Thursday, January 31, 2008

Shotgun Boogie

Hawkshaw Hawkins... Shotgun Boogie (1951, King 45-932 .mp3 audio 02:31).

Works by Germán Herrera

Falso Lunar Germán Herrera... Falso Lunar (False Beauty Mark, 2005, pigment print). From Works by Germán Herrera at the CPA International Web Gallery. Also... Between Here And Now - 40 photographs by Germán Herrera at Zone Zero.

Lee Friedlander: A Ramble in Olmsted Parks

Lee Friedlander: A Ramble in Olmsted Parks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. "...This exhibition features approximately 40 photographs made by Lee Friedlander in the public parks and private estates designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903), North America’s premier landscape architect. The show celebrates the complex, idiosyncratic picture making of one of the country’s greatest living photographers. It also marks the 150th anniversary of the design (1858) for Olmsted’s masterpiece, New York’s Central Park. Rambling with intent across bridges and through the parks’ open meadows and dense understory, Friedlander finds pure pleasure in Olmsted’s landscapes—in the meticulous stonework, in the careful balance of sun and shade, and in the mature, weather-beaten trees and their youthful issue."

Jason Mullins Photography

Jason Mullins... Path Taken (San Francisco, 2005). From Jason Mullins Photography.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Booze Party

Three Aces & A Joker... Booze Party (1960, GRC 104 .mp3 audio 02:26).

Near the Cross: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta

Near the Cross: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta. "...Tom Rankin began photographing the sacred landscapes and spiritual traditions of the Mississippi Delta in the late 1980s when he moved there to teach at Delta State University. He returns to Mississippi regularly to photograph some of the same churches and cemeteries as they evolve and change over time, reflecting the ongoing life of these holy spaces. Rankin expresses his deep connection and attraction to the Delta and its religious practices in his book Sacred Space."

Selections from the Gallery Collection

Selections from the Gallery Collection at Joseph Bellows Gallery.

The Goat's Dance: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide

The Goat's Dance: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide at the Getty Center. "...This exhibition loosely surveys more than 30 years of Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide's international career by highlighting major series produced in Mexico and the United States. The breadth and depth of the selection has been made possible through the generosity of the artist, who opened her personal archive, and the magnanimity of Brentwood collectors Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser. They have followed Iturbide's work for more than 10 years and assembled a wide-ranging collection of her images, including many of the pictures created in the remote southern Mexican city of Juchitán, Oaxaca during the 1980s. Reflecting the extensive and discriminating Greenberg-Steinhauser collection, this important series, central to Iturbide's body of work, is a primary component of this exhibition." Also... Ojos para volar / Eyes to Fly With: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide at the Wittliff Gallery of Texas State University-San Marcos.

The Ghetto Tokyo

The Ghetto Tokyo - a flickr group. "...THE GHETTO located in Shin-Okubo. The side of the building has legal graffiti by QP, EKYS, ZYS and more of Japan's finest. This was once a Love Motel, but has been converted into 7 shops, a gallery, a restaurant and skate park." Also... from PingMag... The Ghetto in Shin-Okubo: A Love For Skate Culture. " encounter Love Hotels, Asian restaurants and loads of shops selling star stickers of Korean singers in this diverse neighbourhood. But you wouldn’t fanthom finding a former Love Hotel turned into a graffiti space with several skater shops and a bar - and a skate ramp in the lobby."

Koshiro Onchi and The Printmakers of Sosaku Hanga

A Woman In A Port Hide Kawanishi... A Woman In A Port (1946, woodcut). From the exhibition Koshiro Onchi and The Printmakers of Sosaku Hanga at Toki no Wasuremono. "...Sosaku-Hanga is a movement which started at the end of Meiji period. Its concept was that printmakers should 'draw by themselves,' 'engrave by themselves' and 'print by themselves.' Japanese traditional print Ukiyo-e was made in a 3-step process; painting, engraving and printing. Kanae Yamagata and his group advocated that 'Prints should not be a copy of picture.' Koshiro Onchi was one of representative printmaker of this movement. His works gained a worldwide recognition.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Rob McDonald: Birdhouses

Paul Caponigro: A Wise Silence

Paul Caponigro: A Wise Silence at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco, CA. "...This retrospective exhibition will draw from the galleries extensive collection, including three original portfolios published by the artist himself, as well as individual images covering the breadth of work from his entire fifty-year career, from his legendary photographs of sacred sites in England and Ireland to his still life work of plants and sunflowers. Whether made outdoors in nature or in the calm of his studio, Caponigro's work is imbued with a deep sense of quiet contemplation and spiritual awareness."

Marcus Erixson Photography

Marcus Erixson Photography Marcus Erixson Photography. Also... Grit Of Life - photographs by
Marcus Erixson at Lens Culture. "...Marcus Erixson is a young photographer (born 1982 in Sweden) who is drawn to the grit and grain and contrasts of raw life. A sad poetic dreamer, like a Kerouac with a camera, he bounces stream-of-consciousness-like through the long winter nights of the north, gathering and stitching together moments of tenderness, delusion, suffering, birth, sex, seduction, loneliness, longing, death, beauty and ugliness."

Monday, January 28, 2008

RIP: Viktor Schreckengost

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Casper The Friendly Ghost

Jad Fair & Daniel Johnston... Casper The Friendly Ghost (.mp3 audio 04:13). From the album It's Spooky (2001, JAG033).

The Best (And Worst) Japanese Films of 2007

Midnight Eye... The Best (And Worst) Japanese Films of 2007 - The makers of Midnight Eye pick their traditional best and worst of the past year. Also... a review of No Borders, No Limits: Nikkatsu Action Cinema by Mark Schilling.

Works by Satoru Toma

Satoru Toma... L'envers du decors #02 (2007). From Works by Satoru Toma at la galerie. (be) "...Je suis attiré par des espaces abandonnés, terrains vagues et des espaces transitoires (rond-points, passages,métros, autoroutes). Ce sont des espaces à partir desquelles j’imagine ce qui s’est passé et ce qui se passera. Cette odeur du temps me pousse à réagir à travers des approches différentes ( photographie, installation ) Aujourd'hui, tous les espaces semblent rationnellement organisés par l’homme. Mon projet s’inscrit dans un intérêt pour ce qui échappe à cette logique." Also... Lost World - abandoned amusement parks photographed by Satoru Toma at his personal site.

Works by Holly Roberts

Holly Roberts... Man With Greyhound (Pink Legs) (oil on silver print). From Works by Holly Roberts.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Anthony Goicolea

Anthony Goicolea... Low Tide (2007, c-print). From the 'Almost Safe' series by Anthony Goicolea.

Aus dem Kabinett 16

Schlächter Eduard Braun... Schlächter ('Butcher,' 1928, woodcut, printed by hand, signed, dated, titled). From the exhibition Aus dem Kabinett 16 - 92 works of art by 25 artists of the 20th century at Galerie Nierendorf in Berlin.

Made In America

Photos from the exhibition Made In America at the Choque Cultural Gallery in São Paulo, Brazil.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Weegee Collection

Weegee... Summer, The Lower East Side, 1937. From the Weegee Collection at Amber Online. "...Classic documentary photographs of New York taken between the 1930s and the 1960s. The work was given to Amber by Weegee's widow Wilma Wilcox following Side Gallery's organisation of the first tour of his work in the UK in the early 1980s."

This Is Our Slaughterhouse

This Is Our Slaughterhouse - a film by Matthew Broerman. (2000, 22 minutes, Color). "...This short documentary follows the ten workers of Broerman Poultry Processing, revealing their surprisingly close relationships, despite the gruesome nature of their job. The colorful interviews and raw supporting footage give new perspectives on family values, hard work, and what happens inside a slaughterhouse."

Helen Gerber: Rapid Velocity Lead Therapy

Helen Garber... The Funeral of Anna Nicole Smith (2007, mixed media). From the exhibition Helen Gerber: Rapid Velocity Lead Therapy at Billy Shire Fine Arts. "...I take my inspiration from a variety of sources: Ayn Rand, the architecture to German children's stories like 'Die Geschichte vom wilden Jager,' which is where the vengeful bunnies evolved, or 'El Topo,' where the General references and glass, inspired me, I also collect anonymous letters and especially schizophrenic code, which upon closer observation, appear in the work. I enjoy creating little class wars within each work, both through referential inspiration and technical play. It allows me to inject a sense of humor into everything." More Works by Helen Garber at her personal site.

Images of the Underground

Images of the Underground Images of the Underground. "...In 1974 the Wisconsin Historical Society Press published an edition called Undergrounds: A Union List of Alternative Periodicals in Libraries of the United States and Canada in a press run of about 750 copies. The work of a graduate student, and later Society newspapers and periodicals librarian James Danky, the book was based on the Society's collection of underground press materials, which bloomed in the 1960s in the U.S. and Canada but had mostly come to an end by the mid-1970s. The Society has one of the largest collections of underground newspapers in the nation, some of which are featured in this month's image gallery from Wisconsin Historical Images, the Society's online image database."

Sweet Temptation

Merle Travis... Sweet Temptation (1946, Capitol 349 .mp3 audio 02:52).

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Guerilla Flowerpots in Tokyo’s Public Spaces

PingMag... Guerilla Flowerpots in Tokyo’s Public Spaces by Michael Mahoney. "...Tokyo is not known for its greener pastures but for hypermodern architecture and a cityscape that looks like a future preconceived in the early 80s. 'Wow! Amazing!' is how tourists usually react. But how do people actually live in this concrete urbanity? Given the lack of vast green spaces, Tokyoites are taking action: First, reclaim your immediate environment and stuff the sidewalk with flower pots as much as possible. Second, on the official side, imitate nature to soothe the stressed commuters with a forest of plastic plants, cement trees - or the friendly chirping of an artificial bird. PingMag shows you the green islands and blossoming places in this most dense populated area."

Wouter Deruytter: Billboards, NY

Luke Smalley: Exercise at Home

Luke Smalley: Exercise at Home at Wessel & O'Connor Fine Art in Brooklyn, NY. "...Done in and around the northwestern Pennsylvania town he still calls home, Smalley revisits themes of adolescent growing pains acted out under the guise of earnest athleticism. Teenagers compete in simple yet strange competitions meant to establish their standings amongst one another. Two youths practice boating safety procedures on a small craft that happens to be indoors, have a psychological game of tug of war with a mid evil looking apparatus on their heads, and practice swimming strokes while lying on a gym floor. As in the past, the photographer has painstakingly coordinated the creation of the work presented here, often making his own athletic equipment, props, and costumes."

Works by Joyce Pensato

Works by Joyce Pensato. "...As a second generation American, Joyce Pensato’s acidic transformations of the familiar Cartoon Characters of America reveal unpredictably extreme personae lurking under their comfortable surfaces. In Pensato’s parallel universe, Mickey, Donald and Marge Simpson slide dangerously into crazed ecstatic delirium after toeing the line for too long as accessories to the American quest for fulfillment."

Wisconsin Death Trip Photographs

Wisconsin Death Trip Photographs Wisconsin Death Trip Photographs. "...This set includes a selection of photographs produced by Charles Van Schaick between 1890 and 1910 that were used in the book Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy (1973). The book has been reprinted several times and in 1999 James Marsh directed a film adaptation of the book, which was filmed in Wisconsin." From Wisconsin Historical Society Images on Flickr.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Holga Show 2.0

Photomedia Center... Holga Show 2.0. "...The Holga Show is our second annual show of fine art photography produced from toy cameras with plastic lenses, such as the Holga. Thirty-seven images by thirty-three artists were selected for exhibition from the entries received from our open call. Best of show honors were awarded to Tread, James Arnold, Nicolas Bellion, and Kelsey Jarboe."

Vibrant Visions: Pochior Prints in the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Library

Vibrant Visions: Pochior Prints in the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Library. "...The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, has a rich collection of vibrantly colored illustrated books and periodicals that were created using the pochoir stenciling process. The pochoir process, characterized by its crisp lines and brilliant colors, produces images that have a freshly printed or wet appearance. This display provides a brief history and description of the pochoir process along with select examples of pochoir images from the library's collection that illustrate costume, interior, and pattern designs produced in France from 1900 through the 1930s."

Art by Matt Furie

The Rude Boy

Duke Reid's All Stars... The Rude Boy (.mp3 audio 02:47).

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Abandoned Train Station in Oakland

Abandoned Train Station in Oakland, California - Remains of the Amtrak Station on 17th Street. From Surreal Coconut.

100 Best Signs From Roadside Art Online

100 Best Signs From Roadside Art Online Interesting Ideas... 100 Best Signs From Roadside Art Online. Also... Little Grills - Diner art from matchbook covers.

Disfarmer: Women

Disfarmer: Women at Steven Kasher Gallery. "...Disfarmer: Women is the first exhibition that looks beyond a survey of Mike Disfarmer’s photography in order to examine a single crucial theme of his production and his psychology. None of the 35-40 pictures that comprise this show have been previously exhibited.
Disfarmer’s portraits are startling, captivating experiences because they embody a complicated delicacy of relationship between sitter and recorder that is unique in the canon of portraiture. In Max Kozloff’s new book The Theatre of the Face: Portrait Photography Since 1900 (Phaidon, 2007), Disfarmer is one of the seven artists discussed in the crucial chapter 'The Sander Effect,' where he is placed alongside August Sander, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and Diane Arbus."

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918–1945

Cover for Fantômas (The Dead Man Who Kills) Jindřich Štyrský... Cover for Fantômas (The Dead Man Who Kills) (by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre, 1929, Photolithograph of photomontage). From the exhibition Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918–1945, February 9 - May 4, 2008 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. "...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, advertising, 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."

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

You're Gonna Miss Me

The 13th Floor Elevators... You're Gonna Miss Me (1966, Contact Records 5269 .mp3 audio 02:21).

Manuel Alvarez Bravo: El Maestro de Modernismo

Manuel Alvarez Bravo: El Maestro de Modernismo at Throckmorton Fine Art. "...He began his career as a young photographer in the 1920’s in post-revolutionary Mexico. With the emergence of Mexico City as an international center, artists and intellectuals, celebrated the avantgarde and their indigenous past. Through association with and recognition by such luminaries as Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Manuel was able to work within a wide range of styles and subject matter including: formalist abstraction, architecture, interiors, landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. Bravo, influenced by the indigenous culture of Mexico, also remained open to the artistic influences outside his native country."

Romancing With Lord Invader

Lord Invader... Romancing With Lord Invader (.mp3 audio 03:00).

Marina Bonita

Lost Art... Marina Bonita. "...A nossa musa Marina Dias incorpora Marina Bonita no Sertão do Piauí em fotos de Louise Chin." (br)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Shame And Scandal In The Family

Sir Lancelot... Shame And Scandal In The Family (1943, M33029 .mp3 audio 02:55). From the movie I Walked with a Zombie (1943, RKO Pictures, directed by Jacques Tourneur). Part of last night's TCM tribute to producer Val Lewton.

Esao Andrews and Xiaoqing Ding: Separate Lives

Xiaoqing Ding... Little Drop of Poison (Pastel on Paper). From the exhibition Esao Andrews and Xiaoqing Ding: Separate Lives at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. "...Paired together, these two young Brooklyn-based artists will combine their talents to present new paintings and drawings, showcasing each of their distinctly creative voices. This will be the first time Andrews has shown at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. His work, full of dark and whimsical allegory will be put on display in a series of skillfully rendered oil paintings. Surreal, frightening and humorous all at once, his pieces are windows into a strange and imaginative dream world. Xiaoqing Ding returns to the LeVine Gallery, after having previously exhibited in the 16th Annual Swap Meet group show in 2007. Using Silverpoint and pastels in vibrant hues, her unique interpretation of timeless themes—yearning and fantasy—are flavored with a special mixture of traditional Chinese Folklore, multi-culturally influenced mythology, and eroticism."

Monday, January 14, 2008

Julian Schnabel: Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud

Julian Schnabel... The Night We Met (.mp3 audio 03:17). From Julian Schnabel: Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud (1995) at UbuWeb Sound. "...This record was made between his art star days and his current Hollywood reign with such great players as Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell, Golden Palomino drummer Anton Fier, and jazz arranger Henry Threadgill, but was universally panned upon its release in 1995. As one reviewer put it, 'Schnabel can be described as a cross between Michael Bolton and Leonard Cohen, but unfortunately he writes songs like Bolton and sings like Cohen instead of the other way around... a combination of treacly sentiment, pretentious poesy, tuneless croaking, and minimalist melodies.'"

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Coal Miner's Blues

The Carter Family... Coal Miner's Blues (1938, DECCA 5596 .mp3 audio 03:02).

Transforming Reality: Patten and Design in Modern and Self-Taught Art

The People Käthe Kollwitz... The People (1922-23, Woodcut on heavy off-white Velin, Signed, lower right, and numbered 55/100, lower left. Plate 7 from the cycle War). From the exhibition Transforming Reality: Patten and Design in Modern and Self-Taught Art, January 15 - March 8, 2008 at Galerie St. Etienne in New York. "...Modernists and self-taught artists in the early twentieth century created works that were remarkably similar in affect, if not in overt intention. Untethered from pedantic verisimilitude, the innate expressive qualities of form and color were allowed free reign, but the retention of recognizable subject matter established a communicative link between the artists' inner visions and the viewing public. This was indeed a new sort of realism, a realism with no pretensions to objective truth. The new realism could be bluntly confrontational in the hands of artists with a social agenda, such as Otto Dix, Käthe Kollwitz and later in the twentieth century, Leonard Baskin. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Kokoschka, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein, Schiele and others used a modernist aesthetic to give deeper emotional resonance to their subjects. Feininger and Paul Klee wielded semi-abstract forms with playful whimsy, yet their intent was profoundly serious: to make visible the invisible forces of the cosmos, to link the human to the eternal."

Trailer for The Eye

Trailer (QuickTime Video) for The Eye (Gin gwai, 2002, directed by Oxide and Danny Pang). No remakes please.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Hand-drawn Negative: Clichés-verre by Corot, Daubigny, Delacroix, Millet and Rousseau (1854-1862)

The Hand-drawn Negative: Clichés-verre by Corot, Daubigny, Delacroix, Millet and Rousseau (1854-1862) at Peter Freeman. "...the most important and complete collection of clichés-verre in private hands. The cliché-verre, a relatively obscure and still largely-overlooked medium, was borne amidst the flurry of excitement and experimentation following the invention of photography in the early 19th century. Considered a hybrid of printmaking and photography yet made without camera, the cliché-verre was both a creative curiosity and an innovative and unique means to instantly produce differing versions of a single image."

O. Winston Link: Constructed Images

O. Winston Link... Hotshot Eastbound, Iaeger, WV, 1956. From the exhibition O. Winston Link: Constructed Images at Danziger Projects. "...O. Winston Link was born on December 16, 1914, in Brooklyn, New York, and died in 2001. From an early age his two great passions were photography and trains, and when a chance commercial assignment took him to Staunton, Virginia, a town only a few miles from the Norfolk and Western railroad line, his artistic and life path was set."

Lisa M. Robinson: Snowbound

Lisa M. Robinson: Snowbound at Klompching Gallery. "...On the surface, these images are quite beautiful. They appear elegantly simple and accessible, evoking, perhaps, the silent tranquility that one might feel after a fresh snowfall. Beneath the surface, however, there is a subtle tension. Like fine haiku, each image quietly references another season, a time of life or activity that has already passed, and may come again."

The G Man Got The T Man

Cee Pee Johnson and His Band... The G Man Got The T Man (1945, .mp3 audio 03:11). Thank you, DMc.

Cats can't buy their jive at night
So now they hurry home
Since the G man got the T man and gone
They have to drink their lush and stagger
Even though they know its wrong
Cause the G man got the T man and gone
They've arrested my connection
And I can't find any more
Cause the G man got the T man and gone

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Allen Linder: Beings

Allen Linder... Man Thinking Big (Pink Marble on Black Marble Cube, Jade & Black Marble Inlay, Pewter, Bronze, Engraved). From Beings by Allen Linder.

Olaf Otto Becker: Broken Line

Olaf Otto Becker: Broken Line at Cohen Amador Gallery. "...photographs of Greenland by internationally renowned photographer Olaf Otto Becker from his newly published book of the same title. In the German photographer’s second exhibition at the Cohen Amador Gallery, he progresses from his serene photo investigation of Iceland and moves to the billowing ice fields, sprawling glaciers and triple-insulated shacks of the planet’s largest island."

New Works by Neil Faber

Neil Faber... It is With a Heavy Heart... (detail) (2007, colored inks, acrylic and gel-media on paper). From New Works by Neil Faber at Richard Heller Gallery.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Helping Hounds Of Hell

The Helping Hounds Of Hell The Helping Hounds Of Hell. "...a charity exhibition of skateboard art for the benefit of the SAGE-Hospital for Children in Senegal, Africa. The project was initiated by Twilite Skateboards and the Designstudio Group Dejour (Berlin) and is curated by Jörg Heikhaus, founder of the heliumcowboy artspace. Over 30 artists contribute unique artworks on 100 skateboards, which will be exhibited 25.01.2008 - 03.02.2008 at the Neurotitan Gallery in Berlin and 08.02.2008 - 12.02.2008 at the heliumcowboy artspace in Hamburg."

José Luis Cuevas: The Smelly One

Zone Zero... José Luis Cuevas: The Smelly One (26 black & wite photographs). "...Its official name is 'Salon Orizaba' and perhaps it’s the most singular beer hall in all of the old downtown Mexico City. To find it, you can ask for 'La Apestosa,' the nickname that the place has literally adopted and keeps with pride to the last detail. La Apestosa is a place of encounter for alcoholics and prostitutes. This photographic essay documents the relations between them and the atmosphere of the place. A dark place where alcohol and sex reign."

Two by Slim Smith

Slim Smith... It's Alright (1972, Trojan TBL186 .mp3 audio 02:43) and The Uniques... Watch This Sound (1968, Trojan TR619 .mp3 audio 02:35) Slim Smith covers Curtis Mayfield and... with The Uniques, Buffalo Springfield. Thank you, DMc.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Today And Tomorrow

Today And Tomorrow Charlie Feathers... Today And Tomorrow (1961, Memphis M-103 .mp3 audio 02:33).

Ben Rose: Panoramas, New York, 1950s

Ben Rose: Panoramas, New York, 1950s at Steven Kasher Gallery. "...The exhibition will feature 15 large-scale vintage contact prints from the 1950s, each approximately 9 x 48”. These dynamic prints are the fulcrum of Ben Rose’s experimentation with photographic technology and photographic seeing. Works from this series have been purchased recently by the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art."

Works by Roger Catherineau

Works by Roger Catherineau at Gitterman Galley in New York. "...Born in 1925 in Tours, France, and educated in the mediums of painting and drawing, as well as photography, Roger Catherineau championed photographic expressionism. Catherineau created photographs and photograms concurrent with the development of Abstract Expressionism, yet with his premature death in 1962, his innovative body of work and his career had gone largely unnoticed until its rediscovery by the historian Christian Bouqueret in the early 1990s."

Lost Art: Our Year In Pictures, 2007

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Blur of the Otherworldly: Contemporary Art, Technology and the Paranormal

Ted Serios Ted Serios. "...Ted Serios came to the world’s attention, briefly, upon the 1967 publication of The World of Ted Serios: Thoughtographic Studies of an Extraordinary Mind, by Jule Eisenbud. Eisenbud was a psychiatrist interested in the paranormal powers of the mind; Serios was an unemployed alcoholic bellhop from Chicago who could allegedly project images on unexposed film by staring into the lens of a camera with intense concentration. In 'carefully controlled' experiments, while chugging quarts of Budweiser, the oftentimes shirtless Serios would work himself into a sort of ritualistic froth, snapping his fingers at the moment of telepathic impact and then falling back into his chair exhausted. The results were mixed, but he did sometimes inexplicably produce imagery of buildings, people walking down the street, Neanderthal families, and space ships." From Blur of the Otherworldly: Contemporary Art, Technology and the Paranormal.

No Love Lost

Lens Culture... No Love Lost - photographs and text by Michael Grieve. "...No Love Lost is a visual project that inhabits sexual environments in contemporary Britain. People featured are active in the increasingly entwined and performative worlds of pornography, prostitution and stripping. What they share is a measured psychological engagement with strangers in close proximity that is a purely physical and sexual union lacking in affection. Fantasy is played out within the frame of constraints and closeness is kept at a distance. Menace is always present, control is often threatened. These are emotionally charged settings, both plastic and primitive, where the ‘stuff’ of life is all too present."

Luca Lacche

Luca Lacche... selective focus | monochrome. Photographs by Luca Lacche.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

When the Saints Go Marching In

The Reverend Howard Finster... When the Saints Go Marching In (.mp3 audio 03:24). God told him to paint - the Devil told him to sing. From the album Potatoes: A Collection of Folk Songs (1989, Ralph Records). From WFMU's On The Download last August.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Rockin' The Joint

Rockin' The Joint Esquerita... Rockin' The Joint (1958, Capitol 4058 .mp3 audio 02:02).


MASK at James Cohan Gallery in New York, NY. "...MASK will be comprised of a collection of over 40 masks assembled by Joseph G. Gerena Fine Art, dating from 700 BCE through the 20th century and representative of all continents and many cultural traditions. These masks will be shown alongside works by over 30 contemporary artists, including several specifically commissioned for the exhibition."

Mapping Sitting: On Portraiture and Photography

Mapping Sitting: On Portraiture and Photography. "...Conceived by contemporary artists Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari working with the archives of the Beirut-based Arab Image Foundation (AIF), Mapping Sitting explores how photographic portraits operated in the Arab world over the past century. Raad and Zaatari’s projected and photographic installations on view in the exhibition highlight four distinct practices: 1) identity photos; 2) the Middle Eastern tradition of photo surprise; 3) itinerant photography; and 4) institutional group portrait photography. Collectively, the images convey the pluralistic and multifaceted communities captured by indigenous photographers—images far different from photos of the region circulating widely in the popular press today. In Mapping Sitting, Raad and Zaatari reveal how Arab portrait photography not only pictured individuals and groups, but also functioned as commodity, luxury item, and adornment. Concentrating on commercial images, the exhibition not only raises questions about portrait photography in the Middle East, but also about portraiture, photography, and visual culture in general."

Modern Landscape: A Point of View

Stephen Coyle... Well Kept Two Family Overlooking the Freeway (alkyd on panel). From the exhibition Modern Landscape: A Point of View at Chase Gallery in Boston, MA.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Sally Mann: Immediate Family

Sally Mann: Immediate Family at Edwynn Houk Gallery. "...More than 15 years have passed since the original Immediate Family exhibition at Edwynn Houk Gallery. The inexorable passage of time has seen the Mann children grow into adults, a shift in the artist’s subject-matter to a decade long examination of landscape photography, and Mann’s recognition as one of the preeminent artists of her generation. Responsible for a renewed interest in the 8 x 10 large format camera, antique processes, and staged photographs yielding an unbridled sense of intimacy, Sally Mann’s artistic shadow looms large in the imaginations of a younger generation of artists. This new exhibition stands as an opportunity to reevaluate Immediate Family, and the artist’s accomplishment."

Oh What A Fool I've Been

Oh What A Fool I've Been The Idaly Sisters... Oh What A Fool I've Been (.mp3 audio 02:29). From the EP Let's Go Soul (1967?, RCA Singapore SGE 009). Lolly, Linda and Elsie Idaly were sisters from Indonesia. New at Tofu Magazine.

Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings

Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings at MoMA. "...One of the foremost figurative artists working today, Lucian Freud (British, born Germany 1922) has redefined portraiture and the nude through his unblinking scrutiny of the human form. Although best known as a painter, etching has become integral to his practice. This exhibition will present the full scope of Freud's achievements in etching, including some seventy-five examples ranging from rare, early experiments in the 1940s to the increasingly large and complex compositions created since his rediscovery of the medium in the early 1980s."

Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones' 1969 U.S. Tour

Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones' 1969 U.S. Tour - photographs by Ethan Russell at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. "...In 1969, a disparate group of sixteen travelers gathered in a Los Angeles hilltop home. Five of them were the Rolling Stones. In the waning days of the sixties, they crisscrossed America, a band on tour and the intimate cadre that supported them, to arrive among a chaotic crowd of 400,000 at Altamont Speedway. One photographer captured the images of the exciting moments, the quiet moments, and the tragic moments that marked this journey."

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Seijun Suzuki Goes to the Movies!

Twitch Film... Seijun Suzuki Goes to the Movies! "...Now in his eighties and in failing health Suzuki has experienced a late life revival that has seen his body of work embraced by international festivals and art house DVD labels around the globe. We collect a number of Suzuki trailers below, ranging from his latest - and likely final - effort, the musical Tanuki Goten, to his better known classic titles such as Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter plus some less known work below."

Press Images - Fotomuseum Winterthur

Gerlach & Martin Gerlach Jr.... Postcard (1911, Deutschland). From Press Images for the exhibitions Zoe Leonard – Photographs, The Stamp of Fantasy – The Visual Inventiveness of Photographic Postcards, and NeoRealismo – The new image in Italy, 1932-1960 at the Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Eros Or Something Other Than Eros

Eros Or Something Other Than Eros Daido Moriyama... Eros Or Something Other Than Eros (1969, silver gelatin photograph). From the exhibition Daido Moriyama: Vintage photographs from the 1960s and 70s at Galleri Riis in Oslo, Norway.


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