Dorothy Cross, an Irish artist exploring Memory and Cultural Identity

March 17th, 2018
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    Kerlin Gallery is showing Dorothy Cross

    Dorothy Cross (wiki)

    Bible 1995 via

    Dorothy Cross studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, among others, from 1980 to 1982, before eventually choosing to return to Ireland, in Dublin then Connemara. Since the mid-80s her work has included sculpture, photography, video, and installations. She reappropriates the locations and materials she uses to make new metaphorical associations that sound out today’s sexual and religious behaviours, habits and identity constructions. She utilises the animal realm (sharks, jellyfish, cows, crabs, birds, snakes) to question male and female stereotypes and the notions of power, dependence, and fertility. The Udder series (a phonetic play on the word other), created between 1990 and 1994, most notably includes the pieces Virgin Shroud (1993), inspired by her mother’s wedding dress, and Saddle (1993). Her experience working at an electric plant for a few years resulted in a series of object/environments, which she explored through photography: the “residues”, which include Control Room, Dresser, and Parthenon, were presented at the Powerhouse exhibition in 1991. She also represented Ireland at the 1993 Venice Biennale.

    Happy St Patrick’s day!

    Happy St Patrick’s Day

    March 16th, 2018
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    Seamus Heaney ( Putting Feelings into Words)

  • Photo of Samuel Beckett by Steve Schapiro

    Beckett was asked by a reporter how a small country like Ireland could have produced so many great writers since the last half of the nineteenth century.

    “It’s the priests and the British, Beckett replied tersely. “They have buggered us into existence. After all, when you are in the last bloody ditch, there is nothing left but to sing.” (Page 282, A biography of Samuel Beckett by Deirdre Bair.)

    Samuel Beckett Archive

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    (Kitch invades the sacred land or Our Lady of the Desert)

    Happy St Patick’s Day (See Frank McCourt and other Irish luminaries)

  • High Hopes in Ireland (see Irish art here)

    The wind that shakes the Barley

  • RIP Stephen Hawking – A Brief History of Time, Documentary by Erroll Morris

    March 13th, 2018
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  • See the full film, here.

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    Criterion - A Brief History of Time – Macrobiography

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    and Stephen Hawking

  • Eroll Morris – Ecstatic Absurdity, It’s Confrontation with Meaninglessness (previous post)

  • Hubert de Givenchy Dies at 91 – Elegance & Simplicity, Creative Partnership with Audrey Hepburn .

    March 12th, 2018
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  • NYtimes obit

  • See Audrey and Cary Grant in Charade here.

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    Marcella Hansch – Garbage Screening (Eco Design) + Lego – First Sustainable Pieces

    March 9th, 2018
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    Marcella Hansch (Meet Marcella Hansch, on a quest to save world’s oceans)

    But during a 2013 dive in Cape Verde, it wasn’t a fish that alarmed her–but a plastic bag. This led Hansch (who was studying architecture in Aachen, Germany) to come up with an idea for her university thesis project–a concept that could ultimately solve what many regard as one of our planet’s biggest environmental problems: plastic pollution.

    Pacific Garbage Screening (An Innovative Approach to Cleaning Up Our Oceans)

    Meet the team here.

  • Lego – First Sustainable Lego Pieces to go on Sale.

  • Gordon Parks – Ingrid Bergman at Stromboli + Portraits of Richard Wright, Alain Clark

    March 7th, 2018
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    “Ingrid and Roberto felt like the whole world was against them,” Parks explains, “but Ingrid was sane enough to realize that they had to have a professional down there to take photos of them making the picture. She had seen a story of mine in LIFE, so she asked me to come to the island. Perhaps she thought I would do the story with more discretion.” (via)

    The most remarkable photographs that Parks made on Stromboli are two slightly different portraits of Bergman in a distant part of the island. As he was photographing her, he writes in A Hungry Heart, the last of his memoirs, “three women stopped on the hill above us. Clad in black, and resembling ominous birds, they stared at her with curiosity. Aware of their presence, Ingrid waited for them to leave. I allowed my camera to record this sardonic moment.”

    See photos of Ingrid Bergman and Rossellini here.

  • “Gordon Roger Alexander Buchannan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was a groundbreaking African American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist, and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine, and as the director of the film, Shaft.”

  • See Langston Hughes here.

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    Photo by Gordon Parks (Harlem, 1963)

  • Richard Wright

    Richard Wright (Check his Haikus- previous post)

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    Gordon Parks photographed Alain Clark.
    Alain Clark & Harlem Renaissance

    Adam Rippon, Nagasu at the Oscar – Nostalgia for Nancy Grossman’s Bondage Art

    March 5th, 2018
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    Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu at the Oscar.

    Olympian Adam Rippon’s Oscar Tux And Harness Are Gold Medal-Worthy
    This. Is. Everything.

    Nancy Grossman .

  • Rippon and Reese were guests at the Colbert Show – (March 8, 2018)

  • Happy Girls Day in Japan – Hinamatsuri – March 3, 2018

    March 3rd, 2018
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    Girls building a solar toy car.

  • Name these girls – Happy Hinamatsuri album

    Google Hinamatsuri

    The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. Hinamatsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi (雛流し, lit. “doll floating”), in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them.(via wiki)

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    Captive Girls (previous post)

  • More delicous performances at the museum..

    Alain Locke, The Harvard Professor/Philosopher & The Harlem Renaissance

    February 27th, 2018
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  • The Harlem Renaissance produced three of America’s most beloved writers—the poets Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen, and the Baha’i philosopher, Alain Locke. These three men, close friends throughout their lives, completely changed America’s–and the world’s–perceptions about what black people could accomplish as artists and intellectuals.

    Alain Locke( and Langston Hughes- via)

  • Art and Activism (Harvard) by Adam Kirsch

    Rediscovering Alain Locke and the project of black self-realization

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    Photo by Gordon Parks

    Alain Locke is widely acknowledged as the intellectual architect of the Harlem Renaissance (also known as the New Negro movement). Locke eloquently elaborated on the concept of the New Negro, an urbane individual who is knowledgeable and proud of his or her history and aware of his or her potential and power as a citizen in a democratic society. Locke graduated from Harvard College in 1907 and was the first black Rhodes Scholar. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard in 1918 and went on to be a professor of philosophy at Howard University.(via)

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    (photo via Black Plato on World Citizenship )

  • The New Negro – An Interpretation edited by Alain Locke

  • Luis Buñuel – Tristana, Belle de Jour, & Federico Garica Lorca

    February 22nd, 2018
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    (Buñuel directing Catherine Deneuve in Tristana)
    Photo by Mary Ellen Mark

  • Mutant eggplant web art see Toledo and Tristana.

    Tristana and filming of the film in Toledo.
    Dazzling adaptation of the novel by Benito Porez Galdós
    about a woman who seeks what little independence is available
    to a young unmarried woman in turn-of-the-century Spain.

  • Moreau as a chambermaidJeanne Moreau from the Diary of Chambermaid by Luis .
    This chambermaid (Jeanne Moreau) was a cool oberserver.

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    (Truffaut and Buñuel)

  • “God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.”
    ― Luis Buñuel

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    It was Pierre Clementi who suggested to Buñuel that the character of Deneuve’s lover should wear the leather coat, gold teeth, and moth-eaten socks.

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    Lorca and Buñuel in la verbena de San Antonio de la Florida (Madrid) in 1923 – h/t – Salvador Fortuny Miro)

    The story goes that Federico Garcia Lorca (the pilot here) erroneously believed that the film by Dali and Bunuel Un Chien Andalou (an Andalucian Dog) referred to him, coming from Granada, having recently fallen out with his surrealist friends. This to my mind seems doubly pained paranoia if you have seen the film. And who needed Dali as a friend anyway? (Walt Disney actually).

    Wild is the Wind – Nina Simone

    February 21st, 2018
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    A Raised Voice
    How Nina Simone
    turned the movement into music.

  • See a painting Homage to Nina Simone here.

  • It took her one hour to write Mississipi Goddam

    Dr. Nina Simone- –Alabama Got Me So Upset (previous post)


  • Wild is the Wind..his tribute to Nina Simone.. (How David Bowie helped Nina out of a slump)..

  • Nuovomondo

  • What Happend Miss Simone? (Film)

  • Jeff Geys Belgian Conceptual Artist dies at 83

    February 16th, 2018
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    Art News obit

    Geys was perhaps best known for his strong social and political motives of his work


    In many respects, he is a disciple of Marcel Duchamp, who defended the strategy of undisclosed withdrawal. Geys has chosen to build his work on provincial references. All his exhibitions are accompanied by an issue of the newspaper Kempens Informatieblad, which he publishes himself and designs like a local, free circulation newspaper.

    Peter Paul Rubens & Jef Geys Combined Artworks


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