October Offerings – Part XV: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of VI: Deborah Barton

Deborah Barton earned a BFA from Wingate University in 2003.

“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.” – 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:

“Trust not too much to appearances.”
“Every calamity is to be overcome by endurance.”
“Every man makes a god of his own desire.”
“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.”

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.”

American Art – Part II of VI: 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.”

“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 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.”

From Italo Calvino’s novel “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 VI: Jorg R. Dubin

Jorg R. Dubin (born 1955) is a graduate of the Art Institute of Southern California.

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.”

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.

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.”

American Art – Part IV of VI: 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.”


Zhuang Hongxing is a contemporary Chinese painter.

American Art – Part V of VI: Matthew Ballou

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.

A Poem for Today

“What Do Women Want?,”
By Kim Addonizio

I want a red dress.
I want it flimsy and cheap,
I want it too tight, I want to wear it
until someone tears it off me.
I want it sleeveless and backless,
this dress, so no one has to guess
what’s underneath. I want to walk down
the street past Thrifty’s and the hardware store
with all those keys glittering in the window,
past Mr. and Mrs. Wong selling day-old
donuts in their café, past the Guerra brothers
slinging pigs from the truck and onto the dolly,
hoisting the slick snouts over their shoulders.
I want to walk like I’m the only
woman on earth and I can have my pick.
I want that red dress bad.
I want it to confirm
your worst fears about me,
to show you how little I care about you
or anything except what
I want. When I find it, I’ll pull that garment
from its hanger like I’m choosing a body
to carry me into this world, through
the birth-cries and the love-cries too,
and I’ll wear it like bones, like skin,
it’ll be the goddamned
dress they bury me in.


American Art – Part VI of VI: 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.”

Burton Silverman _ paintings
Burton Silverman _ paintings

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