Corrigan Neralich: Happy Birthday, son mine.
“Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people…but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.”
This Date in Art History: Born 11 April 1876 – Paul Henry, an Irish painter.
Below – “Connemara Cottages”; “In the West of Ireland”; “Coomasaharn, County Kerry”; “Sailing Boat on a Loch”; “Incoming Tide”; “The Mountain Road Near Salruck, Killary Bay, Co. Galway.”
For Your Information: 11 April is National Cheese Fondue Day in the United States.
This Date in Art History: Born 11 April 1887 – Jamini Roy, an Indian painter.
Below – “Mother and Child”; “Three women in blue”; “Lady in a pink sari”; “Two Gopinis”; Untitled (City Street); Untitled (Temple Dancer).
Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 11 April 1934 – Mark Strand, a Canadian-born American poet, essayist, and translator.
“Keeping Things Whole”
by Mark Strand
In a field
I am the absence
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.
When I walk
I part the air
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body’s been.
We all have reasons
to keep things whole.
This Date in Art History: Died 11 April 1958 – Konstantin Yuon, a Russian painter.
Below – “Soft Goods”; “Spring Sunny Day”; “Tverskoy Boulevard”; “The Blue Bush”; “Portrait of Klavdiya Yuon” (the artist’s wife); “Self-Portrait.”
This Date in Art History: Died 11 April 2014 – Rolf Brem, a Swiss sculptor and illustrator.
Below (all bronze) – “Akt mit Badetuch (Wo ist der Frosch?); “Stehender Madchenakt mit Apfel”; “Madchenkopf”; “Susi mit Spiegel”; “Flotistin”; “Giovanna.”
Remembering a Scientist and Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 11 April 1987 – Primo Levi, an Italian Jewish chemist, writer, Holocaust survivor, and the author of “Survival in Auschwitz” and “The Periodic Table.” The Royal Institution of Great Britain named “The Periodic Table” the best science book ever written.
Some quotes from the work of Primo Levi:
“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”
“The aims of life are the best defense against death.”
“The sea’s only gifts are harsh blows and, occasionally, the chance to feel strong. Now, I don’t know much about the sea, but I do know that that’s the way it is here. And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once, to find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions, facing blind, deaf stone alone, with nothing to help you but your own hands and your own head.”
“I am constantly amazed by man’s inhumanity to man.”
“Those who deny Auschwitz would be ready to remake it.”
“You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find warm food
And friendly faces when you return home.
Consider if this is a man
Who works in mud,
Who knows no peace,
Who fights for a crust of bread,
Who dies by a yes or no.
Consider if this is a woman
Without hair, without name,
Without the strength to remember,
Empty are her eyes, cold her womb,
Like a frog in winter.
Never forget that this has happened.
Remember these words.
Engrave them in your hearts,
When at home or in the street,
When lying down, when getting up.
Repeat them to your children.
Or may your houses be destroyed,
May illness strike you down,
May your offspring turn their faces from you.”
Contemporary American Art – Daniel Wong
In the words of one writer, “Daniel Wong earned a BFA from Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles in 1983. He continued his fine art training at the California Art Institute with advanced studies under Norm Nason, Glen Orbik, and Willis Wong…In his fine art paintings, Wong’s focus has been the artistic interpretation of the labor force, traveling in search of opportunity in the journey of life.”
Below – “Industrial Landscape”; “Movement”; “Lunch Break”; “Pointing North”; “Waiting II”; “Walking in L.A.”