“Take 5 minutes out of your day and WATCH THIS BEAUTIFUL VIDEO! really.
More YouTube goodness: Sungha Jung, child prodigy. Yes, we're spending too much time on the YouTubes these days, but when my friend emailed this link to me, I was blown away. You will be too. Enjoy!
Kim Joon, Bird Land-Armani (detail), 2008
Just got this great summary from Artkrush who will be on the scene again this year bringing you all the goodness to be found. Be sure to keep checking back as the month develops…
of bursting bubbles and crashing markets has bled through the front
page and into the art sections of today's news. And so, as crates of
canvas arrive in Miami postmarked from around the world, the most
coveted position available in today's art world is that of the
Jaw-dropping, killer skilz! [yes, it's an act, but who cares! gotta luv the guy]
If I were not going to be floating in my father’s Arizona pool week after next, here is a list of the things I would be seeing on my [imaginary] trip to NYC. [not that I in any way take for granted my father's generosity...]
Erector Set Skyscraper at Rockefeller Center Is Adult Fantasy: …a sweet, old-fashioned tribute to boyhood optimism…Chris Burden’s "What My Dad Gave Me"… [images]- Bloomberg News
Dymaxion Man: The visions of Buckminster Fuller: By staging the retrospective, the Whitney raises—or, really, one should say, re-raises—the question of Fuller’s relevance. Was he an important cultural figure because he produced inventions of practical value or because he didn’t?- New Yorker
and of course…
[David] Byrne’s new installation produced by Creative Time, “Playing The Building,” is located downtown in the Battery Maritime Building, which was built in 1909, closed in 1938 and hasn’t been open to the public for 50 years.
Don’t know what it is about this photo that moves me. Edith Piaf and Django Reinhardt sitting for a portrait no doubt but they both seem miles away, absorbed in the intimacy of touch. She is reading his palm and as I lacerated my own right hand in a fit of rage last night and ended up in urgent care, I am particularly sensitive to the fragility of my body and indeed my life…
As long time Chet Baker fans, we can’t wait to view this one:
OCTOBER 26 – NOVEMBER 1, Fri – Thurs at 7 & 9:15pm
LET’S GET LOST
(Bruce Weber, USA, 1988, 35mm, 119 min)
In the 1950s, Chet Baker’s jazz trumpeting, edgy, intimate crooning and pretty boy good looks epitomized West Coast "cool."When famed photographer Bruce Weber caught up with him three decades later, time and drug addiction had ravaged his life and angelic beauty with deep valleys and crevasses. LET’S GET LOST artfully intercuts gorgeous black and white footage of the gaunt latter-day Baker, with images of the young jazz trumpeter in iconic 1950s early television and film appearances and photographs by William Claxton. Shot by Weber and cinematographer Jeff Preiss during what would turn out to be Baker’s final year, the film also includes interviews with friends, family, lovers and associates. This transfixing, bittersweet portrait of the jazz legend won the Critics’ Prize at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. Nearly 20 years since its premiere and nearly 15 since it has been seen in any medium, we’re pleased to present a brand new 35mm print of a recent restoration done by Weber himself.
"It’s the music doc as film noir, with a vampirish city-of-night gleam that suits the subject and his darkly romantic sound."-Jim Ridley, THE VILLAGE VOICE
OCTOBER 26, Fri at 7 & 9:15pm
NOT AVAILABLE ON VIDEO
Bob Dylan on the Chabad Telethon: One of the Only Redeeming Reasons to Live in LA; The Ten most Incomprehensible Bob Dylan Interviews of All Time
We just heard about the new Bryant Park Project over at NPR and while perusing the web component of the project, we ran across this great YouTube clip. Have a listen:
"Dylan’s been giving bad interviews for so long that New York Magazine compiled a list that they call "The Ten Most Incomprehensible Bob Dylan Interviews of All Time." Now I applaud them for their research, and it’s certainly worth a look, because they tracked down video of most of these trainwrecks. (A 1986 classic is above.) But I take issue with New York’s slant.
How many times have you heard Bob Dylan characterized as being out of it and incoherent? How many jokes have been made about him mumbling and rambling through songs and sentences? It’s a pretty old and predictable take, and it has little or no basis in reality.
Say what you will about Dylan. You may think he’s past his prime, you may think his songs go on forever, and after watching interview clips like the one above, you may think he’s a jerk. But make no mistake–he knows exactly what he’s doing.
Found this in my Inbox. Fox’s own Bill O’Rielley’s phone sex transcript set to classical oratorio, I think. Libretto uses verbatim transcript of sexual harassment complaint brought against Bill O’Reilly in 2004. Hilarious regardless. Have a listen. Warning!: NSFW. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxc8ZY0plM4
…For those of you who don’t already know, the Bridge Motel has been a Seattle icon of sorts for the last 50 years; needles in the sheets and no questions asked. A year ago DK Pan took over as manager with an eye to holding this event just before the motel was to be razed [I thought that was Pan in the picture on the left, holding the red umbrella on the roof of the motel, but it was probably either Sheri Brown or Diana Garcia-Snyder performing "Praying Walk", I think...]. The only stipulation for artists was to avoid the subject of drugs, prostitution, or other obvious cheap motel clichés.
The event drew around 1200 people (according to the people who should know), though the small footprint of the motel and parking lot made it seem like twice that number. We found a place in the line and settled in.
Standing in the phenomenally long line, I thought I heard the sound of howling, and as the crowd parted, there it was, a perfectly preserved, young coyote–stuffed, mind you–sitting in a Red Flyer wagon, flanked by the curious and the confused…
read the rest HERE