I was trying to paint a picture today, but seems the color i was using was just a pigment of my imagination...

 

almost a cliché, but with such a sense of gravitas to it that it was used in millions of visual jokes but never made fun of. It is one of those things that are born eternal, a combination of the human spirit and the bronze cold shell, a sample of what we can do when we are really trying.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Auguste Rodin - The thinker


I think that the word monumental is due. Yes, finally I can use that word with ease. Rodin was monumental, and the monuments he created are part of human experience just like any of the greatest, the Michelangelos the Rembrandts. At times I even prefer his creations to theirs.

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
His most famous sculpture, the thinker, has become an icon, a part of our vocabulary, repeated and used over and over almost like the Mona Lisa, almost a cliché, but with such a sense of gravitas to it that it was used in millions of visual jokes but never made fun of. It is one of those things that are born eternal, a combination of the human spirit and the bronze cold shell, a sample of what we can do when we are really trying. I love it.

 
I invent nothing, I rediscover."

I have a confession to make. I am biased. Rodin is the subject of two great portraits Edward Steichen took in the early decades of the last century, and as I am a big Steichen fan, I have to admit that these were a large part of my respect to rodin. But then again, that was the greatness Steichen had, bringing greatness to a bunch of grey dots on a piece of paper, getting the subjects soul to reside there in your hand.

 

  Man's naked form belongs to no particular moment in history; it is eternal, and can be looked upon with joy by the people of all ages."
   
  And then there is the kiss, what tenderness in marble, what a light butterfly touch of the finger, what a natural movement. Michelangelo would have been proud indeed. It is the 'pieta' in the romantic age, and it is so much more. It is almost mesmerizing, watching them frozen like that, just waiting for you to leave the room so the motion can continue flowing from that infinite millisecond they were caught in, forever, or so it seems.
   
  To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.”
   
 

Rodin was an old-school master. He wasn’t conceptual , he wasn’t trying to be sophisticated, he was not 'trendy'. His labor some work procedures were extremely serious , with dozens of sketches and studies before the first volume was even created, and that Is a quality I respect. Like Picasso, only by being perfect to begin with, you can really bend the rules to create something new.

And Rodin did create something new. Something classically new, a combination or hybrid if you like , a concoction of old world and new ideas, of frozen material and dynamic energy.

 
 

The best example of what Rodin was really about is not found in these two blockbusters I have mentioned but in his more esoterically absent works, the missing ones, the incomplete figures, the space where something might have been but was deemed unnecessary. And that was exactly the point, as if Rodin managed to bring the full idea , the full story, the whole essence in the part, in the torso, in half a face, in a bronze limb, then why bring the rest of the fluff to the audience? Just because there should be a head above a neck? Don’t be silly.

 
 

And Rodin was never silly. He knew exactly what he was doing, he knew what borders are worth crossing and what paradigms are irrelevant, and that, this innovative spirit, that 20th century art way of looking at art made he most natural classic sculptures such a huge success. I don’t know if it makes sense, but it is true.

He is the most modern of the classics, the most classic of the moderns, and the most Rodin of us all.