Showing posts with label art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art. Show all posts


Peggy Guggenheim about Dorothea Tanning

Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning (1948, photo by Robert Bruce Inverarity)

Based on what she writes in her memoir, Out of This Century (1979), Peggy Guggenheim did not appreciate Dorothea Tanning very much. This might be partially due to the fact that Tanning and Guggenheim’s husband at the time, German artist Max Ernst, were having an affair.

Guggenheim writes: “I made Max work hard for this show. He had to go around to all the women, choose their paintings and carry them in the car to the gallery. He adored this, as he loved women, and some of them were very attractive. He was always interested in women who painted. There was one called Dorothea Tanning, a pretty girl from the Middle West. She was pretentious, boring, stupid, vulgar and dressed in the worst possible taste, but was quite talented and imitated Max’s painting, which flattered him immensely. She was so much on the make and pushed so hard that it was embarrassing.”

Guggenheim and Ernst eventually divorced, and he and Tanning got married in 1946 in a double ceremony with Man Ray and Juliet Browner.

The above quote is from page 233f. of Out of this Century (Anchor Books, 1980).


Plank / Variation on a theme

Came across this picture from a current exhibition in London. It shows a plank happily leaning against the wall (you guessed it, it's the very same plank and the very same wall you see above).

Thought this installation could use a little more complexity and added the piles of sawdust, the chainsaw (always comes in handy when you've got to work with planks) and the letters W.T.F., which of course stand for you know what.



For L.

"There are three fields I work in,"
she said, "performance, video
and drawing." (Her father prompted
with proper suggestions to go on.)

"The performances are exhausting;
they all have to do with ropes,
climbing and descent. I'm not sure
whether they are Apollinian or

Dionysian, something else I have
been interested in. In one, I cut
a bowling alley in half, making holes
in the walls left and right at about

half height to hold the rings
for my rope. I went along towards
my audience, it was both strenuous
and exhilarating. Sometimes

I caught myself wanting to laugh:
what were all these people doing,
watching me with serious eyes
as I went along." Her father prompted,

"And one of your videos was..."
"... dancing along an ugly street
in funny yellow pants. I did many
iterations of this, varying my steps,

arm movements and behavior.
A friend of mine did the filming.
Mostly the people seemed per-
plexed, not knowing what to think

of this crazy person doing this,
making way, moving aside. Not
stopping." "Is there any money
in this?" somebody asked.

"In the videos? – I suppose
they could be sold. Or the drawings
I do – that's my third field
of activity." "And how do you

do them?" her father prompted.
"I make myself rules, I restrict
myself. One drawing might be
only boxes, for example, in only

five colors, but with other rules,
to increase complexity." "And
these you would sell, there is
a market for that?" her father said.

"There is a market, and, once
it has found you, it wants you
to repeat yourself. I could become
the colored box lady,

or the rope performer, or
the hip-hop dancer of dreary
streets, both Apollinian and
Dionysian." Thus ended Lou,

to soon perform an acte
morpheusien for a change.

– Iself (© 2011)

A freewheeling act for NaPoWriMo #3, concocted fresh from the lips of Lou herself last night.


Eat Art, Stuttgart

Salz oder Persil? Eines der Exponate der Ausstellung Eat Art im Stuttgarter Kunstmuseum. 

Salt or laundry detergent? One of the exhibits to be seen at the Eat Art show in Suttgart.


GeoCities became ReoCities

In October 2009, GeoCities – free host to zillions of web pages – shut down.

Today I discovered that David Feinman ported many, many of those pages to ReoCities, including link fixes, so that cross-links to former GeoCities pages actually work.

A great big cheer to David!

My old site SoHo/bistro/7067 is among the sites that were saved.

However, I'd also prepared for the death of GeoCities by moving the pages to my own domain. And that is, of course, where the pages will be updated and where more will be added.

Click here to go to the new home of SoHo/bistro/7067 – International Forum for Literature and Art


Dark - Earthy - Incredibly Good

Rough draft for introductory marketing campaign of new dark chocolate-based "Mole" candy brand.

Marketing will focus on the three pillars of strength of the brand philosophy:
  • Dark
  • Earthy
  • Incredibly Good
Discovered and posted for Photo Hunt 110 / Candy.




Tier & Baum by Johannes Beilharz
Acrylic on paper, 2007

Is it an illusion, or is there something in there ... an animal, a tree?

Posted in response to Inspire Me Thursday's request – "Think magic… optical illusions… mimes… or any other visual trickery that inspires you."


Norbert Stockhus: Malerei und Grafik in Bad Cannstatt

Norbert Stockhus: Graben 06 (Acryl auf Leinwand, 50 x 65 cm)

Ausstellung in der
Galerie Kunsthöfle

Foyer Amtsgericht
Badstraße 23
Stuttgart Bad-Cannstatt

Dauer der Ausstellung:
29.9. bis 5.11.2007
Mo-Fr 8.00 bis 17.00 Uhr

Freitag, 28.9.2007
um 19.30
Begrüßung: Irene Schmid
Einführung: HP Schlotter

Der Künstler ist anwesend

Sie und Ihre Freunde sind herzlich eingeladen

Über Norbert Stockhus

Gefördert vom Kulturamt der Stadt Stuttgart


Themenausstellung "Schaf" in Markgröningen


Einladung zur Vernissage
So. 12. August 2007
11.30 Uhr
Wettegasse 7

Ausstellende Künstler:
Wilhelm Schall
Anita Fried
Renate Hild
Margreet Huisman
Ulla Frenger
Margarete Steinmaier
Monika Wolf
Tille Beurer
Johannes Beilharz
Claus Staudt
Peter Hilsenbek

Musik an der Vernissage:
Uwe Sternberg, Gitarre

Galerie am Wettebrunnen
Telefon: 07145/9327993
Fax: 07145/900078


A picassolage

One result from Linguasso - dynamic emotional design
"linguasso (for lingual and Picasso) creates totally random works of art, composed of text and based on varying emotions. It chooses an emotion, then displays associated words and dynamically created sentences in random fonts, sizes and places. It's quite addictive to watch over and over again, as each design seems to tell its own story."


Alfred Bast - Die Würde der Dinge

... und schon mal einen gewöhnlichen Apfel als roten
Fruchtplaneten erkennen, der um den Mittelpunkt einer
lächelnden Erde kreist.
– Alfred Bast

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FAX 089-4131 2882 MAIL

Die Würde der Dinge
Bilder, Zeichnungen, Grafik, Bücher
Ausstellung 3.3. – 7.4.2007

Zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung am Samstag,
dem 3. März von 12 bis 15 Uhr sind Sie und Ihre Freunde
herzlich eingeladen! Der Künstler ist anwesend.

Öffnungszeiten Dienstag bis Freitag 12-18h, Samstag 11-14h


Cerebral agony


Huh?!? Where'd that come from? From:

Ora Odoura is photographer and specialises in outdoor and creative photography. Her storytelling shoe fiction was selected for Argo Spier’s 'Heaps of Cream' sequence because of both the contrast and complement it forms to the sequence . Her's is a story of peaceful meditation. 'Heaps of Cream' is cerebral agony.
To be seen at ArgoBoat.


Poetry & abstraction

Some rudimentary muzangs on poetry, art and music.

Correct me if I'm wrong (in other words, comments invited). I've noticed that poetry magazines and e-zines that include art seem to prefer realistic or semi-realistic over abstract art. This seems to go hand in hand with the kind of poetry they tend to publish, which could also be termed to be more or less realistic. The kind that appears to be proud to be the opposite of Robert Bly's "leaping poetry" idea. At worst, I'd call it "clod-stuck poetry."

It is exemplified very well by the stuff Ted Kooser, ex-U.S. Poet Laureate, digs up for his weekly e-mails.

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