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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Gift

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:45 AM

"Give 'em hell." — Ben Bernanke at Princeton's Baccalaureate, 2013

Some background — Janet Leigh and the Museum of Modern Art

"The Varnedoe Debacle," by Hilton Kramer (Dec. 1991)

Hell… Hell. — Sinatra in The Manchuran Candidate

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Conceptual Art

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:00 AM

The Plane of Time

From tomorrow's NY Times Book Review, Geoff Dyer's review of DeLillo's new novel Point Omega is now online

"The book begins and ends with Douglas Gordon’s film project '24 Hour Psycho' (installed at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan in 2006), in which the 109-­minute Hitchcock original is slowed so that it takes a full day and night to twitch by. DeLillo conveys with haunting lucidity the uncanny beauty of 'the actor’s eyes in slow transit across his bony sockets,' 'Janet Leigh in the detailed process of not knowing what is about to happen to her.' Of course, DeLillo being DeLillo, it’s the deeper implications of the piece— what it reveals about the nature of film, perception and time— that detain him. As an unidentified spectator, DeLillo is mesmerized by the 'radically altered plane of time': 'The less there was to see, the harder he looked, the more he saw.'

This prologue and epilogue make up a phenomenological essay on one of the rare artworks of recent times to merit the prefix 'conceptual.'"

Related material:

Steering a Space-Plane
(February 2, 2003)

Holly Day
(February 3, 2010)

Attitude Adjustment
(February 3, 2010)

Stephen Savage illustration for 2/2/03 NYT review of 'A Box of Matches'

Cover illustration by Stephen Savage,
NY Times Book Review,
Feb. 2 (Candlemas), 2003

“We live the time that a match flickers.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson, Aes Triplex

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Saturday November 20, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 AM
Janet's Tea Party

From October 5, 2004:
 

For Janet Leigh,
who died on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004:
 

The Manchurian Candidate

MARCO — What's your last name?

ROSIE — Chaney.  I'm production assistant for a man named Justin who had two hits last season.  I live on 54th Street, a few doors from the Modern Museum of Art, of which I'm a "tea privileges" member,  no cream.  I live at 53 West 54th Street, apartment 3B.  Can you remember that?

MARCO —  Yes.

On the redesigned
Museum of Modern Art,
11 West 53rd Street:

"… the ultimate judgment will have to wait: Taniguchi himself told a MoMA curator who'd complimented him that considering the building without the art in it is like admiring the tea cup without the green tea. Next month the museum will have art on the walls and crowds in the galleries—and then the tea ceremony will begin."

— Cathleen McGuigan, Newsweek,
    issue dated Oct. 11, 2004

 

The art of Theo van Doesburg suggests
the following "tea party" mini-exhibit:

 

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From
the book
Tangram

 

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From the book Tangram

Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Tuesday October 5, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Tea Privileges

On Janet Leigh,
 who died Sunday:

The Manchurian Candidate

MARCO — What’s your last name?

ROSIE — Chaney.  I’m production assistant for a man named Justin who had two hits last season.  I live on 54th Street, a few doors from the Modern Museum of Art, of which I’m a “tea privileges” member,  no cream.  I live at 53 West 54th Street, apartment 3B.  Can you remember that?

MARCO —  Yes.

ROSIE — El Dorado 5-9970.  Can you remember that?

MARCO —  Yes.

On the redesigned
Museum of Modern Art,
11 West 53rd Street:

“… the ultimate judgment will have to wait: Taniguchi himself told a MoMA curator who’d complimented him that considering the building without the art in it is like admiring the tea cup without the green tea. Next month the museum will have art on the walls and crowds in the galleries—and then the tea ceremony will begin.”

— Cathleen McGuigan, Newsweek,
    issue dated Oct. 11, 2004

Related material:

Review of A Man and His Art, a book of paintings by Frank Sinatra:

“… he’s a solid abstractionist with an excellent eye for color, composition and geometric precision.”

Booklist (Jan. 15, 1992)

“Blue Eyes took his Sunday painting seriously.”

Eric Banks in Artforum Magazine,
    September 2004

See also
Art Wars.

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