Monthly Archives: September 2011

Remarkable People: Jala ad-Din Muhammed Rumi

We live in a time of great confusions: Celebrity is commonly mistaken for talent, image has frequently displaced substance, notoriety is often equated with accomplishment, rhetoric has generally displaced wisdom, and material success seems synonymous with character. To thoughtful people, … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Khadija Hashemi

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Khadija Hashemi is a young Afghani female painter. During the time when the Taliban ruled her country, she was unable to obtain paint, and women were strongly discouraged … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Winslow Homer

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was an American painter and printmaker, who is best know for his canvasses featuring marine subjects. Homer was largely self-taught, and after years of working … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Maysaloun Faraj

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Maysaloun Faraj is an Iraqi painter who has had more than enough experience of the brutalities that frequently attend modern politics: “Given the state of our world, this … Continue reading

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Remarkable People: James H. Doolittle

We live in a time of great confusions: Celebrity is commonly mistaken for talent, image has frequently displaced substance, notoriety is often equated with accomplishment, rhetoric has generally displaced wisdom, and material success seems synonymous with character. To thoughtful people, … Continue reading

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If Your Soul Thirsts for Beauty: Gheorghe Zamfir

Gheorghe Zamfir is a Romanian musician who plays an expanded version of the traditional Romanian pan flute. If your soul thirsts for beauty, listen to Zamfir’s incredibly lovely rendition of “doina de jale” by following the link below. I promise … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Do Duy Tuan

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Do Duy Tuan (b. 1949) is a Vietnamese artist who manages to capture a mood at once dreamlike and somber in his female subjects. His work is, I … Continue reading

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Remarkable People: Edward Said

We live in a time of great confusions: Celebrity is commonly mistaken for talent, image has frequently displaced substance, notoriety is often equated with accomplishment, rhetoric has generally displaced wisdom, and material success seems synonymous with character. To thoughtful people, … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Mark Rothko

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Mark Rothko (1903-1970) was a Russian-born American painter who championed the idea that everyone, especially artists, should have total freedom of self-expression, in large measure because he felt … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Serge Mendzhiyskogo

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Serge Mendzhiyskogo is a contemporary Russian artist who creates collages from hundreds of photographs that he merges into cityscapes that allow viewers to ponder the familiar in new, … Continue reading

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