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  1. Victor: Well, thank you, but I don't feel that I have a great sum of knowledge, just an intense passion for the subject. Why does it seem to you that I'm not a visual artist? J
  2. Maybe a better way of looking at "talent" is to say that those whom we see as being naturally good at something actually have an innate lack of incompetence. I suck at math, and always have. I tried very hard in school, but could barely manage to be average at math up until junior high, after which I could no longer rise to the level of average. I'm totally incompetent at it. I'm less naturally incompetent at history, I'm only somewhat naturally incompetent at basketball and music, and I'm almost completely lacking in natural incompetence at visual art. J
  3. I always find it hard to rate someone as "the best," and that's true with caricaturists. I think Hirschfeld was definitely one of the best, but I can't rate his work as being better than Mort Drucker's from the 70s, including his MAD magazine stuff, or better than C. F. Payne's work over the past dozen years (not including his Rockwellian Reader's Digest work, which I'm not a fan of). I'd say that Hirschfeld's work was the most stylistically distinct, Drucker was the most prolific and versatile (his work ranged from full-blown, full-color images to a style similar in its minimalism to Hirschfe
  4. Bob Campbell: It's not too late to get in on the fun and enter to win fabulous prizes:
  5. I voted for Ben Kimball, and I urge everyone else to do the same. In my judgment, anyone who votes for Jenna or abstains from voting has no understanding of the practical role of philosophy in man's actual life—which means that he does not understand the philosophy of Objectivism, except perhaps as a rationalistic system detached from the world. J
  6. So does this mean that "Have you heard DIM?" is about to become the new "Have you read PARC?"? J
  7. Rich wrote, I feel the same way. I don't like most of Pollock's work, but two or three stand out. Undetectable to whom? Beetlejuice, or serious Pollock fans and collectors? Actually, I don't know that it would prove anything one way or the other. Even reputable critics and scholars of realistic art have had as difficult a time as Wendy the Retard would have separating great originals from crappy forgeries. A good example is the work of Dutch art forger Han van Meegeren who fooled serious art critics with his cheesy knock-offs of Vermeer, Hals, Metsu and others. His proportions were awkward,
  8. I remember seeing a compilation of interviews in which Russian leaders credited/blamed the Beatles for playing a part in bringing down the Soviet Union. Contraband Beatles recordings gave millions of Russians a sense of hope and an idea of what the world might be like where fun, happiness and freedom were the norm. J _____ Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind Possessing and caressing me Jai guru de va om Nothing's gonna change my world Nothing's gonna ch
  9. Barbara wrote, Barbara, If you haven't already, you should invite your young friends to come and visit with us on OL. J
  10. One thing that never seemed to get discussed seriously on SOLO back during the Peron ordeal (unless I missed it) was what should be the age of consent according to Objectivist principles. I don't know where those who were the loudest during the Peron discussion stand on the issue. Do Perigo, Cresswell and the rest of the Sub Optimal Little Ogres agree with Bill Dwyer (the person who is responsible for bringing the Peron issue to the attention of the Objectivist online community) that it might not be unreasonable to establish the age of consent at puberty, or do they think that Dwyer, and anyon
  11. It's been very long time since I read it, but I seem to remember that Hedrick Smith's The Russians was very good. You should be able to pick up an inexpensive used copy from online book stores. J
  12. Okay, so Victor is giving Hsieh the impression that he is creepily obsessed with her, and now we learn that not only did Victor plagiarize the piles-of-skulls idea, but he probably burglarized the Cox & Forkum studio to do so. Plus he's Canadian, and as we all know, Objectivism holds that the safety and rights of any one American outweigh the rights of all foreigners combined. So I think this all adds up to Victor's behavior meeting the Biddle Standard ("anything that we so much as feel might conceivably pose even a remote threat"). Clearly the Proper Objectivist thing to do is to advocate
  14. Brant wrote, Nor can you really judge the quality of anyone's work based on small scans or web images, especially when they're in black and white. I've seen large-scale color versions of two of Frank's paintings, and I thought they looked pretty good. It's been a long time, so I can't be sure, but I think that Serenity was one of them, and the other was of a male figure in a similar pose, which seemed to be a companion piece. And something just clicked: If I'm remembering correctly, both nudes (or similar paintings) appear briefly in James Valliant's Ideas in Action interview with Leonard Pei
  15. Here are images from the "NBI Art Reproductions" brochure, b&w, 1967 (thanks, Brant). Paintings by Frank O'Connor: Diminishing Returns, oil on canvas, original: 36 x 20, print: 23.5 x 13.125 Painting Within a Painting, oil on canvas, original: 36 x 14, print: 23.5 x 13 Serenity, oil on canvas, original: 36 x 24, print: 23.5 x 15.75 Leap Frog, oil on canvas, original: 30 x 24, print: 19.5 x 15.625 Still Life With Apples, oil on canvas, original: 12 x 16, print: 10.25 x 13.5 Character Study: Man With a Turban, oil on canvas, original: 24 x 20, print: 19 x 15.75 Paintings and drawings by Joa
  16. Victor's posts on humor in art made me think of dissident collaborators Komar and Melamid. I've always enjoyed their work, including much their performance art, such as conjuring up fictional artists Nikolai Buchumov and Apelles Ziablov, collaborating with the population of the world when creating their Most Wanted paintings, and even their establishing Elephant Art Academies. I love their senses of humor and satire. This is my favorite painting of theirs: Painted in the style of Socialist Realism, a Muse is tracing Stalin's silhouette onto a wall -- she's creating art which conforms to the d
  17. I haven't seen the painting you described, John, but the style you're referring to is called trompe l'oeil. And your story of the Greek competitors sounds a lot like a contest held between Zeuxis and Parrhasius: I wouldn't doubt if the painting you saw was at least partially based on the story, as it is well known among artists. Maybe a Google search on trompe l'oeil clubs, exhibits, etc., might help you find the painting. J
  18. Wow. That's it? Just "Trash"? Man, Rand sure is hard to figure out as far as tastes in art. When someone speaks glowingly of a television show like Charlie's Angels, it's kind of a shock that she would see Parrish as "trash." It's like someone who has a collection of velvet paintings of Elvis, sad clowns and tigers in her home calling her neighbor's Corinthian bird bath "trashy." J "Little pink houses for you and me..." ~~John Mellencamp~~
  19. Where would I find Rand's comments on Maxfield Parrish? Personally, I see Parrish much in the same way that I see Rockwell. Their narratives are usually cute and sweet, sometimes too much so for my tastes, but their rendering skills and their tastes in abstract composition, color schemes, etc, are so powerful that they more than make up for the times that they cross the line into sugary sentimentality (and, hell, sometimes I really crave sugar). My favorite Parrish is Reveries: J
  20. MSK wrote, "AND I JUST LOVE THE NEW HEADER!" I agree. Kat's got a good eye for visual composition. J P.S. Actually, Kat's header makes me feel bad for SOLO, whose lackeys seemed to struggle so hard to come up with a design that expressed the essence of SOLO, and they failed again and again. Their logo should convey a sense of pathetic curmudgeonry, it should somehow represent the fact that SOLO has a very tiny sphere of influence, and it should give the viewer a sense of what he's going to step in if he enters SOLO territory. Perhaps something like this (I'm calling this sketch Lord of His Dom
  21. I think Pitt did a fine job in Se7en, Twelve Monkeys, Spy Game and Meet Joe Black (Claire Forlani. Mmmm.). And it's not like Galt is a difficult character with lots of complex personality traits that an actor would have to struggle with. Look handsome, speak with confidence, and it's a wrap. Jolie did well in Girl, Interrupted and The Bone Collector. I think she'd have no problem handling the role of Dagny. Btw, am I the only one who envisions the film in black and white or a sort of diffusion glow sepia? To me, the textures of heavy industry in AS demand it. J
  22. I didn't read the entire speech, and I don't have time to read it now, but in skimming through it, I noticed this: This is interesting coming from Fred Ross, who owns paintings by Bouguereau, the artist he seems to promote most often in his speeches, in his activism, and on his website. A few years ago he tried to stir up controversy when the Minneapolis Institute of Arts decided to sell Bouguereau's painting _Bohémienne_ in order to finance the purchase of Albert Moore’s _Battledore_ (Moore is generally considered to be a much more important realist artist than Bouguereau). Ross publicly cam
  23. Does anyone have an idea of how many paintings Frank O'Connor created, how many survive, and where they are now? I've seen print or digital reproductions of only five or six. There's the painting which was on the cover of an earlier edition of The Fountainhead (I'm drawing a blank on its title), there's "Diminishing Returns", and I've also seen a few paintings of nudes/semi-nudes, at least two of which have the figures facing away from the viewer and looking out of a window or other structural aperture. Also, how long was his painting career? Did he ever show his work in a gallery or otherwise
  24. MSK wrote: Thanks, Michael. I don't have a lot of experience in dealing with people who have had serious problems with chemical abuse, but from the few instances that I've seen or directly heard about from those who have had such problems, I've gotten the sense that it's not uncommon for them to be pretty successful at hiding their drug or alcohol problems from others, including hiding it from extremely intelligent, observant spouses who would "persistently grill" them if caught in the act. Thanks for the link to Barbara's post. J