Sentient in San Francisco – 6 June 2019

This Date in Art History: Died 6 June 1963 – William Baziotes, an American painter.

Below – “Cyclops”; “Autumn”; “The Doorway”; “The Thinker”; “Toy World.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 6 June 1875 – Thomas Mann, a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, essayist, author of “The Magic Mountain” and “Death in Venice,” and recipient of the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Thomas Mann:

“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.”
“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.”
“If the years of youth are experienced slowly, while the later years of life hurtle past at an ever-increasing speed, it must be habit that causes it. We know full well that the insertion of new habits or the changing of old ones is the only way to preserve life, to renew our sense of time, to rejuvenate, intensify, and retard our experience of time – and thereby renew our sense of life itself. That is the reason for every change of scenery and air.”
“War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.”
“In books we never find anything but ourselves. Strangely enough, that always gives us great pleasure, and we say the author is a genius.”
“Art is the funnel, as it were, through which spirit is poured into life.”
“This was love at first sight, love everlasting: a feeling unknown, unhoped for, unexpected–in so far as it could be a matter of conscious awareness; it took entire possession of him, and he understood, with joyous amazement, that this was for life.”
“Is not life in itself a thing of goodness, irrespective of whether the course it takes for us can be called a ‘happy’ one?”

This Date in Art History: Died 6 June 2006 – Arnold Newman, an American photographer known for his portraits of artists.

Below – “Ansel Adams”; “Frank Lloyd Wright”; “Georgia O’Keeffe, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico”; “Carl Sandburg, poet and author, and Marilyn Monroe, actress, Hollywood, California”; “Igor Stravinsky, composer, New York”; “Picasso.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 6 June1962 – Kenneth Rexroth, an American poet, translator, and essayist: Part I of II:

Some quotes from the work of Kenneth Rexroth:

“Against the ruin of the world, there is only one defense: the creative act.”
“I write for one and only one purpose, to overcome the invincible ignorance of the traduced heart. I wish to speak to and for those who have had enough of the Social Lie, the Economics of Mass Murder, the Sexual Hoax, and the Domestication of Conspicuous Consumption.”
“Maturity is having the ability to escape categorization.”
“There have always been those who, though they see tragedy as the outcome of freedom, will nevertheless judge that tragedy is not too high a price to pay.”
“The mature man lives quietly, does good privately, takes responsibility for his actions, treats others with friendliness and courtesy, finds mischief boring and avoids it. Without the hidden conspiracy of goodwill, society would not endure an hour.”
“The meaning of life can be revealed but never explained.”
“Marriage is the last sacrament available to modern man, and with the terrible destruction of interpersonal relations by capitalism and its war-making State, it is not very available, nor is it surely enduring. But then, vision does not come with guarantees.”

Contemporary American Art – Mallory Morrison

Below (photographs) – “Grasp”; “Triple Dolphin”; “Let Go”; “Embracing.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 6 June1962 – Kenneth Rexroth, an American poet, translator, and essayist: Part II of II:

“Doubled Mirrors”
by Kenneth Rexroth

It is the dark of the moon.
Late at night, the end of summer,
The autumn constellations
Glow in the arid heaven.
The air smells of cattle, hay,
And dust. In the old orchard
The pears are ripe. The trees
Have sprouted from old rootstocks
And the fruit is inedible.
As I pass them I hear something
Rustling and grunting and turn
My light into the branches.
Two raccoons with acrid pear
Juice and saliva drooling
From their mouths stare back at me,
Their eyes deep sponges of light.
They know me and do not run
Away. Coming up the road
Through the black oak shadows, I
See ahead of me, glinting
Everywhere from the dusty
Gravel, tiny points of cold
Blue light, like the sparkle of
Iron snow. I suspect what it is,
And kneel to see. Under each
Pebble and oak leaf is a
Spider, her eyes shining at
Me with my reflected light
Across immeasurable distance.

Contemporary American Art – Victoria Angeline

Below – “Marilyn”; “Fig”; “Boy on Blue”; “Looker.”

This Date in Psychological History: Died 6 June 1961 – Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist who founded analytical psychology.

Some quotes from the work of Carl Gustav Jung:

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness’s of other people. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
“Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.”
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
“The world will ask you who you are, and if you don’t know, the world will tell you.”
“Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research.”
“We are not what happened to us, we are what we wish to become.”
“The brighter the light, the darker the shadow.”
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
“If our religion is based on salvation, our chief emotions will be fear and trembling. If our religion is based on wonder, our chief emotion will be gratitude.”
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”

Contemporary American Art – Barry Johnson

Below – Untitled 138; Untitled 131; Untitled 126; Untitled 117; Untitled 129.

This Date in Literary History: Born 6 June 1925 – Maxine Kumin, an American poet, novelist, essayist, and memoirist: Part I of II.

Some quotes from the work of Maxine Kumin:

“We are, each of us, our own prisoner. We are locked up in our own story.”
“When Sleeping Beauty wakes up, she is almost fifty years old.
“It is important to act as if bearing witness matters.”
“Cherish your wilderness.”
“Love, we are a small pond.”
“Nature is a catchment of sorrows.”
“Sometimes tradition is a way of keeping going.”
“The time on either side of now stands fast.”
“To write about the monstrous sense of alienation the poet feels in this culture of polarized hatreds is a way of staying sane. With the poem, I reach out to an audience equally at odds with official policy, and I celebrate our mutual humanness in an inhuman world.”

Contemporary Spanish Art – Tomasa Martin

Below – “Message”; “Contra Corriente”; “The Cook”; “Number Five”; “Eloisa”; “A Woman IV.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 6 June 1925 – Maxine Kumin, an American poet, novelist, essayist, and memoirist: Part II of II.

“After Love”
by Maxine Kumin

Afterward, the compromise.
Bodies resume their boundaries.

These legs, for instance, mine.
Your arms take you back in.

Spoons of our fingers, lips
admit their ownership.

The bedding yawns, a door
blows aimlessly ajar

and overhead, a plane
singsongs coming down.

Nothing is changed, except
there was a moment when

the wolf, the mongering wolf
who stands outside the self

lay lightly down, and slept.

Below – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: “The Bed”

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