Category: art

On creating a body of art

  I wonder about those who’ve sat to Have someone put on them a tattoo. I wouldn’t let in Any needle in skin To embellish a pec and a lat, too.  

On Peggy Noonan, Donald Trump, and the Stone Age

    “Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Peggy Noonan on Sunday took issue with President Donald Trump’s assertion that she writes about him like he’s a Neanderthal — defending the prehistoric cave dwellers as organized, with ‘sensibility’ and ‘artistic complexity.'”     []   Peggy Noonan, Trump claims, had the gall To accuse him of being a  Neanderthal. But... Read more »

History one stitch at a time: a lesson from ChicagoNow's Kathy Mathews

  “In 2015 I visited Calvin Coolidge’s home for the second time. I enjoy the fact that he is a President who made a quilt!”    [Kathy Mathews: “3 stupendous blog updates and one bummer”]   Calvin Coolidge’s silence marked him to the hilt. He had Scottish ancestors who did wear a kilt. He was very... Read more »

On deciding the fate of rebel statuary

  Should Confederate statues be taken down now? This controversy has created a row. We may never agree Upon generally, But let us civil be, any how.    

Van Gogh slept here.

  [The following verse was occasioned by the Art Institute’s exhibition featuring Van Gogh’s three paintings of his bedroom in Arles, France. The exhibition opens on February 14, 2016.]   Van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles didn’t have very much. Two chairs and  a table for washing and such. A bed near the door And a... Read more »

Easter: Living in a high rise

  Dead to the world, the Good Lord stayed For three days in a tomb. He then decided to upgrade And got a better room.

Sharing the wisdom of what I have read: Installment #2

    Here’s another perspective on Iran (Persia): “Turn back! Turn back! Look to the ancients. Old Persia can save us—those remarkable people, with their gallantry, their decorum, their self-discipline, their sensitivity, their humanity, their productivity, their animation, their originality, their vitality, their warmth, their transcendent piety.”      [Arthur Upham Pope] Pope (1881-1969) was an American... Read more »

If You Like the Bizarre and Grotesque, Catch the Ensor Show at the Art Institute

  Chances are you’ve never heard of the artist James Ensor. He was Belgian. Lived in the city of Ostend. Which he rarely left. Born 1860. Died 1949. The world virtually turned upside down during his lifetime. Evolution and Relativity. Quantum  mechanics and an expanding universe.  Psychoanalysis and existentialism.  Economic peaks and valleys. Revolution and... Read more »

On the Art of the Tattoo

  Tattoos can be a very prickly matter. Case in point. I just read a fellow ChicagoNow blogger’s critique of body art. Seems he finds it repellent. He even invokes the Old Testament as an expert witness for the prosecution. I myself do not sport any tattoos. But some of my children do.  And my... Read more »

Vincent Van Gogh: Tormented Tortured Transfixing Artist

  Born today Vincent Van Gogh Who suffered mental stress and woe. In “Starry Night” one sees this clear, In  his self-portrait sans an ear. I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. Vincent Van Gogh More Vincent Van Gogh quotes Share7.4K Topics Heart, Lost,... Read more »