Not on view Picasso – The Blind Man’s Meal 1903
Make that “Not on View,” “Seldom on View.” I’ve seen it in its own recessed niche three times over the years and it always has the same haunting effect on me. And the hauntingness is most concentrated in the outstretched hand that almost, but not quite, touches the wine jug.
Impossible to feel in just reproductions the hand hovers as if held away from the wine by a palpable but not visible force that Picasso has, somehow… somehow, fashioned out of brush strokes over a recycled canvas. It might be the way in which the actual strokes are twisted and slightly kneaded but absent being able to examine the original closely (something I doubt will happen again) it is impossible to know. The painting possesses stillness in the way of Eliot’s Chinese vase,
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.
There are, of course, the ever-stilted curated noters that ooze out from the over-poofed precincts of the Met,
The Blind Man’s Meal, painted in Barcelona in the autumn of 1903, summarizes the stylistic characteristics of Picasso’s Blue Period: rigorous drawing, simple hieratic compositions and forms, and of course, a blue tonality. The composition presents a forlorn figure seated at a frugal repast. In a letter, preserved in the Barnes Collection in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Picasso gives a very precise description of the composition: “I am painting a blind man at the table. He holds some bread in his left hand and gropes with his right hand for a jug of wine.”
Yeah. Yeah. Jaw. Jaw. The personal encounter is the only understanding that matters.
Meanwhile, back in the 21st century:
Maverick Philosopher: Which Side Are You On? This is scary stuff. Isn’t there some alternative to war? A. And what might that be? I see only three alternatives to war, none of them good. One can attempt to WITHDRAW from the fight. Head for the hills. Build alternative communities and hope to be left alone. Unfortunately, the totalitarians, being totalitarians, won’t leave us alone. That’s not ‘who they are.’
Protests & The Left: Peak Jacobinism? The lines are thinning a bit for the guillotine. And the guillotiners are starting to panic as they glimpse faces of a restless mob always starved for something to top last night’s torching. Finally, even looters and arsonists get tired of doing the same old, same old each night. They get bored with the puerile bullhorn chants, the on-spec spray-paint defacement, and the petite fascists among them who hog the megaphones. For the lazy and bored, statue toppling — all of those ropes, those icky pry bars, those heavy sledgehammers, and so much pulling — becomes hard work, especially as the police, camera crews, and fisticuffs thin out on the ground. And the easy bronze and stone prey are now mostly rubble. Now it’s either the big, tough stuff like Mount Rushmore or the crazy targets like Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
There are only so many ways for adult-adolescents to chant monotonously “Eat the Rich! Kill the Pigs! Black Lives Matter!” blah, blah, blah. And there are only so many Road Warrior Antifa ensembles of black hoodies, black masks, black pants, and black padding — before it all it ends up like just another shrill teachers’-union meeting in the school cafeteria or a prolonged adolescent Halloween prankster show.
When an Atherton or Georgetown liberal calls 911, will he now first say: “One, I am not an angry white person calling to rat out a suspect of color. Two, I am not calling to save my ‘brick and mortar’ property at the expense of the life of a marginalized victim. Three, I support defunding the police. And so, four, look — an individual of unknown appearance may kind of, sort of be shattering our bedroom window and could be pondering a felonious infraction. So could you send out a community facilitator to inquire?AOC: ‘Most Crime Is Probably Just Some Street Rat With A Heart Of Gold Stealing Apples To Feed His Pet Monkey’
#AOC was right! This heartbreaking video of starving New Yorkers stealing bread hidden in shoe boxes tells the tale! (Don’t be fooled by their fat asses. These people are starving)! https://t.co/O6vENVZEt6
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 15, 2020
Is this a Fourth Turning? – The New Neo “History is seasonal, and winter is coming,” they wrote…
Warning that “a sudden spark will catalyze a crisis mood,” Howe and Strauss said that “[r]emnants of the old social order will disintegrate. Political and economic trust will implode. Real hardship will beset the land, with severe distress that could involve questions of class, race, nation, and empire.”
Sometime before 2025, they wrote, “America will pass through a great gate in history” and “the very survival of the nation will feel at stake.”
Florida homeowner shoots 3 intruders, 2 fatally: sheriff Luis Casado, 21, and Khyle Durham, 21, were shot as they walked down a narrow hallway toward the homeowner, the sheriff said. They had guns and covered their faces with black masks. Jeremiah Trammel, 19,was shot after Casado and Durham went down, Nocco said. He said he ran out of the house as the homeowner went to get another gun to replace the one he had because it jammed. Nocco said Trammel didn’t get far. A neighbor with a gun caught him and then held him until deputies arrived. Sheriff Nocco has said that the victim of the home invasion believes he may have been targeted because of his extensive gun collection, of which he had occasionally posted pictures of on social media. The Vector rifle he used in the incident is somewhat of a rare firearm for civilian ownership, having been originally designed for use as a submachine gun by law enforcement and militaries.
Of course, people look up for their social cues, so this endless bellowing about the accepted morality has trickled down to every nook and cranny of society. The suburban mom now feels compelled to ululate about racism on here neighborhood Facebook page, even though her neighborhood is totally white. Millions of YouTube actors repeat familiar chants like “there is no biological basis for race” despite the fact they have not the slightest idea what the phrase is supposed to mean.
We are living in a deluge of opinion, almost all of which is uninformed. Rather than living within a society structured by tradition, custom, and habit, people now live in a world structured by mass opinion, shaped by a small group of gangsters at the top, who use the institutions of society to shape opinion. Everywhere the intelligent turn, they are confronted by the stupid and cocksure, screaming the latest opinions on the timeless morality that was invented last week.
There is no natural unity among Blacks and Jews, and it would behoove American Jews to wake up and realize that except for some traditional Black churches and their religious connection to Jews and Judaism, we are the enemy. The casual and accepted anti-Semitism among Blacks, as evidenced recently by DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson, and several others is simply a public articulation of a common belief.
Some friends of mine performing my latest masterpiece: “Patriarchal Combustions: The Wraith of Phallocentrism Expiring by the Light of an Auto-Sodomised Moon”. pic.twitter.com/eAZ8DN9c7u
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) July 14, 2020
— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) July 13, 2020
Lots of moms in LA are furious with @GavinNewsom for closing schools in September. These women voted for Gavin (and Hillary) but now see the impact of voting for someone who denies science and politicizes the Covid response. https://t.co/EB6UF4M8Ll
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) July 14, 2020
California shuts down again, again wiping out people’s lives, savings, jobs.
Oh and this happened in early June in LApic.twitter.com/6Fq0VJKWZb
— Adam Townsend (@adamscrabble) July 13, 2020
Maverick Philosopher: To Those Fleeing California DO NOT come to Arizona! It’s just too damned hot here for you snowflakes. And on top of that everybody is packing heat. That’s why you don’t hear any honking on the highways and byways. “An armed society is a polite society.”
We are racist to the core in this rattlesnake-infested inferno which is also home to the scorpion, the gila monster, and other venomous critters no librul would want to tangle with. There is nothing here but hot sand and dirt lightly covered with some dessicated but still prickly-as-hell vegetation such as cat claw. Everything here either sticks, stings, or stinks. Go elsewhere! Oregon and Idaho would love to have you. Or better yet: wallow in the shit you shat. Enjoy the sanctuary that your sanctimonious silliness has built.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Samantha Zager told the Washington Times, “Democrats like to pretend Texas is on the table, but they know that’s a joke – just ask Governor Wendy Davis, Senator Beto O’Rourke, and President Hillary Clinton.”
Our New Religion of Race – Here in America, blacks are currently being reconceptualized as no longer our fellow citizens but now as our own sacred cows, entitled to wander wherever their whims lead them with nobody daring to tell them no. A Minneapolis white man told the newspaper that he was ashamed of calling the police after two black youths held a gun to his chest and demanded his car keys: “I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn’t been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops.”
Walmart Now Requires All Shoppers To Wear Pants | “I thought this was America,” said one man as a greeter asked him to please put on some sweatpants or something before coming into the store. “It is my constitutional right to go into Walmart and shop for random stuff at 3 a.m. wearing nothing but some boxers and a giant Tweety Bird T-shirt I got in the ’80s.” “Look, we don’t think this is too much to ask,” said a Walmart spokesperson. “Just throw on some sweats, pajama bottoms, whatever. This is for the health and mental safety of our employees. And for the love of God, take a shower once in a while, you know?”