Self-portrait with John Wilson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

I remember the hour or so Terry and I spent at The Hood Museum last June during my Dartmouth 25 year reunion, but it wasn’t until this morning when I transferred an image from my little crappy Samsung to the MacBook that I realized the image was a self-portrait as we can see my reflection in the glass that protect Dartmouth’s copy of the John Wilson tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Now that I take a good look at it, I can also see Lucien Freud’s “Lord Goodman” hung directly across from John Wilson’s work.

John Wilson is a 90-year-old artist from Roxbury, Massachusetts who recently was commssioned by his home town to create this seven foot bust, called “Eternal Presence”.

edit to add, April 11, 2012: My recent post about Dartmouth classmate Bjong Yeigh is getting traffic thanks to Dartblog, which itself led me to read that it is Leon Black the Wall Street financier who is the one underwriting Dartmouth’s new art building — he who at one time was said to have a $4 Billion net worth and $1 billion tied up in art. Article says the building will include a Elsworth Kelly commission; dude’s 88 years old, not sure he is up to it, but God Bless. I would have gone with David Hess, of course. You could do about 50 David Hess works for the same price, but Hess will have to donate his spread outside Baltimore to the public good for that to ever happen, a site with 50 Hess-bots. See also: “Red” at Berkeley Rep regarding Rothko and Seagrams, circa 1958. Apparently Ellsworth Kelly had a big public piece in Philly that was disassembled and moved or deaccessed? Bonus: my Dartmouth class had a Kelly Elsworth, confusing enough.

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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4 Responses to Self-portrait with John Wilson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

  1. markweiss86 says:

    i found another cite, from dartmouth a few years prior that listed Kim Porteus among alumni honored for public service; Kim works for the Mandela Foundation in South Africa. from 2003

    I was going to quote from Duane Hanson book about activism.

    I also had a recent photo of musician David James

    I also had a capture of Aisha Tyler, another Dartmouth alumnus in the arts and media.

    Wanted to post, perhaps separately or eta Rob and Mia from Friday.

    Rigo on capture from SFMOMA referencing his amazing 1968 Olympics tribute, somewhat topical.
    But KISS, for MLK.

  2. Mark Weiss says:

    major taylor society in worcester and my friend lynn tolman

    but otherwise — and a visit with terry to greg brown studio, we popped in on bruce beasley saturday, apropos of PAPAC thursday jan 19 soiree coming — its all tortilla flat for me today.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this clip! I love John Wilson’s work!

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