Georgia O’Keeffe used to sign her letters with “from the faraway nearby.”
Rebecca Solnit talks about this in her book The Faraway Nearby, titled after this phrase from many of Georgia O’Keeffe’s letters. This was a recent read for me but it has easily been added to my list of favorites.
“We’re close, we say, to mean that we’re emotionally connected, that we are not separate; or, we’ve become distant, to describe the opposite. After years in New York City, Georgia O’Keeffe moved to rural New Mexico, from which she would sign her letters to the people she loved, “from the faraway nearby.” It was a way to measure physical and psychic geography together.”
— Rebecca Solnit ‘The Faraway Nearby’
Like most of what O’Keeffe has said, I resonate with this.
“I like the thought that what we are to do on this earth is embellish it for its greater beauty, so that oncoming generations can look back to the shapes we leave here and get the same thrill that I get in looking back at theirs — at the Parthenon, at Chartres Cathedral.”
— Philip Johnson
Philip Johnson designed America.
Or, at least modern America.
As an architect, he was most known for his glass houses and skyscrapers. He didn’t design anything anyone could fathom living in today, he designed what HE wanted to live in. And he did.
What is extraordinary about Philip Johnson, however, isn’t his design skills. Read more.
“A revolution is on the way, and it’s partly because we no longer take our standards from the tweedy top. All over the country young girls are starting, shouting and shaking, and if they terrify you, they mean to and they are beginning to impress the world.” — Pauline Boty, The Public Ear, 1963
Pauline Boty is one of my all time favorite artists, but she’s a bit of a mystery.
She was most known for her role as an artist in the British pop art movement, but she died very young. As a result, a large majority of her art was stowed away by her family, most of it not to be seen up until the last two decades. Read more.
“56. Camp taste is a kind of love, love for human nature. It relishes, rather than judges, the little triumphs and awkward intensities of “character.” . . . Camp taste identifies with what it is enjoying. People who share this sensibility are not laughing at the thing they label as “a camp,” they’re enjoying it. Camp is a tender feeling.” — Susan Sontag, ‘Notes on Camp’
Today is Susan Sontag’s birthday.
Most people have seen this name all over Facebook or Pinterest following cutesy quotes like these:
“Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.”
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
Susan Sontag is much more than a fleeting cliche. Read more.
“No one wants to be part of a generation that ignores another like Van Gogh. In this town, one is at the mercy of the recognition factor. One’s public appearance is absolute. Part of the artist’s job is to get the work where I will see it. I consider myself a metaphor on the public.
I am a public eye, a witness, a critic. When you first see a new picture. You don’t want to miss the boat, you have to be very careful. You might be staring at Van Gogh’s ear.”
— Rene Ricard in ‘Basquiat’
I just finished watching Basquiat, the 1996 film about Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ascension to fame as a world renowned street artist.
From the beginning, this movie drew me in. I mean, it was inevitable that I would like it anyway — it’s a movie about art. It’s also impeccably cast. Bowie as Andy Warhol? Pure perfection.
But, this quote. This quote called to me. Read more.
“I just use whatever happens around me for my materials. The world fascinates me. It’s so nice, whatever it is. I approve of whatever everybody does….I accept things. I’m just watching, observing the world.”
— Andy Warhol (1967)
I explored the City of Bridges and Andy Warhol. Could anything be better? I don’t think so. Read more.
“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life — and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” — Georgia O’Keeffe
This Georgia O’Keeffe quote has often been a favorite of mine.
I’ve never thought of myself as particularly brave, so I wouldn’t say that I look at this quote and am reminded of myself. No, I think that I look at this quote and think of the person I hope to be. Read more.