Category Archives: ART

Paintings, photography, aesthetic objects, beautiful communication, and anything I consider to be art, artful, artistic, artsy or whatever.
Art is subjective. It is a quality of communication can be contributed to by the viewer through empathy or agreement with its creator.

AYN RAND INTERVIEW

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Many videotapes of Johnny Carson’s 1960s episodes were lost in the fire of NBC’s archives, but at least part of Ayn Rand’s first appearance on The Tonight Show (she was on three times over the years, clearly Carson was a fan) has survived and has been posted on YouTube. Apparently, Carson snubbed his other guests that evening and kept Rand on for the entire 90 minute show. Topics include Objectivism, rationality, raising children, religion, the military draft and the Vietnam War. (via Dangerous Minds)

 

Ayn Rand, born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum, February 2 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher,playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.

Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926. She worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood and had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936. After two early novels that were initially less successful, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel The Fountainhead. In 1957, she published her best-known work, the philosophical novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward she turned to nonfiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own magazines and releasing several collections of essays until her death in 1982.

Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected all forms of faith and religion. She supported rational and ethical egoism, and rejected ethical altruism. In politics, she condemned the initiation of force as immoral and opposed all forms of collectivism and statism, instead supporting laissez-faire capitalism, which she believed was the only social system that protected individual rights. She promoted romantic realism in art. She was sharply critical of the philosophers and philosophical traditions known to her besides Aristotle.

Rand’s fiction was poorly received by many literary critics, and academia generally ignored or rejected her philosophy. The Objectivist movement attempts to spread her ideas, both to the public and in academic settings.She is a major influence among libertarians and American conservatives. (Wikipedia.org)

PIANO BLUES DOCUMENTARY FILM

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Blues is THE authentic American music art form.  It is the genesis on rock and roll, jazz and many other modern musical forms.  This filmed documentary was produced by Martin Scorcese, and hosted by Clint Eastwood.  It features interviews and performances by all of the great piano blues artists, including Ray Charles.  This is a true classic (with Spanish subtitles)