31 October 2012

happy halloween


01. De ensomme (The Lonely Ones), 1899. 
02. Kvinnen II (The Woman II), 1895.
03. Tiltrekning I (Attraction I), 1896.
04. Sommernatt. Stemmen (Summer Night. The Voice), 1894–95.
05. Vampire II, 1895–1902.
06. Ashes II (After the Fall), 1899.
07. Kyss IV, 1897-1902.
08. Anxiety, 1896.
09. Madonna, 1895–1902.

These haunting prints, lithographs, and woodcuts by Edvard Munch seem to me to embody the mood of the season...smoke spiraling up to faraway stars, impenetrable shadows, fear of encroaching darkness and cold, questions of mortality, webs of intrigue, shivers of warm pleasure rebelling against the chill night. The simple spooky titles of the works only add to their evocative mystery. (And is it just me, or is the first piece reminiscent of Poe?)

As the North Carolina Museum of Art website puts it, "After a century the prints have lost none of their raw power to move us. They provoke questions—about life, death, love, sex, what it means to be human—questions that can never be answered but are still worth asking."

All images courtesy of the NCMA's Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print exhibit, which is drawn from the MoMA's collections. If you're in Raleigh and you're able to go see this exhibit - I'm jealous! It's there through February 2013.


30 October 2012

sixties songs forever

Three musical obssessions of late:

This song, and its remix, above - I can't stop watching the animation, those snapping trees are the bomb.

The Zombies...covering a Motown song. In France. Why don't people dance like that anymore?

Hottie extraordinaire Colin Blunstone looks like Tom Welling plus James Marsden in a hipster sweatshirt. Sadly it's hard to see my fave face-melter Rod Argent in the clip (moar keyboard plz!), so watch this goofy spot promoting Bunny Lake Is Missing (which is definitely now next on my to-watch list) if you're craving more Sixties rock band silliness.

And okay, this is from the Seventies, but it rocks.

What have you been listening to on these rainy, windy days? We came through Sandy just fine, and though we're stranded thanks to the subways being closed, I'm grateful and holding those less fortunate in my thoughts.