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Figure Group With Bird
Leland Bell

"One of twentieth century's most powerful yet under-recognized artists, Leland Bell (1922-91) took inspiration from modernists as diverse as Derain, Hélion, Giacometti, and Mondrian and he applied the lessons of abstraction to figurative painting."
Bell at Swarthmore's List Gallery

Leland Bell
Bebaminojmat, Ojibwa
First Nations artist
"My art comes from the Three Fires (or Midewiwin) tradition. That is what I believe in. I came to this belief through a dream I had about peace. It was a deeply spiritual experience. After consulting with Elders I began trying to build my sense of spirituality."
at NativeAmericaInc

original link from the masthead at Parking Lot


superlative comix by Peter Blegvad
an Amateur
a famous amateur indeed
and one that sings into the bargain

''Concocting a strip is a solitary pursuit,'' he said. ''Playing music in public is the perfect remedy. One medium refreshes my appetite for the other. They both involve a text imbedded in another medium - words with music and with pictures. This symbiosis seems perfectly natural to me. The goals are essentially the same. The point I want to demonstrate is that magic is real and reality is magic.''

review of Blegvad's ouvre by Mike Zwerin Int'l Herald Tribune July 1999
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Al Franken excerpt at Salon

"One of the broad lessons I've learned about nature is that it's very fragmented," comments Judith Belzer. "Up close it is very chaotic. You can't see it as a whole without falling back on conventions, like wilderness, or the sublime. But if you can learn to look again -- starting with the particulars of this place, this time -- you can put aside the abstractions and begin to find your own order."
Judith Belzer
Orion Online

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Not so long ago Gilles Deleuze called for a charter among intellectuals, writers, and artists, in which these individuals would state their refusal to be domesticated by the media. He also proposed the creation of groups of production that would be able to establish connections between those who have a creative role and people who have neither the means nor the right to speak: "The advantage would be to separate those who claim to be authors, members of schools or commercial ventures, who sell their narcissistic film, their interview, their broadcast and the state of their souls-the present shame-from those who dream of something else. They do not dream, that is something you do alone…."
The International Parliament of Writers is a very strange institution, compared to most parliamentary assemblies.

Christian Salmon
International Parliament of Writers

Henri Matisse
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Yair Dalal

Unknown man mystery hand
Nicholas Hilliard

Unknown Lady
Hans Holbein

Bia, The Illegitimate Daughter of Cosimo I de' Medici
Agnolo Bronzino

Count Philip
Hans Baldung Grien

William Brooke, 10th Lord of Cobham and his Family
(other detail)
Anonymous(artist of the British School), 1567

Tudor and Elizabethan Portraits

The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission C-band data for North America and South America are available to the public.

First known as Edo, the now bustling metropolis first began to flourish in 1603 when a Shogunate (a region under thejurisdiction of a military leader) was established there. Like all of Japan's major cities it is located in the flat, coastal areas of this mostly rugged and mountainous country. The mountain peak in the background is the 3,776-meter(12,388-feet) high Mt. Fuji.

link path thru robotwisdom


Today daily one squirts, by firmly employee splashes. The people are really professionals. As long as one holds a camera in the hand, one is safe. As soon as one away-puts it, one is within seconds pudelnass.

La tormenta is a montage created by Yolanda Gutiérrez, who has a concern for ecosystems. Her works are incursions into open or closed spaces which either blend with or challenge their environment. She assumes the responsibility and the right to criticize, but above all to make a gesture which goes beyond the aesthetic field and points to conflicts. The piece is composed of thousands of agave thorns placed on various lead plates held in place by a natural glue called Campeche wax, which means that the work can be assembled and disassembled.

La Tormenta
Yolanda Gutiérrez

The First Evolutionary Occurence of Pain
gail wight


lightning strikes a Portugese powder magazine long long ago

The Petro-Bras pyramid close up
and further away
second image from sprezzatura
other entries equally worthwhile

Lithuanian intrigue

ela e carioca
gretchen parlato

Dort stehen viele schöne Villen.

Cânion de Itaimbezinho

The Bomfim's washing
Lita Cerqueira

The word Samba, in Portuguese, was derived
from semba, a word common to many West
African bantu languages. To the African slaves
brought to Brazil during the 17th, 18th, and
19th centuries, the word had a variety of
meanings. It meant to pray, or invoke the
spirits of the ancestors, or the Gods of
African pantheon. As a noun, it could mean
a complaint, a cry, or something like "the blues".
In Brazil, Samba is a woman with the same
function of an ekedi nagô in the banto's temples:
A sacred dancer, iaô, the daughter of the saint.
In Brazil also, the African slaves called samba a
religious ceremony characterized by the rhythm
and choreography of the batuque.
(Batuque: the act of "batucar"; to make some
kind of rhythm using any kind of instrument or
object, and also a Rio's version of martial art "capoeira").
The Jongo, a variant of the Samba, until today is considered a religious dance.

A pioneer of Samba, Angenor de Oliveira, was quoted as saying "In my childhood,
we played the Samba in the backyards of the old ladies, whom we call "tias" (aunts),
and the police stopped us often, because the Samba, then, was considered a "thing"
of bums and bandits."
Unfortunately, until today in Brazil if a "white" person dedicate himself
to the samba art form, he is considered an intellectual, or eccentric,
but if an African descendent does the same, he is seeing like somebody who
does not want to get a job, or something in that level.

A history of the Samba

Nenéu Liberalquino:
His great desire of self expression through
the art of music, made him overcame his physical
limitations. His playing differs from the traditional ways
of playing the guitar, since he plays the instrument on the
horizontal, and use all five fingers of the left hand.
By doing that, Nenéu is able to play 5 and 6 notes' chords,
creating very unique harmonic results in the instrument.


photographs and text describing of twenty out of
more than 500 documented cases of torture in Brazil when the
Military ruled the country between 1964 and 1980.
20 Exemplary Cases

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