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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Starving, and artists

Speaking of starvation, as we sort of just were (see comment on previous post, and I would argue: yes, we are "feeding" most people in this country, but with WHAT?), and in following up on the "movies I've missed" theme: I saw Into the Wild. Beautifully done, in every way. Sad, in so many ways. Lead actor Emil Hirsch was amazing. Thought all the supporting actors were pitch-perfect: Hal Holbrook, Catherine Keener, William Hurt ... And can Marcia Gay Harden do anything wrong?

Speaking of whom, I also saw Pollock (finally!), which I also loved. In a way it was a good thing that the DVD got stuck in the middle - just at the point where Clement Greenberg, Peggy Guggenheim, Alfonso Ossorio, and Tony Smith are visiting the East Hampton studio. It took a couple of days to get a replacement from a different library, and I had a chance to figure out how all those people fit together. I'm working through a little mini self-conducted crash course in mid-century painting - reading a lot of gorgeously-illustrated and hard-to-lift books on Pollock, Frankenthaler, Johns, Rauschenberg, Diebenkorn, Still, and others. Realizing how brilliant Kirk Varnedoe was (reading his Mellon Lectures - Pictures of Nothing), and what a tragic loss his premature death was.

Diebenkorn, who, as a California painter, was a contemporary but not really part of this group might be my favorite. Went to see his New Mexico paintings in NY at NYU's Grey Art Gallery last week. Such colors! Luscious! (See above).


Blogger sukipoet said...

Gosh you love so many artists I too love. I saw my first Diebenkorn in San Francisco and later also at the Kansas City Art Museum and I do love him. Pollack (is it an o or an a) has long been a favorite at least reading about his life, seeing films of his working process and I own the DVD. Will have to look for the Books from your previous post, they sound interesting.

9:31 AM  
Blogger sixty-five said...

Thanks for leaving all the great comments! We do seem to have a lot of shared interests. And it's always nice to know that someone is paying attention. Those old posts so rarely get read, unless someone stumbles on them as the result of a search.

9:16 PM  

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