Artists and Their Cats

Just out now

Artists and Their Cats by Alison Nastasi

From the publisher

Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo . . . so many great artists have shared one very special love: the companionship of cats. Gathered here for the first time are behind-thescenes stories of more than 50 famous artists and their feline friends. From Salvador Dali’s pet ocelot Babou to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s menagerie of cats, including Salt (who was black) and Pepper (who was white), Artists and Their Cats captures these endearing friendships in charming photographs and engaging text, and reveals what creative souls and the animals best known for their independent spirits have in common. In this clever compilation, art aficionados will discover a softer side of their favorite artists, and cat lovers will enjoy a whole new way to celebrate their favorite furry friends.

Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo: Great artists throughout history have shared one very special love – the companionship of cats. This charming little book gathers photographs of fifty famous artists with their beloved feline friends and offers behind-the-scenes stories of their relationships. From Salvador Dali’s pet ocelot Babou to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s menagerie of cats including Salt (who was black) and Pepper (who was white), Artists and Their Cats reveals many an endearing friendship – and reveals the personality traits often shared between the daringly creative souls among us and the animals best known for their independent spirits.

#yokoono – new lp from PINK SECTION

An early punk cover of Yoko’s MIDSUMMER NEW YORK GETS A NEW RELEASE !

PINK SECTION Self Titled (2015 Compilation)

2015 Superior Viaduct Records SV034

Named after San Francisco Chronicle’s pink-hued arts and entertainment guide, PINK SECTION coalesced at SF Art Institute and performed their first show at the legendary Deaf Club on Valentine’s Day, 1979. These self-taught musicians existed on the fringe (even in the local underground scene), producing an unusual brand of off-kilter post-punk against a backdrop of Dadaist aesthetics.

The group itself was strangely symmetrical: singer Judy Gittelsohn and drummer Carol Detweiler (both members of INFLATABLE BOY CLAMS), singer / guitarist Matt Heckert (Survival Research Laboratories), and bassist Stephen Wymore.

While the hallucinatory layers of male / female vocals on “Shopping” conjure images of deranged domesticity and ’50s Americana gone haywire, the fractured riffs of “Midsummer New York” deconstruct Yoko Ono’s original even further, stripping bare PINK SECTION’s fondness for angular rhythms and out-of-control oscillations.

This first-time retrospective LP collects the band’s rare 1979 single, the self-titled EP, unreleased demos, and live material. Recommended for fans of SUBURBAN LAWNS, UNITS, and DEVO.

Label: Superior Viaduct SV034
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released : 17 Feb 2015


A1 Tour Of China
A2 Shopping
A3 Wine World
A4 Midsummer New York
A5 Flat Dog
A6 Part Time
B1 Francine’s List
B2 Safety Instruction
B3 Jane Blank
B4 Cars Don’t Wait For Love
B5 Lonely Fashionette
B6 Been In The Basement 30 Years

Companies etc

Phonographic Copyright (p) Pink Section
Copyright (c) Pink Section
Licensed To Superior Viaduct
Recorded At Peter Miller Studios
Recorded At 3444 16th Street
Recorded At Triangle Recording
Recorded At Mabuhay Gardens
Recorded At Deaf Club


Backing Vocals Carlo Scandiuzzi* (tracks: A5), Homer Spence (tracks: A5) Bass, Guitar, Synth, Vocals Stephen Wymore
Drums, Vocals Carol Detweiler
Engineer Bill Stuber (tracks: A3 to B1), Jack Weaver (tracks: A3 to B1), Jim Keylor (tracks: B6) Photography By George Westcott, Matt Heckert
Producer Homer Spence (tracks: A3 to B1), Pink Section (tracks: A3 to B1), Tom Tadlock (tracks: A1, A2) Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Alto Saxophone Matt Heckert
Vocals, Synth Judy Gittelsohn
Written-By Pink Section (tracks: A1 to A3, A5 to B6), Yoko Ono (tracks: A4)


Includes printed inner sleeve and download card. Sticker on shrinkwrap includes the text: “First-time retrospective LP collects their rare 1979 single, self-titled EP, unreleased demos, and live material.”

Tracks A1, A2 recorded at Peter Miller Studio, San Francisco, except vocals and xylophone at 3444 16th Street. Originally released on the Tour Of China / Shopping single, 1979.
Tracks A3 to B1 recorded at Triangle Studio, Seattle. Originally released on the Pink Section EP, 1980.
Tracks B2 to B4 recorded at Peter Miller Studio, San Francisco. Unreleased demos from 1979. Track B5 recorded live, July 12th, 1979, at Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco. Track B6 recorded live, March 11th, 1979, at Deaf Club, San Francisco.

Photos by Matt Heckert except live shots by George Westcott.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

Barcode: 857176003348

#yokoono “Ono in Opera, 1961″

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Davison Room, Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library

Opera Humanities Seminar:
Brigid Cohen
New YorkUniversity

"Ono in Opera, 1961"

Free and open to the public.

Full text of essay:

Limits of National History: Yoko Ono, Stefan Wolpe, and Dilemmas of Cosmopolitanism

There was some musical connection: Onos fascination with the avant-garde was sparked by her love of the 12-tone techniques that Wolpe made so idiosyncratically expressive. But Cohen has argued (in Limits of National History: Yoko Ono, Stefan Wolpe, and Dilemmas of Cosmopolitanism, published in the summer 2014 issue of Musical Quarterly) that their friendship was based on something deeper ­ their shared status as exiles

Yoko Ono Expo van Nico Koster CoBrA Beatles Sierhuis bij LamBert

Expo Nico Koster CoBrA Beatles Sierhuis at Lambert
Feb. 14. ’15, 08:23

From Sunday, March 1st Exhibition of the famous photographer Nico Koster and Famous artist Jan Sierhuis (CoBrA) at Galerie Lambert in the beautiful town of Ootmarsum Art.

The creator of the famous World-pictures of John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Hilton in 1969 and the CoBrA artists, former gallerist of Jaski Amsterdam
Nico Koster, former press photographer of De Telegraaf, exhibits from March 1 at Galerie Lambert, Church Square 8 in Ootmarsum.
Historical photographs from 1969 of Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono artist are known. The couple was on their honeymoon for a week in bed in room
902 of the Amsterdam Hilton, as a protest against the Vietnam War. the
photos are included in the collection of the National Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.

Expo van Nico Koster CoBrA Beatles Sierhuis bij LamBert
14 feb. ’15, 08:23

Vanaf Zondag 1 maart Expositie van de bekende Fotograaf Nico Koster en de Bekende kunstenaar Jan Sierhuis ( CoBrA ) bij Galerie LamBert in het mooie Kunst Stadje Ootmarsum.

De maker van de Wereld beroemde Foto s van John Lennon en Yoko Ono in het Hilton 1969 en van de CoBrA kunstenaars, ex galeriehouder van JASKI in Amsterdam
Nico Koster, voormalig persfotograaf van De Telegraaf, exposeert vanaf 1 maart in Galerie LamBert, Kerkplein 8 in Ootmarsum.
Zijn historische foto’s uit 1969 van Beatle John Lennon en echtgenote kunstenares Yoko Ono zijn bekend. Het echtpaar bleef op hun huwelijksreis een week lang in bed in kamer 902 van het Amsterdamse Hilton hotel, als protest tegen de Vietnam oorlog. De
foto’s zijn opgenomen in de collectie van het Rijksmuseum en in het Museum of Modern Art.

Yoko Ono in Motion(less) Pictures: The Cinema of Stasis

A number of Yoko entries in the index of this book,. including WATER , EYE BLINK, ONE Match, Apotheosis,

Motion(less) Pictures: The Cinema of Stasis

Mar 17 2015

Conducting the first comprehensive study of films that do not move, Justin Remes challenges the primacy of motion in cinema and tests the theoretical limits of film aesthetics and representation. Reading experimental films such as Andy Warhol’s Empire (1964), the Fluxus work Disappearing Music for Face (1965), Michael Snow’s So Is This (1982), and Derek Jarman’s Blue (1993), he shows how motionless films defiantly showcase the static while collapsing the boundaries between cinema, photography, painting, and literature.

Analyzing four categories of static film–furniture films, designed to be viewed partially or distractedly; protracted films, which use extremely slow motion to impress stasis; textual films, which foreground the static display of letters and written words; and monochrome films, which display a field of monochrome color as their image–Remes maps the interrelations between movement, stillness, and duration and their complication of cinema’s conventional function and effects. Arguing all films unfold in time, he suggests duration is more fundamental to cinema than motion, initiating fresh inquiries into film’s manipulation of temporality, from rigidly structured works to those with more ambiguous and open-ended frameworks. Remes’s discussion integrates the writings of Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, Tom Gunning, Rudolf Arnheim, Raymond Bellour, and Noel Carroll and will appeal to students of film theory, experimental cinema, intermedia studies, and aesthetics.

About the Author

Justin Remes is a special lecturer in film and literature at Oakland University. His essays have appeared in Cinema Journal, Screen, the British Journal of Aesthetics, and Film-Philosophy.

1. Introduction: The Filmic
2. Serious Immobilities: Andy Warhol, Erik Satie, and the Furniture Film
3. Stasis in Fluxus: Disappearing Music for Face and Protracted Cinema
4. Boundless Ontologies: Michael Snow, Wittgenstein, and the Textual Film
5. Colored Blindness: Derek Jarman’s Blue and the Monochrome Film
6. Conclusion: Static Cinema in the Digital Age
Appendix 1. The Cinema of Stasis
Appendix 2. Films Relevant to Understanding the Cinema of StasisNotesIndex

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Robert Christgau:Expert Witnessc Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band /

[posted by Webmaster on 2014-10-31]

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band:
Take Me to the Land of Hell



Recorded in the six months preceding Ono’s 80th birthday and released seven months after it, this is a quantum livelier and more assured than Between My Head and the Sky, Ono’s 2009 album with her and Sean’s revival of her and John’s band/concept. In fact, it outstrips 1981’s Season of Glass and 1995’s Rising, surely her two standouts from a pop perspective. In other words, this justly renowned avant-pop figurehead not only made a good album as she looked 80 in the face, she made her best album, separated from her previous peak by 18 years, which was separated in turn from its previous peak by 14 years. That’s what I call a life. Crucially, failed frontman Sean mirrors the boss’s artistic appetite and force of personality by overseeing a studio-rock that’s as eclectic as it is unified. There are clubby beats and avant-noise and straight rock guitar; there’s a song that starts with little bells and a song that anchors his mom’s ululations to bassy avant-funk. Of course she preaches peace and bemoans her desolation and tells us to dream. But my two faves are both quite funny for an artist some stupidly pigeonhole as pretentious: “Bad Dancer” and “Leaving Tim.” Both are about what they say they’re about, and delighted as I am that a Fluxus grad who’s been known to flirt with EDM should giggle about breaking a leg, I’m even more delighted to hear an old woman break off snippily and light-heartedly from her latest boyfriend. A MINUS