Archive for August 5th, 2010

August 5, 2010

James Coburn

James Harrison Coburn, Jr.(August 31, 1928 – November 18, 2002) was an American film and television actor who appeared in nearly 70 films and made over 100 television appearances during his 45-year career.He played a wide range of roles and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as Glen Whitehouse in the film Affliction.

August 5, 2010

Slim Aaron

Slim Aarons, born George Allen Aarons (October 29, 1916, Manhattan – May 29, 2006, Montrose, New York), was an American photographer noted for photographing socialites, jet-setters and celebrities.

At 18 years old, Aarons enlisted in the U.S. Army, working as a photographer at West Point and later serving as a combat photographer in World War II and earning a Purple Heart. Aarons said that combat had taught him that the only beach worth landing on was “decorated with beautiful, seminude girls tanning in a tranquil sun.”

After the war, Aarons moved to California and began photographing celebrities. In California, he shot his most praised photo, Kings of Hollywood, a 1957 New’s Year’s Eve photograph depicting Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper and James Stewart relaxing at a bar in full formal wear. Aaron’s work appeared in Life, Town & Country and Holiday magazines.

Aarons never used a stylist, or a makeup artist.

Aarons made his career out of what he called “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” “I knew everyone,” he said in an interview with The (London) Independent in 2002. “They would invite me to one of their parties because they knew I wouldn’t hurt them. I was one of them.” Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Rear Window, whose main character is a photographer played by Jimmy Stewart, is set in an apartment reputed to be based on Aarons’s apartment. He died in 2006, and was buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Poolside with Slim Aarons

August 5, 2010

Truman Capote

Truman Capote September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984) was an American author, many of whose short stories, novels, plays and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a “nonfiction novel.” At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays.

Capote rose above a childhood troubled by divorce, a long absence from his mother and multiple migrations. He discovered his calling by the age of eleven, and for the rest of his childhood he honed his writing ability. Capote began his professional career writing short stories. The critical success of one story, “Miriam” (1945), attracted the attention of Random House publisher Bennett Cerf, resulting in a contract to write Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948). Capote earned the most fame with In Cold Blood (1965), a journalistic work about the murder of a Kansas farm family in their home, a book Capote spent four years writing.A milestone in popular culture, it was the peak of his career, although it was not his final book. In the 1970s, he maintained his celebrity status by appearing on television talk shows.

August 5, 2010

Lise Sarfati



Lise Sarfati was born in 1958.   Four years ago, the French photographer traveled across the United States, photographing young adults, and published them in a book called The New Life. The photographs are dramatic, while ordinary. She portrays her subjects in a highly charged light – even if they seem bored, the photographs are anything but boring. She attempts to examine the complex emotional states of mind of her subjects.

In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, Lise talks about her process of photographing, as well as this particular image [girl in the red wig]

August 5, 2010

Gram parsons

Nudie Cohn and Gram Parsons.

Gram Parsons (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist. Parsons is best known for his work within the country genre; he also mixed blues, folk, and rock to create what he called “Cosmic American Music”. Besides recording as a solo artist, he also worked in several notable bands, including the International Submarine Band, The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. His career, though short, is described by Allmusic as “enormously influential” for both country and rock, “blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other.”

Born in 1946, Parsons emerged from a troubled childhood to attend Harvard University. He founded the International Submarine Band in 1966, and after several months of delay their debut, Safe at Home, was released in 1968, by which time the group had disbanded. Parsons joined The Byrds in early 1968, and played a pivotal role in the making of the seminal Sweetheart of the Rodeo album. After leaving the group in late 1968, Parsons and fellow Byrd Chris Hillman formed The Flying Burrito Brothers in 1969, releasing their debut, The Gilded Palace of Sin, the same year. The album was well received but failed commercially; after a sloppy cross-country tour, they hastily recorded Burrito Deluxe. Parsons was fired from the band before its release in early 1970. He soon signed with A&M Records, but after several unproductive sessions he canceled his intended solo debut in early 1971. Parsons moved to France, where he lived for a short period at Villa Nellcôte with his friend Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. Returning to America, Parsons befriended Emmylou Harris, who assisted him on vocals for his first solo record, GP, released in 1973. Although it received enthusiastic reviews, the release failed to chart; his next album, Grievous Angel (released posthumously in 1974) met with a similar reception, and peaked at number 195 on Billboard. Parsons died of a drug overdose on September 19, 1973 in a hotel room in Joshua Tree, California, at the age of 26.

Since his death, Parsons has been recognized as an extremely influential artist, credited with helping to found both country rock and alt-country. His posthumous honors include the Americana Music Association “President’s Award” for 2003, and a ranking at #87 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Most Influential Artists of All Time.

August 5, 2010

Susan Meiselas

Susan Meiselas (born 1948) is an American photographer. Meiselas was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended junior high school in Woodmere, N.Y. After taking a BA at Sarah Lawrence College and an MA at Harvard University, she joined Magnum Photos co-operative in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since then. In 1981, she visited a village destroyed by the armed forces in San Salvador and took pictures of the El Mozote massacre. Meiselas has published several books of her photographs.

August 5, 2010

Takako Azami

Takako Azami
was born in 1964 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. She graduated from Tama University of Fine Arts with a B.A. in painting with an emphasis on Japanese-style painting. She has been invited to exhibit in such important group exhibitions as “The Vision of ‘Nihonga': Between the Inside and the Outside,” The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan and “The Tenth International Art Fair ‘ART MOSCOW’,” Moscow City Hall Cultural Committee, Russia. Her recent solo exhibitions include “Viewing Light,” Art Front Gallery/Art Interactive Tokyo, Japan in 2006 and Gertsev Gallery, Moscow, Russia in 2006 and Citizens Gallery of Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo in 2006.

Takako Azami is the recipient of a 2007-08 fellowship to study in the US for a period of one year in the Japanese Government Overseas Study Programme for Artists.  For more than a decade, Azami has been painting monochrome ink paintings inspired by the trees in her immediate environment. She has painted the ancient pine tree in front of her house in Japan over a dozen times in the last decade. Her latest obsession is the tree she can see from the window of her present apartment in Manhattan. This long commitment to the simple subject of a tree contributes to a rich spectrum of artistic expressions, an almost Impressionist take on natural light and ephemeral beauty. Her signature black and white dots depict the ever-changing patterns of branches and leaves reflected in sunlight.

August 5, 2010

Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel (born October 26, 1951) is an American artist and filmmaker. He won a Golden Globe, as well as BAFTA, César Award, Golden Palm and two nominations for the Golden Lion and an Academy Award nomination. He directed Before Night Falls, which became Javier Bardem’s breakthrough Academy Award nominated role and the four-time Academy Award nominated The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. His latest film Miral was shot in Jerusalem in 2009.

It was with his first solo show, at the Mary Boone Gallery in 1979, however, that Schnabel would truly come to be regarded as a major new force in the art world. He participated at the Venice Biennale in 1980, and by the mid-1980s had become a major figure in the Neo-expressionism movement. By the time he exhibited his work in a show jointly organized by Boone and Leo Castelli in 1981, he had become firmly established. His now famous “plate paintings”—large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates—received a boisterous and critical reception from the art world. A reputation for making brash pronouncements about his importance to the art world – I’m the closest thing to Picasso that you’ll see in this life – engendered contempt from both colleagues and the viewing public. Schnabel is currently represented by The Pace Gallery in New York.

Schnabel’s signature works contain an underlying edge of brutality, while remaining suffused with compositional energy. Schnabel claims that he’s aiming at an emotional state, a state that people can literally walk into and be engulfed.

Schnabel insists he is a painter first and foremost, though he is better known for his films.

“Painting is like breathing to me. It’s what I do all the time. Every day I make art, whether it is painting, writing or making a movie.”


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