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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
"We must bid farewell to autocracy. Whatever shape it takes, whatever justification it gives, authoritarian government always ends up trampling on equality, denying justice and stealing happiness and laughter from the people.Why I'll stay away from the opening ceremony of the Olympics
We should also leave behind discrimination, because it is narrow-minded and ignorant, denies contact and warmth; and corrodes mankind's belief that we can better ourselves. The only way to avoid misunderstanding, war and bloodshed is to defend freedom of expression and to communicate with sincerity, concern and good intentions.
The "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, which I helped to conceive, is designed to embody the Olympic spirit of "fair competition". It tells people that freedom is possible but needs fairness, courage and strength. Following the same principles, I will stay away from the opening ceremony, because I believe the freedom of choice is the basis of fair competition. It is the right I cherish most."
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
where I was a moment ago...
well, the century has turned on us again since the Tillich quote I offered and now I notice a few followers - which is amazing since "art.blogspot.com" has been around for all but a few months of this century. Back in the last century, I actually published art reviews for several shows at a now defunct gallery in Iowa City that became a bakery. From the followers that have gathered I hope to get some images that might be discussed. Will I review them? Not today.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Existentialist Aspects of Modern Art
"Painting will reveal some of the innermost motives of existentialism if we are able to analyze the creations since the turn of the century in the right way."
This very compact statement from Paul Tillich is worth reading. His view of existentialism as revealed in art should provoke further thought today.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Being and Nothingness, by Jean Paul Sartre
The actual book can be read online, translated into English, at Google Books. In the opening paragraph Sartre states the problem clearly. At the end of the long road, you are forced to find your own solution. Although it is free and online, some important sections are missing and the translation is less than elegant. Who will suggest a better translation?
My Science Teacher Died on The Racquetball Court
Shit, I have to hurry up and dig some holes for my tarragon, which has grown out of its pots and needs to be planted today or else, but this is important. Take a moment to remember a great man, if only for his patience.
Mr. Johnston did indeed fall dead on the racquetball court.
It would have been a great loss regardless of venue: he had his Moment.
He gave up the idea of teaching me science at Square One, but shared my love of Impressionism and especially Debussy's "Images". I remember one day in my starched shirt, off in the corner of his oversized classroom, from behind a labyrinth of glassware, I walked as calmly and quickly as I could right up to him while he taught class:
"We have to get out of here. I'll help you open the windows".
It's true. read more