Robert Adams

I only recently discovered the work of American photographer Robert Adams -

Dorothea Lange - Walker Evans

Is Dorothea Lange greater than Walker Evans?

I love the work of Walker Evans

Robert Adams has said that he prefers the work of Dorothea Lange over Walker Evans - what do you think?

Dorothea Lange -

Walker Evans -

Richard Misrach/On The Beach

Taken from a single vantage point from a hotel balcony - Studies of life on the beach and in the sea…

Dirty Baby x Ed Ruscha/Nels Cline/David Breskin

Beautifully published book - the complete black cover with cut-out slip-case caught my short attention.

Paintings - Ed Ruscha

Poetry - David Breskin

Music - Nels Cline

From Steidlville:

DIRTY BABY presents a provocative trialogue between the paintings of Ed Ruscha, the music of Nels Cline, and the poetry of David Breskin. The title refers to the fact that when different art forms mate, there is never a purebred offspring, but rather a muttish and raunchy one: gloriously dirty.

The sixty-six pictures in the book are drawn from two bodies of work, the Silhouettes and the Cityscapes. In these works, Ruscha uses censor strips in place of the words or phrases which characteristically occupy a prominent place in his pictures. Their very obfuscation gives the missing words a powerfully subversive presence: language is emphasized even as it is obscured.

Breskin has divided the book into two “sides” in the manner of a vinyl record. Side A presents a kind of “time-lapse” history of Western Civilization. Side B returns to the cradle of that civilization, charting the American misadventure in Iraq. For his poetic form, Breskin uses the ancient Arabic ghazal, a perfect foil and fencing partner for Ruscha’s language-sensitive strategies. To this mix, Cline adds music for a large ensemble: at once lyrical and edgy, heartfelt and raucous, his music ranges from acoustic impressionism to dense, dark electronica.

One to look forward to.

www.steidlville.com/books/979-DIRTY-BABY.html

Donald Judd + Marfa/Texas

Now Marfa can be known for another thing besides being the backdrop for the film Giant - You can now put it down as an art destination…

American conceptual modernist Donald Judd has archives in New York and Marfa [The Chinati Foundation] - just imagine stumbling across his work in the middle of dusty Texas…

"It isn’t necessary for a work to have a lot of things to look at, to compare, to analyze one by one, to contemplate. The thing as a whole, its quality whole, is what is interesting. The main things are alone and are more intense, clear and powerful." -Donald Judd in his essay Specific Objects

For more on Donald Judd please follow -

http://www.juddfoundation.org/

Tea with Isamu Noguchi

I was introduced to the work of artist and sculptor - Isamu Noguchi - by a friend. I went to the Isamu Noguchi museum in its temporary home in Queens/NYC. Great show and the best way to get to know this great artists’ work. I remember the Akari light sculptures - and later I found out he had designed a teacup and saucer…AMAZING!!!

Isamu Noguchi.

Produced by Vitra - Tea clashes with sculpture!