Thoughts on Romantic Reformers

“When the romantic fails to illuminate or enlighten others, and when social reform is slow to come—or seems not to come at all—then he or she can only resort to violence.” The Nation review of Man’s Better Angels: Romantic Reformers and the Coming of the Civil War by Philip F. Gura “They have no heart,…

Nature-Deficit Disorder

THE IMPORTANCE OF KIDS IN NATURE NATURE AND ART IN THE 19th CENTURY NATURE-DEFICIT DISORDER

A Modest Proposal

“I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie, or a ragoust….

Painter Kenyon Cox

Cox, adamantly loyal to the preservation of the “older methods”, set himself in opposition to modern styles. In his 1917 book Concerning Painting: Considerations Theoretical and Historical, Cox restated his earlier feelings about the “Two Ways of Painting” saying: For at least fourteen thousand years, then, from the time of the cavemen to our own…

3-D Beauty in a Flat Screen World

Imagine spending 15 years on a work that people see in passing, can touch if they want to, but hardly notice. Plastic Barbie dolls and Star Wars figurines, Pier One trinkets and Walmart cement garden gnomes are hardly capable of producing the emotions and awe once felt by viewers of  public sculpture. But can you…