Archive | December, 2012

Arts History Update for very late December 2012

30 Dec

Arts History Update for very late December 2012 by David Cummins

Employer Health Insurance Premiums Rose 62%, Deductibles More Than Doubled Across States from 2003 to 2011

Average premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance plans rose 62 percent between 2003 and 2011, rising far faster than incomes did in all states, according to a new Commonwealth Fund analysis that tracks trends in job-based coverage state by state.

The study also finds that annual costs for the share of insurance premiums paid by workers grew an average of 74 percent, and deductibles more than doubled during the period. Total health insurance premiums now amount to 20 percent or more of annual median family incomes in 35 states, affecting 80 percent of the U.S. working-age population.

“Wherever you live in the United States, health insurance is expensive,” says Commonwealth Fund senior vice president Cathy Schoen, the study’s lead author. “And for many middle- as well as low-income families, it is becoming ever less affordable.” The state trends over the past decade, she says, underscore the need to build on the groundwork laid by the Affordable Care Act to slow growth in private insurance costs.

companion analysis describes trends in employer-sponsored health insurance premiums and worker contributions in 41 major metropolitan areas, while infographics show how growth in insurance costs is straining family and employer budgets in New York, Texas, and across the country.



What does the author mean when she refers to the Patient Protection & Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 slowing growth in private insurance costs? She means that as 42 million Americans without health insurance coverage become covered, that economies of scale kick in and per covered person costs will go down. The reduction will be enhanced, i.e. a further reduction, for the employer-provided plans for workers because those persons are among the most healthy covered persons. She also means that as governmental health care regulations “he who pays the fiddler calls the tune” become more specific and applicable to more health care paradigms, the costs for those kinds of health care services will come down and that will be reflected in lower insurance costs. Regardless of what was said in the past year during a presidential election cycle, health care reform and reform of financing for health care were desperately needed, it was wise for Congress to pass a bill in 2010, the Patient Protection & Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 was sorely needed but is not ideal and is not the best piece of health care legislation that could have been passed, so we should hope that Congress will pass improvements to it in future years. The groundwork and basis for improvement of both health care and financing of health care is in place, and we should use it as a launching pad for improvements in the future. This is not politics, just common sense.


Under the Act the District of Columbia and fifty states were invited to create their own market exchanges for health insurance policies, consistent with the tradition in the United States that states regulate insurance products and insurance markets. Up to the present time this was reacted to as a divisive political issue and a number of Republican governors advised the federal government that their states would not participate, Texas included. December 14, 2012 is the last date under the Act for a state to accept a market exchange for its state or decline. Texas defaulted. For those states that decline, the federal government will step in and create a market exchange for that state and of course regulate the participating carriers [insurance companies] and their policies . What are market exchanges? They will be the marketplace where more than 10 million Americans [individuals, families, and small business employers] will shop for health insurance and can’t be turned down for existing health conditions or health histories of any kind, and cannot be “rated up or down” as carriers have done while creating a multitude of policies with varying coverages, non-coverage exclusions, and varying deductibles and co-pay mechanisms. The policies for 2014 and onward will be broad scale coverage just short of universal coverage with few variances in deductibles and co-pays. From an insurance company perspective policies will be eligible for reinsurance [laying off large portions of the risk onto other companies for a policy issued by one company; i.e. spreading an underwritten risk] so that most carriers will place most or even all of their issued policies into the reinsurance pool.


Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013 and coverage starts under the new policies on January 1, 2014. There will be a spate of advertising and insurance company promotions before Fall 2013 in order to alert the public and small business employers as to what is available at what prices. In these marketplace exchanges the prices of policies will be discounted with the federal government picking up the extra cost amount. Essentially the market is income-sorted so individuals and families with the lowest incomes will pay heavily discounted prices and higher income people will purchase less discounted policies and small business employers will find discounted prices for their employee group plans.


This marketplace is one leg of the three-legged stool of health care financing; to-wit:


1. Medicare, expanded Medicaid, Military and other federal government financed programs

2. Large employer group plans

3. Market exchanges for individuals, families, and small employer group plans


The Act is not a panacea for it is recognized that the three-legged stool only covers 87 – 88% of the people in the United States. Some 10 -20 million people are undocumented and not identifiable through federal social security and unemployment tax records [payroll accounting], and a much smaller number are foreign nationals and documented but here in America temporarily and won’t be covered by health insurance under the Act.


Health care providers are looking forward to so many more people having health care insurance and showing up for treatment and care. In Lubbock UMC Health System and Covenant Health System , the two largest hospital providers, have recently substantially increased their capacities to provide health care. They knew that, political rhetoric aside, the reality is that health care in the United States is improving and needs to improve more, and that more universal [still less than actually universal under the Act] health insurance coverage will help get hospitals, laboratories, physicians and other health care providers paid.


In the health care industry, the providers have been amazed at health care efficiencies and cost controls that accrued when providers complied with HIPPA Health Insurance Policy Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191. Most patients know that Act as the privacy rules regarding medical records and medical information about patients. Providers who are smart saw those [incidental] benefits and slowly or immediately began to use technology to gain additional similar efficiencies and cost controls in other areas beyond medical records and patient information. This also is not politics, just common sense and good business practice.


This is the big picture, not the small or idiosyncratic picture that applies to a single provider and his/her situation or personal response to change. “A new broom sweeps clean”, but only where the broom is applied, and it sweeps cleaner when intelligently applied. Those persons who rejected anyone else in the world having any jurisdiction or control or impact upon a provider’s absolute control over the health care s/he provided and absolute control over what fee s/he charged or collected for such a service, are the squeaky wheels amid clamor and discomfiture. Their attitude causes their angst and we are all sympathetic and empathetic while at the same time we encourage them to unlock from the past and embrace a future that can be a win-win situation for themselves and others. As a lawyer I often found occasion to help people get with a new program and succeed, rather than fail because they couldn’t adapt or change or appreciate other stakeholders and their stakes in the activity. Exclusive supply-side thinking is a huge burden on people in business or anyplace else.


———————– is a 1964 novel by Clarice Lispector, a Brazilian author, translated from Portuguese into English in 1988 and again in 2012. The Passion According to G.H. (transl. Ronald W. Sousa, University of Minnesota Press 1988) Texas Tech Library PQ9697.L585 P313 Alibris in good condition $5.26. Lispector died in 1977 at age 56 .


The Passion According to G.H. (transl. Idra Novey, New Directions Pub. Corp. 2012)


Clarice Lispector, Family Ties: Stories (transl. Giovanni Pontiero, University of Texas Press 1972 thirteen stories hardcover, reissued 1984 paperback) is at Lubbock Public Library in the short story collection by author section and $15.38 new at University of Texas Press website or ABE Books in very good condition $9.94 incl s&h.


Benjamin Moser, Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector (Oxford University Press 2009) Texas Tech Library PQ9697.L585 Z767 reviewed at Fernanda Eberstadt, Untamed Creature, The New York Times, August 19, 2009





Amin Saikal, Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival (I.B. Tauris 2004 paperback 2006) Texas Tech Library DS361.S25 An Afghan expatriate in Australia, he speaks the language and reads historical sources of Afghan life. He makes clear the lineage of family and clan rule and sees President Hamid Karzai as a Pashtun khan singing the United States tune of liberal democracy and centralized government while in reality operating along the lines of the past and extended family rule.


Professor Saikal provides a 2010 lecture on Afghanistan in this video.




Camille Paglia, Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to “Star Wars” (Pantheon 2012) reviewed at John Adams, Paglia on Art, The New York Times, Nov. 30, 2012 Superficially it is a tour through 29 favorite pieces of art, but in reality it provides the reader with a framework for approaching any piece of art and making some initial analysis of what the piece is and how this visual might connect with our lives.


Two other recent books are:

David Joselit, After Art: The Object in Networks (Princeton University Press 2012 only 136 pages) by the Carnegie Professor of the History of Art at Yale University $19.95 and $9.99 Kindle described at , and


Pamela M. Lee, Forgetting the Art World (MIT Press 2012 248 pages) by a Professor of History of Art at Stanford University $19.77 described at


They spoke on the same podium on December 14




The Aspen Art Museum’s annual benefit event, benefiting itself, is Freestyle a garish upscale fashion show and art auction event away from the ski slopes in Aspen Colorado on December 28. A new building is planned




Texas Tech Museum has a fascinating exhibit from December 9 – February 17, 2013 Covering America in the 1950s and 1960s: The Saturday Evening Post. These are original works from the collection of The Saturday Evening Post magazine. Here’s an article by Diana Denny on the Post website A guided tour of the exhibit has been announced for January 3 but no time listed. Call Jill Hoffman, Helen DeVitt Jones Curator of Education at 742-2432.


The Museum Association’s Arts History Lecture Series re-starts on Friday January 11, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. for refreshments and visiting in the Sculpture Court and 11:00 a.m. for the lecture in Jones Auditorium. For more information phone Carol Box at 806-535-8835. Free on the first two sessions January 11 and 18, it is $7 per Friday session for the remainder of the semester or $40 for the semester.





Wallace Stevens, Anecdote of the Jar, Harmonium (Poetry Magazine October 1919, Collected Poetry 1923, reprint Alfred A. Knopf 1931 and 1950). Texas Tech Library PS3537.T4753 H3 Stevens wrote this poem while hanging out in Tennessee in 1918 and it is contained in his first published collection of poems Harmonium (83 pages). English faculty in America have spun many interpretations of it. his career Since Anecdote was published before the major copyright law change, it is in the public domain and accessible free at many places online


Now we have Ian Pindar, Anecdote of the Car, Emporium (Carcanet Press Ltd 2011) Texas Tech Library PR6116.I5337 E47 This first published collection of poems by Pindar includes Anecdote which does not refer to the Stevens poem but is so firmly based on it that comparison is unavoidable. Pindar’s first collected poetry received numerous prizes, to everyone’s surprise and delight, so a year later he published a second collection Constellations (Carcanet Press Ltd 2012). Here is a You Tube video of Pindar reading from Emporium Here is an example of Pindar’s writing for The Guardian newspaper reviewing an odd book by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs


————————– is a photo of Princess Margaret, her husband Tony the Earl of Snowdon, and their two young children David and Sarah in 1966. Where are they now? Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon,,_Countess_of_Snowdon died February 9, 2002 at age 71, divorced from Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1978. She never remarried. Her children are David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley of Nymans age 51 a furniture maker,,_Viscount_Linley and Lady Sarah Chatto age 48 married to Daniel Chatto with two children. She is a painter represented by Redfern Gallery in London under her maiden name Sarah Armstrong-Jones, and vice president of The Royal Ballet Here is some of her art and I am pleased to say that, as an abstract art admirer, this is very good work. Look closely at By the Bridge (2010) Have no idea how much it brought at sale, but it would have a treasured spot on my living room wall.


Antony Armstrong-Jones, first Earl of Snowdon, is a retired professional photographer age 82 who was awarded a life peerage so that he could retain his seat in the House of Lords, as Baron Armstrong-Jones of Nymans,_1st_Earl_of_Snowdon

An exhibition Photographs by Snowdon: a Retrospective was mounted February 25 – June 4, 2000 at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The catalogue for the exhibition is a book Drusilla Beyfus & Simon Callow, Photographs by Snowdon: a Retrospective (Harry N. Abrams 2000). He published several books of photography including Snowdon: Stills (Olympic Marketing 1987) and Sittings, 1979 – 1983 (Harper & Row 1983) Texas Tech Library TR681.F3 S63. His biography is Koto Bolofo, Lord Snowdon, Photographs (Steidl 2011) Texas Tech Library OVERSZ TR140.S63 B65









Arts History Update for early January 2013

30 Dec

Arts History Update for early January 2013 by David Cummins


The Scottish Colourist Series: S J Peploe is an exhibition at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh Scotland November 3 – June 23, 2013. Here are seven paintings by Samuel John Peploe in the exhibition Edinburgh was his hometown from which he traveled to Paris France 1910 – 1912 where modernism trends influenced his career. Here is a slide show with 199 paintings by him. including Spring, Comrie (1902) and A Paris Street (1907) that tell us he was already a modernist before he arrived in Paris.Comrie is an affluent village in Perthshire on the southern edge of the Scottish highlands. Here’s a You Tube video of it. It is five miles west of Crieff where I toured Glenturret Distillery and first tasted single malt Scottish whisky.




Deep In The Heart Art Foundry is located at 405 South Jackson Street, Bastrop Texas and is a destination. Tours are encouraged, by appointment, so call ahead 512-321-7868 for a Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. time. The process in this art foundry is:


  1. receiving the original sculpture from the artist in clay, or in wax, or in stone. It is usually a maquette or small version of what should be cast.
  2. make a mold of the maquette and digitize the mold to a three dimensional file
  3. enlarge the file to the desired size of the final sculpture
  4. mill out the pieces in foam
  5. assemble foam pieces and coat them in clay for artist to arrive and sculpt the finishing details
  6. create final mold of silicone rubber and a plaster housing
  7. hot liquid wax is painted or poured into the mold, allowed to cool and harden, and then released as a wax duplicate
  8. technician repairs flaws in wax
  9. spruing of wax object is done by applying wax rods for the liquid bronze to flow into the piece
  10. dip sprued wax into a slurry bath to build a ceramic shell casing, then dip into a silica sand tank [called investing the wax]
  11. place into kiln to heat where wax melts away and a void is left [the lost wax process]
  12. bronze ingots are heated to 2,000 degrees or more in a furnace and molten metal is removed and poured into the empty investment shells and left to cool
  13. investment is removed and the bronze is cut off
  14. repair imperfections that occurred during the casting process
  15. if casting was of pieces of a large sculpture, the several castings are welded to yield the single large sculpture and the welding seams are “chased back” to invisibility
  16. torch heat is applied to the piece and chemicals are then applied to react with the bronze and oxidize into various colors and patterns (the patina). Then the patina is sealed with lacquer or a coat of wax.
  17. mount sculpture to a base of stone, wood or metal
  18. ship to artist or have him/her come to pick up


House Bronze Foundry on West 66th Street in Lubbock closed after the death of Jerry House on July 22, 2009 Steve Teeters purchased the right to cast under its contracts and employed some of its staff. Teeters has been a metal artist in Lubbock for many years. Steve Teeters, Buddy Holly Glasses (2002) at Buddy Holly Center south exterior, 1801 Crickets Avenue, Lubbock Texas. St Eligius Studio is at 2202 E. Broadway Street, Lubbock Texas phone 806-741-1590. You might call and ask if you could tour foundry operations whenever they are scheduled.


Other art foundries in Texas include Kassons Castings in Austin, Thomas Studio & Foundry in Jonestown, and Pogue Studio & Foundry in Marble Falls.




Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii, Symbiotic Bench (2010) is actually two benches outside the front entrance of Texas Tech Physicians Medical Pavilion 3601 4th Street, Lubbock

the benches were commissioned and installed under the one percent for public art program at Texas Tech. is one bench and here is the other.


Hirschfield’s website at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is An introduction to Sonya Ishii’s public art is at Here is her website





Legacies (2012) by Vinnie Bagwell was installed and dedicated October 2012 at Chickasaw Heritage Park in Memphis Tennessee Here’s a video showing some of her sculpture The Heritage Park is in the French Fort district of south Memphis, itself historic. Here is Bagwell’s website


The Chickasaw Nation has a Cultural Center at Sulphur Oklahoma and is an art, cultural and entertainment destination with Bank Museum, Council House Museum, White House and Capitol Building open for viewing. Oh yes, the tribe’s casino is among the state’s largest. Sulphur is north of Ardmore and south of Norman just east of Interstate Highway 35 on OK State Highway 7.




Thomas Carlyle once spoke in a literary review about Ralph Waldo Emerson, calling him “a hoary-headed and toothless baboon”. It is mistakes like that which cause me to caution readers of these Updates about my descriptions of books. While many are avid readers, taste differs and that is good news for readers, authors and publishers. Rotten Reviews: A Literary Companion (ed. Bill Henderson, Pushcart Press 1986) in as if new condition at ABE Books $3.95 inc s&h Texas Tech Library PN98.B7 R8 Lubbock Public Library non-fiction 801.95 R851 and Rotten Reviews Redux: A Literary Companion (ed. Bill Henderson, Pushcart Press 2012) 93 pages hardcover $13.83 at or ABE Books in as new condition $13.63 incl s&h


Thomas Carlyle 1795 – 1881 The book The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872 can be read online or down-loadable free on the Internet


Bill Henderson is editor and founder of the Pushcart Prize for small press publications




Trailblazer Health Enterprises of Dallas is no longer the contractor and payment of claims agent for Medicare A and B claims, and the new contractor is Novitas Solutions The contract is for region H which, in addition to Texas, covers Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Oklahoma.


Medicare Part A covers hospital claims. Medicare Part B covers physician, laboratory, and other provider claims. For more information contact Medicare





It’s that time of year again. The Medici Circle is a local support organization for the Texas Tech University School of Art. It raises funds to provide scholarship assistance to art students at Tech. The 5 X 5 Fundraiser is Saturday January 19, 2013 with cocktails and preview of art at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 8:00 p.m., live auction and art grab auction at 9:00 p.m, and dessert and champagne at 9:30 p.m. in the Frazier Alumni Pavilion on campus. The ticket price is $125 but well worth this extravagant evening. Here are photos from the 2012 event×72012/medici/medici.php


If you’re not familiar with 5 X 5 auction events donors, mostly alumni of the School of Art, donate pieces of art no larger than 5 inches by 5 inches and they are placed on view at the event for preview, all purchasable for a common price of $75. At an announced signal attendees literally run to grab the piece they most prefer at that price. Other pieces at higher minimum prices are auctioned off in a live auction.


Pop Art is the theme for this year’s event, and if you are attending, you may send your photo to Joe Arredondo and he will “Warholize” your photo which gives you ideas to dress up in a pop art costume if you wish. Not required but it’s a spirited event and you may wish to get into the spirit.




if you haven’t seen the amazing photographs on exhibit at the annual High & Dry XII exhibition, you have through January 18, 2013 to do so. International Cultural Center at Texas Tech University Many of the photographs or similar prints are for sale.




Kiowa Gallery – Art of the Big Bend is located at 105 E. Holland Avenue, Alpine Texas. Here are names and addresses of art galleries in Alpine Stylle Read painted a mural on the west side of the building and another on a building across the street His large mural Milton Faver Crossing the Rio Grande 1873 on the west side exterior of the building is outstanding. Faver’s ranch lives on today as the Cibolo Creek Ranch [creek fed by Cibolo Springs] that he founded in 1857 halfway between Marfa and Presidio [thirty miles from the border with Mexico]. In the 19th century Faver was the preeminent cattle rancher in the Big Bend Country.




John Chamberlain 1927 – 2011 began sculpting with scrap metal auto parts in 1957 and refined the style to its acme. His pieces are richly colored in the abstract expressionist mode and are often mixed media since glass or plexi-glass and even ceramic are included, welded or fastened together into a single piece of art. The Chinati Foundation in Marfa Texas has an entire building devoted to Chamberlain pieces. He was Donald Judd’s friend from the early 1960s, accounting for the many Chamberlain pieces one sees in Marfa.


These are the Chamberlain pieces in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC that is part of the Smithsonian Institution.


These are the Chamberlain pieces in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City


John Chamberlain: Choices (Guggenheim Museum 2012) 248 pages hardcover $52.50 at


Thomas E. Crow, John Chamberlain: New Sculpture (Rizzoli 2012) 144 pages hardcover $62.86 at Professor Crow is author of Modern Art in the Common Culture (Yale University Press 1996) $42.77 in very good condition at


John Chamberlain 2003: Recent Sculpture (Pace Wildenstein 2003)




During the Depression years in the 1930s Fort D.A. Russell in Marfa Texas was one of the lightly populated Army forts to which a horse mounted cavalry regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division was posted. Mechanization of troops into tanks and armored vehicles was planned and being implemented elsewhere. War Department Order AG 474.71 titled Discontinuance of the Saber was issued in 1934 and Army officers and NCOs [non-commissioned officers] of the mounted horse cavalry lost their prized sabers, most often seen in raised salute on parade grounds of any post. General Douglas MacArthur, Army Chief of Staff, issued that directive. Soon afterward the U.S. Army Remount Service, formerly used to acquire horses for military service, began selling surplus horses on a public market eager to get them. A decade later the U.S. Cavalry minus horses faced Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s Panzer Group Africa cavalry in North Africa.


I walked an empty former parade ground on Fort D.A. Russell, decommissioned in 1946, on a recent trip to Marfa. On the lower ground of the former post is a field which formerly served as the runway for Marfa Army Airfield at Fort D.A. Russell during World War II. I walked it also, to gain a close look at Donald Judd’s concrete structures strategically placed on that field as a permanent installation by an artist with a keen sense of negative space. The Chinati Foundation’s address is 1 Cavalry Row on the site of former Fort D.A. Russell. Here’s a photo from the upper fort looking down into former post structures redesigned and used by Chinati and pieces of art on display


Marianne Stockebrand, Chinati: The Vision of Donald Judd (Chinati Foundation and Yale University Press 2010) Texas Tech Library N6487.M37 C487 $40.95 hardcover at


Donald Judd in New York City is another story. Here is his tale of opening his gallery and work space at 101 Spring Street in Manhattan in 1968 and notice the images of pieces by his artist friends including John Chamberlain hanging on the walls.


Hotel El Paisano in Marfa is a historic destination as well as comfortable lodgings designed by architect Henry C. Trost 1860-1933 of El Paso and built in 1930 using the Spanish Colonial Revival style so familiar to the Texas Tech community. The word paisano derives from the French, Spanish and Italian words for peasant, and its meaning became a fellow countryman(woman) or compatriot or native of this area. It has a connotation at a hotel of a welcoming to join us.
















Arts History Update for late December 2012

12 Dec

Arts History Update for late December 2012 by David Cummins
Wilhelmina Weber Furlong, possibly the first 1 American female modernist painter, known for her impressionistic and expressionistic still life paintings, lived 1878 – 1962. Her life was given over to painting and teaching painting, and she married a painter Thomas Furlong . She started an art colony on their property at the hamlet Bolton’s Landing on the west bank of Lake George in upstate New York. She called it Golden Heart Farm . She lived her later years at a town south of the lake and north of Albany, Glens Falls, and some of her work is on permanent display there at the Hyde Collection.

As a young woman she went to Paris and painted from 1898 – 1906 chumming with Pablo Picasso and others who influenced her embrace of modern art techniques and agendas.

The current website devoted to her is and it discloses a retrospective exhibition at the International Woman’s Foundation headquarters located at Building 98, Old Fort Russell, Marfa, Texas from September 27 – November 15, 2012 Here is a series of photos of Building 98 The catalogue for that exhibition is a book by a relative Clint B. Weber, The Treasured Collection of Golden Heart Farm, a biography of Wilhelmina Weber Furlong 1878 – 1962 (2012) available on eBay for $25. Here’s a picture of Wilhelmina

Hacienda del arcon translates to ranch or ranch house of chest or treasure chest. Loosely then, house of treasure.


Saul Steinberg, illustrator at The New Yorker Magazine for many years, is famous if at all for his drawing of the United States as imagined from the eye and brain of a person gazing west from Ninth Avenue Geographers need to be reminded that this is not real space but the mental space of a Manhattanite immersed in the affairs of his/her neighborhood. Presumably those people don’t think or need to think much about what’s going on out there, in the West. He didn’t put captions or titles on his drawings because he knew, rightly, that viewers would understand without anything but the image. Editors sometimes foisted captions or titles onto his work such as View of the World from Ninth Avenue (1976). The title added nothing.

Steinberg said very little about himself. He let his images do the talking. In a 1948 drawing Untitled (1948) his drawer draws outward but the line of the drawing spirals back into the drawer and draws himself He told us so clearly that the drawer is the drawing and that is all the autobiography we will ever have or need about him, straight from his pen.

Now we have a lengthy absorbing biography Deirdre Bair, Saul Steinberg: A Biography (Nan A. Tales / Doubleday 2012) $25.60 hardcover $21.99 Kindle at He was born in 1914 in a small town in southeast Romania, worked as a young man in Italy until legislation made it clear that foreign Jews were not to be employed in Italy. He fled to Portugal and then Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic and finally in 1942 to the United States. Within a year he became a citizen and entered military service as an ensign in the Navy Reserve and was assigned to foreign duty stations to work as an artist for his adopted country during wartime.

All in Line (1945) was the book of his wartime drawings ABE books $23.50 incl s&h in very good condition

The biography is reviewed at length in The New York Review of Books

A book that was the catalgue for an exhibition of his work at Whitney Museum of American Art is Harold Rosenberg, Saul Steinberg (Knopf 1978) Texas Tech Library OVERSZ N6537.S7 R67

John Ronan Architects designed the new Poetry Foundation building that opened in June 2011 in Chicago Illinois at 61 West Superior Street in the River North neighborhood of downtown. Here are thirteen photos of the interior and exterior The library, reading rooms, gallery, auditorium for public events, and offices of Poetry Magazine are now the permanent home of Poetry Foundation The building has a Silver level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system.

Each of us, in the odd wistful moment, is drawn to and finds solace in the poetic.

Poetry of the Law: From Chaucer to the Present (eds. David Kader & Michael Stanford, University of Iowa Press 2010) $17.16 paperback at is a superb anthology. Of course my favorite is Carl Sandburg’s The Lawyers Know Too Much published in Smoke and Steel – IV playthings of the wind (1922) and especially the line “Why does a hearse horse snicker hauling a lawyer away?”

If you know poetry as an aural art, and would like to hear it sensitively read The Early Poetry of Carl Sandburg: Smoke and Steel [unabridged, narrated by Robert Bethune, 3 hours 41 minutes Audiobook] (Freshwater Seas 2011) is $17.49 at

The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1970) 797 pages is at Lubbock Public Library 811 S213C


Leonard Cohen age 78 is still performing returning to his roots as a poet with a band behind him playing at such a low volume that it seems like a background scrim. It’s the words and the voice, a gloriously low and striated thing. His current album is Old Ideas (2012) available at the website for $11.99 and his tour ends the year at Madison Square Garden NYC on December 18 and Barclays Center Brooklyn on December 20. Here you can listen to Cohen performing By The Rivers Dark


I was looking at Max Beckmann’s Night (1919) an expressionist masterpiece depicting a society descending into madness during and after The Great War, World War I. Here’s an image list of his major paintings The critical text writing at this website Artchive is insightful and pertinent so I wanted you to see it and use it for other pieces of art that interest you.


Malcolm Bradbury 1932 – 2000 was an influential British writer as a contemporary Ian McEwan reminds us when he says, Bradbury “transformed my life”. Picador published just this year six of his novels from six decades Eating People is Wrong (Secker& Warburg 1959) Stepping Westward (Secker & Warburg 1965) The History Man (Secker & Warburg 1975) Rates of Exchange (Secker & Warburg 1983) Doctor Criminale (Secker & Warbury 1992) and To The Hermitage (Picador 2000). All but To The Hermitage and Stepping Westward are at the Texas Tech Library. To The Hermitage is at ABE Books in very good condition $3.95 including shipping & handling, and Stepping Westward is at ABE Books in good condition $3.79 incl s&h.

D.J. Taylor, Worst Enemy: Malcolm Bradbury’s Liberalism, London Times Literary Supplement, November 23, 2012 at pp. 14-15

He was a prolific short story writer as well.

Alice Munro, a Canadian, has a new book of stories Dear Life: Stories (Chatto & Windus November 15, 2012 fourteen stories) $15.90 hardcover $12.99 Kindle at Images of Alice are here She has been nominated for a Nobel Prize for Literature but never won, as yet. She is now age 81.


Allin Budek, an 89 year old Lubbock artist who is still actively painting, is offering her work for sale at a show in the home of John and Rocky Hamilton 3730 94th Place, Lubbock Sunday December 16, 2012 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. further information at phone 806-773-1826.



Arts History Update for mid December 2012

6 Dec

Arts History Update for mid December 2012 by David Cummins


Lance Armstrong was stripped of all those Tour of France bicycle championships. Was it appropriate? Overdue? Could Lance have been blood-doping and steroid popping? The full story, if you haven’t found it in your local paper, is in David Runciman’s Everybody Gets Popped, London Review of Books, November 22, 2012 at pages 5-9


Who can we believe, now, after a testicular cancer survivor has lied to us so often as to be drenched in mendacity? And betrayed his friends when they didn’t play the rules violation “game” the way he wanted it played. It’s a gritty tough world out there. And we shouldn’t worry about his soul when his $125 million fortune is warming his heart. He achieved his primary goal and we are the rube.


We are now told on the sports pages that the Professional Baseball Hall of Fame will allow Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa to be on the ballot for induction. The authorized voters can choose to ignore or not ignore the repeated and flagrant rules violations of those people on their way into the record books. Fame and infamy are sisters, aren’t they?




During the annual Art Basel Miami Beach art fair December 6- 9, 2012 located at the Miami Beach Florida Convention Center, more than twenty satellite fairs or similar events, often unapproved or unwelcomed, have sprung up nearby in the Miami area.–Better-than-Art-Basel-M/60B1D4AE02CBED50 Here is a sampling of the best:


  1. Untitled Art Fair in a beachfont pavilion erected for the fair
  2. Overture Miami Contemporary Art Fair
  3. New Art Dealers Alliance NADA Art Fair
  4. PULSE Miami
  5. SCOPE Miami Beach
  6. Art Miami International Contemporary & Modern Art Fair its 23rd annual iteration, this was the fair in Miami before Art Basel arrived at Miami Beach.




Caprock Celtic Christmas is a distinctive annual event this year on Thursday December 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Texas Tech University Student Union Building Allen Theatre. General Admission adults$10.50, Tech students free, other students and seniors $4.50 at Select A Seat ticket outlets. Performances will be by Vernacular Music Center , Caprock Celtic Association , Roots Music Institute , Early Music Ensemble , Americana Ensemble with songs of the Southwest, Tech Irish Set-Dancers , Caprock Morris , and Celtic Ensemble . A joyful and musical Christmas season as it might have occurred in late medieval times by Celtic people on the western seacoasts and borders of Europe.


This event has been held in other venues in the past, but the houses have been overflowing so a larger venue, the Allen Theatre, is now the site. Enjoy.


This is the last School of Music offering for the calendar year. Westwinds Brass Band, a community group, will perform at Hemmle Recital Hall on campus Tuesday December 18 at 7:00 p.m. a free event.




The Winter solstice or nadir is Friday December 21 at 5:12 a.m. CST. At noon on that day the sun appears at its lowest altitude above the horizon. Another way to say it is, the arc of the sun relative to earth is at its most southerly point in the northern hemisphere on the Winter solstice. That arc will be at its most northerly point in the northern hemisphere on the Summer solstice or zenith, around June 21.




Carol Box forwarded to me and I pass on to you a You Tube Video/Audio of Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra h playing thrilling music in a performance at Radio City Music Hall in 2007 it’s nearly two hours in length so listen in portions when and as often as you like.


His website is with plenty of downloads available.




Gustave Caillebotte, The Floor Scrapers (1875) is a painting that did not please the Paris Salon jury who labeled it “vulgar” since it depicted three plain workingmen on their knees naked above the waist. We think it’s impressive because of the contrast between the differently proportioned upper bodies of the men, the ordered panels of wood flooring, and the light from the rear window that diffuses into part of the room. Here are 244 paintings by Caillebotte




Elizabeth Price won the $40,000 2012 Turner Prize for her video installation The Woolworths Choir of 1979. The Turner Prize is for the best exhibition in the United Kingdom in the last year. The fatal fire in a commercial store is contrasted with a female singing group in the film as archival footage is interwoven.




Here are photos of the new [2010] Repsol Headquarters Building in Madrid Spain. Stunning compositional architecture will make this building a landmark for the next half century.




CASETA Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art announces its 11th annual Symposium April 12-14, 2013 at The Witte Museum in San Antonio. The lineup of speakers includes Ron Tyler, Emily Neff, Shirly Reece-Hughes, Amy Fulkerson, Scott Grant Barker and Randy Tibbits along with curators Sue Canterbury, Deborah Fullerton and Judy Deaton. Lone Star Regionalism and Texas Modernism will be explored. As an adjunct activity, a number of galleries will display at a mini-art fair event free to CASETA members and Symposium registrants. The location is itself an attraction since The Witte Museum is recently restored and expanded, 3801 Broadway Street, San Antonio.


Current exhibitions of early art in the state include:


Texas Modernism: Origins November 8 – February 24, 2013 at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin


Artists on the Texas Frontier September 22 – May 27, 2013 at The Witte Museum, San Antonio


Texas Impressionism: Branding with Brushstroke & Color, 1885 – 1935 September 21 – January 12, 2013 at The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress Street, Abilene


Five books of interest are:


Rick Stewart, Lone Star Regionalism: The Dallas Nine and Their Circle, 1928 – 1945 (Olympic Marketiing Corp. 1985) $42.96 at paperback Texas Tech Southwest Collection Library TEX 38 D145 S 851


Dictionary of Texas Artists, 1800 – 1945 (West Texas A&M University Series) (Paula Grauer & Michael R. Grauer, compilers Texas A&M University Press 1999) Texas Tech Library N6530.T4 673 Lubbock Public Library 709.22764 G774D $34.95 at


John Powers & Deborah D. Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors, and Graphic Artists: A Biographical Dictionary of Artists in Texas Before 1942 (Woodmont Books 2000) $125 at Tech Library N6530.T4 P69


William Keyse Rudolph, Julian Onderdonk: American Impressionist (Dallas Museum of Art 2008) Tech Southwest Collection TEX 68 o58 R917 J94 $184.95 at Sometimes referred to as “the father of Texas painting” 1882 – 1922 he studied under William Merritt Chase in New York and returned to San Antonio to paint. The Dallas Museum of Art has rooms of Onderdonk paintings. His studio is on the grounds of The Witte Museum in San Antonio.


A 2012 exhibition at Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist Univeristy in Dallas showcased Jerry Bywaters art and there was a 2009 exhibition of Bywaters work at Blantom Museum of Art in Austin a recent book is Jerry Bywaters, Interpreter of the Southwest (Joe and Betty Moore Texas Art Series) (ed. Sam DeShong Ratcliffe, Texas A&M Univeristy Press 2007) $30 at Tech Library Southwest Collection TEX 33 B998 R233 J56