Photos of the Remarkable 1929 Nameless Woman Disappearance
by Jack Smith & Piero Heliczer
Though the photographs look like they date from the early sixties (from those Sunday night sessions that led up to the making of Flaming Creatures,) this collaboration with Piero Heliczer (who had earlier contributed text to and published The Beautiful Book through his Dead Language Press) came a few years later.
Jack Smith brooding over Ibsen’s Ghosts
Given his obsession with his mother, it should come as no great surprise that Jack Smith had corollary obsessions with the plays, Hamlet and Ghosts. He even began making films of them, which I’ve never seen (but few people have.) Jerry Tartaglia has written about them; which is appropriate, as he’s the guy restoring their remains. I have some hope of someday seeing them. These photographs are tangentially related and the photomontage is directly related to Smith’s adaptation of Ibsen’s great psychodrama. Jack named his adaptation the Secret of Rented Island.
"My last organ had been stolen from me a month ago and Patti Smith bought me this one here. I was down and out in Paris and i thought, ‘Well, what was i going to do without my organ?’ And then a friend of mine had just seen the same organ as i had before in a small place, the only one in Paris and Patti Smith bought it for me, isn’t that beautiful? She was very, very incredicle. I said, ‘I’ll give you the money very quickly, as soon as i have it,’ an she said, ‘No, no, it’s a present from me. I don’t need any money now.’
-Nico, June 1978
Pavel Tchelitchew, Double Figure, 1926.
Pavel Tchelitchew, Portrait of Charles Henri Ford, Gouache on paper pasted on cardboard, 1957
Pavel Tchelitchew - Untitled (Seated Man, Multiple Images), 1927
Pavel Tchelitchew, The Green Straw Hat (Giovanni), 1930s
Pavel Fedorovitch Tchelitchew, Robert Petit Endormi, 1931