American Art – Part I of VII: Trent Gudmundsen
In describing the work of painter Trent Gudmundsen, one critic has stated that “Gudmundsen’s depictions of people and landscapes may seem steeped in nostalgia, but actually symbolically reflect the artist’s own life: one in which he strives to live simply and tries to make time for the important moments. Often using his own children and relatives as models in his paintings, Trent encourages and then captures authentic moments of quiet conversation or contemplation; people learning and teaching, talking and interacting, or simply enjoying a moment in thought in that fleeting time between work and play.”
From the Music Archives – Part I of III: Red Holloway
Born 31 May 1927 in Helena, Arkansas – Red Holloway, a jazz tenor saxophonist.
American Art – Part II of VII: Louise Bourgeois
Died 31 May 2010 – Louise Bourgeois, a French-born American sculptor.
From the Music Archives – Part II of III: Dick Dale
31 May 1958 – American vocalist and guitarist Dick Dale founds the surf music genre with the release of “Let’s Go Trippin’.”
Italian Art – Part I of IV: Tintoretto
Died 31 May 1594 – Tintoretto (Jacopo Comin), an Italian painter and notable exponent of the Renaissance school.
Italian Art – Part II of IV: Matteo Pagani
Painter Matteo Pagani (born 1979) is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna.
From the Music Archives – Part III of III: Peter Yarrow
Born 31 May 1938 – Peter Yarrow, an American singer and member of the folk music trio Peter, Paul, and Mary. Yarrow co-wrote one of the group’s most famous songs, “Puff, the Magic Dragon.”
Italian Art – Part III of IV: Massimo Campigli
Died 31 May 1971 – Massimo Campigli (born Max Ihlenfeldt), an Italian painter, illustrator, and journalist.
Italian Art – Part IV of IV: Vania Elettra Tam
In the words of one writer, “Vania Elettra Tam attended Art School in Como and then progressed to the New Art and Graphics Academy of Milan. In order to support her own artistic research she then worked for 13 years as a fashion designer, following in the footsteps of her mother before returning to concentrate fully on her painting.”
“Only of one thing I am sure: When I dream, I am ageless.” – Elizabeth Coatsworth, an American writer of fiction and poetry for children and adults, who was born 31 May 1893.
Some quotes from the work of Elizabeth Coatsworth:
“The magic of autumn has seized the countryside; now that the sun isn’t ripening anything it shines for the sake of the golden age; for the sake of Eden; to please the moon for all I know.”
“I say that almost everywhere there is beauty enough to fill a person’s life if one would only be sensitive to it, but Henry says No: that broken beauty is only a torment, that one must have a whole beauty with man living in relation to it to have a rich civilization and art. . . . Is it because I am a woman that I accept what crumbs I may have, accept the hot-dog stands and amusement parks if I must, if the blue is bright beyond them and the sunset flushes the breasts of sea birds?”
“We who dance hungry and wild…under a winter’s moon.”
“Outwardly I am 83, but inwardly I am every age, with the emotions and experience of each period.”
In the words of one writer, Filipino painter Andres Barrioquinto (born 1975)
“graduated in Fine Arts (Painting) from the University of Santo Tomas in 2000. A prestigious recipient of the Thirteen Artists Award (2003) bestowed by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, he has had 19 solo exhibitions in the Philippines and 5 in Singapore. His works reside in the collections of several noted collectors and the Singapore Art Museum, and he has been successfully auctioned at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. He currently paints with a complex, deeply layered and patterned style.”
From the Movie Archives: Clint Eastwood
“I’m interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.” – Clinton “Clint” Eastwood, Jr., American actor, film director, mayor, and composer, who was born 31 May 1930.
In addition to being a world-famous movie star, Clint Eastwood won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for “Unforgiven” in 1992, and Best Director and Best Picture for “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004.
Some quotes from Clint Eastwood:
“They say all marriages are made in heaven, but so are thunder and lightning.”
“I tried being reasonable, but I didn’t like it.”
“I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”
“Let’s not go and ruin it by thinking too much.”
“There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul. Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction. I hate the idea of trends. I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality.”
“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to
self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt,
that’s real power.”
“Extremism is so easy. You’ve got your position, and that’s it. It doesn’t take much thought. And when you go far enough to the right you meet the same idiots coming around from the left.”
“I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.”
“Take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously.”
“Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome!”
“If a person is confident enough in the way they feel, whether it’s an art form or whether it’s just in life, it comes off—you don’t have anything to prove; you can just be who you are.”
“If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.”
“My wife is my closest friend. Sure, I’m attracted to her in every way possible, but that’s not the answer. Because I’ve been attracted to other people, and I couldn’t stand ’em after a while.”
“I know what you’re thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”
Spanish Art – Part I of II: Miguel Berrocal
Died 31 May 2006 – Miguel Berrocal, a Spanish sculptor.
Spanish Art – Part II of II: Ramon Lombarte
“The universe is an intelligence test.” – Timothy Leary, American psychologist, writer, and advocate for psychedelic drugs, who died 31 May 1996.
Some quotes from Timothy Leary:
“My advice to people today is as follows: if you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out.”
“We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.”
“There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third.”
“Think for yourself and question authority.”
“You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.”
“Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.”
“Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.”
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”
British Art – Part I of II: Walter Sickert
“Come again when you can’t stay so long.” – Walter Richard Sickert, German-English painter, who was born 31 May 1860.
Below – “The Acting Manager, or Rehearsal: The End of the Act”; “La Giuseppina, the Ring”; “The Red Shop”; “Mornington Crescent Nude”; “The Montmarte Theatre”; “Belmont, Bath”; “Dieppe Races”; “Chagford, Devon, across Fields.”
British Art – Part II of II: Brian Duffy
Died 31 May 2010 – Brian Duffy, an English photographer and film producer best remembered for his fashion and portrait photography of the 1960s and 1970s.
“It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought—that is to be educated.” – Edith Hamilton, German-American educator and author of “The Greek Way” and “Mythology,” who died 31 May 1963.
Some quotes from the work of Edith Hamilton:
“Great art is the expression of a solution of the conflict between the demands of the world without and that within.”
“The mind knows only what lies near the heart.”
“The power of good is shown not by triumphantly conquering evil, but by continuing to resist evil while facing certain defeat.”
“I came to the Greeks early, and I found answers in them. Greece’s great men let all their acts turn on the immortality of the soul. We don’t really act as if we believed in the soul’s immortality and that’s why we are where we are today.”
“There are few efforts more conducive to humility than that of the translator trying to communicate an incommunicable beauty. Yet, unless we do try, something unique and never surpassed will cease to exist except in the libraries of a few inquisitive book lovers.”
“None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.”
“Egypt is a fertile valley of rich river soil, low-lying, warm, monotonous, a slow-flowing river, and beyond the limitless desert. Greece is a country of sparse fertility and keen, cold winters, all hills and mountains sharp cut in stone, where strong men must work hard to get their bread. And while Egypt submitted and suffered and turned her face toward death, Greece resisted and rejoiced and turned full-face to life. For somewhere among those steep stone mountains, in little sheltered valleys where the great hills were ramparts to defend, and men could have security for peace and happy living, something quite new came into the world: the joy of life found expression. Perhaps it was born there, among the shepherds pasturing their flocks where the wild flowers made a glory on the hillside; among the sailors on a sapphire sea washing enchanted islands purple in a luminous air.”
French Art – Part I of II: Bruce Kreps
“Tell him he can have my title, but I want it back in the morning.” – William Harrison “Jack” Dempsey, American professional boxer, cultural icon of the 1920s, and World Heavyweight Champion (1919-1926), who died 31 May 1983, dealing with a drunk who challenged him to a fight.
Jack Dempsey, “The Manassa Mauler,” winning the Heavyweight title:
French Art – Part II of II: Michel Kikoine
Born 31 May 1892 – Michel Kikoine, a Belarus-born French painter.
Died 31 May 1997 – Rose Will Monroe, one of the women who served as the model for “Rosie the Riveter” of World War II fame.
American Art – Part III of VII: Margaret Morrison
Here is one critic describing the artistry of painter Margaret Morrison:
“(Her works) evoke the magic of childhood, sending our mind skipping back to a time when life was easy and rewards were sweet. When we were small, the kind of sugary goodies that she depicts loomed large, were prized and frequently forbidden; for after all, the injunction to ‘eat your vegetables,’ did not refer to candy corn, except of course on that one anarchic day each year when children rule: Halloween.”
“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.” – Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist, journalist, humanist, and author of “Leaves of Grass,” who was born 31 May 1819.
Some quotes from the work of Walt Whitman:
“Resist much, obey little.”
“To have great poets, there must be great audiences too.”
“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large — I contain multitudes.”
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.”
“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.”
“I like the scientific spirit—the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them: this is ultimately fine—it always keeps the way beyond open—always gives life, thought, affection, the whole man, a chance to try over again after a mistake—after a wrong guess.”
“Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us.”
“I think I could turn and live with the animals, they are so placid and self contained;
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition;
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins;
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God;
Not one is dissatisfied-not one is demented with the mania of owning things;
Not one kneels to another, nor his kind that lived thousands of years ago;
Not one is responsible or industrious over the whole earth.”
“Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.”
“Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. Missing me one place, search another. I stop somewhere waiting for you.”
American Art – Part IV of VII: Anna Conway
American Art – Part V of VII: Aleah Chapin
Poems for Today
By Allen Ginsberg
Drinking my tea
My mother’s ghost:
the first thing I found
in the living room.
has past-the world
is no different.
I quit shaving
but the eyes that glanced at me
remained in the mirror.
American Art – Part VI of VII: Mark Miltz
Here is one critic describing the artistry of painter Mark Miltz: “In recent years, he has returned to his first love, representational painting. Concentrating on the figure, he brings to his work a high level of draftsmanship, combined with an appreciation for the abstract qualities of the paint itself. Miltz attacks his subjects with energetic paint, powerful composition and a strong sense of light. Yet this energy is tempered with profound respect for the great tradition of western figure painting. Though modern in concept, the work pays homage to the masters of the past. Miltz is currently working primarily in oils, which he likes for their versatility, rich color and strong textural qualities. His work is about the tension between the subject portrayed, and the means used to create the illusion of ‘subject.’ Tensions and ambiguities within the subject matter itself are at the heart of each piece. He invites you to explore each painting’s many levels with him.”
Another Poem for Today
“As Children Know,”
By Jimmy Santiago Baca
Elm branches radiate green heat,
blackbirds stiffly strut across fields.
Beneath bedroom wood floor, I feel earth—
bread in an oven that slowly swells,
simmering my Navajo blanket thread-crust
as white-feathered and corn-tasseled
Corn Dancers rise in a line, follow my calf,
vanish in a rumple and surface at my knee-cliff,
chanting. Wearing shagged buffalo headgear,
Buffalo Dancer chases Deer Woman across
Sleeping Leg mountain. Branches of wild rose
trees rattle seeds. Deer Woman fades into hills
of beige background. Red Bird
of my heart thrashes wildly after her.
What a stupid man I have been!
How good to let imagination go,
step over worrisome events,
those hacked logs
in the driveway.
Let decisions go!
Let them blow
like school children’s papers
against the fence,
rattling in the afternoon wind.
This Red Bird
of my heart thrashes within the tidy appearance
I offer the world,
topples what I erect, snares what I set free,
dashes what I’ve put together,
indulges in things left unfinished,
and my world is left, as children know,
left as toys after dark in the sandbox.
American Art – Part VII of VII: Jeffrey Barson
Here is one critic describing the artistry of American painter Jeffrey Barson: “Barson’s style is rich and refreshing, bearing the imprint of a finely tuned artistic hand. His colors are equally opulent, so captivating that it’s hard to remove their memory from your mind.”