Sentient in Seattle – 16 May 2018

Remembering an Influential Artist on the Date of His Death: Died 16 May 1990 – Jim Henson, an American puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, filmmaker, and creator of the Muppets.

Some quotes from the work of Jim Henson:

“The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children. ”
“Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.”
“Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart.”
“I really do believe that all of you are at the beginning of a wonderful journey. As you start traveling down that road of life, remember this: There are never enough comfort stops. The places you’re going to are never on the map. And once you get that map out, you won’t be able to re-fold it no matter how smart you are.
So forget the map, roll down the windows, and whenever you can pull over and have picnic with a pig. And if you can help it never fly as cargo.”
“When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.”

Art for Spring – Part I of II: Jerome Gastaldi (American, contemporary)

Below – “Red and Yellow”; “Blue Lake”; “Red Sand”

Worth a Thousand Words: An astronaut’s view of Earth from space.

Art for Spring – Part II of II: Jean Claude Gaugy (French, contemporary)

Below – “Six Chevaux”; “L’Abondence Parfaite”; “La Rivière”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 16 May 1929 – Adrienne Rich, an American poet, essayist, feminist, and recipient of the National Book Award.

“In Those Years”
by Adrienne Rich

In those years, people will say, we lost track
of the meaning of we, of you
we found ourselves
reduced to I
and the whole thing became
silly, ironic, terrible:
we were trying to live a personal life
and yes, that was the only life
we could bear witness to

But the great dark birds of history screamed and plunged
into our personal weather
They were headed somewhere else but their beaks and pinions drove
along the shore, through the rags of fog
where we stood, saying I

This Date in Art History: Died 16 May 1910 – Henri-Edmond Cross, a French painter.

Below – “La Place de Saint-Clair”; “Cypresses at Cagnes”; “La Ferme, matin”; “La baie a Cavaliere”; “Landscape”; “La fuite des nymphes.”

Remembering an Important Researcher on the Date of His Birth: Born 16 May 1914 – Edward T. Hall, an American anthropologist and author.

Some quotes from the work of Edward T. Hall:

“Culture hides more than it reveals and strangely enough what it hides, it hides most effectively from it’s own participants. Years of study have convinced me that the real job is not to understand foreign culture but to understand our own.”
“One of the most effective ways to learn about oneself is by taking seriously the cultures of others. It forces you to pay attention to those details of life which differentiate them from you.”
“We should never denigrate any other culture but rather help people to understand the relationship between their own culture and the dominant culture. When you understand another culture or language, it does not mean that you have to lose your own culture.”
“The best reason for exposing oneself to foreign ways is to generate a sense of vitality and awareness – an interest in life which can come only when one lives through the shock of contrast and difference.”
“It is never possible to understand completely any other human being; and no individual will ever really understand himself – the complexity is too great and there is not the time to constantly take things apart and examine them.”
“When Western people train the mind, the focus is generally on the left hemisphere of the cortex, which is the portion of the brain that is concerned with words and numbers. We enhance the logical, bounded, linear functions of the mind. In the East, exercises of this sort are for the purpose of getting in tune with the unconscious–to get rid of boundaries, not to create them.”
“By their very nature bureaucracies have no conscience, no memory, and no mind.”
“Because we have put ourselves in our own zoo, we find it difficult to break out.”

This Date in Art History: Born 16 May 1906 – Alfred Pellan, a Canadian painter.

Below – “Blossoming”; “Desire in the Light of the Moon”; “Girl with Anemones”; “Atlantide”; “Nature morte au litre de vin”; Untitled.

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 16 May 1955 – James Agee, an American novelist, journalist, poet, screenwriter, film critic, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of James Agee:

“How far we all come. How far we all come away from ourselves. So far, so much between, you can never go home again. You can go home, it’s good to go home, but you never really get all the way home again in your life. And what’s it all for? All I tried to be, all I ever wanted and went away for, what’s it all for?
Just one way, you do get back home. You have a boy or a girl of your own and now and then you remember, and you know how they feel, and it’s almost the same as if you were your own self again, as young as you could remember.”
“And somewhat as in blind night, on a mild sea, a sailor may be made aware of an iceberg, fanged and mortal, bearing invisibly near, by the unwarned charm of its breath, nothingness now revealed itself: that permanent night upon which the stars in their expiring generations are less than the glinting of gnats, and nebulae, more trivial than winter breath; that darkness in which eternity lies bent and pale, a dead snake in a jar, and infinity is the sparkling of a wren blown out to sea; that inconceivable chasm of invulnerable silence in which cataclysms of galaxies rave mute as amber.”
“You’ve got to bear it in mind that nobody that ever lived is specially privileged; the axe can fall at any moment, on any neck, without any warning or any regard for justice. You’ve got to keep your mind off pitying your own rotten luck and setting up any kind of a howl about it. You’ve got to remember that things as bad as this and a hell of a lot worse have happened to millions of people before and that they’ve come through it and that you will too.”
“You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition.”
“In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances, and no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again.”

This Date in Art History: Born 16 May 1898 – Tamara de Lempicka, a Polish/American painter.

Below – “Printemps”; “Woman with Mandoline”; “Mujer y Nino”; “Lady in Lace”; “Femme a la Colombe”; “Self-Portrait, Tamara in a Green Bugati.”

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