Category Archives: Painting

Morocco, 1968

Over at Idiom, I’ve written a little something about the French filmmaker, former boyfriend of Nico, and perpetual enfant terrible Philippe Garrel, whose new film A Burning Hot Summer opens this week in New York.

Like practically all of Garrel’s films, it’s a fictionalized version of episodes from the filmmaker’s life. This one’s about his friendship with the painter Frédéric Pardo, who died in 2005, and whose psych-Romantic-Symbolist work graces the cover of Le Berceau de cristal, the face-melting Ash Ra Tempel soundtrack to the 1976 Garrel film of the same name.

The reason for all this backstory? Pardo also dabbled in film, making a short work that he—modestly—called Home Movie with his then-girlfriend Tina Aumont, who was filming yet another Garrel film (the experimental hippie-visionary Jesus epic La Lit de la Vierge) in Morrocco in 1968. You can watch a fragment of it on YouTube (though note that the music you hear has been added to this clip by the uploader):

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Damien Hirst’s “Spots”


Wow, just found this video over at Animal. Though hes not the first or last person to slam Hirst’s “work” as bourgeois hand jive. I found Hennesy Youngman’s critique to be spot-on(hehe) and quite funny.

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