Art and the philosophy of life

Archive for March, 2013

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Paris sign

Paris sign

Sign

I find signs interesting. They are informative, sometimes clever and just fun to look at, especially when they are from another country.

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Georgia O’Keeffe/Alfred Stieglitz

Georgia O'Keeffe/Alfred Stieglitz

Georgia

This is a beautiful book of sepia colored photographs of Georgia O’Keeffe taken by Alfred Stieglitz, a world famous photographer. O’Keeffe looks other-worldly…misty, sensual and present. Stieglitz, O’Keeffe’s husband, was a cad, in every sense of the word. A dishonorable man…who broke her heart time and time again.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Art Museum in New Mexico is an interesting place. The exhibits change, so you never know what you will be seeing. A movie of O’Keeffe’s life is shown in a tiny theater and it is very informative and well worth watching.

O’Keeffe once said that she wore her hair pulled back because she considered the face to be a work of art and no matter her age, she showed her face proudly and artfully. O’Keeffe’s body of work is a treasure to be savored and enjoyed. She painted what she saw and what she saw was beautiful to her.

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Eiffel Tower, detail

Eiffel Tower, detail

The tower

The Eiffel Tower is fascinating. The detail and the beauty of the iron work is so…gorgeous. It is an amazing work of art.

Descartes

Today is René Descartes birthday…he thought, therefore, he was.

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The ANTI-WAR QUOTE BOOK

The ANTI-WAR QUOTE BOOK

quotes

This is an excellent little book.

“Make wars unprofitable and you make them impossible.” A.Philip Randolph (1889-1979), Civil Rights leader

“Almost all propaganda is designed to create fear. Heads of governments and their officials know that a frightened people is easier to govern, will forfeit rights it would otherwise defend, is less likely to demand a better life, and will agree to millions and millions being spent on “Defense.” John Boynton Priestly (1894-1984), English writer Think TWIN-TOWERS

“They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world, you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.” Eugene Victor Debs (1885-1926), American labor and political leader

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” Issac Asimov (1920-1992),Russian-born American author

“I hate war as only a soldier who has live it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, and its stupidity.” Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), American president

Hey, just think about it

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Guerrilla Girls

Guerrilla Girls

Guerrilla Girls

The Guerrila Girls are a group of masked women who speak out on the terrible, misogynist and unjust treatment women receive in the art world. They are a fabulous group. These are their books.

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Gargoyles of Notre Dame

Gargoyles of Notre Dame

Gargoyles

We have a shocking lack of Gargoyles in the U.S. We need to do something about that.

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Arch at the Louvre

Arch at the Louvre

Archway

This beautiful archway is on the grounds of the Louvre. It’s a good place to meet up with friends.

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The Louvre, Paris

The Louvre, Paris

The Louvre

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The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre is huge and packed with people. I was on a small tour that met at the arch before the Louvre opened. Parts of the building I walked through felt exhausted, especially the floors. One complaint the Louvre receives is “rudeness”. Many of the people I saw were rushing around snapping pictures of EVERYTHING and not even looking at the artwork itself. Some guy shoved me aside with his camera so that he could take a picture of the painting that our group of 6 was looking at. So I yelled at him and shoved back. The guide reprimanded him and that’s when she said that this kind of thing was a problem. By the way, the Mona Lisa is very small. It’s impossible to get near her…the crowd around her is enormous…people take pictures of her over their heads while pushing each other. She is in a lucite or glass, temperature controlled box. She will eventually fade away because of the wood she is painted on…so no more Mona. It is a fantastic building and it’s THE LOUVRE, for heaven’s sake. It truly is incredible. Some of the rooms are amazing and some of the artwork is, well, fabulous. It’s extremely easy to get lost because it’s a web of rooms and buildings. Oh, and the cafeteria is bright and cheerful and the food is surprisingly good. Just so many people and if you are in one of the smaller rooms…it’s difficult to see the art because there are just so many people. Was happy to leave, liked it better from the outside.

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