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May 12, 2021

'The Perfect Love Letter' — James Lee Byars

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Siste helga i mai ble det fremført en legendarisk live-performance laget av den berømte amerikanske kunstneren James Lee Byars (1932–1997). Performancen ble fremført av en skuespiller foran Museet for samtidskunst i Oslo. Performancen «The Perfect Love Letter Is I Write I Love You Backwards In The Air» ble første gang fremført i 1974 av James Lee Byars foran Palais des Beaux-Arts i Brussel. Kunstneren var kledd i hvit dress, svart flosshatt og hadde på seg svart bind for øynene. Han skrev «I Love You» med høyre pekefingeren baklengs i luften. Performancen var et samarbeid mellom Peder Lund og Nasjonalmuseet. Filmproduksjon: Nasjonalmuseet / Annar Bjørgli

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Last weekend in May, a legendary live performance by the famous American artist James Lee Byars (1932–1997) was performed. The performance was performed by an actor in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo. The performance "The Perfect Love Letter Is I Write I Love You Backwards In The Air" was first performed in 1974 by James Lee Byars in front of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. The artist was dressed in a white suit, black floss hat and wore a black blindfold. He wrote "I Love You" with his right index finger backwards in the air. The performance was a collaboration between Peder Lund and the National Museum. Film production: The National Museum / Annar Bjørgli

More about this artist here.

May 12, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Something is happening here...


... but you don't know what it is, do you, Mr. joe?

Back story: the other night I watched a movie on TV, I don't remember the title, but no matter: at one point the lead character says something like "I've got my Balvenie 50 to keep me company."

I thought to myself, that must be some whisky.

Turns out that's an understatement.

But I digress.

The next day I was sitting quietly reading the newspaper on my computer and as I scrolled down, up popped an ad for Balvenie whisky.

What are the chances of that happening — and of my noticing the ad — without having had my attention drawn to Balvenie whisky during the movie?

I'd say as close to zero as you can get without being zero.   

It's as if my thoughts registered in some hyperspace and then reappeared in visual form the next day.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened to me, where I've thought about something and then seen it onscreen shortly thereafter.




Wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

May 12, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Turtle Shells


May 12, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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That's how old I was yesterday using a revolutionary new notation invented by my Crack Senescence Team©®.

72 = years

11 = months

3 = days

Try it, you'll like being able to accurately describe your age instead of fumbling around with "just over...," "... and a half," etc.

Lagniappe: peeps will get a subtle reminder of when your birthday's coming.

Double bonus: not only does my new notation offer precise age, but it also provides a built-in way to pinpoint a person's birth year.

May 12, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Yves Klein Table Bleue

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[A Table Bleue in the Manhattan home of photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.]

Designed by the late French painter, it's a clear acrylic box filled with mounds of raw blue pigment.

After a individual purchases an empty table from Artware Editions, artisans are dispatched to the home, where they pour in the pigment — International Klein blue.

From Wikipedia:

International Klein Blue (IKB) was developed by Yves Klein in collaboration with Edouard Adam, a Parisian art paint supplier whose shop is still in business on the Boulevard Edgar-Quinet in Montparnasse.

IKB uses a matte synthetic resin binder which suspends the color and allows the pigment to maintain as much of its original qualities and intensity of color as possible.

In May 1960, Klein deposited a Soleau envelope, registering the paint formula under the name International Klein Blue (IKB), at the Institut national de la propriété industrielle (INPI), but he never patented IKB.

Only valid under French law, a Soleau envelope registers the date of invention, according to the depositor, prior to any legal patent application.

The copy held by the INPI was destroyed in 1965.

Klein's own copy, which the INPI returned to him duly stamped, still exists.

From Architectural Digest:

How Yves Klein's Blue Cocktail Table Became a Cult Favorite

The surprisingly humble beginnings of Yves Klein’s ultrafashionable cocktail tables
French provocateur Yves Klein — he of the paint-slathered models rolled across canvases — tried his hand at a new medium in 1961: the cocktail table.
He made two prototypes, sprinkling pigments into wood tops, but never got around to installing the protective glass.
In 1963, after the artist's death, at 34, his widow produced the patented acrylic tables now beloved by everyone from Stella Schnabel to Sting.
Filled with radiant pigment — International Klein Blue or hot pink — or crumpled gold leaf, they are available through Artware Editions. (A new Table Bleue sells for $21,000.)

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[Nancy Gonzalez employed a pair of Yves Klein tables in her Colombia home]

Chalk it up to Klein exhibitions in the early 2000s or wild auction prices, but everyone wants one — and designers find that the tables work in every decor.

"It is the ultimate abstract art piece, and completely functional,” says photographer Inez van Lamsweerde, who bought one in 2007. But before you order, consider this: "Two men showed up in hazmat suits and built a tent around the living room in order to sift the blue pigment," Van Lamsweerde says.

Accessories designer Fiona Kotur, however, took a more hands-on approach: "I put the pigment in a plastic bin and ladled it into the table, gingerly, with a dustpan.”


[A gleaming Table Or at Tory Burch's New York apartment.]


Fact & Figures
• 1961: Yves Klein creates two unfinished cocktail table prototypes
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[His 1961 Table Rose prototype]
• 1963: Rotraut Klein-Moquay, the artist's widow, produces tables based on his patented designs
• 3,000: sheets of 24K gold leaf are added one by one into each Table Or
• 44: pounds of International Klein Blue pigment are used in a Table Bleue

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[Table Bleue, filled with International Klein Blue pigment]

• 80-100: The number of authorizied Yves Klein tables made annually

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[Artist Yves Klein]

• 1,300: The approximate number of Yves Klein tables in circulation

• $125,000: The record price for a Table Or, achieved at a 2014 Phillips design auction

May 12, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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