CHIROT ZERO ZINE--ANNOUNCING NEW BLOG

Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
Chirot Zero Zine A Heap of Rubble--
Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
---
http://chirotzerozine.blogspot.com
the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at david.chirot@gmail.com
as with this blog, the arts are investigated as a part of rather than apart from the historical, economic, political actualities of yesterday, today, & tomorrow
as with al my blogs--
contributions in any language are welcome

Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... books.google.com/books?isbn=0312263805... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... www.huffingtonpost.com/.../leonard-peltier-american_n_265764.html - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667
icasualties.org/oif/

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453
http://icasualties.org/oef/


=

Cost of War in Iraq

$691,188,637,164

Cost of War in Afghanistan
$229,137,844,021

The cost in your community

www.nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual


VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL
No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
GAZA-GUANTANAMO-ABU GHRAIB—THE GLOBE
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
http://davidbaptistechirot.blogspot.com
Addresses: david.chirot@gmail.com
David Baptiste Chirot
740 N 29 #108
Milwaukee, WI 53208
USA

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'



Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'


The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.


The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

my works--corvinus-presse & Hendrik Liersch






> Dear Artist,
> you find my books:
> www.corvinus-presse.de
> Greetings from Berlin.
> Hendrik Liersch
>
>
> --
> Corvinus Presse Hendrik Liersch
> 12587 Berlin Bölschestr. 59
> Fax: 030 64488571
> www.corvinus-presse.de
> Noch bis 30. November läuft die Ausstellung im Foyer der
> Universitätsbibliothek der Freien Universität Berlin in der Garystraße
> 39. (U-Bahnhof Thielplatz) Ich zeige meine Stomps-Sammlung zum 110.
> Geburtstag des Verlegers Victor Otto Stomps. Der Katalog dazu hat 108
> Seiten und kostet 15 Euro. ISBN 978-3-910172-99-9



"that strange city which no one leaves before it has set its mark upon them . . . "














Ultimos Días Expo Esculturas Galería de Arte Estrategia


Exposición Colores y Formas - HASTA 13 DE NOVIEMBRE 2007
Esculturas de Luz María Soriano y Sofía Rosenzweig

Galería de Arte Estrategia - Dirección: Luis Carrera 1289, Vitacura, Santiago - Chile
Horario de atención: Lunes a Viernes de 12 a 14 hrs. y de 16 a 19 hrs.
Contacto: (56-2) 655 63 62 / 655 63 54 / 655 61 58
galeriaestrategia@estrategia.cl - www.galeriaestrategia.cl

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Friday, November 09, 2007

mail art project australia






hello david...although this project
is short notice i hope you send to
it and pass on the info
pete spence
 
 
theme. the modern horse
(some could think this means the bycycle)
 
size. up to A4
 
deadline. 15 december 2007
 
send to.
the modern horse
p.o.box 1
billinudgel
2483 n.s.w.
australia
 
exhibition through december and january
documentation after the show
 
 
thanks pete spence






Oracular Vision


as in coarse abrupt voices
poured the full tide of enigmatic song
I looked out the window
able to look at myself
easily lift the eyelids
where the sun broke from gloomy ravines
from the grave, from eternal darkness

to absorb darkness--

until all that remains--

is light

--d-b chirot

Join in the 5th Annual International Week Against the Apartheid Wall, Nov. 9-16

Join in the 5th Annual International Week
against the Apartheid Wall, Nov. 9-16

Today marks the beginning of the 5th Annual International Week against the Apartheid Wall, organized by the Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign. For more details, click here.

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation urges its member organizations and individual supporters to take action to protest U.S. support for Israel's illegal Apartheid Wall.

In July 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion ruling that Israel's Apartheid Wall is illegal, must be dismantled, and compensation paid to those adversely affected by it. The ICJ also ruled that all signatories to the 4th Geneva Convention must not "recognize the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall" nor "render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by such construction."

Despite this ICJ ruling, in May 2005, President Bush signed into law a supplemental spending bill for the war in Iraq, which included $50 million "for assistance for Israel to help ease the movement of Palestinian people and goods in and out of Israel." Israel then used this money to build high-tech "terminals" into the Apartheid Wall, thereby placing the United States in direct violation of the ICJ ruling.

In addition, in August 2007, the United States and Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase U.S. military aid to Israel to $30 billion over the next decade. This military aid helps Israel to maintain its illegal Apartheid Wall and military occupation, again in violation of the ICJ ruling.

TAKE ACTION

1. Contact your Members of Congress. To send a letter to your Members of Congress protesting the $30 billion MOU in military aid to Israel, click here.

2. Write a letter to the editor. To look up contact information for your local media, click here.

3. Download and distribute information. To download a US Campaign fact-sheet on the Apartheid Wall, click here.

4. Start a campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). To get resources and ideas on how to start a BDS campaign, click here.

5. Organize a teach-in or protest. To view a list of global events for the 5th Annual International Week against the Apartheid Wall and to add your event, click here.

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

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David-Baptiste Chirot: "Light Remains"


dbchirot light remains.pdf
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From painters, poet, composers:
(Seattle)



> Dear David-Baptiste,
> It is with deep gratitude to you that I'm sending you,
> and all the others on our list, a copy of your
> beautiful, provocative print. May it help us all to
> see that light remains as well as to realize that much
> work remains.

> With all good wishes,
> Josef


> By the way the exact message that was sent out with
> the pdf version of "Light Remains" follows:
>
> David-Baptiste Chirot explains: "'Light Remains' is
> from a series of pieces called 'No Place to Move,' a
> series within a much larger one to do with Walls,
> which has been going on for the last 17 months now."
>
> The title comes from a phrase he made for another
> series a few years ago: "'To absorb darkness until
> all that remains is light'--(the opposite of a Black
> Hole)--Light having the ancient associations which
> continue to this day--and 'Light Remains'--even when
> hope may seem gone--it remains--'One cannot hide from
> that which never sets,' as Heraclitus says. So though
> people my be Walled off, imprisoned, 'disappeared,'
> and turned into non-persons--yet they exist--and Light
> Remains--they are visible--and see through those
> fences and Walls--even when it says 'no place to
> move'--
>
> "A lot of the pieces are inspired by the situation of
> the people inside Gaza--and then extended and
> continuing to extend to many more areas and situations
> all around one in the world in which Walls may be
> thought of as censorship, surveillance, "security"—not
> only physical Walls, mental and spiritual ones--and
> ones made by language, built with words and images--
>
> "Light Remains" also as it is the constant in the
> relativity theory for example--all these Walls and
> words change through time--can be changed in time--so
> to see even through the fence and a chink in the
> Wall--is creating an opening--possibilities--"
>
> David-Baptiste's email address is:
> davidbchirot@hotmail.com.
>
> The pdf version of "Light Remains" is attached. An
> limited edition of 25 has been printed.
>
>

dbchirot light remains.pdf
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International Mail Art Project - "Schegge d'Arte"








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TREMOR 4 Nov 8-11







Tremor Live Arts presents:

tremor 4 <Live.doc>

Nov. 8-11/2007

Artists:

Aether9

Aeromostra


Alice Vogler (US/ boston)

Amy Kilgard (US/ san francisco)

Colectivo Individual Sub-versivo (COL/ bogotá)

Galarreta vs Leo Leo
(COL/ bogotá)

Damian Catera (US/ jersey city)

Elizabeth Farfán (US/ oakland)

Fantasmas (COL/ bogotá)

Fernando Pertuz (COL/ bogotá)

Homemade Antenna (US/ berkeley)

Jeffery Byrd (US/ cedar falls)

JV (USA/ boston)

Lezli Rubin-Kunda (ISR/ Tel Aviv)

Lucas Kelly (US/ new jersey)

Milan Kohout (US/ boston)

Nathan Shafer (US/ new jersey)

Patrick Mulligan (US/ boston)

[r-lab] (COL)

Sandrine Schaefer & Philip Fryer (US/ boston)

Travis McCoy Fuller (ITA/ rome)

uff no es tv (ARG + COL)

Vassya Vassileva
(BUL/ Simeonovo; Sofia)



Tremor is a place for creating vibrations that activate moments en space
and time through art.


Please visit : http://tremor4.templeofmessages.com for schedule and artists info.




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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

convocatoria mail art/net art nuc2008





a/catala
b/castellano
c/english 

art correu-net art

NUC 2008

PLATAFORMA CIUTADANA

EN DEFENSA

DE LES TERRES DEL SÉNIA

Nuc 2000 i Nuc 2005 pretenien vincular persones i territoris, en el cas de Nuc 2005 en contra del PHN i a favor d'una nova cultura de l'aigua. Amb aquesta nova convocatòria, Nuc 2008, pretenem que artistes de les terres del Sénia i d'arreu del món tornen a formar un "nuc", aquest cop per a fer un front comú contra la creixent contaminació, i més especialment, per la que podria afectar espais naturals fins ara protegits.

La instal·lació d'una central regasificadora en territori valencià, però amb perjudicis per a totes les rodalies, ha impulsat la gent del Sénia a formar una plataforma com la que en el seu dia fou la del No al Transvasament i alhora formular aquesta convocatòria seguint la tradició de "Nuc 2005. Per una nova cultura de l'aigua". És a dir, en defensa del medi ambient i en contra de la contaminació

Les obres s'enviaran a:                    

                                                      Nuc 2008

                                                      Biblioteca  IES Sòl-de-Riu

                                                      Passeig Joan Maragall, s/núm.

                                                      43530 Alcanar

                                                               (TARRAGONA)

La mesura i les tècniques a utilitzar són lliures. Tot i que preferim el format electrònic en jpeg, amb un màxim d'1 Mb.

No oblideu enviar les vostres dades personals, especialment el correu electrònic, per a fer-lo servir en posteriors comunicacions.

La data màxima d'entrega és el pròxim 31 de desembre de 2007. 

Les obres s'exposaran per mitjà d'un àlbum web, la direcció del qual és: www.picasaweb.google.es/bibliotecaIESAlcanar . I es farà una projecció pública de les obres a l'exposició d'un treball de recerca de Batxillerat.

Els treballs no seran retornats i passaran a formar part del fons documental de la biblioteca de l'IES Sòl-de-Riu.

Mail de consulta:

araniel7@hotmail.com   (Arantxa García Garriga)

Ho convoquen: NUC, Biblioteca IES Sòl de Riu, Arantxa García Garriga

nuc2005.iespana.es

Hi col·laboren: Taller del Sol, boek861.com
COPIEU I PASSEU

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arte correo-net arte

NUC/NUDO 2008

PLATAFORMA CIUDADANA

EN DEFENSA

DEL TERRITORIO DEL SÉNIA

 

Nuc/Nudo 2000 i Nuc/Nudo 2005 pretendían vincular personas y territorios, en el caso de Nuc/Nudo 2005 en contra del PHN i a favor de una nueva cultura del agua. Con esta nueva convocatoria, Nuc/Nudo 2008, pretendemos que artistas del territorio del Sénia y de todo el mundo vuelvan a formar un "nuc/nudo", esta vez para hacer frente común contra la creciente contaminación, y especialmente, por la que podría afectar espacios naturales hasta ahora protegidos.

La instalación de una central regasificadora en territorio valenciano, pero con perjuicios para las zonas cercanas, ha impulsado a la gente del Sénia a formar una plataforma como la que en su día fue la del No al Trasvase y también a formular esta convocatoria siguiendo la tradición de "Nuc/Nudo 2005. Por una nueva cultura del agua". Es  decir, en defensa del medio ambiente y en contra de la contaminación.

Las obras se enviarán a:                    

                                                      Nuc/Nudo 2008

                                                      Biblioteca   IES Sòl-de-Riu

                                                      Passeig Joan Maragall, s/núm.

                                                      43530 Alcanar

                                                               (TARRAGONA)

El tamaño y las técnicas a utilizar son libres. Aunque preferimos el formato electrónico en jpeg, con un máximo de 1 Mb.

No olvidéis enviar vuestros datos, especialmente el correo electrónico, ya que nos será útil para posteriores comunicaciones.

La fecha límite de entrega es el próximo 31 de diciembre de 2007. 

Las obras se expondrán por medio de un álbum web, la dirección del cual es: www.picasaweb.google.es/bibliotecaIESAlcanar . Se hará una proyección pública de las obras en la exposición de un trabajo de investigación de Bachillerato.

Los trabajos no serán devueltos y pasarán a formar parte del fondo documental de la biblioteca del IES Sòl-de-Riu.

Mail de consulta:

araniel7@hotmail.com   (Arantxa García Garriga)

Convocan: NUC, Biblioteca IES Sòl de Riu, Arantxa García Garriga

nuc2005.iespana.es

Colaboran: Taller del Sol, boek861.com

Versión castellana: Tomàs Camacho Molina

COPIAD Y PASAD

1
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mail art-net art

 

NUC (KNOT) 2008

CITIZEN PLATAFORM

FOR THE PROTECTION

OF "LES TERRES DEL SÉNIA" (THE SENIA TERRITORY)

Nuc 2000 i Nuc 2005 wanted to gather people and territories together against the National Hydrological Plan (PHN) and in favour of a new "Water Culture". With this new gathering, Nuc/Knot 2008, we intend that artists from the Senia and the rest of the world face the increasing pollution especially in the  up-to-now protected natural areas. The establishment of a new "gas station" in the Valencian territory will damage all these surroundings, has stimulated the people from the Senia to create a platform similar to that of "Nuc/knot 2005 a new water culture" which fought against the River Ebre diversion. That is, a platform to protect our environment, against pollution.

You can send your work to

                                                      Nuc/Knot 2008

                                                      Biblioteca  IES Sòl-de-Riu

                                                      Passeig Joan Maragall, s/núm.

                                                      43530 Alcanar

                                                               (TARRAGONA)

Dimensions and techniques of your work are free. However, we would rather receive electronic projects in jpeg up to 1 Mb.

Do not forget to send your personal data, especially e-mail address, to contact you in the future.

The due date will be 31st December 2007.

Your projects will be exhibited on www.picasaweb.google.es/bibliotecaIESAlcanar . And they will be shown in the research project talk of one of our Secondary School students.

Your projects shall not be sent back. They will remain at the school library.

Contact address; araniel7@hotmail.com   (Arantxa García Garriga)

Call for projects from: NUC, Biblioteca IES Sòl de Riu, Arantxa García Garriga

nuc2005.iespana.es

with the help of: Taller del Sol, boek861.com

COPY AND PASS

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http://boek861.com





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Trove of Martin Ramirez Drawings Found In Garage

Martin Ramirez


Trove of Unknown Work Expands Outsider’s Legacy


Published: October 29, 2007

The American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan gets a steady stream of unsolicited e-mail, messages from people claiming to have discovered a self-taught genius sculpturing away in an Appalachian trailer or a pile of masterpieces previously serving as barn insulation.

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Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Donald Groscost adjusts pieces of Martín Ramírez’s “Untitled Abstract With Tunnels” in a warehouse in Brooklyn.

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

A detail of a drawing by Martín Ramírez, on lined paper.

Brooke Davis Anderson, a curator at the museum, reads all such messages that come her way, even the more improbable ones. And in January, just as the museum was opening its critically praised exhibition of the rare, visionary drawings of Martín Ramírez, a Mexican immigrant who lived in a California mental hospital for more than 30 years, she received a two-paragraph letter that was one of the more incredible she had ever seen.

Sent to the museum’s general in-box, it came on behalf of a retired middle-school teacher named Peggy Dunievitz, the daughter-in-law of a doctor named Max Dunievitz. Dr. Dunievitz served in the early 1960s as medical director of DeWitt State Hospital in Auburn, Calif., where Mr. Ramírez lived for many years and died in 1963. The e-mail message, composed by Mrs. Dunievitz’s daughter-in-law, Julia, reported matter-of-factly: “Max is no longer with us, but for the years he worked there, he knew Martín and supplied him with colored pencils and things for his art, and as a consequence my mother-in-law has a collection of Martín’s drawings.”

Ms. Anderson said her heart skipped a beat, but she was conditioned by her years in the field to be highly skeptical of such finds. She asked the Dunievitz family to take pictures of some of the drawings and e-mail them, which they did.

She looked at the pictures. And then she immediately bought a plane ticket to California.

“I think first I actually leaped out of my chair,” she recalled.

What Ms. Anderson saw were Ramírez’s unmistakable subjects — horses and caballeros, trains, tunnels, ships, Madonnas — and the grand, repetitive lines that were his trademark. And what she found when she got to Mrs. Dunievitz’s house in Auburn was a cache of some 140 of the drawings, all from the last three years of Ramírez’s life, many of them dated and most in great shape, despite lying in a garage for almost two decades.

It was an astounding discovery for an artist whose known body of work had previously numbered about 300 drawings and collages, collected by a psychologist, Tarmo Pasto, who befriended Ramírez and championed his work beginning in the 1950s.

Mrs. Dunievitz, 73, had contacted the museum after reading a newspaper article about the Ramírez show in New York, and had been largely unaware of the artistic or monetary value of the drawings; some Ramírez works have sold for more than $100,000. She has now become the holder of an important, lucrative art collection, which she and her elder son, Phil, and Julia, his wife, are hoping to sell.

They said they are also planning to give at least three works as gifts to the Folk Art Museum and, along with a lawyer and a New York dealer they have chosen, are discussing plans to use some of the money to honor Ramírez and his surviving family members, who do not own any of his works and have never benefited from his rising profile in the art market. The Folk Art Museum is also planning an exhibition of many of the new drawings for next October that it hopes will show how Ramírez’s work matured, becoming more confident and abstract in its final years.

The survival of the drawings is all the more unlikely because, after Dr. Dunievitz’s death in 1988, they were thrown in a trash pile by his relatives as they sorted through the possessions in his basement.

“They basically made a blind assessment: ‘All this stuff needs to go in the trash,’” said Phil Dunievitz, 42, who had seen the artworks many times in his grandfather’s house when he was young. Instead, he gathered them all up, rolling them and putting them into several long-stem-flower boxes in his mother’s garage.

They were later transferred to an old box that sat atop her garage refrigerator for years, “with a sleeping bag on top of that,” Mrs. Dunievitz said. “And sometimes the cat slept out there on top of it all.”

“Somehow, anytime the garage was cleaned out,” she added, “they miraculously didn’t get thrown out.” In the 1990s she came across a Ramírez while visiting the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, Va., and talked to a curator there, telling her that she had some Ramírez drawings of her own. But after she left, she never followed up.

“I would have been elected procrastinator of the world if I ever got around to mailing the paperwork in,” Mrs. Dunievitz said.

Ms. Anderson, who had organized the Ramírez retrospective, first saw many of the drawings after they had been moved from the garage to a spare bedroom inside the house and displayed atop twin beds. She was more than ecstatic. “Brooke kept saying: ‘Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God,’” Mrs. Dunievitz said. “I thought she was praying.”

In a recent interview in a Brooklyn warehouse where the drawings have now been moved for safekeeping, Ms. Anderson, the director of the museum’s Contemporary Center and Henry Darger Study Center, said her reaction was probably a little bit over the top.

“This is huge for us,” she said, adding, “I was always convinced that there was work out there in basements and attics that had been collected by doctors or nurses or janitors.”

Ramírez left his small ranch in the Jalisco region of Mexico in 1925 to look for work in California. He became homeless, and in 1931, appearing to be confused and unable or unwilling to communicate in English, he was picked up and committed. He never returned to his wife and four children back home, spending his last three decades in psychiatric hospitals.

Frank Maresca, the art dealer whose gallery, Ricco/Maresca, was chosen over two other competitors by the Dunievitz family to represent the work, said the discovery of such a huge amount of new work by an artist of Ramírez’s stature “is really as rare as Tutankhamun.”

It is even more significant, he said, because it will allow people to see a clear arc to Ramírez’s output. “What you see in the later works is a stronger degree of stylization — everything becomes more abstracted and experimental,” he said.

Mr. Maresca, Mrs. Dunievitz and her son said they had only recently begun discussing what might be done for Ramírez’s surviving family, which includes a daughter and many granddaughters and great-granddaughters. The likely plan will be to create some kind of an education and arts foundation instead of giving works or money directly to the family.

“There are more than 50 of them,” Mrs. Dunievitz said of the family. “How do you slice a pie that thin?”

But her son, who runs a tree-removal business near Lake Tahoe, said he still held out some hope of donating some work. “The family doesn’t even have one piece of his art, and that kills me,” he said.

Contacted by phone, one of Ramírez’s great-granddaughters, Martha Bell, a financial coordinator at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said she and her sisters were simply happy that more of the work had been found in good condition to add to Ramírez’s legacy.

“This is music to my ears,” she said. “We’re so proud and so excited.”

Asked how the money from the drawings might affect his life, Phil Dunievitz said he did not think it would change much. “We might be able to buy a house,” he said, “which would be nice.”

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Mike Webb and Robert Montgomery cover Roy Acuff's Classic "The Crash on the Highway"

for Crash Test

cover of a Roy Acuff classic

Red Sovine sings Phantom 309

For XAVI--


and a tip of the hat to the Immortal Porter Wagoner

Estrella distante

Inspired by the novel by Roberto Bolano, known in English as "Ditant Star"