Showing posts from April, 2013

1960: Owen Frampton/David Bowie

Very often connections are made in high school that will carry on through an artist's life.

In 1960, David Bowie studied art under the tutelage of Owen Frampton (father of Peter Frampton) at Beckenham Technical School, one of the first art-oriented high schools in England. [more...]

Born in 1919, Owen Frampton (a G.I.) was a primary influence to both son Peter and David Bowie. Another student of Frampton, George Underwood, became a painter and designed the album covers for Space Oddity, Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust.

1946: Cage/Sarabhai collaboration

John Cage collaborates with Gita Sarabhai in an east-meets-west consortium where they traded cultural and musical traditions.

Cage had in a sense become the "advance man" for the psychedelic ‘60s and New Age Music.

Gann, Kyle (2010-02-19). No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33" (Icons of America) (Kindle Locations 764-768, 784-785). Yale University Press

1967: Bruce Nauman, The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Neon Art)

For artists of the 1960s like Bruce Nauman and Lili Lakich, neon’s association with kitsch and urban blight made it provocative material. In 1967, Nauman wrote, in a neon spiral, “The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths,” asserting that this piece was just another sign, not a work of art.[more...]

1994-2002: Matthew Barney, Cremaster Cycle

Gugenheim Museum curator Nancy Spector has described the Cremaster cycle (1994–2002) as "a self-enclosed aesthetic system." The cycle includes the films as well as photographs, drawings, sculptures, and installations the artist produced in conjunction with each episode. Its conceptual departure point is the male cremaster muscle, the primary function of which is to raise and lower the testes in response to temperature.

The project is filled with anatomical allusions to the position of the reproductive organs during the embryonic process of sexual differentiation: Cremaster 1 represents the most "ascended" or undifferentiated state, Cremaster 5 the most "descended" or differentiated.

The cycle repeatedly returns to those moments during early sexual development in which the outcome of the process is still unknown — in Barney's metaphoric universe, these moments represent a condition of pure potentiality. As the cycle evolved over eight years, Barney loo…