Friday, August 27, 2010

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein Eugene Von Bruenchenhein - an online collection of his paintings. "...EVB—Gene to his wife and friends—was born in Wisconsin, married a local girl, and worked in a bakery during the ten years that he completed his most imaginative pieces, 1954-1963. The two of them lived in a small house that had belonged to EVB’s father, and they barely got by. His first paintings were on panels of boxes that he brought home from the bakery. As his devotion to painting increased, he would purchase paint and boards from a local art supply store. Gene worked without an easel, on the kitchen table. On summer nights, he’d put up a couple of floodlights and paint in the back yard. Most of his paintings were completed in a single frenzied session, one to three hours in length. His neighbors regarded him as a weird character. EVB saw himself as a great artist, but was unsuccessful in selling his work or gaining any recognition. By his own accounting, he completed 1,080 paintings. When he died, his small house was crammed from floor to ceiling with them."

Letter To Jane

Dziga Vertov Group... Letter to Jane (1972) at UbuWeb Film & Video. "...Letter to Jane (1972) is a postscript film to Tout va bien directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin and made under the auspices of the Dziga Vertov Group. Narrated in a back-and-forth style by both Godard and Gorin, the film serves as a 52-minute cinematic essay that deconstructs a single news photograph of Jane Fonda in Vietnam. This was Godard and Gorin's final collaboration."

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


House arrives in October.

Health For The People - Continuity and Change in Asian Medicine

Carry out family planning for the revolution Carry out family planning for the revolution (Shanghai People’s Fine Arts Publisher, March 1974). From the exhibition Health For The People: Continuity and Change in Asian Medicine - East Asian posters, objects, and transparencies on medicine and public health in the collections of the National Library of Medicine.

Juliane Eirich: Korea Diary

Juliane Eirich: Korea Diary. From Works by Juliane Eirich. "...Juliane Eirich was born in Munich, Germany in 1979. After two internships in Miami and Munich she studied at the Academy of Photographic Design in Munich. After graduating she moved to New York City and Honolulu to work and pursue her own projects. She spent 18 months of 2007-8 in Seoul, South Korea on a scholarship. She now lives and works in Berlin and New York."

William Christenberry & Pat Olliphant: Old Friends

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar - photographs by Louise Chin and Ig Aronovich of Lost Art.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Max's Kansas City

Marcia Resnick... Lydia Lunch and James Chance (1978, Archival pigment). From the exhibition Max's Kansas City at Steven Kasher Gallery. "...There has never been a more exciting collision of art, music, and glamour than at Max's Kansas City in the 1960s and 70s. At Max's you could hang out with Andy Warhol, argue about art with John Chamberlain, or get a record deal just by showing up. Downstairs the artists were paying tabs with original art, upstairs was home to the iconoclastic New York music scene, featuring the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and yet undiscovered stars such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Blondie, Iggy Pop, and Madonna. Max’s incubated more artists and musicians in New York’s 60s and 70s cultural heyday than any other scene."

Más Világ (Other World)

Más Világ (Other World) - photographs by Judit M. Horváth and György Stalter at Lens Culture. "...Sometimes there is much talk about Gypsies, but usually they are enveloped in silence. Their existence is a burden for everyone: for teachers, neighbors, for politicians. Whether we want to elevate, integrate or assimilate or to liquidate, segregate or regulate them, the discourse is always about them and not with them.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Dawn of Modernism: Early Twentieth-Century Mexican Photography

The Dawn of Modernism: Early Twentieth-Century Mexican Photography The Dawn of Modernism: Early Twentieth-Century Mexican Photography at Throckmorton Fine Art in New York. "...Post-revolutionary Mexico was a beacon for foreign photographers, and an intoxicating setting for their work, as well as for the work of Mexican photographers. This exhibit presents images by the most talented and accomplished artists from this fertile era: Lola Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Anton Bruehl, Tina Modotti, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston. Many of the works shown defy stylistic classification—they are from a murky, but exciting, period of transition in photography, with all of the work taken in one of the most vibrant artistic settings of the twentieth century."

Music of the Spanish Avant-Garde

Music of the Spanish Avant-Garde at UbuWeb Sound. "...UbuWeb is pleased to present this compreshensive overview of the Spanish musical avant-garde, which has scarcely been documented until now. This feature focuses on twelve composers and performers active from the 1950s to the present: Esplendor Geométrico, Llorenç Barber, Francisco López, José Manuel Berenguer, Josep Maria Mestres Quadreny, Eduardo Polonio, José Iges, Vagina Dentata Organ, Victor Nubla, Pelayo Fernández Arrizabalaga, Juan Hidalgo and Carles Santos. Each segment is split into two parts: musical selections and interviews."

Monday, August 09, 2010


Happy birthday to my daughter Amy - 17 years old today.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Smash His Camera

Smash His Camera. "...Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Steve McQueen gave him a look that would have killed, if looks could kill. To the celebrities he pursued, photographer Ron Galella was the beast who threatened beauty. As it turned out, he gave them a strange and lasting beauty they might never have known without him. Inherent in the story of this notorious paparazzo are the complex issues of the right to privacy, freedom of the press and the ever-growing vortex of celebrity worship."

Lonnie Holley: Assemblages and Drawings

Lonnie Holley: Assemblages and Drawings at Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York, NY. "...Holley, a self-taught artist, is a sixty year old native Alabamian whose work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States. This is Holley’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, and his first in New York in sixteen years. Holley’s unique combinations of found materials and everyday detritus result in mysterious and powerful objects. They reference spirituality, African American art forms and history, nature, and family relationships. Simultaneously, the visual impact of Holley’s work invites comparisons to the work of other contemporary artists, and therefore continues to break down the distinctions often made between self-taught artists and those with an art education background."

The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today

The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today at MoMA. "...Since its birth in the first half of the nineteenth century, photography has offered an unprecedented way to analyze works of art for further study. Through crop, focus, angle of view, degree of close-up, and lighting, as well as through ex post facto techniques of darkroom manipulation, collage, montage, and assemblage, photographers not only interpret the works they record but create stunning reinventions. The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today presents a critical examination of the intersections between photography and sculpture, exploring how the one medium has become implicated in the understanding of the other. Through a selection of nearly three hundred outstanding pictures by more than one hundred artists from the dawn of modernism to the present, the exhibition looks at the ways in which photography at once informs and challenges our understanding of sculpture. Addressing how and why sculpture became a photographic subject, the exhibition examines pictures that range in subject from inanimate objects to performing bodies."