Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Bourgeoisie Rules / The End of Art

William Hogarth’s last graphic work, The End of the World, ridiculing academic allegorical paintings of the time. Completed in 1764, seven months before his death “All art is propaganda. It is universally and inescapably propaganda; sometimes unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda.” – … Continue reading

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Henry Holiday’s Snark

Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder, The Image Breakers, c. 1566-1568 Some interesting detective work showing Henry Holiday’s borrowings from the above etching by Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder is here. As well as other artists playing with the Gheeraerts image. And below are some of Henry … Continue reading

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Lovecraft: The Outsider and Others

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was … Continue reading

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Hans Holbein: The Dance of Death

For an idea of where the US is headed, I suggest reading  brief Immanuel Wallerstein’s brief explanation in The United States Heading for a Crash which begins: President Barack Obama has told the United States, and in particular its Congress, that it must do … Continue reading

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George Tooker

All paintings by George Tooker I ran across a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. It’s extraordinary that a book written in the 1830s about America holds so strikingly true today: I see an innumerable crowd of like and equal men who … Continue reading

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Giorgio Ghisi

Wouldn’t it be great if instead art continuing to march forward to its own destruction that perhaps a few artists would dissent and move art in the opposite direction, back toward an art of richness and complexity? Back toward the immense imaginative universes … Continue reading

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The Art World Sham

A friend sent me a couple youtubes exploring the sham art world. The word sham always calls to my mind the Francis Bacon witticism: “Here’s some champagne for my real friends, and some real pain for my sham friends.” And … Continue reading

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