Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads in Civic Center Park at the ribbon cutting ceremony early this evening: An exhibition traveling the globe and here in Denver for a whole year. Thanks to Taliesin Thomas for a wonderful presentation on this important global artist and his focus on human rights and the refugee crisis. And thank you to Denver Arts & Venues for making this happen.
“In this time of the great struggle for a new art we fight like disorganized ‘savages’ against an old, established power. The battle seems to be unequal, but spiritual matters are never decided by numbers, only by the power of ideas. The dreaded weapons of the ‘savages’ are their new ideas. New ideas kill better than steel and destroy what was thought to be indestructible.”
– Franz Marc (Munich, 1912)
(1880 – 1916)
“Nobody knows what makes good art. As an artist, when it happens, you’re grateful, and then you get on with it.”
“Art is two things: a search for a road and a search for freedom.”
Alice Neel, who transitioned Oct. 13, 1984
(1900 – 1984)
photo on right: Self-portrait
photo on bottom by Robert Mapplethorpe
La la la la la la la la la means I love you
Photographer: Edward Kitch
Dick Gregory and Bob Marley
Dick Gregory and Family
“I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood…”
“In America, with all of its evils and faults, you can still reach through the forest and see the sun. But we don’t know yet whether that sun is rising or setting for our country.”
“What we’re doing in Vietnam is using the black man to kill the yellow man so the white man can keep the land he took from the red man.”
“I am really enjoying the new Martin Luther King Jr stamp – just think about all those white bigots, licking the backside of a black man.”
“Segregation is not all bad. Have you ever heard of a collision where the people in the back of the bus got hurt?”
“And we love to dance, especially that new one called the Civil War Twist. The Northern part of you stands still while the Southern part tries to secede.”
“If they took all the drugs, nicotine, alcohol and caffeine off the market for six days, they’d have to bring out the tanks to control you.”
“I have experienced personally over the past few years how a purity of diet and thought are interrelated. And when Americans become truly concerned with the purity of the food that enters their own personal systems, when they learn to eat properly, we can expect to see profound changes effected in the social and political system of this nation. The two systems are inseparable.”
Dick Gregory’s Political Primer (Harper & Row, 1972), p. 262.
“The philosophy of nonviolence, which I learned from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during my involvement in the civil rights movement was first responsible for my change in diet. I became a vegetarian in 1965. Under the leadership of Dr. King I became totally committed to nonviolence, and I was convinced that nonviolence meant opposition to killing in any form. I felt the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” applied to human beings not only in their dealings with each other—war, lynching, assassination, murder and the like—but in their practice of killing animals for food or sport. Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel and brutal taking of life.”
Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin’ with Mother Nature, edited by James R. McGraw with Alvenia M. Fulton (New York: Harper & Row, 1973)
excerpted from Wikipedia:
Richard Claxton Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017) was an African-American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, conspiracy theorist, and occasional actor. During the turbulent 1960s, Gregory became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his “no-holds-barred” sets, in which he mocked bigotry and racism. He performed primarily to black audiences at segregated clubs until 1961, when he became the first black comedian to successfully cross over to white audiences, appearing on television and putting out comedy record albums.
Gregory was at the forefront of political activism in the 1960s, when he protested the Vietnam War and racial injustice. He was arrested multiple times and went on many hunger strikes. He later became a speaker and author, primarily promoting spirituality.
Gregory died of heart failure at a Washington, D.C., hospital at age 84 in August 2017.
“In 1913 I had the happy idea to fasten a bicycle wheel to a kitchen stool and watch it turn. It was around that time that the word ‘Readymade’ came to mind to designate this form of manifestation.”
Marcel Duchamp, who passed Oct. 2, 1968
(1887 – 1968)
“We live in a time of the greatest precision and of maximum contrasts: photomontage offers us a means to express this. It shows ideas: photography shows us objects.”
“Just as typography is human speech translated into what can be read, so photography is the translation of reality into a readable image.”
“My work seen in its totality is a statement about the integration of the contemporary artist into an industrial society.”
Portrait of Herbert Bayer / Photo: Irene Bayer, 1927.
Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © unknown.
The Bauhaus Masters on the Dessau Roof
The Bauhaus masters on the roof of the new Bauhaus building, 1926. From left: Josef Albers, Hinnerk Scheper, Georg Muche, László Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer, Joost Schmidt, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Gunta Stölzl, Oskar Schlemmer.
Photograph: Walter Gropius
The Bauhaus poster designed by Herbert Bayer for the 50 Jahre exhibition in 1968.
Herbert Bayer – Bauhaus typography – Poster & Universal Font
“prospectus: the mouth. 44 tokens of affection in din”. presents of Bauhaus masters and students to Walter Gropius’s 44th birthday on 18.5.1927, Herbert Bayer, 1927. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016.
courtesy of Denver Art Museum
Chromatic Triangulation II
“[Bayer’s] oeuvre is very diverse, ranging from graphics and painting to landscape architecture. His outstanding works include the photomontage Selbstporträt (Self-portrait) of 1932, the advertising for Adrianol Emulsion of 1935, the Mountains and Convolutions series created between 1944 and 1953 and the Marble Garden of 1955.”
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images
Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.
Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I’m concerned, that’s success.
I have turned down a lot of money for things that would have made me feel cheesy.
courtesy of Brainy Quotes
Interview With Alan Bangs (1999):
Young people are very cynical now, you know? Very cynical! They’ve been taught cynicism, they’ve been — they’ve been bred cynicism. So, I think it’s important to give them hope and realism in the same package, you know? You can be realistic but there should be — there should be hope in it. Because hope’s what we’re about. If we don’t have hope then we don’t go on.
I think for it to be unhip to be idealistic is weird, you know? I mean, even all the best rebels to me had some sense of hope in them.
I don’t understand the ones that have no sense of hope and invest in hate. That’s not gonna work out, you know? It’s a waste of your time!
Rolling Stone interview (2002):
“Tom Petty Is Pissed” in Rolling Stone (23 October 2002)
An act like ours wouldn’t even be around today if someone hadn’t brought us along and let us make mistakes and grow at our own pace. Today it seems that if you don’t have a hit — or even if you do — they have no use for you the next time.
I think television’s become a downright dangerous thing. It has no moral barometer whatsoever. If you want to talk about something that is all about money, just watch the television. It’s damn dangerous. TV does not care about you or what happens to you. It’s downright bad for your health now, and that’s not a far-out concept. I think watching the TV news is bad for you. It is bad for your physical health and your mental health. The music business looks like, you know, innocent schoolboys compared to the TV business. They care about nothing but profit.
Esquire interview (2006):
“What I’ve Learned: Tom Petty” in Esquire (30 June 2006
- I feel sorry for kids these days. They get so much homework. Remember the days when we put a belt around our two books and carried them home? Now they’re dragging a suitcase. They have school all day, then homework from six until eleven. There’s no time left to be creative. The hardest part for me is when my thirteen-year-old is complaining about the workload. I agree with him. I’m supposed to be responsible and support the teacher. But it’s like, “You’re right, son. This is bullshit.”
Brian Epstein was an English music entrepreneur who managed the Beatles. Epstein first discovered the Beatles in November 1961 during a lunchtime performance at The Cavern Club. He was instantly impressed and saw great potential in the group. Epstein was rejected by nearly all major recording companies in London, until he secured a meeting with George Martin, head of EMI‘s Parlophone label. In May 1962, Martin agreed to sign the Beatles, partly because of Epstein’s conviction that the group would become internationally famous.
“John…Paul…George. And Ringo. Collectively the four most famous names in the world. Extraordinary young men who have directly altered the lives of hundreds, even thousands of people, who have affected the entire balance of the entertainment industry, who have kicked up so much dust that in all our lifetimes, it will not completely settle.”
“So much has been said that is exaggerated, inaccurate, extravagant and open to misinterpretation that I thought that a detailed account could only help and, I hope, prove of considerable public interest.”
“Well, I don’t know about the dizzy height, but I always thought they were going to be pretty big.”
“Well, then we got to know each other and eventually worked out a bit of idea of management.”
The Beatles onstage at Shea Stadium, with Brian Epstein looking on,
August 15, 1965
Photo: Marc Weinstein/Beatlesphotos.net
The Beatles and Brian Epstein at the world premiere of A Hard Day’s Night, London Pavilion, Piccadilly Circus, July 6, 1964
“In 1961 Brian Epstein who owned a record store in Liverpool, England went to the Cavern Club in his Liverpool, England to hear a local band named The Beatles. ”
“Pictured with the Beatles are their manager, Brian Epstein, left, and Ed Sullivan”
Los Angeles Times
John Lennon, Brian Epstein & Ringo Starr
Photo by Beat That Image
Brian and Paul
“Brian put in a lot of time getting us off the ground. He believed in us from the start.”
He wanted to manage us and we weren’t going anywhere anyway. So we said ‘yes you might as well.’..”
– George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology
– Paul McCartney about Brian Epstein
“He was very good. He started like we did. He didn’t know the game, neither did we, really. We knew how to play, and he tidied us up and moved us on.
“He ran a record division in his father’s furniture company, heard about us, or heard about them, I wasn’t even with them then, went down to the Cavern, and said, hmm, maybe I’ll manage them. He didn’t know how to manage to save his life, but he decided to be a manager, so who knew?”
– Ringo Starr
From The Brian Epstein Story by Debbie Geller
thanks to Tumblr pages like mrepstein for some of the quotes and pictures