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Post #1032 • August 1, 2007, 10:50 AM • 25 Comments

Greetings from Bryce Canyon, via Moab, Colorado Springs, and Kansas City in as many days. How are you doing?




August 1, 2007, 1:09 PM

Good to know you are alive.



August 1, 2007, 2:52 PM


You should post some pictures on Artblog from your travels. I know the country out there is beautiful.



August 1, 2007, 8:52 PM

Yeah, it's pretty exquisite, but the photo ops have been slim. I do have one with the Effingham Cross coming out of my head.



August 1, 2007, 9:59 PM

I've been to Moab half a dozen times. The place is so special I sometimes feel like it is mine. My own, I mean. Arches and Canyonlands and Slickrock and Bryce - museums of natural sculpture, if there is such a thing.



August 2, 2007, 6:02 AM

Hi there bryce..

I heard that colorado is a nice place to live. Would you mind posting a photo of it? Thanks in advance.

Anna ["Hi there bryce"? Sheesh. F.]


Colorado Art Lover

August 2, 2007, 2:59 PM

Hi Franklin,

I see Colorado Springs on your list of travels. As a local Coloradoan who loves art, I thought you might be interested in the Grand Opening of the $28.4million expansion of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center this weekend Aug 2-5.

There will be international art icons, a new permanent collection, and the first exhibition showcasing selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

I hope you will be in town for the event! If you're interested, I included the website below.



August 2, 2007, 3:05 PM

If you still in Moab check the Dead Horse Point S.P. (about 30 mi from Moab) This is one of the most spectacular landscapes of the Southwest or even in US Probably your jaw will drop like mine did when I had seen this for the first time.


Dizzy Simulacrum

August 3, 2007, 5:30 PM

"This is one of the most spectacular landscapes of the Southwest or even in US Probably your jaw will drop like mine did when I had seen this for the first time"

A cyberspace approximation for those of us who have never been.




August 3, 2007, 8:21 PM

This is a great site, nice work. I've discovered an interesting website for artist to really express themselves and their all hovers around art and your [umbilicus]! Check it out. [Link redacted, content possibly altered. Please read the guidelines. - F.]

Keep up the good work! [Thanks! - F.]



August 3, 2007, 10:37 PM

Utah was extraordinary, Bryce Canyon in particular - we also saw Arches National Park and drove through Zion NP. Garden of the Gods and Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs were quite amazing as well. At Pike's we saw marmots for the first time. Cute little guys. A local said they call them wiffle pigs. That new art center in Colorado Springs looks like a nice development for them; best of luck with it, CAL.

I have to add that Kansas City is a damn nice town - the Nelson-Atkins was extraordinary, the new addition lovely, and we had dinner in a revitalized downtown that reminded me of Coconut Grove in Miami without the insane congestion.

No pictures, sorry, but the trip is going to become the next project at The Moon Fell On Me.

Greetings from Orange County. I don't think we'll be waiting for September 1 to restart on the 5 post per week schedule you've come to enjoy here. I do need to take care of some things first, though. For one, we have no hot water. Also, I don't have my stuff yet.


Effingham Cross

August 4, 2007, 12:37 AM

We get It now.



August 4, 2007, 9:37 PM

Welcome to SoCal Franklin. Are you sick of the traffic yet?



August 5, 2007, 12:09 PM





August 5, 2007, 12:31 PM

Are you sick of the traffic yet?

Yep. Fortunately, bicycle commuting is viable here.

George, I didn't write about it, but there was a Warhol exhibition at the WCMA a few months ago and every time I see a considered treatment of his work he looks increasingly oversold on every level: as an artist, a designer, an interpreter of the contemporary zeitgeist, whichever. That Guardian article is just part of the oversell. His work holds up poorly compared to that of Milton Glaser, who is commensurately underappreciated.



August 5, 2007, 8:54 PM

Speaking of "ANDY" did anyone see FACTORY GIRL. Not very interesting but the casting was bizarre. Anakin Skywalker as Bob Dylan? Guy Pierce as Andy Warhol?

Any other opinions on it?

As for the color link George, who's photos are those? I like em, but I can't read German.



August 5, 2007, 9:57 PM

Google translation



August 6, 2007, 4:29 AM

I just got a classic [Milton Glaser design] I LOVE NY
t-shirt for my birthday!

Most should recognize his style (here is an album w/
a Glaser designed cover - blurry video - still Glaser) :



August 6, 2007, 7:00 AM

Good link George.
Franklin, I hope that you two keep your bikes inside.
BMD72, German is similar to English, I studied it in undergrad, and the language should not be confused with Miami art studio Polish.



August 6, 2007, 8:59 AM

Somewhere I have a downloaded picture of a Warhol Dollar sign over which his friend Basquiat drew a crude face. The contrast between the slick apathy of the Warhol and the rough animation of the Basquiat is startling. It is a case in point.

The continuing popularity of Warhol is a sociological phenomenon. His work, as art, is just not very good. Sooner or later this will be acknowledged. In the meantime we have this adulation and $70 million auction auction prices.



August 7, 2007, 5:05 PM

great , see it at jonathan monk at the artlout issue 03/2006



August 7, 2007, 5:18 PM

OP, in my new and more enlightened state, which may or may not last, I think we should not begrudge rich idiots a suitable outlet for their dysfunction. It just wouldn't be, you know, inclusive and stuff.



August 7, 2007, 11:37 PM

Opie, how are you using the term "crude" here ? You may have addressed this before, but I can't recall.



August 8, 2007, 12:13 AM

The usual sense, basically just very rough & unpolished. The way he made all his pics, most of which knock the socks off anything Warhol could do, artwise.



August 8, 2007, 12:41 AM

I like this one:
"And yet: none of the influences that were doubtlessly at work here give an adequate explanation of the enormous turnabout that Guston made between 1968 and 1970 with the introduction of his crude, casual and comic-strip-like images. We need to go back one step to find the key. While working on the 'dark pictures' from 1961 to 1965, Guston had, as he himself noted, reached a point where painting had become 'crucial'.

As you had mentioned unpolished.



August 8, 2007, 8:51 AM

Basquiat's crudeness has a different character from Guston's, Jordan; more natural, more all-out, less "sophisticated". One of the appealing things about his painting (and, in the end, one of its limitations) is that he really couldn't paint any other way.



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