• On Rothko

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 3 Permalink 0

    Image credit: No. 61 (Rust and Blue), by Mark Rothko, 1951. (Fair Use, Wiki) Landscape in all directions My art history professor at university, Anna Chave, once quoted some irreverent contemporary critic of Mark Rothko as saying that viewing his work was like watching a Buddhist television set. I have never forgotten that perfectly apt description. Rothko's work is seemingly blank and uneventful, ...

  • Feet of Clay: The Maya and FLW

    Sunday, March 1, 2015 2 Permalink 0

    Photo by Mike Dillon, original work licensed as GFDL, via Wiki.  Empire and Superstar: Uncanny resemblances Everything I have read about Frank Lloyd Wright suggests that, for all his innovative genius, he was absolutely ego-maniacal, impossible to work with, horrible with clients and contractors (and wives) alike, and even scaled his buildings to his own short personal stature, with ceiling heights often ...

  • Jogging in fog

    Monday, January 19, 2015 0 Permalink 11

    A run in the fog translates as une course dans le brouillard. That's not the same thing. It's softer somehow, more like the mist and the runner have coalesced - ethereal and vague, yet intimately invasive, at a capillary level. We Anglophones do our most familiar living in the brutal Anglo-Saxon: a pig, the jogger, my wife, this door. All those gutteral mortalities, the stops ...

  • Getaria, Spain

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014 0 Permalink 0

    Of this set of photos I could talk for days - it was a major episode - but just a few brief notes on Getaria and her two extraordinary progeny, Balenciaga and Elcano, who born half a millennium apart appear sometimes like a study in contrasts, but more usually seem an example of the singular spirit of one tiny ...