Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Frank by Fischli and Weiss

Frankenstein Admires a Flower.
Man made man
Felipe de la Espada, "Santa Rica de Casia" (late 18th-early 19th century)

You Rebellious Slut

Anonymous engraving from the beginning of the Revolutionary War, 1776.
"The Female Combatants," an English woman vs. America, an Indian woman. The English woman says: "I'll force you to Obedience, you Rebellious Slut," to which America replies: "Liberty, Liberty forever, Mother, while I exist." 

Image Courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fischli and Weiss: Anarchy at the Guggenheim

A still from Fischli and Weiss’s short film “The Least Resistance.” Credit Peter Fischli and David Weiss.
...The Swiss duo of Peter Fischli and David Weiss, who began at the end of the 20th century, have been the Nichols and May of contemporary art, using humor to pry into some very serious aspects of the human condition, in a deeply admired body of work in film, photography and sculpture that, as Mr. Fischli describes it, “was never afraid of the stupid joke, the joke that’s so bad it’s embarrassing.” In 2012, their partnership came to an untimely end with Mr. Weiss’s death from cancer, at 65. But in the last months of his life, he and Mr. Fischli had begun planning an American retrospective. “How to Work Better,” with its opening on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Guggenheim Museum, is the first New York survey of their highly influential career and an exhibition that keeps the pair’s anarchic vaudeville routine romping across the stage for another round. The New York Times.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Eddie Carmel

Eddie and his parents in the 1940s
Diane Arbu, 1970
A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx, N.Y.C.

Back in the fifties at a Connecticut camp,I remember sitting next to your shoes by the swimming pool,
While you stood up in the deepest end.
You told me how all your clothing was custom made,
I think of you chanting the haftorah on one rainy Sabbath
in the gym by the foul line.
I remember when I put my hand in yours,
How it swallowed me up

Eddie the giant died last week,
Died with the curse of nowhere to hide,
Neither famous enough nor obscure enough.
Freckled Eddie the giant,
Curly-haired Eddie the giant,
Puffy-lipped Eddie the giant,
Clawed-by-stares Eddie the giant,
Gentle Eddie, the giant.

— Irv Losman

The Jewish Giant sound portrait.

NYTIMES article about his friendship with Diane Arbus. 

A Giants House

The central subject of Elizabeth McCracken's debut novel, The Giant's House, is the world's tallest man, although, for the vast part of the book, he is no more than a boy. With size 37 shoes, James Sweatt has a body that refuses to stop: "an ambitious body, beyond what they'd thought architecturally feasible". Like the real-life tallest man on record, Robert Wadlow, Sweatt is a small-town resident who suffers from an overactive pituitary gland that causes him to grow to almost nine feet, dooming him to an early death.- The Guardian

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Simone de Beauvoir Explains “Why I’m a Feminist” in a Rare TV Interview (1975)

Almost forty years after this interview—over sixty since The Second Sex—the debates De Beauvoir helped initiate rage on, with no sign of abating anytime soon. Although Servan-Schreiber calls feminism a “rising force” that promises “profound changes,” one wonders whether De Beauvoir, who died in 1986, would be dismayed by the plight of women in much of the world today. But then again, unlike her character Marcel, De Beauvoir was a fighter, not likely to “huddle in a corner” and give in. Servan-Schreiber states above that De Beauvoir “has always refused, until this year, to appear on TV,” but he is mistaken. In 1967, she appeared with her partner Jean-Paul Sartre on a French-Canadian program called Dossiers. Open

Wednesday, January 20, 2016