Archive for May, 2008

Photograph #10

May 29, 2008

Untitled, Houston, TX, 2008

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Sigur Rós & Ryan McGinley

May 27, 2008

still from Gobbledigook by Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós have a new album coming out in late June and today they released the first track, Gobbledigook on their website for free.

The new track is pretty awesome and energetic but what really caught my eye is the cover art for the upcoming album as well as the music video posted on their website.

Most of you will remember the cover shot from the most recent Ryan McGinley exhibition at Team Gallery which was both loved and hated.

The video is directed by Arni & Kinski but “inspired by and in collaboration with Ryan McGinley.”

The video works pretty well with the musical track and I totally get why they were inspired by McGinley’s photographs (as well as his own video work).

I’m not sure it will end the debate about whether McGinley’s art is too commercial looking but personally I’ll give him credit for doing what he does (both artistically and commercially) without compromise.

First Morrissey and now Sigur Rós, one has to admit that the guy is definitely on a roll.

A Celebration Interrupted

May 23, 2008

Wang Qiang via The New York Times (Associated Press)

Via The Times comes this report about a wedding in China interrupted by the most recent earthquake.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

May 23, 2008

The trailer for David Fincher’s new film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button made even more curious in Spanish.

I still think that Fincher is one of the more interesting (and risk taking) American filmmakers around right now, which means that I’d basically see anything he signs his name to.

Photograph #9

May 22, 2008

Untitled, Brimfield, MA, 2008

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Paul Fusco – RFK Funeral Train

May 20, 2008

Untitled, From RFK Funeral Train, 1968 by Paul Fusco

At a time when politicians have to wear stupid American flag pins on their lapels in order to give evidence of their rampant patriotism, it’s refreshing to see these photographs by Paul Fusco.

The photographs project a deep sense of awe at what was happening and an air of patriotism that is both understandable and actually quite beautiful.

Untitled, From RFK Funeral Train, 1968 by Paul Fusco

Luckily this June at Danziger Projects, we will get the opportunity to see an exhibition titled RFK Funeral Train – Rediscovered consisting of Paul Fusco’s photographs including many images never seen before.

In August, Aperture will release a new and expanded book of the same work, title Paul Fusco: RFK. I really can’t wait as I missed out on the earlier edition published in 2001.

From the exhibition press release:

On June 5th, 1968, less than three months after the murder of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles as he was campaigning for the Presidential nomination. His death shook the country to its core. To Paul Fusco and millions of other Americans it seemed to represent the end of hope.

Kennedy’s body was subsequently flown to New York City for a memorial service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and then carried by train from New York to Washington D.C. for burial at Arlington. That final journey took place on June 8th – a swelteringly hot early summer day. On board the train was the Magnum photographer Paul Fusco, then a young photographer on assignment for LOOK Magazine. As the train made its progress down the eastern seaboard, hundreds of thousands of mourners came out to line the railway tracks and pay their final respects to Bobby Kennedy and all he stood for.

From inside the train, Fusco began to take pictures of the mourners – people from every section of society – black, white, rich, poor, in large groups and on their own. By Fusco’s own calculation, he took approximately 2,000 pictures in the eight hours it took for the train to make the usually four-hour journey.

Untitled, From RFK Funeral Train, 1968 by Paul Fusco

The exhibition opens on June 6, 2008.

David Byrne on Robert Rauschenberg

May 17, 2008

Retroactive I, 1963 by Robert Rauschenberg

David Byrne wrote an insighful Op-Ed piece for the Times about Robert Rauschenberg, giving us another unique perspective on the passing of this exceptionally innovative American artist.

Picasso's Guernica in 3-D

May 14, 2008

still from Guernica in 3-D by Lina Gieseke

I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this as a unique work of art (not even sure if that’s the right question) but Lena Gieseke’s 3-D rendering of Picasso’s Guernica is pretty mesmerizing to see. The piece allows for a deep exploration of Guernica in ways never imagined before.

Guernica in 3-D by Lina Gieseke

As the artist says in her statement:

“My primary intention for the project was to create a provoking and deep contemplation of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica. Is my model a true reconstruction of the Picasso’s painting, or is it merely a rough re-visualization? Is it still Picasso’s art or has it, through my addition of third dimension, become something completely different? It is not my place to answer those questions nor to determine the relationship between my three-dimensional reproduction and the original painting. Perhaps this is a question best left in the hands of critics.”

For some reason I’m now thinking about this kind of work in relation to photographers making “art” out of architecture (much of which is a work in it’s own right).

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

May 14, 2008

Eaters, 1930 by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

If you are traveling to New York for this weekend’s New York Photo Festival or if you’ll just be in town anytime before June 14th, I would definitely recommend checking out The Unexpected New: Late Paintings of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner now on view at Michael Werner Gallery.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner has always been one of my favorite painters and printmakers. He is best known for his colorful and expressionistic paintings of crowded Berlin street scenes.

The current exhibition highlights about 20 paintings Kirchner made while recovering from a nervous breakdown and living in Davos, Switzerland beginning in the 1920’s through the mid 1930’s.

Kirchner’s aesthetic language in this late work feels quite different from the earlier Berlin scenes. The paintings feel less aggressively painted with flatter shapes of paint applied directly to the canvas, but with brighter more exaggerated color.

Two Nudes In The Forest, 1927-29 by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

The colors are really quite extraordinary and don’t quite come across as well online as they do in person. Overall it’s a surprising and beautiful exhibition definitely worth seeing especially if you’re a fan of great painting.

Maps Of War

May 12, 2008

Maps of War is an educational website where one can explore the history of the world as it plays out in quick moving presentations of colorful maps and timelines.

I cannot vouch for the site’s accuracy but it is absolutely fascinating to watch the history of wars over long periods of time.

As the creator of the site says:

“Each map is well-researched and based in fact, and none of the work is meant to be biased or political. No spin or opinion, just fact-based conclusions about the history of war.”

“It’s all about the ‘Big Picture’ of history, not measured in years, but in centuries.”

The presentation about religion is quite amazing, but they are all worth checking out.

See 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds.

See 5,000 years of Middle East history in 90 seconds.

See 4,000 years of democracy in 90 seconds.

(Thanks Billie)