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Gloves

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A Glove: Anxieties (1881) by Max Klinger. Although the Glove‘s scenario was given its due Germanic explication by contemporary critics, it defies rational analysis. The last picture, which was seen as a kind of happy ending to the glove’s peregrinations, is particularly ambiguous and leaves the whole meaning of the series in doubt. The story is […]

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Borges and I

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Another piece of revenant television to tick off the “When will I see this?” list, I mentioned David Wheatley’s film Borges and I back in January in a post about Wheatley’s dramatisation of the life and work of René Magritte. It was that student film that secured for Wheatley a job as a BBC director […]

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Weekend links 118

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The Garden of Urban Delights (2010) by Marcin Owczarek. His protagonists are misfits: alienated, implicitly gay, longing for love, frequently hard to be around, always fixated on small pleasures that compensate for an essential feeling of not belonging. [...] His patroness Edith Sitwell termed him “that rare being, a born writer.” William Burroughs dedicated The […]

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Dalí in New York

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Another Dalínean gem surfaces at Ubuweb. Dalí in New York is a fascinating 50-minute account of the artist’s antics in New York City at the end of 1965. Unlike the reverential documentaries of the 1970s this film isn’t out to flatter its subject: scenes of the usual Dalí happenings are intercut with some combative verbal […]

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Weekend links 109

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Dreams before Surrealism: a sheet music cover from 1926 by René Magritte. • The week in music: Listen to compositions by Annea Lockwood. | At the Free Music Archive: Uncomfortable Music, a tribute to David Lynch’s Eraserhead (and, it should be said, to Alan Splet’s unique soundtrack). | Alan Licht plays a track from Trout […]

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The Secret Life of Edward James

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From the earliest days of YouTube there were two films about Surrealist art that I’d been hoping would one day be posted somewhere so I could watch them again. One was José Montes-Baquer’s collaboration with Salvador Dalí, Impressions de la Haute Mongolie – Hommage á Raymond Roussel (1976), which eventually turned up at Ubuweb; the […]

Posted in {architecture}, {art}, {books}, {painting}, {sculpture}, {surrealism}, {television} | 8 comments »

 


Directed by Saul Bass

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Phase IV (1974). It’s been a thrill recently poring over the Saul Bass monograph, Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design by Jennifer Bass & Pat Kirkham, a large volume that weighs a ton and is as revelatory about the career of a great designer (and his wife and frequent collaborator, Elaine Bass) as […]

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Las Pozas panoramas

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Photo by Carlos Ernesto Guadarrama Muñoz. How soon things change. In 2006 when I wrote something about Las Pozas, the unfinished concrete fantasia constructed by Edward James at Xilitla in the Mexican jungle, there was little information about the place on the web. A couple of years later photos had appeared on Flickr and Monty […]

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Magritte’s Maldoror

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Seen briefly in yesterday’s film about René Magritte were some of the artist’s 77 illustrations created for a 1948 edition of Lautréamont’s Les Chants de Maldoror published by Éditions “La Boetie”, Brussels. The examples here are from various auction sites, and they can’t be counted among Magritte’s best work which probably explains why they’re not reproduced […]

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René Magritte by David Wheatley

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René Magritte as portrayed by Patrick McDonnell. René Magritte died in 1967, the year Eric Duvivier’s La femme 100 têtes appeared in French cinemas. Magritte is even less visible cinematically than Max Ernst, IMDB lists a couple of documentaries and nothing else. There are trace elements elsewhere, notably the Magritte and de Chirico influence in […]

Posted in {art}, {fantasy}, {film}, {painting}, {surrealism}, {television} | 6 comments »

 


Alice in Liverpool

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Alice and the Caterpillar (1865) by John Tenniel. It’s perhaps surprising that an art gallery, rather than a library, is holding a huge survey exhibition about Alice, but then Carroll’s creation has been and still is the inspiration of artists, photographers, theatrical designers, animators, film-makers. Thus Marina Warner writing about an exhibition of art based […]

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John Holmes, 1935–2011

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(1974). Artist John Holmes, whose obituary was published this week, had a style that was immediately recognisable from the many paintings featured on book covers (and a few record sleeves) in the 1970s and 1980s. His painting for The Female Eunuch is by far the most well-known, of course, although I often used to wonder […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {horror}, {illustrators}, {music}, {painting}, {science fiction}, {surrealism} | 3 comments »

 


Weekend links 64

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The Sixteenth of September (1956) by René Magritte. To Magritte admirers, The Sixteenth of September is a deceptively realistic work painted in 1956, one of a series in which the artist plays tricks with light and time of day. It shows a crescent moon impossibly shining through the dark mass of a tree, against a […]

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Weekend links 62

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A plate from Tales of the Amur by Dmitry Nagishkin, a 1975 edition illustrated by Gennady Pavlishin. • The week in Surrealism: Opera of the surreal gives Dalí an encore: Yo, Dalí, a previously unperformed work by Xavier Benguerel, receives its premier in Madrid. Meanwhile Tate Liverpool’s summer exhibition, René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle, is […]

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Weekend links 60

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Jean Genet (1950) by Leonor Fini. • Bibliothèque Gay looks at a series of erotic engravings made by Leonor Fini for La Galère (1947) by Jean Genet. The author reciprocated with Mademoiselle: A Letter to Leonor Fini. At the hetero end of the erotic spectrum, Tate Liverpool will be showing a series of drawings by […]

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Ghost clocks

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Ghost Clock by Yee Ling Wan (2005). We’ve had skeleton clocks and mystery clocks this week, ghost clocks would seem the next logical step. There don’t seem to be many devices which fit the label unfortunately but this pair are interesting enough. Yee Ling Wan’s clock is relatively cheap (around £70) compared to yesterday’s antiques […]

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Monsieur Fantômas by Ernst Moerman

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Jean Michel as Fantômas. Ernst Moerman’s Belgian short from 1937 is available for viewing at Ubuweb and is described on its title card as “Un film Surrealiste”. One might equally describe it as “un film amateur” since it’s very much in the home movie mould as was much of the independent cinema of this time. […]

Posted in {art}, {film}, {painting}, {pulp}, {surrealism} | 1 comment »

 


Bruges panoramas

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Do you detect a theme here? The 360º Cities site which I linked to yesterday won’t be news to some since its panorama views are now incorporated into Google Earth. I hadn’t fully investigated it before, however, so I wasted some time today wandering the streets of Bruges almost as you would in a computer […]

Posted in {architecture}, {art}, {cities}, {painting}, {photography}, {surrealism} | 2 comments »

 


Percy Thrillington, Magritte & me

Percy Thrillington, Magritte & me | William Burroughs, tape experiments and electro; Paul McCartney weirds out.

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Red by Guillemots

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Red, the second album by the wonderful Guillemots is released today with a striking cover image that seems rather familiar. left: The Listening Room (1958) by René Magritte. right: The Wrestler’s Tomb (1961) by René Magritte. Previously on { feuilleton } • Guillemots

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