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.