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The New Confessions by William Boyd

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 2 October 2011

The New Confessions (1987)(Novel) by William Boyd  The New Confessions by William Boyd (A Good Man in Africa (1981), Brazzaville Beach (1990), Any Human Heart (2002)) offers, through an astounding fictional autobiography, a panoramic view of the 20th century, from 1899 Edinburgh, through WWI, Berlin, silent films, WWII, Hollywood’s anti-Communist Black List, and much, much more, not to mention, of course, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his own “Confessions”.  Epic, fascinating, captivating and immensely readable. (PR)

See our post on William Boyd’s novel Ordinary Thunderstorms.

We recommend that you buy your books.  Have a great personal library..

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Ai Weiwei – Berlin Gallery Spotlights Work of Detained Chinese Artist

Posted by the editors on Monday, 2 May 2011

The Ai Weiwei installation at the Neugerriemschneider gallery in Berlin.

Tree” and “Rock“, Ai Weiwei installation at the Neugerriemschneider gallery in Berlin

Emilie Trice has written “Berlin Gallery Spotlights Ai Weiwei, Detained Chinese Artist”, a short article in the Travel section of The New York Times, looking at the Chinese dissent artist, now being held by Chinese authorities, and two of his works on show at the Neugerriemschneider gallery (Linienstrasse 155; 49-30-2887-7277) in Berlin through June 2011.

Ai Weiwei in his Beijing studio on March 7.

Ai Weiwei in his Beijing studio on 7 March 2011

See our previous posts on Ai Weiwei, here.

images: Top, Galerie Neugerriemschneider, photograph by Jens Ziehe and bottom, Shiho Fukada/The New York Times


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When Art & Energy were Dancing on the Rooftops in New York – Laurie Anderson, Gordon Matta-Clark & Trisha Brown

Posted by the editors on Friday, 29 April 2011

Trisha Brown’s “Roof Piece,” (1973), depicting dancers on adjacent rooftops

Michael Kimmelman has written “When Art and Energy Were SoHo Neighbors” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, which looks at New York’s Soho, in the 1970s, with its extraordinary, vibrant artistic energy, and some of the truly inspired “lean times” work of the choreographer Trisha Brown, the artist Gordon Matta-Clark, and the performance artist Laurie Anderson and includes some wonderful photos as well as a brief, but poignant interview with Anderson.  All this in the context of the show at the Barbican Art Gallery entitled “Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark – Pioneers of the Downtown Scene New York 1970s” (through 22 May 2011) which includes sculptures, drawings, photographs, documentation of performances and mixed media works, and which The Guardian has called simply a “brilliant exhibition”.

Here’s what the Barbican has to say about the exhibition:

Performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson, choreographer Trisha Brown and artist Gordon Matta-Clark were friends and active participants in the New York art community, working fluidly between visual art and performance.

With the city as their backdrop, canvas, stage and inspiration, this exhibition is the first major presentation to examine the experimental and often daring approaches taken by these three key figures, both individually and collectively, in the burgeoning arts scene in downtown New York during the 1970s.

New York City provided a powerful context for the work of Anderson, Brown and Matta-Clark. On the verge of bankruptcy in the 1970s, the disappearance of manufacturing and other major industries and the withdrawal of public services were turning the city into a centre of widespread unemployment and lawlessness. Artists responded by taking over derelict spaces to make and exhibit their work, by using the city itself as the medium or setting for their work, by creating opportunities to engage directly with the public out of doors and by building a vibrant arts community.

Gordon Matta-Clark, Open House, 1972

Kimmelman offers some perceptive observations regarding the art scene, then and now, including an astute, if sadly true, comparison of the 70s New York downtown art scene and the current “art scene” style of contemporary Berlin.  Economics, certainly; motivation, aspiration, inspiration, even more so…

 images: top, Babette Mangolte/The New York Times; bottom, courtesy Jane Crawford. © Estate of Cosmos Andress Sarchiapone. © 2010 Estate of Gordon Matta- Clark/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, DACS London

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Art Meets Food – Artists, Restaurants, Food & Art in Berlin

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 25 January 2011

HBC Gallery, Restaurant & Artspace in Berlin

image: Oliver Hartung /The New York Times

Gisela Williams has written an interesting article entitled “Art Meets Food in Berlin” in the Travel section of The New York Times looking at the dynamic, and fascinating collaborations between artists, chefs and restaurants in Berlin. Worth reading whether you’re an artist, a chef, a restaurant owner or manager, an art-lover, hungry for some food for thought, or just plain hungry.

We’ll see you there.

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Vase Is This.

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 22 November 2009

Designboom blog has covered the opening of a show entitled “VASE vs. VASES” at Helmrinderknecht Contemporary Design Gallery in Berlin (through 9 January 2010).  The show includes works of a rather astounding variety, though all are vases or ideas of vases, shall we say.  Practically minded, the notion of vase as commodity is posited and thus, logically enough, all the works are for sale.  Prices are apparently as diverse as the vases themselves.

Being the ex-(mad)-scientists we are, we couldn’t help but be very fond of the RGB vase (photo below!!) by Oscar Diaz stirring up warm memories, as it does, of studying with Dr. Dorothea Jameson ( here and here) in another universe long ago and far away.


RGB Vase by Oscar Diaz (edition of 8…)

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