Simon Schama’s Power of Art – Rothko, part 3 of 7

Rothko’s work was influenced by Nietzsche, Greek mythology, and his Russian-Jewish heritage; Rothko’s art emanated emotional content that he articulated through a range of styles that evolved from figurative to abstract.  Rothko’s early figurative work – including landscapes, still lifes, figure studies, and portraits – demonstrated an ability to blend Expressionism and Surrealism. His search for […]

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Simon Schama’s Power of Art – Rothko, part 1 of 7

A documentary about the american abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. A BBC program. Mark Rothko (Latvian: Markus Rotkovičs, Russian: Марк Ро́тко; born Ма́ркус Я́ковлевич Ротко́вич; Marcus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz; September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970) was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist, although he himself rejected […]

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The White Goddess

By Christopher Zoukis

Sparkling green and white in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, just off the coast of Spain, there is an archipelago called the Balearic Islands.  The largest of these islands, the ‘major’ island, carries the appropriate name of Majorca.

On the northwest coast of Majorca sits the quiet village of Deya, serene beyond words.  Like the many-breasted God of the Hebrews, El Shaddai, small hills press up toward the sky all along the coast.  Deya surrounds and encompasses one of these profulgent mammai.

At the crown of the hill, overlooking the sea, there is a small, white church.  Next to the church is the churchyard, and in the churchyard is a cemetery with white grave markers.  Under one of the marmoreal slabs, quite plain, hearing but no longer listening to the voice of his muse, is buried Robert Graves.

He died December 7, 1985.

The offshore breeze walks softly across the cemetery, smelling of orange musk, sea salt and old smoke.  The smoky-smell is the panting from the olive trees.  Around Graves’ grave the dirt is the color of a cardboard box.  Gritty like sand it quickly dissolves to powder when trod on.  At the bottom of the hill, the dirt is coarse, composed of brown and black larva-sized granules.  Raw and heavy because of the moisture, it breathes an odor of mold and fecundity.

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LGBT Month Celebrated in Federal Prison: A Validation for Lives Dismissed

By Christopher Zoukis / Huffington Post At the start of June, pink flyers announcing LGBT Month started appearing around FCI Petersburg, a medium-security federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia, where I am incarcerated. The fliers, along with many colorful postings in the Education Department, explained what LGBT means: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. They profiled famous […]

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