Tag Archives: Wassily Kandinsky

lonely planet

The dream that there are men and women elsewhere in the universe, alleviating the final prison of human loneliness, dies hard. This sort of facile and optimistic thinking should be discouraged; the idea of saviors from the great beyond sharing … Continue reading

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men of leisure: rewards of mediocrity

When you read about the number of billionaires in the United States, it is easy to arrive at a judgement that defines Americans as brighter than everyone else and have the cash hoard as evidence. This is balanced by cultural … Continue reading

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t.s. eliot: obsessed with meat

T.S. Eliot a reactionary? The charges of fascism were of course brought against Eliot, and also against Yeats, Lawrence, Pound, and Wyndham Lewis for that ,matter, part of the romantic tug towards purity and blood one can imagine, the kind … Continue reading

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universe as mind stuff: mystifying the expectations

…The legitimacy of an idea is often a matter of culture. Thus, in the West, we greet the notion of cyclic time with deep unease- partly because it is unfamiliar and partly because the concept of linear time running away … Continue reading

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bohemia on central park west

Art mirrored life and vice-versa in painter John Koch’s polished household, a milieu that was as far from a traditional garret as one could get… About eighty New York¬† blocks separated the sumptuously appointed fourteen-room apartment of the painter John … Continue reading

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buddenbrooks syndrome

The Guggenheims, father and sons, amassed nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in rather less than fifty years. The money was longer in the spending, but in the process some of the family displayed a disposition to take remarkable … Continue reading

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the long and winding ramp

War on the fine arts. Frank Lloyd Wright definitely had a chip on his shoulder and it manifested itself on a war on the fine arts. He began as a foe of the academicism, orthodox teachings, and this later festered … Continue reading

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a brake on the yellow

I am curious yellow. The taxi as an orgone box.¬†Orgone energy, according to Wilhelm Reich, organizes itself into matter. He believed that when earth is made to swell by boiling or autoclavation, orgone energy is released from the fragmentation and … Continue reading

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back to the salon: trititude and tritism

A labored avant-garde, hack mediocrity, tired formula and mixing the sauce on old recipes resulting in a living fabric of life being transposed into a theatrical event? Its possible the avant garde today is decoration catering to mediocre tastes much … Continue reading

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children should be painted and not herd

Salon painting.And children. Sympathy for the poor things with an equally normal but less open response to their charms. Unlike Salon painting of women who were usually lashed to a stake, tortured or languishing in prisons condemned to sleeping on … Continue reading

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