Author Archives: Chris Karcher

Bridget Riley

|“Those who understand art only by what it looks like often do not understand very much at all.” -Sol Lewitt| In 1965 Bridget Riley made a trip to New York City to participate in a show titled, “The Responsive Eye.” … Continue reading

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The Art of Life and Death

|The bull and its blood symbolize a call to nature at its most brutal, pure and irrational. -Jose Antonio del Moral| If you are not a fan of bullfighting please move along. My interest in defending this sport is exactly … Continue reading

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Kipling and the Man Who Would Be Surprised

|The wheel of the world swings through the same phases again and again.|― Rudyard Kipling, “The Man Who Would Be King” For no particular reason, I’ve again been reading the collected works of Rudyard Kipling. Mostly he is remembered today (if … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on Art: Explaining Creativity

|Eric Fischl does a fabulous job explaining not just how he goes about the creative process, but how his creative process came to be what it is.| Eric Fischl’s 2013 autobiography, Bad Boy, is quite the piece of work – literally. … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on Art: The Calligraphic School of Painting?

|The late hard-edged paintings by both of these artists inform each other, but the calligraphic-like images show another alignment of thought leading to a similar solution.| While reviewing some black and white photos of painting exhibits from the late 1930’s … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on Art: Abstract Expressionism

|As Einstein taught us during the formative years of these two important artists, nothing can be analyzed in and of itself, but only in comparison to other phenomena.| Jackson Pollock has always appealed to me more in theory than practice. … Continue reading

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Gentlemen Adventurers

Privateering as an Investment Strategy (Hint: The Only Yields are Literary) By: Gerry Scott A friend’s generous and thoughtful gift of a print depicting a late 17th century sailing ship led me to consider what I might contribute to his … Continue reading

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Da Vinci and The Nutt

  One of the more memorable exhibits of the new millennium was at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2011. Essentially a retrospective of the painter Jim Nutt, it was the first public showing of his work in about … Continue reading

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A Twice Told Tale?

Among the best stories that Jorge Luis Borges wrote is a particular favorite of mine, The Immortal. Originally published 1947, it was subsequently reprinted to a wider audience in the first edition of El Aleph in 1949. It is possible … Continue reading

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Reconsidering Sol Lewitt: Spring 2018

Portrait of American artist Sol LeWitt, New York, August 1969. (Photo by Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) This short note is inspired by the fact that Sol LeWitt died in April 2007, and since then exhibits of work created after his … Continue reading

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