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Every Exhibition Held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Presented in a New Web Site: 1929 to Present

September 21, 2016. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday, by Jack Dziamba
The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York

The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York

Every Exhibition Held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Presented in a New Web Site: 1929 to Present

As written by Open Culture on September 19, 2016  :

“We all hate it when we hear of an exciting exhibition, only to find out that it closed last week — or 80 years ago. New York’s Museum of Modern Art has made great strides toward taking the sting out of such narrowly or widely-missed cultural opportunities with their new digital exhibition archive.”

Fine Art in the New Media

“The archive offers, in the words of Chief of Archives Michelle Elligott, “free and unprecedented access to The Museum of Modern Art’s ever-evolving exhibition history” in the form of “thousands of unique and vital materials including installation photographs, out-of-print exhibition catalogues, and more, beginning with MoMA’s very first exhibition in 1929…”

Easy to Use

As explained in the MoMA  Press Release:

“The digital archive can be freely searched, or browsed in a more structured way by time period or exhibition type.

“Each entry includes a list of all known artists featured in the exhibition.

“Artist pages likewise list all of the exhibitions that have included that artist, along with any of their works in MoMA’s collection online.

 “The index of artists participating in Museum exhibitions now includes more than 20,000 unique names”.

Miss That Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, van Gogh Exhibition in 1929?

The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York

The MoMA Archive  begins with its very first show of post-Impressionist paintings by Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, and Van Gogh in 1929. So, even if, perchance, you missed it, you can see it now. (Click on the above, scroll down, and click on each of the “Installation  Views.

Films and Performance

You can also see materials archived from the various film series and performance programs they’ve put on over the years. Check this out:

Hanna Schygulla in The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978). Film Stills Archives, The Museum of Modern Art.

Hanna Schygulla in The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978). Film Stills Archives, The Museum of Modern Art.

 Rainer Werner Fassbinder January 27–March 20, 1997

 “On January 23, 1997, when The Museum of Modern Art presented Rainer Werner Fassbinder, a complete retrospective of the director’s work.”

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Berenice Abbott, Photographs At Martin Gropius-Bau Museum, Berlin

September 14, 2016. NEW POST GOES UP EVERY WEDNESDAY, by Jack Dziamba
Abbott- New York

Abbott- New York


As Anne Morin, the curator of Berenice Abbott, Photographs writes in the September 14, 2016 issue of L’Oeil de la Photographie,

“The work of Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) played a decisive role in the history of photography and offered a new way to understand its language. She helped to relieve the medium of any comparison to painting; photography started to exist independently and according to its own characteristics.”

“Furthermore, Berenice Abbott left her mark in the history of photography in another way. Her name is inseparable from that of French photographer Eugène Atget (1857-1927), whose work she promoted in Europe and the United States.”

She discovered it in Paris, where she lived in the 1920’s before returning to New York in 1929, and Atget remained an important reference for Abbott throughout her life.”

Abbott- Grand Central Station


   Abbott- Grand Central Station


“Known in the 1920s and ‘30s in the avant-garde circles of Paris and New York as an activist in favor of recognizing documentary photography as art, Abbott never ceased to examine aspects of realism and modernism through her work, as in Changing New York (1935 – 1939), an attempt at “documentary interpretation” of the architectural transformation that New York underwent in the 1930s.”


In Paris,

Abbott-joyce“In Paris, she “worked first, as an assistant for Man Ray in his studio in Montparnasse; then, as a portrait photographer. Celebrities of all kinds and nationalities passed through her studio: the writers André Gide, Jean Cocteau and James Joyce; Sylvia Beach, owner of the famous Parisian English-language bookstore Shakespeare & Company; Jane Heap and Margaret C. Anderson, editors of the literary magazine The Little Review; the American composer George Antheil or the Japanese painter Foujita.”








“The notion of documentary would become prominent in the America in the mid-1930s. We find in the scientific work that Abbott developed later, in the 1940s and ‘50s, the same idea of documenting the invisible by photographing the wave motion of matter and light, and their many emanations.”


The work of artists such as Berenice Abbott, Eugène Atget, and Man Ray shows that their way of “seeing the world” is timeless. This view of the world Their images will be cherished by everyone, everywhere, and for all time.

Martin Gropius-Bau Museum,Niederkirchnerstraße 7,10963 Berlin, Germany http://www.museumsportal-berlin.de/
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Majority of Americans are still reading print books | Pew Research Center Report

September 7, 2016, by Jack Dziamba – New Post Every Wednesday.
"No, I'm not texting - I'm reading "War and Peace."

“No, I’m not texting – I’m reading “‘War and Peace.'”


On September 1, 2016, the Pew Research Center released a Surevy Report titled “Book Reading 2016,” by


“The share of Americans who have read a book in the last year is largely unchanged since 2012; more Americans read print books than either read e-books or listen to audio books.”


“Following a slight overall decline in book readership between 2011 and 2012, the share of American adults who read books in any format has remained largely unchanged over the last four years. Some 73% of Americans report that they have read at least one book in the last year. That is nearly identical to the 74% who reported doing so in a survey conducted in 2012, although lower than the 79% who reported doing so in 2011.”

“Roughly two-thirds of Americans (65%) have read a print book in the last year, which is identical to the share of Americans who reported doing so in 2012 (although down slightly from the 71% who reported reading a print book in 2011).”

“E-book readership increased by 11-percentage points between 2011 and 2014 (from 17% to 28%) but has seen no change in the last two years. ”

“Relatively few Americans are “digital-only” book readers regardless of their demographic characteristics.”

More Americans are reading books on tablets and cellphones, even as dedicated e-reader use has remained stable

“Americans under the age of 50 are especially likely to consume e-book content on cell phones: one-in-five (19%) do so, compared with 9% of 50- to 64-year-olds and just 4% of those 65 and older.”

"I have a feeling we're not on the same page"

“‘War and Peace, ‘” but I have a feeling we’re not on the same page, anymore.”


The technology of the new media has developed to such a degree of creativity and innovation that Alice Rawsthorn commented in the New York Times of November 28, 2010 that,

“These devices offer thrilling possibilities for us to do much more than read words on a screen, and it is deeply disappointing that so few designers and publishers are embracing them.”

See our post, “E-BOOKS: WHAT CAN AN ENHANCED E-BOOK, “E +,” DO FOR JACK KEROUAC’S ON THE ROAD?” to see where we think The Book should be going.



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August 24, 2016. New Posts For July and August go up bi-weekly on Wednesdays by Jack Dziamba.

                                                                                                       CHECK IT OUT

Vacation Edition:

                                                                                             FINE ART in the NEW MEDIA
Rijksstudio is a great example of the use of New Media tools for Fine Art, and fulfills the mission of a museum to make art available to everyone, everywhere. In Rijksstudio, you can cut, paste, copy, and combine priceless works of art to make your own Studio Piece. The instructions are clear, simply stated , and easy to use.

Rikjsstudio enables you to search the collection through a number of filters such as Relevance, Type of Work, Chronology,  and Artists A-Z to create your own Masterpiece.



MORE: Rijksstudio on Pinterest

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August  10, 2016, by Jack Dziamba. New Posts for July and August go up bi-weekly  every Wednesday.



Below is a summary of Art in the 20th Century, with a timeline of the major developments from 1900 to 1945. It is not too early to look for what may become known as  the Art of the 21st century of which Cubism may well have been that of the 20th century.

While the 21st century, thus far, has been in the death throes of the 20th century, in every aspect of life, the new century may be emerging from this death-like grip to develop into something of its own, and yet unknown. The art of Robert Wilson may well come to identify not only the point where the 21st century began, but hopefully what will be a major art movement of the new century.

Will Robert Wilson’s Video Portraits become one of the outstanding art forms of the 21st Century? It takes creativity, devices of the new media, and elements of concentration and contemplation which are missing from modern life. The 21st century may well be when mankind halts its hurtling toward destruction.

To test this theory, see if you can sit through, concentrate and absorb the video portrait of Winona Ryder above, and those of Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp below. See if these videos, especially the one of Winona Ryder with its mesmerizing music, do not introduce a new rhythm of tranquility, rather than chaos, into your own life.

See more of Robert Wilson’s video Portraits of  Johnny Depp and  Brad Pitt


Robert Wilson and Lady GagaLady Gaga at the Louvre at the Paris Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac7 rue de Belleyme 75003 Paris. More about the video with Lady Gaga  at *wallpaper. Robert Wilson is also Guest Curator at the Louvre. Here, Robert Wilson Wilson speaks on his work as director and designer in 2010 at the Centre Pompidou, where he explained and demonstrated the power of his austere style.

Dissent Industries, which collaborated with Wilson on his Video Portraits, says, “By incorporating a multitude of creative elements; lighting, costume, make up, choreography, gesture, text, voice, set design, and narrative – the video portraits act as a complete synthesis of all the media in the realm of Wilson’s art making.”

You may also enjoy this video on the Robert Wilson/Philip Glass Opera, “Einstein at the Beach.”



20th  Century Art Movements With Timelines by Shanna11, in HubPages.com.

20th Century Art

Before you read the Wikipedia summary, read these excellent Monographs on Movements in  20th Century Art Before World War II, and After World War II , by Mark Hudleson, Associate Professor of Art History at Palomer College.


20th-century art and what it became known as — modern art — really began with modernism in the late 19th century. Nineteenth-century movements of Post-Impressionism (Les Nabis), Art Nouveau and Symbolism led to the first twentieth-century art movements of Fauvism in France and Die Brücke (“The Bridge”) in Germany. Fauvism in Paris introduced heightened non-representational colour into figurative painting. Die Brücke strove for emotional Expressionism. Another German group was Der Blaue Reiter (“The Blue Rider”), led by Kandinsky in Munich, who associated the blue rider image with a spiritual non-figurative mystical art of the future. Kandinsky, Kupka, R. Delaunay and Picabia were pioneers of abstract (or non-representational) art. Cubism, generated by Picasso, Braque, Metzinger, Gleizes and others rejected the plastic norms of the Renaissance by introducing multiple perspectives into a two-dimensional image. Futurism incorporated the depiction of movement and machine age imagery. Dadaism, with its most notable exponents, Marcel Duchamp, who rejected conventional art styles altogether by exhibiting found objects, notably a urinal, and too Francis Picabia, with his Portraits Mécaniques.

Subsequent initiatives towards the end of the century involved a paring down of the material of art through Minimalism, and a shift toward non-visual components with Conceptual art, where the idea, not necessarily the made object, was seen as the art. The last decade of the century saw a fusion of earlier ideas in work by Jeff Koons, who made large sculptures from kitsch subjects, and in the UK, the Young British Artists, where Conceptual Art, Dada and Pop Art ideas led to Damien Hirst‘s exhibition of a shark in formaldehyde in a vitrine.

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Picasso – Muses – Beauty – Love – Passion

July 27, 2016. New Posts for July and August Go Up Bi- Weekly, by Jack Dziamba
Pablo Picasso, 'Femme au collier jaune', 1946, Private collection © Succession Picasso / 2016, ProLitteris, Zurich

Pablo Picasso, ‘Femme au collier jaune’, 1946, Private collection © Succession Picasso / 2016, ProLitteris, Zurich

MUSE – A Woman Who Inspires a Creative Artist.*  “The relationship between artist and muse is intuitive, private, visceral, complex.”**


“The Vancouver Art Gallery opened the most significant exhibition of works by Pablo Picasso in Western Canada …  Featuring over 60 works including paintings, works on paper and sculptures, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses takes the visitor on a journey through the lives and personalities of six women, Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, MarieThérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque, who were all major figures in Picasso’s personal life and strongly influenced the development of his art. This exhibition is created by Art Centre Basel, curated by Katharina Beisiegel and produced in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery. “

‘“With this exhibition we seek to look beyond Picasso and put a spotlight on the women that heralded the many transformations in his art. These unconventional women often followed their own artistic pursuits and in a form of creative osmosis inspired Picasso intellectually and artistically. Through important works from many international collections this exhibition sheds light on the complex historical and personal narratives that shaped Picasso’s work by focusing on his six most important muses,”’ said Katharina Beisiegel, Deputy Director, Art Centre Basel.” ((Source: Art Daily).


Images by Picasso inspired by these women may readily be see at  artcentrebasel and The Vancouver Art Gallery, producers of the exhibition.

However, since the focus  is Picasso’s Muses, we would like to show and describe these women as they really were. By looking at each of them, one can readily see that the relationship between artist and muse is intuitive, private, visceral, and complex.

These women, strong, sensous, beautiful, and smart, could be muses for any artist, even now, and the images produced by their inspiration and passion would indeed be intuitive, private, visceral, complex, and unique.

Marie-Thérèse Walter

Marie-Therese Walter - When Marie met Picasso she was 17, he 45. Although Picasso took many lovers, his friends report that Marie-Therese was always his obsession and his idea of ideal beauty and love.

Marie-Therese Walter – When Marie met Picasso she was 17, he 45. Although Picasso took many lovers, his friends report that Marie-Therese was always his obsession and his idea of ideal beauty and love.

“In 1927, Picasso met Marie-Thérèse Walter (1909–1977), who is the subject of the third section of the exhibition. During many years of her relationship with Picasso, Walter kept her personal life a secret. Her rich inner world is known to us mainly through Picasso’s representations of her. His colourful palette and serene imagery are telling of Walter’s bright personality and athletic zest for life. By the end of the 1920s, Picasso drew upon Surrealist imagery in his works, creating distorted and non-naturalistic images of Walter such as Female Bather with Raised Arms (1929).

His incredible ability to adapt the human form and include elements of Classical and African art is paramount in works such as Femme couchée lisant (1939). In 1935, Walter and Picasso celebrated the birth of their daughter Maya, though this happiness was dampened by the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.”



Dora Marr

Picasso e e sue passioni Palazzo Bellisomi Vistarino Pavia-16

Dora Marr- Picasso e e sue passioni Palazzo Bellisomi Vistarino Pavia 16

“The brilliant Surrealist photographer Dora Maar (1907–1997) is central to the fourth section of the exhibition. Maar attended art and photography schools in Paris and became a commercial photographer who took avantgarde and photo-documentary pictures in her spare time. Politically and artistically engaged, she was an active member of the Surrealist movement and participated in socialist groups. Through their mutual acquaintance, the poet Paul Éluard, she met Picasso around 1935–36.

Maar’s expressive reaction is  captured in Picasso’s Weeping Woman (1937), a motif that is also used in his tremendous mural Guernica (1937), painted in response to the Spanish Civil War. Maar documented the making of Guernica and contributed to its painting as well, and the two collaborated together throughout 1936–37. With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the difficulties of life are evident in the sombre palettes and fractured planes of Picasso’s portraits of Maar, such as the eloquent Tête de femme (1943). Maar presented her work in exhibitions in Paris in the 40s and 50s, and continued making work and writing poetry throughout her life.”

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot - Picasso, Robert Doisneau

Françoise Gilot – Picasso, Robert Doisneau


“In 1943, Picasso met art student and painter Françoise Gilot (b. 1921), the same year as her first exhibition in Paris. Gilot was introduced to art at an early age, and during the 1940s she was associated with the Modernist school of Paris. Picasso captured her likeness in a series of evolving styles, as seen in a rich display of lithographs presented in Gilot’s section of the exhibition.

His 1946 oil on canvas Femme au collier jaune is a luminous portrait showing his strength as a painter. After World War II, Picasso’s and Gilot’s lives were marked by a comfortable period with the birth of their two children; Claude and Paloma (1950) is a stunning panel capturing this idyllic period of family life.

Throughout the 1950s Gilot exhibited in Paris, and eventually turned to writing, publishing the best-selling Life with Picasso in 1964 and in 2015 co-authored About Women: Conversations between a Writer and a Painter. She continues to paint daily.”

(Source. all quotes, Art Daily.)


 Picasso and His Muses - Exhibition Catalogue

                                Picasso and His Muses – Exhibition Catalogue


* Greek mythology. Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. nine sister goddesses, each of whom was regarded as the protectress of a different art or science.  Homer, begins both The Iliad and The Odyssey with an invocation of his Muse. (Source: Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014).
** “How Creative Artists Court the Muse,” Dinitia Smith, NYT, June 30, 1996
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DADA 100

July 13, 2016. New Post Goes Up Bi-Weekly on Wednesday  for July and August, by Jack Dziamba
Hannah Höch "Ohne Titel (Aus einem ethnographischen Museum)," 1930 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

Hannah Höch “Ohne Titel (Aus einem ethnographischen Museum),” 1930, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

Dada is not Non-Sense 

“The Dada movement was a protest against the barbarism of World War I, the bourgeois interests that Dada adherents believed inspired the war, and what they believed was an oppressive intellectual rigidity in both art and everyday society. ”  

“Dada’s purpose was “to create “… shorn of intelligible words, music devoid of melodies and statements in which the message was cannibalized by the absurdity of the language” as “a protest against a European civilization hellbent on war.” Source: New York Times, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, “Dada Was Born 100 Years Ago. So What?” July 8, 2016.

“So intent were members of Dada on opposing all norms of bourgeois culture that the group was barely in favor of itself: “Dada is anti-Dada,” they often cried. The group’s founding in the Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich was appropriate: the Cabaret was named after the eighteenth century French satirist, Voltaire, whose novella Candide mocked the idiocies of his society. As Hugo Ball, one of the founders of both the Cabaret and Dada wrote, “‘This is our Candide against the times.”‘ (Source: theartstory)

Dada – A Brief History

“Dada was an artistic and literary movement that began in Zürich, Switzerland. It arose as a reaction to World War I and the nationalism that many thought had led to the war. Influenced by other avant-garde movements – Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism, and Expressionism – its output was wildly diverse, ranging from performance art to poetry, photography, sculpture, painting, and collage. Dada’s aesthetic, marked by its mockery of materialistic and nationalistic attitudes, proved a powerful influence on artists in many cities, including Berlin, Hanover, Paris, New York, and Cologne, all of which generated their own groups. ” (Source: theartstory)

 The Merce Cunningham Dance Company during a dress rehearsal in 2001 for the choreographer’s “Interscape.” Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company during a dress rehearsal in 2001 for the choreographer’s “Interscape.” Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Dada in All Its Forms
To experience the breadth of the Dada Movement, take a look at the links the categories below:

Jean (Hans) Arp, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, George Grosz, John Heartfield, Hannah Höch, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Kurt Schwitters, Sophie Taeuber.(Source: wikipedia)


Marcel Duchamp 1968 BBC interview (for a brief introduction to Duchamp and his work, View up to 3:14 )

H/T Open Culture


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