From the faraway, nearby.

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.

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Life today is full of contrast…

“I try to contrast; life today is full of contrast… We have to change.”
— Gianni Versace

Today has been an exceptionally lazy day of sleeping in, school readings, and binge watching American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Has anyone else seen this? I’m sure, as it was a big deal when it premiered on FX a little over a year ago.

I love true crime stories, and I have a strange fascination with the particularly high profile ones.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first season of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, and also the Law and Order True Crime adaption of the Menendez brothers story.

Is it concerning that I find these shows and cases so interesting? Probably, but I’m obviously hardly the only one who finds these stories fascinating.

In fact, Andy Warhol also found the spectacle of death and violence fascinating as well. Read more.

What we are to do on this earth is embellish it for its greater beauty….

“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.

If they terrify you, they mean to…

“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.

Camp is a tender feeling.

“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.

I am a public eye, a witness, a critic.

“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.

Department stores are kind of like museums.

“When you think about it, department stores are kind of like museums where images of mass advertising and popular culture that everyone can recognize are a form of art.”
— Andy Warhol

A few weeks back, I visited Andy Warhol’s home town, in which his official museum lives. You can read a little more about that trip here.

The museum was amazing.

It was loud with color and really encompassed all of Andy Warhol’s life and career — from his mother’s art, to the contemporary artists who would be inspired by him decades after his passing.

I find that the most interesting aspect of Andy Warhol’s career is how he took advantage of the art of branding. Read more.

She is more famous than I am.

“I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.”
— Gustave Eiffel

I found this quote by Gustave Eiffel today. If you didn’t already know or guess, Gustave Eiffel was the architect behind the Eiffel Tower, which was built in 1887–89.

Despite my love for the Eiffel Tower, something doesn’t sit right with me when I think about this quote. Read More.

I’ve been absolutely terrified…

“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.