Dog by Jeff Koons. Mirror-polished stainless stee sculpture made to look like a children's party balloon in the shape of a dog.
It is a long and perilous road that has brought us to this state of affairs. Some form of hominin might have developed the right morphology of hand to hold tools; maybe something like Homo with our large brains would have eventually entered upon the stage of life, but I tend to doubt it.
Our evolution and survival were far too contingent upon the cruel vicissitudes of the natural world to replicate something like us.
Mitochondrial DNA tells the tale of just how close we came to extinction at multiple junctures in the not-so-distant past. Somehow we survived long enough to spread out of Africa in successive waves, reaching as far as Patagonia on foot and the farthest reaches of Oceania by boat.
What an immense, wonderful, and terrifying planet this must have seemed to our ancestors. We developed language, then writing, usually on clay tablets covered with pictographs. We smelted copper, then bronze. We invented beer and wine. The discovery of these last three might have owed something to each other.
Somehow, despite all of the creatures that happened to think humans were an acceptable addition to the lunch menu; despite myriad diseases that ravaged the rich and poor, the righteous and the wicked; despite our propensity for tribalism and cruelty and violence: Throughout all of the hundreds of thousands of years that Homo sapiens have existed on this planet, a single overriding commandment ran into and through all of his ventures.
It is such an obvious point that, until very recently, it hardly needed to be spoken. The principle was this: No matter what the priests of a thousand dead or dying faiths claimed, this was no garden designed for our pleasure.
It is always, always trying to annihilate you. Survival required that our forebears use these big brains in order to perceive the world in a clearer way than did our predators.
This clarity pointed the way towards better tools. This vision proved the value of using soap, long before anyone had even begun to imagine the existence of bacteria.
It showed Anaximander twenty-six centuries ago that, despite all appearances, the Earth floated in space, supported by nothing.
Not long after, Parmenides or maybe Pythagoras; pick your camp and sharpen your slide rules used mathematics to deduce the sphere as the most reasonable shape for the planet.
From these relatively simple equations we eventually built bridges, aqueducts, towers, Disney World.Ad Reinhardt's Abstract Painting (history and context) Ad Reinhardt's Abstract Painting , was created over a span of five years.
This painting, as well as many of Reinhardt's paintings is considered to be the end of painting. Ad Reinhardt Papers at the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art Abe Ajay correspondence with Ad Reinhardt, from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Last Paintings.
Pollock’s Toy Museum is one of London’s loveliest small museums, a creaking Dickensian warren of wooden floors, low ceilings, threadbare carpets, and steep, winding stairs, housed in two. 2. 19th Century American Landscape Art.
An independent America offered more opportunity to everyone, including artists. Although photography (invented ) eventually replaced painting as a chronicler of events and experience, 19th century America relied on painters to record these things.
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Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey is thinking outside of the box as he searches for the team's next head coach. Unlike his paintings, Ad Reinhardt’s writings remain unstudied and largely unpublished.
Scholars have approached his literary output as a subsidiary product, accepting at face value his insistence on the separation of art and life (and, by implication, art and writing).
Even those who acknowledge the significance of the painter’s texts do so mainly .