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Art

Norman Rockwell

Refugee Thanksgiving, Saturday Evening Post cover, November 27, 1943 Issue I published this for Thanksgiving two years ago. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It is not about getting anything. It is about appreciating all the things that are good in … Continue reading

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Leon Bakst

Art leads where it will. Leon Bakst had every intention of being a conventional artist. Indeed, he painted many portraits and other works of art which most museums would today be proud to display. But his claim to immortality comes … Continue reading

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Kurt Vonnegut

We approach a sacred date, and I thought it might be time to talk about someone I loved very deeply. The porcelain above is from a city in Germany called Dresden. Dresden was part of Germany at a time when … Continue reading

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Native American Art

  I find myself compelled to learn something about Native American art. The passing of Russell Means struck me very hard. I was once a fervent fan of the troublemakers who attempted at Wounded Knee to bring the nation’s attention … Continue reading

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Stan Freberg

Art is a muscular, flexible athlete of a subject that can take a lot of pounding; the notion of what does and does not constitute art has fueled many an intellectual debate from the Athenian symposium to Gertrude’s salon to … Continue reading

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Nicholas Roerich

  Nicholas Roerich was born into a well-heeled family in Tsarist Russia and managed to spend his life traveling and working and campaigning for good without ever seriously pissing anybody off; considering his background and affiliations, that was no mean … Continue reading

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Edward Hopper IV

One of the things I find bothersome in our modern culture is the Rachel Ray syndrome, the one where someone speaks in an overly theatrical, exaggerated manner that sounds about as genuine as an upper crust British accent in the … Continue reading

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Egon Schiele

Art is death. All the young dudes… How many have we seen now, how many young artists lost to war, lost to disease, lost to their own insane drive to create? Here’s another, dead at 28. He considered his personal … Continue reading

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John French Sloan

We know a lot about John French Sloan. He was one of the famous “Eight” who made up the Ashcan School in the early Twentieth Century. The Ashcan School supposedly offered us all a realistic look at New York City’s … Continue reading

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Charles M. Russell

Some of my readers will be surprised to learn that I have a large oil reproduction of Laughing Kills Lonesome hanging in my office right along with my Marcel Duchamp and my German expressionists and my Georgia O’Keefe. It is … Continue reading

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