It was raining the whole day, since yesterday.
Our beloved budgie flew away…I doubt it if he would survive outside. Although I don’t like the image of a bird in a cage, I still got attached to him. It was actually my son’s. In retrospect I ask myself: why didn’t I close the cage properly?
Back to work…
While I sit and stitch in the studio I watched the film: Basquiat. O my word I love this movie, especially the following scenes:
There is a scene where Basquiat and his friend was shooting hoops and the actor Benicio del Toro shares his advice on how long it takes to become famous:
And then there is the fairytale told by Basquiat towards the end of the film…:
There was this little prince with a magic crown. An evil warlock kidnapped him, locked him in a cell in a huge tower and took away his voice. There was a window made of bars. The prince would smash his head against the bars hoping that someone would hear the sound and find him. The crown made the most beautiful sound that anyone ever heard. You could hear the ringing for miles. It was so beautiful, that people wanted to grab the air. They never found the prince. He never got out of the room. But the sound he made filled everything up with beauty.
I fell in love with the words right at the beginning and found out that it is from an article that appeared in Artforum called ‘Radiant Child” written by Rene Ricard:
Everybody wants to get on the Van Gogh Boat. There is no trip so horrible that someone won’t take it. Nobody wants to miss the Van Gogh Boat. The idea of the unrecognized genius slaving away in a garret is a deliciously foolish one. We must credit the life of Vincent van Gogh for really sending that myth into orbit. How many pictures did he sell. One. He couldn’t give them away. Almost no one could bear his work, even among the most modern of his colleagues. In the movie Lust For Life there is a scene of Kirk Douglas (as van Gogh) in front of La Grande Jatte being treated rudely by Georges Seurat. When I went to the Art Institute of Chicago to see the Grande Jatte, it was having a hard time competing with the white walls of the gallery. This habit of putting old pictures up against the white walls is deadly, the walls reflecting more light than the picture, but van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles was on the opposite wall and it was screaming at my back and I turned around and I listened. He has to be the most modern artist, still. Van Goghs don’t crack. But everybody hated them. We’re so ashamed of his life that the rest of art history will be retribution for van Gogh’s neglect. No one wants to be part of a generation that ignores another van Gogh. And yet looking at art history we see that these other guys were pros. They started when they were kids. They sold their work. They worked on commission. There is no great artist in all art history who was as ignored as van Gogh, yet people are still afraid of missing the Van Gogh Boat.
By Rene Ricard (https://artforum.com/inprintarchive/id=35643)
The soundtrack is also amazing….
And at some point during the day….this was the view from my studio:
What do you do on rainy days?
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Absolutely wonderful…I haven’t seen the movie, but I’m obsessed with Basquiat. I’m currently reading a book of poems by Kevin Young inspired by his work and life.
And John Cale has always been my absolute favorite interpreter of Cohen’s great song.
And thanks for the rainbow.
My daughter once saw a budgie hanging out with the pigeons in Riverside Park. Hopefully yours has found a place of his own.
Thanks for the words & kind thoughts about the budgie Memadtwo….(i love that idea that pigeons and budgies can be friends!) I recommend the movie if you like Basquiat. I saw on google that there is also a documentary about him called the Radiant Child! Cannot wait to see it. You make me curious about Kevin Young…will have to check that out too! Enjoy your weekend xxx
Thanks, you too!