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Preface: Art as Weapon
I believe that dialogue is an opportunity for people of different cultures and traditions to get to know each other better, whether they live at opposite ends of the world or in the same street. Artists have a special role to play in the struggle for peace. Artists speak not only to people but for people. Art is a weapon against ignorance and hatred and a representative of human conscience. Art opens new doors for learning, understanding, and peace among people and nations.
. . . Kofi Annan, Secretary General, United Nations
'The Best of ArtComment'
Editor's Note: After five years of dedicated service to you, my loyal audience, I must selfishly turn inward and dedicate more of my mortal time to my own artwork. In honour of its historical significance, the title of this series will remain ArtComment Quarterly. However, it would from now on be better termed ArtComment Occasionally. I would welcome the contribution of your own articles of art interest, and will be publishing future issues on an irregular basis. Please send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincerely yours . . . Editor of ArtComment, Artist, Michael Loyer
'Serendipity in Room 117'
. . .in reference to a point he was making, Jagger quoted an old saying from the 'Industry', There is no such thing as a mistake in Jazz; it is what you do with the next note that counts . . . More
'A Visitation by Cardinal de Ratseal'
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Lord do not listen to the revisionists, let the fires of hell be real
Open the bowels of the earth and keep their anuses warm
With hot pokers over many centuries . . .
'Our Wobbly World'
. . . Much like the Symbolist Painters of the last century, I too am drawn, like those eager fish, peacefully and inextricably, as if to death itself, into Lady Winter's pure white bosom . . . More
'A Brush with Celebrity'
. . . By this time I was right in the vortex. I was rubbing shoulders with the artist and Sir Ben and their immediate entourages . . . More
'Can Art Heal?'
. . . During an extended sojourn in the Middle East my interest in all things antique and artistic (humanity's 'fingerprints'?) led me frequently to seek out the bazaars and curiosity shops
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"The article in the Spring 2006 issue of ArtComment Quarterly about the Iraqi artists living abroad was beautifully written and mirrors my fundamental belief in the power of art to alter the cultural landscape, sowing acceptance and respect. Our common humanity binds us far more tightly than the politics and religions which the warmongers cynically wield to drive us apart"
. . . Taylor Van Horne, Director Instituto Sacatar, Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil
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