the new math
dow has now met ernest fenollosa, and is studying with him at any possibility.
"In May, Fenollosa, with a certain flair he had for the dramatic, opened a door and showed Dow two magnificent screens by Okio. Dow looked at them in silence for a space and then exclaimed, 'Why can't I do that?' (The subject was a pine covered with snow.)
the clarity of his vision was such that he went on to formulate, and to develop ways of teaching these insights to others, work that some say became more important than making art itself. he is credited for having changed the way art is regarded and taught in this country radically, and his methods were the staple of american art education for many years.
it's such an interesting phenomenon-- i wish i knew the name for it.
when things change, we each want to name it, to own it, and to think we know the reason why.
Labels: alvin coburn, arthur wesley dow, charles guilloux, emil orlik, fenollosa, frances gearhart, hannah borger overbeck, harry fenn, henri riviere, Max Laeuger, maxime maufra, newcomb, okio, pedro de lemos, s bing