Archive | August, 2013

Arts History Update for early September 2013

30 Aug

Arts History Update for early September 2013 by David Cummins


Comanchero Canyons Museum will open in 2014 in Quitaque Texas. A former Church of Christ building is being converted into the museum space. Fundraisers have been and will continue to be held in Briscoe, Hall, Motley, Swisher and Floyd counties, possibly elsewhere. The Valley Tribune: Voice of the Rolling Plains is a weekly newspaper in Quitaque serving the first three named counties Additional information through Quitaque Chamber of Commerce


Quitaque is the home of George Calvert metal artist and here are eight images of his pieces.


There are bed & breakfast lodging options including Feathered Nest, Sportsman Lodge, Pole Canyon Ranch Guest House, and Mama Stockton’s each with a website and images of the accommodation. Others are in nearby Silverton and Turkey including Hotel Turkey built in 1927, National Register of Historic Places in 1991, phone 806-423-1151 operated by Cody Bell. Two story 14 room hotel with breakfast lunch and occasional dinner downstairs. Turkey is the hometown of Bob Wills, legendary Texas Swing musician. There is an annual Bob Wills Day in Turkey with many musicians playing.


Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway is adjacent a 14,000 acre area with numerous hiking trails. About 1,000 acres is free pasture for the Official Texas Bison Herd so bison can be viewed in nature. Watch a six minute video on saving the Texas bison. The trailway is converted railroad bed  of the Denver Fort Worth and South Plains Railway including Clarity Tunnel open to hikers bicyclers and horse riders. A stables in Quitaque can provide rented horses


2013 Bison Festival is Saturday September 28 beginning 10:00 a.m. Concert with multiple bands begins at 2:00 p.m. $25 held at the Cotton Gin on FM 1065 a quarter mile south of Quitaque.


Quitaque is 97 miles northeast of Lubbock about one hour 45 minutes driving time on the most direct route US Highway 82 east to Ralls, north on US Highway 62 to Floydada, north on Texas Highway 207, northeast on FM 97 to leave the Caprock and FM 1065 into Quitaque.




Charles Hope, The Art of the Phony, The New York Review of Books, August 15, 2013 is an essay about forging of art, its dynamics, and its consequences, using three current books as discussion points.


Sands Point New York art dealer Glafira Rosales was arraigned this week in federal court for selling $80 million in counterfeit modernist art through New York galleries.


Scientific methods are available to make a costly determination of the age and constituents of materials on a specific painting. Sometimes one can say for sure it wasn’t done by a specific well-known artist.


B.A. Shapiro, The Art Forger: A Novel (Algonquin Books 2012) highlights some of the suspicions one may have, and why. Establishing provenance is often difficult, incomplete and uncertain, forcing both seller and buyer to deal in the dark.


Alec Wilkinson, The Giveaway: Who was the mysterious man donating all the valuable art?, The New Yorker Magazine, August 26, 2013 at pages 24-29 is an article about Mark Landis of Laurel Mississippi who copied famous art and donated the copies to galleries and museums as if they were originals by the famous artist. Since no money changed hands prosecutors declined to prosecute. Mr. Landis wanted to be treated as an art collector and philanthropist and that treatment was compensation enough. Eventually the network of museums tumbled to the fake art and declined gift offers and returned unsolicited fake art.


Landis adopted disguises such as a Catholic priest and other identities in order to be permitted into the donation process, but that became known to potential donees.


Sadly, Landis painted some pieces and exhibited under his own name. He’s a fair artist. Why that wasn’t enough for him is a psychological question.




Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer 2000 – present resigns. An employee since 1980 he owns 4% of Microsoft stock worth about $11 billion.


What Microsoft learned is that its unique software for operating desktop and laptop computers is behind the curve for software operating mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. Objectively, it was never possible for it to maintain the cutting edge software that established its early dominance.


Its current stance is to transform into a “devices and services company”. One can predict that its devices thrust will be back in the pack with competitors, so its future is to lead by making software adaptations in granting specific capabilities to users who have the moxie to know what it is they want to do that is not to their minds available to them from anyone else. Just saying this makes me think their market for what they do really well is becoming thinner and thinner. Even if they are near the top of their new market they will never again be a dominant technology company. Still, it is a large well-run excellent company doing much that we all need and want. For those institutional users like Texas Tech Microsoft will continue to provide computer services that are outstanding and easily usable by faculty staff and students.




Random attack by teens kills aged World War II veteran sitting in his car outside an Eagles Lodge in Spokane Washington


This is the subject of a recent novel Herman Koch, The Dinner (transl. Sam Garrett, Hogarth 2013, initially 2009 in Dutch and a bestseller in Europe). The focus of the novel is on the parents of teenagers when they discover their children first tormented a supine female homeless person in an ATM kiosk and then put an empty gas can near her and lit a match. The fire and explosion ended her life. How the two sets of parents deal with themselves and their children and how far they are willing to go to conceal from police what they know, is the topic of the book.


Throughout the book there are instances when the narrator adult parent is brought to a level of irritation and then resorts to personal violence or threatened violence against the irritating person. What occurs in that adult’s history, is now what is occurring in the teenagers’ lives.


Many people have been disturbed by the heightened levels of violence in film, television, and videos, particularly in uncontrolled technologically attuned environments that are beyond control by parents or authority figures. Does seeing so much violence reduce the teenage person’s aversion of of it in real life? Does it entice the teenager to engage in violence? Even if it did, why would teenagers torment or beat an aged vulnerable defenseless person? This is an entirely different question from the Good Samaritan syndrome where many will pass on by aged vulnerable defenseless people who are clearly in need of assistance.


I finished reading The Dinner and not three days later broadcast news reports this Spokane incident. Delbert Belton was age 88 and was both robbed and beaten. Two African-American 16 year old persons have been arrested. One is named Kenan Adams-Kinard. A report says that an eyewitness saw some of the incident which was caught on the building’s surveillance camera.

Arts History Update for still later August 2013

15 Aug

Arts History Update for still later August 2013 by David Cummins


Stephen / Stefan Kramar 1921 – 2013 was an Amarillo artist with a national reputation He was a commercial illustrator from 1946 before departing in 1971 for fine art painting, mostly watercolors. Here is Ready Kilowatt harnessing the power of hundreds of horses a mural for Southwestern Public Service Company a division of Xcel Energy in the late 1940s. He won numerous awards for both his commercial art and for his fine art paintings, one of them a cover for Southwest Art Magazine. Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum put up an exhibition Stefan Kramar: A Retrospective in 2000. Michael Grauer, curator, wrote a tribute to Kramar in Accent West Amarillo Magazine August 2013 at pp. 30-34 is Kramar’s Ascension Thursday depicting Fray Juan de Padilla celebrating the Eucharist on the plains while accompanying the Coronado Expedition 1540-1542.


Stefan Kramar’s Panhandle Portrait, Paintings and Drawings by Stefan Kramar (Pemberton Press 1974) is a book in the Texas Tech Library Southwest Collection TEX 68 K89 S816




The Washington Post newspaper is being sold to Jeff Bezos founder and CEO of who will take it private, unaffiliated with, and operate it with deep pockets so it has a chance to become a national newspaper of record again like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. The Graham family ownership of this major newspaper is thus ended. Many will take this opportunity to write a history of the rise and decline of a great American newspaper, but I am more interested in what revitalization Mr. Bezos has in his golden chest. An analogy might be the railroads who thought they were in the railroad business when in fact they were transportation companies. What if the Post management decided it wasn’t a newspaper but a transmission of usable current information company? What are myriad ways of creating, collecting and distributing that type of information to a wide variety of audiences?




Barbad Golshiri is a young Iranian artist specializing in photography and sculpture. He will have a sculpture installation reception at a New York City cemetery titled Curriculum Mortis on September 7. This will likely be an artist’s political statement about the failure of the Iranian educational system. The name of the cemetery is not publicly announced. Some of his work is at the Saatchi Gallery.


In Brooklyn at Green-Wood Cemetery in the Summer there are scheduled outdoor concerts attended by thousands. Especially in densely inhabited cities, cemeteries can double as parks.




The restored J.I. Allison House on the south side of the Buddy Holly Center at 19th Street and Crickets Avenue is coming along and will be opened before long. Jerry Allison was Buddy Holly’s drummer, grew up in this home, and Buddy spent many hours at that home with his buddies The Crickets.  They wrote and made music there.




Public Art is a growing phenomenon in America that is rapidly rising to a cultural standard for communities. Public Art Archive is an online digital archive of more than 7000 pieces and is growing rapidly. Unfortunately, only Bruce Taylor’s 1992 seven aluminum colored poles standing in northwest Maxey Lake near 26th Street and Quaker Avenue is included as a digital item at the moment. It is Kinetic Wind Sculpture (1992) and described here


It could be a Lubbock Arts Alliance project to send in digital images of public art in Lubbock to Public Art Archive. And the Facilities Planning and Construction office at Texas Tech could contribute the digital archive of campus art.


Public access to high quality images of a wide digital database of significant art is key to dynamism in the art world. Futures Past: Thirty Years of Arts Computing (eds. Anna Bentkowska-Kafel et al., University of Chicago Press 2007) Texas Tech Library N72.T4 F88


ARTstor Digital Library is at and universities such as Texas Tech subscribe to this resource for the benefit of students, faculty and staff. That includes you since Texas Tech Library is a public library and you can become a patron simply by asking and gaining an eraider account.




Major Nadil Hasan’s military criminal trial for multiple murders is nearing a conclusion. Professor Richard Rosen of Texas Tech University School of Law was interviewed on National Public Radio’s The Brian Lehrer Show: Concerning the Fort Hood Trial, August 14, 2013 You may listen to this fourteen minute podcast. For those people who have questions about statutory criminal law as codified in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the unusual instance of a defendant in a capital case refusing legal representation by either chosen or appointed lawyers, and the court appointing those rejected counsel to be present and available to assist at any time the defendant may wish to consult them, the mandatory plea of not guilty for a capital offense, and the admission of Hasan in his opening statement that he was the shooter who caused the death or injury to numerous military personnel, the interview is instructive.











Arts History Update for late August 2013

4 Aug

Arts History Update for late August 2013 by David Cummins


Lafayette H. Bunnell, Discovery of the Yosemite and the Indian War of 1851 (Fleming H. Revell 1880, reissued 1892, reissued 1911) Texas Tech Southwest Collection Library SPL28 B9415 D611 Bunnell was the surgeon who went with the Mariposa Battalion militia into the Yosemite area to kill or pacify Indians [primarily Miwoks, Ahwanechees, Paiutes, Chowchillas and Monos] who had raided several Anglo settlements that had grown up since the 1846 and later gold discoveries. Here is a map of the Mariposa Indian War of 1850-1851 showing the discovery of the Yosemite Valley on March 27, 1851. In December 1850 James D. Savage’s trading post at Fresno Creek [headwaters of Fresno River] was attacked and destroyed by Indians. On January 11, 1851 Sheriff James Burney clashed with Indians indecisively. Governor of California John McDougal authorized a militia battalion on January 13, 1851 and appointed James D. Savage as major in command who mustered the unit on February 12. A federal Indian Commission met at Camp Fremont on Mariposa Creek with some tribes and negotiated a treaty on March 19, 1851 but the Miwok and Chowchilla were absent so the Mariposa Battalion militia went to the field. A foray was made from Bishop Camp eastward to the home of the Miwok and the Yosemite Valley was “discovered” on March 27, 1851. Miwok leaders were captured on May 22 and forced to accept reservation life and status. Warren A. Beck & Ynez D. Haase, Historical Atlas of California (University of Oklahoma Press 1974) ABE Books in good condition $14.50 incl s&h


Derek Hays, Historical Atlas of California with original maps (University of California Press 2007) Texas Tech Library reference Maps OVERSZ G1526.S1 H39

Warren A. Beck & David A. Williams, California: A History of the Golden State (Doubleday 1972) Texas Tech Library F861.B43


Merced population 80,232 is a city in the San Joaquin Valley in central California. Travel northeast on California Highway 140 through Mariposa to Yosemite National Park, about 80 miles to Yosemite Village. Mariposa population 2,173 is the county seat of Mariposa County, originally Arroyo de las Mariposas meaning stream or creek of butterflies. Mariposa was originally a gold mining camp, then called Logtown because it supplied logs for the construction of nearby mines and ore processing buildings. The history of the area is wondrous Arrive in Merced and board a bus of Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System YARTS that will take you to the town of Mariposa, once home for John C. Fremont, and then into Yosemite National Park. At Yosemite Valley you will connect with the free Yosemite National Park Service shuttles that will take you to Curry Village, Ahwanechee Hotel, Visitor Center and Yosemite Lodge. An alternative is Amtrak California Thruway Bus Route 15


University of California at Merced is the newest and tenth campus within the UC System, opening in 2005. see also,_Merced Merced is named for the Merced River which originally was El Rio de Nuestra de la Merced [River of Our Lady of Mercy].




Vietnam War Memorials


Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park (1968) Angel Fire New Mexico has a Chapel, Visitors Center, a Bell Iroquois UH-1 Huey helicopter, walkway to amphitheater, a bronze sculpture by Doug Scott titled Dear Mom and Dad (2003) , flag triad and garden. Initially the memorial was made by parents for the death of a particular son Lieutenant David Westphall in the War but then morphed into all veterans of that War. Ted C. Luna was the architect.


Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort Kentucky near the state capitol. Helm Roberts was the architect.


New York City Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza (1985, improved 2001) at 55 Water Street contains a Memorial Wall, Walk of Honor, Plaques, and Reflecting Fountain.


California Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1988) in Sacramento California includes bronzes by Rolf Kriken. As with all the memorials that list names, they are searchable in an archive


Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall USA (1982) in Washington DC has inscribed the names of all service members who died in the Vietnam War. Architect is Maya Lin. The Three Servicemen (1984) bronze statuary by Frederick Hart and Vietnam Women’s Memorial (1993) bronze statuary by Glenna Goodacre are nearby.


Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument (2004) at Coronado Naval Base, San Diego California memorializes U.S. Navy and Coast Guardsmen who perished during the Vietnam War. A Wall with flags and three boats are the monument


After the Firefight (1987) bronze by Abbe Godwin is in Capitol Square in Raleigh North Carolina


Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument (2014) will be dedicated next year. The artist is Duke Sundt.


Vietnam War Memorial (2008) at Texas State Cemetery in Austin statuary with three soldiers


Lancaster Texas Memorial Public Library has marble and granite markings for the Vietnam War.


Texarkana Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1988)


Fort Worth Botanic Gardens has two memorials one for the War and another for POWs and MIAs. The first is Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade in which a number of Fort Worth men served while in Vietnam.


Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1989) at Fair Park, Dallas Texas at 1001 1st Avenue near Parry Avenue. Five granite tablets of names and a waterfall sculpture are present. Good photos are here


Waco Vietnam War Memorial in Brazos River Park is extensive with pillars, monuments, a tree-lined walkway and Pavilion I The Beginning, Pavilion II The Conflict, and Pavilion III The Honor.


Vietnam Memorial of Big Spring Texas is on the grounds of the former Webb Air Force Base.


Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1986) in San Antonio Texas at Veterans Memorial Plaza. The bronze statuary is titled Hill 881 South by artist Austin Deuel. Edgewood Stadium’s Vietnam Memorial (1988) is at John F. Kennedy High School in San Antonio.


Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1994) is west of Midland International Airport on Wright Drive near Commemorative Air Museum.


National Vietnam War Museum at Mineral Wells Texas is a work in progress. Helicopter pilots were trained at nearby Fort Wolters in the 1960s.


Patrick Hagopian, The Vietnam War in American Memory: Veterans, Memorials, and the Politics of Healing (University of Massachusetts Press 2009) Texas Tech Library DS559.73.U6 H34


Wilbur J. Scott & John Sibley Butler, Vietnam Veterans Since the War: The Politics of PTSD, Agent Orange, and the National Memorial (University of Oklahoma Press 2004) Texas Tech Library DS559.73.U6 S26 $21.55 at


Many communities including Lubbock have a military memorial that includes all wars in which people served, specially recognizing those who died but also honoring those who served and survived. Lubbock Area Veterans War Memorial (2003) is located at 4001 82nd Street at Nashville Avenue in the east end of Henry Huneke Park. It was a project of American Legion George S. Berry Post # 575 The architect is Jimmy Dirks of Cox-Dirks Architects. Willie McCool Memorial (2005) is a bronze statuary by Eddie Dixon that commemorates a Lubbock native who was an astronaut pilot and perished upon re-entry from space. It is located on the south side of Henry Huneke Park.




German Literature


Johann Paul Friedrich Richter 1763 – 1825 was the most popular German novelist of his day and wrote inspiring essays. He bridged Classicism and German Romanticism with feet firmly planted in both. He was known, as an author, by the name Jean Paul, a reference for his admiration of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and sympathy with the French Revolution that appalled so many Germans.


On the Benefits and Harm of Inventing New Truths (1780)

Exercise in Thought (1780)

Abelard and Heloise (1781) novel imitating Goethe’s Werther

The Life of the Cheerful Little Schoolmaster Maria Wutz (1791) story

The Invisible Lodge (1793) novel

Hesperus (1795) novel that brought celebrity and exceptional royalties

Flower, Fruit and Thorn Pieces: Or the married life, death and wedding of the advocate for the poor Siebenkas (1797)

Key to Fichte’s Philosophy (1800)

Titan: A Romance (1803)

The Twins or Walt and Vult (1804)

Introduction to Aesthetics (1804)

Levana: Or the doctrine of education (1807) treatise advocating the right of women to an education

Comet (1822) novel


German authors are rarely given to humor and Jean Paul remains the top humorist while being strong in philosophy and literary skills. As to philosophy he admired Kant as opposed to Hegel. Good choice.




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