Markus Ray’s “Art Look”

… an art lover’s companion.

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ARSHILE GORKY

AN ARMENIAN GENIUS Arshile Gorky immigrated to the USA in 1920, aged 16, after the attempted genocide of the Armenians by the Turks, and after his mother died of starvation in 1919. He had a propensity for painting. He followed it through to become one of the most influential painters of the [...]

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E PLURIBUS UNUM

One Out Of The Many Some of you “spiritual folks” commented that the last two posts on Sex were “from the ego” and implied that Sex “divides us,” therefore does not promote wholeness―Oneness you called it. I am not defending anything here other than to say [...]

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THE ART OF SEX

THE ART OF SEX The human body has been the subject of artists from a time so ancient we can hardly remember the origins of this attraction to make a replica of it. And because sex is so intertwined with the human form―in fact, its source of origin―this post is about the art of sex. […]

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VERROCCHIO’S BOYS

VERROCCHIO AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY Andrea del Verrocchio, born Andrea di Michele di Francesco de’ Cioni, was an Italian painter, sculptor, and goldsmith who was a master of an important workshop in Florence. He apparently became known as Verrocchio after the surname of his master, a [...]

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ART IS FOR PEOPLE’s JOY

Art is for people’s JOY Recently, I heard this from one of my readers, Mike Zaloudek  (who is also our magician travel agent who always pulls the rabbit out of the hat and delivers us all over the world).   Markus, I loved your latest installment of the Modern East Wing at the [...]

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ABSTRACTS ARE NOT ABSTRACT

A Painting Is A Real Thing  Abstracts are not abstract. The Apple Dictionary describes abstract like this: 1) existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence: abstract concepts such as love or beauty. 2) dealing with ideas rather than events: the novel was too [...]

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THE NECESSITY OF PAINTING

“To Paint or not to Paint—that is the question.” Whatever a person is to do in this life is paramount. Destiny is not a small matter. We came to realize something, and that something is particular to our very heart and soul. I find myself painting and writing, and [...]

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