Sentient in San Francisco – 9 November 2018

This Date in Art History: Died 9 November 2015 – Ernst Fuchs, an Austrian painter, sculptor, and illustrator.

Below – “Observator Infinitor”; “The Angel of History”; “Self-Portrait with Feather Hat”; “Cherub with an Amethyst”; “The Spirit of Mercury”; “Nymph Gramophone.”

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 9 November 1929 – Imre Kertesz, a Hungarian author and recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Imre Kertesz:

“I am sick of atrocities, though these are now the natural order of our world. And I would still like to act!”
“One cannot start a new life, you can only continue the old one.”
“I tried to depict the human face of this history, I wanted to write a book that people would actually want to read.”
“Nonexistence. The society of the nonexistent. In the street yesterday a nonexistent person trod on my foot with his nonexistent foot.”
“I would like to live a little bit longer in this beautiful concentration camp.”

This Date in Art History: Died 9 November 1942 – Charles Courtney Curran, an American painter: Part I of II.

Below – “Lotus Lilies”; “Lady with a Bouquet”; “Sunshine and Haze”; “Shadows”; “A Breezy Day”; “Fair Critics.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 9 November 2004 – Iris Chang, an American historian, journalist, and the author of
“The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II.”

Some quotes from the work of Iris Chang:

“Please believe in THE POWER OF ONE. One person can make an enormous difference in the world. One person – actually, one idea – can start a war, or end one, or subvert an entire power structure. One discovery can cure a disease or spawn new technology to benefit or annihilate the human race. You as ONE individual can change millions of lives. Think big. Do not limit your vision and do not ever compromise your dreams or ideals.”
“As the Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel warned years ago, to forget a holocaust is to kill twice.”
“When you believe you have a future, you think in terms of generations and years. When you do not, you live not just by the day — but by the minute.”
“Whatever is not commonly seen is condemned as alien.”

This Date in Art History: Died 9 November 1942 – Charles Courtney Curran, an American painter: Part II of II.

Below – “Hollyhocks and Sunlight”; “On the Heights”; “The Lanterns”; “Goldenrod Curran”; “The Cabbage Field”; “Peonies.”

A Poem for Today

“The Cache”
by Dan Gerber

Behind the house in a field
there’s a metal box I buried
full of childhood treasure, a map
of my secret place, a few lead pennies
from 1943.
The rest I’ve forgotten,
forgotten even the exact spot
I covered with moss and loam.

Now I’m back and twenty years
have made so little difference
I suspect they never happened,
this face in the mirror
aged with pencil and putty.
I suspect even
the box has moved as a mole would move
to a new place long ago.

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