December 1, 2023

How to See: A Practical Guide to Connoisseurship A Practicum: The Acquisition and Use of Connoisseurship Once the civilized world was beautiful, growing more beautiful by the day.  Once we Classives were ambitious of virtue in our thoughts and in our ways.  But that was long ago.  Long ago good men and women aspired to…

Realism Attacked
February 1, 2023

Kaywin Feldman and the National Gallery of Art Girl Scouts     Entering the Kaywin Feldman National Gallery of Art, East Building, that crooked, unfriendly museum that hides art in closets and exposes visitors to a Piranesi-like prison, you will notice two little light-boards near a gaping bulwark beneath a threatening metal sheet along an ominous…

Realism Attacked
April 1, 2022

Picturing Realism   What is real, the painting of the bowl of fruit, or the bowl of fruit.  Is the mountain more real than the painting of the mountain?  Is the man real, or is the painting of the man real, or are both real, or neither?  If you guessed, “neither”, you might be correct….

December 1, 2021

ARCHITECTURAL .ART Architecture is an art, a craft, a practical necessity.  Sometimes, architecture is man’s grandeur writ large: Saint Peter’s Basilica, The Parthenon, Taj Mahal, Le Mont-Saint-Michel, The Pantheon.  Sometimes architecture is foolishness scribbled everywhere: The Guggenheim, Dancing House, Niterói Contemporary, Le Centre Pompidou, The Gherkin.  Lately, the art of architecture has been an absurdity…

Realism Attacked
November 15, 2021

You will notice the all-to-obvious differences between the Classive stacked-stone of Athens’ Acropolis and the Progressive stone-stacks teetering all around us.  The one is permanent, ennobling, difficult, the other is transient, degrading, all-too-easy and ethically squishy.  Picture, if you will, the intelligence of Athens’ Propylaea, the idea in stone, the divine geometries, the artistry in…

Realism Attacked
October 1, 2021

Equity Diversity Inclusion: Firmness, Commodity, and Slight of Phrase   “Equity diversity inclusion” is a pretty little phrase, quaint, nice and polite, well suited to swimsuit contests, campus riots, and advertising campaigns.  We find this fawning phrase graphicly projected on smart boardroom screens, carelessly taped to smudgy coffeehouse windows, and boldly italicized upon preachy university…

September 1, 2021

William Girard: Classive Artist   Likely, the universe was made by mind, the God, if you will, if not, no matter, nothing at all.  Before matter, information: before anything is made, idea, alike the programmer who enters code, alike the mechanic who conceives an engine, before all creation there is information, an idea which has…

Realism Attacked
August 15, 2021

The National Gallery of Art Petting Zoo   Here we are on the Acropolis, in the picture gallery, the Pinakotheke, looking from the Propylaea to John Russell Pope’s National Gallery of Art.  What a view, 5,125 miles and farther in time, 2,500 years, the distance between Phidias, Pericles, Plato, and you.  What a view. Over…

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