Fred Frith with John Giorno and Pauline Oliver’s: Concert At The Foundation Cartier

Concert a la Fondation Cartier, Paris 2008

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John McLaughlin: West Coast Hard-Edge Abstraction Pt5

John McLaughlin came to painting relatively late in life and was self-taught.  While a few of his earliest paintings were still lives and landscapes, the remainder of McLaughlin’s work were abstracts. His work was characterized by simple and precise geometric forms, and from 1952 onwards, McLaughlin removed all curves from his work. A deep interest in Japan and Buddhist thought informed his strictly geometric paintings with what he termed “neutral structures.”  Continue reading John McLaughlin: West Coast Hard-Edge Abstraction Pt5

SUE COE : The Melding of Art and Political Activism

I first became aware of Sue Coes’ artwork in the 80’s.  Her expressionistic paintings, illustrations and drawings seemed to be omnipresent in the world of downtown Manhattan.  I’d seen posters and placards affixed to buildings on the walls of lower east side buildings, her illustrations on the covers of RAW and X magazine. Her highly political themes pointed to the issues of animal cruelty, factory farming, meat-packing, apartheid, sweat-shops, prisons and AIDS with a dark, expressionistic style, reminiscent of Grosz, Dix , Goya and Soutine.  Continue reading SUE COE : The Melding of Art and Political Activism

Carolee Schneemann :: Fuses (1967) film/video, 22 min.

goodeve-09-64_67-fuses010Artist Carolee Schneeman began work on her film Fuses in 1964, eventually finishing it 1967. Her performance piece, Meat Joy had been performed in Paris and NYC at the Judson Church the same year, along with her constructions Native Beauties (1962–64), Music Box Music (1964), Pharaoh’s Daughter (1966) and Her Letter to Lou Andreas Salome (1965). Continue reading Carolee Schneemann :: Fuses (1967) film/video, 22 min.

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