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StreetArt2016oo“…Grieve at the falling away of ‘the things’ which had once been the repository of the Spirit and are now being ousted by an empty ‘doing’ done in the image of nothing…” Erich Heller, The Artist’s Journey into the Interior (Random House, 1965)

OverTheWall-JKearnsThe present painting, Over The Wall (1969) by James J. Kearns, might suggest Ronald Gregor Smith’s view of humanist Martin Buber: “Buber’s wisdom may be described as the power to step over artificial boundaries for the sake of true humanity.”

Buber’s biographer Aubrey Hodes would second that notion: “And the truest symbol of the twentieth century is the border, the barbed wire fence of the heart. Buber will remain one of those rare men who both recognized it and showed us the way to bridge it.”

For Martin Buber bridging the wall came from “faithful humanism,” which meant that faith and humanity no longer appear as separate spheres. “They permeate one another and join forces, so that we can truly say, ‘Our faith is based on humanity, our humanity is based on our faith.'” Aubrey Hodes, Martin Buber: An Intimate Portrait (Viking, 1971)

The fulfillment of Martin Buber’s notion comes with our participation in the redemption wrought by the Son of Man—joined with the Father in the Spirit.

“Love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12



SkatingLessonNo distracted walker here.



Primitive + Modern — “the disenchantment of our culture with culture itself…the bitter line of hostility to civilization …the discovery and canonization of the primal, non-ethical energies…” Lionel Trilling

Artwork (bottom): Barkley L. Hendricks

SpringBreakPhotograph: Stephen Wise



ArtInAmerica“Let’s not burn America down. Let’s take her like she is and rebuild her. We must maintain and advocate and promote the philosophy of non-violence…we must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Martin Luther King

MLK understood political liberation emanating from truthfulness and spiritual liberation, all of which would be lost in an “I am King” world.

It is the truth of the mystery of salvation at work today in order to lead redeemed humanity towards the perfection of the kingdom which gives true meaning to movements of liberation in the economic, political, and social spheres, and which keeps them from falling into new forms of slavery. Instruction on Christian Freedom and Liberation, 1986

ToysRUsThe story of progress in America has included abundant infantilism and regression — which should have assured the long term prospects for a company like Toys “R” Us (now closed in Times Square), but for the infantilism and regression of the (Superman) landlords.

Pierce-ArrowSilverArrowRoyRogersPontiac1RoyRogersPontiacJanisJoplinPorscheClassic cars have become increasingly recognized as a new category of art.

Sotheby’s NY will be conducting a sale Dec 10. for 30 vintage cars and memorabilia, ranging from a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow to a 2006 Lamborghini Concept S.

Roy Rogers’ 1963 Pontiac Bonneville, decorated by Nudie Cohen, is among the lots, along with Janis Joplin’s 1964 Psychedelic Porsche.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Women-NASALast week we saw a woman playing a leading role in a terrorist attack on American soil, followed by the president of the United States saying that women would be serving in all combat units of the U.S. military.


Nihilist feminists believe that women-in-charge will produce better outcomes for society. And yet there is growing data (body counts) to support the view that women acting inorganically actually undermine society — and themselves.

Photographs: Stephen Wise (top), Dean Collins (bottom)


Stephen B. Wise


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