jueves, 25 de mayo de 2017

Diana



Diana Dors - Just One Of Those Things
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, 1963

miércoles, 24 de mayo de 2017

Vali Myers, la bruja buena del Positano

Vali Myers, the good witch of Positano


Vali Myers. c. 1949. Norman Ikin.


Vali Myers, París. Ed Van der Elsken.


Vali Myers. Ed van der Elsken, París c. 1950.


Vali. Love on the Left Bank, Ed van der Elsken.


La poeta Vali, 1957. Inge Morath.


En su estudio, Melbourne 1997. Liz Ham


Vali. Marco Bakker.


Nacida en Sidney en 1930, Vali Myers comenzaba una prometedora carrera como bailarina cuando huyó del domicilio familiar en Melbourne a temprana edad rumbo a Europa. Creció entonces en el duro y a la vez festivo ambiente callejero del París bohemio. Allí el fotógrafo danés Ed Van Der Elsken la convirtió en protagonista del icónico libro 'Love On The Left Bank' dedicado a ese ámbito, donde ya aparecían sus dibujos y pinturas, que habrían de convertirse en su ocupación principal junto a la poesía, aunque también practicó su danza en ambientes nocturnos y avant-garde. Profesó durante años una vida nómada que la convertiría en un personaje constante de la contracultura, cultivando amistad con numerosas figuras. Reflejo de ello es que se la suele mencionar en todo reportaje sobre el Hotel Chelsea neoyorquino, donde pasó temporadas y dejó su impronta. Allí, por ejemplo, tatuó a Patti Smith y Sam Shepard un pequeño rayo en homenaje, dicen, al jefe indio Caballo Loco. Vali establecería más tarde su residencia principal, primero junto a su marido y luego junto a su entonces jovencísimo amante y gran cantidad de animales, en una casa oculta en el paisaje más recóndito de la costa amalfitana italiana, siendo conocida como la "bruja del Positano", apodo que dió título a un documental sobre su persona y que se le quedó atado y que parece además ajustarse tanto a sus pinturas seudo-espirituales como a su aspecto tardío de ropajes sobrepuestos, pelo alborotado, tatuajes faciales y maquillaje que resaltaba su peculiar mirada. En los últimos años de su vida volvió a Melbourne, falleciendo allí en 2003.
Born in Sydney in 1930, Vali Myers began a promising career as a dancer when she left her family home in Melbourne at a young age to go to Europe. Then she had to grow up in the harsh but fun atmosphere of Bohemian Paris. There Dutch photographer Ed Van Der Elsken made her the protagonist of the iconic book 'Love on the Left Bank' dedicated to that scene, where her drawings and paintings first showed up, which would become her main occupation alongside poetry, although she also practiced her dance in nightclubs and avant-garde acts. For many years she devoted herself to a nomadic life, which made her a constant figure of the counterculture, cultivating friendship with numerous figures. A reflection of this is that she is usually mentioned in every report about the New York Chelsea Hotel, where she spent seasons and left her mark. There, for example, she tattooed a small lightning bolt on Patti Smith and Sam Shepard, it is said as a tribute to Indian Chief Crazy Horse. Vali would establish over the years her main residence, first with her husband and then with her young lover and lots of animals, in a house hidden in the most remote landscape of the Italian Amalfi Coast, being known as the "witch of Positano ", a nickname that gave title to a documentary about her and that was to be tied to her figure and which also seems to reflect both her pseudo-spiritual paintings and her appearance of overlapping clothes, fuzzy hair, facial tattoos and makeup that emphasized her peculiar eyes. In the last years of her life she returned to Melbourne and opened a Studio. She died there in 2003.














lunes, 22 de mayo de 2017

Karl Stoecker, el fotógrafo olvidado del Glam Rock

Karl Stoecker, the forgotten photographer of Glam Rock









































Artífice de algunas cubiertas sobradamente icónicas para Roxy Music, Sparks o Lou Reed, esas que formaron parte de la cotidianeidad de los aficionados a la música de los 70s, a Karl Stoecker se le suele obviar en el recuento de fotógrafos del Rock, aunque sus imágenes hayan infuido irremediablamente en mucho del arte visual posterior. Se ha seguido dedicando intermitentemente al oficio, pero al parecer vive menos dedicado a él a orillas del mar californiano junto a sus hijos y esposa, la modelo, fotógrafa y empresaria Patty Stoecker, quien ayudó a darle una segunda vida pública al trabajo de su marido logrando su inclusión en una exposición que la Tate Modern británica dedicó al Glam.
Karl Stoecker was the photographer behind some iconic album covers for Roxy Music, Sparks or Lou Reed. He is often overlooked when it comes to naming Rock photographers, although those images have irremediably been an influence in visual arts. In later years he went on dedicated intermittently to photography, but it seems he faded out of the public radar far more interested in leading a relaxed life on the shores of the Californian sea with his wife, model, photographer and businesswoman Patty Stoecker, who helped give a second public life to the work of her husband achieving its inclusion in an exhibition that the British Tate Modern dedicated to Glam.



Lou Reed - Transformer (1972) - cubierta trasera


Roxy Music (1972)


Roxy Music - Stranded (1973)


Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure (1973)


For Your Pleasure (interior)


Diseño de Anthony Price para Amanda Lear (For Your Pleasure)


Roxy Music - Country Life (1974)


Sparks - Kimono My House (1974)


Roxy Music - Siren (1975)

miércoles, 17 de mayo de 2017

Porque sí

Un buen puñado de canciones
A lot of songs just because



James White and the Blacks (feat. Lydia Lunch)·'Stained Sheets'
The Callas·Lipstick'
The Nipple Erectors·'All The Time in The World'
Crime·'Piss On Your Dog'
Chelsea·'Right To Work'
Pravda·'Tu Es à l'Ouest'
Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons·'Happy Funeral'
Kitchen & The Plastic Spoons·'Ice Cream to God'
Kitchen and The Plastic Spoons·'Liberty'
The Klan·'Cover Girls'
U.S. Bombs·'Monsters'
Die Hunns·'Did You No Wrong' (Sex Pistols)
Die Hunns·'Time Has Come Today' (Chambers Brothers/Ramones)
Duane Peters & The Hunns·'Hate'N'Love'
Eddie and the Subtitles·'American Society'
Black Flag·'Nervous Breakdown'
Black Flag·'Black Coffee'
The Briefs·'Destroy the USA'
GBH·'Self Destruct'
GBH·'Generals'
The Wanderers·'Take Them And Break Them'
The Stitches·'Automatic'
The Stitches·'Electroshock Carol'
The Stitches·'Kings Of Camden'
AKA·'Liza Jane' (standard)
CALLmeKAT·'Toxic' (Britney Spears)
Tricky·'Lovecats' (The Cure)
The Sound·'I Can't Escape Myself'
The Go-Betweens·'Karen'
Monochrome Set·'Ici Les Enfants' 
Gaea·'C'est Magnifique'
Bandante·'Bang Bang'
Kira Roessler·'Kill Him'
Suburban Lawns·'Green Eyes'
Dr John·'Zu Zu Mamou'
Sonic Jesus·'Triumph'
Siouxie & The Banshees·'Metal Postcard'
Siouxie & The Banshees·'Mirage'
Agent Orange·'Blood Stains'
The Fall·'Lie Dream Of a Casino Soul'
Buzzcocks·'Oh Shit!'
Gwar·'Have you seen me?'
Nine Inch Nails·'Memorabilia' (Soft Cell)
Shock Headed Peters·'I, Bloodbrother Be'
Shock Headed Peters·'Heartbreak Hotel'
Delta 5 ·'Mind Your Own Business'
Chicks On Speed·'Mind Your Own Business'
Pigface·'Mind Your Own Business'
Stereo Total·'Violent Love'
PragVEC·'Existential'
PragVEC·'Wolf'
Cabaret Voltaire·'Nag Nag Nag'
The Anti Troppau Council·'Insanity'
The Passions·'Pedal Fury'
Tenor Saw·'Ring The Alarm'
The Prats·'Disco Pope'
Bona Dish·'8 a.m.'
The Anemic Boyfriends·'Guys Are Not Proud'
Flowers·'After dark'
Amy & The Angels·'I Hate Being In Love'
The Raincoats·'Fairytale In The Supermarket'
Cold Cave·'People Are Poison'
David Bowie·'Killing a Little Time'
Gertrud Stein·'I Can't Dance'
Gertrud Stein·'Panik Attack'
Branes·'Microwave On'
Boots for Dancing·'The Pleasure Chant'
Gang Of Four·'Damaged Goods (Damaged Goods Ep)'
Gang of Four·'Damaged Goods (Entertainment!)'
Icarus·'Tower Block Kid'
Neon Hearts·'Regulations'
Scars·'Je t'aime c'est la mort'
UNIT·'Martin's Gone'
Bill Nelson·'Don't Touch Me I'm Electric'
The Nightingales·'Elvis, the Last Ten Days'
Josef K·'Citizens'
Josef K·'Pictures (of Cindy)'
Caspar Brötzmann Massaker·'Bonker's Dance'
Disturbed Furniture·'Information'
Plastix·'Konsumier Mich'
Au Pairs·'It's Obvious'
Throbbing Gristle·'Almost A Kiss'
Chris & Cosey·'Passion'
Chris & Cosey·'Silent Cry'
Kap Bambino·'Human Piles'
Kap Bambino·'Hunger Texas'
Frustration·'Dying City (Kap Bambino Remix)'
Crystal Castles·'Courtship Dating'
Velvet Condom·'Rouge City'
Vive La Fête·'Noir Désir (J'ai tué... version)'
Vive La Fête·'Titi'
Marie Davidson·'Naive To The Bone'
Tres·'Operator'
The Rosebuds·'The Walk' (The Cure)
Comanechi·'Crime Of Love'
Comanechi·'Naked'
Comanechi·'On N On'
Comanechi·'Mad'
Comanechi·'Die For'
Comanechi·'I Wish' 
Sneaks·'True Killer'
Delinquent Habits·'California (Feat. Sen Dog)'
Sam Dees·'Signed Miss Heroin'
Joyella Blade·'Cairo'
Nicodemus·'Suzy Wong'
Chuck Berry·'Almost Grown'
The Diamonds·'The Stroll'
Frankie Ford·'Sea Cruise'
Ivan (Jerry Allison)·'Real Wild Child'
Johnny O'Keefe·'The Wild One'
Jerry Lee Lewis·'Wild One'
Elvis Presley·'Blue Moon Of Kentucky'
Ronnie Dawson·'Rockin' In The Cemetary'
Diana Dors·'So Little Time'
Reparata·'Shoes'
Nancy Sit·'Fever'
Sonny & Cher·'The Beat Goes On'
Mac Curtis·'Blue Jean Heart'
Hoagy Carmichael·'Skylark'
Tito Rodriguez·'Estoy Como Nunca'
Concha Velasco·'Calor'

viernes, 12 de mayo de 2017

Las pinturas de la Quinta del Sordo

'Perro semihundido'

'Asmodea'

'Dos mujeres y un hombre'

'Dos viajeros comiendo'

'Dos viejos'

'Duelo a garrotazos'

'El aquelarre' también conocido como 'El gran cabrón'

'Judit y Holofernes'

'La lectura'

'Las parcas'

'Romería de San Isidro'

'El santo oficio'

'Saturno'

'Una manuela'


Mucho se ha discutido sobre "las pinturas negras", serie de últimas pinturas murales realizadas (supuestamente) por Goya sobre dos estancias de su residencia final, conocida como la "Quinta del Sordo", una finca que terminó siendo pasto del tiempo y demás vicisitudes y que estaba situada entonces a las afueras de Madrid, en lo que hoy es el Distrito Latina (no confundir con el barrio de mismo nombre). La temática siniestra, a veces casi delirante, de gran parte de la serie se solía relacionar comúnmente con una etapa de enfermedad y consumo de láudano de Goya, aunque no fuera la primera vez que el artista abordaba representaciones espinosas. También se han atribuido las pinturas a su hijo, de quien no se conoce más obra que esa y del que se comentó practicó su arte sobre pinturas anteriores de su progenitor, una teoría que ha sido rebatida posteriormente con contundencia. Los murales, cuyo único testimonio original público son unas fotos in situ de Jean Laurent, fueron reproducidos en lienzo por manos ajenas tiempo después. Numerosos estudios han intentado desentrañar algunos de los misterios que rodean a esta serie. Se han perdido detalles de su proceso debido a que sólo se poseen las copias y que, además, las pinturas originales habrían sufrido en su momento varias alteraciones. En relación a esto en las fotos de Laurent el misterioso perro solitario, que tanta curiosidad despierta, parecía mirar dos manchas de pintura, o lo que algunos han querido ver como dos pájaros en vuelo. Las pinturas, o mejor dicho sus reproducciones en lienzo, se pueden encontrar en el espacio habilitado para tal fin en el Museo Del Prado. El asunto de la autoría de obras de Goya, como ocurre en tantos otros casos, depara sorpresas a veces insospechadas. En 2008, por ejemplo, un cuadro conocido como 'El Coloso', en el Prado desde 1931, era atribuido oficialmente por el propio Museo a un discípulo de Goya.
Much has been discussed about the series of (last) paintings by (supposedly) Goya on walls and doors of two rooms of his final residence near Madrid, known as the "Quinta del Sordo", a villa that ended up being pasture of time and other matters. The sinister themes of the paintings, sometimes almost delirious, was commonly asumed was related to Goya's illness and his consumption of laudanum, although it wouldn't be the first time he painted thrilling scenes. Others attributed the paintings to his son, of whom there would be no more known work than that, who seemed to practice his art over previous paintings by his progenitor, a theory that has been strongly denied later. The paintings, of wich the only original testimony are photographs by Jean Laurent, were reproduced on canvas by other hands. Numerous studies have attempted to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding this series. Thanks to that we know, for example, that due to the overlapping of paint suffered by the murals, important details have been lost. In relation to this the mysterious solitary dog, that has awakened much curiosity over the years, could be watching two stains of paint that some people related to a pair of birds in flight. It seems to be captured so in Laurent's photos. The paintings, or more properly the copies on canvas, can be found in the space enabled for this purpose in the Museo Del Prado. The issue of the authorship of Goya's works, as in so many other cases, brings unexpected surprises from time to time. In 2008 a painting known as 'The Colossus' and in the Museo Del Prado since 1931, was officially attributed by the museum to a disciple of Goya.


'El Coloso'