Post #1379 • August 7, 2009, 11:49 AM • 66 Comments
Jed Perl on the drawings by John Heliker of the recently departed Merce Cunningham. "In the summer of 1949, Heliker was living in Rome, and went with Cage and Cunningham to a music festival in Palermo. Later, they spent time together in Paris, where they went to visit Alice B. Toklas and the great collection of Picassos in the apartment she had shared on the Rue Christine with Gertrude Stein, who had died three years earlier. There was always a catch in Heliker's voice when he spoke about seeing those paintings in that place, as if for a moment he had stepped back to the beginning of the century, when Picasso was a young man and the Rose Period was climaxing and Cubism had not yet been born." Complete with slideshow. This article also brings to my attention the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation, which is now on my list of residencies to apply for. (aj)
Michael Kimmelman takes up drawing, apologetically.
Bunny Smedley on Altinium. "Based on aerial photos taken in several wavelengths of visible light and in near-infrared, with a resolution of half a meter, it has been possible to reconstruct the street-plan of Altinium, complete with basilica, forum and theatre, as well as a canal. This latter feature is fascinating, suggesting as it does that long before the Lombard invasions of the seventh century, the inhabitants of Altinium were already learning the arts of embanking, draining and canal-building—all of which would later prove so central to history of the world's most beautiful city."
Department of Skills: unicycling prowess. I apologize for the Christina Aguilera - if you can't take it, skip to the 20-second long, 120-180 RPM pirouette at 1:23. Guess what I asked Supergirl for my birthday.