Monthly Archives: September 2009

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Serendipity

These weeks have been serendipitous in a near magical way. It’s difficult to explain. It seems to live in the air, here in Israel. Each moment, down to those green buses pulling into the stop, carries a sense of unreality, of living beyond one’s self… the moment itself carries you.

Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron

Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron

I spent Yom Kippur in Hebron, an experience I don’t think I’ll be writing much about. It lives in my heart.

Future of Art?

Henri Matisse. Madame Matisse: madras rouge. 1907.

Henri Matisse. Madame Matisse: madras rouge. 1907.

My art history professor mentioned months ago that the era of massive art exhibitions is coming to an end, and what a tragedy it is. New York has been the center of the art world, and the recession will temper that. This article begs the same discussion, but takes a different approach.

Borges.

Jorge Louis Borges

Jorge Louis Borges

Borges. He combines keen awareness of reality with surrealism and fantasy; the experience is transcendent — I want to leap from myself, into existence rich with subliminal undertone, alive with opportunity.

Here are selections from his writings.

A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.
–From “Twenty Conversations with Borges, Including a Selection of Poems: Interviews by Roberto Alifano, 1981-1983.”

In life, he suffered from a sense of unreality, as do many Englishmen.
— “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”

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