Friday, August 14, 2009

(nov18) 87/365 - andy warhol style

I appreciate Leslie K's image, but what I really like is Andy Warhol's saying on it. I think it needs to be a cultural classic cliche like " In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes."
You have to know the deeper story of Andy Warhol's life and art, to really appreciate him. If you know only the snippet's of pop culture renown, I wouldn't think he was that cool either, and I didn't for a long time. It was only when I read Andy's many bios (list) and watched some truly fab documentaries (Ric Burns, the one on Amazon) on the subject that I was inspired and fascinated with the man and his legacy with 20th century art, and the broader implications of culture, consumerism, america and social history.
There were also many fascinating characters that Andy "used to hang around with," who are almost as interesting as him. Many more than Edie Sdegewick. She is only the most famous of Andy's many friends and associates. There could be a movie about any number of people AW encountered. Brigid Berlin for one, Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling, Billy Name, Freddie Herkel,

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Elisha Cook jr.

I saw him in "I Wake Up Screaming." He was the murderer even though Laird Cregar was the one obsessed with her. Carole Landis was a bright complex character and Ginger Rogers was a very one-dimensional character.
So then I saw him in??? Eddie Muller's book Dark City, for one. He was a supporting character in several noir films (name them here) SO--- I am studying this noir and wondering about this character actor. For the evening viewing --something seemingly far away from the world of American Film Noir ---a documentary called "A Life in Pictures: Stanley Kubrick"---Excellent by the way---and AND who should be in an early SK picture but fucking Elisha Cook Jr.!!!
I am probably the only person who thinks that is funny, incredible, like WOW or awesome---sorry for the word awesome. There is frequently a six degrees of separation aspect of film history. And that aspect pops up in my own life frequently.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon
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I have never consciously heard of this artist that I am aware of. Had a vast expanse of styles he experimented with. Dealt with the subconcious, color, and these strange monsters and creatures.