Monday, January 31, 2011
"It is the future generation that presses into being by means of
these exuberant feelings and supersensible soap bubbles of ours."
"The hot night makes us keep our bedroom windows open.
Our magnolia blossoms. Life begins to happen.
My hopped up husband drops his home disputes,
and hits the streets to cruise for prostitutes,
free-lancing out along the razor's edge.
This screwball might kill his wife, then take the pledge.
Oh the monotonous meanness of his lust. . .
It's the injustice . . . he is so unjust–
whiskey-blind, swaggering home at five.
My only thought is how to keep alive.
What makes him tick? Each night now I tie
ten dollars and his car key to my thigh. . . .
Gored by the climacteric of his want,
he stalls above me like an elephant."
Robert Lowell, from Selected Poems 1976
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Girl in Bed, Lucian Freud, 1952
Robert Lowell died from a heart attack in 1977 while riding in a taxicab from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Manhattan.
He had visited Caroline Blackwood in Ireland and with him he had Lucian Freud's painting of Caroline; Girl in Bed. He was holding
it in his arms as he died.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Caroline Blackwood and Robert Lowell, Walker Evans, 1973
Caroline Blackwood began a relationship with the american poet Robert Lowell in 1970, they were married in 1972.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Caroline Blackwood, Walker Evans, February 1958
There was about her an extraordinary quality which I can only describe as a brilliant darkness. / Anna Haycraft
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Caroline and Lucian the day after their marriage, 1953
Caroline in Soho, London, 1955
With Cyril Connolly outside Wheeler's restaurant in Soho, London, 1954
Friday, January 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Hotel Bedroom, Lucian Freud, 1954
The painting shows Caroline Blackwood and Lucian Freud in a hotel room in Paris.
Caroline Blackwood married Lucian Freud in 1953 and their marriage was dissolved in 1958.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, 1951 (oil on copper) Wanted poster designed by Lucian Freud in 2001. The portrait was stolen from an exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin in 1998, sometime between 11 AM and 3 PM, May 27, and disappeared without a trace.
"Posters beg Berliners to bring back the Bacon" , The Guardian, June 22, 2001
"Bringing home the Bacon" , The Guardian, June 23, 2001
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud in Dean Street Soho, Harry Diamond, 1974
Bacon and Freud met in 1945 through the artist Graham Sutherland and became close friends.
At one point, they met on an almost daily basis, frequently at The Colony Room in Soho.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Francis Bacon, Jane Bown, 1985
Jane Bown talks about what it was like photographing the artist Francis Bacon in his London studio,
in The Guardian, October 10, 2008.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Cecil Beaton in Group Portrait with Friends, about a portrait Francis Bacon painted of him in 1960; cited by Simon Ofield in his essay
Cecil Beaton: Designs on Francis Bacon (p. 33). A short while after it was finished Bacon destroyed the painting. Ofield writes:
Bacon rang Beaton and explained that he did not want him to have a painting he did not like. Beaton wrote in his diary that evening that
he was sorry the canvas was ‘destroyed and that there is no visible result from all those delightful, interesting and rare mornings’.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Activity in the Santa Fe R.R. yard, Los Angeles, Calif. All switch lights, head lights and lamps have been shaded from above in accordance with blackout
regulations. The heavy light streaks are caused by paths of locomotive headlights and the thin lines by lamps of switchmen working in the yard. Santa Fe
R.R. trip, Jack Delano, 1943
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
View in a departure yard at C & NW RR's Proviso (?) yard at twilight, Chicago, Ill. Brakeman is signaling with a red flare and the train is going by during
exposure, Jack Delano, 1942