Category: Art

Oct 18

Picasso Sculpture at MoMA

In previous posts here and here, I have asserted my mixed feelings about Modern Art. There are some works that I thoroughly enjoy and many others from the genre that I consider to be less than worthless…in a word – rubbish. I’ve never cared for most of Picasso’s work. For me Cubism is just eh. …

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Sep 12

Return to Jinan

It was wonderful to receive such a heartwarming welcome from Team Q! You all are great! Your invitation to make Jinan my second home is touching and I thank all of you for your warm greeting. During this trip, I spent most of my time in Shandong Province. I visited the Shandong Provincial Museum and …

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Aug 01

August is Jerry Garcia Month.

August 9, 2015. It has 20 years since Jerry passed and the background music to my life hasn’t been the same since. Jerry Garcia, (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) His candle burned brightly and his candle burned out much too soon. Sometimes, sadly, early death is the counter-weight to immense talent. In a …

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Mar 19

Henry Hudson

The Hudson River is named after him in addition to Hudson Street in lower Manhattan and I think there are Hudson Streets in several towns around the region, the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie bears his name and even a fictional place called Hudson University in TV-land.. Henry Hudson was a Dutch explorer of the 17th …

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Dec 18

Frank Loyd Wright

“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization“. – Frank Lloyd Wright The word, Usonian was employed by Wright as a means to describe the distinctly American landscape that was notably unencumbered by preexisting architecture. More about this style of architectural design found here. …

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Sep 13

Bill Monroe, Father of American Bluegrass

Among the annuls of American musicology, there is a name that stands tall in the world of Bluegrass music; Bill Monroe, considered by many to be the Father of American Bluegrass. Bill left us a few years back and we sure do miss him! He continued to perform live until near the time of his …

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Jun 14

“A view from the vault.”

Just for fun. Regular readers of this blog know that I was an avid fan of the music group known as the Grateful Dead. For many years, they were the background music to my life. JUNE 14, 1991–Twenty-three years ago today, the group performed a show and here is the link to a Youtube video …

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Jun 05

How a semi-automatic handgun works.

Around 1906-1907, John Moses Browning, one of America’s most prolific gun designers, created a pistol with superior stopping power in a semi-automatic function. At that time, the .45 caliber (bullet diameter .451″) cartridge had been available for many years used in a revolver, but the advent of the “auto-pistol” revolutionized the craft of the pistolero. …

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Mar 30

Vincent

* On a couple of evenings this past week, the night sky was crystal clear. I thought of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night when I cast my eye upon that palette of deep blue and gray. Above photo taken at MoMA, NYC. The Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh was born on the 30th of March …

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Mar 26

The Waters of March

* The earth softens as the thaw begins. Winter’s long shadow is receding. Each day grows brighter, warmer and the scent of moisture replaces the harsh, caustic cold. The warming winds melt the snowdrifts. There are hesitant signs of life appearing in the garden, in the fields and surrounding forests. …and the riverbank talks of …

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