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Max, Misery, & Mel Brooks – Summer of Pop Horror – 2017

June 28th, 2017
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    Noah Tayler as Hitler, John Cusack as an art dealer.

    Max – trailer

    The central mystery of Hitler, William Boyd writes in a recent Times Literary Supplement, is: “How on earth could a dysfunctional, deranged, down-and-out homeless person in pre-First World War Vienna become, 20 years later, Chancellor of Germany?” A peculiar and intriguing film named “Max” argues that he succeeded because he had such a burning need to be recognized–and also, of course, because of luck, good for him, bad for us. If Hitler had won fame as an artist, the century’s history might have been different. Pity about his art.

    “Max” imagines a fictional scenario in which the young Adolf Hitler (Noah Taylor) is befriended by a one-armed Jewish art dealer named Max Rothman (John Cusack) in Munich in the years following World War I. Both served in the German army and fought in the same battle, where Rothman lost his arm. The dealer opens an avant-garde art gallery in a vast abandoned factory, showcasing artists such as George Grosz and attracting important collectors–and Hitler, clutching his portfolio of kitsch. Rothman takes pity on this man and is friendly to him, moved by the pathos beneath his bluster. (Roger Ebert)

  • Considers the scripts to Max (2002) and Being John Malkovich (1999) the best he has read. (IMDB)

    Cusack with Arundhati Roy (2016)

    Happy birthday John Cusack, Mel Brooks and Kathy Bates.

    Mel Brooks Hitler Rap (youtube)

    Kathy Bates made two films based on Stephen King, Misery and Dolores Claiborne and she won an Oscar with Misery.

    See funny photos from here..

    Peter Weller, Naked Lunch Actor is an Art Historian of Italian Renaissance

    June 24th, 2017
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    Judy Davis and Peter Weller (they were in two films in the past, Naked Lunch and the New Age)
    Happy birthday Peter Weller!

    From 2013 interview
    Peter Weller on feminism, sequels, and more.
    On Judy Davis – Peter said,

    I did two movies with her, and she may be the most brilliant actress… well, one of the most brilliant actresses. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her and Diane Keaton and Dianne Wiest, and those three actresses are unbeatable. Unbeatable!

    Peter Weller is also an art historian, (via his wiki)

    Italian Renaissance Art History.[13] In October 2013 he filed his dissertation,[14] entitled “Alberti Before Florence: Early Sources Informing Leon Battista Alberti’s De pictura”, and was awarded his doctorate in 2014

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    With David Cronenberg and William S Burroughs

    On Naked Lunch (youtube)

  • Edit DeAk , Critic & Curator for the Undercovered – (1950–2017)

    June 23rd, 2017

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    Art critic Edit deAk has died. Doyenne of a downtown New York art world that was the playground for many a nascent movement and ideology—punk, Pictures, New Wave, No Wave, and postmodernism—DeAk wrote for Artforum, Interview, ZG, and Art Random, among other publications. She was also, perhaps most famously, the cofounder—with artist-critic Walter Robinson and writer Joshua Cohn—of Art-Rite, an art periodical published from 1973 to 1978. Artists such as Alan Vega (of the band Suicide), Dorothea Rockburne, Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, Pat Steir, and Rosemary Mayer designed covers for the paper.

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    New York City Ballet dancer Ulrik Trojaborg, artist/critic Edit DeAk, and art luminary Andy Warhol discussing Polaroids at The Odeon, 1986.

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    NYtimes obit

    Ms. DeAk founded Art-Rite in 1973 with Walter Robinson and Joshua Cohn, two fellow students at Columbia University. Its stated goal was to provide “coverage of the undercovered.”
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    Attuned to the emerging alternative galleries and performance spaces in downtown Manhattan, the journal, published out of Ms. DeAk’s SoHo loft, turned the spotlight on art at the margins: performance art, video art, conceptual art and outsider art. She had a special affection for street art, which she once called “information from the middle of the night.”
    Ms. DeAk’s critical style was personal, quirky and inventive, with adjectives like “nuancical” popping up unexpectedly.

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    Vito Acconci arranging cushions for PersonA, curated by Edit deAk, April 1974
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    Vito Acconci - previous post

    World’s End, Schwitters’ Barn, Walcott Museum, T. C Boyle’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s House

    June 22nd, 2017

  • Kurt Schwitters (Dada, sound poetry, the first installation artist)
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    Kurt Schwitters

    Kurt Schwitters’s Merz Barn under threat from property developers
    German artist’s ‘outstanding’ unfinished work in Cumbria could be sold after art institutions refuse to save it

    Derek Wallcott museum closing

  • World’s End..

  • Author TC Boyle at his home in Montecito, CA.

    2009 – archpaper – Frank Lloyd Wright Obsession is more novel than we thought
    (The Women by T C Boyle is based on Frank Lloyd Wright)

    T C Boyle homepage

    Page 2 – from his homepage

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    Taliesin West –
    Frank Lloyd Wright and his curious asian collection (Previous post)

  • Remembering photographer Irving Penn & Gallerist Jack Tilton

    June 15th, 2017
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    (via Irving Penn-From Hells Angels to Hitchcock.. )

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    See portraits of Jean Cocteau, Colette, Claude Levi-Strauss, David Smith by Irving Penn (previous post) here.

    The son of a watchmaker and a nurse, Penn was born June 16, 1917, in Plainfield, N.J., and grew up in Philadelphia. His younger brother, Arthur, became a successful movie director with “Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967.

    Arthur Penn was his brother - (about the two of them – from Vanity Fair)

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    Jack Tilton (1951–2017)

    Jack Tilton Gallery

    Art News obit _ Relentlessly Venturesome art dealer died

    Nytimes Obit

    Jack Tilton, an art dealer whose gallery was instrumental in discovering or giving crucial early exposure to Marlene Dumas, Kiki Smith, David Hammons and other artists who later became prominent, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 66.

    The cause was complications of cancer, his wife, Connie Rogers Tilton, said.

    Mr. Tilton, who began his career as an assistant to Betty Parsons at her renowned 57th Street gallery, had an eye for the new and a thirst for discovery. He was particularly keen on finding young artists just coming into their own and giving them the needed push.

    Several artists who are now well established, including Francis Alys, Glenn Ligon, and Fred Holland, who died last year, benefited from his backing. He was also a prescient, intrepid explorer of Chinese art, using his gallery to showcase work by artists like Huang Yong Ping and Zhang Peili.

  • Jack Tilton gallery introduced me to Blinky Parlermo’a art

  • John Ashbery and Fairefield Porter – Respect For Things as They are

    June 10th, 2017
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    Fairefield Porter – was born on June 10, 1907 – a painter and an art critic.

  • On Fairefield Porter Respect For Things As They Are
    by JOHN ASHBERY

  • Mystery that is essential to reality – Fairefield Porter

  • John Ashbery (Harpers – )

    He has often said that the artist’s role is to make himself misunderstood, but such a position needn’t be taken as mere obfuscation. It might be entertained as a sort of blessing or benediction, something akin to the one he offers in
    And Ut Pictura Poesis Is Her Name”:

    Something
    Ought to be written about how this affects
    You when you write poetry:
    The extreme austerity of an almost empty mind
    Colliding with the lush, Rousseau-like foliage of its desire to communicate

    Something between breaths, if only for the sake
    Of others and their desire to understand you and desert you
    For other centers of communication, so that understanding
    May begin, and in doing so be undone.He has often said that the artist’s role is to make himself misunderstood, but such a position needn’t be taken as mere obfuscation. It might be entertained as a sort of blessing or benediction, something akin to the one he offers in

  • Ashbury’s poem from Paris Review

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    Larry Rivers: Pyrography: Poem and Portrait of John Ashbery II, 76 x 58 inches, 1977
    A Vanguard of Friends

  • See John Ashbery portrait by Jane Freilicher (Previous Post)

    The poet John Ashbery, with whom she shared a six-decade friendship, wrote, “Her pictures always have an air of just coming into being, of tentativeness that is the lifeblood of art.” The two met when Ashbery, fresh out of college, came to stay at the poet Kenneth Koch’s apartment at East 16th Street and Third Avenue, and Freilicher, who lived one floor above, provided the key to let him in.

  • Ashbery and Rimbaud

    Where is Rimbaud? (Previous post)

    Donald Duck, Depp, Drump Fear & Loathing in the White House – 2017

    June 9th, 2017
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    Donald as a cross dresser
    1999, charcoal and pastel on paper
    10 feet x 14 feet

    Donald Duck by Joyce Pensanto

    Happy birthday Donald Duck June 9 1934

    Donald Duck debuted – here -

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    Happy birthday Johnny Depp (Before Night Falls, he had double roles)
    Here on youtube.

    Fear and loathing (see Las Vegas, Hunter Thompson, Ali and Depp)

    Walt Disney and Shostakovich

    Act Natural Miranda July photo July Act Natural
    (Orange blob escaped from the white house)
    (art by Miranda July)

    Remembering Chantal Akerman on her birthday June, 6 – 2017

    June 6th, 2017
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    via Spotlight

    Each year Sight & Sound updates their list of ‘The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time’. The huge jury of critics, programmers and academics came to the grand total of 846 while the number of films by female directors they chose was… 1.

    JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE 1080 BRUXELLES (1975) directed by Chantal Akerman –

    Chantal Akerman was only 25 when she made this film (the same age that Welles made CITIZEN KANE in fact).

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    Chantal Akerman, at the 1982 Venice Film Festival, where she presented her romantic and choreographic masterwork “Toute une Nuit.”

    Photograph by Raymond Depardon / Magnum
    New Yorker (A Chantal Akerman Retrospective)

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    Chantal Akerman’s Point of View..

  • Agnes Varda & Son’s Visages Villages Wins Golden Eye at Cannes 2017

    May 30th, 2017
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    Agnes Varda’s “Faces Places” wins Golden Eye at Cannes

    Varda and JR meet some charming personalities on their travels, but none of them can compare to the film’s central duo. JR is clearly a gifted and thoughtful creator, but he meets his match in Varda, whose firecracker mind is as sharp as ever. She displays none of the frailties so stereotyped for people her age (beyond an aversion to stairs — and who can blame her). Likewise, JR falls prey to none of the prejudice or impatience that youngsters are often portrayed as expressing towards their elders.

  • Film festival review

    Varda & Jr take a playful journey (more photos here)

  • Happy birthday Agnes Varda (archive here)

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  • Agnès Varda on her life and work
    Artforum

  • Author of Jesus” Son, Denis Johnson Died (July 1, 1949 – May 24, 2017)

    May 27th, 2017
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    (photo by Robert Miller)
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  • Write naked. That means to write what you would never say.
    Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can’t waste it.
    Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail.

    Remembering Denis Johnson – (New Yorker)

    Denis Johnson wiki (July 1, 1949 – May 24, 2017)

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    Jesus’ Son

    In 1999, the book was adapted into a film of the same name starring Billy Crudup, Samantha Morton, Denis Leary, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper and Holly Hunter.[3] It was directed by Alison Maclean and was received well by critics. It represents a rare attempt at turning a collection of short stories into a single, feature-length film. Johnson appears in the film briefly, playing the role of a man stabbed in the eye by his wife.

  • Metro-Manila to Prague (Anthropoid), An Independent Filmmaker Sean Ellis Speaks for the Nameless.

    May 25th, 2017
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    Metro Manila – Sean Ellis (Guardian)

    Shot on a shoestring in a language he didn’t understand, Sean Ellis’s Metro Manila could be the most unlikely hit of the year.

    HOW DID METRO MANILA PREPARE YOU FOR ANTHROPOID? (15 questions to Sean Ellis)

    I think it gave me back my confidence. The making of The Broken was not a pleasant experience for me but I did learn a lot about the sort of filmmaker I wanted to be. I made Metro Manila on my own terms with my own money. It was a huge gamble but the result was a film that I’m very proud of. You take that confidence into the making of your next film and hope it gets you through the day to day process.

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    (Cillian Murphy from Anthropoid)

    Happy birthday Cillian Murphy!

    Claude Cahun – Surrealist Identity Performance

    May 19th, 2017
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    A conceptual artist pays homage to surrealist Claude Cahun (Hyperallergic)

    Born to an intellectual Jewish family in Nantes in 1894, Lucy Schwob changed her name to Claude Cahun around 1914, then moved to Paris and stripped herself of any gender-defining qualities. She shaved her head and began exploring her various “selves” in front of the camera, donning wigs, masks, and, sometimes, an incredibly bronzed fake tan.

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  • See more here (the Redlist)