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Values statement

The Artdog Quote of the Week 

I long for an America where all of us agree these values are actually valuesmuch less of primary importance. It’s a far cry from what we currently seem to have, but there’s a way to make it happen.

One person alone can’t make the world work hard or look out for one another, but that one person can make sure that s/he works hard and looks out for others–and speaks up with approval and support when s/he sees others who do the same.

One person alone can’t make everyone believe that we’re all in this together or it’s better to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers than only to look out for ourselves. But that one person can try his/her best to embody those ideals–and also can seek out and link up with others who hold the same values, so they can be more effective together.

If I strive to do that, and you strive to do that, and our friends strive to do that, and their friends strive to do that, then pretty soon our community is actively supporting those values.

If our community comes to support those values actively, and other communities see us thrive because of our values, perhaps we can spread them farther and farther into the world.

It’s true one person can’t change the world . . . at least, not without lots of help.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Ozzy Amos’s Formidable Republican Opposition Facebook page, which produced this image, to Picture Quotes, where I first found it, and to former President Barack Obama, for saying it.

Improvisation on a classic

The Artdog Image(s) of Interest

Kehinde WileyOfficer of the Hussars, 2007Collection of the Detroit Institute of the Arts Museum

Today I get to feature one of my absolute favorite pieces by Kehinde Wiley, an artist I’ve been aware of, and admired increasingly, ever since I ran across one of his amazing portraits several years ago at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. That painting was part of a traveling exhibition, I didn’t retain the name in my memory, and I haven’t been able to scare up information about it online.

But periodically I’d run across another Wiley–and, as you can imagine (if this is your first Wiley, God bless you, now you know!), once you’ve seen Wiley’s work you don’t forget it. Recently, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art acquired another Wiley, his painting St. Adrian

Wiley’s Officer of the Hussars is based on another painting I’ve known and loved for years, The Charging Chasseur, or An Officer of the Imperial Horse Guards Charging1812, by Théodore GéricaultYou may remember seeing a reproduction of the artwork (the Wiley, not the Géricault), if you’ve watched the Fox TV Show Empire.

I’m a Géricault  fan, too, not only for his dramatic compositions and masterful renderings, but because he liked exotic places and people who didn’t all look just like him. At his best, he portrayed many of those “exotic” people as individuals.

do tend to think Wiley improved on the original–but you can compare, and decide for yourself.

The Charging Chasseur1812, by Théodore Géricault – Collection of the Louvre, Paris.

You’ll see more Kehinde Wiley art from me in the months to come, if all goes well. He’s got so many wonderful paintings to share!

NOTE: While researching this post, I also discovered that former President Barack Obama shares my enthusiasm for Wiley’s artwork: he recently chose Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait. It will hang in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, alongside an Amy Sherald portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama.

IMAGES: Many thanks to Deadline Detroit and Alan Stamm, for the photo of Wiley’s Officer of the Hussars, and to Wikipedia for the photo of Géricault‘s painting.


The Artdog Quote of the Week:

Does anybody else miss President Barack Obama the way I do? As usual, he’s making good sense, here. Also as usual, a lot of people haven’t/aren’t/refuse to listen. Gonna be a squeaker, if it isn’t already too late, I fear.

IMAGE: Many thanks to TodayInSci for this image.

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