Tag Archives: Jack Levine

un-wreckable status system

The widespread image of a conformist America clinging to ladders of caste, through social class is oddly belied and reinforced by the symbols of prestige that wear out, decline in power, and are then replaced, starting a new cycle of … Continue reading

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modern forms to human pain

His drawings, the line drawings appear so simple. Deceptively so. But at the same time, if one tries to copy them it becomes apparent they are so powerful; surprising that single unbroken lines can create so much. The sheer energy, … Continue reading

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discarding the forced, formal and faked

Orgasms of nihilism. A typically contrarian view, and one that labels Picasso as a minor artist. Essentially, an attack on the formalism intrinsic to modernism which entails a crowding out, indeed suffocation of the spiritual content. Cubism, was after all, … Continue reading

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back to walden pond

Rockwell. Norman Rockwell. Kitsch. Sentimental. He helped define American popular culture in a manner almost as influential as Walt Disney. His recreation of a phony artificial world that never existed. A fantasy world tailor made for the peculiar form that … Continue reading

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safe harbor for captain broke

Mitt Romney under siege for not having the common touch. For not paying sufficient taxes. For not appearing to have any interest in the poor and their sort. There is a tug of war between what economist Schumpeter termed the … Continue reading

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the state of the better

Property, according to Oscar Wilde has such dreary duties that it constitutes and endless bore. It is unbearable and prevents the full flowering of individualism. Property then, in the interest of the rich said Wilde, must be gotten rid of. … Continue reading

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stop the rain

Politics. Is there a place where we collectively send rich and talented, or somewhat talented people when they have nothing left? Its hard not to acknowledge. After all, there must be something of the imminently cruel, somewhat voyeuristic attitude embedded … Continue reading

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a herd of mobile muskrats

I mount the steps and ring the bell, turning Wearily, as one would turn to nod good-bye to Rochefoucauld, If the street were time and he at the end of the street,… ( T.S. Eliot ) As Occupy Wall Street … Continue reading

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compromised attachments

But, they are both equally valid formulations of the divine wisdom. At issue is the acceptance or denial of the mystical core and revolutionary undercurrents. However,A shaky atmosphere of mutual respect occasionally undercut by an ancient rift that represents itself … Continue reading

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tin drums:Rabbit angstrom and Doonesbury

He was known more for his narrative story telling than illustrations that seemed secondary. Known more for an ostensibly corrosive pen that satirized and skewered the U.S. Government and the establishment behind it. The tyranny of the majority. Its hard … Continue reading

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