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The Unchanging, Ever-Changing Earth Room
The New York Earth Room, an installation by the New York–based artist and musician Walter De Maria, who died in 2013. De Maria was part of the 1970s Land Art movement that included such compatriots as Robert Smithson, of Spiral Jetty fame, and Michael Heizer, whose City is an enormous monument complex in the Nevada desert still under construction. Their work deals with massive scales, both in time and space. In October 1977, the German art dealer Heiner Friedrich hosted The Earth Room as an exhibition at his gallery, which then occupied the Wooster Street space, where the dealer also lived in a front apartment. The installation was meant to last for three months, but it never left, and in 1980, Friedrich helped found the Dia Foundation, an art organization that has pledged to preserve De Maria’s work in (more or less) perpetuity. This year marks the fortieth anniversary of The Earth Room’s quiet persistence, which Dia is marking with commemorative events and ongoing exhibitions of De Maria’s work.
walterdemaria  theparisreviewblog  landart  installationart  thenewyorkearthroom  woosterstreet  soho 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
An Absolute Truth: On Writing a Life of Coltrane
Posthumously, the mythology and exaltation of Coltrane, as well as his musical influence, only grew. But by that point, Simpkins had already researched and written Coltrane’s story, expressing an uncompromising, unapologetic black voice rarely found in the annals of jazz before or since.
johncoltrane  music  jazz  books  musicwriting  musicbiography  biography  selfpublished  theparisreview  theparisreviewblog 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Reading Roger Deakins’s Cinematography Blog
Cinematographer Roger Deakins uses his blog to pull back the curtain on the lighting tricks that have made him famous.
filmmaking  cinematography  rogerdeakins  theparisreviewblog 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Underground in the 1940s: Alex Katz’s Subway Drawings
In the 1940s, before he found acclaim as a painter, Alex Katz, now eighty-nine, was a student at Cooper Union. Uninterested in the models his teachers asked him to draw, Katz rode the subway for hours, often into the early hours of the morning, sketching the passengers who caught his eye. Through June 30, Timothy Taylor Gallery is hosting an exhibition of his subway drawings. 
theparisreviewblog  alexkatz  art  drawing  timothytaylorgallery 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Reading Cy Twombly: Poetry in Paint
These images, selected from my book Reading Cy Twombly: Poetry in Paint, indicate the range and provocation of Cy Twombly’s works on canvas and paper, pointing especially to his inventive use of literary quotation and allusion throughout his long career and his relation to poetry as an inspiration for his art.
theparisreviewblog  cytwombly  art  painting  literature 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden

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