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jacques-boot
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I'm a professional artist living in the Seattle WA area I am best known for… more »

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  • What book have you read the most?: Dracula by Bram Stoker
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  • What song do you want played at your funeral?: Mr. Malcontent
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Feb 19, 2013 jacques-boot commented on The Paintings Are Not All Right (But the Way the Museum Pretends They Are Is Hilarious).
I have to agree with Swearengen. One would never know from your writing that Anthony Van Dyck, a former apprentice of Ruben's, was indeed a great painter and portraitist. Jen, looking at Old Master paintings requires work and study, continued exposure, comparison and cross referencing, and a willingness to step outside of one's comfort zone in the present. Your post-modern ironical quips bring nothing to our understanding of these works, save confirmation that you enjoy wallowing in your own prejudice and conceit. To quote Robert Henri "Don't get cheeky with the Old Masters. If they didn't have something, they wouldn't be Old Masters."
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Feb 13, 2013 jacques-boot commented on Charles Krafft Is a White Nationalist Who Believes the Holocaust Is a Deliberately Exaggerated Myth.
There was a time when I saw Charlie Krafft practically every day. This was in the late 1980s and well into the 1990s. We co-authored "The Resurgent Regionalist Manifesto" together, and participated in various COCA and other events. At that time he was completely open about his anti African American bigotry, dismissing it as the bi-product of being beaten up as a schoolboy. The drift into anti semitism, has been gradual, but has been going on for a long time. It is no surprise to any of his friends and long-term acquaintances. I eventually had to unfriend him on facebook, not only for his own statements, but for the gaggle of right-wing skinhead racists and bigots that he had collected in his own friend list. He has always gravitated to areas of knowledge and belief that he considers "dangerous." Such evaluative criteria is a poor yardstick, in the same ways that "modern," "contemporary," and "new" are.
Jul 31, 2012 jacques-boot commented on Hypnotic Prints, Activist Photographs, Paintings for Astronauts, and the Late Plein Air Painter of Seattle at First Thursday This Week.
I think that the title was intended to suggest THE, otherwise Jen would have used A. I would be the first to agree that hyperbole has its place, but in this case I see it as being disrespectful. It's possible that it was just syntactical clumsiness, something that Jen is sometimes guilty of. Perhaps she can best address the issue.
Jul 30, 2012 jacques-boot commented on Hypnotic Prints, Activist Photographs, Paintings for Astronauts, and the Late Plein Air Painter of Seattle at First Thursday This Week.
As much as I like the work of the late Chris Hoff, whom I knew, I'm disappointed at the use of the title "The Late Plein Air Painter of Seattle" in this context. Another great Seattle plein air painter passed away just a short while before Chris's untimely demise, and is just as deserving of the title, maybe even moreso. Paul Havas began painting 'en plain air' in Seattle in the 1960s, and had an exhibition history at Woodside/Braseth Gallery that spanned 40+ years. Paul was a generous and thoughtful spirit who gave much to this community. I spoke to Chris about Paul's death shortly before Chris unexpectedly passed away, and I believe he would have concurred in this sentiment. By all means give Chris his due, but please not at the expense of other worthy artists.
Jul 2, 2012 jacques-boot commented on The Frye's Fall Guided by a Collective of Curators.
I just realized what a great double entendre the headline is. The Frye's Fall indeed.
Jul 2, 2012 jacques-boot commented on The Frye's Fall Guided by a Collective of Curators.
The Frye has just simply become a disaster under JoAnne Birnie-Danzker. I can't wait until she leaves. It was so much better, and more interesting when the Museum was under the stewardship of Richard West.

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