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2020.02.19

20021903.db   San Giorgio Maggiore plus half plans


2016.02.17

House for Otto 3


2024.02.13
A copy of Alexander B. Adams's John James Audubon: A Biography (1967) arrived with yesterday's mail. I had thought this was the Audubon biography I partially read in 2007, but now, after having read parts of Adams's book, something tells me it was a different biography that I had already read. In any case, Adams's Audubon biography is nonetheless a formidable work, although I have so far found no reference to Audubon's onwership and selling of slaves, particularly during Audubon's time living at Henderson, Kentucky roughly 1811-1820. However, after my concentrated reading within the near middle of the book, I decided to start reading the book from the beginning, and immediately recieved a shock in doing so. The very first paragraph of Chapter One reads:

"Although he sired two illegitimate children by different mistresses while his wife waited at home [in France], and also engaged in the brutal business of trafficing in slaves, Jean Audubon [father to John James Audubon], merchant and sea captain of the town of Les Cayes, was one of the most moral men in San Domingo [today Haiti]. In his sins, no matter how evil they may appear, he never fell below the accepted standards of the French colony; in his virtues he rose far above them, indeed far above those of most men in any place or at any time."

It is absolutely astonishing that, in just two sentences, Alexander B. Adams managed to committed a sin as evil as the business of trafficing in slaves itself, if not even more so.
To be continued...


2024.01.31
I read this morning:
"Later it dawned on me that all those birds harked back to the title of [Andy] Robert's London show, "Ti Zwazo Clarendon: You Can Go Home Again, You Just Can't Stay"--ti zwazo being Haitian Creole for "little bird." (Robert was born in Les Cayes, Haiti, which also happens to be the birthplace of the ornithologist John James Audubon, a remarkable artist who also bought and sold human beings.)"
Barry Schwabsky, "Andy Robert" in Artforum International, February 2024, p. 106.

This is, I believe, the first time I've learned about the slave owning episode of Audubon's life. In 2007 I read about half of Alexander B. Adams's biography of John James Audubon, yet I don't recall reading that Audubon owned slaves. Nevertheless, I now have to rethink certain aspects of what I wrote about Audubon last year within The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project.



2024.01.22
The Star Vengeance exhibition at GES-2 House of Culture, Moscow, ended 21 January 2024. As far as I'm concerned, the only real consequence of The Timepiece of Humanity having been part of the Star Vengeance exhibition is the Art that can be construed as supporting LGBTQ+ rights exhibition presently at museumpeace.com 19 October 2023 to 18 October 2024.





In memory of
Otto George Lauf
10 January 1953 - 12 January 2024





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