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NEW YORK (AFP) — Robert Rauschenberg, 82, one of the towering figures of 20th century art, died at his home in Florida overnight, a spokeswoman for the Pace Wildenstein gallery in New York told AFP Tuesday.
Rauschenberg, perhaps most famous for his “Combines” of the 1950s, was one of the celebrated figures of the Pop-Art scene, often using “found” material in his iconic works.
“I wanted something other than what I could make myself and I wanted to use the surprise and the collectiveness and the generosity of finding surprises,” he said in a 2005 interview with Art Info magazine, in which he discussed the iconic series.
“If it wasn’t a surprise at first, by the time I got through with it, it was,” he explained. “The object itself was changed by its context and therefore it became a new thing.”
Rauschenberg worked across genres, and was known for assemblage, conceptualist methods, printmaking, painting, sculpture and was even active in the field of choreography.
He was the first American artist to win the Grand Prize at the 1964 Venice Biennale, one of the art world’s most prestigious honors.
He shares a place with art giants Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns as a forerunner of American Minimalism and Pop Art, breaking what had until that time been a stranglehold by Abstract Expressionist artists in US galleries and museums.
Rauschenberg was named one of “the Century’s 25 Most Influential Artists” by the influential publication ARTnews in its May 1999 issue. He was also the first living American artist to be featured by Time magazine on its cover, a sign of how deep was his influence in shaping and reshaping the US cultural landscape.
Born Milton Rauschenberg in Texas on October 22, 1925, Rauschenberg was raised in a Christian fundamentalist family and originally wanted to become a minister.
He discovered a talent for drawing when he was 22 and serving in the US navy.
After leaving the military in 1948, he studied art at the private studio school Academie Julian in Paris, but moved to North Carolina less than a year later to continue his studies at Black Mountain College in North Carolina under masters including the Bauhaus movement’s Josef Albers.
After North Carolina, Rauschenberg, like many other Black Mountain alumni, moved to New York, where he took classes at the Art Students League between 1949-1951.
He worked in New York City and on Captiva Island, Florida where he died early Tuesday.



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Man, I spend a lot of time on the internet.  I should have known to do just a LITTLE BIT of searching before I made that request.  Within two minutes I had found a wikipedia page on Joyland which had excellent information and included a link to a site called Remember Joyland which had all sorts of awesome photos of Joyland. 

The clown’s name was Louie.  Here are a couple of pix.  Now, I realize that this picture might not do justice to Louie’s true evil nature, but I promise, he is a spooky dude.  Don’t let his jocular appearance fool you.  That is how he lures you in. 

I love the internet. 

Louie the Clown

Louie the Clown II

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I recently have come across a number of postings, particularly on ebaumsworld (which, like Pretty Frank, I check daily), with photo collections of scary clowns, like below –

scary clown

The only problem is that these clowns are SUPPOSE to look scary.  And I guess they are.  I would certainly shit twice and die if I found this in my closet, under my bed, or simply sitting at my bedside, waiting for me to see it and shit twice and die. 

But my Wichita friends, if they grew up in doo dah or at least within spitting distance, will know and agree with me that the scariest clown in the history of friggin scary clowns is (or was) the clown at Joyland. 

For those of you who have been deprived the opportunity of experiencing this most evil of clowns, well, I would try to explain, but it would be much like trying to describe the color blue to a blind man.  You just had to be there. 

My first question is:  Is the clown still there?  I cannot imagine it still is,  still sitting at that one-man-band/player piano thing all these years later (I was 8 years old when it was scaring the peewaddin’ out of me.  I am 41 now).   If it is, could someone PLEASE go take a picture of it, or better yet, go video it.  I live in North Carolina now, and don’t often get back to the Great Plains (growing up I always thought Kansas was the Midwest.  Come to find out most of the rest of the country thinks Ohio and Indiana is the Midwest.  I am sorry, but if you are East of the Mississippi, then you are not West.  Ohio and Indiana should be referred to as the Near East.  But I guess this is another blog post, isn’t it?). 

If it is not there, please tell me if I am not the only one with this deep-down-where-you-live terror of this clown (and as a result, of clowns in general).


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my word blog has been started/added to the blogroll.
feel free to visit me there, too.

xo, Fs

textual deviant

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it’s 6:19 and grey. my windows are open. i’m home with a stomach virus that jumped ship from bean tostada to intestine island and my down there thinks it’s monday night on mass street circa 10 pm. broken glass, dicks out, vomit et al.

so i’m not especially a good candidate for new posting, but–on monday night after getting hit in the face for the third and final time by a drunk’s KU flag i looked around at the crushed flowers beneath my feet, the hairy balls 20 feet from my face, the multitude of straw cowboyhatted soroity girls in broken form and challenged myself to find the art. because someone somewhere will reduce an experience like that to an eloquent concentrate and i want to push myself to be that person. for me, art must reduce experience to its essence. all experience. positive negative vomit sunshine. that’s my new.

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BELLEVUE, Ohio — Police said an Ohio man has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a picnic table.
Police arrested Arthur Price Jr. after an anonymous tipster dropped off three DVDs that reportedly showed Price in the act.

According to NBC Toledo, Ohio, affiliate WNWO-TV, the videos show Price tilting the metal round picnic table on its side and then laying up against it to have sexual intercourse with the table. Afterward, he can then be seen cleaning the table and the deck.

During questioning, he reportedly admitted to having sex with the table. Police said he also admitted to bringing the table inside his home for sex.

Price faces four counts of public indecency. He was freed after posting $20,000 bond, authorities said.

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