Tag Archives: artist

Bye Bye, Berger

Art critic, novelist, painter and poet John Berger died on Monday. Berger celebrated his 90th birthday last year and a BBC special and a very good documentary film marked the occasion. Here’s some of my Burnaway review for The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger. It’s followed by a YouTube playlist I made [...]

Posted in Art, Books | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Warhol ’65

1965, 50 years ago, was a big year for Andy Warhol, the filmmaker: He met Edie Sedgwick who starred in one of his best films, that year’s Poor Little Rich Girl. He also began collaborating with Paul Morrissey who helped Warhol take his cinematic ambitions to another level. Things were going so well behind the [...]

Posted in Art | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Witch of Kings Cross

This year we’re remembering the passing of Rosaleen Norton, 35 years ago in 1979. The infamous Australian occultist and artist lived the bohemian life of an artist in the red light district of Kings Cross, Sydney. Norton lived openly as a witch and created then-shocking paintings that found her demonized in the tabloids and targeted [...]

Posted in Art, Occult | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mapplethorpe Still Matters

Controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s work is still catching eyes 25 years after his death in March, 1989. Mapplethorpe was practically the subject of Patti Smith’s outstanding memoir, Just Kids and the artist’s work is currently featured in two new exhibitions. In an article titled “The Resurgence of Robert Mapplethorpe,” T explains: Two high-profile exhibitions are [...]

Posted in Art | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hermanos de Sangre

I’m planning to cover the Nashville International Film Festival for a variety of papers and blogs again this year. One of the films I’m most excited about is The Voice Thief by Alejandro Jodorowsky’s son, Adan who played the young boy in Santa Sangre. Here is a profile of Adan who is a musician in [...]

Posted in Cinema | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Alan Moore on Austin Spare

On this episode of the BBC’s The Culture Show, graphic novelist Alan Moore takes us on a personal tour of magician/occultist Austin Osman Spare’s old neighborhood — stopping in the pubs where the artist showed his magical/grotesque works, and strolling a gallery exhibition of Spare’s mysterious portraits, nudes and still lifes. Stay Awake! Please subscribe [...]

Posted in Art, Occult | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment
© 2017 Joe Nolan's Insomnia. All Rights Reserved.
Built by Paper Lion. #teamwork