"Mary Williams adopted the name “Kate Carew” and wrote candid, witty interviews with luminaries of the day, including Mark Twain, Pablo Picasso, and the Wright Brothers. She adorned her interviews with her unique “Carewatures,” and often drew herself into the scene. Imagine Oprah Winfrey as a liberated woman caricaturist-interviewer in 1900 and you have an idea of who Kate Carew was. -- The Comics Journal's Paul Tumey rediscovers a cartooning pioneer in the course of a review of a new book about early US comics. [more inside]
Living Well Is the Best Revenge
by Calvin Tomkins is a classic New Yorker profile of Gerald and Sara Murphy, central figures of the Lost Generation social circle in 1920s France. F. Scott Fitzgerald created Dick and Nicole Diver, the central couple of Tender Is the Night, by merging himself and his wife Zelda, with the Murphys. Gerald was a painter of note
), whose masterpiece has been lost
. After seven years of painting, Murphy stopped, and never restarted, for a host of reasons
, from the illness of his son to his closeted gayness
. But the Murphys are probably best known for "the special quality of their life." They hosted parties and lived in a villa on the Mediterranean coast
and were both painted by many artists, including
. They were the subject of a recent biography
and an essay collection
NSFW Lucien Clergue
is a French Photographer from Arles, and renowned for his Nu zébré
He was a friend of Picasso
and Jean Cocteau
He still gives the occasional talk
Ansel said to me "I have been here for 40 years and I have never seen what you see."
Clergue: " I am Mediterranean by birth. What you see, I don't see. I look at the details."
This stealthy undertaking was not an act of robbery or espionage but rather a crucial operation in what would become an association called UX, for “Urban eXperiment.” UX is sort of like an artist’s collective, but far from being avant-garde—confronting audiences by pushing the boundaries of the new—its only audience is itself. More surprising still, its work is often radically conservative, intemperate in its devotion to the old. Through meticulous infiltration, UX members have carried out shocking acts of cultural preservation and repair, with an ethos of “restoring those invisible parts of our patrimony that the government has abandoned or doesn’t have the means to maintain.” The group claims to have conducted 15 such covert restorations, often in centuries-old spaces, all over Paris. - Wired.com "The New French Hacker-Artist Underground
Shortly before noon yesterday morning
an art thief walked into the Weinstein Gallery
near San Francisco's Union Square, grabbed Pablo Picasso's 1965 pencil drawing, "Tête de Femme (Head of a Woman)"
and strolled casual out of the museum to a waiting cab. Witnesses described the man as a "well dressed" "white man about 6 feet tall, age 30 to 35, wearing a dark jacket, a white shirt, dark pants, large dark glasses and loafers with no socks." Surveillance cameras at nearby restaurant Lefty O'Doul's appear to have captured the suspect as he walked briskly down the street, Picasso under arm.
“Most galleries that show this caliber of artwork don’t put it on street level
,” said gallery owner Rowland Weinstein. “It’s very upsetting, because my goal is to keep this kind of work accessible to the public.” Weinstein says the piece was insured and is valued at $200,000.
Lots of fun art links making the rounds this week, including Pollock and fluid dynamics
and Giuseppe Arcimbaldo, proto-surrealist
? Also popping back up, the classic Mr. Picassohead
(quite some time previously
) and still-stunning Tilt-shifted Van Gogh
But art can be lucrative, and where there's money, there are thieves
(Picasso sketch stolen in San Francisco) and cheaters
) ... and lawsuits
. [more inside]
A classical music riot
is violent, disorderly behavior that usually occurs during the premiere of a controversial piece of music. Here are some famous examples: [more inside]
Of Picassos Turns Up In France
. A retired French electrician and his wife say they stashed hundreds of never-before-seen works [in French at Libération, who broke the story] estimated to be worth at least $80 million in their garage. The works are believed to be authentic, but it's not quite clear how they came to be in the couple's possession.
F for Fake (French: Vérités et mensonges) is the last major film completed by Orson Welles, who directed, co-wrote, and starred in the film. Initially released in 1974, it focuses on Elmyr de Hory's recounting of his career as a professional art forger; de Hory's story serves as the backdrop for a fast-paced, meandering investigation of the natures of authorship and authenticity, as well as the basis of the value of art. Loosely a documentary, the film operates in several different genres and has been described as a kind of film essay. [more inside]
published only 12 issues between 1933 and 1939. The covers
were by some of the leading artists of the
was The Surrealists' enigmatic muse. She was a model for Man Ray
and Lee Miller
. In fact
All the boys loved
Perhaps the most ethereal
portrait was taken by photographer Dora Maar (previously
Here is tumblir
( As this is Surrealism and Paris in the early C20th – this FPP is considered
NSFW in some environments. )
While Pablo Picasso’s Tête de femme (Jacqueline)
is clearly no L’Homme qui marche I
, Tête de femme was recently sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for £8,105,250. Let's go to the videotape
And oh, for staying on top of things while jet-setting, there is indeed an app
Le Reve and Me
is a blog dedicated to one man's experience with a poster
of Picasso's Le Reve
, the original of which was sold at Christie's and subsequently (and accidentally) damaged
by owner Steve Wynn
. [another excellent Picasso post from the archives!]
A Hidden Picasso:
Will Shank always suspected something was buried beneath Picasso's Scène de Rue
, a somber street scene painted by Picasso in the fall of 1900 during his first stay in Paris. X-rays revealed a second painting: a nightclub scene which appeared to be the prototype for Picasso's Le Moulin de la Galette,
a 1900 painting thought to be the first Picasso made in Paris. Technicians extracted the colors visible through the cracks in the surface of Scène de Rue
and transferred them onto a black-and-white radiograph.
Happy anniversary, modern art.
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon are 100 years old and look as fresh
This time-lapse video of an oil-painting being created
by Pablo Picasso is brief, but captivating. The clip is a scene taken from the 1955 French documentary "The Mystery of Picasso
," in which director Henri-Georges Clouzot filmed the artist painting 20 different pieces. Bizarrely enough, almost all the art created for the film had to be destroyed upon close of production due to contractual obligation. Via
- a stop motion animated short set to Stravinsky's in which Picasso confronts the minotaur and some other painted characters come to life. The image of the Minotaur
is a recurring symbol of self
in Picasso's works. (main link via Milinkito [more])
was immortalized by Picasso in many portraits, one of which is up for auction
this May. Tho many are familiar with her face, fewer are aware that she
was a respected
in her own right
. An exhibit at the Musee Picasso
in Paris documents the stormy and artistically rich decade of their relationship via the contents of Dora Maar's estate
When Henri met Pablo.
Wandering through the rue des Martyrs in 1908, Picasso stopped beside an upholstery shop. "A head peered out, the face of a woman, hard eyes, a penetrating look, decisiveness and clarity. The canvas was huge. I enquired about the price. 'A hundred sous,' replied the dealer. 'You can paint over it.' It was one of the truest portraits ever of the French psyche."
's five-franc, life-size woman in Van Dyck black stayed at Picasso's side until his death, longer than any flesh-and-blood muse. A century later
, she towers over us at Tate Modern's Rousseau retrospective
as imperiously as a Velázquez monarch. More inside.
~Balnea~ Virtual Museum of Sea Bathing and Seaside Tourism
This beautiful and comprehensive Italian site records the development of human association with the sea from the 18th to the 20th century. Art works
display the evolving nature of seaside architecture
, sun protection
. There are even vintage essays
and partially digitized books
(some are in english) as well as beach tunes
(midi files) for those so-inclined. [site map
The Douglas David Duncan Archives at the University of Texas.
Duncan took pictures all over the world, in several different genres. The main gallery is here
. Some selections include: portraits
of Picasso; War
photographs from WWII, Korea and Vietnam; and the World of Islam
Are you in the market for fine art? Have you considered looking at Costco
[Philly Enquirer link]? Last week, an original, authenticated Pablo Picasso sketch sold from their website for about $35,000. Currently you can purchase Mourlot edition lithographs by Modigliani
, as well as prints
from the Picasso Estate Collection with a click of your mouse. Would you trust Costco for your fine art purchases?
As a brutal civil war ravages the NBA,
loyalist forces are under attack from a fascist coup led by Generalissimo David Stern. Stern promises prosperity and stability to the people of Indiana. [Special thanks to this guy.]
Take a stroll through some famous works of art
(larger version here
.) More Pocket Movies
. [Via The Cartoonist.]
How I Met And Dated Miss Emily Dickinson:
Have you ever wondered what a favourite writer really looked like? Is there any relationship between an artist's face and their art? Hemingway looks like his prose; Ezra Pound like his poetry; Picasso is a dead ringer for his paintings but, say, John Updike doesn't resemble his fiction; T.S.Eliot looks like a bank clerk and Matisse was nothing like his works. How superficial can you get? [Via Arts and Letters Daily.
The On-Line Picasso Project
offers 6,893 works for your ogling pleasure, plus an obsessively documented chronological bio. I'm stunned. (please read the user's manual, inside.)
The Power of Art?
This interesting article becomes extremely clever if you think about some of the basic history of "Guernica"
. Little-known artist Picasso
(see '37 for initial ideas, '45 for completed painting) was commissioned to paint it after the horrific slaughters of the Spanish Civil War. “...Picasso's tour de force would become one of this century's most unsettling indictments of war.” (more inside)
Ever hear about the time Picasso
and Guillaume Apollinaire
were taken in by the police under suspicion
the Mona Lisa?