Friday, December 19, 2008

New Photos

Posted some new photos to my website.
New videos coming soon.
I keep talking about posting the videos to youtube/vimeo etc but it hasn't happened yet.
I'll try to do it over the holidays so people don't have to download 20 mb quicktime files.
RI posts might be a little erratic until January.
A lot of things are happening between now and then.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Miami Art Fairs

Went to Miami for the art fairs and had a great time.
Got to stay in a beautiful hotel with a pool on the roof.
Did some late night swimming up there and did some daytime (sober) swimming in the ocean.
There were tons of jellyfish but managed to avoid getting stung.
Met a lot of great people and saw a lot of art.
It was the usual mix of good/bad/mediocre work.
Miami is kind of a weird town, but the convention atmosphere made it even weirder.
Artists, gallerists, and other interested parties all schmoozing and hawking their wares.
I kept picturing all of them as if they were at some other kind of convention, like an auto show.
I couldn't help wondering how different it would be if they were all buying and selling the latest lawnmower parts instead of art.
I'll post some photos when I finish going through them.
For now here are some photos of a convention from fifty years ago.

Pots And Pans In Atlantic City (Convention)
Alfred Eisenstaedt
From the Google/Life Magazine archive.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Miami Beach from the Life Magazine Archive

Leaving for Miami in the morning.
See you on Monday.

Manga Reva cocktail, garnished w. pineapple & drunk through straws fr. a coconut shell is a Surf Club specialty. February 1940. Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Miami gunrunning. May 1960. Lynn Pelham.

American labor leader Jacobus H. Oldenbroek standing in water at Miami Beach during AFL convention. February 1948. Ed Clark.

Socialite Miamians amusing themselves by paddling kayaks around in Miami Beach Surf Club pool. February 1940. Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Popular beach sandals & trousers worn by two young females are getting more bizarre every year at the beach. February 1940. Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Shah Of Iran At Miami. Robert W Kelley. (I think that's the Shah's wife, Empress Farah Pahlavi)

Model Stephanie Nikashian sporting sunglasses w. "seashell rims" while lounging in the sun at beach. February 1940. Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Model wearing fur jacket over bathing suit during walk on Miami's beach during a rare three-week 31-degree cold spell. February 1940. Alfred Eisenstaedt.

GOP Convention - Miami Beach - Convention Hall - Florida. 1968. Ralph Crane.

Aerial view of Miami Beach fr. the windows of a dirigible. February 1940. Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Joggers from the Life Magazine Archive

Basketball player Wilt Chamberlain jogging on beach w. dog; prob. California. 1970. Photo by Art Rickerby.

Co-author of "Human Sexual Response" Dr. William Masters. St. Louis, MO. 1966. Photo by Leonard McCombe.

Actor W. C. Fields jogging along with actress Maria Montez and his trainer Bob Howard. Hollywood, CA. 1941. Photo by Peter Stackpole.

Men jogging employees of Texas Instruments Co., during recreational program sponsored by the company. 1971. Photo by Bill Ray.

John E. du Pont, 28, scion of one of the world's largest fortunes & aspiring US Olympic pentathlete, crossing stream during 4-mile run in woods on his farm. Pennsylvania. August 1967. Photo by Paul Schutzer.

Boxer Joe Frazier training for a fight against Muhammad Ali. 1971. Photo by John Shearer.

French journalist and politician Jean-Jacques Servan Schreiber jogging near home. France. February 1968. Photo by Carlo Bavagnoli.

German scientist jogging. United States. November 1946. Photo by Thomas D. McAvoy.

American Motors President George W. Romney jogging. Michigan. 1962. Photo by Francis Miller.

Runners practicing in Central Park. New York, NY. June 20, 1961. Photo by Leonard McCombe.

Presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy and his dog, Freckles, running on an Oregon beach. June 1968. Photo by Bill Eppridge.

Astronaut Alan B. Shepard cooling off after jogging. April 1959. Photo by Ralph Morse.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Day Without Art

Today is World AIDS Day and Day Without Art.

"Day Without Art (DWA) began on December 1st 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS Service Organizations, libraries, high schools and colleges take part. "

If you like to read books, I just finished one called Beyond Shame by Patrick Moore.
It's about gay history, radical sexuality, and the AIDS crisis.
Dude was involved with ACT UP back in the day and also worked for The Estate Project.
At the end of the book there's a list of names of people from the art world who died of AIDS.
It's about thirty pages long.

The posters below are from the New York Public Library Archive.
Most of them were created by ACT UP and Gran Fury.