Archive for the Art Category

Costruzione dinamica di un galoppo, 1914-15

Posted in Art, Object with tags on October 19, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

19 October 1882 – 17 August 1916

Young Masters #12

Posted in Art, Photo with tags on October 19, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Gordon Matta-Clark with Jeffrey Lew

Pérégrinations de Georges Hugnet, 1935

Posted in Art, Object, Surrealism with tags , on October 19, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Now Playing #30

Posted in Art, Music, Now Playing with tags , , , on October 18, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

The original published score of Debussy’s La mer featured a well chosen detail from Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Though I don’t know it for a fact it doesn’t seem unlikely that Debussy shared the era’s fascination with Japanese art, and that it informed his musical aesthetic. That he was influenced by Far Eastern music, specifically Javanese gamelan, is well known. That musical impetus eventually returned to the East, where the great Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu was profoundly influenced by Debussy’s work. Takemitsu’s composition for two pianos and orchestra Quotation of Dream deploys quotations from La mer, while  Takemitsu described the work as analogous to the traditional Japanese garden whereby views of the landscape beyond through careful framing are included in the garden’s composition. One can imagine Takemitsu’s work as a microcosmic garden embedded in Debussy’s broader musical landscape, a novel and highly imaginative formal conception in music. If only one could know what Debussy would have made of it…

Le Martyre de saint Sébastien

Posted in Art, Dance, Music with tags , , , on October 16, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Le Martyre de saint Sebastien
In 1911 some of the greatest artists then working in Paris collaborated in a musical-dramatic spectacle, Le Martyre de saint Sébastien. The five act mystery play starred Ida Rubinstein in the title role, with text by Gabriele D’Annunzio, stage design by Leon Bakst, choreography by Michel Fokine and a full-scale orchestral score by Claude Debussy. Most of these artists were associated with the wildly popular Ballets Russes and producer Gabriel Astruc probably imagined he had a winner on his hands. The show proved a flop however and would likely be entirely forgotten today were it not for Debussy’s wonderful music. Perhaps the Parisian audience had lost its taste for that sort of overwrought confection, or maybe they were dissuaded from attending by that noted theatre critic the Archbishop of Paris, who forbade Catholics to see the play on pain of excommunication. This pronouncement, a perfect amalgam of meddling censoriousness, intimidation, misogyny and anti-semitism, would be surprising were it not so typical. In any event, here are some images that all may regard without danger to their souls.

Leon Bakst-Costume Designs
Ida Rubinstein as St Sebastien
Leon Bakst, Scenery for Act I
Ida Rubinstein as St Sebastien2
Leon Bakst, Costume for St Sebastien
Leon Bakst, Ida Rubinstein as St Sebastien
Leon Bakst, Scenery for Act IV

Walls paper

Posted in Art, Object with tags , on October 14, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Artist’s book by Gordon Matta-Clark, Buffalo Press, 1973

Sauve Qui Peut

Posted in Art, Object with tags , on September 26, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Stoneware jar designed by Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse and made in the factory of Choisy-Le-Roi, c. 1898



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