Archive for the ‘art’ Category

half naked and full of criticism

September 27, 2011

happy new year all my dear friends

wanted to recommend my friend, Zvi Arom’s, web site which houses his poems
some of the lines are so touching, i wish i would have been writing them. i think i am going to use some of these lines in my SMS

i am especially proud of the fact that Guy Horowitz, added music to one of the poems and created this wonderful clip



it doesn’t interest me

May 10, 2010

spent the weekend with Limor in NYC

now, my lover is gone and i am alone. again.

the shopping highlight of the weekend was anthropologie

irit my sister loves it; Anat, Danny’s wife wants it, and apparently, as i found out this weekend, Limor needs it.

as is common in such cases, i spent too much time (and money) in several of the brand’s stores

they are wonderful. clothing (for women), stuff for home, shoes, and more

some funny stories too. but more on that later.

anyhow, as a guy who spends hours in girls’ stores, trying to help in decision making, after a while, you are saturated.

was hoping they would provide free espresso for guys. nop.

but then, there is the savior. not emails, but books. available on premise.

this is where you get a chance to find out about stuff you probably would not otherwise.

here is one of my discoveries.

hope you enjoy it as much as i do


the invitation

by oriah

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments

music on the go – Lifetrons micro speakers

April 6, 2010

unfortunately, i am a critical person. very hard to satisfy. i tell myself that there is a balance in that: once i am satisfied, it is a real satisfaction. nice little personal lie. but it works. try it.

so, when is see a great product:

  • good design,
  • quality performance,
  • reasonable price

i become happy and hopeful.

it also generates a sense of ownership in me.

happens to me with good clothing. it happens with cars (think Peugeot 205 GTI – the car that changed my life. red GTI.)

in a related but very different way, art does that to me. think Gerhard Richter’ The Cage Paintings‘ at the Tate Modern, or Monet water lilies at the orangerie.

Breath taking. you have to sit down and try to grasp

Now back to products, not art.

music on the go is important. da. iPod is an indication. so was the walkman.

but if you travel a lot, you also want great sound in your hotel room. or when you are with friend.

picked up the Lifetrons drumbass micro speaker

i recommend it:

  • well designed
  • extremely small and therefore mobile. check out the picture again to see the minute proportions
  • connects to iphone and laptops, thru the hand set connection. charges thru a USB port.
  • no other plugs, can almost carry in your pocket.
  • (have not checked on battery life yet, but i am counting on the easy recharge using USB)

and most importantly

  • great sound. surprisingly good.

atame – bind me

March 14, 2010

saw this beautiful collection of jewelry by barbara bui in a magazine advertisement on a plane from paris to detroit. the name atame, bind me , is the name of the new jewelry line

the snake here represents, i am told, rebirth, reproduction and wisedom.

i would add passion, bold, beauty, fear?

interesting jewlery collection. not sure too many girls i know would where it

anyhow, would love to know who is the photographer.

reminds me of richard avedon’s photograph of  natasia kinski and the snake for a 1981 vogue magazine shoot

and also

rachel weisz for esquire 2004


February 24, 2010

rudyard kipling, i believe, is best remembered for the jungle book and for wining the noble prize

if you did not receive this poem on a fake parchment skin (קלף עור) for some birthday in the late 70’s. perhaps it is a good time to read it

Kipling is said to have written the poem ‘If’ with Dr Leander Starr Jameson in mind, who led about five-hundred of his countrymen in a failed raid against the Boers, in southern Africa. The ‘Jameson Raid’ was later considered a major factor in starting the Boer War (1899-1902).

a great movie about the boers  war is breaker morant which i think of often in regards to the goldstone report

And on a different subject, here’s a demonstration of the power of your own brain, which makes a jumbled use of Rudyard Kipling’s inspirational poem ‘If’.

‘if’ by rudyard kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master,
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

from businessballs:

Rudyard Kipling’s (1865-1936) inspirational poem ‘If’ first appeared in his collection ‘Rewards and Fairies’ in 1909.

‘If’ is perhaps even more relevant today than when Kipling wrote it, as an ethos and a personal philosophy. Lines from Kipling’s ‘If’ appear over the player’s entrance to Wimbledon’s Centre Court – a poignant reflection of the poem’s timeless and inspiring quality.

The beauty and elegance of ‘If’ contrasts starkly with Rudyard Kipling’s largely tragic and unhappy life. He was starved of love and attention and sent away by his parents; beaten and abused by his foster mother; and a failure at a public school which sought to develop qualities that were completely alien to Kipling. In later life the deaths of two of his children also affected Kipling deeply.

Rudyard Kipling achieved fame quickly, based initially on his first stories and poems written in India (he returned there after College), and his great popularity with the British public continued despite subsequent critical reaction to some of his more conservative work, and critical opinion in later years that his poetry was superficial and lacking in depth of meaning.

Significantly, Kipling turned down many honors offered to him including a knighthood, Poet Laureate and the Order of Merit, but in 1907 he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature. Kipling’s wide popular appeal survives through other works, notably The Jungle Book (1894) the novel, Kim (1901), and Just So Stories (1902).

60 years in 60 seconds

February 11, 2010

yoram taharlev is a prolific genius, a kind man and takes the path less traveled

take a look also at some goodies and oldies

apologies that this is in hebrew

when does spring start?

January 30, 2010

Spent the afternoon with Limor, her parents, and the kids

celebrated Limor’s birthday which took place this sunday (we did bazel, dizingoff, gordon, ben yehouda and back – mostly art galleries,  jewlery makers and off course, iceberg, the great ice cream store)

during our afternoon a few interesting discussions ensued. would love to hear your opinions

  1. when does spring start?
  2. when it rains, do you get more wet when you run, or walk?
  3. if you want your tea to chill down, when do you need to add the sugar

as far as everyone is concerned we are a nice normal family

when does spring start?

several answers came out:

  • when more days, the sky is blue then grey
  • when poppy flowers come out (and חרציות)
  • כשהחצב פורח. wait. no, no, no
  • כשהשלגיה פורחת
  • pesach. or purim. but wait, it rains every purim. so pesach? it is חג האביב, ל?א.
  • טו בשבת?
  • march 23
  • when the days start being longer, and you hear more birds

well for me, it is when the mango trees start creating their fruit. slow at first, then flowers, by august fruits. every day  a small progress.

the beauty for me is that the mango tree grow just ourside our bath window. i recommend this. plant a tree you love by your bathroom window. you will start every day with it. it is a love realtionship know one will discover.

the mangos started pushing sweet love out of their leaves this past week

welcome, spring

rain. walk or run?

running or walking during rain? when do you get more wet?

  • first, lets remove the element of time. you probably get there more quickly if you run.gil claims it does not matter, and in brainiac they showed that over the same path, the runner is wetter. how?
  • we decided it depends on the angle of the rain. if it is a steep angle, and you run, you cross more raindrops per second. if it is vertical, running is still wetter. got confused. help, can you? we decided it has to do with
  • the proportions of speed of run vs walk
  • the angle of rain/wind and
  • your body x section dimensions
  • alignment with wind speed

my advise:

“You get wet faster when you’re running, but you’re in it for less time.”

bottom line, do not get caught walking in the rain with you larger family, if you do not want this types of conversations. then again, maybe you do.

here is an interesting discussion favoring running.

read the answer, not the question

and another

look here as well (link is lost)

To stay drier, do you walk or run in rain? If you walk, researchers
say, you're all wet - Eric Sorensen, Seattle Times

and some more interesting links.
apparently an unsolved question:
a candian physicist point of view
a mathematician's 

Chill down

you want your hot tea to chill quickly

should you add the sugar first, or wait?

decided this depends on ΔT of the water and air. to the 4th degree.

so to chill down more quickly, keep the delta T high, add sugar later

still, when thinking of tea and cooling it. it think of my grandfather pundak, סבא ישעיהו , and his great ice tea

there is still the question of at which temperature it is best to drink your tea. and we have not added milk, yet…

for the Talpiot type readers, please, some help and observations

i guess i am rusty on my physics and the &# year old to 12year old threw too many ideas at me

Nothing is less real than realism

November 7, 2009

“It is only by selection,elimination, emphasis that we get at the real meaning of things” . O’keeffe’s words are relevant for the VC job as well.

went to the Georgia O’keeffe exhibition at the Whitney, called abstraction. the whitney is a nice building, by the way, designed by Marcel Breuer. its windows are unusual, and can be considered upside down.

i was greatly impressed by

  • how ground breaking O’keeffe’s work was and the pain it caused her to be misunderstood
  • her ability to break taboos and live away from the city
  • her relationship with alfred stieglitz and what it did artistically for both of them. his photographs of her are genius. for their letters, there is a great archive at the yale library . i really am impressed how he saw the light in her early, and promoted her, championed her despite their large age difference ~24 years.

okeeffe by steiglitzwith the fire inside her, and the confidence of a mentor, she had the poise to produce in a prolific manner; and as an avant-garde and true to herself, she had a great, long life.  a bit like matisse’s paper cuts, in her late years she was ill, her ability to produce was reduced, resulting in a new use of color, barely recognizable as O’keeffe.

i really want to spend more time photographing. would love to produce some great photos. good composition, good lighting. and making people satisfied. good art makes my stomach turn. after an hour at a good exhbition i need to rest. the exhiliration i reach is rarely matched by other experiences. a bit like runners high, or falling in love.

Love before first sight

October 17, 2009

Fiona TanEver been in love with someone without meeting them?

an actor or actress, through the silver screen?

how about falling in love with a person without seeing them?

perhaps a friend of a friend, through stories told with bright eyes?

for me, last week, it was fiona tan. a dutch artist. her work in the Dutch pavillion in the 2009 venezia bienalle, called Disorient,  was powerful in many ways:

  • presentation
  • images, their composition, granularity and tone
  • atmosphere and interaction created with the crowd
  • format of videolets, video segments of 2 minutes or less, connected in an interesting way, telling a touching, provoking story
  • how we think of ourselves, how we interpret others

she has quickly become one of my favored artists.

for more on her works and biography, looks at:

the firth street gallery

and a review of her exhibition at the new museum in NYC

and if you have never enjoyed video art before, here is some of the work i talked about from venezia

Think With the Senses, Feel With the Mind

December 1, 2008

there is no such thing as a good painting without an idea, and there is no such thing as a good idea without a form.

session with robert storr, dean, yale school or art, director of the last biennale.

Robert Storr is an American curator, academic, critic, and painter. He was named Dean of the Yale School of Art for a five-year period beginning July 2006 and was the director of the Venice Biennale in 2007. He has been described as a “vital link between the museum world and academia” and “a gifted writer”.

here is an interview

wrote 2 books on richter, my favorite current artist. doubt and belief in painting is an interesting one

key takeaways:

  • next biennale in june. i am going who is coming?
  • volta in basel as well


above richter

  • brazillian favelas as creating and designing a neighborhood


  • artists that are ‘successful’ are often not from the country in which they become popular. their identity and nationality is complex. if art is ahead of ‘culture’ by decades, how does that reflect on identity and globalization?
  • does art have silos?
  • demian hirst as ‘bad art’? important cultural figure but not good enough?
  • artists who have done well in their regions, local galleries, that is where real art happens
  • no real art capital where things are happening. berlin is going to be the next place.


a god has died, a new one is born.

  • wallid raad, the atlas project
  • suspicion of collective a priori requirements, though is an indispensable  phase
  • respect something that is moving along in its own way

identity should be like garments of north africa. once in a while some nakedness should be visible.

  • art as a form of foreign policy
  • maus, a great book
  • studio museum harlem
  • cartoons as art. i agree that it is an under-rated medium
  • art as a way to learn how to learn
  • artis, promoting israeli contemporary art
  • artis, art tours study abroad.
  • imitating art similar to learning another language.
  • breaching the barrier, like karioke for the first time