Sunday, February 17, 2019

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Angel Falls to Earth: Bruno Ganz Dies

by Gregg Chadwick

Bruno Ganz as the angel Damiel in Wim Wender's Classic Film Wings of Desire

Bruno Ganz  has died at 77 leaving us with a rich legacy. The Swiss film actor played numerous iconic roles over the years from an angel longing for human love in Wings of Desire to Hitler facing imminent defeat in DownfallThe New York Times reports that Bruno died at his home in Zurich.

 Bruno Ganz  left his mark on Berlin in Wender's Wings of DesirePainters, writers, and filmmakers from Max Beckmann to Christopher Isherwood to Wim Wenders have created visions of Berlin that still guide us across the city's potent memoryscape. 

Gregg Chadwick
The Angel of History
29"x73" oil and sumi on Japanese screen

In honor of Bruno, I am posting my oil and ink on screen painting The Angel of History  inspired by the writings of Walter Benjamin. 

Benjamin wrote: "This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such a violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward."
- Walter Benjamin, "Theses on the Philosophy of History," IX 

Solveig Dommartin and Bruno Ganz in Wim Wender's Classic Film Wings of Desire

Peter Falk in Wim Wender's Classic Film Wings of Desire

Look Closely: Are There Angels Hiding in the Ruins of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church?
photo by Gregg Chadwick (Berlin 2010)

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Martyn Joseph - Here Come the Young

Monday, February 04, 2019

Washington Post Super Bowl Message

by Gregg Chadwick

As an LA rams fan since I was a kid, I was disappointed in yesterday's game. But the telecast was enlivened with a powerful pro-journalism statement from The Washington Post.
Watch below:

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Kamala Harris Officially Announces Her Candidacy for President of the United States

“We are here because the American dream and our American democracy are under attack and on the line like never before. We are here at this moment in time because we must answer a fundamental question. Who are we? Who are we as Americans? So, let’s answer that question to the world and each other right now: America, we are better than this,” - Kamala Harris Jan 27, 2019 Oakland, CA 

Today we Remember the Holocaust

Education can help counter hate. More than ever it is imperative that we Never Forget! Today is International Day ⚡️ “It's the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz ๐Ÿ•ฏ

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Kamala Harris Tells It Like It Is

Currently, I am reading Kamala Harris' new book, The Truths We Hold
Highly recommended. 

"Americans who live paycheck to paycheck can't afford another day, let alone another week, of a government shutdown. Let's do the right thing and vote on a clean bill to reopen the government tomorrow." - Kamala Harris on Maddow Jan 23, 2019 

Monday, January 21, 2019

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Gregg Chadwick
An August Dream
18"x36" oil on linen 2009-2018

Watch #MLKNow 2019 by Blackout for Human Rights

The program is live now from Riverside Church, site of one of his most revolutionary speeches. It will include a panel on athletes and activism moderated by and a conversation between Ta-Nehisi Coates and . Watch it live here.

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Killers - Land Of The Free - Video by Spike Lee

Powerful and Timely! Kudos to The Killers and Spike Lee

"We got more people locked up than the rest of the world
Right here in red, white and blue
Incarceration's become big business
It's harvest time out on the avenue"

"So how may daughters, tell me how many sons
Do we have to put in the ground before we just break down and face it

We got a problem with guns"

Bob Lefsetz writes,"The message of the song, the message of the video. What does America stand for? But that wall hasn't been built yet and the Killers don't want it to be. They're making a statement that will reach their fans more than anything in the "New York Times," never mind Fox News. That's the power of art, to change minds.

And if this were the eighties, this video would be all over MTV, the talk of the nation. But in the teens, it's impossible to reach everybody. But disruption never sleeps, it's just a matter of who is willing to fight.

We've been overwhelmed with the innovation of the techies for two decades. But we've learned in the past few years that the majordomos have no moral center, which is why artists need to take the reins and make a statement.

Like the Killers."

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UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi's flawless floor routine is one for the ages.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Love AOC!

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her friends having a great time at Boston University in 2010! 

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Saudi Arabia | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

In solidarity with , and to honor the memory of Jamal , everyone should watch and share Hasan’s brilliant Saudi Arabia episode, which the Saudi government banned. It is still online on YouTube

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Robert Frost Recites -"Stopping by woods on a snowy evening"

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
-Robert Frost 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Merriam-Webster choses justice as the official Word of 2018

Merriam-Webster choses justice as the official Word of 2018

Monday, December 24, 2018

A look back at the 2018 Winter Olympics

A look back at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang
From Chloe Kim's dominant performance in the halfpipe to Hanyu Yuzuru's second consecutive gold medal in men's figure skating.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Season's Greetings!

 Love the latest holiday card from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Happy Holidays to all. 

Hear Barack Obama take the mic on Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' remix

We’re coming at you one last time with our final #Hamildrop and it’s one for the books. Listen to “One Last Time (44 Remix)” featuring Christopher Jackson, Bebe Winans, and Barack Obama.

Stream it:

Barack Obama reads George Washington's lines reflecting on his own administration:
“Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration
I am unconscious of intentional error
I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects
Not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors
I shall also carry with me the hope
That my country will view them with indulgence
And that after forty-five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal
The faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion
As I myself must soon be to the mansions of rest
I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat
In which I promise myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking
In the midst of my fellow citizens, the benign influence of good laws
Under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart
And the happy reward, as I trust
Of our mutual cares, labors and dangers”

Thursday, December 20, 2018

"Invention and Design: Early Italian Drawings" at the Morgan Library

Invention and Design: Early Italian Drawings at the Morgan

February 15 through May 19, 2019

From the Morgan Library and Museum Website:
"The Morgan’s impressive collection of Italian Drawings documents the development of Renaissance drawing practice from its beginnings in the fourteenth century and over the following two centuries. Drawings from the earlier part of the Renaissance—by artists born before 1500—are a particular strength of the collection, but this exhibition will be the first to focus on this material, featuring works by artists such as Mantegna, Filippo Lippi, Filippino Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Fra Bartolomeo, and Andrea del Sarto. The exhibition also explores the development of different and overlapping regional traditions in Tuscany, Umbria, Lombardy and Emilia, and Venice.
From the influence of medieval manuscript and painting workshops to the new practice of sketching, artists gradually moved away from imitation of standard models and to the invention of novel ways of thinking on the page and representing traditional subjects. Following shifts in artistic theory, workshop practice also began to embrace the practice of life study. As artists came to be recognized more as intellectuals than as craftsmen, a new class of collectors and connoisseurs created a market for autonomous drawings of classical subjects and other compositions. During the fifteenth century, portrait drawing also emerged as an independent genre, and artists invented new ways approaches to landscape drawing. Invention and Design: Early Italian Drawings at the Morgan explores all these developments and celebrates more than a century of innovation in drawing.
Invention and Design: Early Italian Drawings from the Morgan is made possible with generous support from the Scholz Family Charitable Trust, the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust, the Alex Gordon Fund for Exhibitions, and the Andrew W. Mellon Research and Publications Fund."
Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (active ca. 1467–ca. 1524), Head of a Bearded Man in Profile to the Right, ca. 1500, red chalk on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum, 1973.35:1, Gift of Jรกnos Scholz. Photography by Janny Chiu, 2018.

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"Happy Xmas (War is Over)" Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson ft. Sean Ono Lennon

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

H.E.R. at the Tiny Desk

Music Break! Watch as H.E.R. () stuns in her second appearance at the , showcasing not only her vocal mastery but also her skills as a multi-instrumentalist.