Monday, April 30, 2012

"It's well established that people tend to run for cover until fortunes recover."
- Conrad Black

Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920). Elvira Resting at a Table, 1919. Saint Louis Museum of Art, St Louis, Missouri.

"Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now."
- Maya Angelou

Sunday, April 29, 2012


At the Toyota Hollywood dealership, each sales person is expected to sell 10 cars per month. To do that, each sales person must make at least 50 outbound prospecting telephone sales calls daily.

"Artists live dangerously [because at any given moment they could make that extra stroke that kills the painting.]"
- Isabella Stefanescu, Globe Studios, Kitchener, Ontario

coping with bipolar disorder

Canadian First Lady Margaret Trudeau at Studio 54

"It wasn't until I had gotten help that I realized how sick I had been."

Saturday, April 28, 2012

"a dark bitter hatred"

"I have to work very hard not to appear to dread it as much as I do. And it's not about the between 'action' and 'cut' stuff, so much. It's about emoting on some economically based schedule."
- Sean Penn on acting 

Totem Walk at Sitka

"How I loathed London."
- Emily Carr who studied there and was broken there

Friday, April 27, 2012

glory cannot be shared

"Always to be first."
- The spirit of Achilles

beauty is taking away all the excess

detail of the Pieta

“Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.” 
- Michelangelo

dirt smeared on a cloth


"I was drawing from nude models at the age of eight. I thought 'Oooo! This is a good profession.'"
- Chuck Close

"Nakashima ... elevated the craft of driftwood furniture from beachside tourist shops to high art ..."
- Steve Martin, An Object of Beauty, p.165

Thursday, April 26, 2012

no prerequisites

free online classes by a former Stanford professor here.


There are more Vermeers in New York City than in any other place in the world. 

An expedited way for foreign nationals to obtain a Green Card is to make a $500,000 investment and create 10 jobs for Americans.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"You need courage to be hated."
- Bette Davis

molten & flexible

"We want the glass to be the sculpture."


The entire first episode is available for free here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


"I use memories, but I will not allow them to use me."
- unattributed 


Punjab, India, 1947

"'Now' is the moment that never ends."

Monday, April 23, 2012

"Every good painter paints what he is."
- Jackson Pollock lived to the age of 45

1st modern female painter

Self-portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1652)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

1st modern painter

Giotto di Bondone (1266/7 – January 8, 1337)

the stove

Saturday, April 21, 2012

arbeit macht frei

On January 17, 1943, at the Theresienstadt concentration camp, 79 year old Richard Cassel from Berlin, Germany, was exterminated.

In 1926 the thousand year old spelling of Cassel was changed to Kassel; 85% of the city with that name in central Germany was destroyed in WWII.

Han Dynasty

"Be where your enemy isn't."
- Sun Tzu, sixth century BC

Friday, April 20, 2012

"Noise is like salt: too little is wrong; too much is wrong."
- Danny Meyer


August Sander, 1876-1964

Photographs of the disabled did not adhere to the ideal Aryan type.

gruesome reality

by Otto Dix, 1920

German veterans of WWI afflicted with injuries play cards.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

What's better than a sausage making class? A sausage making class with wine:

(Hat tip: popbitch)


and Warhol

Peter Paul Rubens, The Four Philosophers

"[He made money] by following Jeff Koons's and Damien Hirst's template - and incidentally, Rubens's and Rembrandt's: he maintained an art factory."
- Steve Martin, An Object of Beauty, p.113

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Detail from Marcello Venusti, 'Portrait of Michelangelo', 1535

"Creative people are likely to be eight to forty times more likely to be manic-depressive."
- Jonah Lehrer

"Creativity is the residue of wasted time."
- Albert Einstein

on nutrition

"Would you ever think to water a plant with a can of soda?"
- Michelle Obama

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

going rate

In 1951 M*A*S*H surgeons earned $413.50 per month, which has a current value of $3504.24 per month or just over $42000 per year.  

Monday, April 16, 2012

nicotine and alcohol

"He was a person for whom clock hands moved slower."
- Martin Amis on Christopher Hitchens

where the Foo Fighters have stayed in London

"The best wine, like the best people, come from suffering."
- Mark Bittman

"There is no such thing as a bad whisky. Some whiskies just happen to be better than others."
– William Faulkner

Saturday, April 14, 2012

"There's more power in telling little than telling all."
- Mark Rothko

vagabonds, drunks, gypsies

Waldemar Januszczak's Manet: The Man Who Created Modern Art

"Destruction is the prerequisite for new ideas."
- El Anatsui

art is powerful and controversial

"Creativity is the power to reject the past, to change the status quo, and seek new potential." ... "Say what you need to say then take responsibility for it."
- Ai Weiwei

creating moments of representation

"Not only is it about finding myself in man, it's an unbelievable human need."
- Catherine Opie  

Re: Berlin

"Never 'is'. Always 'becoming'."

Friday, April 13, 2012


"I got used to watchin' it and not doin' it."
- Dale Chihuly

Most famous German painting of the 19th Century

- Caspar David Friedrich, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, 1818

"Don't do Crack. More than once."
- David Cross

Thursday, April 12, 2012

points of view

Andy Warhol:  Make normal art.
Keith Haring:   Make art normal.


"Hit it. Go find it. Hit it again."
- Bubba Watson's father teaching his son in the 1980s

a place to eat in Paris