Hans Sebald Beham & More Prison News

beham 1Hans Sebald Beham, The Year’s End, engraving, 1546

Beham (1500-1550) was a Nuremberg artist expelled from his hometown on charges of plagiarizing Albrecht Dürer, making Hans an early Post-Modernist. It’s a shame the practice of expelling Postmodern plagiarists from town isn’t still customary. If it were the case, it’s hard to imagine there would be more than a small handful of artists left anywhere on the globe. I begin to wonder if more than a handful of artists will ever return to looking at the world around them with their own eyes, instead of consulting art magazines, cyber-sites, art theoreticians, or how-to-paint manuals  for their art “ideas”.

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Hans Sebald Beham, Standard Bearer and Drummer, engraving, 1544

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Hans Sebald Beham, Hercules Slaying Nessus, engraving, 1542

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Hans Sebald Beham, Death and the Indecent Pair, engraving, 1529

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Hans Sebald Beham, Death and the Three Nude Women, engraving, 1520–50

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Hans Sebald Beham, Adam and Eve, engraving, 1543

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Hans Sebald Beham, Death and the Standing Naked One, engraving, 1547

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Hans Sebald Beham, Boy with a Dog, engraving

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Hans Sebald Beham, Hercules Suffocating Anteaus, engraving, 1545

Newsflash from the US gulag reported in the British press, where I generally go to find out what’s occurring in my own country.

On Monday a San Francisco court heard that since 2006, the potentially deadly infection, caused by an airborne fungus, had killed more than 30 prisoners and afflicted hundreds more at the Avenal and Pleasant Valley state prisons, both in northern California’s San Joaquin Valley. Eighteen of the deaths occurred in 2012 and January 2013 alone. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/california-prisoners-at-avenal-and-pleasant-valley-prisons-demand-move-as-valley-fever-death-toll-rises-8663991.html

Also, this might interest any hardheads monitoring how our global wars are going. Flush from our great victory on the Libyan shores of Tripoli we’re finding a little blowback occurring in Africa. But no worries. With the greatest prison system on the planet braced to hold down any protest on the homefront it will be a cinch to stomp out all these  third world flareups. We have a long record of success at these kinds of things.

And rest assured, if things get really hairy we’ll simply unleash our ace in the hole, Cyborg Insects.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/18-3

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2 Responses to Hans Sebald Beham & More Prison News

  1. Abbas Mehran says:

    The best definition of Postmodernism I have ever read. I am challenging with the concept of “the beginner’s mind” from Buddha, which was introduced to me by a Chinese friend while ago.Since then I have stopped painting, to force myself to go back to where I was before going to a college of visual arts, where I became infected with some poisonous stupid intellectual contemporary.ideas. The concept of the beginner’s mind become more crystal clear by your statement: “I begin to wonder if more than a handful of artists will ever return to looking at the world around them with their own eyes, instead of consulting art magazines, cyber-sites, art theoreticians, or how-to-paint manuals for their art “ideas”.” The key is looking at the world around with one’s own eyes, the eyes not infected with the “contemporary” visual culture.
    There is still “a glimpse of hope” http://abbasmehran.com/glimpse-of-hope/ when people like you are still around.
    Abbas

  2. trueoutsider says:

    Thank you very much, Abbas, for your clear thoughts and also for your inspirational work. I take it you refer to the concept in the book Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” You put your finger on the most important thing for artist’s working today who have so much nonsense filling their heads that they can no longer long see anything afresh. I also think your insight to stop painting is vital until one has established connection with their inner voice through drawing, as well as how to let it flow out unimpeded.

    Painting comes later. Art students invariably put the cart before the horse because that’s how they’re taught. Ingres said that it took thirty years to learn how to draw, three years to learn how to paint.

    Lao Tzu said: “When the work is done it is forgotten. That is why it lasts forever.”

    You’re right that the ideas taught at art school are toxic poison. The greatest one is the adoption of Duchamp’s notion that he was putting art back at the service of the mind. Art was always at the service of the mind. Blake, Rembrandt, Cézanne, Mayan Civilization, et al, weren’t expressing the deepest level thought of the human mind? Has there ever been an artist more arrogant than Duchamp? Arrogance is the coin of today’s realm.

    Duchamp believed that his urinal and mustached Mona Lisa were profound expressions of the mind? And that Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sistine Chapel were dead works made by unthinking idiots? And so we have all our great genius teachers, artists, collectors, curators, museum professionals, all these “experts” telling us what art is with their tsunami of verbal diarrhea how to be up-to-date and where art is to go next.

    Hardy har har.

    A puddle of piss, a pile of excrement, an all but blank canvas are what have become of Duchamp’s art at the service of the mind.

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