Dispatches from Crutch – Sailing Away

Last Farewell to Shipyard Cove…I took the “Chu Hwa” down for a dip this afternoon, to sea trial her….she sailed really beautiful, perfect trim, and with a slight nudge of “Norwegian Steam” she was underway and making way…mighty pretty she was. Sad thing, I had not been to the Cove in three months time, I…

MARSDEN HARTLEY’S MAINE

Hartley was the first modernist American painter. He abstracted nature –  waves, rocks, clouds into block and balloons. He pre-dated Piccasso who got all the credit for abstracting shapes in nature.  He said it took four years to figure out how to paint the mountains; he really got it though. Clouds dance in the sky…

Lego Me Arm, Matey

A dispatch from Crutch, Lift Trucks Project correspondent at large. With many thanks to, “S—t my LPO says.” There is a Facebook page called”S _ _ T MY LPO SAYS ” LPO means Leading Petty Officer.. They post all sorts of funny and many times not so funny new navy stuff…lots of new sailor Tats….

Arthole at DIA

Here is the DIA Art Foundation’s 350,000 square feet of art space that was formerly an old box factory for Nabisco. We suppose in a science-fiction kind of way it’s pretty cool, but ghosts abound as most of it appears as dull as an unsalted three-day-old cracker. One clue is the nearly empty parking lot,…

Painting the Revolution in Philadelphia.

Great art sometimes comes in times of major stress. This show deals with a school of art that has been recently overlooked if not relegated to the dustbin of history. We need to look again, the curators show us. These pieces in this show were created during years of social upheaval and revolution in Mexico….

Crutch n Tats

Some interesting old sailor Tat meanings….read at very bottom. The Crosses tattooed on soles of feet are to ward off sharks if a ship had fallen out from beneath you… – Crutch

I Scream, You Scream

So, the real question is:  Does The Scream still shock?  John Canaday, the famous New York Times art critic, said (to paraphrase) of the Mona Lisa;  We can’t see it anymore. We see the icon, fame and the money it’s worth. Paintings can become items of value. They lose the expression of the times, the…

Dispatch from Crutch.

” Screwed, Blued, and Tattooed “…which normally in sailor tongue meant you had done it all in that Port of Call…and at this joint you certainly could make that statement a reality….in my day ladies mostly imports from Argentina ….a wild wooley place…. I was there twice 69 and 73 …it was fun haha ….what…

Picasso, the painter who changed sculpture forever

Woman’s Head (Fernande) 1909, Bronze To attend the Picasso Sculpture Exhibit at MoMA is to witness the secret workings of a relentless creative mind. Never schooled in sculpture, he was free to explore its potential, without fear of failure. Coupled with his sense of playfulness and rebellious outlook, he worked in the gap between painting…