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Nusch Eluard, René Char & Cafe Society -2018

June 21st, 2018
  • Nusch Eluard
    The combustive Nusch Eluard Born: June 21, 1906

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    René Char - Lucidity is the Wound Closest to the Sun

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    Protesting with Picasso on the heights of the Mont Ventoux against the nuclear installations.

    Resistance in Every way

    obéissez à vos cochons qui existent;
    j’obéis à mes dieux qui n’existent point.

    obey your pigs who exist;
    I obey my gods who do not.

  • Coffee & Cigarettes, Cafe Society

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    Simone de Beauvoir - Paris with Sartre, Chicago with Nelson Algren.

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    (Picasso, Beauvoir, Sartre, Camus and Picasso’s dog)

  • Fotos of R. Crumb by H. Benson & G. Cooper by Robert Capa

    June 16th, 2018
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    Robert Crumb 1968, photo by Harry Benson

  • Robert Crumb, Birthday Bean Effect (previous post)

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    Gary Cooper photo by Robert Capa

    Happy Father’s day!

  • Robert Capa, War and Ingrid Bergman

  • Being There – Jerzy Kosinski, Hal Ashby & Peter Sellers

    June 14th, 2018
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    Photo via Jerzy Kosinski
    Who was Jerzy Kosinski? (Previous post)

    Jerzy Kosinski was born on June 14, 1933. He was an award-winning Polish-American novelist, best known for the novels The Painted Bird (1965) and Being There (1971), the latter of which was adapted into a film in 1979.

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    Hal Ashby directed Being There.

  • Philip Roth on Jerzy Kosinski –

    In the end, I don’t understand Jerzy Kosinski. At some level, he must have judged his life as successful. Using his talent, wits, boldness and determination, he went far, if you consider the boy growing up under the most menacing of shadows. Was he happy? There is so much darkness in his novels, I wonder how much brightness there was in his life (inside him, in the place he kept hidden). I am left with a sense of pity, which I’m sure he would not want me to feel. He would prefer respect. And I can grant him that.

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    David Foster Wallace described Steps as a “collection of unbelievably creepy little allegorical tableaux done in a terse elegant voice that’s like nothing else anywhere ever”. Wallace continued in praise: “Only Kafka’s fragments get anywhere close to where Kosiński goes in this book, which is better than everything else he ever did combined.

    Polish Children

  • Frida Escobedo – Mexican Architect -Serpentine Pavilion 2018

    June 11th, 2018
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    Frida Escobedo

    Serpentine Pavilion 2018 - Woven Tapestry Concrete Tiles

    Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has completed this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, a secluded courtyard framed by decorative, latticed walls.

    Located outside the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London, Escobedo’s pavilion features walls of concrete roofing tiles, a curving mirrored ceiling and a shallow, triangular pool of water.

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    El Eco Pavilion Mexico City
    See more from here, Photo by Rafael Gamo

    Bye & Thank you Anthony Bourdain – Parts We’ve Known

    June 8th, 2018
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    (Anthony Bourdain with Palestinian children)

  • Vanity Fair obit

    Anthony Bourdain’s Boundless Curiosity Was an Inspiration

  • Three Brief Encounters with Anthony Bourdain

    Paris Review (What Bourdain thought about Hunter Thompson?)

  • Why Shooting Parts Unknown was a Cinematic Dream.

    With Christopher Doyle, and Asia Argento here.

  • Parts Unknown - Lagos Sneak peek

  • Criterion – Anthony Bourdain’s top ten – (he loves Chungking Express, Merry Xmas, Mr. Lawrence – Nagisa and Jean Pierre Melville)

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    (via)

    If I had to eat in one city for the rest of my life, I would probably pick Tokyo because it’s just so deep with delicious and crazy stuff to enjoy. I love the food; it’s fairly low impact — just a good bowl of ramen or a good izakaya for some yakitori [grilled chicken skewers] would make me very happy in Tokyo.

  • The Atlantic - Anthony Bourdain’s extreme empathy

  • Under the Volcano, The Farmers and Punkdaydreamers in Bali

    June 4th, 2018
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    (Photos by Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen)

    The noise of single hearts battles noise of society in media … whilst the volcano is just there, and so also this farmer. Together they collaps into a fiercely peacefulness that no western journalist or her editor can accept.

    When Pieter Bruegel painted his “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”, did he leave us with an accusation, metaphorically, represented by that farmer who seems to ignore the scenario he is captured within? (via Citizen 5 )

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  • Punk Daydream (Lamuna-oi)

    World Premier of this film at Edinburgh Film Festival. (June 24, 2018)

    See more photos from previous post.

    (Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen did some steadycam work in Bandung’s toxic environments back in January 2014 for this film.”

    Black Butterflies and Buddha + Francis Alÿs – A Visit to the Museum 2018

    May 31st, 2018
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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

  • Carlos Amorales

    Carlos Amorales Mexico CIty
    Black Cloud – Black Paper Moths

    See more vibrant art from Latin American art – (archive)

  • Museum Hours and Performances here.

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Fabiola Project closes on Oct. (De Menil, Houston)

    Francis Alÿs (See his projects here)

    Three decades of paintings – Liverpool Binnial (Art Net)

    Francis Alÿs (wiki)

    Francis Alÿs (born 1959, Antwerp) is a Belgian-born, Mexico-based artist. His work emerges in the interdisciplinary space of art, architecture, and social practice. After leaving behind his formal training as an architect and relocating to Mexico City, he has created a diverse body of artwork and performance art that explores urbanity, spatial justice, and land-based poetics. Employing a broad range of media from painting to performance, his works examine the tension between politics and poetics, individual action and impotence. Alÿs commonly enacts paseos—walks that resist the subjection of common space.[1] Alys reconfigures time to the speed of a stroll, making reference to the figure of the flâneur, originating from the work of Charles Baudelaire and developed by Walter Benjamin.[2] Cyclical repetition and return also inform the character of Alÿs’ movements and mythology—Alÿs contrasts geological and technological time through land-based and social practice that examine individual memory and collective mythology. Alÿs frequently engages rumor as a central theme in his practice, disseminating ephemeral, practice-based works through word-of-mouth and storytelling.

    JFK in Art & Media + Arthur Penn Coached JFK for Debates

    May 29th, 2018
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  • (Senator Inouye and JFK)

  • “None of us realized the potency yet of this medium–how many homes it was going to, what kind of affect it was having on people and so forth.. I think everybody who works in the visual medium would love to have that kind of innocence again.” Arthur Penn

    Close ups..a knee jerk response.. the Media killed Nixon- (youtube)


    Arthur Penn on JFK-Nixon Debates

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    See more photos from Mark Shaw’s Kennedy Archive (Life photographer)

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    Rachel Carson – The Poet of the Sea

    May 27th, 2018
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    The Right Way to Remember Rachel Carson

    Not until the end of her life did she write the work for which she is now known. Before then, she had always thought of herself as a poet of the sea.
    By Jill Lepore

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    Rachel Carson org.

    Tomoo Gokita – Peekaboo Exhibition in Tokyo – to June 24, 2018

    May 26th, 2018
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    How to Marry a Millionaire – (2015 Acrylic by Tomoo Gokita)

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    Chloe Sevigny, Kazumi Hayashi, Lily Ludlow, and Tomoo Gokita)

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    Tomoo Gokita “PEEKABOO” exhibition opening and after party at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo

    On view until June 24th, 2018 at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 3 Chome-20-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo.
    Tomoo Gokita Mary Boon Gallery

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    Bathing Beauty Sculptures

    Remembering Roth with Kitaj, Milan Kundera, RIP Philip Roth

    May 23rd, 2018
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    New Yorker obit

    Artnet (see the portrait)
    Kitaj

  • Guardian obit
    Writer Friends paying tribute (guardian)

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    Roth with Milan Kundera

    The New Yorker the Book of Laughter
    (Philip Roth and his friends. By Claudia Roth Pierpont)

    Playfulness and humor were also crucial to Roth’s regard for the work of Milan Kundera, to whom “The Ghost Writer” is dedicated.

  • Roth’s work speaks, at heart, of his crazy, complete love for America. But it also says how fragile this America is, vulnerable to its own ghosts, in constant freefall. It’s that ambivalence, that anxious love, demanding and sometimes desperate, that distinguished him from the other writers of the American pastoral—Mailer, Malamud, Bellow. And its that love that gave Roth such a singular place in the landscape of American and world literature. I remember the day I spent with him, the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration. We watched the ceremony, live on CNN. I observed him surreptitiously. I listened to his commentary. What struck me was his mix of disgust, malice, and satisfaction, as a novelist, at having predicted and described it all in advance. —Bernard-Henri Lévy

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    (Kundera, Vera Kundera and Roth)

    Tablet magazine

    Tablet reached the home of Milan Kundera, the great Czech novelist and friend of Philip Roth, in Paris. Kundera wasn’t feeling well.
    After a formative visit to Eastern Europe in 1972, Roth came to champion a group of writers, including Kundera, who became known as “Writers from the Other Europe,” the name of the series of novels Roth shepherded into print in America through the 1980s. Through these publications, English-language audiences were introduced to the work of Kundera, Bruno Schulz, Tadeusz Borowski, Daniol Kiš, Joseph Brodsky, Bohumil Hrabal, and György Konrád, among other writers working under the tyranny of Soviet occupation.
    Above all, Kundera and Roth’s was a friendship between two great novelists, one of whom understood love and the other who understood anxiety, and both of whom were extremely funny on the page.
    Vera Kundera, Milan’s wife, had one comment she wanted everyone to hear: “Those cretins in Stockholm never gave him his prize,” she said, adding, “those cretins.”

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    “I don’t wish to be a slave any longer to the stringent exigencies of literature”
    (Interview -via)

    Wiki

    In 1990, Roth married his longtime companion, English actress Claire Bloom. In 1994 they separated, and in 1996 Bloom published a memoir, Leaving a Doll’s House, that described the couple’s marriage in detail, much of which was unflattering to Roth. Certain aspects of I Married a Communist have been regarded by critics as veiled rebuttals to the accusations in Bloom’s memoir.

    Eight of Philip Roth’s novels and short stories have been adapted as films: Goodbye, Columbus; Portnoy’s Complaint; The Human Stain; The Dying Animal, adapted as Elegy; The Humbling; Indignation; and American Pastoral. In addition, The Ghost Writer was adapted for television in 1984.[55] In 2014, filmmaker Alex Ross Perry made Listen Up Philip, which was influenced by Roth’s art.

  • Would there ever be another writer like Roth? (Paris Review)

    The “Love” Sculptor Robert Indiana Passed Away – May 19, 2018

    May 21st, 2018
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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall (Scottsdale, Arizona)

    RIP Robert Indiana (born Robert Clark; September 13, 1928 – May 19, 2018)

    Purveyor of Love Hope American Darkeness

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    Imperial Love installed at Berlin

    Whitney (Beyond Love)

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Love in Hebrew installed in Jerusalem Noguchi Garden (Previous post)

    See a better photo of Ahava

  • How Love nearly ruined Robert Indiana’s career (mental floss)

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    his wiki here