Okay, bad pun. But this old line drawing from my good friend Jon Wilcox seemed like a great throwback thursday post:
Beautiful Lincoln Art Exhibit
I happened upon this piece by pure chance – while visiting Seattle I ended up at the Frye museum with my friends. I walked into the room which had the Nineteen Lincolns and was so blown away.
I think one line in the artist’s statement really resonates for me:
These photographs are a continuation of my quest to understand how I, and we, remember history. My intention is to comment on the way a society, composed of individuals, is held together through the creation of its history and heroic figures.
And really – to be frank, that is an excellent summation of why I am so intrigued by our sixteenth president. It is our shared history, or our mutually understood story of what has happened that makes our nation so particularly interesting.
Here is the link to the artists main page for this project: http://www.gretapratt.com/index_li_main.html
This is PRETTY intense. I would love to have an art historian talk to me about all the crazy this embodies.
Climbing Mt. Rushmore
This is from one of my favorite books (and now defunct blogs) of the past few years. Beautifully illustrated and written — all of Kalman’s books that I own have become some of my prized possessions, always sitting on my “special books” book shelf.
Also — who wouldn’t want to live in the Lincoln Memorial? Or at least camp there for a while.