Whenever I want to clear my mind I listen to Yumeji’s Theme, the main theme of Wong Kar-
Wai’s movie In The Mood For Love and composed by Shigeru Umebayashi. I hope you will enjoy this perfect combination of sound and image as much as I do…
I have always loved Yves Montand and his version of Les Feuilles Mortes.
I remember two weeks ago, I was in Paris with my husband and we were walking together in the beautiful park of the Tuileries. I enjoyed this Indian Summer in Paris very much and all of a sudden this song came into my mind. Even if I don’t want to insist on the dark side of life I definitely need to share this stunning version of Les Feuilles Mortes by Iggy Pop with you.
I visited “the 5th Ramone”, Arturo Vega, last week in NYC. I love this man, I love his art, his spirit, his humor… You know, a man of a certain age, who lived the hard life. Went through all the bad and all the good things. A Mexican whose father was killed when he was only one year old, whose best friends died of AIDS, drugs or alcool and who is still there. Alive and kicking, positive and fool of energy. I am very proud to let you know that my art agency will bring this great artist and friend to Amsterdam. In two weeks. For his first solo show in The Netherlands. Let’s celebrate. And, to finish in his own words: be well, stay sick.
Last weekend I was watching Down by Law (1986) by Jim Jarmusch with my husband-to-be. He knows this movie by heart, but I couldn’t remember all these incredible details from the time I had seen this movie…years ago. God, how I enjoyed these tragicomic guys…
Here is one of my favourite scenes from this wonderful story about three men in prison: Tom Waits as DJ Zack, Jack “John Lurie” the pimp and Roberto, the italian tourist, accused of being a manslaughter…
Dennis De Groot’s ‘Bare Essentials’ book is awesome…agreed by designers, and party goers, book lovers everywhere, the 50 page loose leaf ‘simpled down’ tribute to pop icons is mad good. This Saturday, our dear friend Hyland from Battalion, Lijnbaansgracht 206 in Amsterdam, will host, in conjunction with Klerkx Art Agency, a show of new work from Dennis ‘Essentials’. Should be radicool and we are honored. The opening is on Saturday June 16th, from 4pm till 10pm. Don’t miss it. Nice people, good music, snacks & drinks for sure…
I love Wong Kar Wai and the movie 2046 in particular. I would like to dedicate this trailer to any one who knows what it means to lose a big love… And who hasn’t? Love is a matter of timing.
In the days preceding his death, Patti wrote him the following letter. Sadly, he didn’t get a chance to read it.
You can watch Patti Smith reading the letter here.
(Source: Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids; Image: Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe in New York, 1970, via Interview.)
Often as I lie awake I wonder if you are also lying awake. Are you in pain or feeling alone? You drew me from the darkest period of my young life, sharing with me the sacred mystery of what it is to be an artist. I learned to see through you and never compose a line or draw a curve that does not come from the knowledge I derived in our precious time together. Your work, coming from a fluid source, can be traced to the naked song of your youth. You spoke then of holding hands with God. Remember, through everything, you have always held that hand, grip it hard, Robert, and don’t let go.
The other afternoon, when you fell asleep on my shoulder, I drifted off, too. But before I did, it occured to me looking around at all of your things and your work and going through years of work in my mind, that of all your work, you are still your most beautiful. The most beautiful work of all.
This one is for my husband-to-be: OvG. First time we listened to this song together was while we were driving to Bergen for a drink at the beach. Summer 2010. Sweet memories…