Nov. 4, 2022
Demon in Chains c1453 - Iranian. from the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art
It always stayed with me that the Cleveland Museum of Art purchased this small but powerful work during the time of the takeover of the American Embassy in I...
Oct. 10, 2022
On the topic of Fishing and what happens when you cut open a fish.
Sep. 25, 2022
Whenever you study German Expressionism or Expressionism you will at some point come across this key painting which is at Allen Memorial Museum in Oberlin, a...
Sep. 15, 2022
Matisse was not liked by either the teachers or other students at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Sep. 13, 2022
Sep. 7, 2022
Note - Cleveland Museum of Art
There are three exceptional paintings in the same gallery at the CMA that primarily speak to me in terms of structure.
Aug. 5, 2022
In The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew by Caravaggio the artist manages to have in the same painting Saint Andrew being crucified with the Latin cross and in the...
Jun. 20, 2022
Silence 2016 film by Martin Scorsese
There is a saying in Japan: 出る釘は打たれる deru kugi wa utareru – it is generally translated as “The nail that sticks up, will be hammered down.
Jun. 6, 2022
A new work in The Cleveland Museum of Art collection.
Jun. 5, 2022
In the 1970's Salvador Dali visited the Cleveland Museum of Art.
May. 18, 2022
One day in the early morning Gautama Buddha was sitting in a garden quietly with his disciples.
May. 5, 2022
the worst and the greatest
When I was 12 and 13 I was very much into Indian music and had a collection of albums of Ravi Shankar.
Apr. 13, 2022
Inside The Ticket Booth
After the great stock market crash of 1929 the master of the cosmic horror story H.
The New York School
The two pivotal movements in art history were cubism and surrealism. Cubism opened the doors to a new visual language in 1907. In 1924 Surrealism opened the doo
Mar. 23, 2022
In the collection at The Cleveland Museum of Art is a Japanese scroll painting titled The Story of Fukutomi from 1392-1573.
Mar. 9, 2022
Putin's Lebensraum March 2022.
Feb. 25, 2022
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.
Feb. 18, 2022
note to my students
A message I sent my students in my Continuing Education class at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Jan. 31, 2022
Look After Your cows.
Why don't you paint small paintings that can be sold, like everybody else, asks my milkman.
Jan. 19, 2022
A disclaimer before the movie Modigliani.
Dec. 29, 2021
Dirt and Crime
For a time I worked as a part-time guard in another city for a special exhibition of Picasso's work from the Picasso Museum in Paris. For the time it was there
Dec. 14, 2021
The Cleveland Museum of Art added a new Matisse to their collection.
Dec. 7, 2021
At the Cleveland Museum of Art there are a series of five large neoclassical paintings by Charles Meynier containing all the key ingredients of the ideals of...
Dec. 3, 2021
In 1900 after first viewing the etchings of Max Klinger, artist Alfred Kubin went to a theater variety show.
Cleveland Institute of Art Hart Crane drawing project
A short walk from the Cleveland Institute of Art and almost across from it is a Ohio Historical Marker for the spot which is now a parking lot, where the hom...
Nov. 29, 2021
1948 3 Sunflowers in Cleveland
In 1948 the Van Gogh painting 3 Sunflowers was displayed in Cleveland.
Nov. 28, 2021
Years ago I was a part time guard at The Cleveland Museum of Art.
Nov. 24, 2021
When I was a fourth year student at the Cleveland Institute of Art one of my instructors was a visiting artist from new York named Michael Fenton.
Nov. 23, 2021
Deru kugi wa utareru.
Japanese proverb - The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.
Nov. 10, 2021
The Garden of the Rousseau Family by Ensor
In this early painting by Ensor there is almost no indication of the subject matter he would later become well known for.
Sep. 16, 2021
sin, sex, and "culture"
In1948 in Los Angeles noted art collector Vincent Price and others created the Modern Institute of Art.
Jul. 29, 2021
Growing up there were only three and then later six television channels.
Jul. 23, 2021
MOKUJIKI 1718 - 1810
Mokujiki 1718-1810 From a certain point of view his works could be considered ugly […].
Jun. 16, 2021
Galleries and museums should not only exhibit artwork but also educate the public about the artwork they exhibit.
Jun. 3, 2021
Jun. 2, 2021
I'm not realy interested in getting that facts accurate in the introductions to some of the series that I do.
May. 24, 2021
Carcass paintingsSoutine once horrified his neighbours by keeping an animal carcass in his studio so that he could paint it (Carcass of Beef).
Oct. 11, 2022
When collecting art it's easy and logical to purchase works that reflect the surrounding environment of the collector. In Venice an art collector would logicall
Oct. 2, 2022
He wants to paint what at the Louvre???
He wanted to go to the Louvre and paint WHAT?
Sep. 19, 2022
Sep. 14, 2022
“Look at the orators in our republics; as long as they are poor, both state and people can only praise their uprightness; but once they are fattened on the publ
The artist/author/illustrator Alfred Kubin was originally to be the art director of the movie Cabinet of Dr Caligari image Where These Seas Stand Still by Kubin
Aug. 13, 2022
In the 60's the Cleveland Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art got in a bidding war for the Rembrandt painting Aristotle With a Bust of Homer.
The Harem [ Figures in Pink ] by Picasso done in 1906 is the last major work by Picasso in the rose period.
Jun. 9, 2022
Catch A Big Fish
My wife and I were living in a small town of about 300 people west of Seattle.
The Great Invisibles
The label from a newer painting at the Cleveland Museum of Art by an artist who's work I did not know.
Jun. 1, 2022
once knew someone who was a big guitar enthusiast.
May. 14, 2022
May. 4, 2022
The critique in the inner sanctum
When I was 12 I started going to The Cleveland Museum of Art about once a month.
Why isn't there a biography on Andra Breton?
Mar. 30, 2022
Museum Zoom Meeting
I took part on a zoom meeting concerning an upcoming exhibition of Tudor art at the CMA.
Feb. 28, 2022
A work that I've been working on off and on for a long time.
Feb. 21, 2022
With the Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Poe's only novel and a novel that the surrealists liked, critics tend to skim over it at best and go on ...
Feb. 8, 2022
The Japanese god of fire, Kagutsuchi or Homusubi was another offspring of the primordial Izanagi and Izanami.
Jan. 27, 2022
With Picasso's La Vie there are a number of theories about what exactly the painting means.
Jan. 7, 2022
For a time my wife and I owned a home in a small town of about 300 people off the beaten trek in Western Washington State.
Dec. 16, 2021
CMA's Max Beckmann
Perseus's last duty 1949 by Beckmann in the CMA collection.
Dec. 8, 2021
Art History Family Gathering
If Art History had a family gathering Dadaism would be the crazy uncle that you don't want to invite.
Dec. 6, 2021
It's a Who done it?
The Cleveland Museum of Art owns a painting by de Chirico titled Metaphysical Interior done sometime between 1917 and 1939.
Sources familiar with the Nashville bomb investigation told ABC News that authorities are looking into evidence that Anthony Quinn Warner was interested in v...
Dec. 2, 2021
Mushin ( no-mindness )
CMA and Ernst
Years ago I worked as a part time guard at The Cleveland Museum of Art.
Nov. 27, 2021
A painting at The Cleveland Museum of Art by David.
I was an art instructor for a time at Cooper School of Art for a time.
Nov. 11, 2021
Franz Kafka and H.
Cupid and Psyche by Jacques-Louis David
Aug. 17, 2021
Artist and Model
For a time I worked as a guard from a the exhibition Masterpieces From The Musee Picasso, Paris.
the Coffee Table
A couple of years ago we lived in a small condo in another city for about 4 years.
Once in a while when I lived in Japan and when we lived in Washington State somebody would ask - Do you want to sell your work?
The marvelous in the mundane
Ordinary life does not interest me.
Jun. 7, 2021
Hotai Watching a Cock Fight.
This painting was done by the most important master swordsman in Japanese history Miyamoto Musashi.
A professor at The Cleveland Institute of Art would say.
The Office - The Studio
I once met someone prominent in the art community.
May. 12, 2021
The garden, like all things, is not unchanging.