Thursday, January 29, 2009

True Love Will Find You In The End

Daniel Johnston... True Love Will Find You In The End (.mp3 audio 01:51). Simply a perfect song. From Retired Boxer (1984, Homemade Cassette Tape) and later on the album 1990 (1993, Shimmy Disc).

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Flying Burrito Brothers

Close Up The Honky Tonks The Flying Burrito Brothers... Close Up The Honky Tonks (.mp3 audio 02:38) and... Long Black Limousine (.mp3 audio 03:25). From the album Gram Parsons Archives Vol. 1: The Flying Burrito Brothers "Live" at the Avalon 1969 (2007, Amoeba Music). The Flying Burrito Brothers opening for the Grateful Dead on April 4, 1969 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. Recorded by the Grateful Dead's sound engineer and chemist Owsley 'Bear' Stanley.

The New Road: I-26 and the Footprints of Progress

Rob Amberg... The New Road: I-26 and the Footprints of Progress at Duke University. "...Rob Amberg's photographs tell a story of change within a rural community. This exhibit and his forthcoming book provide an intimate, long-term look at the social, cultural, and environmental impact of the construction of an interstate highway through rural Madison County, North Carolina." More... Works by Rob Amberg at his personal site.

Manhattan Bridge Centennial Exhibition, 1909-2009

Manhattan Bridge Centennial Exhibition, 1909-2009 - Vintage Cyanotype Prints by Eugene de Salignac at Keith de Lellis Gallery in New York.

Why Do I Cry

The Remains... Why Do I Cry (1965, Epic .mp3 audio 03:06).

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Northern Sky

Nick Drake... Northern Sky (.mp3 audio 03:48). From the album Bryter Layter (1970, Island Records).

Pieter Hugo: Nollywood

John Dollar Emeka. Enugu, Nigeria 2008 Pieter Hugo... John Dollar Emeka. Enugu, Nigeria 2008 (C-print). From the exhibition Pieter Hugo: Nollywood at Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town, SA. "...In the Nollywood series, Hugo explores the multilayered reality of the Nigerian film industry. Photographs from the series were included on the exhibition Disguise: The art of attracting and deflecting attention at Michael Stevenson in May 2008. Hugo has subsequently returned to Nigeria to extend and deepen this body of work, and the series will be published in book form by Prestel in October 2009.
Nollywood is the third largest film industry in the world, releasing between 500 and 1 000 movies each year. It produces movies on its own terms, telling stories that appeal to and reflect the lives of its public: it is a rare instance of self-representation in Africa. The continent has a rich tradition of story-telling that has been expressed abundantly through oral and written fiction, but has never been conveyed through the mass media before. Stars are local actors; plots confront the public with familiar situations of romance, comedy, witchcraft, bribery, prostitution. The narrative is overdramatic, deprived of happy endings, tragic. The aesthetic is loud, violent, excessive; nothing is said, everything is shouted."

Alex Soth: The Last Days of W

Alex Soth... Grand Twin Cinema, Paris, Texas (2006, Chromogenic print, Edition of 7). From the exhibition Alex Soth: The Last Days of W at Stephen Wirtz Gallery. "...A visual coda to the presidency of George W. Bush, it is assembled from images made throughout the United States over the past eight years. Presenting a time that could be 'either dawn or dusk,' a pervasive metaphor, Soth’s images are a poetic and politically charged expression of collective bewilderment as Americans awake to immeasurable crisis."

Takayuki Igarashi - From the Series Codes of Desire

Japan Exposures... Takayuki Igarashi - From the Series Codes of Desire. "...Takayuki Igarashi was born in 1977 in Yamagata prefecture, and currently lives in Tokyo. He graduated from Tokyo University of Science in 2004 with a Mathematics degree. Last year, he graduated from the School of Photograph | Picture | Image, which is part of Waseda University’s Art and Architecture School." More... Works by Takayuki Igarashi at his personal site.

10 Banned Albums Burned Then Played

Brian Joseph Davis... 10 Banned Albums Burned Then Played. A 2005 flash project by Brian Joseph Davis.

John Lennon's Childhood Stamp Album

John Lennon's Childhood Stamp Album. "...Before Lennon traveled the globe playing music with The Beatles, this boy from Liverpool, England saw the world in a whole different way - through stamps. Lennon's older cousin, Stanley Parkes, inspired the future Beatle's interest in stamp collecting and gave him this album."

Monday, January 26, 2009

My Boy Lollipop

My Boy Lollipop Sakura and The Quests... My Boy Lollipop (.mp3 audio 01:56). From the album Girls In The Garage Volume 9 - Oriental Special (Romulan Records UFOX27).

Gabriele Basilico: Intercity

Gabriele Basilico: Intercity at Cohen Amador Gallery. "...Trained as an architect, Basilico’s work shows a clear understanding of how space expresses itself as a network of urban enclaves that are often closed-off to the camera’s gaze. In a photo of Monaco, Basilico looks down from a balcony at a street undulating through a dense set of residential buildings. He positions himself high enough so as to make the buildings appear unyielding, yet not so high as to completely abstract them from their socially embedded, urban reality. The architecture of these buildings is neither modern and ascetic, nor traditional and opulent. Thus they appear cordoned off into atomized forms that intentionally refrain from divulging any information about their interiors or their residents."

Beth Dow: In The Garden

Beth Dow: In The Garden at Joseph Bellows Gallery. "...Interested in garden history and historical concepts of paradise, Beth Dow photographed formal English and Italian gardens in her most recent series, In the Garden. For Dow, the shape and mystery of these places not only offer glimpses of the rich traditions of garden making, but also reveal attempts to control and dominate nature. Dow aims for pictures that have a meditative quality to reflect the spiritual urges that inspired the earliest gardens centuries ago." More... Works by Beth Dow at her personal site.

Alan Chin: Dispatches, 1998-2008

Alan Chin: Dispatches, 1998-2008 at Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York, NY.

Poncho And Lefty

Townes Van Zandt... Poncho And Lefty (.mp3 audio 04:08). From the album Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas (1977, Tomato Records).


Trailer (QuickTime Video) for Telstar - the story of independent record producer Joe Meek, directed by Nick Moran.

Lucia Nimcová

Lucia Nimcová... Why Bandits Run Faster Than Policemen (c-prints). From Works by Lucia Nimcová. Also... Instant Women - photographs by Lucia Nimcová at Lens Culture.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

It's Just That Song

It's Just That Song Charlie Feathers... It's Just That Song (1976, VETCO 921 .mp3 audio 02:27).

Whatever Made You Change Your Mind

The Derailers... Whatever Made You Change Your Mind (.mp3 audio 02:43). From the album Full Western Dress (1999, Sire).

Looking For Mushrooms

Bruce Conner... Looking For Mushrooms (1996, 14 minutes). "...Filmed in 1962 in Mexico where he spent about a year, Conner cut Looking for Mushrooms down to 100 feet in 1965 in order to fit it into an endless-loop cartridge for continuous projection. In 1967 he added a soundtrack by The Beatles (“Tomorrow Never Knows”). Thirty years later, he revisited Looking for Mushrooms, extending it to 15 minutes by repeating each frame five times and adding a new soundtrack – 'Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band' (1968) by Terry Riley."

Titi Freak

Lost Art presents... Titi Freak. "...Reunimos uma seleção de imagens da obra do nosso amigo Titi Freak. Não separamos as obras nas ruas das obras das galerias, já que admiramos e apreciamos ambas igualmente." (br)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness

The Feelies... The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness (.mp3 audio 05:09). From the album Crazy Rhythms (1980, Stiff SEEZ 20).

I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself Dusty Springfield... I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (1964, Philips BF 1348 .mp3 audio 03:02).

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Where Outsiders Come in From the Cold

Where Outsiders Come in From the Cold (New York Times, January 8, 2009). "...By now the term outsider has become close to meaningless in its elasticity. It implies self-taught, which many insider artists are; it also means isolated, although these days younger outsiders are being influenced by previous generations. One of several new names at the fair is Timothy Wehrle, a 30-year-old artist from Iowa at the Cavin-Morris stand. It is impossible to imagine the teeming emphatically patterned compositions and hazy tones of his colored-pencil and graphite drawings without the antecedent of Adolf Wölfli’s rhythmic orchestrations. But Mr. Wehrle has given them a strongly figurative pulse and contemporary themes — the daily mayhem of the supermarket for example."

The Spotnicks' Theme

The Spotnicks... The Spotnicks' Theme (1961, Karusell KFF 347 .mp3 audio 02:21).


Ludöby - Exhibition of mixed hybrid dolls by Marie-Noël Döby and Ludovic Levasseur in the most terrific bookshop of the world Un regard Moderne. From Ludovic Levasseur at flickr.

Celeur Jean Hérald, André Eugène & Guyodo – The Sculptors of Grand Rue, Haiti

The Sculptors of Grand Rue, Haiti Celeur Jean Hérald, André Eugène & Guyodo – The Sculptors of Grand Rue, Haiti. "...Grand Rue is the main avenue that runs a north-south swathe through downtown Port au Prince from Bel Air and La Saline to La Cimetière and Carrefour. At the southern end of Grand Rue, amongst the labyrinthine warren of back streets that line the avenue, is an area that traditionally has produced small handicrafts for the ever-diminishing tourism market. This close-knit community is hemmed in on all sides by the makeshift car repair district, which serves as both graveyard and salvation for the cities increasingly decrepit automobiles.
The artists Celeur, Eugène and Guyodo all grew up in this atmosphere of junkyard make-do, survivalist recycling and artistic endeavour. Their powerful sculptural collages of engine manifolds, TV sets, wheel hubcaps and discarded lumber have transformed the detritus of a failing economy into bold, radical and warped sculptures. Their work references their shared African & Haitian cultural heritage, a dystopian sci-fi view of the future and the positive transformative act of assemblage."

Momus - The Creation Records, 1987-1993

Momus - The Creation Records, 1987-1993 at UbuWeb Sound. "...'Okay, this is quite a big decision, but I've taken it. Six Momus albums -- the ones I recorded for Alan McGee's Creation label between 1987 and 1993 -- are out of print. Creation doesn't exist any more, and in theory Sony owns the rights to these albums, but isn't doing anything with them and probably never will. In the meantime, only Russian pirates are profiting, charging punters for illegal downloads.' - Momus. Included here are The Poison Boyfriend (1987), Tender Pervert (1988), Don't Stop The Night (1989), Hippopotamomus (1991), Voyager (1992) and Timelord (1993)."

That's the Ticket: A Parade of Presidential Elections

Young Goldwater supporters in Wauwautosa, WI (September 22, 1964. Photo by Milwaukee Journal). From the exhibition That's the Ticket: A Parade of Presidential Elections at the WHS. "...In That's the Ticket: A Parade of Presidential Elections, we highlight the leaders, issues, scandals and final outcomes of 39 presidential elections. The issues in our nation's political history such as war, taxes, recession, healthcare, immigration and the environment - as well as judgments about the character and experience of candidates - have played themselves out many times up to the present day."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Saul Steinberg: Works from the 50's-80's

Monologues and Hallucination Saul Steinberg... Monologues and Hallucination (Ink, watercolor, colored pencil on paper). From the exhibition Saul Steinberg: Works from the 50's-80's at Adam Baumgold Gallery. "...Included in the exhibition will be several emblematic works from Steinberg's retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 1978, and from the Steinberg 'Illuminations,' retrospective at the Morgan Library & Museum in 2006. The exhibition will feature the autobiographical drawing, 'Album,' 1953 and 1968, replete with Steinberg imagery - a 'fake' letter, photo, and passport that was the cover of the Whitney catalog. 'Dancing Couple,' 1965 also from the Whitney Retrospective, shows a precisely rendered man dancing with a stick-figured woman. The drawing 'Bleecker Street,' 1971, was a famous New Yorker cover that was in both the Whitney and Morgan retrospectives - it depicts the promenade as a locus of culture of all types, from the commercial to the martial to the downright seedy."

Dogs Can't Read

Lens Culture... Dogs Can't Read - photography by Daniel Milnor. "...As a personal side-project, Milnor found himself photographing dogs in the streets of many of the exotic cities where he was sent on assignment. The result is a series of self-published books of dogs (and graffiti) from Palermo, Tijuana, Paris and New York." More... Works by Daniel Minor at his personal site.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Pa'Hitam A-Go-Go

Les Flingers... Pa'Hitam A-Go-Go. From the EP Les Flingers (Muar) (1965, Phillips Malaysia).

Lee Friedlander: New Mexico

Lee Friedlander: New Mexico Lee Friedlander: New Mexico at Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. "...The exhibit features photographs taken in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Gallup, Chimayo, and Diablo Canyon between 1995 and 2005. Friedlander's fondness for urban and wilderness areas in disarray is evident in this plethora of scenes that will be familiar to any New Mexico resident. Scraggly back yards, sun baked streets studded with poles and signs, makeshift hovelsand historic buildings, juniper dotted hillsides, and ubiquitous pickup trucks are all packed together in a befuddling mixture of order and chaos, warmth and alienation, freedom and restraint, nature and commercialism. 'The same nosy, curious eye is at work, poking through thickets and chain link fences, playing its usual Cubist game of figure and ground.'"

Bill Wittliff: La Vida Brinca

Bill Wittliff: La Vida Brinca at Zone Zero. "...Over the past decade Bill Wittliff has replaced the lenses of some 100 cameras with simple pinholes, returning to photography’s roots in search of ways to render the enduring realities of light and time. Always evocative, often revelatory, the resulting vignettes—which he calls tragaluces ('light swallowers') — open keyhole views onto an intimate world, with subjects that seem to exist outside the moment in their own private spaces."

Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years, 1923–1937

Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years, 1923–1937 at the ICP. "...An exhibition of 175 works by Edward Steichen drawn largely from the Condé Nast archives, this is the first presentation to give serious consideration to the full range of Steichen's fashion images. Organized by the Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, and the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis, in conjunction with the International Center of Photography, the exhibition will open at ICP after an extensive tour in Europe. Steichen's approach to fashion photography was formative and over the course of his career he changed public perceptions of the American woman."

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Kenichi Hoshine: The Night Before

Kenichi Hoshine: The Night Before, January 10 - February 7, 2009 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, NY. "...In The Night Before, Hoshine's pluralistic sensibility combines disparate influences. Elements of heightened realism appear sparsely, in sections, obscured through cloudy forms that echo the organic shapes and spontaneity of abstract expressionism. Working in layers of graphite, charcoal, paint, wax, and tea, Hoshine creates glimpses of fragmented figures in varying levels of focus. The resulting effect appears as partially concealed faces, hands, and other fractioned sections of the body, seemingly emerge from beyond - or withdraw into—a fog-like atmosphere." More... Works by Kenichi Hoshine at his personal site.

La Bamba

Conjunto Sotavento de Nacho Fierro... La Bamba (.mp3 audio 03:04).

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

He's Waitin'

He's Waitin' The Sonics... He's Waitin' (1965, Etiquette 027 .mp3 audio 02:42).


Simple+Dirty - photographs of not-so-clean places by Davide Jackson. Thank you, SS.

Jonathan Singer: Botanica Magnifica

Jonathan Singer: Botanica Magnifica at Throckmorton Fine Art in New York, NY. "...Throckmorton Fine Art is pleased to offer an exhibition of Jonathan Singer’s photographs of rare flowers and plants, Botanica Magnifica. Singer’s color photographs are immediate and striking. Through the inventive use of lighting, flowers and plants are isolated from their setting, made suddenly present, and captured in both exquisite detail and a rich luminosity. The images are fresh; the flowers become art objects, with their sculptural qualities highlighted."

Prikliouchenia Kitaïtchat

Prikliouchenia Kitaïtchat (The Adventures of the little Chinese, 1928, directed by Maria Benderskaya, Flash Video 17:28). "...Within the initiatory journey of two children lies a fine lesson in geopolitics done Soviet style. Apart from this political demonstration, the patched-up puppets stroll through the décor with incomparable poetry. The charm never fades. This masterpiece is a treasure trove of creative invention carried by an attention to detail and a quest for perfection." From Europa Film Treasures.

Carl de Keyzer: For The Love Of God

Carl De Keyzer... The Great Passion Play, Bible Land, Eureka Springs (1990). From the exhibition Carl de Keyzer: For The Love Of God at Higher Pictures. "...Reacting to the Gulf War in 1990, Belgian artist Carl de Keyzer traveled to the United States to document the incestuous relationship between government and religion. Camouflaged in a rented Winnebago, de Keyzer traveled through America photographing a range of Christian organizations, from Mormons staging Bible story pageants in rural upstate New York to the 'Sons of God' religious motorcyclists at Bike Week in Daytona Beach." More... Works by Carl De Keyzer at his personal site.

Sacrificial Love Society: The Visionary Drawings of Stephen Palmer

Sacrificial Love Society: The Visionary Drawings of Stephen Palmer at Ricco|Maresca Gallery. "...Stephen Palmer (1882-1965) produced a massive record of Christian faith in the guise of roughly four hundred known and recently discovered gouache paintings on paper. As private devotional works, they demonstrate the layered complexity and subversive potential of religious imagery. As artifacts uncovered, they speak about an era. As a collective effort, they hold clues to reconstructing the psychology and motivations of an individual."

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Living Portraits: Carl Van Vechten's Color Photographs of African Americans, 1939-1964

Eartha Kitt Carl Van Vechten... Eartha Kitt (1954, Kodachrome color slide, Stamped on verso: Photograph by Carl Van Vechten). From Living Portraits: Carl Van Vechten's Color Photographs of African Americans, 1939-1964. "...Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964), photographer, promotor of literary talent, and critic of dance, theater, and opera, had an artistic vision rooted in the centrality of the talented person. He cherished accomplishment, whether in music, dance, theater, fine art, literature, sport, or advocacy. He began to make photographic portraits in 1932; in 1939 he discovered newly available color film. For a quarter century, he invited friends and acquaintances, well-known artists, fledgling entertainers, and public intellectuals to sit for him, often against backdrops reminiscent of the vivid colors and patterns of a Matisse painting. Among his subjects are a very young Diahann Carroll, Billie Holiday in tears, Paul Robeson as Othello, Althea Gibson swinging a tennis racquet, and a procession of opera stars, composers, authors, musicians, activists, educators, and journalists who made notable contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of the country." Also... Additional Works by Carl Van Vechten.

The New York Graphic Workshop: 1964–1970

The New York Graphic Workshop: 1964–1970 at the Blanton Museum of Art of the University of Texas at Austin. "...Founded in 1965 by three young Latin American artists in New York - Luis Camnitzer, José Guillermo Castillo, and Liliana Porter - the group's mission was to redefine the practice of printmaking, focusing on its mechanical and repetitive nature as opposed to its traditional techniques and aesthetics. Moreover, the group employed radical printmaking practices - printing, for example, on the side of a ream of paper - exploring the idea of what actually constitutes a print. The NYGW examined the ideas and conceptual meaning behind printmaking, and sought to utilize the medium in both alternative and accessible ways."

Museum Artifacts Featured in Curators' Favorites

Museum Artifacts Featured in Curators' Favorites at the WHS. "...In January 2005 museum staff began to post online articles about some of the intriguing objects in the Wisconsin Historical Society's massive artifact collection in Madison. Every week, a different object was given the Museum Object of the Week treatment: a short essay to describe the artifact, chronicle the circumstances of its manufacture and use, and interpret its historical significance; a photograph of the object itself; and supplementary images to help place it within its historical contexts. After more than 200 such articles, the Society has converted Museum Object of the Week into Curators' Favorites."

Mural SP II

Lost Art... Mural SP II. "...Nossos amigos osgemeos, nina, nunca, finok, e zefix encararam dias seguidos de chuva em dezembro para pintar MURAL SP II, a nova versão do MURAL SP (2002), apagado 'acidentalmente' por uma empresa contratada pela prefeitura de SP para o programa 'Cidade Limpa.' (br)

Thursday, January 08, 2009


The Sprague Brothers... Angelyne (.mp3 audio 03:06). From the album Best of the EssBee CD's Volume 2 (2007, El Toro Records).

Stephen Shames: Childhood and Youth

Stephen Shames: Childhood and Youth at Steven Kasher Gallery. "...Since he began working, in 1967, childhood and youth have been the central concerns of Stephen Shames’ photography. Shames has published eight books largely concerned with youth in struggle. The exhibition will feature over 75 vintage prints made in the late 1960s through today. In 2004, Stephen Shames started a foundation to educate kids in Uganda. In 2008 Shames was hired by City of New York’s Human Resources Administration to photograph fathers and their kids for bus-stop billboards in the five boroughs." More... Works by Stephen Shames at his personal site.

Jimmie Brown, The Newsboy

The Carter Family... Jimmie Brown, The Newsboy (1929, Victor 23554 .mp3 audio 02:32). From Probe is Turning-on the People! - the best .mp3 audio site around.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

A Passion For Fashion: Vintage Photographs by Louise Dahl-Wolfe & George Hoyningen-Huene

A Passion For Fashion: Vintage Photographs by Louise Dahl-Wolfe & George Hoyningen-Huene at Keith de Lellis Gallery in New York, NY. "...George Hoyningen-Huene and Louise Dahl-Wolfe are an interesting study in contrasts. Their overlapping careers are emblematic of both the past and the future of fashion photography; he represented the prior generation, she was the new generation. By 1960 they had both retired from the scene. Huene’s work remains classic, while Dahl-Wolfe’s continues to inspire. Today, both are still admired for having created archetypal images that altered the look of fashion photography in a timeless way."

Tatsumi Orimoto

Works by Tatsumi Orimoto Works by Tatsumi Orimoto at Galerie DNA in Berlin. Also... Tatsumi Orimoto: Punishment (Flash Video 01:09) - Orimoto's performance piece at DNA on November 1, 2008.

Japan: A Self-Portrait, Photographs 1945-1964

Japan: A Self-Portrait, Photographs 1945-1964 at Studio Equis. Works by Ken Domon, Hiroshi Hamaya, Tadahiko Hayashi, Eikoh Hosoe, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Kikuji Kawada, Ihee Kimura, Shigeichi Nagano, Ikko Narahara, Takeyoshi Tanuma, and Shomei Tomatsu.

No Fun

The Stooges... No Fun (.mp3 audio 05:15). From the album The Stooges (1969, Elektra EKS-74051, produced by John Cale). RIP: Ron Asheton.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Woodpecker Sound

Woodpecker Sound Jah Woosh... Woodpecker Sound (.mp3 audio 03:26). From the album Wild Paarty Sounds Volume One (1981, Cherry Red BRED 24, produced by Adrian Sherwood).

James Whitlow Delano - From the "Train of Death" to the "Wall of Shame"

James Whitlow Delano - From the "Train of Death" to the "Wall of Shame" (Digital Journalist, January 2009). "...Much has been made of the perils undocumented workers face crossing the southern border of the United States in search of work and a better life. For Central Americans, the U.S. border marks the end of one of the longest, most treacherous migrations on the planet. Still there has been a rise of 50 percent of undocumented Central Americans from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras living in the U.S. since 2000."

New York Print Fair 2007: A Selection of German Expressionist Prints

Conrad Felixmüller... Kohlenbergarbeiter (1920, Color lithograph, Signed and dated in pencil lower right Felixmüller 20., inscribed lower left Farbenprobe Farbige Lithographie and titled in the center Kohlenbergarbeiter. One of a very few handcolored impressions before the completion of the stone). From New York Print Fair 2007: A Selection of German Expressionist Prints at Kunsthandel Jörg Maaß.

Ota Janeček: Grafika, 1944-1992

Ota Janeček: Grafika, 1944-1992 at at Art Gallery - Svetlana & Lubos Jelinek in Chrudim, The Czech Republic. (cz)

Monday, January 05, 2009

Our Year In Pictures, 2008

Lost Art Presents... Our Year In Pictures, 2008.

They Taught Themselves: American Self-Taught Painters Between the World Wars

View Morris Hirshfield... View (1945, Oil on canvas, Signed and dated, lower right; and titled, upper right, Reproduced on the cover of View magazine, October 1945). From the exhibition They Taught Themselves: American Self-Taught Painters Between the World Wars, January 7 - March 14, 2009 at Galerie St. Etienne in New York, NY. "...In 1942, Sidney Janis published his book They Taught Themselves: American Primitive Painters of the 20th Century. Later hailed as classic, this was the first study of its kind. Janis's book established the framework and foundation for the field of contemporary self-taught art as we know it today. In an introduction that feels remarkably fresh, the author grappled with issues that still confound scholars: nomenclature, quality and definitions. Relying as much as possible on his subjects' own words, he presented capsule biographies of 30 artists. Of these, five (Morris Hirshfield, John Kane, Grandma Moses, Joseph Pickett and Horace Pippin) are considered among the most important self-taught artists of the twentieth century, and an additional seven (Emile Branchard, Henry Church, William Doriani, Lawrence Lebduska, Israel Litwak, Patsy Santo and Patrick J. Sullivan), while not as well remembered, made significant contributions to the field in the first decades of that century. Although Alfred Barr, in his introduction to They Taught Themselves, gently chided Janis for being overly inclusive, the author's selections have, on the whole, held up remarkably well."

Come On In My Kitchen

Delaney & Bonnie & Friends... Come On In My Kitchen (.mp3 audio 02:42). From the album Motel Shot (1971, Atco Records). RIP: Delaney Bramlett.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

New Year's Baby

New Year's Baby Angus B. McVicar... New Year's Baby. "...'Miss 1935', one year old Lois Ann Endres, daughter of Emil and Berniece Endres, 534 W. Mifflin St., standing in an overstuffed chair wearing top hat and Happy New Year banner." Happy New Year from gmtPlus9(-15).