Tartu is my home, and I do love it … though we have some odd sculpture. Perhaps the most peculiar of them all is this one
I have a soft spot for doggies. And I have a soft spot for folks who love doggies. I have an even bigger soft spot for people who love doggies and art and wine. Which brings me to Willi’s Wine Bar in Paris, a place that I frequent when I visit Who was Willi? Yes, the owner’s doggie. BTW, they do an annual wine poster, and yes, I do own at least one! You should get one too! You can order from their web site (which is pretty cool). This is my fav.
So wrote Bernard Levin for The Times in 1978. What is the big deal? The problem is that Blake’s work is an assault on our modern sensibilities. He challenges us to re-think whether divine energy rather than reason carries us forward. Yes, he thought Newton and the enlightenment in general, were ridiculous. You cannot disassemble energy! We would like to think that he had a few loose screws. Or, we hope that he did. But did he? Levin was not so sure.
This sounds a bit suspicious. But contrary to what you might think, Musashi was a feared warrior, invincible in combat. He was also a great artist who did amazingly delicate pen and ink drawings. He said “when you have attained the way of strategy there will be not one thing that you cannot understand.” Here he is in full warrior mode escaping from the bath house where his enemies had planned to boil him alive! Yikes! Don’t worry, he got out ok.
Yesterday, I promised some detail on what this lovely phrase “kitsume and hoshi no tama” is about. Here is the link that tells all. And this is an image of a kitsume that will certainly wake you up in the morning!
I don’t think that artists Gilbert & George are especially angry people. But they see a lot of anger around them. And as artists, they are committed to reflect what they see. So you get angry collages. Art about anger, so to speak. Art that may unsettle you a bit. And they are exhibiting now in London.
He was a minimalist. But that doesn’t really tell you the story . He was not just minimal. He loved depictions,without people or emotion. Elegant but impersonal. Like dates on black or grey backgrounds. And stuff like this. Did I mention that he just passed on?