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The Vitality of the Unknown: The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive January 29th - May 25th
Posted 3/8/14

On a large circular rug in the yawning atrium of the brutalist Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, they are playing a game. A sign welcomes you on the carpet though it requests you take off your shoes. It’s not too hard to figure out, but the MC pads across the carpet with bare feet and whispers to you the rules. Most but all wear white sleeveless sheets belted over their clothes, but not all. Echoing sounds of a couple playing music on a laptop and synths, they stand and lay and be... [more]

GEOslant with Carmen Winant: Soho & Fluxus  
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7/30/12 Posted 7/30/12

Soho was pretty much invented as a cool neighborhood by Fluxus. Fluxus founder, the artist George Maciunas, convinced developers to re-brand the area as an artist community making live-work lofts affordable for artists. Influenced by John Cage’s experimental chance-based music, Duchamp’s Dadaist readymades, and the Constructivists' amalgamation of life and art, Fluxus, as you may already know, was the most playful, most democratic, and arguably the most interesting avant-garde movement nurtured in New... [more]

Vintage Sleaze as an Art Primitive Erotica Returns to Delight and Offend Again  
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10/22/10 Posted 10/22/10

Vintage Sleaze continues to discover forgotten artists of the past and attract fans around the world.  Colorful, funny and often touching, writer (and Grammy™ nominee) Jim Linderman writes the text using the vintage cartoon gag and risque novelty collection of Victor Minx as a starting point for examinations into the sexy and sexist days of girlie magazines, gag digests, back page scams and sideshow midnight rambles.  Early strippers, models, illustrators, artists, photographers, mob publishers... [more]

Andy Warhol Original Source Material Found? Ephemera Pop Art!  
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1/6/10 Posted 1/6/10

Jim Linderman on his blog identifies a possible source for pop artist Andy Warhol work. A Heinz Tracing book intended to "brand" the company in young children's minds may have worked very well indeed!  The booklet, which was published in the SAME TOWN a year before Warhol was born  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1928) asked children to trace familiar Heinz products for fun, but the intent was to have young impressionable minds remember the company products.  Insidious and effective! Warhol was born in the... [more]


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