This Date in Art History: Born 17 November 1919 – Kim Heungsou, a Korean painter.
Below – Untitled; Untitled; “Un Pose.”
A Poem for Today
by James Crews
Though the doctors said no salt,
salt was all my father craved.
His body bloated, skin water-logged
and gray, still he wanted potato chips,
honey-baked ham, greasy slabs
of Polish sausage from Piekutowski’s.
He begged for pepperoni pizza,
garlic butter, ribs slathered in sauce.
But when I did the shopping,
I searched only for labels that said
‘low sodium’ and ‘no preservatives’, instead
bringing home heads of broccoli,
turkey burgers, shredded wheat.
And when he died anyway,
guilt gnawed me like an ulcer—
how could I have denied him
his few final pleasures?—
until I found Big Mac wrappers
stuffed under the car seat,
jars of pickles in the hall closet,
and hidden among wads of tissues
near the night stand, his stash—
a half-used canister of salt.
I sat down on his sagging mattress
now stripped of stained sheets
and studied that blue label
with the girl in the yellow dress
holding her umbrella against a rain
of salt still falling from the sky.
This Date in Art History: Born 17 November 1928 – Arman, a French-American painter and sculptor.
Below – “Accumulation”; “Macbeth”; Untitled; “Flamenco”; “Liberty.”
Some quotes from the work of Doris Lessing:
“Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.”
“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.”
“Very few people really care about freedom, about liberty, about the truth, very few. Very few people have guts, the kind of guts on which a real democracy has to depend. Without people with that sort of guts a free society dies or cannot be born.”
“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”
“In university they don’t tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.”
“As you get older, you don’t get wiser. You get irritable.”
“This is a time when it is frightening to be alive, when it is hard to think of human beings as rational creatures. Everywhere we look we see brutality, stupidity, until it seems that there is nothing else to be seen but that–a descent into barbarism, everywhere, which we are unable to check. But I think that while it is true there is a general worsening, it is precisely because things are so frightening we become hypnotized, and do not notice–or if we notice, belittle–equally strong forces on the other side, the forces, in short, of reason, sanity and civilization.”
This Date in Art History: Born 17 November 1921 – Albert Bertelsen, a Danish painter and illustrator.
Below – “Interior with sewing machine and figure”; “Red farm”; “Drømmepigen”; “Fjeldlys”; “ Hus i aftenlys”; “Low-hanging Mist.”
“After You Get Up Early on Memorial Day”
by Susanna Lang
You take the cats out with you, shut
the door: I have the whole wide bed, all
the covers to fall back asleep in, while you
cut up and sugar the strawberries, grind
the coffee, leave the radio off
so I won’t be disturbed. The room is still
dark, rain forecast for the entire day,
other people’s family picnics cancelled,
barbecues moved into basements, parades
rerouted to avoid flooded viaducts, the iris
losing petals beside newly cleaned graves,
their mason jars spilt into the saturated ground.
But here is my holiday, this drift back beneath thought
while I lie in the warm impression of your body.
Below – Daniel Kozeletckiy: “Sleeping with Beads”
Contemporary American Art – Ryan Swallow
In the words of one writer, “Ryan Swallow paints hauntingly beautiful figures, expressing emotion through the figure, causing anyone who gazes long enough to see a piece of themselves.”
Below – “Luna Triste”; “Chameleon”; “Anhelo”; “Diluvio de Lagrimas”; “Hermanas II”; “Willy.”