Sunday, June 23, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
"There is no more dangerous illusion than the fancies by which people try to avoid illusion. It is imagination which leads us astray; and the certainty which we seek through imagination, feeling, and taste, is one of the most dangerous sources from which fanaticism springs.”--François Fénelon (1651-1715)
Posted by David Angsten at 5:32 PM
Saturday, June 15, 2013
|Descent into Limbo by Andrea Mantegna|
"We have too easily swallowed the modernist idea that art that aims to change or help or console its audience must by definition be "bad art" – Soviet art is routinely trotted out here as an example – and that only art that wants nothing of us can be good. Hence the all-too-frequent question with which we leave the modern museum of art: what did that mean?
"Why should this veneration of ambiguity continue? Why should confusion be a central aesthetic emotion? Is an emptiness of intent on the part of an artwork really a sign of its importance?"Read the whole piece HERE.
Posted by David Angsten at 5:56 PM
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
|"Man Drinking" - Maggi Hambling|
"Drawing is very exciting, the most intimate thing. A photograph has happened, it's history, it's gone. If a drawing has any life to it, it hasn't happened, it is happening in front of you as you look at it."
|"Max with Onde" - Maggi Hambling|
Posted by David Angsten at 3:23 PM
Thursday, June 6, 2013
|Portrait of Rudyard Kipling by John Collier|
For me, this land, that sea, these airs,
those folk and fields suffice.
What purple Southern pomp can match our
changeful Northern skies,
Black with December snows unshed or
pearled with August haze--
The clanging arch of steel grey March,
or June's long-lighted days?
Hear the whole poem read by Kipling himself--in an animated video--HERE.
Posted by David Angsten at 10:19 AM