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Page 38 "Flight Patterns" exhibition catalog, artist Allan Sekula, from "Waiting for Tear Gas" 2000. MOCA exhibition curated by Connie Butler.

Wow. Amazing picture. I worry because I feel right away that I understand ‘what’s going on’ here. Sometimes photographs create a void in my brain that my heart and my empathy rush to fill.

Self Portrait with Cloud and Cigarette, Joan Brown, 1964, mixed media

There is a Joan Brown retrospective at the San Jose Museum of Art through March 11, 2012. I urge you to visit San Jose and see this show. Link to the San Jose Museum of Art: http://www.sjmusart.org/exhibitions

Else Alfelt, Katedral billede IV. 1955. Olie på finer. © CHPEA's Museum

Christian Dotremont på vej til Danmark, 1951 Foto © Scan-Press

Just so romantic. Christian Dotremont, from the exhibition Dotremont – Salute to Denmark, at the Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum. Catalog includes translations by Patrick Lennon of “Dotremont in the Land of Nja” and other texts. Link to CHPEA website: http://www.chpeamuseum.herning.dk/ Link to Patrick Lennon Work Blog: http://thisispatricklennon.com/

Page 83 in "Flight Patterns" exhibition catalog. David Lamelas, still from "The Desert People."

David Lamelas’s The Desert People is currently on view at MOCA in Under the Big Black Sun. I spent a couple of hours at MOCA being grateful to watch.

Ketterer Kunst Lot: 215 Julius Bissier, Komposition 3. März 60. 1960. Egg and oil tempera on primed canvas.

Link to auction house: http://www.kettererkunst.com/details-e.php?obnr=111003486&anummer=387

James Ensor, The Assassination, oil on canvas, 1890

From the Sirak Collection at the Columbus Museum of Art, currently on view. My faulty memory remembers reading on the wall tag the following quote: “My father hated this painting,” Mrs. Sirak said, “as did many of my male friends. My mother-in-law loved it. Strong women love this painting.”

Link to Columbus Museum of Art: http://www.columbusmuseum.org/collection/detail.php?id=12

Edouard Vuillard, 1891

Weird site, EdouardVuillard.org. On it I find all the oil paintings of Vuillard, from outside I can access a similar trove of James Ensor images, however from within the site I cannot locate a menu to search by artist name.

Tyler Vlahovich, Color Code 2011 Oil on panel 24 x 32 inches

Tyler Vlahovich, from the exhibition "What Gives?" at WPA

If the above image were better I’d be happier, but as it is the only image of this installation that I have, I’ll keep it. The room with concrete floors is painted white and the ceilings are low. The light I recall is from bare bulbs – although my memory may be wrong. I looked at this group of paintings and a sculpture that stands against the wall to the right and I thought of early 20th century artisans working in a back room in Russia or an Eastern European country. These men and women make their graphic statements on scraps of Masonite and they slap them on walls – they seem to be not so much announcing the Revolution as searching for, and possibly finding, a truth in making.

For me painting is inherently romantic, and Vlahovich is a clear-eyed, good-humored contrarian. He’s older now than when we first met, but he hasn’t compromised, he’s still working against the grain; and, like my imagined Slavic romantics revolutionaries, finding truth in making. WPA website: http://wpala.com/

Molière portrait by Nicholas Mignard 1658

Joan Brown, The Kiss, 1976 Enamel on canvas 96 x 78 inches

Per Kirkeby, Flight to Egypt, 1996 oil on canvas 118 x 157 1/2 in. Image from LA Louver

Per Kirkeby, from the exhibition "The Ex-School" at the Museum Jorn, Sept to Dec 2010

“Poul Gernes, Per Kirkeby, John Davidsen, Peter Louis-Jensen and Bjørn Nørgaard are today well-known names on the Danish and international art scene, and though their careers have turned out quite differently, the starting point of their artistic work is the same. They were all part of The experimental art school in Copenhagen during the 1960s.”

The artists of the Ex-school took an interest in pictures of all kinds. Objects and materials could be “image-like”, and political or social narratives contained visual potential.
It is therefore not surprising that even the moving pictures, film, attracted so much attention.

It began around 1962, with the same curiosity and approach that characterised the work of graphic technicians, e.g. Poul Gernes’ string plates which he had run over by buses and cars, or struck with a hammer. Confronted with the “new” media, film, a spool of unexposed film was rolled out on the floor of the school premises and was exposed to rather rough treatment.
Large nails were driven through the strips, and were drawn and painted on. Then they were put into an 8mm projector and played on the wall, so the resulting image sequence could be seen. Pictures were pictures.

All of the above relating to Kirkeby and the Ex-School (and more!) may be found at this site: http://www.museumjorn.dk/en/ex-skolen__exsperiment_art_school_1961-69.asp

Christian Dotremont, from a current exhibition at the Centre Pompidou

Link to the Centre Pompidou: http://www.centrepompidou.fr/

Hans Friedrich Grohs, Das ABC mit dem Tod (The Alphabet with Death), 1924

Hans Friedrich Grohs, Das ABC mit dem Tod (The Alphabet with Death), 1924

The above from 50 Watts: http://50watts.com/2300960/Death-and-the-Alphabet

Be sure to go by “A is for Zebra” a LACMA exhibition curated by Jose Luis Blondet at Charles White Elementary School, on the old Otis campus near MacArthur Park. The alphabet entire is there for real and much, much more. So, so good.

LACMA show site: http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/zebra

Ray Johnson, The Paper Snake, also from 50 Watt

50 Watt is terrifying. Visit and I promise you won’t soon leave. Wow type image archive. http://50watts.com/

Thomas Dalziel, The Alarm published 1864, Tate Collection

Isabel Rawsthorne, iew through a Window II 1967 Tate Collection

Two details from the mosaics at Basilica de San Vitale in Ravenna

Early electronic image processing, Standards Electronic Automatic Computer (SEAC)

SEAC link: http://museum.nist.gov/panels/seac/SEACOVER.HTM

Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne standing in a street in Soho in 1967, Francis Bacon

Wally Wood's Disney parody

… and leave with pictures in your mind.


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