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5 Works

Today I select these 5 works that mean something to me.. tomorrow or even later today I could select 5 more… or perhaps many more but these are the 5 for today.

Qué hai que hacer mas?

Qué hai que hacer mas? plate 33

Los Caprichos & Los Desastres de la guerra. I saw these works in person as a teenager and they made quite an impression on me.

Los Desastres de la guerra
Los Caprichos
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes [March 30, 1746 – April 16, 1828]



I saw it when it was at the Museum of Modern Art many years ago. The memory of the work has become stronger than the immediate impression it made on me.

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso [October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973] an excellent index of his work, the Official Picasso Site



I was familiar with the work from an exhibition of Kienholz’ work at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art and then assisted him in the restoration of that work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Ed Kienholz [October 23, 1927 – June 10, 1994] Bio at the Beat Museum,1, 2

Monet’s works I am familiar with from a number of exhibtions… the Monet show at the Metropolitan some years ago was incredible… and the waterlily panels at MOMA I have studied many times.

Claude Monet. (French, 1840-1926). Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond. c. 1920. Oil on canvas, three panels, Each 6′ 6 3/4″ x 13′ 11 1/4″ (200 x 424.8 cm), overall 6′ 6 3/4″ x 41′ 10 3/8″ (200 x 1276 cm). Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Light Depth

Light Depth

Assisted Sam in the installation of this work at the Corcoran.

Light Depth, Sam Gilliam (American, b. 1933)

Peter Zumthor, Nobel Prize

Thermal Baths

Peter Zumthor wins “Nobel prize for art”

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has won this year’s prestigious Praemium Imperiale award for architecture.

Zumthor, whose works include the Thermal Baths at Vals (1996) and the Bruder Klaus Kapelle (2007), follows in the footsteps of fellow Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron, who won the award in 2007.

The Japan Art Association has assigned the Praemium Imperiale annually since 1989 for an artist’s life work in each of five categories: painting, sculpture, architecture, music and theatre/film. It is endowed with 15 million Yen (SFr160,000).

According to the jury, Zumthor “earnestly examines the location and purpose of a building, and spares no effort in selecting the most suitable materials for it. He insists on ‘custom-made architecture'”.

Zumthor was born in Basel in 1943, began an apprenticeship in cabinet-making in 1958 and started his own practice in the Swiss village of Haldenstein in 1979.

“Whether religious buildings, art museums, thermal bath facilities or housing projects, they consistently give a strong sense of spirituality,” the Praemium Imperiale website said of Zumthor’s works.

The other 2008 laureates are Richard Hamilton (painting), Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (sculpture), Zubin Mehta (music) and Sakata Tojuro (theatre/film)


Affen als Kunstkritiker

Affen als Kunstkritiker, 1889 Öl auf Leinwand, 85 x 107 cm - Neue Pinakothek, München

Gabriel von Max: Affen als Kunstkritiker, 1889 Öl auf Leinwand, 85 x 107 cm - Neue Pinakothek, München

Apes as Art Critics, Gabriel von Max references:1, 2

Visual Theory


¿ Which does What ?

¿ Which does What ?

Questions related to Art:

¿ What is meant by “mastering tradition” ?

¿ Must I learn to find elements of nature to grind into pigments and then create my own paints ?

¿ Can I paint solely with acrylic paint and use the techniques of that medium instead of learning to paint frescos ?

¿ Can I see Art making as a conceptual activity rather than a physical activity of applying paint to canvas ?

¿ How do I promote understanding of my experience as an artist to someone who is a non-artist who believes in “traditional approaches” but has never experienced learning the traditions of art ?

¿ How does the Armory Show of 1913 touch the face of American Art ? and is what was exhibited and what was rejected just as important to the Art Experience ?


The ama-gi is an ancient Sumerian cuneiform word meaning “freedom”. 1

“Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness” is quite different than “Liberté, Égalité y Fraternité” [Liberty, Equality & Brotherhood].  The American mindset has been formulated to glorify individual success and to define successes as individual accomplishments.  The truth is that most successes are the result of collective efforts… one idea built on another until there is a result that has some sort of recognition and usefulness.

The development of the computer and software is an excellent example of that collective achievement and it also is an example of the credit going to a small number of people….

What I think we need is a mindset of Life, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity & the Pursuit of Happiness.

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