I was thrilled to see these pieces by Barkley Hendricks and Njideka Akunyili Crosby at the Studio Museum in Harlem. These works are now among my favorite paintings.
Korean Painter "Uncle" Kim Chong Hak, and His Link to Eric Sloane whose Farm Tools are in the Sloan Stanley Museum, Kent, CT.
The first 10 minutes of this video made me laugh. Meese's 84 year-old mother has been his art assistant for 22 years, and she manages to tactfully hold her own in the face of his forceful personality. Ultimately Meese urges people to be more alive and passionate, like the animals that we are. He does all he can to focus on the present and break from all ideologies and the Nazi past.
I am a chicken about doing anything physically risky, and if I've done so, it's only in hindsight. I adore chickens as pets and both my parents worked in hospitals so I feel okay being the way I am. Still, learning about these women has changed my life. P.S. 9/30/2018 Originally, I called these women "fearless." Now I understand that all humans feel fear, but we transform it. Yesterday I saw Christine Blasey-Ford testify. She said she was terrified, and it was visible. Her entire family and even parents have been under death threats and were living in hiding. Still she was able to proceed with courage and poise. That is something I will never forget.
It's understandable that many people don't get the fuss over Rousseau. Still, I am compelled to post a few of my favorites. Portrait of Pierre Loti is hilarious. Portrait of his father in the clouds is deeply moving, and Carnival Evening is so lyrical and haunting. The sensitivity, humanity, humor, dignity and compassion is in everything, and the relationship between that piece of lettuce and the rabbit is a total mystery.
Picasso stands in front of Rousseau's Portrait of a Woman. He found the painting in the trash, "discovered" Rousseau and threw that famous party in celebration of his work. An older Picasso holds Rousseau's self and wife's portraits. These paintings are now in the Picasso Museum in Paris. I wonder how much we would know about Rousseau today without the clever Picasso.
Recently I learned that Rousseau dedicated himself to art at age 49. As I am 49 this year, I feel inspired by his art and the knowledge that it's never too late to do anything.