Tag Archives: Hamilton Reed Armstrong

cut off from the past: and a long way from home

There is always much talk of the occult in art,the dark side of modern art, the falsification to no end, the artifice, the signs of horror, the negation of beauty and above all, the inability to love. We can think … Continue reading

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swallowing man and myth: presence of the green truth

The infiltration of Andelysian luxuriance into Roman severity marks nature’s triumph in Nicolas Poussin’s ultimate works of 1658-1664. As action had once been reduced to immobility, so now it is absorbed by nature’s serenity. Time is swallowed by space, history … Continue reading

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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: PSYCHIC INTENSITY OF THE COSMIC OPERA

The earliest reference to Giorgione indicates that he was commissioned to paint frescoes in the Fondaco dei Tedeschi (“Guildhouse of the German Merchants”) in Venice in 1508 and that he was aided in this undertaking by the young Titian. Vasari, … Continue reading

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SELF EXAMINATION of a LANGUAGE of SIGNS: The Divine Wavelength

The Tempest has been called the first landscape in the history of Western painting. The subject of this painting is unclear, but its artistic mastery is apparent. The Tempest portrays a soldier and a breast-feeding woman on either side of … Continue reading

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PRIVATE LANGUAGE and SACRED CONVERSATIONS

Encounters with robbers in the desert…No need for the cross of salvation?…..An esoteric language, an Aristolean network, an ambiguity, or “pentimenti”–changes of mind— of ¬†additional, multiple and complex narratives under the surface….. The mystery intrigues and continues to prevail…. The … Continue reading

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THOSE MODERN FEELINGS: ITS A MATTER OF PLUMBING

“It must be realized that what these artists, Jean Arp, Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian etc., were concerned with was something far greater than a problem of form and distinction between “concrete” and abstract,” figurative and non-figurative. Their goal was the center … Continue reading

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MONDRIAN:INCONVENIENT PARADOXES & STRATEGIES OF CONCEALMENT

“As time progressed, however, so did the indoctrination as to the new role of art. In the established media journals we were told by critics such as Clement Greenberg and Leo Steinberg, that Art “challenges previously held assumptions,” and that … Continue reading

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PRIMAVERA AND THE HERMETIC OCTAVE

Interpreting the mythology of a work of art may fall under the domain of the ¬†art sleuth, and an intrepid one at that.Take for example Sandro Botticelli’s masterpiece, ”Primavera”. Those who are willing to settle for a poetical tableau and … Continue reading

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