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May 15, 2021

'I Am Easy To Find'

A short film directed by Mike Mills and the title of an album by The National.

[via Steve Williamson]

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Celia Paul's Hands

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Back story by Rachel Cusk here.

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How many artists overshadow their band after going solo?

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Long answer short (above): not many.

Back story and interactive graphic here.

May 15, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Yves Klein told by Rotraut'

This past Wednesday, May 12, 2021, I featured Klein's iconic Table Bleue.

Above and below, his back story.

YouTube caption:

"He was so young and beautiful and intense, like sunshine."

Watch the absorbing story of German-French artist Rotraut and the iconic French artist Yves Klein, who shared an instant spiritual connection in the four intense years "that felt like a hundred," where they were lovers, collaborators, and soul mates — from their first meeting to Klein's untimely death at the age of 34.

The artist Rotraut Uecker was 19 when she worked as an au pair for the artist Arman (b.1928-d.2005) in Nice.

Half a year earlier, she had found herself hypnotized by a blue monochrome painting at an exhibition in Düsseldorf, and was amazed when she saw a little red monochrome in the home of Arman by the same artist — the then 29-year-old Yves Klein.

When the two met, sparks immediately flew, and Rotraut feels that they became one.

She was very sensitive to his work, which took her breath away, not least his use of the color blue in his monochrome paintings: "You can disappear into it... You forget the frame, the size, you just get lost into it, into the universe. Also, the immateriality of it — what you can do with color is so big and so powerful... It's a big window into something that has no limit."

The couple were together for only four years, but Rotraut describes how those four years felt like a hundred: "It was so intense, so many things happened, and I learned so much."

She took on the role of Klein’s assistant, model, and muse, and in the video, she also talks about how she assisted Klein, how she experienced — and sometimes participated in — his work.

Shortly before his death, Yves Klein told a friend that "I will soon have the biggest studio in the whole world, creating only immaterial works."

When Klein suffered a fatal heart attack in 1962, Rotraut was seven months pregnant, and Klein had expressed that he didn't think he would live to see his child — he was right.

Klein's body remained in their home for four days, during which people could come and see it — the Swiss artist Jean Tinguely (b.1925-d.1991) even mistook it for a performance.

The thought that comforted Rotraut in the difficult time that followed was that Klein continued to live in the immaterial: "An artist is kind of living in between times. There is no time, really. The art is always timeless."

Moreover, Rotraut believes that we all carry the souls of the deceased within us: "We're not alone, and it's nice to think that we will continually be around."

Rotraut Klein-Moquay (b.1938) is a German-French artist, known for her unique drawings and sculptures made out of marble, iron, aluminium, bronze, wood or plastic.

She has participated in several solo and group shows since 1958 and her work is represented in numerous public collections in the U.S. and Europe, including Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Rotraut met and worked for French artist Yves Klein in 1958, subsequently marrying him in 1962 until his untimely death five months later.

Rotraut is also the sister of German artist Günther Uecker.

More on Rotraut here.

Yves Klein (b.1928-d.1962) was a French artist and an important figure in post-war European art.

Klein was a leading member of the French artistic movement Nouveau Réalisme founded in 1960 and a pioneer in the development of performance art, as well as a forerunner of minimal art and pop art, breaking down the boundaries between conceptual art, sculpture, painting, and performance.

The artist used blue as the vehicle for his quest to capture immateriality and the infinite, and the color came to be known as International Klein Blue (1960).

More on Klein here.

For this documentary, Rotraut was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark in September 2018.

Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard

Edited by Klaus Elmer

Produced by Christian Lund

Photo up top: Yves Klein & Rotraut at the opening of the exhibition "Monochrome und Feuer," Museum Haus Lange, 1961. Photo by Bernward Wember.

May 15, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Balloon Dog Acupressure Point Massager Roller — 'Personal acupoint pressure massage device'

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From the website:

This cute little device doesn't look like a massage roller at all.

Ladonna's Balloon Dog Acupressure Point Massager Roller seems like something you might find at a circus or party, making it much more fun than usual beauty devices and suitable for livening up the home or your desk at the office.

The foot bottoms are stainless steel balls and roll independently, so you can massage any part of your body with this pooch.

You can also use the ears, nose, and tail to provide targeted attention to your pressure points (tsubo), helping relieve the stresses, aches, and pains of everyday life.

Features and Details:

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or Blue

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• 3.5" x 2.9" x 1.2"

• Instructions: Japanese

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• ABS resin, stainless steel

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$25.

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