3.7.15

The Father of Kinetic Art : Yaacov Agam

Agam in front of his Dizengoff Fountain, Tel Aviv




2.7.15

'Poor Richard' & 'Nixon eating a cookie' by Philip Guston












"Sometime during the summer of 1971, Philip Guston (1913-1980) began a visual narrative of Richard Nixon's life, a series of almost eighty drawings that caught one of America's most maligned politicians in a depraved, monstrous state. Titled Poor Richard, these caricatures play on the brooding, self-pitying character that Nixon exuded throughout his life. While much has been made in the ongoing interpretations of the radical content of Guston's late work of his brash betrayal of abstract painting and the New York School and his introduction of quirky, incongruous, cartoon-type figures and shapes around 1968-nothing quite approximates the mocking and satiric nature of these renderings of an American president. Their transgressive nature explains, perhaps, the deep ambivalence that Guston felt in pursuing his initial plan to publish the images as a book, and the reason they have remained almost wholly unknown to date. Like Guston's Poem-Pictures or the collaborations he effected with various writers during the last decade of his life, Poor Richard grew out of a friendship with a neighbor, Philip Roth, the novelist, who began living near Guston in Woodstock, New York, in 1969." 
Excerpt from www.ubu.com/papers/balken_guston.html
You can browse through the book here: www.ubu.com/historical/guston/guston_nixon.html

1.7.15

Sirocco Heatwave






The first of July and the Sirocco is already shutting us down. 
It makes me wondering how this Sahara Wind actually looks like...

30.6.15

The Conquest of Space Atlas by Marcel Broodthaers

La conquête de l'espace. Atlas à l'usage des artistes et des militaries ('The Conquest of Space (Atlas for the use of artists and soldiers)') 
by Marcel Broodthaers, 1975.

"A tiny atlas measuring just 3,8 x 3,5 cm. Each page represents one of 32 arbitrarily chosen countries in alphabetical order. By representing the countries as equal-sized, unrelated black shapes, the little atlas negates its usual function of offering a truthful representation of the world. Broodthaers' atlas shows the countries for what they really are and underlines the similar problems they all face."

From the Herbert Foundation visiting guide of the exhibition "Carte du monde poétique. Films, Works and Documents of Marcel Broodthaers from the Herbert Foundation". Currently on display until November 15th.

28.6.15

not always rectangular or symmetric

Flag of Palau
Flag of Kiribati
Flag of Nepal 
Flag of Macedonia
Flag of the Federated States of Micronesia
Flag of Qatar
Flag of the Marshall Islands

22.6.15

◢ ◣ peach & poupou rabou & pizzaparty ◤ ◥

Aldo Rossi, San Certaldo Cemetery, 1971-1984, Modena, Italy. 
Anne Deleporte, Peach, 2011, gesso on paper
Paul Klee, Clarification, 1932
Antonin Artaud, "poupou rabou...", 1945
Nevin Aladag, Pattern Matching Grey Beige, 2010
Dominique Petrin, #pizzaparty, Quebec, silk-screened paper
More exhibition views here
Yves Riga, Composition with heads and body parts, painting on canvas

21.6.15

Visited Vincent Van Gogh


Visited 'La Maison Van Gogh de Cuesmes', in Mons, Belgium. Vincent Van Gogh resided in this crooked, modest working-century house from August 1879 to October 1880. He slept and worked in a small room on the first floor, together with the kids of the owner.
1887, Self-portrait
1889, Self-portrait

January 1889, one of Van Gogh's Self-portraits with Bandaged Ear
September 1889, second version of Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles. The painting depicts Van Gogh's bedroom at Place Lamartine in Arles, France, known as his Yellow House. It's one of the three authentic versions described in his letters, recognizable from one another by the pictures on the wall to the right. 
In January 1890, Vincent Van Gogh's close brother Theo, got a son and baptized him Vincent Willem after his uncle and godfather. Van Gogh dedicated the Branches of an Almond Tree in Blossom to his nephew.
July 29th, 1890, Vincent Van Gogh died, Theodore Van Gogh died 4 months later. The two brothers were buried together in Auvers-sur-Oise.

19.6.15

Dancings in Flanders, part I



King Dancing, Oostende 
Decap Organ called 'Dancing Queen', at Europ Tour, 1971

Dancing Kapelhof, Ravels, 1979

Dancing Remember, Halen
Cafe Dancing Uilenspiegel, Turnhout


Waikiki / Jerk / Changai / Kabarka / The Joker / The Ranch, Overmere

Images from this amazing piece of research: Dancings in Vlaanderen: Een historische tocht langsheen de dansgelegenheden van weleer ('Dancings in Flanders: A historical tour along yesterday's dance halls'). Link!
Thank you very much Benoit Vanhees for this goldmine of colors, black light, organs and petites histories belges - for digging up long forgotten names and places!

For example, a short piece of memory from Dirk Vincent (ex-DJ Mike from Dancing The Joker) on the series of dance halls back then in Overmere:
"Daar had je destijds een complex met beneden een dancing die Waikiki heette en op de eerste verdieping had je de Jerk. Dat complex lag voorbij het meer richting Berlare. De Kabarka echter ligt aan het meer zelf en bestaat nog steeds op dezelfde locatie nl. Donklaan 142. In 1973 was er een heel grote dancing, capaciteit ongeveer 1500 personen, dat was The Joker. (...) Waar The Joker was is (thans) een Chinees restaurant gekomen. Rechtover The Joker had je The Ranch, een voor die tijd reeds ouderwetse maar ook goed draaiende zaak. Beiden lagen aan de Frans Broeckaartlaan. Met vriendelijke groet, Dirk (ex-DJ Mike)"