October 26th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Howard Finster, photographed in 1995, was a Baptist preacher and bicycle repairman who became one of

Howard Finster, photographed in 1995, was a Baptist preacher and bicycle repairman who became one of the most notable folk artists in the world

 

Saving a Folk Artist’s Paradise, Lost to Weeds and Ruin, Is a Tangled Affair (NY Times, October 25, 2007). "...To understand how Howard Finster, a Baptist preacher and bicycle repairman, became one of the most notable folk artists in the world, it is worth a visit to where it all started: the tiny white wooden house in this hamlet, tucked into the state’s northwestern corner.
It was in the Howard Finster Vision House, a name it has acquired since his death in 2001, that Mr. Finster said he was directed by God to stop repairing bicycles and paint 'sermon art.' And it was here, years later, that he made a 'garden of paradise,' a sprawling art environment he lovingly tended for 30 years that many consider to be his greatest work."



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Paradise Gardens 

Saving a Folk Artist’s Paradise, Lost to Weeds and Ruin, Is a Tangled Affair

PENNVILLE, Ga., Oct. 21 — To understand how Howard Finster, a Baptist preacher and bicycle repairman, became one of the most notable folk artists in the world, it is worth a visit to where it all started: the tiny white wooden house in this hamlet, tucked into the state’s northwestern corner.

It was in the Howard Finster Vision House, a name it has acquired since his death in 2001, that Mr. Finster said he was directed by God to stop repairing bicycles and paint “sermon art.” And it was here, years later, that he made a “garden of paradise,” a sprawling art environment he lovingly tended for 30 years that many consider to be his greatest work.

In these Paradise Gardens,

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Bettina Rheims

Bettina Rheims

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Bettina Rheims

Born  1952,  Paris,  France.

 



Born in Paris.

In 1978, at the age of 26 Bettina Rheims starts out photographing. After having worked as a model, as journalist and an art dealer, she devotes herself in 1980 solely to photography. She makes a first series of strip-tease artists and acrobats, which are shown 1981 in two personal exhibitions, at the Centre Pompidou and at the Galerie Texbraun in Paris. Encouraged by this success, she works on a series of stuffed animals portraits, which are exhibited in Paris and New York.

At the same time Bettina Rheims realizes portraits for worldwide magazines and advertisement campaigns (Well and Chanel), creates her first fashion series, cover sleeves, film posters and directs in 1986 her first advertising campaign.

In 1989 her works on women's portraits are published in a monograph, Female Trouble, and are exhibited in Germany and Japan. In the upcoming year Bettina Rheims realizes a series of portraits of androgynous teenagers, Modern Lovers, which are also edited and shown in France, Great Britain and the United States.

Her mythic series Chambre Close, which is realized between 1990 and 1992 in collaboration with Serge Bramly, meets an immense success not only in Europe but also all over the world. The book has become a bestseller in regularly reedited.

In the following years Bettina Rheims' fame started to invade all continents and she is renown now as a one of the most important photographers not only in Europe, but also in the Unites States, Japan, Korea, Australia and Moscow.

This consecration was confirmed by her series I.N.R.I. in 1999, an important photographic project retracing the main scenes of the Bible and the life of Jesus Christ realized in collaboration together with Serge Bramly. The book was published simultaneously in several countries (France, Germany, USA and Japan) and evoked a big scandal in France. The exhibition is still touring in different museums in Europe.

In 2000, Bettina Rheims publishes X’Mas, a series of photographs of young girls discovering their feminity.

Further on, in 2003 her book Shanghai, realized together with Serge Bramly after having spent 6 months in this city, is published by Robert Laffont. Bettina Rheims was portraying the city through the images of women of different backgrounds.

Her last publication MoreTrouble, published in 2004, is retracing ten years of her photography, mostly of famous women. At the same time Bettina Rheims’ work is shown in a huge retrospective, where the first venues are: Helsinki, Oslo,Vienna, Düsseldorf and Brussels.

Works and lives in Paris

Chris Keeley

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the mummified, tattooed head of a Maori warrior at the Museum of Natural History at Rouen in Norman

The mummified, tattooed head of a Maori warrior at the Museum of Natural History at Rouen in Normandy. 


PARIS, Oct. 25 — Since 1875, the mummified, tattooed head of a Maori warrior has been part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Natural History at Rouen in Normandy.

But when Rouen’s mayor arranged recently to return it to New Zealand as an act of “atonement” for colonial-era trafficking in human remains, the national Ministry of Culture stepped in to block him.

The ministry contends that the head is a work of art that belongs to France and that its return could set an unfortunate precedent for a huge swath of the national museum collections — from Egyptian mummies in the Louvre to Asian treasures in the Musée Guimet and African and Oceanic artifacts in the Musée du Quai Branly.

“The mayor of Rouen made his decision without any consultation, and his decision is against the law,” Olivier Henrard, the legal adviser for the Ministry of Culture, said Thursday, referring to a 2002 law that states that works of art are “inalienable.”

“There are other Maori heads, there are mummies, there are religious relics in France,” he said. “If we don’t respect the law today, tomorrow other museums or elected officials might decide to send them back, too.”

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U.S. and European human rights groups filed a lawsuit in France today charging former Defense Secret

U.S. and European human rights groups filed a lawsuit in France today charging former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with ordering and authorizing torture. The plaintiffs include the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights and the Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights. They say Rumsfeld authorized interrogation techniques that led to abuses at US-run prisons in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.

The complaint was filed with the Paris prosecutor’s office as Rumsfeld arrived in France for a visit. This is the fifth time Rumsfeld has been charged with direct involvement in torture since 9/11. We speak with two attorneys with the plaintiffs -- Center for Constitutional Rights president Michael Ratner and Jeanne Sulzer of the International Federation of Human Rights. [includes rush transcript]

 


U.S. and European human rights groups filed a lawsuit in France today charging former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with ordering and authorizing torture. The plaintiffs include the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights and the Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights. They say Rumsfeld authorized interrogation techniques that led to abuses at US-run prisons in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.

The complaint was filed with the Paris prosecutor’s office as Rumsfeld arrived in France for a visit. This is the fifth time Rumsfeld has been charged with direct involvement in torture since 9/11. Michael Ratner is the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He joins me in the firehouse studio. Jeanne Sulzer is a French attorney with the International Federation of Human Rights. She joins me on the line from Paris.

 

  • Michael Ratner. President of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

 

  • Jeanne Sulzer. French attorney with the International Federation of Human Rights.

JUAN GONZALEZ: US and

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White House Bomb Request Raises Iran Attack Fears

White House Bomb Request Raises Iran Attack Fears
Meanwhile Democratic lawmakers are questioning whether a nearly ninety-million dollar request to fit B-2 bombers with “bunker-buster” bombs is part of preparations for an attack on Iran. Many of Iran’s nuclear facilities are believed to be underground. The Bush administration’s official request says the bombs are required “in response to an urgent operational need from theater commanders.” It gave no further details.
Chris Keeley

State Department e-mails obtained by ABC News discuss how to deflect a Times reporter's questions ab

State Department e-mails obtained by ABC News discuss how to deflect a Times reporter's questions about a civilian shooting death.By T. Christian Miller
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

October 26, 2007

Even as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended her department's oversight of private security contractors, new evidence surfaced Thursday that the U.S. sought to conceal details of Blackwater shootings of Iraqi civilians more than two years ago.

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In one instance, internal e-mails show that State Department officials tried to deflect a 2005 Los Angeles Times inquiry into an alleged killing of an Iraqi civilian by Blackwater guards.

"Give [the Los Angeles Times] what we can and then dump the rest on Blackwater," one State Department official wrote to another in the e-mails, which were obtained by ABC News. "We can't win this one."

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The Peace Process

 The Peace Process

For decades now it's been all process and no peace. Tomorrow we are
launching a delegation of the Council for the National Interest
Foundation on a two-week visit to Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and
Lebanon to see if there are any new ideas they can bring back looking
toward the still nebulous conference-to-be in Annapolis. Here's an item
provided by Ray Close that underscores how discouraging things have
become and how much a new idea is needed. Bob Keeley

*Regarding strategy for Annapolis:
*
This column by Rami Khuri contains some very powerful points that could
be used effectively in explaining why it is now necessary to abandon the
failed step-by-step peace process in favor of moving directly to the
definition and negotiation of final status issues.

Ray Close

*Clarity from experienced public servants*
By Rami G. Khouri
Daily Star staff
Wednesday, October 24, 2007

It is very refreshing when law, international responsibility and human
courage converge in the remarks or actions of a single person. This
occurred earlier this month in New Zealand in a talk by Karen Abuzayd,
Commissioner General of UNRWA, the United Nations agency that provides
humanitarian aid and basic social services to Palestinian refugees. She
made a few points that are noteworthy precisely because international
officials rarely speak with such clarity, moral force and political
urgency. I quote her at length for the pertinence of her remarks:

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