Thursday, December 29, 2011

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier at Steven Kasher Gallery. "...Maier, whose day job was as a nanny, took over 100,000 distinctive street photographs, mostly in New York City and Chicago, yet showed the results to no one. This is a startling posthumous discovery of a major photographer, ranking with those of E. J. Bellocq and Mike Disfarmer. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication: Vivian Maier: Street Photographer (powerHouse Books, 2011), foreword by Geoff Dyer.
What makes Maier unique is that her pictures were made for no one, not even herself. They weren't printed at all. They are pure witness. She records but never plays back. Her pictures have no intention but to represent what her curiosity and her feelings demand. That demand must have been pressing indeed, to generate so much meticulous work."

Bill Brand: Four Films

Bill Brand: Four Films at UbuWeb Film & Video. "...Bill Brand's experimental films and videos have screened extensively since 1973 in the US and abroad in museums, festivals and independent film showcases. His feature documentary Home Less Home has been seen worldwide on television and was featured at major film festivals including the Berlin Film Festival and New Directors/ New Films Festival. His 1980 Masstransiscope, a mural installed in the subway system of New York City which is animated by the movement of passing trains, is a widely regarded work of public art."

Light Painting by Doze Green

Light Painting by Doze Green at Lost Art. More... Works by Doze Green at his personal site.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Black Francis Scores The Golem

Black Francis Scores The Golem Black Francis Scores The Golem. "...The 2008 edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival commissioned Francis to create and perform a live score to Paul Wegener's 1920 silent film The Golem, which he did, though chances to see the film with the Francis score have been scarce since. Not any more."

This Is The Thanks I Get

Barbara Lynn... This Is The Thanks I Get (1968, Atlantic 45-2450 .mp3 audio 02:24).

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Spaceman Harry Nilsson... Spaceman (1972, RCA Victor–74-0788 .mp3 audio 03:30).

American History Through Christmas Cards (updated)

Updated... American History Through Christmas Cards at the WHS. "...Americans have been exchanging holiday cards for more than 150 years, and thousands of them have made their way into correspondence donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society. For the last several decades, archivists have set aside especially beautiful or evocative cards in a separate collection that now fills eight large boxes. This year, just in time for the holidays, they have scanned and posted more than 200 of the most interesting Christmas cards online."

Friday, December 09, 2011

Beverly Buchanan: Home Place

Beverly Buchanan: Home Place at Barbara Archer Gallery. "...Beverly Buchanan's drawings and sculptures celebrate the rural architecture of poverty she knew while growing up in the American South. Reminiscent of sharecropper shacks, her structures challenge our ideas of hopelessness. Instead they salute integrity, resilience and resourcefulness. Buchanan's "shacks" represent many kinds of domestic architecture, either occupied or abandoned. As a talented story-teller, her work evokes the human stories behind the architecture she depicts, creating richly expressive works of art that symbolize the power of community."

Cold War Era Polish Neon

Ilona Karwinska... Cold War Era Polish Neon. "...Karwinska has extensively researched the history of neon, photographing, documenting and recording original schematics & blueprints as well as uncovering never-before-seen archival photography of many Cold War Era Polish city streets - alight with dazzling socialist messages and whimsical neon designs." Also... The Neon Muzeum Warsaw.

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi Jiro Dreams Of Sushi. "...the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar."

Thursday, December 08, 2011

An Evening with Quentin Crisp

An Evening with Quentin Crisp (1979) at UbuWeb Sound (Recorded at Columbia Recording Studios, New York on February 22, 1979).

Odo Yakuza Tokyo

Anton Kusters... Odo Yakuza Tokyo. "...a personal visual account of the life inside an inaccessible subculture – a traditional Japanese crime family that controls the streets of Kabukicho, in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. Through many months of delicate preparations and negotiations by his brother Malik, their fixer Taka-san, and photographer Anton Kusters, the duo became the only westerners ever to be granted this kind of access to that closed world. With a mix of photography, film, writing and graphic design, Anton tries to share not only their extremely complex relationship to Japanese society, but also to show the personal struggle that each family member faces – being forced to live in two different worlds at the same time; worlds that often have conflicting morals and values." Thank you, Bem.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Vidya Gastaldon: Crazy, cruel & full of love

Vidya Gastaldon: Crazy, cruel & full of love at Gallery Guy Bärtschi in Geneva.

Teenage Mojo Workout

Teenage Mojo Workout The's... Teenage Mojo Workout (2002, Time Bomb Records – BOMBCD 68 .mp3 audio 02:54).

Machiel Botman: One Tree

Machiel Botman: One Tree, December 14, 2011 - February 18, 2012 at Gitterman Gallery.

John Cage Centenary (2012)

John Cage Centenary (2012) at UbuWeb. "...In preparation for the hundred-year anniversary of John Cage's birth, we've quietly been beefing up Cage's audio and films. In particular, we've just added a number of lectures, interviews, and Q&A's with Cage, recorded between 1969 and 1991. There are also several of papers written on John Cage in UbuWeb Papers, as well as a variety of works of his in UbuWeb's Historical section. In fact, there's so much John Cage on Ubu's site that we can't keep up with it."