Pure Art ~ Pure Math

Pure Art, well, Art, is not so different from Pure Math, it’s scientific-world analog. For instance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 51,000 craft and fine artist jobs in 2012 but only 3,500 mathematician jobs in that year. (And that’s all mathematician jobs, not just ones for pure mathematicians, which are less since it’s essentially a hobby.) Well, maybe that’s not so enlightening. Certainly mathematicians were estimated to be better paid. But mathematicians and some physicists are the only people that can appreciate pure mathematics. Unlike art. See more in this blog.

200-year Mistaken Attribution

Learned from curiosa mathematica about this recently corrected mistaken attribution:

This guy, Louis Legendre, politician, was mistakenly pictured for….














this guy, Adrien-Marie Legendre, mathematician, for two centuries!

legendre the mathematician








Sure, some might say, well, they did him a favor. I bet both would disagree.

Who Do You Blame?

Who do you Blame postcardPleased to announce that Who Do You Blame? postcards are available again. Only dozens left from an original edition of 500. Four for fifteen dollars, includes shipping in the USofA. Once they are sold out don’t blame me.

(Pictured above: two Blame postcards on a lilac background for pleasurable viewing.)

The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest Finalist!

After submitting maybe a hundred captions since 2008 I am now one of the three finalists! The odds were at best 0.06% — getting into Harvard is 100x easier — so it has been pretty exciting; I had to tell everyone. I find out who the winner is on Monday. (But aren’t all the finalists winners? I even went to New York City, but not to gloat, while I was a finalist. During that entire trip I saw one person reading The New Yorker. I resisted introducing myself.) Now I presume the gig’s up, who twice becomes a finalist? Below are my all-time favorite entries, in no order.

New Yorker 9:7:09new yorker may 3, 2010new yorker april 19, 2010new yorker 12:19:11new yorker april 13


detail - improvement song piece copy

Improvement is here if interested. Edition of 75 and most are still in my possession. Only shown once, in Space 47, in San Jose, CA. If you need one for your collection, they go for thirty-five dollars each, signed by Tantum, includes shipping, while the supply lasts, then that’s that. One way to celebrate their fifty years on the American scene and what could have been.

Cold Warrior Artists

“What do Richard Wright, Gloria Steinem, Henry Kissinger, George Meany, Nina Simone and Arthur Schlesinger Jr. have in common?

Answer: Directly or indirectly, they all took money from the Central Intelligence Agency during the early years of the Cold War.”

“The war for the hearts and minds of humanity…ranked nearly as high as the race to build better missiles and a mightier economy.”

Read it here.

It’s the same story in the visual arts.