Monthly Archives: September 2011

An Artful Moment: Adolph Stephan Friedrich Jentsch

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Adolph Stephan Friedrich Jentsch (1888-1977) was a German-born Namibian artist who traveled extensively in his adopted country and worked in both watercolor and oil. Jentsch is best-known for … Continue reading

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“Love is the mystery of water and a star”: Remembering Pablo Neruda

Died on 23 September 1973 – Pablo Neruda, the pen name of Chilean poet Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. Neruda was a master of many styles, but he is best known for his love poems, perhaps especially those in his 1924 … Continue reading

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Autumn: The Joys of Melancholy

Let us bid farewell to torrid summer and welcome lovely autumn with a great ode written in its honor. “TO AUTUMN,” by John Keats Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness! Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Claudio Bravo

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Claudio Bravo (1936 – 2011) was a Chilean painter who spent much of his creative life working in Tangier, Morocco. I am especially fond of the painting above … Continue reading

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Political Slapstick: September 22

Given historical precedents, today presents thoughtful Americans with three potentially rewarding opportunities to ponder the increasingly ridiculous political landscape of the United States. For the consideration of readers with a puckish sense of humor, I offer a brief and admittedly … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Robert Gwathmey

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Robert Gwathmey (1903-1988) was an American social realist painter. He traveled widely as a young man, honing his artistic skills and witnessing various expressions of social injustice. During … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Russell Lee

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Russell Lee (1903 – 1986) was an American photographer and photojournalist, and the picture above is a fine example of his splendid and historically important work. It is … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Oswaldo Guayasamin

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Oswaldo Guayasamin (1919-1999) was an Ecuadorian artist of Quechuan descent whose paintings show both cubist and expressionist characteristics. Guayasamin had an abiding love for both Quito, the city … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Mersad Berber

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Mersad Berber is a contemporary Bosnian artist whose works are frequently a synthesis of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Renaissance motifs. The works above and below are splendid examples … Continue reading

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A Good Case For Extinction

17 September 1598 – Sailors from the Netherlands discover Mauritius. Some people might recollect that Mauritius was once home to the dodo – an aptly-named bird that became extinct because, in its primitive ignorance, it could not adapt to the … Continue reading

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