Tuesday, November 29, 2011
From the top: Homage to the Square: Young, 1951-52, Homage to the Square: Frontal – Forward, 1970, Homage to the Square: Precinct, 1951, Homage to the Square: Dilated, 1969, Homage to the Square: Enfolding, 1965, Homage to the Square: On Near Sky, 1963, Homage to the Square: Frontal Backing, 1970, Homage to the Square: Soft Spoken, 1969, Homage to the Square: Green Promise, 1956.
I was at the Met this past weekend, and saw this marvelous group of Josef Albers' "Homage to the Square" paintings. They were so beautiful, so poetic, so varied.
I know that in the harsh light of much art theory of the last 40 years, these paintings are considered the height of academic art. But history's wheel is constantly turning, and those who would consider these paintings academic have not spent much time in the academy of late. From my little perch in academia, the discussions I hear are about identity, relational aesthetics and democratization, sustainability, mapping, performance, video, and, most surprisingly, institutional critique. Mastery of color and scale is discussed very little.
These pictures are not about color theory, they're about the belief that color can convey varied emotional content, and can do so in a more fundamental and profound way than text, narrative or representation ever could.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Apparently, placing sensible restrictions on Wall Street activities counts as big government, but using Chinese-style censorship tactics on the internet does not. Click here to learn about and to protest this especially egregious example of "it ain't fascism if we do it."
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Tuesday, 11/15/11, at Zuccotti Park:
3:36 a.m: Kitchen tent reported teargassed. Police moving in with zip cuffs.
3:33 a.m: Bulldozers moving in
3:16 a.m: Occupiers linking arms around riot police
3:15 a.m: NYPD destroying personal items. Occupiers prevented from leaving with their possessions.
3:13 a.m: NYPD deploying sound cannon
3:08 a.m: Heard on livestream: "they're bringing in the hoses."
3:05 a.m: NYPD cutting down trees in Liberty Square
2:55 a.m: NYC council-member Ydanis Rodríguez arrested and bleeding from head.
2:44 a.m: Defiant occupiers barricaded Liberty Square kitchen
2:44 a.m: NYPD destroys OWS Library. 5,000 donated books in dumpster.
2:42 a.m: Brooklyn Bridge confirmed closed
2:38 a.m: 400-500 marching north to Foley Square
2:32 a.m: All subways but R shut down
2:29 a.m: Press helicopters evicted from airspace. NYTimes reporter arrested.
2:22 a.m: Frontpage coverage from New York Times
2:15 a.m: Occupiers who have been dispersed are regrouping at Foley Square
2:10 a.m: Press barred from entering Liberty Square
2:07 a.m: Pepper spray deployed -- reports of at least one reporter sprayed
2:03 a.m: Massive Police Presence at Canal and Broadway
1:43 a.m: Helicopters overhead.
1:38 a.m: Unconfirmed reports of snipers on rooftops.
1:34 a.m: CBS News Helicopter Livestream
1:27 a.m: Unconfirmed reports that police are planning to sweep everyone.
1:20 a.m: Subway stops are closed.
1:20 a.m: Brooklyn bridge is closed.
1:20 a.m: Occupiers chanting "This is what a police state looks like."
1:20 a.m: Police are in riot gear.
1:20 a.m: Police are bringing in bulldozers.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
If you find yourself in London, next week, make sure to visit a group exhibition called "Saturation Point" at The Gallery on the Corner (click the invitation above for a hi-res version). "Big Stick, pictured below, is included in the show.
Click here to see the e-catalog in pdf format.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
From today's New York Times:
Voters Defeat Many G.O.P.-Sponsored Measures
Voters turned a skeptical eye toward conservative-backed measures across the country Tuesday, rejecting an anti-labor law in Ohio, an anti-abortion measure in Mississippi and a tightening of voting rights in Maine.
Even in Arizona, voters turned out of office the chief architect of that state’s controversial anti-immigration law. State Senator Russell Pearce, a Republican power broker and a former sheriff’s deputy known for his uncompromising style, was a hero to the Tea Party Movement and apart from his anti-immigration efforts, he had introduced numerous bills to nullify federal laws.
Click here to read the full text and click here to read to read about the defeat of the anti-union law in Ohio.
Take that, motherfuckers! The 99% are too real!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Occupy Wall St. is hitting the road tomorrow for a two week march from NYC to Washington, DC. They hope to arrive just in time for the Congressional Super-Committee's deadline for a deficit reduction plan. The Republicans are adament about keeping Bush's millionaire tax cuts in place, and the Democrats seem likely to cave on the issue - Obama signed them back in to law just in time for the holidays last year.
Friday, November 4, 2011
With all of this talk about Occupying Wall St., I've been sorely ignoring my favorite game. This weekend the Breeder's Cup is at Churchill Downs again, and the big event, the G1 Breeder's Cup Classic at a mile-and-a-quarter, will go off tomorrow night at 7:00 EST (last year's BC Classic is shown above).
It's a wide open affair, with Uncle Mo installed as the morning line favorite. He still has his backers, but to me that horse has the look of a money burner; his victory over three other shaky starters in the Kelso at Belmont on Oct. 10 did little to raise my opinion of him. He's marooned way out in the number 12 slot, too, which does little to increase my confidence. So where does one put one's dough?
There's no shortage of speed in this particular contest - Uncle Mo, Game on Dude, and To Honor and Serve will jump out to the front end and might be joined up there by Prayer for Relief and Stay Thirsty. I see most of these fellas wilting in the stretch run. If this were a claimer or mid-level allowance race, I'd be looking for a longshot closer to capitalize on a pace meltdown. But I don't see that happening here - there are some very classy looking mid-pack stalkers involved, some at better prices than others. For example:
Havre de Grace is tough-looking filly with the right running style and a hot rider in Ramon Dominguez. She showed the boys a thing or two in the Woodward at Saratoga this summer, but at 3-1 the risk/reward ratio doesn't really do it for me.
2010 Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer is kind of an outsider here, but a repeat of his Belmont close, or even a reprise of his game close for second in the 2011 Jockey Club Gold Cup is just the kind of run that could win this for him. At 15-1, you're getting a nice price for the large-ish risk.
Flat Out is a powerful closer (who beat Drosselmeyer in JC Gold Cup) but he might find himself a little too far back and stuck in traffic when it's time to make his move. Still, 6-1 is a good price.
The afore-mentioned Stay Thirsty can stalk or run out to the front. His big G1 win in the Travers came on the front end and if he tries that here I think he's cooked. But if the jock handles him correctly he's a legit threat at 12-1.
The horse that I'm finding most interesting is So You Think from New Zealand. Yes, he's a turf horse, but his running style is perfect, and he ships incredibly well - he's won big races right off a plane or truck in several countries over the last year or so. And 5-1 is a good price; if that drops too much I might skip, but I suspect people will be scared off by the turf thing and I might be able to catch him at 6-1 or even a little better.
So how about this for the big money trifecta in the BC Classic?:
5 - So You Think
10 - Havre de Grace
9 - Stay Thirsty
Tune in tomorrow night for video.