Gary Ross Dahl

Gary Ross Dahl, creator of the pet rock, has died.

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There will be a stationary, silent memorial service for Mr. Dahl at the Mall in DC, with music by the Petroglyphs. He will be lying in a state of granite. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Organization for the Abolishment of Rock Trundling are preferred. Additionally, because large crowds are expected, we ask that you leave your passive protection at home. Those rocks who feel they have been mis-climbed or abused in any way, may express their grievances to the National Committee for the Maintenance of Direct Route-lines, which has its headquarters here in DC next to the Hard Rock Café. As an added celebration of Mr. Dahl’s contribution, the Petroglyphs will also be performing there tomorrow night from 10 to closing.

“What do you think an artist is?”

“An imbecile who only has eyes, if he is a painter, or ears if he is a musician, or a lyre in every chamber of his heart if he is a poet, or even, if he is a boxer, just his muscles?

Far from it: at the same time he is also a political being, constantly aware of the heartbreaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image.

How could it be possible to feel no interest in other people, and with a cool indifference to detach yourself from the very life which they bring to you so abundantly?

No, painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.” 

Pablo Picasso

At about 16:30 on Monday, 26 April 1937, warplanes of the German Condor Legion, commanded by Colonel Wolfram von Richthofen, bombed Guernica for about two hours. Germany, at this time led by Hitler, had lent material support to the Nationalists and were using the war as an opportunity to test out new weapons and tactics. Later, intense aerial bombardment became a crucial preliminary step in the Blitzkrieg tactic.

"Guernica," Pable Picasso

“Guernica,” Pable Picasso

After the bombing, Picasso was made aware of what had gone on in his country of origin. At the time, he was working on a mural for the Paris Exhibition to be held in the summer of 1937, commissioned by the Spanish Republican government. He deserted his original idea and on 1 May 1937, began on Guernica. This captivated his imagination unlike his previous idea, on which he had been working somewhat dispassionately, for a couple of months. It is interesting to note, however, that at its unveiling at the Paris Exhibition that summer, it garnered little attention. It would later attain its power as such a potent symbol of the destruction of war on innocent lives.

Guernica is certainly his most powerful political statement, painted as an immediate reaction to the Nazi’s devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during Spanish Civil War.

Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. This work has gained a monumental status, becoming a perpetual reminder of the tragedies of war, an anti-war symbol, and an embodiment of peace. On completion Guernica was displayed around the world in a brief tour, becoming famous and widely acclaimed. This tour helped bring the Spanish Civil War to the world’s attention.

 

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3253.Pablo_Picasso

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 “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” 

“When you come right down to it all you have is yourself. The sun is a thousand rays in your belly. All the rest is nothing.” 

Pablo Picasso