Thursday, August 17, 2017

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life



Noelle Harper, Darcy, Acrylic on Canvas, 2017
10" x 10"
© Noelle Harper

PLEASE DO NOT COPY IMAGE

We are in the "Dog Days of August"* — those lazy days of summer when life is meant to slow down — and to celebrate, we present at Escape Into Life our annual Artist Watch feature on dogs. For this month's "Dog Days" Artist Watch, I've selected a series of commissioned paintings by artist Noelle Harper.

In addition to painting commissioned pet portraits, Noelle, currently a resident of Helena, Montana, is an arts educator and instructor whose various teaching experiences have taken her to Florida, Massachusetts, and Georgia, as well as Costa Rica.

Today's Artist Watch presents six of Noelle's most recent dog portraits, an Artist Statement, and a brief biography.

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* Did you know. . . the phrase "dog days" originally referred to the dog star Sirius and its position in the heavens? Read Becky Little's National Geographic post, "Why Do We Call Them the 'Dog Days' of Summer?"

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Halley's Comet in 2061 (Poem)



Halley's Comet, 1986
Photo Credit: NASA

Halley's Comet in 2061

You're back
milk-shaded, ghost-
blue moon in Christo's veils,
sky-streaking, thin as a mouse tail
unwound.

© 2017 Maureen E. Doallas

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Halley's Comet is expected to be visible from Earth in the year 2061. It last appeared to us in 1986.

Ian Ridpath, A Comet Called Halley (Excerpts)

Facts About Halley's Comet

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Thought for the Day


To wait without hope
is not the same as despair.
~ Jeremiah Webster

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Quoted from Jeremiah Webster's poem "Ritual" in After So Many Fires (Anchor & Plume, 2017)

Jeremiah Webster, Associate Professor of English, Northwest University


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

'How to Make the Girl' (Filmpoem)

One of Motionpoems' 7th season releases is the experimental and compelling How to Make the Girl (Kino Filmkraft, 2016), based on Dessa Wander's poem of the same title. The creative "instructional" filmpoem, which was made by writer/director/editor Ann Prim, was screened earlier this year during Germany's Kurzfilmfestival, where it competed for the 2nd Weimar Poetry Film Award.

A rapper and spoken word artist, singer, essayist, and record executive with the Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree, Wander has published her writing in The New York Times and other periodicals; various literary journals, including Vestal Review; and several collections, including Spiral Bound: A Short Collection by Dessa (2009). 




Read the poem's text.

Dessa Wander on FaceBookNPR, and WNYC

Motionpoems on FaceBook

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Thought for the Day


The forgetting process defines happiness.
~ Michel Houellebecq, "Evening Without Mist"
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Quoted from Michel Houellebecq's Poem "Evening Without Mist", Translated from the French by Gavin Bowd, in Image, No. 92, page 60

Michel Houellebecq (pronounced "Wellbeck"), French Novelist, Poet, Literary Critic; Winner, 2010 Prix Goncourt

Gavin Bowd, Writer and Translator; Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Modern Languages, University of Saint Andrews, Scotland

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I was not fit (Poem)


I was not fit

for the war you waged,
for the insurgency of words
that staked their claim
to me, nor the letters
that held no code
I could fathom.

Neither absence nor silence
protects me.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Thought for the Day


Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live
without and know we cannot live within.
~ James Baldwin
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Quoted from James Baldwin, "Letter from a Region of my Mind", The Fire Next Time (Vintage, 1992)

Search this blog for other quotes from or posts about James Baldwin (1924-1987).

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Split (Poem)


Split

      The moment we choose to love
         we begin to move . . . towards freedom. . . .
           ~ bell hooks


It begins with two
dividing, redividimg
half of mine, more
than yours, all that
bordered space
whose lines once
drawn no more
can hold us
each in our place
unloved.

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The epigraph is from American writer and critic bell hook's essay "Love as the Practice of Freedom" in Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations (1994).

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Before moving day (Poem)


Before moving day

we separate, recount
the division of boxes
four more times.
I give back two. Only
after unlocking the door
to another empty space
do I remember
the forecast called for rain.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thought for the Day


Love is not a feeling. It's an ability.
~ "Dan in Real Life" (2007)
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Quoted in Emma Seppala's "Recapturing the Awesome Meaning and Power of 'Love'," The Washington Post, June 17, 2017. The article is an interview with Sharon Salzbert, co-founder of Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts, and author, most recently, of Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection (Flatiron Books, June 6, 2017).


Dan in Real Life is a 2007 film from Touchstone Pictures and directed by Peter Hedges. Watch the trailer. Read a review.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life



Greg Dunn, Self Reflected (detail), basal ganglia and brainstem, 2014-2016
22K gilded microetching, 96" x 130"
Photo Credit: Gregg Dunn and Brian Edwards


I am delighted to feature in today's Artist Watch at Escape Into Life the work of artist and neuroscientist Greg Dunn, Ph.D., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Now a full-time artist, Greg was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania when he began drawing on his knowledge of neuroscience, physics, and biology to investigate the artistic process through imagery, concept, and technique. His artistic experiments, on which he collaborated with artist and applied physicist Dr. Brian Edwards, led to invention of the revolutionary technique called reflective microetching, which allows dynamic control of imagery and color on reflective gold surfaces. More about the technique and its application is included in the Artist Watch feature.

In addition to eight images from Greg's and Brian's Self Reflected project, today's Artist Watch column includes Greg's Artist Statement, A Note on Process, Definitions, and a brief biography.

Here's one of several videos from the Website for the Self Reflected project:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Writing in Chinese (Poem)



Empty Chair of Liu Xiaobo
2010 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony


Writing in Chinese

      Opposition is not the same as undermining.
          ~ Liu Xiaobo


The tanks heave into Tiananmen
Square, and only after come

the explosions of yellow umbrellas—
the revolution of color that blinds

then binds the poet left behind
the Great Firewall. He who writes

gets one day for every blunt stroke
except the last 6 characters: 4,024

hanzi minus 4,018 days (11 years)—
a long sentence, even in Chinese.

In Qincheng he speaks to the ghosts,
replays how he'll answer to students

and workers who have yet to pen
names on their own Charter 08. Too-

late-moved to Shenyang hospital,
he who so disturbed the dreams of Xi

Jinping falls silent, becomes ashes.
From their nest, bird after bird is flying.


2017 © Maureen E. Doallas
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Liu Xiaobo (December 28, 1955 - July 13, 2017), Chinese Human Rights Activist; Writer, Poet, and Literary Critic; Noble Peace Prize Winner (2010)

Charter 08, Petition for Democracy in China, December 10, 2008, 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Bird imagery features prominently in the poems of Liu Xia, the writer-activist's wife.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thought for the Day

If we are lucky, the end of the sentence is
where we might begin.
~ Ocean Vuong
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Quoted from "A Letter to My Mother That She Will Never Read", The New Yorker, May 13, 2017 

Ocean Vuong, Poet and Essayist

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mosul Remains (Poem)


Mosul Remains

     You know we got to sit around at home
        and watch this thing begin . . . .
           ~ Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
           ("More Trouble Every Day")


Not yet the phoenix rising,
the oldest sector in the old city

of Mosul stinks of blood and
memory and smoke. Men blare

calls of cell-phoned triumphs:
fingers threaded into backpacks.

Liberation lingers through the
dancing in streets exploding with

this morning's projected losses, the
not-questioning not questioning

the need to destroy the village to
save it. Victory is measured twice—

in the before and after of every
Tal Afar, Qaim, Hawija, each become

a too-dimmed light in Allah's eyes.
Let us total the mosques un-built,

count the bursts of flip-flops and
abayas free-floating above the rebar

in the shadows of twisting haints,
imagine how the hardest battle ever

imprints on a girl's pale pinked sleeves
and the bright-colored balls in pool halls.

© 2017 Maureen E. Doallas

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Thought for the Day


To some people / Love is given, / To others / Only heaven.
 Langston Hughes, "Luck"
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Quoted from Terrance Hayes's Foreword to The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (The University of Arkansas Press, 2017), eds. Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Patricia Smith

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), American Poet, Writer, and Teacher

Our Miss Brooks 100 | Gwendolyn Brooks 100 (See this site for centennial events.)

Text of "Luck" by Langston Hughes ("Luck" is from The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes.)

Langston Hughes (1902-1967), American Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Columnist, and Social Activist

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Note to My Readers


. . . everything makes me work with words. . . .
~ "The Art of Poetry" by Juan Gelman*


I live a life of words and art, and since I began Writing Without Paper in late September 2009, I have written more than 3,100 posts. . . mostly seven days a week. . . and moved well beyond more than one million two hundred thousand pageviews. I've shared my poems, my interviews, my critical reviews, my (rarer) essays, and more, especially my passion for visual and other arts. This blog has brought opportunities for great friendships off-line, the joy and honor of being asked to publish a collection (and subsequently to read some of my poetry in New York City), the pleasures of writing for TweetspeakPoetry blog, and the delight of answering an invitation to explore the world virtually before I open my door to the world outside. Every day I have found something that has engaged my deep curiosity or allowed me to be part of an abiding community of other writers and poets and artists and social activists. I have tried to curate my own offerings to you (I know you appreciate what I do) so that light, however little it may be, shines in this one small place and leaves behind beauty and something new to consider.

I am so thankful to all of you who visit here.

The time has come for me to take a break, at least from daily posting; I've had to give myself permission to do so. Life events, some difficult, some joyous, and self-care require I do this. 

Consequently, at least through the end of September, please expect many fewer posts each week; sometimes, perhaps, none at all. I'll still be reading and learning from all of you whose own words I follow, although I'll also be cutting back on social media time.

My monthly Artist Watch columns for the online arts magazine Escape Into Life will continue uninterrupted, and I'll continue to post my introductions to them here at Writing Without Paper

Maureen


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* Quoted from Dark Times Filled With Light: The Selected Work of Juan Gelman (Hardie St. Martin, 2012)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day: July 4, 2017




Some July 4 Posts:




Also see my poems "Red White and Blue" of July 3, 2011, and "Some sling stones" of July 3, 2014.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday Muse: Bob Dylan - A Nobelist's Lecture

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, who needs no introduction, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. His lecture, required no later than June 10, 2017, was recorded on June 4, in Los Angeles, California; its audio file is now available to share. Take the 27:07 minutes to hear what Dylan has to say.





Read "The Rambling Glory of Bob Dylan's Nobel Speech", by Alexandra Schwartz, in The New Yorker (June 6, 2017).

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Thought for the Day


... not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes 
have perished, and are perishing every hour
— and in the oddest places! — for the lack of it.
~ James Baldwin
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Quoted from James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room (1956; Vintage, 2013)

James Baldwin (1924-1987), American Novelist, Essayist, Playwright, Poet, and Activist

"James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket" (PBS | American Masters, 2013)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saturday Short



Cover Art

Today's short is the trailer for the novel The City Always Wins (Macmillan Publishers, June 13, 2017) by filmmaker and writer Robert Omar Hamilton. The book is about the failed 2011 uprising in Cairo, Egypt.



Read an excerpt.

Robert Omar Hamilton on FaceBook and Instagram

Friday, June 30, 2017

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Work by the remarkable emerging photographer Khadija Saye, who died, age 24, this June in London's horrific Grenfell Tower fire, are on view through November 26 in the Diaspora Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale. A print of one of Saye's wet collodian tintypes can be seen at Tate Britain in a tribute to the fire's victims. See a selection of Saye's photographs.

Khadija Saye Website

Diaspora Pavilion Exhibition Text (pdf)

How-To re Wet Plate Collodian Tintype on YouTube

✦ Coming in October: Tina Modotti: Photographer & Revolutionary | Between Politics and Form: The Life and Work of Tina Modotti by Margaret Hooks. The book was first published in 1993 and until now has been out of print. A definitive portrayal of the artist, the 288-page book with 130 black-and-white images includes archival material, interviews with Modotti's contemporaries, and rare photographs.


Cover Art

✦ Watch Danny Quirk as he creates body anatomy art.

Danny Quirk on FaceBookEtsy, and MEDinArt

✦ Make your own colorwheel.

✦ A new discovery for me and an artist to watch: painter and sculptor Grace Tan, who recently showed new work in "Through the Eyes of Agape", a series of figurative charcoal drawings inspired by the story of Hagar in Genesis, at Lookout Gallery in Vancouver. View a selection of Tan's work in her online gallery. 

✦ Today's video is an interview with Gunther Uecker of Germany: "Gunther Uecker Interview: Poetry Made with a Hammer" at Louisiana Channel:


Günther Uecker Interview: Poetry Made with a Hammer from Louisiana Channel on Vimeo.

Gunther Uecker at Levy Gorvy Gallery


Exhibitions Here and There

✭ South Carolina artist Mary Edna Fraser presents her gorgeous narrative landscapes in "Rising Tides", a solo exhibition beginning July 5 at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center, Washington, D.C. To continue through August 26, the show features Fraser's aerial views of Earth that she has transcribed onto silk using dyes and the medium of batik. The landscapes, which are gorgeous, document regions of the world threatened by climate change. See Fraser's galleries of batiks, monotypes, and oils on her Website.


Mary Edna Fraser, Aerial Lace
Batik on Silk Lace, 76" x 54"
© Mary Edna Fraser

Read Stephanie Hunt's article "Force of Nature" (May 2017) in Charleston magazine.

If you love Fraser's work but cannot afford her originals, take a look at her beautiful silk scarves and silk rugsgiclees on paper, limited to 100 prints, also are available.

Mary Edna Fraser on FaceBook


Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center on FaceBook 

✭ Continuing through December 3 at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, is "All the Flowers Are for Me", an immersive installation by cross-disciplinary artist Anila Quayyum Agha that features floral forms inspired by Persian and Turkish architecture, textiles, and miniature paintings. 


"All the Flowers Are for Me" Installation
Lacquered Steel with Powder Coating and Halogen Bulb
Photo Credit: Ken Sawyer/PEM

Read Susan Flynn's post, "Seeing the World in a New Light" (October 2016), at Connected, PEM's blog.


Anila Quayyum Agha on FaceBook, Instagram, and Vimeo

Peabody Essex Museum on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ Santa Fe's New Mexico Museum of Art has placed on view work from its collection that examines how New Mexico artists have imagined and reimagined the state. Continuing through September 17, "Imagining New Mexico" considers the artists' responses to land, traditions, and histories as they relate to the state's identity. Among the artists represented in the show are Gustave Baumann, Helen Cordero, Laura Gilpin, Peter Hurd, William Lumpkins, Maria Martinez, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Fritz Scholder.

New Mexico Museum of Art on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube


✭ Thirty masterful landscape paintings by Texan Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922) can be seen in "Julian Onderdonk and the Texan Landscape", continuing through August 31 at the Art Museum of South Texas, which is affiliated with Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. Images can be seen at the exhibition link. Works in the show have been loaned by museums and private collectors.



Accompanying the exhibition, which already has been to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and San Antonio Museum of Art, is Julian Onderdonk: A Catalogue Raisonne (Museum of Fine Arts Houston/Yale University Press, October 2016) by Harry Halff and Elizabeth Halff. 


Catalogue Raisonne Cover Art

Art Museum of South Texas on FaceBook

✭ The "Other People's Pictures" exhibition at Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, opens July 14. The show, intended to examine how snapshots were used by amateur photographers, presents (through September 17) 200 small black-and-white vernacular photographs from the early- and mid-20th Century, primarily images of American women, all gifts to the center by collector Peter J. Cohen.


Untitled, Gelatin Silver Print
Collection of Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Vassar College
Gift of Peter J. Cohen
Accession #2015.12.1.116

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thursday's Three on Art

Today, Thursday's Three introduces you, via video interviews, to three artists: Sophia Dawson, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and Vaimoana, each of whom explores through and is dedicated to using her art to heighten awareness of social issues. All three are worthy of greater recognition.

Sophia Dawson (aka "Wet Paint") of Brooklyn, New York, uses art to tell the stories of people seeking to overcome the barriers and other injustices they face.


Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a painter, muralist, and illustrator who addresses in her street art social issues such as racism and sexism. Her recently exhibited project Not Going Anywhere, a series of wheatpasted portraits of American artists and activists, aims to challenge post-election misogyny and xenophobia. Another of her projects, Stop Telling Women to Smile, concerned with street harassment, was exhibited in the city streets of Brooklyn, Chicago, Atlanta, Paris, and Mexico City. Be sure to take a look at Fazlalizadeh's recent portraits in oil on canvas. Fazlalizadeh is a 2015 "Forbes 30 Under 30" recipient.



✭ Tongan Vaimoana, who was among more than 40 artists and scholars who in 2016 participated in the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's "Crosslines: A Culture Lab of Intersectionality", describes herself as a community muralist. Her Sunset Park, Brooklyn, project We Come From the Future, featuring women, women of color, indigenous women, and immigrant women examined women's relationships, especially those of mothers, grandmothers, and daughters, by celebrating their voices and sharing their often-too-invisible stories. The project came about when, in 2014, Vaimoana received a grant to produce a mural for the community-based nonprofit organization Turning Point, which offers free housing, health, and social services programs to the community. Vaimoana completed her project in 2015.



Vaimoana also is a poet, writer, actor, playwright, filmmaker, and educator.

(My thanks to the Brooklyn-based cultural programmer BRIC | BRIC Arts Media.)

BRIC TV on FaceBookInstagram, and YouTube

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday Artist: Margrethe Odgaard


For more than a decade, designer Margrethe Odgaard of Denmark has used color diaries to "see more specifically" — to document her environment and its surroundings and objects so that she can remain "open [to] a new dimension inside as well as outside" herself.

Below, in a brief video interview with Louisiana Channel, Odgaard explains what she does, how, and why. She was interviewed at her studio in Copenhagen in February 2016.

Winner in 2016 of the Torsten och Wanja Soderbergs Prize, a prestigious design award, Odgaard is part of Included Middle, which she co-founded with furniture designer Chris L. Halstrom. In the past, she has collaborated with a number of famous brands, including Georg Jensen. She was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, and worked as a printing assistant at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, and as a textile designer for EPICE, a French fashion company.

Currently, Odgaard is enjoying through August 27 an exhibition at Designmuseo, Helsinki, Finland.



Margrethe Odgaard Website

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

'Dear Domenico'

From award-winning filmmaker Kate Jessop, the mixed-media, 2D animation Dear Domenico presents a poetic letter from Stefano Gabanna to Domenico Dolce. The letter relates the breakup of the Gabanna-Dolce relationship and their fashion label's evolution.

Commissioned by Festival delle Lettere (Milan), the film uses stop-motion, fabric collage, and digital drawing.

Jessop is a co-founder of Girls on Film.


Dear Domenico - English subtitles from Kate Jessop on Vimeo.

Kate Jessop Website

Kate Jessop films Blog

See more of Jessop's promotional, narrative, and non-narrative films.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday Muse: 'We Real Cool' (Video)


This year marks the centennial of the birth of the highly influential poet Gwendolyn Brooks (June 7, 1917 - December 3, 2000). Adding to the many other forms of recognition of the centennial is the charming video below, produced by the Poetry Foundation. From Manual Cinema in association with Crescendo Literary, the video uses paper-cut puppetry to imagine what inspired Brooks to write her famous poem "We Real Cool". The story is by Eve Ewing and Nate Marshall and the music by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods; the director is Drew Dir of Manual Cinema.

Commissioned by the Poetry Foundation for the centenary is a live, staged production of No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, by Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall; it premieres this November.







The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, Louisiana Tech University

Gwendolyn Brooks Obituary (The New York Times)

Gwendolyn Brooks Page at Buffalo University, The Circles' Association

Gwendolyn Brooks Center, Chicago State University

Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, Western Illinois University

Gwendolyn Brooks House, City of Chicago


Karen Grigsby Bates, "Remembering the Great Poet Gwendolyn Brooks at 100", NPR, May 29, 2017


Chicago Public Library, "Gwendolyn Brooks: Chicago's Poet", June 1, 2017


Betsy Schlabach, "The Love Between Langton Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks", Black Perspectives (AAIHS), February 13, 2017

"Frost? Williams? No, Gwendolyn Brooks", The Pulitzer Prizes 



Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Patricia Smith (Eds.), The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (University of Arkansas Press, January 2017)

Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku (Eds.), Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks (Curbside Splendor, January 2017)

Quraysh Ali Lansana and Georgia Popoff (Eds.), The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent (Haymarket Books, Spring 2017)



Centennial Brooks - A Tribute Celebration, The University of Chicago (April 6-8, 2017)


Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, Furious Flower Poetry Center, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia


Our Miss Brooks 100 (This is an excellent site.)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thought for the Day


If something is to be destroyed
please don't leave traces behind.
~ Liu Xia
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Quoted from "Chaos" in Liu Xia's Empty Chairs: Selected Poems (Graywolf Press, 2015), Bilingual Edition, Trans.: Ming Di and Jennifer Stern; page 53

Liu Xia, Chinese Poet and Artist; Wife of Poet, Activist, and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo 

Read "Twilight" from Empty Chairs.

Note: Liu Xiaobo was released from prison on June 26, 2017. Read "Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo Released from Prison, Suffering from Liver Cancer", The Washington Post, June 26, 2017.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Short

Today's short introduces the Bridge Theatre, a new performance art space opening this fall in London, next to Tower Bridge. The theatre of 900 seats will debut with Young Marx (October 18 - December 31) and, through the winter and spring, plans to present Julius Caesar (January 20 - April 15, 2018) and Nightfall (April 28 - June 3, 2018). Memberships are available.




(My thanks to the British Council for the link.)

Bridge Theatre on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

Friday, June 23, 2017

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Word is out that the Renwick Gallery, part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and scene of the immensely popular 2015-2016 "Wonder" show, plans "the first ever major exhibition" of monumental art installations created for Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada. The exhibition, titled "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man", will open March 30, 2018, and conclude September 16, 2018. Read the details in the gallery's exhibition announcement.

✦ If your artistic tastes run to desert landscapes, cloudscapes, and desert blooms and flowers, take a look at Doug West's paintings at Blue Rain Gallery (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Leslie Levy Fine Art (Scottsdale, Arizona), and Ro Gallery (Long Island City, New York). West has had scores of solo shows and his collectors number in the thousands.

Doug West in Taos Artist Guide

Doug West Paintings at Blue Rain on FaceBook

✦ Artist Martin Roth created in mid-town Manhattan in May 2017 an urban garden "nurtured by tweets", specifically, the tweets of the president of the United States. See "I cultivated a piece of land...." and read Claire Voon's Hyperallergic article "A Field of Lavender Nourished by Trump's Tweets".

✦ A filmmaker you've probably never heard of but should learn about: Alice Guy-Blache.

✦ If you're a fan of salads, Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists, by Julia Sherman, will visually enrich your life even before you choose a recipe.


Cover Art

Julia Sherman is both an artist and a cook who writes at the blog Salad for President. The book is on tour.

Salad for President on FaceBook and Instagram

✦ Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Gary, Indiana's project "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen". Opening this fall, the cultural center for culinary and visual art will feature public art and spaces for community gatherings. Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, it will provide local residents and new businesses with access to a commercial training kitchen, feature a pop-up cafe as well as gallery and exhibition spaces, and promote dinners in Gary residents' homes and at the cafe. Chicago-based Theaster Gates is the artistic director.


ArtHouse on FaceBook

Theaster Gates's Rebuild Foundation

✦ Immediately below is the trailer for Yarn (2016), directed by Una Lorenzen with co-directors and producers Heather Millard and Thordur Jonsson. The movie, which can be seen in its entirety on Netflix, introduces artists engaged in innovative knitting and crocheting. 



Yarn: the Movie on FaceBook

Exhibitions Here and There (Washington, D.C., Edition)

✭ Continuing through September 10 at the Hirshhorn Museum is "Markus Lupertz: Threads of History". Concentrated on the pioneering early works of the German artist, from 1962 to 1975, the exhibition presents for the first time in the United States Lupertz's 40-foot-long West Wall (Siegfried Line) and more than 30 other paintings reflecting the artist's exploration of abstract expressionism, Pop art, and German postwar culture. The Hirshhorn exhibition coincides with a complementary exhibition at The Philipps Collection, "Markus Lupertz", which spans the neo-expressionist painter's entire career, from the 1960s to today; the show continues through September 3. The Phillips show features the 1982 painting The Large Spoon. A catalogue jointly produced by the museums and including new scholarship is available. The two exhibitions, which together feature almost 100 works, mark the museums' first formal collaboration.

Markus Lupertz at Michael Werner Gallery (Lupertz is showing in "New Paintings" through July 7.)

Hirshhorn Museum on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ At the National Museum for Women in the Arts, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, you'll find "Revival", featuring work by contemporary sculptors and photo-based artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Petah Coyne, Lalla Essaydi, Polly Morgan, Alison Saar,  Beverly Semmes, and Joana Vasconcelos. Media include video projections, large-scale images, hanging sculptures, and work composed of hair, yarn, velvet, marble, wax, brambles, or taxidermy birds. The exhibition continues through September 10.


Lalla Essaydi, Bullets Revisited #20, 2014
Chromogenic Print Mounted on Aluminum
30" x 40"
© Lalla Essaydi
Photo Credit: Miller Yezerski Gallery

NMWA on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ The summer exhibitions at Katzen Arts Center at American University Museum opened June 17. Among them are a retrospective of the paintings of Val Lewton, "Val Lewton: From Hollywood to Breezewood"; and "Frederic Kellogg: Works in Oil and Watercolor", a selection of landscapes featuring both watercolors and paintings in oil on canvas. Each show is on view through August 13.

Kellogg will demonstrate watercolor painting en plein air tomorrow, June 24, 2:00 p.m., in "Painting with Frederic Kellogg". A gallery talk on the Val Lewton exhibition is scheduled for July 13, 6:30 p.m. 


Frederic Kellogg, Bridge at Waldoboro Bridge, 2013
17" x 21"
Private Collection


American University Museum on FaceBook and Instagram

✭ Donald Sultan's industrial landscape series, the Disaster Paintings, continues on view through September 4 at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum. Work in the exhibition, "Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings", is composed with industrial materials such as tar and Masonite tiles and based on events Sultan read about in his daily newspaper. The show comprises 12 paintings dating from 1984 to 1990, including Plant, May 29, 1985, from the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum. Organized by Ft. Worth's Modern Art Museum, the show will open at two other museums, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh (September 23 - December 31), and Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska (January 24 - May 13, 2018), upon its conclusion in Washington, which was the third stop of a five-city national tour. It already has appeared at Modern Art Museum, Ft. Worth, and Lowe Art Museum, Miami. A catalogue is available (see image below).



Catalogue Cover Art


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✭ The exhibition "Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery" is ongoing. The show at the Renwick, part of the Smithsonian American Art Gallery, places on display more than 80 objects that celebrate craft as a discipline and approach to how life is lived. All of the objects are from the gallery's permanent collection and include new acquisitions, among them: John Grade's Shoal (Bone Shoal Sonance), Judith Schaechter's The Birth of Eve, Marie Watt's Edson's Flag, and Akio Takamori's Woman and Child, all of which are being presented for the first time. Also on view is work by metalsmith Jennifer Crupi. The connections the artworks make are both explicit and subtle.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday's Three on Poetry

Today, Thursday's Three spotlights a trio of recently published or forthcoming collections of poetry.

Ancients of the Earth: Poems of Time (Capturing Morning Press, Summer 2017) by D.A. Hickman ~ Hickman's first book of poetry, Ancients of the Earth "explores our shared human destiny via the constraints and luxuries of time." Hickman has published two nonfiction books: The Silence of Morning: A Memoir of Time Undone (Capturing Morning Press, 2015) and Always Returning: The Wisdom of Place (Capturing Morning Press, 2014).


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The cover image ("Sunrise Goose") is by John 'Fiskr' Larsen and the design by Michele DeFilippo of 1106 Design, Phoenix, Arizona.


D.A. Hickman on FaceBook


Lighthouse for the Drowning (BOA Editions, June 2017) by Jawdat Fakhreddine ~ Translated by Huda Fakhreddine and Jayson Iwen, this bilingual collection is the first full-length collection of the Lebanese poet's works to be published in the United States. A resident of Beirut, Fakhreddine is a professor of Arabic literature and criticism at Lebanese University and publishes articles and poems in al-Hayat and al-Khaleej newspapers. His other poetry collections include Rural Illusion, A Beacon for the Drowning, and Skies.


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Four Poems ("Three Sides of Death",  "Preparation", "A Session in Old Sanaa", and "Land") in Banipal (Issue 53, Summer 2015)

Jawdat Fakhreddine on FaceBook



Lessons on Expulsion: Poems (Graywolf Press, July 11, 2017) by Erika L. Sanchez ~  Sanchez's debut poetry collection captures the social, cultural, economic, and linguistic borders confronting her as the daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants. Winner of a "Discovery" poetry prize from the Boston Review and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, Sanchez, of Chicago, Illinois, is also an essayist and novelist. Her book for teens and young adults, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (PenguinRandom House), is forthcoming.


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Lessons on Expulsion at Graywolf Press

Erika L. Sanchez Website

Erika L. Sanchez on FaceBook

Graywolf Press

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wednesday Artist: Tal R

If you want an aesthetic discussion about when
a picture is fabulous, it's when something in the 
picture is an unpredictable movement.
~ Tal R

From December 2016 to May 2017, Danish painter Tal R* allowed the Louisiana Channel to interview him while he was at work on a series of nine railcar paintings he titled Habakuk (2017). Throughout the filmed conversation, embedded below, Tal R discusses his background and work, and how his paintings address the subject of time — past, present, and future. He also talks about his career as an artist, how "as an artist, you have to be as mystified as the observer." 

Born in 1967 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tal R and his family migrated to Denmark when the artist was a child. He currently lives and works in Copenhagen. Credited with helping to "bring painting back" following conceptual art's dominance of the 1990s, he exhibits throughout the world.

In the United States, "Tal R: Keyhole", at New York City's Cheim & Read Gallery, ran from January 5 through February 11, 2017. Overseas, his exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, "Academy of Tal R", continues through September 10.




* Tal R's full name is Tal Shlomo Rosenzweig.

Tal R Profiles and Art at Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin), Saatchi Gallery, and Victoria Miro Gallery (London)

Read Jennifer Samet's interview, "Beer with a Painter: Tal R" at Hyperallergic (February 4, 2017).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

'The Last Days' (Videopoem)


I have shown before some of the collaborative work of spoken word poet, novelist, and filmmaker Lucy English. (See the March 2, 2017, post "Thursday's Three on Poetry".) Today presents another opportunity to feature English's collaboration with filmmaker Marie Craven, The Last Days. The videopoem recently was added to English's poetry-film collaboration project "The Book of Hours". Lucy English both wrote and narrates the poem. Images are from the Prelinger Archives. The music is by Kevin MacLeod.


The Last Days from Marie Craven on Vimeo.

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Lucy English on FaceBook

Marie Craven on FaceBook,  Moving Poems, and Vimeo

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Muse: Podcasts With Poets




If you are unfamiliar with writer and lecturer Rachel Zucker's interviews with poets and other artists, you've been missing some excellent conversations. Browse here for just a few of Zucker's podcasts at Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People). Visitors to the site can listen to the interviews and also download them.


Among the "other people" with whom Zucker has posted interviews are multimedia artist Wayne Koestenbaum, author Olena Kalytiak Davis, and writer and illustrator Andi Zeisler.

Zucker posts for each podcast a summary of the content of her interview, as well as "extra resources", which range from linked titles of the interviewee's books, to a list of links to other writers and books mentioned in each episode, to related links (e.g., essays, criticism, publishers, scholarship, other interviews found online).


Conversations with Poets on FaceBook and iTunes