Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Judy Fox: Snow White and the Seven Sins

Judy Fox: Snow White and the Seven Sins at P·P·O·W. "...A dramatic tableau plays upon the classic Grimm's fairy tale, and upon its more familiar Disney rendition. A supine figure of a beautiful nude adolescent girl is surrounded by seven animated surrealist objects. Snow White's beauty is pure, her womanhood newborn: skin like snow, lips like blood, hair like ebony. Here she lies in state, as in the glass coffin after her mother has poisoned her. She is unconscious, waiting to be revived by the kiss of her prince.
Nasty, visceral, repulsive, but captivating, the "dwarfs" present an intense contrast to the lovely innocent. Character oozes from these headless creatures through lively gestures and tactile forms that evoke all too familiar sensations and urges. Each embodies one of the seven deadly sins."

Danny Wilcox Frazier - Driftless: Photographs from Iowa

Danny Wilcox Frazier - Driftless: Photographs from Iowa Danny Wilcox Frazier - Driftless: Photographs from Iowa at Duke University. "...Danny Wilcox Frazier’s dramatic black-and-white photographs portray a changing Midwest of vanishing towns and transformed landscapes. As rural economies fail, people and resources are migrating to the coasts and cities, as though the heart of America were being emptied. Frazier’s arresting photographs take us into Iowa’s abandoned places and illuminate the lives of those people who stay behind and continue to live there: young people at leisure, fishermen on the Mississippi, veterans on Memorial Day, Amish women playing cards, as well as more recent arrivals, Lubavitcher Hasidic Jews at prayer and Latinos at work in the fields."

Jacqueline Hassink: The Power Show

Jacqueline Hassink... Maserati Girl, Shanghai (2006, c-print). From Car Girls - part of The Power Show - works by Jacqueline Hassink at Cohen Amador Gallery in New York, NY.

Chick Habit

April March... Chick Habit (.mp3 audio 02:08). From the album April in Paris (1996, Sympathy For The Record Industry) and the Death Proof Original Soundtrack.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Cold Hard Facts of Life

The Cold Hard Facts of Life Porter Wagoner... The Cold Hard Facts of Life (1967, RCA Victor 47-9067 .wma audio 03:23). RIP: Porter Wagoner.

Works by Bernd Haussmann

Bernd Haussmann... Untitled #1553 (oil & mixed media on aluminum). From Works by Bernd Haussmann at Chase Gallery in Boston, MA. "...My paintings are built up layer by layer of varied hues and imagery and then often scratched to reveal a strata of information and experience suggestive of the accumulation of life.
My painting is not the visualization of a single string of thoughts releasing a single meaning but a multidimensional space in which a variety of thoughts and ideas coexist."

Works by Hirsch Perlman

Works by Hirsch Perlman at Robert Miller Gallery in New York.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Real Gone Baby

Alvis (Eddie) Edwards... Real Gone Baby (1959, Enall K8OW-5654 .mp3 audio 02:09).

I Am As You Will Be: The Skeleton in Art

Untitled (Skull) Jean-Michel Basquiat... Untitled (Skull) (1982, Acrylic, oilstick, colored pencil on paper). From the exhibition I Am As You Will Be: The Skeleton in Art at Cheim & Read in New York, NY. "...a group exhibition of more than thirty works which incorporate the skeleton as subject. Curated in part by the James Ensor scholar Xavier Tricot, the wide range of artists include Francis Alÿs, Donald Baechler, Matthew Barney, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynda Benglis, Michaël Borremans, Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Broodthaers, Salvador Dali, Paul Delvaux, Wim Delvoye, Marlene Dumas, James Ensor, Jan Fabre, Roland Flexner, Katharina Fritsch, Adam Fuss, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jannis Kounellis, Sherrie Levine, Tony Matelli, McDermott & McGough, Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Pablo Picasso, Jack Pierson, Lady Pink, Sigmar Polke, Félicien Rops, Luc Tuymans, Jan van Oost, and Andy Warhol."

Georges Seurat: The Drawings

Georges Seurat: The Drawings at MoMA. "...Once described as 'the most beautiful painter’s drawings in existence,' Georges Seurat’s mysterious and luminous works on paper played a crucial role in his career. Though Seurat is most often remembered as a Neo-Impressionist, the inventor of pointillism, and the creator of the painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, his incomparable drawings are among his–and modernism’s–greatest achievements. Working primarily with conté crayon on paper, Seurat explored the Parisian metropolis and its environs, abstracted figures, spaces, and structures, and dramatized the relationship between light and shadow, creating a distinct body of work that is a touchstone for the art of the twentieth century and today."

Women of Renown: Female Heroes and Villains in the Prints of Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)

Women of Renown: Female Heroes and Villains in the Prints of Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) at MFA Boston. "...Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi uniquely combined the popular theme of beautiful women with his personal specialty, warrior prints showing legendary heroic figures from Japanese and Chinese history. From the historical woman warrior Tomoe to the fictional sorceress Takiyasha, from ancient empresses to present-day criminals, Kuniyoshi’s dynamic portrayals show women who were not just passive beauties but strong, courageous, talented, and sometimes even wicked."

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Dancing Barefoot

The Feelies... Dancing Barefoot (Bob Magazine Flexi, 1988 .mp3 audio 05:12). Sharp Patti Smith cover. From the archives at Little Hits.

Howard Finster

Saving a Folk Artist’s Paradise, Lost to Weeds and Ruin, Is a Tangled Affair (NY Times, October 25, 2007). "...To understand how Howard Finster, a Baptist preacher and bicycle repairman, became one of the most notable folk artists in the world, it is worth a visit to where it all started: the tiny white wooden house in this hamlet, tucked into the state’s northwestern corner.
It was in the Howard Finster Vision House, a name it has acquired since his death in 2001, that Mr. Finster said he was directed by God to stop repairing bicycles and paint 'sermon art.' And it was here, years later, that he made a 'garden of paradise,' a sprawling art environment he lovingly tended for 30 years that many consider to be his greatest work."


Happy Birthday to my son Kyle - 10 years old today.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ballet mécanique

Ballet mécanique. "...a 1924 experimental film directed by Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy with cinematography by Man Ray, music by George Antheil, and starring Alice Prin. The film was premiered by Frederick Kiesler in Vienna on 24 September 1924, and runs approximately 16 minutes. The original version of Antheil's music ran almost 30 minutes, and a married print of film and music was not made until 2000 by sound engineer and composer Paul Lehrman." From UbuWeb: Film & Video.

Jonathan Meese: Don't Call Us, We Call You

Jonathan Meese: Don't Call Us, We Call You Jonathan Meese: Don't Call Us, We Call You. Works by at Jonathan Meese at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna. (at)

Works by Alexis Amann

Alexis Amann... Voyage of the R-ship, Lady Vomitous (2007, acrylic gouache on paper). From Works by Alexis Amann.

The Pink Room

Angelo Badalamenti... The Pink Room (.mp3 audio 04:06). From the soundtrack Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me.

The Way It Is

Lucky Dube... The Way It Is (ACC Audio 04:11). Straight from BK's iPod. Thank you, BK... and RIP: Lucky Dube.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Marquee Moon (Alternate Version)

Television... Marquee Moon (Alternate Version) (.mp3 audio 10:55).

Last Night's Garbage

The Village Voice Best Of NYC 2007 Edition (Oct 22nd, 2007) From Last Night's Garbage - a photoblog documenting garbarge on the streets of NYC.

Světová grafická avantgarda IV

Světová grafická avantgarda IV - World graphic avantgarde IV at Galerie ART Chrudim Svetlana & Lubos Jelinek. "...Výstava Světová grafická avantgarda představuje 19 umělců světového umění dvacátého století, kteří položili základ modernímu umění a dodnes ovlivňují a inspirují své následovníky. Tato výstava volně navazuje na cyklus Avantgarda, který Galerie ART pravidelně pořádá." (cz)

Monday, October 22, 2007

Nancy Rexroth - IOWA: The Unpublished Photographs

Tree Wrapping School Nancy Rexroth... Tree Wrapping School (1970's, Vintage gelatin silver print). From IOWA: The Unpublished Photographs by Nancy Rexroth at Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. "...Nancy Rexroth is perhaps best known for her innovative use of the Diana camera. She is universally celebrated for images she made between 1970-1976 with this cheap toy camera. Those photographs were part of the project titled IOWA, which Rexroth mostly photographed in Ohio. The project was made famous with the publication of IOWA in 1977, a book that is now highly collectible.
The selenium and gold toned photographs are tiny gems that often find people in the act of flying of disappearing. Houses wave, her mother floats, a window vibrates. Nancy was raised in the suburbs on the east coast (Arlington, Virginia). These photographs are vignettes that unlock the midwestern atmospheres she remembers from rare visits to distant relatives in Iowa."

Lisa Klapstock: Depiction

Picture, Study 1 (2007, digital C-print, lustre laminate on aluminum). From Lisa Klapstock: Depiction at the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver, Canada. "...For over ten years, Toronto artist Lisa Klapstock has used photography to investigate the complexity of visual perception. Through the use of variances in depth of field, Klapstock explores the artifice of pictorial construction and the camera’s role in the enhancement or alteration of how we view and experience our surroundings. The resulting images are stunning panoramas that mimic the ways in which our minds perceive objects in space and time –experiences that photography has been attempting to replicate, mediate or control since its invention."

Bip A Little, Bop A Lot

Joe Penny... Bip A Little, Bop A Lot (1958, Federal 45-12322 .mp3 audio 02:01).

Mark Dean Veca: Imbroglio

Mark Dean Veca: Imbroglio at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. "...In his latest body of work, Mark Dean Veca continues to explore the unification of opposing elements- high vs. low, elegant vs. vulgar, masculine vs. feminine, micro vs. macro, figure vs. ground, all with humor and playfulness. Using the French Rococo textile pattern known as Toile de Jouy as a compositional infrastructure, Veca improvises a phantasmagoria of pop iconography, cartoon abstraction, art history, biomorphic psychedelia, and sexual innuendo. John Belushi, Jimi Hendrix, and Colonel Klink mingle with Koons’s Rabbit, Tennessee Tuxedo and Viagra, while the Three Stooges schmooze with AC/DC over by the mushroom cloud. This overload of visual stimuli is finely rendered with brush and ink under the influence of Underground Comix, Phillip Guston, Mad Magazine, Franz Kline, and Dr. Seuss."

Works by Alexandre Nova

Alexandre Nova... Molenbeek (2003, Huile sur toile). From Works by Alexandre Nova at La-Galerie.be. "...Alexandre Nova crée une nouvelle sorte de figuration, construite moyennant plusieurs couches d'une peinture à l'huile maigre et lisse et développe ainsi une atmosphère floue qui montre les choses comme si on les regardait les yeux à demi fermés de telle manière qu'apparaît une structure de masses sombres ou lumineuse, ce qui donne à la réalité une allure d'aliénation." (be)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection

Diagonal Function Geraldo de Barros... Função diagonal (Diagonal Function, 1952, Lacquer on board, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros). From The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection at the Grey Art Gallery of NYU. "...The Geometry of Hope focuses on key cities in the development of abstraction in the Americas: Montevideo (1930s), Buenos Aires (1940s), São Paulo (1950s), Rio de Janeiro (1950s–60s), Paris (1960s), and Caracas (1960s–70s). In tracing the flow of ideas from one socio-geographic context to another, the exhibition challenges the view of Latin American art as a single phenomenon, revealing important differences and tensions among various artistic proposals articulated during the decades under examination. For example, Joaquín Torres-García’s fusion of ancient American art with Neo-Plasticism was roundly rejected by the next generation of ardent Marxists in Argentina. And the rational and internationalist aspirations of the São Paulo concretists of the 1950s were reinterpreted and charged with specific Brazilian references by the neoconcretists in Rio de Janeiro. The exhibition’s inclusion of Paris as a 'Latin American' city underscores the cosmopolitan and international nature of Latin American abstraction - characteristics that are often ignored in American and European accounts of the history of modern art."

Louisiana Man

Rusty And Doug Kershaw... Louisiana Man (1961, Hickory LPM-103 .mp3 audio 02:32).

Robert Adams: Questions For An Overcast Day

Robert Adams: Questions For An Overcast Day at Matthew Marks Gallery. "...Questions for an Overcast Day is a series of 33 photographs of young alder trees growing along the Oregon coastline, near the artist’s home. The series begins by focusing on the branches of the trees, and, progressing from one image to the next, narrows its focus, culminating with several images of a single leaf.
The leaves on the trees appear perforated, the precise cause of which is unknown. The artist likens the particular pattern of erosion on each leaf to hieroglyphics, reading in them a unique 'calligraphy of disaster.'"

Works by Folkert De Jong

Folkert De Jong... Les Saltimbanques (2007, styrofoam, adhesive). From Works by Folkert De Jong at James Cohan Gallery in New York. "...His sculptures are made from unconventional, industrial insulation materials – Styrofoam and polyurethane foam – whose color palette of baby blue and pink and their inherent toxicity are what he refers to as, "one big moral contradiction." Best known for work that employs the vehicle of the 'grotesque,' De Jong reflects upon the paradox of contemporary life where advances in global policy, economics, science and art exist alongside the continuous forces of war, misfortune and catastrophe."

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

FOTO: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1948

Arno Boettcher Willi Ruge... Arno Boettcher (1927, Gelatin-silver print, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek). From the Guggenheim Museum presentation of FOTO: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1948 (Previously at the National Gallery of Art). "...In the 1920s and 1930s, photography became an immense phenomenon across Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, and Poland. It fired the imagination of hundreds of progressive artists, provided a creative outlet for thousands of devoted amateurs, and became a symbol of modernity for millions through its use in magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and books. It was in interwar central Europe, as well, that an art history for all photography was first established. Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918–1945 aims to recover the crucial role played by photography in this period, and in so doing to delineate a central European model of modernity."

Steichen, une épopée photographique

Steichen, une épopée photographique at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. (fr) Also... Steichen Reconsidered in All His Exposures (NY Times, October 17, 2007). "...When artists constantly reinvent themselves, they may be admired for their virtuosity, but they also risk being tagged as dilettantes. Surely, the argument goes, great artists should aspire to depth, not breadth. If they believe fervently in something one moment, how can they turn away from it the next?
It is a question that continues to haunt Edward Steichen’s reputation long after his death at 93 in 1973. He was recognized in his lifetime as one of the great photographers of the 20th century, yet with his penchant for changing directions and playing multiple roles, he bequeathed too many Steichens for easy classification."

Martín Ramírez

Martín Ramírez at the Milwaukee Art Museum. "...One of the self-taught masters of twentieth-century art, Martín Ramírez created some three hundred artworks of remarkable visual clarity and expressive power within the confines of DeWitt State Hospital, in Auburn, California, where he resided for the last fifteen years of his life. Ramírez’s complexly structured works are characterized by skillful and inventive draftsmanship and extraordinary spatial manipulations. The artist employs a diverse repertoire of imagery, fusing elements of Mexican and American culture, the environment of confinement, and his experience as a Mexican living in poverty and exile in the United States."

Chuck Close: Editioned Prints

Chuck Close... Susan (1988, Colored, handmade paper, ed 50). From Chuck Close: Editioned Prints at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, WA. "...Chuck Close's subjects are his family, his friends, himself, and fellow artists whose faces are described through his distinct, meticulous marks. Working from a photograph with a grid, he builds his images by applying one careful stroke after another in multi-colors or grayscale. His works are generally larger than life and highly focused. For Close, it is the process of description that renders meaning, rather than the subject itself."

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

Trailer (QuickTime Video) for the Eureka Video 'Masters of Cinema' edition of F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922). "...An iconic film of the German expressionist cinema, and one of the most famous of all silent movies, F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror continues to haunt - and, indeed, terrify - modern audiences with the unshakable power of its images. By teasing a host of occult atmospherics out of dilapidated set-pieces and innocuous real-world locations alike, Murnau captured on celluloid the deeply-rooted elements of a waking nightmare, and launched the signature 'Murnau-style' that would change cinema history forever."

Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1910-1983

Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1910-1983 Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1910-1983 - a film by Mimi Pickering (1988, Appalshop, Inc., 38 minutes, Color). "...Gunning suffered a life of bitter poverty which became the fuel for dozens of moving songs about working people, the mines, and the great coal strikes of the twenties and thirties. Gunning's a cappella roots music is intercut throughout the interviews and archival footage. A 1988 film by Mimi Pickering, available from Appalshop on DVD."

Recent Tintypes - Photographs by David Prifti

Lens Culture... Recent Tintypes - Photographs by David Prifti. "...For more than 15 years, Boston-based artist, photographer and teacher David Prifti has embraced many of the earliest techniques of photography to make his art. His work is included in several renowned collections, and was included in a group show at The Museum of Modern Art in 1991." More Works by David Prifti at his personal site.

Grimm's Northumberland Sketchbooks

Grimm's Northumberland Sketchbooks. "...Samuel Hieronymus Grimm made his living accompanying well-to-do patrons on their travels around England in the late-18th century, capturing their journeys in detailed pen-and-ink drawings. When Richard Kaye, his chief patron, became a Prebend at Durham Cathedral, Grimm set out to record the buildings and landscapes of Northumberland."

Monday, October 15, 2007

Survival Research Laboratories: Virtues of Negative Fascination, 1985-86

Survival Research Laboratories: Virtues of Negative Fascination, 1985-86. "...Virtues of Negative Fascination is a documentary covering the performance activities of Survival Research Laboratories, Mark Pauline, Matt Heckert and Eric Werner, from 1985-1986. The performances are organized around the interactions of menacingly reconstructed industrial equipment, scientific devices and a wide variety of 'special effects' devices which are used to develop themes of socio-political satire. The tape includes performances from New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle in front of a audiences of 2-3,000 people."


Los Tiki Phantoms... Vulcan (QuickTime Video). From the album Regresan de la tumba (BCore Disc BC.143).

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Drive By Dub

Dub Trio... Drive By Dub (.mp3 audio 04:11). From the album Exploring the Dangers Of (2004, ROIR RUSCD 8287).

Right Or Wrong (I'll Be With You)

Wanda Jackson... Right Or Wrong (I'll Be With You) (1961, CAPITOL 4553 .mp3 audio 02:39).

Mattioni Eszter, 1902-1993

Mattioni Eszter, 1902-1993 Mattioni Eszter, 1902-1993 at Demeter Galéria. "...Mattioni Eszter 1902-ben született Szekszárdon. Szakmai tanulmányait az Iparművészeti Iskolában kezdte, ahol öt évig tanult, majd a Képzőművészeti Főiskolán hat esztendőn át Rudnay Gyula növendéke volt. 1926 óta rendszeresen szerepelt tárlatokon. Több múzeum őrzi festményeit, hímesköveit, itthon és külföldön. “Parasztmenyasszony” című képe 1937-ben került a Louvre-ba, a Musée du Luxembourg-ba. A Magyar Nemzeti Galériában főbb munkái láthatóak, Szekszárdon számos műve van köztulajdonban." (hu)

Bob Dob: Where Crows Die

Bob Dob: Where Crows Die at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles. "...As a child in Hermosa Beach, CA, Bob Dob dreamt of becoming a professional baseball player. That dream was abandoned at the age of 13 when he was diagnosed with cancer. Making a miraculous full recovery after a year of battling his illness, he gravitated towards music and art. While growing up in Los Angeles in the 1980’s, the exposure to the music scene had a great influence on his art. Additionally, for ten years, Dob played in a punk band called Lunacy. He draws inspiration from painter Edward Hopper, old Disney, Film Noir and James Ellroy."

The Woman Who Is A Horse, 2005-present

Gabrielle de Montmollin... The Woman Who Is A Horse, 2005-present. New works by Gabrielle de Montmollin, one of our favourite photographers.

Friday, October 12, 2007

King of Kings

Prince Buster... King of Kings (.mp3 audio 03:34).

The Stray Shopping Cart Project

The Stray Shopping Cart Project The Stray Shopping Cart Project. "...Until now, the major obstacle that has prevented people from thinking critically about stray shopping carts has been that we have not had any formalized language to differentiate one shopping cart from another.
In order to encourage a more nuanced and comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon, I have worked for the past six years to develop a system of identification for stray shopping carts. Unlike a Linaean taxonomy, which is based on the shared physical characteristics of living things, this system works by defining the various states and situations in which stray shopping carts can be found. The categories of classification were arrived at by observing shopping carts in different situations and considering the conditions and human motives that have placed carts in specific situations and the potential for a cart to transition from one situation to another."

Modest Women in the Middle East

Modest Women in the Middle East by Alexandra Boulat (QuickTime Video). Via Lost Art.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Lubos Plny... Rabies (2006, Mixed media/paper). From Cavin-Morris Gallery.

Clayton Patterson: The Lower East Side

Clayton Patterson: The Lower East Side Clayton Patterson: The Lower East Side at Kinz, Tillou + Feigen. "...Patterson has been a ubiquitous presence of the Lower East Side of Manhattan since the early 1980's, and is widely known for his dedicated documentation of this historic and now fast changing neighborhood (i.e. vanishing neighborhood, courtesy of Mayor Bloomberg and City Planning co-conspirator Amanda Burden's campaign of development solely for the sake of developers). He has been a conscientious chronicler of this urban magnet for the disenfranchised that has long been recognized for its creative influence far beyond its humble street corners."

Brendan Monroe: Insides

Brendan Monroe... It Began Inside (2006, 6 x 6 Inches, Acrylic and collage on paper). From Brendan Monroe: Insides - works by Brendan Monroe at Richard Heller Gallery in New York.

What's Going Ahn

Big Star... What's Going Ahn (.mp3 audio 02:40). From the album Radio City (1973, Ardent Records ADS-1501).

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

31 Days of Horror (4)

31 Days of Horror (4) at Not Coming To A Theater Near You. "...Throughout the month we will be updating the site daily, with another horror review added each evening at midnight. From a substantial list of suggestions we have selected 31 films that span some 80 years, a few dozen sub-genres, and range from low-budget debuts to popular Hollywood favorites. The scare chords, second deaths, and pools of blood beyond the suspected capacity of the human body are all promised."

Tommy Harris: Consett

Tommy Harris: Consett - Photographs from the community life of the County Durham steel town. "...In the 1950s and 60s Tommy Harris worked as the photographer for two local newspapers, as well as for the Consett Iron Company magazine, and at the same time held down a full time job at the steelworks. He took literally thousands of pictures, most of which depict local events such as leek shows and prizegivings. He knew that many of his photographs, when used in the newspapers, would be cropped. Also, the square format that he used often made it difficult to exclude unwanted details when he was actually taking the picture. In many cases it is these chance elements in Tommy’s uncropped photographs that make his work so revealing."

Leonard Baskin: Proofs and Process

Bloated Death Leonard Baskin... Bloated Death (1985, Ink and watercolor on Whatman paper, Signed, lower right, and dated, lower left). From the exhibition Leonard Baskin: Proofs and Process, October 9, 2007 - January 5, 2008 at Galerie St. Etienne in New York, NY. "...Leonard Baskin's many faces have made it difficult for the public to get a cohesive sense of his artistic achievement. Baskin himself encouraged this situation, not only by pursuing a multiplicity of different art forms with equal dedication and vigor, but by creating discrete cycles and series that tended to be exhibited or published as self-contained units. Yet there was remarkable continuity over his sixty-year career. Baskinís themes are for the most part interrelated, one to the other and across the various mediums that he employed to address them. Our fragmented view of his achievement is not really intrinsic to the work itself, but rather to the way in which it has been presented and received over the decades. Each of the mediums that Baskin chose - printmaking, book making, book illustration and sculpture - allowed the artist to recruit and engage his public directly. Baskin presented his work piecemeal, cultivating a slightly different audience for each component part, because he felt shut out of the mainstream art world. At a time when abstract formalism reigned supreme, he remained firmly committed to figurative humanism. It is perhaps only today, in an art world open to a wealth of traditions from all ages and all parts of the globe, that we can begin to see Baskin's accomplishments whole."

Monday, October 08, 2007

Rudi, A Message to You

The Specials... Rudi, A Message to You (.mp3 audio 02:53).

Capa and Taro: Together at Last

Capa and Taro: Together at Last Capa and Taro: Together at Last (Digital Journalist, October 2007). "...He began life as Andre Friedmann. In the 1930s as a Hungarian Jew fleeing the anti-Semitism then spreading through Eastern Europe he landed in Paris. Her name was Gerda Pohorylle, from a liberal Polish Jewish family. She, too, was running away from the same anti-Semitism. In Paris, they found each other and started working together as photographers. In time they became lovers and creative partners. To get more work and acceptance in a Europe increasingly hostile to Jews and liberals, as well as in America with its higher paying market, they changed their names. She, to Gerda Taro. He, to Robert Capa. Everyone knows Robert Capa, his work and his life. Few, if any, know Gerda Taro. Her name is one that time almost forgot. Unlike Robert Capa, Gerda Taro's fame is only becoming apparent now, more than 70 years after her untimely death."

Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840–1860

William Henry Fox Talbot... Wild Fennel (1841–42, Salted paper print, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gilman Collection). From the exhibition Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840–1860 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. "...This exhibition is the first to explore the opening decades of paper photography in the country of its birth, focusing exclusively on photographs printed from negatives of fine writing paper. This early process — replaced almost entirely by glass negatives by 1860 — was favored especially by men of learning and leisure who not only accepted but also appreciated the medium’s tendency to soften details and mass light and shadow in a self-consciously artistic way. At home, their most frequent subjects — ancient oaks, rocky landscapes, ruined castles and abbeys, gatherings of friends and family —provided an antidote to the ills of modern, industrialized society; abroad, they were drawn to the glories of past civilizations manifest in Roman ruins, medieval churches, or Indian temples."

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Hecho en Latinoamérica: Revelation, Uprising and Fiction

Hecho en Latinoamérica: Revelation, Uprising and Fiction at Zone Zero. "..."Three decades have passed since the First Latin American Photography Colloquium in 1978, it can be seen nowadays as an historical event, fundamental for the reconstruction of the recent Latin American iconographic memory. Those who participated in its organization and activities were both actors and witnesses of a very fortunate situation, which brought together several elements that existed at the same time, but were isolated, in some countries (such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela), photography had a similar development, even though there was not an intensive and constant exchange of information that allowed to compare the work, except for the networks of photographic clubs, which had little social and cultural standing outside their small circuit."

Jason Jagel: Paper Record

Three Girl Rhumba Jason Jagel... Three Girl Rhumba (2007, Gouache on paper). From the exhibition Jason Jagel: Paper Record at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, WA. "...The exhibition, Paper Record, displays selections from an ongoing project that includes paintings of fictional and actual album covers, records made of paper and paintings inspired by the content of specific songs and albums. Here, painted album jackets and cut paper 'LPs' for non–existent albums keep company with re–imagined covers for published albums and even a painting for a soon–to–be record release."

Paris 2007

Daisuke Ichiba... Paris 2007. Works from Daisuke Ichiba's exhibition in Paris at Galerie Le Monte-en-l'air. (jp)

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Kate Breakey: Painted Photographs

Kate Breakey: Painted Photographs at Joseph Bellows Gallery. "...The artist begins with a silver photographic image of her subject. She then paints on many transparent layers of oil paint and colored pencils over the photograph, imbuing the previously black and white image with color. The rich tones and painterly textures enhance the subjects' forms, textures and details. The curl of a decaying petal, the delicacy of a bird's feather, or the shape of a piece of fruit are brought to life in Breakey's portraits, which at the same time memorialize lost lives."

If You Want To Be My Baby

Danny and The Galaxies... If You Want To Be My Baby (1959, Darbo KB 1595 .mp3 audio 02:12) and The Galaxies... My Tattle Tale (1960, Guaranteed 216 .mp3 audio 01:36). Not Eddie Cochran (as rumoured) but Galaxies' vocalist Dan Sullivan and guitarist Greg Winn. Sure sounds like Eddie, though.

Adam Helms: Hinterland

Adam Helms: Hinterland Adam Helms: Hinterland at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. "...In this exhibition, Helms further develops his longstanding fascination with guerrilla warfare, militias and the ethos of the American past and present in a variety of media including drawing, sculpture and silkscreen. Drawing upon source material from his research of archetypes concerning banditry, frontiers and environments of conflict, Helms's works collectively conjure a land on the outskirts, a backcountry, a hinterland."

Allan Tannenbaum: John and Yoko and New York in the 70s

Allan Tannenbaum: John and Yoko and New York in the 70s at Steven Kasher Gallery. "...The exhibition accompanies the release of John and Yoko: A New York Love Story (Insight Editions, 2007), a 160 page book with 150 of Allan’s photographs and a foreword by Yoko Ono. The exhibition will feature over 75 vintage and later prints, drawn both from Allan’s new book and from his photographs made while working for the Soho Weekly News in the 70s."

Porque te vas

Jeanette... Porque te vas (Because You're Leaving .mp3 audio 03:23). Featured prominently in the film Cría cuervos (1976, directed by Carlos Saura).

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

In Store

FILE Magazine... In Store. "...In Store is photographer Liz Kuball's project that documents the rapidly growing business of self-storage. Liz's work shows a world that is chilling and remarkably prison-like, forcing us to wonder if we Americans have become prisoners of all of our possessions."

La Maldición de La Llorona

Trailer (QuickTime Video) for La Maldición de La Llorona (The Curse of the Crying Woman, 1961, Mexico, directed by Rafael Baledón).

Three Minute Hero

The Selecter... Three Minute Hero - From Dance Craze, 1980 (Flash Video, 02:54).

The Art that Hitler Hated: Kathe Kollwitz and German Expressionist Printmaking

Liegende / Reclining Woman Erich Heckel... Liegende / Reclining Woman (Original color woodcut, 1913, revised 1925. Edition: a few signed impressions pulled in 1913; in 1925 he created a new edition for the luxurious art periodical, Ganymed....For this, the original jigsawed forms printing in red were replaced, and they thus appear slightly different in configuration from those of the original printing). From the exhibition The Art that Hitler Hated: Kathe Kollwitz and German Expressionist Printmaking at Spaightwood Galleries in Upton, MA. "...The title of this show is actually a misnomer; a more accurate title would indicate that this is the art that the Kaiser hated, that the right-wingers who helped to bring about the downfall of the Weimar Republic hated, and that the militarists who ultimately threw their support to the Nazis hated. And yet, it is still amisnomer: in a sense, the term German Expressionism really means Modernist works done in Germany and Austria from the late 19th century until the Nazis took control, after which the works went underground, but, in many cases, continued to be made until the artist making them died."

Works by François Burland

François Burland... L'âme des Guerriers (Soul of the Warriors, 2002, pastel on brown paper). From Works by François Burland at the Judy A Saslow Gallery in Chicago, IL. "...Burland’s art is instinctive and spontaneous, like a contemporary version of archaic nomadic expression. Similar to many artists of his generation, Burland is inspired by mythological legends; mixing antique sources with modern literature and ethnology. There many references in his art to the holy grail, the Iliad and the Odyssey, the myth of Perseus, Celtic mythology, as well as Indian and aboriginal cultures. He is fascinated by the rituals and mysticism of primitive man, wartime civilizations, nomadic peoples and the discovery of Tuareg in the Sahara."

Monday, October 01, 2007

The Art of Lee Miller

The Art of Lee Miller at the Victoria and Albert Museum. "...Lee Miller is one of the most renowned female icons of the 20th century - a unique individual admired as much for her free-spirit, creativity and intelligence as for her classical beauty. This exhibition covers her extraordinary career as a photographer and is the first complete retrospective of her life and work, exploring her transformation from artist's muse to ground-breaking artist. Also... The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957.

Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses: The Synagogue to the Carousel

Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses: The Synagogue to the Carousel Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses: The Synagogue to the Carousel at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. "...traces the journey of Jewish woodcarvers and other artisans from Eastern and Central Europe to America and the unsung role they played in establishing a distinct Jewish culture in communities throughout the United States. The exuberant artworks stand as a testament to a history of survival and transformation and provide a surprising revelation of the link that was forged between the synagogue and the carousel as immigrant Jewish artists transferred symbolic visual elements into this vernacular American idiom. Much more at the special Exhibition Website.

Edward Mapplethorpe

Edward Mapplethorpe - new works on paper at Foley Gallery. "...In this new body of work Mapplethorpe continues his formal exploration of line, combining the gestural impulses of action painting with the mechanical processes of the photographic medium. The artist’s use of hair as subject allow for the play between control and randomness that has always structured and tempered his work to reach a new level of complexity.
For Mapplethorpe, hair has always been emblematic of revolution, acting as a cultural signifier and barometer of change against the status quo. It’s implementation here is evocative of both the conceptual and formal risks undertaken by the artist in creating this ambitious project. The exhibition is composed of unique works solely created in the darkroom without the use of traditional cameras. The result is a spiritual and organic balance between chaos and order encompassing a stunning visual range spanning from the intricate delicacy of fleeting lines to bold, graphic tangles of color."

Ska Special...From Jamaica to the U.K.