Monday, April 30, 2007

Bloodshot Eyes

Hank Penny... Bloodshot Eyes (1947, King EP-253 .mp3 audio 02:41).

Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity

Eye Yayoi Kusama... Eye (1989, Acrylic on canvas, Signed and dated verso: "1989 Yayoi Kusama"). From the exhibition Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity at Barbara Mathes Gallery. "...Since the mid-1950s, Yayoi Kusama has rigorously explored themes of obsession, accumulation, and repetition through an extensive body of work dominated by a compulsive use of dots, nets and biomorphic shapes. In 1958, Kusama moved from Tokyo to New York where she became acquainted with Joseph Cornell, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. In light of these diverse influences, Kusama's style resists strict categorization and incorporates elements of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, Feminism, and Performance Art."

William Fisk: New Paintings from the Portrait Series

William Fisk: New Paintings from the Portrait Series at Forum Gallery in New York, NY. "...Forum Gallery premieres the paintings of Toronto-based artist William Fisk in his first New York solo exhibition. New Paintings from the Portrait Series showcases fifteen of the artist’s painstakingly rendered, subtly chromatic canvases, the labor of five years of artistic production. Fisk uses photorealist techniques to explore the invisible histories of familiar objects. Carefully selected and removed from any identifiable context, these vintage slide projectors, opera glasses, cameras and an out-dated computer monitor are presented larger than life, with all of their signs of use amplified and exposed against seemingly white backgrounds."

Yodel for Jesus

Betty Orshaw and The Lonesome Road Ramblers... Yodel for Jesus (.mp3 audio 02:17).

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Fat Dog

Roy and the Invaders... Fat Dog (1972, Studio One .mp3 audio 02:57). Instrumental version of Roy and the Invaders' 'Maga Dog' - covered later by Pete Tosh.

The Black Panthers: Vintage Prints By Stephen Shames

Shoot-Up at Panther Office in Oakland Stephen Shames... Shoot-Up at Panther Office in Oakland (1969, Vintage gelatin silver print). From The Black Panthers: Vintage Prints By Stephen Shames at Steven Kasher Gallery. "...At the tail end of the largely nonviolent Civil Rights Movement, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the legendary Black Panther Party in 1966 in Oakland, California. The Party, revered by some and vilified by others, burst onto the scene with a revolutionary agenda for social change and the empowerment of African-Americans. Its methods were so polarizing that in 1969, FBI head J. Edgar Hoover designated the organization as the country’s greatest threat to internal security.
During the height of the Party’s activities, from 1967 to 1973, photographer Stephen Shames had unprecedented access to the organization. He captured not only its public face — street demonstrations, protests, and militant posturing — but also unscripted behind-the-scenes moments, such as private meetings held in the Party headquarters, scenes from the Panther schools and free meal programs, and Bobby Seale at work on his mayoral campaign in Oakland.
Stephen Shames’s Black Panther pictures were taken while he was still a student at the University of California, Berkley. Their immediacy and intimacy connect less to the prevalent photojournalistic styles of the day, and connect more to the inside-view documentary styles of Danny Lyon and Larry Clark."

Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names

Alex Webb... Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names at Joseph Bellows Gallery. "...The artist first visited Istanbul in 1998 and was drawn to the city's people and complex, layered history. Webb wrote, "For thirty-some years as a photographer I have been intrigued by borders, places where cultures come together, sometimes easily, sometimes roughly." As the only major city that extends over two continents, perhaps no city in the world better demonstrates cultures existing and blending together than Istanbul. In its history, Istanbul has been a much fought-over urban center and has been the capitol of two of the most powerful empires - the Byzantine and the Ottoman. The cultures and religions that coexist in Istanbul today are as many and as varied as the names the city has had.
As a street photographer Webb has said, "I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner."

Dans les Villes

Captain Cavern... Dans les Villes. From Smartcucumber. (fr)

Friday, April 27, 2007

Fifteen Years Ago

Conway Twitty... Fifteen Years Ago (.mp3 audio 03:11). From the album of the same name (1970, Decca DL-75248, Produced by Owen Bradley).

Howard Dearstyne and the Bauhaus

Howard Dearstyne and the Bauhaus. "...Howard Dearstyne was one of the few Americans to attend the Bauhaus in Germany, a school of dynamic ideas and often contrasting views. The school was a microcosm of the passions and energies that lurched and later galvanized out of the ashes and quagmire of the First World War. At the Bauhaus there was a search to unite the new century's technology with the arts that were evolving in the service of society on a continent looking for a new template for mankind and social order.
At the Bauhaus, Howard Dearstyne (born in Albany New York in 1903) was surrounded by some of the greatest artists and art theorists of the 20th Century. Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Walter Peterhans were his friends as well as his tutors. In 1932 after studying with the greatest living German architect, Mies van der Rohe, Dearstyne became the first American to receive a diploma from the Bauhaus."

Scrap Book of Russian Bookjackets, 1917-1942

V. Dvorakovskii... Kapital'nyi remont (Major Repairs by Leonid Sergeevich Sobolev, Leningrad: Lengikhl, 1933). From a Scrap Book of Russian Bookjackets, 1917-1942 at NYPL Digital.

Midori - The Girl in the Freak Show

Shojo Tsubaki Midnight Eye... Midori - The Girl in the Freak Show (Shojo Tsubaki, 1992, director: Hiroshi Harada). "...Now, what is Shojo Tsubaki? Well, it's animated, it's on celluloid, it is about a poor young girl who lives a hard life in a freak show circus, and its scenes often switch from being extremely kawaii to extremely graphic, violent, and at times oozing into the territory of far-out sexual fetishism. Sex among disfigured freaks, eye-ball-licking, rape by a disgusting, diseased... it's all there. And yet, Midori, the main character, does find true love here... and then things turn violent again... You never know where the movie is heading. You can't even guess what dangers or pleasures might be coming Midori's way from one second to the next." Also... a Clip from Midori (Flash Video) from Ciné Malta. And... 4 Audio Clips from the Midori CD by J.A. Seazer of the experimental theatre troupe Ban'yu Inryoku... 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

To Be Someone (Didn't We Have A Nice Time)

The Jam... To Be Someone (Didn't We Have A Nice Time) (.mp3 audio 02:30). From the album All Mod Cons (1978, Polydor POLD 5008).

Meet the Teenie Weenies

Meet the Teenie Weenies. "...Although largely forgotten today, the "Teenie Weenies" cartoons enchanted readers of all ages for more than 50 years. Created by William Donahey, the diminutive Teenie Weenies, a self-sufficient group of hardworking and courteous 2-inch-tall people, appeared in newspapers, books, and on a variety of licensed products between 1914 and 1970. Thirteen of Donahey's original Teenie Weenies drawings are the featured gallery this month from Wisconsin Historical Images, the Society's online image database."

Hannah van Bart

The Trap Hannah van Bart... The Trap (2006, Acrylic on linen, 65 x 57 1/8 inches). From Works by Hannah van Bart at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, NY. "...Van Bart's paintings and drawings depicting solitary figures set against isolated backdrops broach a different form of portraiture. The cropped heads, floating mouths, oversized hands and part animal/part human hybrids of van Bart's canvases exude an inner existence of those illustrated. The artist works from memory rather than from photographs, attempting to create and structure figures that she can walk away from, leaving them to survive on their own. Though these beings achieve their independence, they remain in a state of decay, anxiety, isolation and hope.
This new body of work marks a step away from the mechanical prototype-inspired figures of van Bart's earlier paintings and drawings, though the artist continues to pursue male, female and animal forms with her distinctive outlines and matte palettes. Focused in large part on her catalogue of imagined faces and bodies, many of van Bart's seated portraits feel like idiosyncratic headshots."

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Brilliant maps of Love Hotels in Shibuya, Ikebukuro, and other Tokyo locales at LovehoMap. (jp)


The Tornados... Robot (1963, Decca F11606, QuickTime 02:33). "...Tornados rock the twang in a back-woods sci-fi robotic dance party! And then kiss girls! Tornados of 'Telstar' fame, produced by wacky innovator Joe Meek." From Scopitones.

Cosmin Bumbuţ

Cosmin Bumbuţ - photographer.

The 5,6,7,8's

The 5,6,7,8's on Ghoul A Go-Go (Flash Video 04:42).

Monday, April 23, 2007


23 Skidoo... Ethics (1980, Pineapple Products pulp 23 .mp3 audio 03:34). Debut single by 23 Skidoo.


artyfucked artyfucked * sketch & street art journal.

Thurston Moore: Street Mouth

Thurston Moore: Street Mouth at K.S. Art. "...Although better known as the highly influential, experimental musician and co-founder of Sonic Youth, Moore has created a suite of photomontages which are razor-sharp visual equivalents of New York`s underground music and poetry scene around the late 1970s - primarily joyful noisemakers circulating around CBGBs, Max’s Kansas City and St. Marks Church.
Deploying collage techniques mashed up through a process described by the artist as 'a kind of punk photoshop,' these brand new works re-purpose vintage press clippings, press photos, and correspondence culled from Moore's own archive. The results are a compelling series of personal, urban daydreams, cast from a fan’s perspective. Familiar downtown faces include Iggy Pop, the Ramones, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Allan Ginsberg, and Kathy Acker. Screaming fields of disjointed imagery and deeply saturated colors collide and overlap, yielding tales from the pulp crypt of a not-to-be-forgotten New York underground. Only rarely do musicians translate their sonic talents so fittingly and so refreshingly into the domain of visual art."

Give It All You Can

Frank Lee Sprague... Give It All You Can (.mp3 audio 02:15). From the album Cavern (2005, Wichita Falls Records).

Ruas de São Paulo: Behind the Scenes

Lost Art... Ruas de São Paulo: Behind the Scenes. Photographs by Louise Chin and Ignacio Aronovich of the recent exhibition (and related activities) of Brazilian Street Art from São Paulo at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York, NY.

Sunday, April 22, 2007


Supersnazz... Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow (.mp3 audio 02:27). From the album Superstupid (1993, Subpop SP 209).


Hierbabola - Comunidad de arte urbano en Chihuahua, Mx. Stencil graffiti and street art from Chihuahua.

Atsushi Tani and The Tokyo Love Doll

Works by Atsushi Tani Works by Atsushi Tani. Also... The Tokyo Love Doll by Satomi --- Atsushi Tani model, professional dominatrix, and performance artist. (jp)

Fifth International Festival: Fashion and Style in Photography, 2007

Sarah Moon... The Mermaid of Auderville, Based on “The Little Mermaid” by H.C. Andersen. From the Fifth International Festival: Fashion and Style in Photography, 2007, March 29—May 10, 2007 at the Moscow House of Photography.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Allison Says

The Vulgar Boatmen... Allison Says (.mp3 audio 03:51). From the album Please Panic (1992, Safehouse Records).

Zoe Crosher: Out The Window (LAX) 2001-2005

Zoe Crosher: Out The Window (LAX) 2001-2005. "...The question of how to photograph Los Angeles has been central in recent work - how to approach a place that moves in shifts and perpetual motion with no real center, no point of concentration. Movement in LA is not a walking-motion; it breathes in anonymous transit, spread and wide, seen through passing cars or from airplane windows. This project investigates LAX and its surrounding infrastructure as a point of non-center, a metaphor for Los Angeles, captured from surrounding satellite positions. Consisting of 27 photographs of planes coming in to land, the images are shot from the inside/back of hotel/motel rooms from all hotels surrounding LAX (including hotels next to the runway as well as cheaper motels beyond LaCienega-a dividing line-deep in Inglewood.)"

The Films of Irene Moon and the Begonia Society

The Films of Irene Moon and the Begonia Society. "...Moon has been creating music, film and musical lectures since the mid-90s. Her films are head-scratching combinations of completely factual information with neo-Dada homemade New Wave music, insect sound samples, microphotography, animations and so much more. Included here are her Films of the Auk Theater, a touring theater that performs absurd, classical and heavily stylized theater in rock clubs and music venues. All of the short Auk plays are from 2004-2005. Also: The Super 8 series: Early films from Moon with soundtracks created from field recordings of insects and equipment commonly found in a laboratory environment." New at UBUWEB.

On the Cutting Edge: Contemporary Japanese Prints from the 50th College Women's Association of Japan Print Show

Wink Daniel Kelly... Wink (2005, Lithograph/woodblock). From the exhibition On the Cutting Edge: Contemporary Japanese Prints from the 50th College Women's Association of Japan Print Show at the US Library of Congress. "...On the Cutting Edge, marking an exceptional cross-cultural exchange, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the College Women’s Association of Japan (CWAJ) Print Show and celebrates the generous donation of prints exhibited in the show to the collections of the Library of Congress. The contemporary prints, donated by the artists themselves and dealers, add new depth to the Library’s exceptional collection of Japanese prints.
The CWAJ has become an internationally-renowned showcase for contemporary Japanese print art, known as hanga. In 2005, its fiftieth year, CWAJ received more than 800 prints for selection. From these, an international jury selected 221 outstanding examples, 212 of which were donated to the Library and are mounted in this exhibition. The prints represent a rich spectrum of styles and subjects, carrying forward many hanga traditions while embracing new cutting edge works by both master and emerging artists. Among artists featured in the CWAJ show for the first time are Yukie Kishi, Tomomi Miyano, and Yoshiyuki Someya. The exhibition presents their work along with such long-established artists as Toko Shinoda, Reika Iwami, Fumio Kitaoka, and Tadashi Nakayama."

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Vera Lutter

Works by Vera Lutter currently on view at Gagosian Gallery in New York, NY. Also... Previous Vera Lutter Shows including her shots of the Battersea Power Station.

I Heard It Through The Grapevine

The Slits... I Heard It Through The Grapevine (.mp3 audio 03:59). 12" ep version (1979, Island 12WIP 6505). Turn up the bass, please.

A Mother's Journey

Renée C. Byer... A Mother's Journey. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

People Pictures: The Art of the Conceptual Photograph, 1915–1920

Living Emblem of the United States Marines Mole & Thomas... Living Emblem of the United States Marines (1919, Vintage Silver Gelatin Print). From the exhibition People Pictures: The Art of the Conceptual Photograph, 1915–1920 at Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, IL. "...A Patriotic Mole, A Living Photograph, Louis Kaplan, of Southern Illinois University, writes, 'The so-called living photographs and living insignia of Arthur Mole [and John Thomas] are photo-literal attempts to recover the old image of national identity at the very moment when the United States entered the Great War in 1917. Mole's [and Thomas’s] photos assert, bolster, and recover the image of American national identity via photographic imaging. Moreover, these military formations serve as rallying points to support U.S. involvement in the war and to ward off any isolationist tendencies. In life during wartime, [their] patriotic images function as "nationalist propaganda" and instantiate photo cultural formations of citizenship for both the participants and the consumers of these group photographs.'"

The Chain: Photographs by Chien-Chi Chang

Lens Culture... The Chain: Photographs by Chien-Chi Chang. "...700 psychiatric patients live chained together in pairs, and are forced to tend more than one million chickens at the largest chicken farm in Taiwan. Portraits of the players in this real yet surreal drama were photographed with kindness, respect and compassion by Magnum photographer Chien-Chi Chang."

Lolita Ya Ya

The Ventures... Lolita Ya Ya (1962, Dolton 60 .mp3 audio 02:10).

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


CUTNEJO PROJECT - A Free Toy For All The World from AntiHeroe. Also... Cutnejo People on Flickr.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Buttons and Bows

Ronnie Ong... Buttons and Bows (1966 Singapore, TNA TEP213 EP, 45rpm .mp3 audio 03:07).

Chris Woods: The Magic Hour, Part II

Chris Woods: The Magic Hour, Part II at Diane Farris Gallery. "...Chris continues to query our automotive aspirations in his eagerly-awaited second series of work about car culture, The Magic Hour, Part II.
Woods quickly became well known for posing his Gen-X friends in parodies of consumerism. His McTopia series probed the ubiquity of fast food franchises, including our devotion to corporations like McDonald's and Burger King. In 2004, Woods moved from themes of teenage angst and the "religion" of fast food to the automobile industry.
The Magic Hour, Part I examined the dark side of car advertising and addressed its disconnection from the hard reality of gridlock. The large-scale oil paintings, which mimic advertisements and billboards, are huge achievements both technically and conceptually. In Part II, Woods admits that although car culture has become tyrannical in the Western world, it also represents a chance for personal freedom. Cars may represent the frustrations of gridlock and isolation, but they also symbolize the genuine human desire for liberty."

Works by Zbigniew Libera

Works by Zbigniew Libera Recent Works by Zbigniew Libera at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Whose Baby Are You?

Nita, Rita & Ruby... Whose Baby Are You? (1955, RCA 6212 .mp3 audio 02:16). Anita Carter, Rita Robbins, and Ruby Wells. Chet Atkins on lead guitar.

Trailer for Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

Trailer for Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis - a film by Mary Jordan. From Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis at Film Forum. "...For Jack Smith (1932-1989), Atlantis was both the idea of a fantastical utopia and the reality of the Lower East Side apartment in which this prophetic artist staged baroque, improvisational multi-hour one-man theatrical productions, often with a cast of stuffed animals and dolls. An avant-garde photographer, filmmaker, actor, performance artist, and all around 'flaming creature,' Smith has been credited as a major influence by Fellini, Godard and Jarmusch." More.

The Minneapolis Music Collection

Tape measure giveaway from Duffy's Tape measure giveaway from Duffy's (1979-1985. Accession No. 2002.173.1, Gift of Kimberly Moline). From The Minneapolis Music Collection at the Minnesota Historical Society. "...In the mid-1970s and early 1980s, the creative explosion in Minnesota's thriving black and white rock music scenes expanded the state's cultural identity far beyond the shores of Lake Wobegon. This era witnessed the worldwide emergence of new and synthesized styles of popular music. Black music, particularly funk, vibrantly reflected social conditions, building on James Brown's declaration of disassociation: 'Say It Loud—I'm Black and I'm Proud.' Similarly, white punk rock thunderously denounced the status quo. A number of Minnesota bands formed in those years signed recording contracts with major labels: Prince and The Time (with Warner Bros. in 1978 and 1981, respectively); The Suburbs (with Mercury/Polygram in 1983); The Replacements (Sire, 1985); Hüsker Dü (Warner Bros., 1986); and Soul Asylum (A&M, 1988)."

Can't Hardly Wait

The Replacements... Can't Hardly Wait (1987, .mp3 audio 03:03). From the album Pleased To Meet Me.

Yannis Kontos: Red Utopia

Yannis Kontos: Red Utopia (Digital Journalist, April 2007). "...The images of Yannis Kontos testify to the effects of a totalitarian government on a population and nation frozen in time. Uniforms are everywhere (apparently 20 percent of the men aged 17–54 are in the armed forces). The human spirit does come through in a few images but beautiful traditional gowns worn for tourists, garish propaganda posters and art contrast sharply with the large gray buildings, wide gray squares and gray streets. Looming over all are statues, images – even required portrait pins – showing The Great Leader. Paintings of Kim Jong-Il now join those of his father. In Pyongyang, the capital, in particular, mammoth monuments to Kim Jong-Il and the Workers' Party overwhelm the landscape."

Friday, April 13, 2007

Catherine Semoulin: Pastels secs sur papier

Catherine Semoulin: Pastels secs sur papier at "...Ils constituent pour moi, actuellement, l’expression la plus authentique de mon identité.
Bien souvent, j’aborde ma feuille sans savoir ce que je vais coucher. J’éprouve le besoin de créer une image et je m’abandonne au plaisir d’y satisfaire. Ma main trace une image que je découvre. C’est un portrait. J’y ajoute alors, élément par élément, ce qui en constitue l’univers.
Lorsque je construis un tableau, j’essai de ne penser à rien d’autre. Je laisse affleurer l’inconscient, je canalise les résurgences en un trait, en une touche de couleur. Mes images émergent alors de cette zone d’ombre où sont enfouis mes regards passés et les éclats de ma conscience.
Mes pastels racontent des histoires. Dans les plus grands d’entre eux, elles sont exposées dans leur durée, par juxtapositions dans le même tableau. Les petits, par contre, sont des tranches de vie qui, placées côte à côte, sont comme des cases d’une bande dessinée." (be)

Crime Scene

Gabrielle de Montmollin... Crime Scene. A special preview of a new series of black and white photographs by Gabrielle de Montmollin scheduled for display May 3 - 27, 2007 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

Hay Girl

The Chylds... Hay Girl (1967, Giant 101 .mp3 audio 02:29). Brilliant! I hope that's a Farfisa. More information about Hay Girl at It's Great Shakes - Teen Dance a Go-Go.

Apache '65

Davie Allen & The Arrows... Apache '65 (1965, SIDEWALK 1 .mp3 audio 02:57). Full-throttle cover of The Shadows' hit.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

100% recuerdos ajenos

100% recuerdos ajenos 100% recuerdos ajenos - 100% other people's memories. "...I have found all of the photos and objects that are shown here in the streets of Buenos Aires, mainly in the neighbourhoods of Once and Paternal. Most of them were inside the sunday's trashbags, many others on the sidewalks. The rest seem to have been lost by their owners. This is a strictly personal project, and that's why there are no other photos here than the ones that I have found himself."

Mrs. Pickering

Jilted John... Mrs. Pickering (1978 Rabid Records .mp3 audio 02:53). Produced by the late, great Martin Hannett. From Jilted John.

Drawn To The Edge

Julie Doucet... Page from 'New York Diary' (1996, Ink on paper). From the exhibition Drawn To The Edge at Adam Baumgold Gallery. "...This group drawing exhibition of 41 artists will focus on two distinct drawing styles - 'all over' drawings that cover the entire page many times without a central motif, and drawings that deal with the edge of the sheet as a means of cropping or expanding the image.
The artists in the exhibition are Saul Steinberg, H. C. Westermann, Marc Bell, Renee French, Matt Leines, Julie Doucet, Anton Van Dalen, Jacob El Hanini, Ellen Lanyon, Adam Dant, Scott Teplin, Tom Gauld, Matthew Thurber, Mark Kostabi, Robyn O'Neil, Thomas Burleson, Diane Christiansen, Robin Tewes, Tony Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Bird, Daniel Zeller, Alexander Gorlizki, Jean Pierre Nadeau, Trenton Doyle Hancock, William Arthur Schwedler, Vivienne Koorland, Christina Ramberg, Martin Wilner, Olive Ayhens, James Castle, Michael Krueger, Ruth Marten, Keith Jones, Madge Gill, Anke Feuchtenberger, Huston Ripley, Elvis Studio (Helge Reumann And Xavier Robel), Michael Pajon, and others."

Beyond the White Cube: A Retrospective of Brian O'Doherty / Patrick Ireland

Beyond the White Cube: A Retrospective of Brian O'Doherty / Patrick Ireland at Grey Art Gallery at NYU. "...Brian O’Doherty emerged in the 1960s as one of the most multifaceted figures in the New York art scene. Born in Ireland in 1928 and trained as a physician, O’Doherty moved in 1961 to New York, where he soon garnered attention in the burgeoning conceptual art scene as both an artist and a critic. In his work, he investigates limits of perception, language, serial systems, and identity, seeking to engage viewers’ minds as well as their senses. O’Doherty has also invented a number of personas — most notably Patrick Ireland, the artistic alias he adopted in protest against the Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry in 1972 and has used ever since."


I'm 45 years old today - halfway to 90.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

37 Images of Eva C. producing Ecoplasm under Schrenk-Notzing's Experiments

37 Images of Eva C. producing Ecoplasm under Schrenk-Notzing's Experiments (from Phenomena of Materialisation by Baron von Schrenck-Notzing, 1920, Kegan Paul, Trench & Co. Ltd, London). "...Eva C (Marthe Béraud). Famous French materialisation medium, known also as Marthe Béraud from the period of Charles Richet's experiments at the Villa Carmen in Algiers. She was the daughter of an officer and was the fiancée of General Noel's son, Maurice, who died in the Congo before the marriage could take place. Her remarkable psychic powers were discovered by the General and his wife. Investigated extensively by Charles Richet, Baron von Schrenck Notzing, Mme Bisson and Gustave Geley during the early 20th Century."

Lori Nix: Shadows Of The City

Lori Nix... The Majestic (2007, c-print, ed. of 15, various sizes). From Lori Nix: Shadows Of The City at Jenkins Johnson Gallery in New York, NY.

Who By Fire

Leonard Cohen (with Janis Ian)... Who By Fire (.mp3 audio 02:32).

Hot On The Heels Of Love

Throbbing Gristle... Hot On The Heels Of Love (RealAudio 04:19).

Clarence John Laughlin

Clarence John Laughlin at Stephen Daiter Gallery. "...Clarence John Laughlin was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana but moved to New Orleans at an early age. Self taught in photography as well as wide range of other subjets he began his career as a freelancer, producing mostly architectual photos, and eventually moved on to work for such varied agencies as Vogue Magazine and the US Army Corps of Engineers. His work was influenced Eugene Atget and other historical purists who tried to capture a decaying urban landscape – for Laughlin his home city of New Orleans was the staging ground for many of his pictures and he spent most of his life photographing the area. Arguably the first surrealist photographer in the United States he often constructed elaborate stages and employed models, costumes, and props to create haunting abstractions." Also... Works by Clarence John Laughlin at Robert Miller Gallery.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Sexy Eiffel Tower

Bow Wow Wow... Sexy Eiffel Tower (.mp3 audio 02:21). From Your Cassette Pet (EMI WOW 1, cassette EP, December 1980).

Bestiaire du Moyen Âge

Bestiaire du Moyen Âge Bestiaire du Moyen Âge - Bestiary in Medieval Illumination at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design

Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum. "...Surreal Things is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see 300 of the most extraordinary objects ever created, in a spectacular theatrical setting.
This exhibition is the first to explore the influence of Surrealism on the worlds of fashion, design, theatre, interiors, film, architecture and advertising. It shows how artists engaged with design and how designers were inspired by Surrealism."

Dress / Plants and Rags

PJ Harvey... Dress (Demo, 1991-1992 .mp3 audio 03:16) and Plants and Rags (Demo, 1991-1992 .mp3 audio 03:33). From Sirens Rising.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Sunday Morning

Strawberry Switchblade... Sunday Morning (.mp3 audio 02:15). Excellent cover of the VU classic - from SS's Since Yesterday 12" single (1984, Korova KOW38T). From Strawberry Switchblade.

Mimmo Rotella, Early Works 1954-1967

Una Pelliccia di Visone Mimmo Rotella... Una Pelliccia di Visone (1958, Décollage, 90 x 52 cm). From the exhibition Mimmo Rotella, Early Works 1954-1967, March 1 - April 21, 2007 at Ben Brown Fine Arts in London.

Nan Goldin, 1972–74 and The Other Side, a slide installation

Nan Goldin... Ivy with Wigstand (1973, gelatin silver print). From Nan Goldin, 1972–74 and The Other Side, a slide installation at Matthew Marks Gallery. "...In the early 1970s, while living in Boston, Nan Goldin met a group of drag queens. They quickly became friends, then roommates, and subsequently her primary photographic subjects for several years. 'I first saw them—Ivy and Naomi and Colette—crossing the bridge near Morgan Memorial Thriftshop in downtown Boston. They were the most gorgeous creatures I'd ever seen. I was immediately infatuated... They became my whole world.'"

Rosalyn Drexler: I am the Beautiful Stranger - Paintings from the '60s

Rosalyn Drexler: I am the Beautiful Stranger - Paintings from the '60s at Pace Wildenstein in New York, NY. "...Rosalyn Drexler first exhibited with The Pace Gallery in a group show in Boston in 1964. The following year she was included, along with Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and others, in the First International Girlie Exhibit, a survey of the influence of the 'pinup girl' on contemporary art at the recently opened Pace Gallery in New York.
I am the Beautiful Stranger will reexamine the distinct contributions Drexler made as the Pop Art Movement was coalescing. As early as 1960, Drexler was using the icons of Pop Culture as the organizing subject matter of her work. Images of gangster B-movies, tabloid journalism, and pulp detective novels were collaged directly onto the canvases and then entirely 're-painted' to create the kind of graphically transformed and narratively intensified work associated with the great pioneers of art in the early sixties. Drexler went on to hone her technique to powerfully expose society’s raw nerves in her emotionally charged, ambiguous scenes of sex, violence and the isolation of man in the 20th century."

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Once Around the Briar Patch

Anita Carter (with Helen Carter)... Once Around the Briar Patch (.mp3 audio 03:03). From the album So Much Love (1972, Capitol ST 11075).

Nippon Gekijoh Shashinchou

Daido Moriyama... Nippon Gekijoh Shashinchou (Japan - A Photo Theater, 1968, 196p 148 b&w plate).

The East / West Propaganda Project - Obey Giant vs. WK Interact

The East / West Propaganda Project - Obey Giant vs. WK Interact agnès b. presents... The East / West Propaganda Project - Obey Giant vs. WK Interact. "...In the east/west propaganda project, agnès b. brings together for the first time two preeminent figures of the international street art scene for a confrontation of their respective graphic spheres. Based on the principal of emulation and collaboration, this project initiates a visual dialogue between Shepard Fairey and WK Interact, two artists working in divergent yet surprisingly complementary styles. The artists will produce original works for the show both individually and collectively – calling upon the practices of two-handed drawings, cadavre exquis and graphic ping-pong."

Friday, April 06, 2007

Bert Teunissen: Domestic Landscapes

Bert Teunissen... Domestic Landscapes: Japan. From Domestic Landscapes, a project by photographer Bert Teunissen. Also... Photographing the Light in Places That May Soon Be Lost (New York Times, April 5, 2007). "...But for the occasional modern accouterment — a microwave in Belgium, a row of 2005 calendars in Spain — Bert Teunissen’s photographs of Europeans at home could have been captured in the remote corners of the continent a century or two ago. Weathered faces gaze out from surroundings patinaed through generations of use. Fireplaces the size of caves radiate heat across stone-slab floors. Hams and sausages age on hooks dangling from massive wooden beams. A dog wiles away a lazy lifetime at its owner’s feet. And then there is the light, dissipated by homespun lace or entering windows unobstructed, that slices through the haze of years like a freshly sharpened knife."

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Guess I'm Falling Into Bubbles

RIAA... Guess I'm Falling Into Bubbles (.mp3 audio 02:49). "...The US Army Airborne military marching cadence version of Don Ho's tiki lounge classic 'Tiny Bubbles' + The Velvet Underground's 'Guess I'm Falling in Love'" From M-1.


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Dabs... Stencil Taipei 06. From Dabs - dbsk1.

Yokohama Mary

Trailer for Yokohama Mary from Eleven Arts (2005, directed by Takayuki Nakamura). Also... Yokohama Mary at Sextv. "...Yokohama Mary is a documentary that explores the disappearance of Mary, a post-World War II prostitute who became a fixture on the streets of Yokohama, Japan. Sextv speaks with director Takayuki Nakamura, who paints a portrait of an inspiring but thoroughly enigmatic woman." Also... Cine-Tre page for Yokohama Mary. (jp)

Jiří Anderle: Ecce homo

Jiří Anderle... Moje matka (My Mother, 1980, etching, opus 161). From Jiří Anderle: Ecce homo - grafika ze 70. - 90. let., March 20 - May 5, 2007 at galerie art svìtlana a luboš jelínkovi. "...Jediný český umělec, jehož grafické dílo je vystaveno v newyorkském Metropolitním muzeu v jednom sále společně s Rembrandtem, Dürerem, Matissem a Picassem."

Reel Baseball

Reel Baseball - Baseball Films from the Silent Era (QuickTime Video). 'Headin' Home' featuring Babe Ruth (1920), 'Butter Fingers' featuring Billy Bevan (1925), and 'Happy Days' featuring Winnie Winkle, the Breadwinner (1926).

Monday, April 02, 2007

The Faces

The Faces The Faces. "...The following slides are from a lot I acquired several years ago. No information other than the date was on any of the slides. Were these photographs merely an orthodontist or dermatologists records or are we looking at the subjects of some experiment of a more sinister nature? Where multiple photos of the same girl exist I've grouped them together. Otherwise the slides are in chronological order." From Square America.

Limited Addiction Gallery

Mark Bryan... Last of the Clowns (2006, oil on panel). From Limited Addiction Gallery in Denver, CO. "...The Limited Addiction Gallery represents both world-renowned and as yet undiscovered innovators of this new art movement- otherwise labeled Pop-Surrealism, Urban Contemporary and 21st Century Figurative Art."