Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in the West
Sergio Leone's epic Once Upon a Time in the West (C'era una volta il west) will be screened at Smalls, the Bangkok bar, on 24th March. The rooftop screening is free of charge.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

History of Illustration

History of Illustration
De Humani Corporis Fabrica
The Great Wave
The Plumb-pudding in Danger
La Loie Fuller
Action Comics
History of Illustration, edited by Susan Doyle, is the first comprehensive study of illustration from antiquity to the present day. It's also the first global history of illustration, with chapters on Indian, Chinese, Latin American, African, and Islamic illustration in addition to more familiar Western and Japanese material.

The book is structured chronologically, though it also follows three additional narratives: geographical (histories of illustration in each continent), thematic (chapters on the illustration of anatomy, fashion, and propaganda), and technical (essays on developments in printing). The bibliography includes annotated entries on comic illustration, and there are more than 900 images. The definitive history of illustration, this is a unique guide to more than 1,000 years of visual culture.

History of Illustration is a broad overview of the entire subject, though individual forms of illustration have also been comprehensively surveyed. Essential books on each field include: History of Graphic Design, by Philip B. Meggs; A History of Book Illustration, by David Bland, The Poster: A Worldwide Survey and History, by Alain Weill; The Art of the Print: Masterpieces, History, Techniques, by Fritz Eichenberg; A History of Illuminated Manuscripts, by Christopher de Hamel; and The World Encyclopedia of Comics, by Maurice Horn.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Atta

Atta
Double Life
The Undercover
The Bad Monks
Moral Boundary
Atta (อัตตา) opened at RCB Galleria in Bangkok on 2nd March, and runs until the end of the month. The exhibition features new works by Anupong Chantorn, whose painting Perceptless (ภิกษุสันดานกา) attracted controversy for its depiction of monks as scavenging birds. His solo exhibition Hope in the Dark (ความหวังในความมืด) included Moral Boundary (ชาย-ผ้าเหลือง), a painting of a monk with an erection.

Atta includes a less graphic study for Moral Boundary (ชาย-ผ้าเหลือง), and two preparatory sketches for Perceptless: สันดานกา ('native') and The Bad Monks (ภิกษุสันดานกา). There are also several new paintings, including Double Life (คู่จิ้นจีวรหลุด) and The Undercover (ใต้ผ้ากาสาวพัสตร์). Double Life depicts two monks in an embrace, and The Undercover is a portrait of a monk exposing himself; both were painted directly onto saffron robes. The folio-sized exhibition catalogue was edited by Wanida Rujikietkumjorn.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard
Billy Wilder's masterpiece Sunset Boulevard will be shown on 17th March at Smalls, the Bangkok bar. The rooftop screening is free of charge.

"The act is deemed hostile to
the constitutional monarchy..."

Thai Raksa Chart
On 7th March, as widely predicted, the Constitutional Court voted to dissolve the Thai Raksa Chart party and ban its executives from political office for ten years. The party had caused a sensation on 8th February by nominating Princess Ubolratana as its candidate for prime minister in the election to be held on 24th March. The nomination was followed by another unprecedented bombshell later that day, when King Rama X issued a statement condemning his elder sister's involvement in politics. On 13th February, the Election Commission ruled that the nomination was invalid, and recommended the party's dissolution to the Constitutional Court.

In the Court's verdict, announced on live television, judge Taweekiat Meenakanit severely criticised Ubolratana's nomination: "The act is deemed hostile to the constitutional monarchy." He also described it as a "devious scheme". Thai Raksa Chart is the third party affiliated with Thaksin Shinawatra to be disbanded by the Constitutional Court, after Thai Rak Thai in 2006 and the People Power Party in 2008.

ความจริงวันนั้น

ความจริงวันนั้น ('the truth about that day'), compiled by the Daily World Today (โลกวันนี้) newspaper, was published in 2010. It includes articles and colour photographs documenting the 2010 red-shirt protests and massacre in Bangkok. The book also includes a VCD, ความจริงประเทศไทย ('the truth about Thailand'). Images of the protests also appear in 19-19.

สมุดภาพแห่งความทรงจำ

สมุดภาพแห่งความทรงจำ จารึกประวัติศาสตร์ ๑๔ ตุลา ในวาระครบร ๓๖ ปี ๑๔ ตุลา ('photobook of memories thirty-six years after 14th October') was published in 2009. The book includes more than 1,000 images (including newspaper front pages), providing a comprehensive visual archive of the 14th October 1973 demonstration and massacre in Bangkok. It also includes บันทึกไว้ในประวัติศาสตร์ ('recorded in history'), a CD with five songs inspired by the event, which was first released as a 7" EP in 1973.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post
Last week, Johnny Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Depp is seeking $50m in damages for an op-ed Heard wrote in The Washington Post on 19th December last year, headlined "A transformative moment for women". In the article, published on page A21, Heard referred to her own experience as an abuse victim: "two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse," though she did not name Depp directly.

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Saturday, 9 March 2019

Chinatown

Chinatown
Chinatown
Roman Polanski's neo-noir masterpiece Chinatown will be shown tomorrow night at the Bangkok bar Smalls. The rooftop screening is free of charge.