Interpretations, Psalm 42

January 19, 2013


Psalterium Latinum ….

Set to music by Buxtehude

“Art is not freedom from discipline, but Disciplined Freedom.”
—Edward Catich


Kamisaka Sekka

August 9, 2012

From Flowers of a Hundred Worlds (Momoyogusa), by Kamisaka Sekka
Set of three woodblock-printed books; ink and color on paper. Image (each volume): 11 7/8 x 8 7/8 in. (30.2 x 22.5 cm), Lent by Collection of Virginia Shawan Drosten.

Currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Link

May 10, 2012

A favorite Ming vase, which I used to look at while listening to chamber music, Metropolitan Museum, New York (personal photo)

April 13, 2012

St. John, Gospel Book of Ebbo, 10 1/4″ x 7 3/4.” 816-835. Biblioteque Municipale, Epernay, France.

My Italian folder

March 24, 2011


February 22, 2011

Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris), Dancers, Pink and Green, ca. 1890, Oil on canvas, 32 3/8 x 29 3/4 in. (82.2 x 75.6 cm), H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

Wandering around the Metropolitan Museum today, feeling poignant about leaving favorite paintings of thirteen years.

In two dark rooms where they are protected from damage, the pastels. This one glows. How can the photo not nearly show it? The good-enough-to-eat color of the gauze. Layers of color strokes over other colors, warm and cool, unexpected combinations. Carnival-garish gas lights. The sinewy legs twisted at wrong angles, but drawn correctly, showing that dance requires pain. Working class faces. Always the flat, wallpaper effects–pattern on reality, a Parisian spectacle.

Jacob Collins

November 16, 2010

Fire Island Sunset, by Jacob Collins