Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Portinari, um ilustre desconhecido em Paris

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http://www.observatoriodaimprensa.com.br/news/view/_ed800_portinari_um_ilustre_desconhecido_em_paris



Portinari, um ilustre desconhecido em Paris

Por Leneide Duarte-Plon em 27/05/2014 na edição 800
 
Esta é sua quarta viagem a Paris, mas é a primeira em que as obras o representam. Nas outras três, Cândido Portinari (1903-1962) veio em carne e osso. Em 1929, com bolsa de estudos, em 1946, para uma exposição na galeria Charpentier e, em 1957, para uma grande exposição de 136 obras.
Mas, desde então, Paris não viu mais nenhuma exposição do maior pintor brasileiro do século 20. Agora, os dois painéis monumentais, “Guerra e Paz”, que Portinari realizou para a ONU, de 1952 a 1956, são o centro da magnífica exposição inaugurada com grande pompa dia 6 de maio no Grand Palais, um dos museus mais prestigiosos de Paris.
A mostra foi fruto da vontade de dois presidentes socialistas, François Hollande e Dilma Rousseff, que quiseram, assim, lembrar a mensagem humanista de Portinari. Essa é a primeira vez que essa obra monumental sai da América e atravessa o oceano Atlântico, depois de ter sido exposta com enorme sucesso no Rio e em São Paulo. Os painéis haviam voltado ao Brasil para serem restaurados por uma equipe de restauradores dirigida por Edson Motta Filho e Claudio Valério Teixeira.
Chance única
Portinari aderiu ao Partido Comunista Brasileiro em 1945. Por isso, não pôde entrar nos Estados Unidos para a colocação de seus painéis. O país estava mergulhado na caça às bruxas do macartismo, a patrulha anticomunista vivia seu apogeu. Por ser comunista, o artista nunca viu sua maior obra no local para o qual fora destinada.
O jornal Libération apresentou Portinari como “um dos maiores artistas da América Latina, o Michelangelo brasileiro”, cuja obra é marcada pela luta contra o racismo e a miséria. Mas o brasileiro ainda é um artista pouco conhecido na França, o que lamenta o jornalista Vincent Noce, que fez em sua reportagem uma apaixonada defesa da obra de Portinari, também comparado a Diego Rivera, o grande pintor mexicano, a quem foi dedicada uma grande exposição no ano passado, em Paris.
Se depender do Libé, que dedicou quatro páginas centrais em cores e repletas de fotos dos deslumbrantes painéis e de outras obras do pintor, Portinari já não será mais um ilustre desconhecido dos franceses.
Em outro artigo no mesmo jornal, o curador do Centro Pompidou, Nicolas Liucci-Goutnikov, assinala o caráter mestiço e multicultural da sociedade brasileira, perfeitamente representada na arte do Modernismo, do qual Portinari foi o maior representante na pintura.
O fato de ter sua obra praticamente escondida dos olhos do público explica o precário conhecimento do artista no estrangeiro. Seu filho, João Cândido, informa que 95% da enorme obra de Portinari não é visível por estar em casas de colecionadores. Segundo ele, das 5.100 obras inscritas no catálogo raisonné do artista, apenas 200 estão no estrangeiro.
Agora, é preciso aproveitar a chance rara de ver Portinari no Grand Palais onde, além dos impressionantes e magníficos painéis, outros quadros e dezenas de estudos para “Guerra e Paz” podem ser vistos, além de vídeos que descrevem o processo de restauração e mostram o sucesso das exposições no Rio e em São Paulo.
A exposição de Portinari em Paris termina no dia 9 de junho.
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Leneide Duarte-Plon é jornalista, em Paris

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Bob Dylan on Sacrifice, the Unconscious Mind, and How to Cultivate the Perfect Environment for Creative Work

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http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/05/21/bob-dylan-songwriters-on-songwriting-interview/


Bob Dylan on Sacrifice, the Unconscious Mind, and How to Cultivate the Perfect Environment for Creative Work

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“People have a hard time accepting anything that overwhelms them.”
Van Morrison once characterized Bob Dylan(b. May 24, 1942) as the greatest living poet. And since poetry, per Muriel Rukeyser’s beautiful definition, is an art that relies on the“moving relation between individual consciousness and the world,” to glimpse Dylan’s poetic prowess is to grasp at once his singular consciousness and our broader experience of the world. That’s precisely what shines through in Paul Zollo’s 1991 interview with Dylan, found in Songwriters On Songwriting (public library) — that excellent and extensive treasure trove that gave us Pete Seeger on originality and also features conversations with such celebrated musicians as Suzanne VegaLeonard Cohenk.d. langDavid ByrneCarole King, and Neil Young, whose insights on songwriting extend to the broader realm of creative work in a multitude of disciplines.
Zollo captures Dylan’s singular creative footprint:
Pete Seeger said, “All songwriters are links in a chain,” yet there are few artists in this evolutionary arc whose influence is as profound as that of Bob Dylan. It’s hard to imagine the art of songwriting as we know it without him.
[…]
There’s an unmistakable elegance in Dylan’s words, an almost biblical beauty that has sustained his songs throughout the years.
One essential aspect of Dylan’s creative process that comes up again and again in the interview is the notion of the unconscious and the optimal environment for its free reign. Dylan tells Zollo:
It’s nice to be able to put yourself in an environment where you can completely accept all the unconsciousstuff that comes to you from your inner workings of your mind. And block yourself off to where you can control it all, take it down…
Like many creators, Dylan values that unconscious aspect of creativity far more than rational deliberation, speaking to the idea that the muse cannot be willed, only welcomed — a testament to the role of unconscious processing in the psychological stages of creative work. He tells Zollo:
The best songs to me — my best songs — are songs which were written very quickly. Yeah, very, very quickly. Just about as much time as it takes to write it down is about as long as it takes to write it.
In order to do that, he adds, one must “stay in the unconscious frame of mind to pull it off, which is the state of mind you have to be in anyway.” Contrary to Bukowski’s punchy assertion that the ideal environment for creativity is an irrelevant delusion and E.B. White’s admonition that “a writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper,” Dylan believes this optimal frame of mind can be induced — or, at least, greatly aided — by the right conditions:
For me, the environment to write the song is extremely important. The environment has to bring something out in me that wants to be brought out. It’s a contemplative, reflective thing…
Environment is very important. People need peaceful, invigorating environments. Stimulating environments.
To foster such unconscious receptivity, Dylan argues that “you have to be able to get the thoughts out of your mind” and explains:
First of all, there’s two kinds of thoughts in your mind: there’s good thoughts and evil thoughts. Both come through your mind. Some people are more loaded down with one than another. Nevertheless, they come through. And you have to be able to sort them out, if you want to be a songwriter, if you want to be a song singer. You must get rid of all that baggage. You ought to be able to sort out those thoughts, because they don’t mean anything, they’re just pulling you around, too. It’s important to get rid of them thoughts.
Then you can do something from some kind of surveillance of the situation. You have some kind of place where you can see it but it can’t affect you. Where you can bring something to the matter, besides just take, take, take, take, take. As so many situations in life are today. Take, take, take, that’s all that it is. What’s in it for me? That syndrome which started in the Me Decade, whenever that was. We’re still in that. It’s still happening.
Dylan makes a seemingly controversial statement that resonates with new layers of poignancy in our present age of seemingly infinite cloud libraries of streamable music and a constant, industrialized churning out of disposable pop hits:
The world don’t need any more songs… As a matter of fact, if nobody wrote any songs from this day on, the world ain’t gonna suffer for it. Nobody cares. There’s enough songs for people to listen to, if they want to listen to songs. For every man, woman and child on earth, they could be sent, probably, each of them, a hundred songs, and never be repeated. There’s enough songs.
Unless someone’s gonna come along with a pure heart and has something to say. That’s a different story.
But as far as songwriting, any idiot could do it… Everybody writes a song just like everybody’s got that one great novel in them.
In fact, Dylan seems to regard “popular entertainers” — despite counting himself among them — with a certain degree of contempt and mistrust:
It’s not a good idea and it’s bad luck to look for life’s guidance to popular entertainers.
Dylan considers what it takes to be among the few rare exceptions worthy of true creative respect:
Madonna’s good, she’s talented, she puts all kinds of stuff together, she’s learned her thing… But it’s the kind of thing which takes years and years out of your life to be able to do. You’ve got to sacrifice a whole lot to do that. Sacrifice. If you want to make it big, you’ve got to sacrifice a whole lot.
When Zollo asks Dylan whether he sees himself the way Van Morrison famously characterized him, Dylan replies:
[Pause] Sometimes. It’s within me. It’s within me to put myself up and be a poet. But it’s a dedication. [Softly] It’s a big dedication.
[Pause] Poets don’t drive cars. [Laughs] Poets don’t go to the supermarket. Poets don’t empty the garbage. Poets aren’t on the PTA. Poets, you know, they don’t go picket the Better Housing Bureau, or whatever. Poets don’t… poets don’t even speak on the telephone. Poets don’t even talk to anybody. Poets do a lot of listening and … and usually they know why they’re poets! [Laughs]
[…]
Poets live on the land. They behave in a gentlemanly way. And live by their own gentlemanly code.
[Pause] And die broke. Or drown in lakes. Poets usually have very unhappy endings…
When the conversation veers into the question of whether Shakespeare was really Shakespeare and people’s skepticism about accepting that a single person was able to produce such a body of work, Dylan makes a remark that extends to a great many more aspects of society:
People have a hard time accepting anything that overwhelms them.
He seems especially dismissive of public opinion and even more so, similarly to David Bowie, of artists’ preoccupation with it:
It’s not to anybody’s best interest to think about how they will be perceived tomorrow. It hurts you in the long run.
As the conversation progresses, Zollo returns to songwriting, citing Pete Seeger’s assertion that originality is a myth and all songwriters are “links in a chain,” to which Dylan responds:
The evolution of a song is like a snake, with its tail in its mouth. That’s evolution. That’s what it is. As soon as you’re there, you find your tail.
Considering his own songs, Dylan contemplates their nature, the self-transcendence necessary for writing, and the creative value of being an outcast:
My songs aren’t dreams. They’re more of a responsive nature…
To me, when you need them, they appear. Your life doesn’t have to be in turmoil to write a song like that but you need to be outside of it. That’s why a lot of people, me myself included, write songs when one form or another of society has rejected you. So that you can truly write about it from the outside. Someone who’s never been out there can only imagine it as anything, really.
Songwriters On Songwriting is a magnificent read in its hefty totality. Complement it with similar meditations on process and creativity from the world of writing, including thoughts by Anne LamottErnest Hemingway,Stephen KingSusan OrleanNeil GaimanElmore Leonard, and Michael Lewis.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Homem Constrói Esculturas “Vivas” que se Movem com o Vento

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http://www.reler.com.br/theo-jansen/



Homem Constrói Esculturas “Vivas” que se Movem com o Vento.

Desde 1990 o artista Theo Jansen tem se dedicado a “criar” novas formas de vida. Ele não faz isso com pólen ou sementes, mas sim com tubos de plástico. Ele desenvolveu o que chama de “Animari” (animais de praia).

Para celebrar a volta do Cine Belas Artes


frequentava DEMAIS este cinema quando estudante da universidade, na mocidade da pauliceia desvairada... que boa notícia!

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http://outraspalavras.net/blog/2014/05/20/sp-exibicao-de-documentario-comemora-reabertura-do-belas-artes/


Para celebrar a volta do Cine Belas Artes

140520_A-ultima-noite-do-cinema-Belas-Artes-em-Sao-Paulo-620--size-598Estreia dia 30 documentário que retrata morte de cinema histórico, luta para fazê-lo ressurgir e drama das salas de rua no Brasil
Belas Artes: A Esquina do Cinema, documentário de longa-metragem de Fabio Ornelas, retrata a história de um dos cinemas de rua mais tradicionais de São Paulo. A primeira exibição aberta ao público será dia 30, às 18 horas, na Câmara de Vereadores, e marca a vitória do movimento pela reabertura do cinema da rua da Consolação com avenida Paulista.
O Cine Belas Artes revelou-se um símbolo da condição vulnerável em que se encontram praticamente todos os cinemas de rua do país. Ao fechar suas portas em função do aumento exacerbado do aluguel, em 2011, comoveu centenas de frequentadores e levou-os às ruas em sua defesa.
Os debates e primeiras passeatas pela manutenção do cinema, os últimos “Noitões”, a comoção do último dia de funcionamento e o anúncio do seu tombamento, além da história do Belas Artes — tudo isso foi registrado pelo filme. O documentário revela o seu valor imaterial e simbólico e foi um dos documentos protocolados ao pedido de tombamento do cinema nos órgãos municipal e estadual de preservação do patrimônio artístico e cultural.
“As filmagens tiveram início assim que o anúncio do fechamento veio a público”, relata o realizador. “Passei então a frequentar o Belas Artes quase diariamente, até o último dia de funcionamento, coletando depoimentos de frequentadores e funcionários, que ora lamentavam, ora se indignavam com a situação.”
Belas Artes: A Esquina do Cinema é uma produção independente, que leva ao pé da letra a máxima glauberiana “uma ideia na cabeça, uma câmera na mão”, segundo o diretor. Com mais de dez horas de filmagem, teve início em julho de 2010 e levou dois anos para ser concluído.
“Convido a todos a celebrarem a história da luta pelo Belas Artes, e espero que o filme possa inspirar as pessoas a se engajarem em outras causas em prol da cultura e do interesse público”, diz Fabio.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts announced as finalist for Art Fund Museum of the Year Award 2014

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http://www.uea.ac.uk/mac/comm/media/press/2014/April/SCVAmuseumofyear

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts announced as finalist for Art Fund Museum of the Year Award 2014

Fri, 25 Apr 2014
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, at the University of East Anglia, Norwich is one of the six finalists for the prestigious Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014.
The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, awarded annually with a value of £100,000, was established in 2003 (formally the Gulbenkian Prize for museums and galleries 2003-2007) to recognise the very best of the UK’s internationally acclaimed museums. It has been supported by the Art Fund since 2008. Previous winners include the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London (2013); the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (2012), and the British Museum, London (2011).

The year 2013 was a standout year for the Sainsbury Centre coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the University of East Anglia. This saw the opening of re-configured facilities designed by Foster+Partners including the largest temporary exhibition space in eastern England; a new East Gallery devoted to a complete redisplay of the Permanent Collection; flexible use of additional spaces devoted to modern and contemporary art; and a new shop, café and leisure area.

These new spaces were launched in September 2013 with the opening of the most ambitious exhibition in the Centre’s 35 year history; Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia. Celebrating the rich culture and artistic heritage of East Anglia the exhibition received national acclaim welcoming nearly 46,000 visitors, the highest attendance figure for a temporary exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre. The accompanying exhibition publication received the accolade of EDP-Jarrold East Anglian 2013 Book of the Year Award.

The six finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges chaired by Art Fund Director Stephen Deuchar and includes Sally Bacon, Clore Duffield Foundation Director, Professor Michael Craig-Martin, Artist, Wim Pijbes, General Director of Rijksmuseum and Anna Somers Cocks, founder of The Art Newspaper. 

Commenting on the news Paul Greenhalgh, Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, said: “I am delighted that the Sainsbury Centre has been shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year Award 2014. The last year has seen all of our dreams realised with new facilities and the redisplay of our permanent collection. This and our most ambitious exhibition Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia has achieved all the goals we set ourselves: it has placed the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in the public eye, not only in the region but also nationally and internationally, as well as establishing us as a museum and art gallery with temporary spaces to rival the best on offer anywhere.”

Stephen Deuchar, chair of the judges, said: "2013 was a strong year, by any standards, for UK museums and it was no easy task to select a shortlist of six from an extraordinary body of applications. It is almost as if imaginative and innovative curatorship, combined with the highest standards of presentation, is no longer the exception but the rule. No wonder that the international reputation of UK museums is riding so high, and we’re delighted that the Museum of the Year will salute this through both the process of the competition and, of course, the £100,000 Prize."

The six museums which have been selected as finalists for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year are: Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, East Sussex; Hayward Gallery, London; The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich; Tate Britain, London; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the National Gallery in London on Wednesday 9 July 2014.

The Prize is also encouraging the public to show their support for their favourite museum by launching a photography competition and the Sainsbury Centre will be holding a photography workshop for budding photographers on June 7.

All information about Museum of the Year 2014 and the photography competition can be found atartfund.org/prize. Follow the conversation #MOTY2014

Sunday, 11 May 2014

The Lion and the Bird: A Tender Illustrated Story About Loneliness, Loyalty, and the Gift of Friendship

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http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/05/07/the-lion-and-the-bird-marianne-dubuc/


The Lion and the Bird: A Tender Illustrated Story About Loneliness, Loyalty, and the Gift of Friendship

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An ode to life’s moments between the words.
Once in a long while, a children’s book comes by that is so gorgeous in sight and spirit, so timelessly and agelessly enchanting, that it takes my breath away.The Lion and the Bird (public library) by French Canadian graphic designer and illustrator Marianne Dubuc is one such rare gem — the tender and melodic story of a lion who finds a wounded bird in his garden one autumn day and nurses it back to flight as the two deliver one another from the soul-wrenching pain of loneliness and build a beautiful friendship, the quiet and deeply rewarding kind.
Dubuc’s warm and generous illustrations are not only magical in that singular way that only someone who understands both childhood and loneliness can afford, but also lend a mesmerizing musical quality to the story. She plays with scale and negative space in a courageous and uncommon way — scenes fade into opacity as time passes, Lion shrinks as Bird flies away, and three blank pages punctuate the story as brilliantly placed pauses that capture the wistfulness of waiting and longing. What emerges is an entrancing sing-song rhythm of storytelling and of emotion.
As an endless winter descends upon Lion and Bird, they share a world of warmth and playful fellowship.
But a bittersweet awareness lurks in the shadow of their union — Lion knows that as soon as her broken wing heals, Bird will take to the spring skies with her flock, leaving him to his lonesome life.
Dubuc’s eloquent pictures advance the nearly wordless story, true to those moments in life that render words unnecessary. When spring arrives, we see Bird wave farewell to Lion.
“Yes,” says Lion. “I know.”
Nothing else is said, and yet we too instantly know — we know the universe of unspoken and ineffable emotion that envelops each and beams between them like silent starlight in that fateful moment.
The seasons roll by and Lion tends to his garden quietly, solemnly.
Summer passes slowly, softly.
Wistfully, he wonders where Bird might be. Until one autumn day…
…he hears a familiar sound.
It is Bird, returning for another winter of warmth and friendship.
The Lion and the Bird is ineffably wonderful, the kind of treasure to which the screen and the attempted explanation do no justice — a book that, as it wasonce said of The Little Prince, will shine upon your soul, whether child or grown-up, “with a sidewise gleam” and strike you “in some place that is not the mind” to glowing there with inextinguishable light.
The book comes from Brooklyn-based independent picture-book publisherEnchanted Lion, which has given us such immeasurable delights as Mark Twain’s Advice to Little Girls, Alessandro Sanna’s The River, Blexbolex’s Ballad, Øyvind Torseter’s The Hole, and Albertine’s Little Bird.
Complement it with another ode to childhood and loneliness from Enchanted Lion, the resurrected vintage gem Little Boy Brown, illustrated by the great André François.
Images courtesy of Enchanted Lion Books

Alice in Wonderland Illustrated by Ralph Steadman: A 1973 Gem

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http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/01/10/alice-in-wonderland-illustrated-by-ralph-steadman/


Alice in Wonderland Illustrated by Ralph Steadman: A 1973 Gem

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Down the rabbit hole of creative magic, one truly mad hatter at a time.
In the century and a half since Lewis Carroll met little Alice Liddell and imagined around her his Alice in Wonderland, the beloved tale has inspired a wealth of stunning artwork, ranging from John Tenniel’s original illustrations to Leonard Weisgard’s mid-century masterpieces to Salvador Dalí’s little-known heliogravures to Robert Sabuda’s pop-up magic. But among the most singular and weirdly wonderful is the 1973 gem Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland Illustrated by Ralph Steadman (public libraryAbe Books). Barely in his mid-thirties at the time, the beloved British cartoonist — best-known today for his collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson and his unmistakable inkblot dog drawings — brings to Carroll’s classic the perfect kind of semi-sensical visual genius, blending the irreverent with the sublime.
(Because, you know, it’s not a tea party until somebody flips the bird.)