Poem mixed with drawing

James Joyce called attention to our “epiphanies,” but some of us live through days upon days filled with epiphanies and storms and wild hopes and dullness . . . Et “Quand c’est fini, N-i, ni, ni, Ça recommence” (Léo Ferré). Which leads to a poem overlaid on a drawing, and accompanied by another drawing, done in the café of the Rubin Museum. Vita longa, ars brevis?

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N’importe quoi

I went to the Whitney Biennial, and, you might say, all I got was this pastiche. (None of it “true,” and this even if we are realizing that true doesn’t mean what we long thought—and wished!—it did.) The subject, the scourge of explanation in art. “Image of the Week” from William Eaton.

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Letter to a young model

What makes a good artists’ model a good model? An aspect or mood of the model speaking to an aspect or mood of the artist? And what’s in the model’s head or heart matters more than any physical forms, however unclothed? Not to ignore the advantages of bad models and bad moods! Short text accompanied by images from William Eaton’s drawings, and with a closing text adapted from Rilke (on the marriage of model and artist?).

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