I posted before on the Sam Shepard personna. I neglected to talk much about Sam Shepard the playwrite. Mark Lawson does a great job of summing up Sam’s work in his piece for the Guardian. It starts off this way.
Sam Shepard, who has died aged 73, was perhaps the only American literary giant who could have written the screenplay for a major movie and also played the romantic lead.
Sam beonged to that great American literary tradition, writing about the dark side of American identity. The tough guy needs love too!
Indeed! Matt is one of the creative geniuses of our era. If you do not recognize the name, he was the creative force behind the Simpsons. He has done a lot more than that, and is coming out with a new cartoon series called “Disenthantment”.
Set in a ruined medieval city called Dreamland, it will follow the grubby adventures of an alcoholic princess, her elf companion and a demon. Groening himself has said: “Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.”
Yes, it is a comedy. Stewart Heritage gets into this and Groening’s other work for the Guardian.
It is a fun read!
Reif Larsen offers an enchanting view of how the Tate Modern changed the museum experience. Here is a peek
Perhaps even more unusual than the Tate Modern’s choice of an abandoned power station for a home was its approach to the building itself. In an architectural competition filled with overwrought interventions, Herzog & de Meuron’s winning design was most notable for its restraint: The plan left Scott’s brick shell largely untouched and drew out its industrial features rather than mask them. The architects have said that the smartest move of their careers was to make the great void of Turbine Hall, the former engine house, even bigger by dropping its floor to the basement level and allowing the visitor to enter down a long ramp.
Here is a view of the great Turbine Hall
This is a new book by Gibberd and Hill that celebrates modernist style in residential architecture. The Guardian has a nice montage of images.
My favorite is
Pierre Chareau and Bernard Bijvoet: Maison de Verre Paris 1932. Here is a view of the interior
If you need an introduction to modernism, you could do much worse. Pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy!
Oliver Wainwright offers a glimpse at the best new buildings in the UK. A decision will be made this coming October which will win the Stirling Prize.
I found the addition to the British Museum to be quite amazing.
… you would be forgiven for not knowing that Richard Rogers had added a £135m extension to the British Museum: 70% of it is underground and off-limits to the public. Cleverly shoehorned into the museum’s north-west armpit, sandwiched between seven listed buildings, the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre provides enough space to bring the museum’s entire collection together on the Bloomsbury site for the first time. Doing for the back-of-house what Norman Foster did for the front with his Great Court in 2000, the project provides light-flooded conservation studios as well as a new 1,100-sq-metre column-free exhibition hall – not forgetting the biggest truck-lift in Europe to ferry chunks of antiquity down into the storage vaults, the size of 14 Olympic swimming pools. It is open-heart surgery on an epic scale.
As a painter, René Magrite is iconic
But as Jacques Meuris points out, Magrite’s style was not totally detached from aesthetic movements of his day, as they were being felt in his native Belgium. The revival of romanticism as well as art nouveaux and its obsession with symbols.