— Nelson Mandela has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announces.
We will, Madiba.
Nelson Mandela passed away today at 95 after a long battle with a recurring lung infection.
Explore his life and legacy with FRONTLINE’s Nelson Mandela timeline, based on the 1999 FRONTLINE documentary “The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela.”
Lou Reed, 1942 - 2013
IN LOVING MEMORY OF RON ULICNY SR…..WHO PASSED AWAY THIS WEEKEND!!!….I DIDN’T KNOW YOU AS LONG OR AS WELL AS I WOULD’VE LIKED….BUT, WAS SO THANKFUL FOR THE SHORT TIME WE HAD TOGETHER & ALL YOUR SUPPORT….I HOPE YOU’RE IN A BETTER PLACE!!!….I WILL MISS YOU!!!….R.I.P…..LOVE, YOUR SON…. :(
Zhao Wuji 赵无极 (1921-2013, China/France)
Zhao Wuji (Zao Wou-ki) was born in Beijing in 1921. From 1935 to 1941 he attended the School of Fine Arts at Hangzhou, where he taught after finishing his studies. In 1948 he arrived in Paris and learned the technique of lithography in 1949 in the Desjobert printing-house. In 1951 he discovered the paintings of Paul Klee, which greatly influenced his development from 1951 to 1958. The year 1954 marks the point where his graphic work has made the transition from figurative art to lyrical abstraction. The graphic work of Zhao Wuji from 1949 to 1960 illustrates the influences of both European and Chinese art. The combination of these influences has resulted in the unique art of one of the greatest contemporary Chinese artists. By the end of his life, the painter had stopped producing due to health problems. He died in April 9, 2013 at his home in Switzerland aged 92.
[RIP Zhao Wuji]
RIP - Jean Giraud aka Moebius
Sad to hear that the unique and talented French comic artist Moebius has passed away. As well as producing his own work, he had done some concept work for film projects such as Dune (the unmade Jodorowsky version), Alien, and Blade Runner (which itself was inspired by Moebius’ comic ‘The Long Tomorrow’, which you can see at The Bronze Age of Blogs:
Back in 1976, Jean Giraud was working on Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ill-fated production of Dune, supplying concepts and designs.
One of the people in charge of special effects for the movie was Dan O’Bannon, who wrote Alien, Blue Thunder & Return Of The Living Dead, but who fans of a certain age will always remember as whiny astronaut Pinback in his & John Carpenter’s sci-fi black comedy Dark Star.
Both men were sitting around Paris for months, with basically nothing to do, while the film shuddered to a slow halt around them, so O’Bannon started drawing comics.
One of the comic strips he drew was a futuristic detective story called The Long Tomorrow. Moebius loved it, and immediately drew his own version, which was eventually published in Heavy Metal.
A few years later, O’Bannon was working on Alien, and asked Moebius to come in and do some more design work. He met with director Ridley Scott, who later asked him to work on Blade Runner, but Giraud regrettably had to pass as he was already working on an animated feature called The Time Masters ( which I recommend if you ever get the chance to see it )
Worth checking out if you have a spare hour is the BBC4 documentary ‘In Search of Moebius’ - split into three parts and embedded below:
You can see a lot more of the late artist’s work at the Tumblr blog The Airtight Garage