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Tag: Art History

This is from a story about the current President of the United States of America who, if you don’t know, is not what many people, perhaps even yourself, would call, “A likable fellow”

“THE NIGHTMARES HAVE NOT RETURNED, AND I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER NOW. IT IS AS IF ALL THE DARK CORNERS IN MY MIND HAVE BEEN FILLED WITH BRIGHT SUNLIGHT”

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Diary of a Madman

(1963)

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CURRENTLY (WITH SPECIAL BONUS SONG)

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“It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

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PRETTY AWESOME OLD PAINTING GETS DISPLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE REFRIGERATOR

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This painting really is old. If I were to guess at the date of its origin I would say it was created sometime in 2008. Yes, 10 year ago. Things sure have changed since back then, wouldn’t you agree?

 

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ARTISTIC INTERPRETATIONS OF CHARACTERS AND SCENES FROM THE GREATEST TELEVISION SHOW THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN

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My work, utilizing the CBS police procedural drama series, ‘Blue Bloods’ ( Starring Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan, the New York Police Commissioner, and patriarch of the Reagan clan, a multigenerational family of cops) explores the relationship between postmodern discourse and law enforcement.

With influences as diverse as Munch and Andy Warhol, new insights are crafted from both explicit and implicit textures.

Ever since I spent most of the 1980s watching ‘Hill Street Blues’ I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of the human condition. What starts out as triumph soon becomes manipulated into a dialectic of lust, leaving only a sense of failing and the chance of a new reality.

As intermittent derivatives become clarified through frantic and diverse practice, the viewer is left with a clue to the darkness of our future.

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Fixing his tie in the reflection of the glass covering a photograph of Teddy Roosevelt, Commissioner Frank Reagan contemplates what is to come while his trusted advisor and Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, Garrett Moore stands at the ready

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Commissioner Frank Reagan makes one last face before he heads out to give a speech to a mob of braying college students drunk on their fanatical belief in a utopia yet to come.

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The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People (How do you match up as a non famous person? Are you even creative? And, if you think you are, can you prove it?)

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“There is something special when creative people get together”

-Joy Mangano

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“I will have to take your word for it”

-Jack Horrorchild

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Some untidy spot

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Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

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Musee des Beaux Arts

W. H. Auden

About suffering they were never wrong,
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

In Breughel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.

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Jeanne d’Arc

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Of the love or hatred God has for the English, I know nothing, but I do know that they will all be thrown out of France, except those who die there.

 

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Do you even dare?

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Below you will find no.2 of two images in the ongoing ‘Imagine’ series within which the artist reminds himself to imagine various things by writing what is to be imagined on a piece of yellow paper and placing it in a manner that will allow him to see it every single day.

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In this particular image you see a sign asking the artist to imagine if things were different. If you would like, please, attempt for yourself to imagine things being different than they are right now.

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Please, I beg of you, don’t make me speak this drawing’s name aloud

 

 

In the modern world the number of theories is increasing that are not worth the trouble to refute except with a shrug of the shoulders.

-Don Colacho

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