American Art – Part I of VII: Deborah Barton
“Every man makes a god of his own desire.” – Virgil, Roman poet and author of “The Aeneid,” who was born on 15 October 70 B.C.E.
Some quotes from the work of Virgil:
“It is easy to go down into Hell; night and day, the gates of dark Death stand wide; but to climb back again, to retrace one’s steps to the upper air – there’s the rub, the task.”
“Trust not too much to appearances.”
“Every calamity is to be overcome by endurance.”
“Consider what each soil will bear, and what each refuses.”
“Fortune favors the bold.”
“From my example learn to be just, and not to despise the gods.”
“Myself acquainted with misfortune, I learn to help the unfortunate.”
“Cease to think that the decrees of the gods can be changed by prayers.”
American Art – Part II of VII: Oleg Radvan
Oleg Radvan was born in Russia and lives and works in Miami.
Artist Statement: “Fine art is my life. I never had a chance to receive formal education and have become ‘a self made man,’ as the words are often used in American culture. All my life observations, studying and endless trying and searching during last 5 years merged me completely in art work. It is known that in recent decades realism has found a new special place, enriched by all kinds of modernism. I look at every face, every body from new, slightly different angle. I am trying to find something that has not been seen before, trying to bring to my work the personalities, emotions and aspirations of different people.”
From the Music Archives – Part I of IV: The Piano Guys
British Art – Part I of II: Roxana Halls
In the words of one writer, English painter Roxana Halls (born 1974) “is a largely self-taught artist and has, for several years, made her studio in the disused bar of a 1930s London theatre, now a bingo hall.”
“I had been able to observe that there was a sprightly sportsman behind the counter mixing things out of bottles and stirring them up in long glasses that seemed to have ice in them, and the urge came upon me to see more of this man.” – P.G. Wodehouse, English humorist, novelist, poet, short story writer, and journalist, who was born 15 October 1881.
Some quotes from the work of P. G. Wodehouse:
“The voice of Love seemed to call to me, but it was a wrong number.” “He had just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat, but certainly no more.”
“It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.”
“Red hair, sir, in my opinion, is dangerous.”
“At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies.”
“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?’
‘The mood will pass, sir.’”
“I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.”
“I’m not absolutely certain of the facts, but I rather fancy it’s Shakespeare who says that it’s always just when a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with the bit of lead piping.”
“He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.”
“Everything in life that’s any fun, as somebody wisely observed, is either immoral, illegal, or fattening.”
“She looked as if she had been poured into her clothes and had forgotten to say ‘when.’”
“Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoy’s Russian peasants when, after putting in a heavy day’s work strangling his father, beating his wife, and dropping the baby into the city’s reservoir, he turns to the cupboards, only to find the bottle empty.”
“I always advise people never to give advice.”
“If there is one thing I dislike, it is the man who tries to air his grievances when I wish to air mine.”
“A melancholy-looking man, he had the appearance of one who has searched for the leak in life’s gas-pipe with a lighted candle.”
“Mike nodded. A sombre nod. The nod Napoleon might have given if somebody had met him in 1812 and said, ‘So, you’re back from Moscow, eh?’”
“In a series of events, all of which had been a bit thick, this, in his opinion, achieved the maximum of thickness.”
“A certain critic — for such men, I regret to say, do exist — made the nasty remark about my last novel that it contained ‘all the old Wodehouse characters under different names.’ He has probably by now been eaten by bears, like the children who made mock of the prophet Elisha: but if he still survives he will not be able to make a similar charge against ‘Summer Lightning.’ With my superior intelligence, I have out-generalled the man this time by putting in all the old Wodehouse characters under the same names. Pretty silly it will make him feel, I rather fancy.”
“The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.”
“If he had a mind, there was something on it.”
“Lady Glossip: Mr. Wooster, how would you support a wife?
Bertie Wooster: Well, I suppose it depends on who’s wife it was; a little gentle pressure beneath the elbow while crossing a busy street usually fits the bill.”
“I hadn’t the heart to touch my breakfast. I told Jeeves to drink it himself.”
“It is no use telling me there are bad aunts and good aunts. At the core, they are all alike. Sooner or later, out pops the cloven hoof. ”
“It is true of course, that I have a will of iron, but it can be switched off if the circumstances seem to demand it.”
“Chumps always make the best husbands. When you marry, Sally, grab a chump. Tap his head first, and if it rings solid, don’t hesitate. All the unhappy marriages come from husbands having brains. What good are brains to a man? They only unsettle him.”
“What’s the use of a great city having temptations if fellows don’t yield to them?”
“I am strongly of the opinion that, after the age of twenty-one, a man ought not to be out of bed and awake at four in the morning. The hour breeds thought. At twenty-one, life being all future, it may be examined with impunity. But, at thirty, having become an uncomfortable mixture of future and past, it is a thing to be looked at only when the sun is high and the world full of warmth and optimism.”
“As we grow older and realize more clearly the limitations of human happiness, we come to see that the only real and abiding pleasure in life is to give pleasure to other people.”
“Love is a delicate plant that needs constant tending and nurturing, and this cannot be done by snorting at the adored object like a gas explosion and calling her friends lice.”
“Cheer up, Crips, and keep smiling. That’s the thing to do. If you go through life with a smile on your face, you’ll be amazed how many people will come up to you and say ‘What the hell are you grinning about? What’s so funny?’ Make you a lot of new friends.”
“Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant—better left unstirred.”
“She had more curves than a scenic railway.”
“It was one of those cases where you approve the broad, general principle of an idea but can’t help being in a bit of a twitter at the prospect of putting it into practical effect. I explained this to Jeeves, and he said much the same thing had bothered Hamlet.”
British Art – Part II of II: Ophelia Redpath
Here is how one writer describes the inspiration behind the work of English painter Ophelia Redpath (born 1965): “She continues to draw strength from her artistic heritage provided by her grandmother, Brenda Moore, and grandfather, Leonard Campbell-Taylor. Her mother, a pianist and musician, and her father, an English Don at Cambridge, introduced her to the possibilities of music and literature, which have become strong ingredients in her work.”
From the Music Archives – Part II of IV: The Piano Guys
“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”- Italo Calvino, Italian journalist, writer of novels and short stories, and author of “If on a winter’s night a traveler,” who was born on 15 October 1923.
Some quotes from Italo the work of Italo Calvino:
“What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one’s nose, taking shortcuts.”
“Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents.”
“The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.”
“The satirist is prevented by repulsion from gaining a better knowledge of the world he is attracted to, yet he is forced by attraction to concern himself with the world that repels him.”
Some quotes from “If on a winter’s night a traveler”:
“Sections in the bookstore:
– Books You Haven’t Read
– Books You Needn’t Read
– Books Made for Purposes Other Than Reading
– Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written
– Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
– Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
– Books Too Expensive Now and You’ll Wait ‘Til They’re Remaindered
– Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback
– Books You Can Borrow from Somebody
– Books That Everybody’s Read So It’s As If You Had Read Them, Too
– Books You’ve Been Planning to Read for Ages
– Books You’ve Been Hunting for Years Without Success
– Books Dealing with Something You’re Working on at the Moment
– Books You Want to Own So They’ll Be Handy Just in Case
– Books You Could Put Aside Maybe to Read This Summer
– Books You Need to Go with Other Books on Your Shelves
– Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
– Books Read Long Ago Which It’s Now Time to Re-read
– Books You’ve Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It’s Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them”
American Art – Part III of VII: Natalie Frank
In the words of one writer, “American painter Natalie Frank (born 1980) earned an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Columbia University and then continued her studies at the National Academy of Fine Art in Oslo, the New York Academy of Art, The L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, the Florence Academy of Art, the International School of Art in Todi, Italy, and the Slade School of Art, University College, London.”
Born 14 October 1542 – Djalalud-Din Mohammed Akbar, known as “Akbar the Great,” a Persian Mughal Emperor in India (1556-1605). While he is deservedly famous for his political acumen, architectural accomplishments, and support of the arts, Akbar should be best remembered for something even more remarkable: His advocacy of tolerance. Though he was raised a devout Muslim, the spiritual currents of India gradually produced in Akbar the realization that every religious and philosophical tradition has something worthy to contribute to human understanding. Here are his words, which I think should be widely known: “In a world so filled with contradictions, it cannot be wisdom to assert the unique claim to truth of any religion. Rather, a wise man makes justice his guide and learns from them all. In this way the key that has been lost may someday be found again.”
From the Music Archives – Part III of IV: Claude Debussy
15 October 1905 – Claude Debussy’s “Le Mer” premieres in Paris.
According to one writer, New Zealand painter Jill Frost (born 1964) “Studied at Central St Martin’s School of Art and London Guildhall University, graduating in 1997.”
From the Movie Archives: Charlie Chaplin
15 October 1940 – Charlie Chaplin releases his movie “The Great Dictator,” a satiric social comedy that ridicules Adolf Hitler and his Nazi henchmen.
Below – The famous globe scene from the film.
American Art – Part IV of VII: Jorg R. Dubin
According to one writer, Russian painter Dmitry Lisichenko (born 1976) “attended the Moscow Art Lyceum, and later the Moscow State Academic Art Institute (known as the Surikov Art Institute). Lisichenko is noted for his atmospheric compositions with their meditative and often enigmatic women.”
Here is how one critic describes the artistry of Portuguese painter Armanda Passos (born 1944): “His work approaches neofigurative art, but it is marked by representations of the female figure that include the grotesque and the dream.”
From the Music Archives – Part IV of IV: The Piano Guys
American Art – Part V of VII: Cynthia Joy Sitton
In the words of one writer, “Influenced by the tragedy and joys of her own experience, Cynthia J. Sitton uses her art to examine and cope with family life. From the dramas that are universal in adolescence, to the heartache of mental illness, Cynthia explains how both the dark and the light in her life provide inspiration for her painting.”
“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” – John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-American economist, public intellectual, and author of “The Affluent Society,” who was born on 15 October 1908.
Some quotes from the work of John Kenneth Galbraith:
“There’s no question that this is a time when corporations have taken over the basic process of governing.”
“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.”
“Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.”
“The salary of the chief executive of the large corporations is not an award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm gesture by the individual to himself.”
“We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties, namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money, the poor because they had much.”
“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”
“Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.”
“We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.”
“The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.”
“Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.”
“In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability.”
“In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.”
“More die in the United States of too much food than of too little.”
“A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil’s policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance; but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books.”
“Few people at the beginning of the nineteenth century needed an adman to tell them what they wanted.”
“A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket is in touch with his deepest emotions.”
“In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.”
“Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.”
“The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo.”
“Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.”
“The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled.”
“War remains the decisive human failure.”
“Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.”
Chinese Art – Part I of II: Zhuang Hongxing
A Poem for Today
By Robert Frost
Once when the snow of the year was beginning to fall,
We stopped by a mountain pasture to say, ‘Whose colt?’
A little Morgan had one forefoot on the wall,
The other curled at his breast. He dipped his head
And snorted at us. And then he had to bolt.
We heard the miniature thunder where he fled,
And we saw him, or thought we saw him, dim and gray,
Like a shadow against the curtain of falling flakes.
‘I think the little fellow’s afraid of the snow.
He isn’t winter-broken. It isn’t play
With the little fellow at all. He’s running away.
I doubt if even his mother could tell him, “Sakes,
It’s only weather.” He’d think she didn’t know!
Where is his mother? He can’t be out alone.’
And now he comes again with the clatter of stone,
And mounts the wall again with whited eyes
And all his tail that isn’t hair up straight.
He shudders his coat as if to throw off flies.
‘Whoever it is that leaves him out so late,
When other creatures have gone to stall and bin,
Ought to be told to come and take him in.’
Chinese Art – Part II of II: Ai Xuan
By Mary Hamrick
Autumn is like an old book:
Marred spines turn mean yellow,
staples rust red-orange.
Every stained page is stressed
by a splat of color. Rough-red,
like an old tavern,
we become hungry birds
and prepare for fall.
Shape and shadow are candied citron
as lanterns turn bitter yellow. Autumn
is a red fox, a goblet filled with dark wine,
a hot chili pepper with smoky eyes.
Pressed leaves take in the colors
of seafood paella and saffron; these leaves
are like death, climaxing with a smile.
Autumn: Her dress is a net of mussels;
dark shelled, it covers up
summer’s weatherbeaten body.
So pull out your boots
and stand on an aged, wood floor
like an evergreen.
Matthew Ballou earned a BFA in Painting/Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University, Bloomington.
“Nothing Gold Can Stay,”
By Robert Frost
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
American Art – Part VII of VII: Burton Silverman
According to one writer, “Mr. Silverman has had 31 solo shows in New York, Boston, Philadelphia Washington, D.C. and San Francisco He has appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions including the National Portrait Gallery, the National Academy Annuals, the Mexico City Museum of Art, the Royal Academy of Art in London and the Butler Midyear Annuals, He has won 37 major prizes and awards from such annual exhibitions and the National Academy Musuem has honored him with 9 awards including the Ranger Purchase Awards in 1983 and 1965.”