American Art – Part I of IV: Anthony Ackrill
Artist Statement: “As an artist I am attracted to humans and the human body, which is a timeless image. I usually try to create an image that does not indicate a specific time period.”
Anthony Ackrill studied at the Florence Academy of Art, where he has also served as an instructor of anatomy, drawing, and painting.
American Art – Part II of IV: Michael Foulkrod
The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.” – Wole Soyinka, Nigerian author, poet, playwright, and recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature for being someone “who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence, who was born 13 July 1937.
Some quotes from the work of Wole Soyinka:
“Well, I think the Yoruba gods are truthful. Truthful in the sense that I consider religion and the construct of deities simply an extension of human qualities taken, if you like, to the nth degree. I mistrust gods who become so separated from humanity that enormous crimes can be committed in their names. I prefer gods who can be brought down to earth and judged, if you like.”
“Romance is the sweetening of the soul
With fragrance offered by the stricken heart.”
“The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot will eat the biggest snail.”
“The man died in all those that keep silent.”
“Don’t take shadows too seriously. Reality is your only safety. Continue to reject illusion.”
Here is the Artist Statement of painter Adriana Mufarrege: ”I was born in Córdoba, Argentina, on July 16th 1962.
My father’s parents were Lebanese, born in Bishmezzine. My mother’s family arrived in the Santa Fe plains from Switzerland about 1850. I spent my childhood and adolescence in Santa Fe. Since 1980 I have lived in Córdoba.
I entered the School of Arts at Córdoba National University. In 1987 I got my degree as Superior Professor in Art Education.
I consider art a spiritual and inner journey.”
“My personal interest in ordinary people is unlimited, but I am fascinated by the challenge of portraying true greatness adequately with my camera.” – Yousuf Karsh, Armenian-Canadian portrait photographer, who died 13 July 2002.
From the Music Archives: Roger McGuinn
Born 13 July 1942 –Roger McGuinn, an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and member of The Byrds and the Chad Mitchell Trio.
From the American Old West: Johnny Ringo
Died 13 July 1882 – John Peters “Johnny” Ringo, a
member of the outlaw gang The Cowboys in Cochise County, Arizona Territory. It appears likely that Johnny Ringo did not die in a shootout but, rather, took his own life.
Italian Art – Part I of II: Antonio Biancalani
Italian Art – Part II of II: Claudio Tuccillo
Painter Claudio Tuccillo studied at the State Institute of Art in Naples.
A Poem for Today
A Poem by Kabir (c. 1440-c. 1518), a mystic poet of India
The flute of interior time is played whether we hear it or not,
What we mean by “love” is its sound coming in.
When love hits the farthest edge of excess, it reaches a wisdom.
And the fragrance of that knowledge!
It penetrates our thick bodies,
It goes through walls—
Its network of notes has a structure as if a million suns were arranged inside.
This tune has truth in it.
Where else have you heard a sound like this?
American Art – Part III of IV: Paul Rahilly
In the words of one critic, “For over three decades, Paul Rahilly has been exhibiting his lush, painterly works in shows that have been received with delight by enthusiasts of painting. Writing in the ‘Boston Globe’ in 1991, Nancy Stapen said, ‘Rahilly’s art is almost sinful; it is an art of movement, light, and delight, where all aspects of nature are sensually proffered for the viewer’s pleasure.’
Rahilly is often called a realist, but the term doesn’t fit well for a few reasons. The figures typically at the center of his large works, female nudes or livestock or both, are generally set in situations so odd or fantastic – beneath towered castles, under absurdly gnarled trees, picnicking beside a mausoleum – that their world is more aptly termed surrealist, or fabulist.
Rahilly has famously remarked, commenting on the tendency to overstate the role of image in painting, ‘No one goes to opera for the plot.’”
“The Blue Booby,”
By James Tate
The blue booby lives
on the bare rocks
and fears nothing.
It is a simple life:
they live on fish,
and there are few predators.
Also, the males do not
make fools of themselves
chasing after the young
they gather the blue
objects of the world
and construct from them
a nest—an occasional
a string of beads,
a piece of cloth from
a sailor’s suit. This
replaces the need for
in fact, in the past
fifty million years
the male has grown
nor can he sing well.
The female, though,
asks little of him—
the blue satisfies her
a magical effect
on her. When she returns
from her day of
gossip and shopping,
she sees he has found her
a new shred of blue foil:
for this she rewards him
with her dark body,
the stars turn slowly
in the blue foil beside them
like the eyes of a mild savior.
American Art – Part IV of IV: Sara Scribner
Artist Statement: “Traveling the world through books, sifting through stories, I find myths and folktales that use flora and fauna in their allegories. When combined with realism, the results are contemporary paintings that speak a language that has been used by painters and poets for centuries. Both flowers and animals have been used in symbolism by many different cultures. Translating these stories and making them my own is where my creativity thrives.”
Below – “She Navigates the Black Night Illuminated by a Sea of Stars”; “Forever Wandering Through the Fading Fog”; “Forever She Sat Illuminating With Pure Cold Light”; “Their Song Greeted The Dawn”; “Her Warning Was to Wait, Spring Had Not Yet Come”; “With His Healing Wings He Drove Desolation From Her Heart”; “Wading In The Familiar, She Longed For Unknown Waters”; “A Home For A Restless Heart”; “You Discover Treasures Where Others See Nothing”; “I Shall Know the Sound of Your Step”; “With Her Came the Sound of the Sea.”