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Post #1128 • February 22, 2008, 10:52 AM • 38 Comments

One of my favorite albums of all time is Dave Brubeck's Time Out. I listen to it once a week or more. I would be happy if I could make a painting that makes me feel like this album makes me feel. It actually has an apt and rather nice painting on the cover, and this week I became curious about who made it. It turns out that the artist is one S. Neil Fujita, who created one of the iconic pieces of graphic design of the 20th Century - the book cover for The Godfather by Mario Puzo - and the AIGA just interviewed him last September.

Seth Lipsky on Bill Maudlin. (Journalista). Also, anyone up for a Recep Tayyip cartoon contest? (See source link.)

"When art qualifies as a gift, it creates bonds between people in the audience that can strengthen the ties between them. It moves them to turn what they receive into contributions of their own, redoubling those ties. With this conception of the gift as the basic instrument of philanthropy, The Gift can be read as an accounting of philanthropy's unsung bounties." (Andrew)

Rejected Valentine's Day card designs. (Waxy)

Just when I've written off Holland Cotter for good he covers the Parmigianino at the Frick and doesn't make himself look ridiculous.

Myriad Harbour.

Just because no one understands you... (Andrew)

Department of Added Value: The Utrecht Coupon, for 20% off a single item, is still available for your shopping pleasure! Expires February 29.

Department of You Can't Parody This: "MATERIAL is not a thematically driven nor 'on-topic' publication, but rather an image-free, ad-free context for the materialization of artists' ideas, divergent opinions, thoughts, and appropriations of language."

Department of Skills: Zhou Yougang, age 102, inventor of Pinyin. (Reddit)




February 22, 2008, 5:23 PM

Franklin, I propose that, should you have a daughter, you name her Sonoma Einspruch. That should get her a job as an art critic for sure. Holland, indeed.


Chris Rywalt

February 22, 2008, 5:28 PM

Time Out is one of my favorites also. My father introduced me to it on vinyl many, many years ago. The funny thing is, I already knew the music, because he played it so much when I was really young, I'd pretty much installed it permanently in my brain. The same thing happened with Herbie Mann's At the Village Gate. They're both still two of my favorite recordings. Not long ago I copied them to my hard drive (in loss-free FLAC format) and sent the CDs to my father. Take that, RIAA! (I wrote about my connection to Herbie Mann in a short chapter in my book about my wife's pregnancy with our first child.)

I don't miss LPs for many reasons -- I love that CDs are so durable because I'm such a slob, and hard drives are even more durable -- but I do miss album art. I'm a big fan. Once upon a time I wanted to grow up to do album cover art. I wanted to be Mati Klarwein, Hugh Syme, Roger Dean, Derek Riggs.



February 22, 2008, 7:06 PM

I have both of those on vinyl. I thought of Time Out recently while watching "Once," since I had been wishing that there was more popular music in 5 or 7.



February 22, 2008, 7:18 PM

Aw man, I went through a brief Roger Dean phase. I haven't thought about that in years.

Amen, Peter. Sometimes I'll just count along: one, two, three, four, five. One, two, three, four, five.



February 22, 2008, 7:52 PM

from MATERIAL: Independence is an unrealistic construct that relies on bravado and many forms of denial.

Vaguely aware that striving for individuality might be a fraught exercise, art-interested but pathologically self-conscious people like these wish intellectual alterity upon themselves.



February 22, 2008, 7:55 PM

"MATERIAL"? More like "EPHEMERAL". And the logo reads at a glance as "malarial".



February 22, 2008, 8:05 PM

I'm interested in selling my art collection. Most are original works by good artists.

Marino Marini print
Robert Thiele 6'x4' oil from his early period
Jim Tutwiler dramatically framed large oil
P. Cherry 3'X4" oil
Lou Majors, a respected outside artist - 6'X4' watercolor watercolor

... as well as miscellaneous pieces that are good art but not well known.

What's the best way to go about selling them? If you have ideas on this, please email me at



February 22, 2008, 8:14 PM

Leave your crap on the curb and someone is bound to remove it by the morning.



February 22, 2008, 8:17 PM

Cotter on "Antea": He succeeded because he could report an interesting set of facts and didn't have to make any assertions. Me, I think Antea simply has a prosthetic arm.



February 22, 2008, 8:34 PM

"Alterity", Ahab?

I guess I didn't know every word in the English language after all.



February 22, 2008, 8:44 PM

Heh heh heh. Heh.



February 23, 2008, 6:15 AM

Ahab, please. Antea was obviously a serious tennis player. Don't you remember the difference between the two arms of Martina Navratilova? Actually, I think Antea looks a little like Monica Seles. Am I art critic material or what?



February 23, 2008, 7:42 AM

A special olympics tennis player maybe.


Marc Country

February 23, 2008, 8:52 AM

If the topic is prostheses, I'll defer, and take ahab's word on it...

As for 'Alterity', Opie, you'd be amazed at the words one can learn when one reads cutting-edge curatorial statements these days...



February 23, 2008, 9:44 AM

Can anyone tell me what the art centers in Canada are? I am two hours away from Montreal and Quebec and I would like to start writing reviews of shows in Canada.



February 23, 2008, 9:46 AM

Marc and Ahab are Edmondtonians. I'd start there, but I think you're on the wrong side of the country for that.



February 23, 2008, 10:15 AM

Marc and Ahab:

Are there any art centers that are two to three hours away from Adirondack State Park in NYS? Thanks.



February 23, 2008, 10:24 AM

Admit it, Ahab. You're just biased because she's wearing that dead marten carcass. You need to be more open-minded.



February 23, 2008, 10:44 AM

I thoroughly reject the painting, "Antea" because my all powerful God, Clement Greenberg, would not have approved of it.



February 23, 2008, 1:06 PM

Is she wearing it, Jack, or wielding it?



February 23, 2008, 2:17 PM

Wearing it. Dead animals were big as fashion accessories back then, but they weren't squeamish about it like now, so they left the head on the carcass.



February 24, 2008, 4:07 PM

"I would be happy if I could make a painting that makes me feel like this album makes me feel."




February 25, 2008, 6:37 PM




February 25, 2008, 6:44 PM

I'd get in the car and drive to Montreal if I were you Eric. The worst thing that could happen is you have a delicious lunch on St Laurent.



February 25, 2008, 6:48 PM

BTW: Suite 88. We also had one of the best vegan meals of our lives at ChuChai.



February 25, 2008, 6:56 PM

And for sheer conviviality...


Marc Country

February 25, 2008, 8:13 PM

Mondtreal is a long way from Edmondton...



February 26, 2008, 5:39 AM

Thank you the museum and eatery links. We plan on going to Montreal during Spring Break so I will definitely check out the museums. We plan on making a day trip of it because we can drive there in two hours. Maybe we will make it up to Edmonton over the summer. I assume by your silence that there are no Canadian art publications. Too bad. My editor at artcritical won't have a problem with me reviewing Canadian art shows. I can pretty much do what I want.



February 26, 2008, 6:53 AM

canadian 'art' publications include:

Border Crossings, C Magazine, Canadian Art, Mix Magazine



February 26, 2008, 8:26 AM

Franklin, I don't think I ever told you but, I save Brubeck doing "Take Five" in 1967-68 or someting... ages ago, at Loyola Marymount College (Calif.). It was Brubeck, Morello, Desmond and, I don't recall the bass man. We used to go down to the beach and listen to the music wafing out of the "Lighthouse" too (Redondo Beach?). There used to be a lot of jazz around L.A. when I was in high school.



February 26, 2008, 8:40 AM

Gene Wright, Onajide. It was probably 1967.



February 26, 2008, 10:02 AM

this is great. i was reflecting on the jazz connoisseurship i detect at artblog this morning on my drive to work. what do you guys make of hip-hop? not it's repugnant narcissistic side, but the side with soul? and how come nobody wants to answer any of my questions?



February 26, 2008, 10:10 AM

I only like old school rap, Public Enemty, Cypress Hill, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, etc., Their beats were catchy and original and the lyrics were meaningful, not meaningless dribble like most of it is nowadys.



February 26, 2008, 10:28 AM

there is actually a lot of progressive minded and serious musicianship there if one is willing to listen beyond pop radio. there are strong jazz roots in much of it. also scores of artists within electronica that have serious jazz roots.



February 26, 2008, 11:19 AM

Re the Lighthouse: I think it was in Hermosa Beach. I saw Mose Allison there once.

And I LOVE Take Five and the other pieces on the album - Blue Rondo a la Turk, etc. I also enjoy counting out the rhythm. And, I know that Pink Floyd's "Money" is not in Take5's league, but I like counting out the rhythm there too. You have to pay close attention because it changes from 4/7 to 4/4 for the long instrumental section, then back to 4/7 for the vocals.

Like Mose Allison says,

everyone crying Peace on Earth, just as soon as we win this war...

you don't have to go to off broadway to something plain absurd.
everyone crying mercy when they don't know the meaning of the word.

Truer words were never spake.



February 26, 2008, 2:33 PM

I'll answer you, X.

Hip Hop & Rap disappointed me. The best pop music has had black roots for almost a century but these styles seemed to betray the thrilling quality of so much of Jazz, blues, gospel,R&B and all the rest because the musicality was replaced by hostility - nastiness with rhythm. For me the novelty wore off real fast.



February 26, 2008, 2:53 PM

I may have every Beastie Boys CD except for License to Ill, which is just too stupid. I have Public Enemy's Greatest Misses, which I bought off of Julie Kahn. Like anything else, rap has its moments. New school drives me up a wall, though.



February 26, 2008, 4:38 PM

off the top i might suggest you give The Roots a listen if you get the chance. soul, jazz, r + b, and hip hop all rolled into one sometimes. but they're just one of many groups that have taken a real stance against the worst of rap/hip hop's dark side. if any of you like dave chappelle, you could rent his 'block party' dvd. the roots feature along with other more enlightened artists. great music and lots of laughs and a really amazing project overall.



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