful documentary with amazing background stories.

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    Vaclav Havel was his friend.

  • Milan Kundera was his teacher at the academy. He was a Francophile. He made Milos to read The Dangerous Liasions which he adapted to a film called, “Valmont’ with Colin Firth and Annette Benning.

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    Goya’s Ghost – Milos was thinking of Iraq war.

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    Named his twins – Andy and Jim.

  • Google Mozart Morzart
    digital image by Fung Lin Hall
    Antonio Salieri

    1) Take this quiz..
    by Mikhail Simkin

    The audio clips below are either from Mozart or from Salieri.

    After listening to each clip choose the composer. Hit the Submit button when done. The quiz will be graded and you will see the correct answers.

    Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway – Set & Rewind The Conversation from the Past

    April 10th, 2018
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    photo by Vera Vang

    April 11 1869 –
    birthday of Gustav Vigeland

    Visited here when I stayed in Oslo for 3 months.

  • Did Edward Munch hate Vigeland?

  • The wild conversation here about this park, thanks to Mark Z. (scroll down to see him resembling the Noble man painted by Velasquez)

    The Passing of an Innovative Jazz Pianist & Poet Cecil Taylor – RIP

    April 5th, 2018
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    Guardian obit – Cecil Taylor was 89. (Excellent coverage)


    Cecil Taylor: a visionary pianist
    who breathed fire and life into jazz -John Fordham.

    NYtimes obit

    Cecil Taylor (March 25, 1929-2018)

    was an American pianist and poet.[1][2] Classically trained, Taylor was generally acknowledged as one of the pioneers of free jazz. His music is characterized by an extremely energetic, physical approach, producing complex improvised sounds, frequently involving tone clusters and intricate polyrhythms. His piano technique has been likened to percussion, for example described as “eighty-eight tuned drums” (referring to the number of keys on a standard piano).[3] He has also been described as “like Art Tatum with contemporary-classical leanings”

  • Rhythm is the life of space of time danced through. – Cecil Taylor.

  • (Thx to Jeff O’Connell)

  • His music meant so much to me, the dancing on the keys, the huge chordings/speeds/oceanic, then pointillist, the intensity, the uncompromising musics…

    Alan Sondheim

  • M. Duras & Tony Perkins were born on April 4 + Their film “This Angry Age”

    April 4th, 2018
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  • This Angry Age. (Directed by Rene Clement)

    It is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ 1950 novel, The Sea Wall. The film stars Anthony Perkins and Silvana Mangano.

    Full film This Angry Age

    Margruete Duras was born on April 4, 1914.
    Anthony Perkins was born on April 4, 1932.

  • Pain, Trauma and Finding Oneself Marguerite Duras a 15ans

    The Photo shows Marguerite Duras at 15 years. Sarraute, Duras, Truffaut, and Louise Bourgeois are four French geniuses whose childhoods are well documented. Exploring the links between childhood experiences and the later emergence of creative genius are some of the following:
    Marguerite Duras In Sa Dec, Vietnam is the setting for Duras’s autobiographical novel Lovers.

  • See M. Duras with Delphine Seyrig here.

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    M Duras and Jeanne Moreau.

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    (Photo by Hélène Bamberger)

  • Life is Elsewhere – Easter Sunday is April Fool’s Day in 2018

    March 31st, 2018
  • Milan Kundera was born on April 1. (His first novel was called The Joke.)

    Life is Elsewhere Praha Man Photo collage by Fung Lin Hall.
    The above image is a photo collage of an outdoor art installation from a street near Malostranska station in Prague. The statue of Sigmund Freud hanging by one hand by David Cerny – Czech Sculptor. *
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    Philip Kaufman saw Miss Julie on stage and cast Lena Olin in The Unbearable Lightness of Being for his adaptation of Milan Kundera’s most popular novel.
    Daniel Day Lewis and Lena Olin

  • Easter Sunday – 2018

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    The Rabbit knows how to relax.

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  • Arizona Tales

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    The Good, The Bad and The Rabbit

  • Rabbit by Henri Rousseau, Durer and others here.

  • Adieu Stéphane Audran, from Mistress to Barbette & Winning Bafta & Cesar awards Dies at 85

    March 28th, 2018
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    Via Wiki Feet (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)
    Michel Piccoli and Audran directed by Buniel
    NYtimes obit

    Guardian Obit

    Of all the director-and-star couples in the history of cinema, there was none more prolific than Claude Chabrol and Stéphane Audran, who made 23 films together.

    On the Set of "Coup de Torchon"
    Noiret and Audran from Coup de Torchon directed by Bertrand Tavernier.

    Washington Post obit

    Ms. Audran and Chabrol divorced in 1980 — he later said that he “found myself becoming more interested in her as an actress than a wife” — and she remained an important supporting player in several of his films, notably as an alcoholic in “Betty” (1992).

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    Alexandre Stewart, Audran, Christa and Samantha Fuller.
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    Hole Punched Object, Photos + Tree of Codes

    March 26th, 2018
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    Bible 1995 – Dorothy Cross

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    History of Hole Punched photos –

    During the Great Depression, the US government launched a project to portray the country’s reality.

  • See Hole Punched collages and monoprints by Fung Lin Hall here.

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    Over a year of writing, cutting and proto-typing later, comes Tree of Codes, a haunting new story by Jonathan Safran Foer cut from Bruno Schulz’s words.
    The book is as much a sculptural object as it is a work of masterful storytelling: here is an “enormous last day of life” that looks like it feels.

    George Clooney Customized by Yayoi Kusama + Foto of Yayoi & Joseph Cornell

    March 22nd, 2018
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    Yayoi Kusama with one of her Infinity Net paintings in New York, c. 1961 (repost)

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    George Clooney was customized by Yayoi Kusama

    Photographed by Emma Summerton, Clooney is decked out in a Giorgio Armani suit, shirt, bow tie, and shoes that are all customized by the artist Yayoi Kusama. According to the accompanying W article, the Japanese artist admitted to not being familiar with who the Hollywood star was.. (2013 – old news)

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    Kusama and Joseph Cornell New York 1971

    In 1972, American assemblage and collage artist Joseph Cornell died. Twenty-six years her senior, Cornell had been Kusama’s closest friend. New York was by this time home to a community of Japanese artists, but Kusama had avoided the associations many of her compatriots formed with groups such as the anti-art happening bunch in the neo-Dada group Fluxus.
    “I had gone to New York to be independent,” she says, “Not to join a group.”
    Cornell’s death left Kusama dangerously isolated, and her mental condition began to deteriorate. She experienced frequent hallucinations and bouts of severe depression and developed heart problems. Heeding her parents entreatments, Kusama returned to Japan. Her father died two years later, and despite out-patient psychiatric treatment, Kusama’s anxiety neurosis was now unmanageable. In 1977 she entered the psychiatric institution.
    Kusama has lived in the same hospital for over 20 years. There is no furniture, save a bed. Her 12 square-meter room has a big, French-style bay window that looks out onto a small garden. Kusama sometimes watches people playing tennis in a court that lies behind the garden.
    Every morning after breakfast, Kusama walks five minutes up Gaien Higashi street to her studio to paint. She walks back to the room for lunch, then returns to her studio and works through the afternoon. Kusama takes her dinner at the hospital before retiring each evening.
    “It’s very comfortable, very private” says Kusama, “And very simple, I like it.”

    Yayoi Kusama loves pumpkins and polka dots

    The Horror of Tulips, Zizek has the Answer + Peter Brook, The Remarkable Man is 93

    March 21st, 2018
  • Happy birthday S. Zizek March 21 1949

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    Scroll down – Sophie Fiennes (sister of Ralph Fiennes directed Zizek.)

  • The Duty of Philosophy? Zizek has the answer.

  • Peter Brook is 93 –

    Peter Brook’s Filmography

    1953, The Beggar’s Opera
    1960, Moderato Cantabile (UK title Seven Days… Seven Nights)
    1963, Lord of the Flies
    1967, Ride of the Valkyrie
    1967, Marat/Sade
    1968, Tell Me Lies
    1971, King Lear
    1979, Meetings with Remarkable Men
    1979, Mesure pour mesure
    1982, La Cerisaie
    1983, La Tragédie de Carmen
    1989, The Mahabharata
    2002, The Tragedy of Hamlet (TV)

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    Both film nominated at Cannes 60.

    Jeanne Moreau and Jean Paul Belmondo in Moderate Cantabile directed by Peter Brook, an adaptation of a story by Marguerite Duras.

    See “on the bench” from Moderate Cantabile (youtube)