Archive for September 2008

Goodbye, Mr. Kagel


Mauricio Kagel, a composer whose music I’ve only lately become aware of, died a few days ago. This was a man who once wrote a piece for a quartet of zithers.

I miss him already.


Written by Dave Lovely

September 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm

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“Asa Ames is a mysterious and tragic figure. The young sculptor died from consumption when he was 27 years, 7 months, and 7 days old. Though his own life was short, he immortalized family members and neighbors in the vicinity of Evans, Erie County, New York, in a legacy of twelve three-dimensional portraits of children and young adults carved between 1847 and his death in 1851… Ames’s sense of himself as an artist may be implied in the Federal Census of 1850, in which his occupation is listed as “sculpturing.” Details of Ames’s own history remain shrouded in shadow, but the work of his hands illuminates the meaningful and personal nature of the lives he captured so beautifully in wood.”

Asa Ames: Occupation: Sculpturing, an exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum, via art tattler

Written by Dave Lovely

September 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm

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