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"And even when you know the way it’s gonna blow, it’s hard to get around the wind."

"You will fall in love with train rides, and sooner or later you will realize that nowhere seems like home anymore."

- Shinji Moon (via perfect)

(Source: wordsthat-speak, via absintheenabled)


Nice place to set a camp.


This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

Benson and host Tyler Green discuss German artist Erich Heckel at particular length on this week’s show. These three Heckels show how the painter moved through French expressionism in order to arrive at his own distinct style. At top is the 1905 The Elbe at Dresden, which reveals Heckel’s interest in neo-impressionism. Then the 1909 Sand Diggers on the Tiber shows Heckel pairing dramatic brushstrokes (a la van Gogh) with spare but bright colors (a la the Matisse-led Fauves) with a dramatic perspective that is his own. Finally, in the 1910 Girl with a Doll Heckel nods at the French presentation of the nude, but otherwise the paint-handling, color and psychological content is all Heckel’s. 

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John Lennon, 1966. (Retouched by me)

John Lennon smokes on a TV set.
Lennon was known to smoke and drop ash on the floor even in other people’s homes. He also burnt holes in pianos and equipment by placing burning cigarettes on them.
Abbey Road put up notices asking them not to, but it made it worse. He would go in to panic attacks that he would run out of cigarettes and wouldn’t start interviews unless he had a full packet in front of him. Even when famous he would ask people to buy him cigarettes and bring them over. It became something of a joke. He once visited a hypnotist to try and stop but it didn’t work.


September 1964


John attaches to the string cigarette