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Why did Ad wear white to paint black paintings? What does it mean? These questions have been on the back burner for a long time, waiting for an answer.
How can I bring an artist alive for you who has already been dead for 200 years? Kindly listen to these attempts, for hardly ever has an art been harder to get at than this, and hardly ever one more worth the effort.
Where plants grow well, humans usually do well, / Rome, Paris, London, San Francisco. It must have / Something to do with the light. There is a small intaglio / Of Agrippa in Augustus in a glass-clear mineral, / Which creates an image in light, of light, by light.
Richard Tuttle recently showed with James Ensor – a hero, whom he feels has brought the verbal and visual to the same plane, as well as contributing to the literature of artists who write about art – in Ostend, Belgium. Enlisting as a pilot in Vietnam, the Air Force decided Tuttle could not be trusted to "push the button", and gave an honorable discharge. The wounds of those years, for many, he believes, are still not healed. A suggested reading list from RT: Ho Chi Minh: A Life, by William J. Duiker; Down With Colonialism! (speeches of Ho Chi Minh, with an introduction by Walter Bello), & The Prison Poems of Ho Chi Minh (with an intro and photos by Larry Towell; also in various editions).