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Joseph Campbell: “if We Think of the Crucifixion Only in Historical Terms, We Lose the Symbol’s Immediate Reference to Ourselves.”

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SHIRLEY - VISIONS OF REALITY (93’, Austria, 2013)
Director: GUSTAV DEUTSCH

"An impressive cinematic recreation of images and moods for Hopper cognoscenti, it more controversially puts the American realist’s work in a social, political and cultural context." (Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter)

A treat for both cinema and visual art lovers, world premiered at Berlinale 2013, SHIRLEY — VISIONS OF REALITY is a unique cinematic event, a fascinating dialogue both between painting and cinema and between personal and political history. An homage to the iconic American painter Edward Hopper, the film brings to life through the means of cinema 13 of his paintings, to tell the story of a woman whose thoughts, emotions and contemplations let us observe an era in American history. In a series of breath-taking tableaux vivants, Deutsch’s impressive set design, together with the remarkable lighting by cinematographer Jerzy Palacz, brilliantly recreate Hopper’s visual universe, valuing its inherent cinematic and narrative qualities. The film follows the life of Shirley, a liberated “woman in America in the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and early 60s. A woman who would like to influence the course of history with her professional and socio-political involvement, who does not accept the reality of the Depression years, WWII, the McCarthy era, race conflicts and civil rights campaigns as given, but rather as generated and adjustable. A woman whose work as an actress has familiarized her with the staging of reality, the questioning and shaping of it; an actress who doesn’t identify her purpose and future with that of solo success or stardom, but who strives to give social potency to theatre as part of a collective. A woman who cannot identify with the traditional role model of a wife yet longs to have a life partner.” (GUSTAV DEUTSCH)

windypoplarsroom:

Marie-Augustin Zwiller
"Dame au chapeau"

windypoplarsroom:

Marie-Augustin Zwiller

"Dame au chapeau"

laclefdescoeurs:

A Grey Horse, 1641, Sir Anthony van Dyck

laclefdescoeurs:

A Grey Horse, 1641, Sir Anthony van Dyck


Carl Blechen (1848-1922) • Junge Eiche

Carl Blechen (1848-1922) • Junge Eiche

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Robbie Williams - Morning sun (2009)

Ways of Seeing Byzantium: An Introduction, Part 1

Ways of Seeing Byzantium: An Introduction, Part 1

William Tronzo, visiting faculty, University of California, San Diego. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections, on view from October 6, 2013, through March 2, 2014, at the National Gallery of Art, this symposium takes its name and perspective from art critic and novelist John Peter Berger’s 1972 book Ways of Seeing. Noted scholars Glenn Peers, Bissera Pentcheva, William Tronzo, and Alicia Walker seek to place the Heaven and Earth exhibition objects in context by answering questions generated by Berger’s book: What world did these objects constitute in Byzantium and how did they form it? What values did they embody or create? How were they used and understood? Conversely what world do these objects constitute for us now? How do we understand them? And most important, then and now, are these works considered art? 

Anyone whose goal is ‘something higher’ must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.

- Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being (via entropy-entropy)

My blood is alive with many voices
telling me I am made of longing.

- Rainer Maria Rilke, The Book Of Hours (via easymomentsandobsession)

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