Archive for February, 2011

Another Western

February 28, 2011

This one by Kelly Reichardt. Looking gorgeous and mysterious, it’s sure to be a very different take on the classic cinematic genre.

Opening at Film Forum in New York City on April 8, 2011.

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Mysterious Woman

February 28, 2011

Actual Size:
3 x 5 Inches

Men on a Boat

February 28, 2011

This little gem is as perfectly composed in terms of its organization of figures in space as anything I have ever seen before, it’s absolutely remarkable.

Click the image for a larger file.

Actual Size:
4.5 x 2.6 inches

Luc Sante on Cigarette Packaging

February 26, 2011

From this month’s ArtForum comes this short essay by Luc Sante about cigarette packaging and the FDA’s new proposed cigarette product warning labels.

Read the essay here.

ICP Lecture Series Archive

February 23, 2011

ICP has posted an amazing archive of video and audio recordings of their well known Lecture Series. The videos go all the way back to 1995 but the audio goes back even further, to 1974.

It’s an incredible archive and a fantastic educational resource.

After just a preliminary glance around, I am looking forward to a quite a few afternoons listening to and watching lectures by Lisette Model from 1977, Berenice Abbott from 1979, Robert Mapplethorpe from 1984, Larry Sultan from 2005, Vik Muniz from 2006 and Sze Tsung Leong from 2007.

The lecture archive can be found here.

Ask an Art Critic

February 23, 2011

The Ask an Art Critic series of blog posts by Jerry Saltz on NY Magazine’s Vulture blog are definitely worth reading.

In the latest post, read what Jerry really thinks about George Condo and don’t miss his Abstract Manifesto, in Twenty Parts.

Vilém Flusser

February 21, 2011

“It is precisely the obscurity of the box which motivates the photographers to take photographs. They lose themselves, it is true, inside the camera in search of possibilities, but they can nevertheless control the box. For they know how to feed the camera (they know the input of the box), and likewise they know how to get it to spit out photographs (they know the output of the box). Therefore the camera does what the photographer wants it to do, even though the photographer does not know what is going on inside the camera. This is precisely what is characteristic of the functioning of apparatuses: The functionary controls the apparatus thanks to the control of its exterior (the input and output) and is controlled by it thanks to the impenetrability of its interior. To put it another way: Functionaries control a game over which they have no competence. The world of Kafka, in fact.”

-Vilém Flusser, Towards a Philosophy of Photography

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James Blake

February 21, 2011

James Blake is getting a lot of attention these days with the release of his first proper and self-titled LP.

Blake’s minimalist yet dramatic take on electronic dubstep mixed with a soulful voice is quite beautiful and transfixing.

To my ears, he’s a cross between Burial and Bon Iver, but most of the time he just sounds like his own thing. The new album is definitely worth a listen as are the earlier EP’s, Klavierwerke and CMYK.

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Father and Son

February 21, 2011

Actual Size:
3.5 x 2.625 inches

The Waning Blog

February 21, 2011

This New York Times article about the waning blog only seems to reinforce the notion in my mind that the photographic blogging community which has blossomed over the past 5-10 years has come to a crashing halt.

To most bloggers and ex-bloggers I have talked to, it seems that the excitement of blogging and reading blogs has really fizzled out.

There are still a few remaining voices who blog enough for the rest of us and I’m happy to see that they are still going strong but in general it seems that most people have tired of blogs and have migrated their interests over to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

For the most part, I have stayed away from those other platforms yet I hope to continue publishing Horses Think right here at my own leisurely pace.