Archive for the Silent Cinema Category

From Horror to Ecstasy – Dave McKean Turns Silence into Expression

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Dave McKean, Silent Cinema, Transmission Atelier, Uncategorized with tags , , on 26 April, 2012 by SeanMChase

On February 26th, 2012, something rather extraordinary occurred:  The Artist, a contemporary silent film won the ‘Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year‘.  Almost coinciding with this momentous occasion is the fact that a few days later, March 4th marked the 90th anniversary of what is my favorite film of all time, Nosferatu – Eine Symphonie des Grauens, directed by German silent filmmaker Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.  On March 4th, the film had its gala preview showing back in 1922.  The film, for those who aren’t familiar with it, has become an iconic classic among the annals of horror films and is one of the most visually poetic of the films often collectively referred to as German Expressionist cinema.

Max Schreck as Count Orlok and Greta Schröder as Ellen.  In the starkly climactic scene of the 1922 film “Nosferatu”, the vampire Count Orlok is lured to his demise with an offering of blood by the virtuous and virginal heroine, Ellen Hutter.  As she sacrifices herself to his monstrous appetite, Count Orlok is diverted and unaware of the passing time, thus rendering him helpless to the lethal first rays of sunlight.

“Nosferatu” (2010, mixed media).  Dave McKean’s marvelously expressionistic interpretation of the same scene in the film.  One of the great examples of his ongoing “Nitrate” series of paintings which are a glorious homage to classic films of the early era.  The use of tortured angles, rich textures, and chiaroscuro effects would have met with great approval from the film’s director F.W. Murnau.

Many of these silent films possess a symbolic quality and a visual poetry that most modern films lack entirely.  The filmmakers of the Expressionist movement took advantage of the environment in which the story played out and used it to serve as a visual metaphor for the emotional state of the characters.  Cinematographers and cameramen employed new techniques in moving the camera around while shooting, in addition to placing an emphasis on the contrast between light and shadow.  Meanwhile editors experimented with cutting scenes so as to create the illusion of geographical and emotional continuity from one shot to the next.

It was a new era and because no one had ever laid out the rules or guidelines for what couldn’t be done in the cinema, many filmmakers approached their craft with an experimental curiosity, both in terms of the subject matter that they explored and the way in which they went about creating the haunting imagery being shown on screen.

The ominous figure of Mephisto, played by German character actor Emil Jannings, hovers over the town as his colossal wings fan a miasma of plague on the people.  This classic scene from F.W. Murnau’s 1926 film “Faust” was a showcase not only for special effects of the day, but also a wonderful opportunity to display the operatic scale of the battle between good and evil in the cinematic medium.

“Faust” (2007, mixed media).  Dave McKean’s impressive take on the memorable scene.  The way in which he has fabricated the effect of the wind and the cloud of plague blowing over the rooftops is extremely creepy and stylistically rivals the same effect achieved in the film.

Interestingly, there has been in the past few years a growing appreciation and understanding of why silent cinema is so special.  While film scholars and cineastes have long championed silent films for their artistic merits and their technical innovation, many modern film audiences have until recently dismissed them as relics of the past, but now with the this new recognition that silent films are receiving, many movie goers are reevaluating their initial stance on these classics.  No more are they being viewed as fading relics of redundant or obsolete technologies.  Finally, more people are beginning to see their artistic value and the important part that they played in the continuing evolution of the movie industry.

Without the films of Georges Méliès, Robert Wiene, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Sergei Eisenstein, Fritz Lang, Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Victor Sjöström, Paul Leni, and others, we wouldn’t even have had the wonderful European art house films of the past 50 years.  And these are but just a few of the great filmmakers from Europe.  There were many wonderful silent film directors in America and throughout other parts of the world.  Taking that into consideration, the long lasting effect of these films cannot be understated;  they are an essential part of our culture and of cinematic history.
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Countdown to Nitrate + Kinogeists II

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Dave McKean, Gail Potocki, Silent Cinema on 19 March, 2011 by Thomas Negovan

It’s one week until our Silent Cinema Art Exhibition, and the hanging of the art is almost finished!  I thought that you might like a sneak peek at the exhibition…

(It does appear that there was more dog-cuddling than hanging.  This is not entirely untrue.)

See you soon!

Thomas

Nitrate + Kinogeists: next weekend

Lyta and Michaelanne // Chloe and Gail

Nitrate + Kinogeists: next weekend

Pup support is important to art hanging: Dave McKean's Metropolis (2009) and Orsi's Raspoetin (1925)

 

Nitrate + Kinogeists: next weekend

Nitrate + Kinogeists: underway

Nitrate + Kinogeists: next weekend

Nitrate + Kinogeists: next weekend! Dog tricks? Perhaps.

Nitrate + Kinogeists: next weekend

1920s pottery + original silent film advertising lithographs: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1917), Whitechapel (1920), The Love of the Temple Dancer (1926), and Blonde Poison (1919).

Nitrate + Kinogeists: next weekend

Michaelanne sweeps, and...

Nitrate + Kinogeists: next weekend

Lyta finishes making sure the floor is clean.

February recap: Nitrate and Kinogeists in Los Angeles, with DAVE MCKEAN

Posted in A Day in the Life, Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Dave McKean, Gail Potocki, Silent Cinema on 23 February, 2010 by Thomas Negovan

Thanks so much to Billy Shire for hosting us at his massive Billy Shire Fine Arts location in Culver City!  The show was amazing, and we all had a fantastic time.  Followers of Century Guild on Twitter got real-time updates, and here is the recap!  (It’s all photos, so please be patient…)

The view from my stairs as I left for the airport!!!

And- the view from our car hours later, in Los Angeles!

Among the many meth addicts we saw, he was the most peaceful.

The night before the show: Jack was severely disappointed by the tameness of above-promised goods.

Jack gets propositioned by prostitute in the hotel parking lot.

Jack gets propositioned by friendly and ambitious prostitute (aka Sioux Sinner) in the hotel parking lot.

Preparing for the show: Dave McKean examines The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Preparing to hang the show (photo by Dave McKean)

Before the show, with Kent Williams

Before the show, with Kent Williams

The crowds begin to gather...

The crowds begin to gather...

Silent film reel; and Barron Storey

Silent film reel; and Barron Storey

Brendan McCarthy

Brendan McCarthy

Dave McKean and the über-talented Stephanie Leonidas

Dave McKean and the über-talented Stephanie Leonidas (MirrorMask, BBC's Dracula)

Jason Louv, Grant and Kristan Morrison

Two of my favorite writers: Jason Louv and Grant Morrison, and the hypersexy Kristan Morrison (plus a ghostly Ryan Graff in the distance)

Kent Williams and Godfather #1: Allen Spiegel

Kent Williams and Godfather #1: Allen Spiegel

Grant Morrison and Dave McKean

Grant Morrison and Dave McKean

David Anderle and The Godfather #2: Billy Shire

David Anderle and The Godfather #2: Billy Shire

At the end of the night, a show well done.

At the end of the night, a show well done.

Gail Potocki, Jack Absinthe, Dave McKean, Thomas Negovan, Kristan Morrison, Grant Morrison, Adam Egypt Mortimer

The best part about travel is catching up with friends, and making new ones.  It was really great to meet Kitty Mihos and Drew Johnston, Brendan McCarthy, Barron’s better half Petra (!), and my all-time favorite people on Earth for the next millenium or two, Stephanie and HER better half, Robert Boulter…

But more about Stephanie and Robert in the NEXT post…

TECHNORGANICA

Posted in A Day in the Life, Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Comic Conventions, Dave McKean, Olympian Publishing, Silent Cinema, Uncategorized on 9 February, 2010 by Thomas Negovan

I have successfully entered the 21st century, and I am now wired in to post on Twitter and Facebook remotely!    Look for Century Guild on Facebook, and at twitter.com/centuryguild as I’ll be posting updates from the Dave McKean signing and the Nitrate and Kinogeists exhibition in Los Angeles this weekend…!

xO

T

I hate my spotty servce too much to promote the iphone.

DAVE McKEAN will not stop messing with my calm spiritual center.

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Dave McKean, Silent Cinema, Uncategorized on 29 January, 2010 by Thomas Negovan

Dave McKean

Los Angeles

Exhibition

FEB 13, 7pm


Ok, so it started with Jack in the outer office, and then the neighbors; everyone wondering, “Call 9-1-1?” or thinking “Oh, now he has finally lost it, and lost it good.”

I know that you are concerned, and I’ve stopped twitching enough that I can now share my tale.

Nosferatu - F. W. Murnau (1922) - Dave McKean (100 cm x 100 cm, mixed media, 2010)

I have to preface this by saying I was never a “huge” Dave McKean fan.  I appreciated him, to be sure, and was always aware of his work, but if someone said “fan” I don’t know how I would have responded, probably not so strong a word.  I found the worlds he explored with Neil Gaiman to be intriguing, but a little gentle and cerebral for my tastes.  Again: massive respect, but not as much passion as I had for, say, Walter Schnackenberg or George Grosz.

But of late, this man will not stop affecting me, and really REALLY deeply.

The Haunted Castle - F. W. Murnau (1921) - Dave McKean (100 cm x 100 cm, mixed media, 2010)

I thought that there was a chance that his Nitrate series would be his pinnacle, but looking at his paintings for The Coast Road blew that idea away; as a painter, as a storyteller, I genuinely believe now that McKean is an artist that will be in the history books. His style reveals his influences with grace, and shows that he has wrestled them into a hand that is completely his own. This is not decorative art, this feels to my senses- to my gut- the way the things that prove to be genuinely important do.

I’ll explain what that means, to me: This blog is very loose and vulgar, but a large part of my income comes from sharing my opinion with museum buyers.  “This Dalpayrat with a Colonna mount has a perfect form and glaze- plus the original paper label!” or “This Georges de Feure is indescribably rare, and a perfect example of his early Japonist period- you must have it!” leads to me visiting things in the Art Institute of Chicago that used to be on my dining room table.  Basically, I have to curb my commentary when I’m in social situations, because my generally opinionated demeanor keeps being reinforced by institutions, which as you can imagine is a dangerous place to be unless you want to come off as a fine art Simon Cowell.  Luckily, I was raised by Italians.  (Actually, now that I think about it, they’re even more loud and opinionated than I am.  So, I’m not sure what happened.)

Greed - Erich von Stroheim (1924) - Dave McKean (100 cm x 100 cm, mixed media, 2010)

I have no idea what I was talking about, because I’ve had two phone calls as I was trying to finish that last paragraph.  My point was something like: I’m an art snob at heart; I have exceptional taste, and you should believe me because large museums pay me to choose things for their collections; and I would without a second’s hesitation, or any reservations whatsoever, go to bat for Dave McKean with anyone, anytime.  I am deadly serious: in fifty years, these will be important representations of art in 2010.  Mark my words. Forget anything you ever thought you knew about McKean if you know him from The Sandman, and look at the painting for Greed: the horse bucking its rider is violent, bleeding with sacred geometry, and texturally challenging- it’s a perfect ten, not only graphically, but artistically. And, if you’ve never picked up a graphic novel, I bet you’ll see this even more clearly. This is a great artist. And we are lucky that he is alive, and creating, right now.

Want to see why my neighbors are convinced I’m finally ready to be locked up?  Come to Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City on February 13th and see for yourself:

Weird Tales - Richard Oswald (1919) - Dave McKean (100 cm x 100 cm, mixed media, 2010)


DAVE McKEAN

and original silent film posters 1890-1920:

NITRATE and KINOGEISTS

presented at

Billy Shire Fine Arts

5790 Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90232

opening reception FEB 13 2010, 7pm

Paintings, ink drawings, and edition prints are available.

If you want to make the step and own one for yourself, drop me a note at

THOMAS – AT – CENTURYGUILD – DOT – NET.


Merchandise Mart Fall Antiques Fair: “Laugh, Clown, Laugh”

Posted in Antique Fairs, Century Guild Events, Opera artifacts, Silent Cinema on 30 October, 2009 by Thomas Negovan

First of all, I just read the title that Jack put on our new soon-to-be announced sister blog, and laughed so hard that if I were drinking milk it would have come out of my nose.

As in the confessional: “please forgive me; it’s been nearly eleven weeks since our last proper update.”

(1) The event at La Luz de Jesus was a wild success, thank you to everyone who showed up!

(2) We had a fantastic show at the Merchandise Mart which was an even bigger success… we tried something a little more “accessible to the masses” and it was a good move- the giant Pagliacci poster was a standout favorite of a number of celebrity designers, as was (of course) the legendary Verdi poster.

(3) COMING UP: Winnetka Modernism (Nov 6-8), yes; and GAIL POTOCKI at BILLY SHIRE FINE ARTS! November 14th opening, all new great works! Please tell your friends!

Here are photos from the Merchandise Mart, another update is imminent. Thanks for reading.

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Laugh, Pagliacci, laugh... circa 1910. Gigantic, rare... and breathtaking.

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Merchandise Mart Fall 2009: Art Nouveau, Opera, Gothic, and 1950s masters.

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Thomas Negovan loves purple striped slacks from Savile Row.

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1880-1920 now becomes 1880-1960...! Edmond Lachenal meets Invasion of the Star Creatures, Hermann August Kahler meets X, The Man With the X-Ray Eyes.

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Guiseppi Palanti

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The only time Stuart Tomc sat down the entire weekend.

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Envy, an Italian silent film, 1911.

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(Because purple striped slacks deserve an encore.)

This weekend: Sex, Murder, and Anarchy at La Luz de Jesus in Hollywood!

Posted in Antique Fairs, Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Silent Cinema, Transmission Atelier on 11 August, 2009 by Thomas Negovan

Still not sorted out from San Diego, we’re loading up the caravan again to head to Los Angeles for an exhibition of our most disturbing and sexy posters at the legendary La Luz de Jesus.

Billy Shire, founder of La Luz de Jesus, is Godfather of the whole LA art scene.  He was instrumental in the careers of Joe Coleman, Shag, The Clayton Brothers, Glenn Barr… his resumé reads like a “Who’s Who” of art legends.  Our favorite Gail Potocki shows at his elegant BSFA space, and he is one of the most gentle and inspired human beings I’ve had the honor and pleasure of meeting.  We’re holding our 2010 Dave McKean/ silent cinema exhibition at his BSFA space, but to properly appease the raunchy Gods of Victorian Sex and Murder, we need to be in- where else?- Hollywood…!

Syphilis, 1918

Syphilis, 1918

Voluptuaries & Vivisections:
A Celebration of Depravity

Guest Curator: Thomas Negovan

August 14 – 30
Opens Friday, August 14, 2009
8 – 11 PM

These are images that burned themselves into the minds and hearts of unwitting late 19th/early 20th century citizens, inciting unparalleled controversy all over Europe and beyond… and promise those same reactions in those who cross paths with them today. Decadence, dandyism, sex, and murder: more than mere posters, these are windows into the darkest corners of human compulsion.

In an event curated by Thomas Negovan and Century Guild, a Chicago gallery known for museum quality Art Nouveau and Symbolist Art, La Luz de Jesus invites you to be a part of an unprecedented event that explores the taboos that have titillated and tormented since the turn of the century. Masterpieces of lithographed poster art from 1880-1940 illustrating subjects ranging from seminal S&M literature to STD warnings to serial killers will be shown, all of which shall be sure to incite reactions of lust, terror, anger, nausea, and inspiration. NOT TO BE MISSED!

The Haunted Castle, 1924

The Haunted Castle, 1921

I would heartily agree with the “not to be missed” aspect… here are some of the other images that will be on display…  No excuses, get over to this show and say hello!!!

Carriage No. 13, 1921

Carriage No. 13, 1926

Mistresses of the Pope, seminal S&M literature from 1891

Mistresses of the Pope, seminal S&M literature from 1884

Grand Guignol, c 1920

Grand Guignol, c 1920

White Slavery, 1926

White Slavery, 1927

July recap, part 2 of 2: San Diego Comic Con!

Posted in Antique Fairs, Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Comic Conventions, Dave McKean, Gail Potocki, Jeremy Bastian, Olympian Publishing, Silent Cinema, Transmission Atelier on 9 August, 2009 by Thomas Negovan

I feel as though there should be some celebration for post number 13.  A party around a cauldron, perhaps?

We are getting ready for the LA exhibition, things aren’t slowing down a bit, and I have to get something up about San Diego Comic Con so that I can write a post before leaving for California again- we are all racking up the frequent flyer miles, that is certain.

Crowds begin to form at the San Diego Convention Center (photo taken by Dave from his hotel window)

Crowds begin to form at the San Diego Convention Center, from Dave McKean's hotel window

Ummm… what do I remember?  Setup was long but not too difficult, opening night was upon us before we could blink.  The big news opening night?  Kildanny.

I have footage somewhere of Jeremy Bastian‘s expression of surprise when he saw his character come to life thanks to my friend Lex Rudd of Primal Visions.  We publish Jeremy’s book Cursed Pirate Girl, and Kildanny is a character in a tale that Cursed Pirate Girl weaves to scare some young boys.  (Cursed Pirate Girls are known to like to scare boys.  For fun.)  Cameras were flashing NONSTOP all weekend, and the amount of photos online are wonderful.  Here’s one:

The dreaded pirate Kildanny, from Jeremy Bastian's Cursed Pirate Girl

The dreaded pirate Kildanny, from Jeremy Bastian's Cursed Pirate Girl

Jeremy Bastian, with Kildanny come to life!

Jeremy Bastian, comparing moustaches with Kildanny-come-to-life

So as you can imagine, he was very happy, which made me very happy!

The rest is a bit of a blur.  We’ll make a formal announcement soon about our new artists, but in brief: Lisa Black’s sculptures were a massive hit and everything sold, with them entering some pretty impressive collections.  Boingboing.com and Wired put them in their Comic Con review, and io9.com listed them under “The 17 most expensive things at Comic Con“…

Lisa Black's Fawn, from her Fixed series.  Taxidermy, metal and clockwork parts, 2007

Lisa Black's Fawn, from her Fixed series. Taxidermy, metal and clockwork parts, 2007

I was very happy that my sister/sweetheart/partner-in-crime Sioux Sinner drove in from Las Vegas to help out.  Her Doctor Who-related tattoos of a Dalek and an Adipose were quite the conversation starters for the boys.  Something that happens a lot at these shows is that pretty girls get hired to be “booth babes” and pass out postcards for whatever crap someone is promoting, so the ongoing joke with how successful our show was that obviously all we needed was a booth babe.  (Just to be clear, that was a joke.  Sioux is very smart and was there for non-booth babe reasons.)

Reason number one being David Tennant, current lead in the legendary BBC programme Doctor Who, who was at the show, along with producer Russel T. Davies and cast members from the fantastic spin-off Torchwood, which has become massively successful in the US.

Doctor... Tennant?

Doctor... Tennant? Not really. (Notice the girl in the back pointing at him?)

I am one of the people who has come to like Torchwood perhaps even MORE than Doctor Who, and was happy that Sioux brought star John Barrowman (affectionately known to the world as Captain Jack Harkness) to our booth.  He had just watched the movie “Freaks” with his sister, and was SO excited about Gail Potocki‘s new Freak series that I wish I had it on camera… he was very charming, and explained that as he and his sister watched the film they looked up facts on the internet.  Gail had done quite a bit of serious research, and he knew trivia that even she didn’t about her subjects!

The charming John Barrowman looking at Gail Potocki's Freak paintings

The charming John Barrowman discussing Gail Potocki's Freak paintings

'Pip' from Gail Potocki's new Freaks series.  (Who, thanks to John Barrowman, we now know was incontinent- hence the dress...)

'Pip' from Gail Potocki's new Freaks series. (Who, thanks to John Barrowman, we now know was incontinent- hence the dress...)

During set-up, we teased Gail that her Freaks prints were going out in the hallway because she was “old news” behind Jeremy Bastian and Dave McKean.  After the hysterical fun that the VERY charming John Barrowman brought into our booth she joked, “Don’t underestimate Pip- he saved the day!  Even though you tried to stick me out in the hallway.”

When John said that Gail should paint his portrait, she joked that she should do him as a 'Freak' with two heads

John Barrowman joking with Gail Potocki

Freak Appreciation Society

Founding members of the Freak Appreciation Society

Of course, the painting “Destiny” by Dave McKean was a huge hit, and the Transmission Atelier prints of Dave’s Nitrate series sold VERY well.  When Dave approached the booth, he said, “Hmmm… I like my billing- over Klimt, not too bad!”, something Gail had joked about during set-up…

Dave McKean's 'Destiny' painting (plus that guy Klimt)

Dave McKean's 'Destiny' painting (plus that guy Klimt). Jeremy Bastian and Jack help a customer, Emily appeears to be... reading? I'm not sure.

Century Guild booth: Opium, Cocaine...

Century Guild booth: Opium, Cocaine...

Gerard Way, looking at Symbolist artifacts

Gerard Way, singer for My Chemical Romance and author of The Umbrella Academy, appreciating the Symbolist artifacts

Sioux seemed to run into the most random people while she wandered; Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, cast members from Torchwood, True Blood, Twilight… the best story of all is when she pushed Stan Lee’s wheelchair around, but it’s sunrise here and I need to sleep.

Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer (creators of The Venture Brothers) with Sioux Sinner

Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer (creators of The Venture Brothers) with Sioux Sinner, right after she unknowingly crashed their interview- Not kidding.

July recap, days one, two, and three: Dave McKean/ Nitrate and Kinogeists

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Dave McKean, Silent Cinema on 5 August, 2009 by Thomas Negovan

I keep waiting to make a post until I’m properly recuperated, but it doesn’t seem that it’s ever going to happen; the leviathan of Century Guild is rolling forward, picking up velocity and branches and leaving happy kids everywhere, just as Sammy Davis, Jr. predicted.  If I don’t take a moment now I’ll never catch up.

After weeks of preparation for the one-two punch of Nitrate and Kinogeists in Chicago and SDCC in San Diego (the materials headed for SD had to be prepared packed to leave well in advance), Dave McKean arrived on Thursday July 16th, which was the beginning of the public phase of the military operation.  We stopped for a moment at home, then on to the book store.  The signing at Challengers was wonderful, lots of friendly faces (as evidenced below!)

At the end of the night, Jack cornered me on the subject of this being the beginning of a long, long two weeks of public appearances…

The next morning, Dave and I met artists Alex Ross, Doug Klauba, and filmmaker John Terendy for a magnificent lunch at a dramatically underrated Logan Square restaurant, Real Tenochtitlan.  (Dave knew how to pronounce it, I didn’t.)

Then off to the Portage Theater to begin the weekend…

Marquee at the Portage Theater

Marquee at the Portage Theater (photo, Jeff Millies)

When Dave and I arrived, the line stretched all through the theater; he hadn’t prepared to be signing as we thought the first day would be a casual artist’s reception, but he was graceful and everyone left more than a little bit happy.  We were lucky that Allen Spiegel sent us a nice selection of rare and out-of-print Dave McKean material; treasures were found by all.  In addition to the exhibition of five massive Nitrate paintings by Dave McKean, this event also launched the Transmission Atelier editions of Dave’s homages to early cinema, the Nitrate series.  (For the earlier post on these breathtaking prints, see here.)

Dave McKean signing at Portage Theater

Dave McKean signing books at the historic Portage Theater

Dave signing his Tarot books

Dave signing his Tarot books; (here and above photographed by VAM- go to aisforaccident.com and visit him, you'll be glad you did.)

The night (d)evolved into a wonderful cocktail party, one of the nice things that can happen in an old theater that serves up alcohol.  A huge sea of friendly faces wandered through, studying the giant Dave McKean paintings and rare antique European Silent Film posters, and after a few hours we all moved into the theater.  The three photos below were taken by Dave, from his twitter:

'Original poster and my painting of The Student of Prague from the Portage show last night.' -DM

'Original 1926 poster and my painting of The Student of Prague.' -DM

Oona Tramps and Michelle L'Amour onstage before Faust

Oona Tramps and Michelle L'Amour performing onstage before Faust

'Faust painting and the moment in the film that it is based on, the live organist is the dot of light below right.' -DM

'Faust painting and the moment in the film that it is based on, the live organist is the dot of light below right.' -DM

The high point of the weekend for Dave was learning from John Terendy the name of the film for the painting that until now had been called “Méliès (Untitled)”.  Thanks to John, original materials were presented to Dave that showed the still that inspired the painting to have come from the 1901 film La phrénologie burlesque.  Both Dave AND the painting were happy!

Copy #1 of the now properly titled 'La Phrénologie burlesque', a gift to John Terendy for his sleuthing.

Copy #1 of the now properly titled 'La phrénologie burlesque', Transmission Atelier edition on special paper- a gift to John Terendy for his sleuthing.

More photos below; thanks to everyone who came.  It was a wonderful weekend!

Signing the first Faust print

Signing the first Faust print (photo, Jeff Millies)

Oona Tramps

Oona Tramps (photo, Jeff Millies)

Dave McKean and Thomas Negovan

Dave McKean and Thomas Negovan (photo, Jeff Millies)

Guitarist David Cano and Michelle L'Amour

Guitarist David Cano and Michelle L'Amour (photo, Jeff Millies)

Dave McKean introducing his film MirrorMask

Dave McKean introducing his film MirrorMask (photo by VAM)

Thomas Negovan, David Cano, Michelle L'Amour

Thomas Negovan, David Cano, Michelle L'Amour (photo, Jeff Millies)

Michelle L'Amour

Michelle L'Amour (photo, Jeff Millies)

Thomas Negovan, Dave McKean, and Stuart Tomc

Thomas Negovan, Dave McKean, and Stuart Tomc (photo, Gail Potocki)

The Last Dave McKean post, ever. (DAVE’S CHICAGO APPEARANCE SCHEDULE)

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Comic Conventions, Dave McKean, Olympian Publishing, Silent Cinema on 1 July, 2009 by Thomas Negovan

Well, not really, but it’s an attention getter.  A more appropriate title would be “The last Dave McKean post that you’ll need to read before the Nitrate and Kinogeists weekend in Chicago”

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (Wiene, 1920) by Dave McKean (44 x 44 inches, mixed media)

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (Wiene, 1920) by Dave McKean (44 x 44 inches, mixed media)

SCHEDULE AS FOLLOWS:

THURSDAY, JULY 16

Kick-off party begins at Challengers Comics, Dave McKean present and signing from 6-8 pm.

At the Challengers signing Thursday July 16th, pre-paid attendees to the Portage Theater exhibition may have FIVE outside items signed, as well as an unlimited number of purchased products.  (This means that if you’re enough of a Dave McKean fan to come and see his paintings, you can get five things signed!)

Tickets available at Challengers as well as online here (IndieTickets.com).

LOTS of Sandman materials will be available, as well as Dave’s art books, and graphic novels like Violent Cases and Dal Challenger’s favorite, Signal to Noise.

Challengers Comics

1845 N. Western
Chicago, IL 60647
1/2 block South of Western & Milwaukee.

Across the street (south) from the Western Blue Line Station.

visit www.challengerscomics.com for details and directions.

FRIDAY, JULY 17

La Roue (Gance, 1922) by Dave McKean (44" x 44", mixed media behind tinted glass)

La Roue (Gance, 1922) by Dave McKean (44" x 44", mixed media)

Nitrate and Kinogeists: Exhibition of Rare European Silent Film posters plus new artworks by Dave McKean. (day 1 of 2)

Portage Theater
4050 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60641

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON PARKING AND DIRECTIONS.

6-7pm:  CBLDF charity event.  “Dave McKean kicks off his Chicago exhibition weekend with a CBLDF benefit!  A Salute to International Multi-Media Visionary and Graphic Novel Innovator Dave McKean- hosted by Century Guild.  July 19th, 6-7 pm.”  Visit cbldf.org for details and ticket information.

7-9pm:  Artist’s Reception.  Six of Dave McKean’s massive Nitrate paintings will be on display, cash bar, the artist will be present.

Please note that Dave will only be signing books bought at the event during this time.  A number of his hard-to-find art books (prices start at $15) including out of print material will be available, as well as Nitrate and Kinogeists program and event posters.

9pm: Faust. F. W. Murnau’s silent masterpiece, from an original 35mm print.  Featuring Jay Warren on the theater pipe organ.

Join us as we watch Dave’s favorite film and inspiration for the Nitrate series, on the big screen with live musical accompaniment.

Live entertainment and surprises throughout the evening.

SATURDAY, JULY 18 (afternoon)

In the afternoon, a book signing at Chicago Comics from 2-4 pm!

At the Chicago Comics signing, attendees can have up to five outside items signed, as well as all products purchased at the store.

Chicago Comics
3244 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
just north of Belmont,
a brief walk from the red and brown line “L” stop.
visit www.chicagocomics.com for details and directions.

SATURDAY, JULY 18 (evening)

Der Strasse (Grune, 1923) by Dave McKean (44" x 44", mixed media)

Die Strasse (Grune, 1923) by Dave McKean (44" x 44", mixed media)

Nitrate and Kinogeists: Exhibition of Rare European Silent Film posters plus new artworks by Dave McKean. (day 2 of 2)

Portage Theater
4050 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60641

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON PARKING AND DIRECTIONS.

6-7pm: Dave McKean book signing.  Please limit to five outside items per person, and there is no signing limit on additional items bought at theater.  A number of his hard-to-find art books (prices start at $15) including out of print material will be available, as well as Nitrate and Kinogeists program and event posters.  Everyone in line by 6pm will be accommodated.

7-9pm: Dave McKean’s short films screened in theater.  A rare opportunity to see Dave’s short films, plus special surprises- including something for fans of The Batman…

9pm: MirrorMask.  On the big screen.  Enough said.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS TO THE NITRATE AND KINOGEISTS WEEKEND!