picasso – head of a woman

picasso – head of a woman

“Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.” ~Pablo Picasso

Did you hear about the man who found an original Picasso in an Ohio thrift store this week? He bought the poster for $14.00, only to realize later that it contained an original signature by the Spanish master.

Picasso was exceptionally prolific throughout his long lifetime. The total number of artworks he produced has been estimated at 50,000 – comprising 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, roughly 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs.

Several paintings by Picasso rank among the most expensive paintings in the world, selling for over $100 million per piece. More of his paintings have been stolen than those by any other artist, and he remains one of the top ranked artists today, based on global auction sales of his works.

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the futurists

the futurists

Now In Production:  THE FUTURISTS

“Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.”  ~Jules Verne

With the future hurtling toward us at breakneck speed, foresight is the great need of our times. The most important thing happening today is not reported in the news.  It’s the global transformation of technology and society that is creating an age of hyperchange.

Meet THE FUTURISTS. They analyze trends, anticipate changes and help people, companies and governments think creatively about their direction and meaning. They do not predict the future; they project possible, probable, and preferable futures.

Get an inside look at the most compelling issues facing humanity today, from the trend-watchers and problem solvers in the world’s most progressive think tanks.

trampling the dwarf of ignorance

I love this iconic copper statue of the Hindu deity Shiva, created in 9th century India.  Shiva is the destroyer of evil, often depicted as he is here, dancing the cosmos into existence by trampling the Dwarf of Ignorance.  The purpose of his dance is “to release the souls of all men from the snare of illusion.”  Shiva symbolizes creation and destruction.  He destroys in order to create, tearing down to build again.

With roots reaching back into prehistory, Hinduism is the oldest of the world’s religions, and the most diverse.  Hinduism grants absolute and complete freedom of belief and worship, including Hindu Atheism.   It conceives the whole world as one family, and therefore it accepts all forms of beliefs and dismisses labels.  It has no single founder, no single scripture, no single deity, no single prophet, no priesthood, and no single way to reach salvation.

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