Friday, March 25, 2011

george kennedy - fuller brush man

Holocaust survivor from Hungary George Kennedy (born Gyorgy Ungar) died Sept. 1 at age 86

1965 oil on canvas 101.6 x 89.6cm
collection of diane and david goldsmith orinda california
provenance estate of alice neel, 1984 to owner, through the robert miller gallery, new york 1984
This man came to Neel's door selling Fuller Brushes.
During the course of their conversations she learned that he was a survivor  of a Nazi concentration camp.
source: Alice Neel book by philadelphia museum of art isbn 0876331398

Kennedy, George Kennedy, George Holocaust survivor and founder of George A Kennedy and Assoc Engineers
Beloved husband of Marilyn 'Bunny' (nee Dubin) Loving father of Nancy
(Jim) Barnett, Sue (Jim) Spinello and the late Andrea Kennedy. Proud grandfather of David, Joey and Ricky Barnett, Alison, Michael, Jeffrey and Brian Spinello. Fond brother-in-law of Howard (the late Ursula) S. Dubin. Services were held Friday at Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road, Northfield, IL 60093. Interment Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals, (847)229-882

George Kennedy Guest Book | View 2 of 7 Entries:

"I am devastated at the loss of my dear uncle. I live in Australia so have not seen him too much but will miss him terribly. I enjoyed very much corresponding with him on the computer. A very very..." - Francesca Stanton
"Bunny and Family, Marc and I have been in Florida since September. We are devastated at your loss. George will always have a special place in our hearts. Walking partners with you at Multiplex and..." - anonymous

Chicago Tribune writes:

Immigrant, engineer built a solid foundation in the U.S.

Spoke often of his experiences in the Holocaust

September 20, 2010  By Becky Schlikerman, Tribune reporter

George Kennedy ran an engineering company that in the 1980s was hired by the owners of the Chicago White Sox to determine the viability of old Comiskey Park.

The verdict: Comiskey wasn't worth saving. It was no doubt a valid assessment, but a blow to traditionalists, and sparked a lively debate across the South Side and beyond.

"It was a very short 15 minutes of celebrity," said his wife, Marilyn "Bunny" Kennedy.

Mr. Kennedy, 86, died on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Evanston Hospital, following a fall in which he hit his head, according to his wife.

Mr. Kennedy's firm, George A. Kennedy & Associates, was hired in the 1980s to compile annual reports on the state of Comiskey Park for the White Sox, said Alex Gorun, Kennedy & Associates' president.

Mr. Kennedy's firm at one point declared that Comiskey was falling apart, prompting aldermen in 1986 to call for the ballpark to be shut down. A city inspector refuted the Kennedy & Associates report, and games continued to be played at 35th and Shields, although the park's days were clearly numbered.

Comiskey Park was eventually razed after U.S. Cellular Field was completed across 35th Street.

Mr. Kennedy, who was Jewish, was born Gyorgy Ungar and grew up in Hungary. During World War II, he spent a year in a Hungarian work camp.

In recent years, he spoke regularly about his experiences during the Holocaust, sometimes through the Illinois Holocaust Museum, telling thousands of children about the horrors of that era, his family said.

"If it wasn't told, it could be repeated," his wife said. "He felt it was important for children to know."

According to a speech Mr. Kennedy gave at Texas A&M University, his alma mater, he was ordered to the work camp to dig ditches and cut down trees, working at least 10 hours a day without proper clothing or equipment.

Mr. Kennedy was one of only three members of his extended family to survive the Holocaust, his wife said.

Mr. Kennedy arrived in the United States from Budapest in 1947 after he received a scholarship to attend Texas A&M from the organization B'nai B'rith Hillel, his wife said. Before coming, he chose two possible new surnames out of a phone book, Gordon and Kennedy. A coin flip settled the matter.

Mr. Kennedy came to the Midwest to attend graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. After graduating in 1950, Mr. Kennedy moved to Chicago, his wife said.

In 1955, Mr. Kennedy, tired of working for others, decided to open up his own engineering firm, George A. Kennedy & Associates. The name initially was a bit of hyperbole.

"He was the George Kennedy, and I was the associates," his wife said.

The firm expanded and adjusted its services throughout the years in order to meet industry demands, Gorun said. Some of its services included structural engineering and inspections.

"He had this niche to see a need for certain areas of the market," said Gorun of Mr. Kennedy's ability to grow the firm, which has clients across the country.

Mr. Kennedy is also survived by two daughters, Nancy Barnett and Susan Spinello, and seven grandchildren.

Services have been held.

bschlikerman -at-

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Gordon Quinn Photo

Gordon Quinn & Howard Reich at Tivoli Theater

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Gordon Quinn - Alice Neel

Prisoner of Her Past - New York City Premiere

April 7, 2011 - 6:30pm

The Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City, NY

The Museum of Jewish Heritage presents the New York City Premiere of Prisoner of Her Past.

On the night of February 15, 2001, Sonia Reich fled her home in Skokie, Illinois, insisting that someone was trying to kill her -- to "put a bullet in [her] head," she told anyone who would listen. It would take a year for her son, Chicago Tribune journalist Howard Reich, to understand why she was running the streets of Skokie, fearing for her life.

Prisoner of Her Past tracks Howard's journey across the United States and Eastern Europe to discover why his mother believes - to this day - that the world has conspired to try to execute her.

As Howard eventually learned, Sonia has late-onset Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a little-known but extremely debilitating illness that has pushed her into the realm of delusion. At the same time, however, Sonia remains fully aware of her surroundings, totally alert to the world, thoroughly cognizant of the present.

She has no hints of Alzheimer's disease or any form of dementia. On the contrary, as one doctor told Howard, "Dementia would be a relief for your mother, because then she wouldn't remember."

Unfortunately, Sonia's horrific childhood fleeing the Nazis -- about which she told Howard virtually nothing when he was growing up -- has come back to haunt her. She believes that yellow Stars of David have been sewn to her clothes, that doctors and nurses are trying to poison her, that her grandchildren have been taken away.

Past and present merge in Sonia's perceptions, and Howard sets out to discover why. He locates the few experts in the world who can explain the obscure phenomenon of late-onset PTSD, and he travels to the city of Sonia's birth, in Ukraine, to uncover the horrors that now haunt his mother.

But Prisoner of Her Past ventures beyond Sonia's story, to show what can be done to help traumatized children today. The film looks in particular at the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, an area of special interest to Howard, who's the Chicago Tribune's jazz critic. Some are benefiting from psychiatric awareness and techniques unavailable when Sonia and children of her generation were shattered.

Prisoner of Her Past makes it clear that if childhood trauma victims, from New Orleans to Darfur, are not helped, they will be retracing Sonia's steps 60 years from now.

A discussion will follow the screening, with filmmakers Gordon Quinn and Howard Reich, and special guest Yuval Neria, PhD, Director, Trauma and PTSD Program and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University. Get more information.  Free, with suggested donation
George Kennedy

Alice Neel Portrait, he came top her door as a dorr-to-door saleman, than sat for a portrait.
This portrait is now published in a book of Alice Neil's paintings

WARHOL (1928-1987), American painter (he has a war wound that never healed, kept a compress on it)
Portrait: Alice Neel

Alice Neel harlem studio

selt portrait at age 80.  "i takes guts to paint yourself like that"

Alice Neel (January 28, 1900 – October 13, 1984) was an American artist known for her oil on canvas portraits of friends, family, lovers, poets, artists and strangers. Her paintings are notable for their expressionistic use of line and color, psychological acumen, and emotional intensity.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Botswana Basketry - African Arts - Michael Yoffe

excerpted from ;"AFRICAN ARTS" journal

Vol 12 No 1 (November 1978) pp 42-47 (6 pages)
UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies Centre

See if the text is available somewhere:

African Arts is devoted to the study and discussion of traditional,
contemporary, and popular African arts and expressive cultures. Since 1967,
African Arts readers have enjoyed high-quality visual depictions,
cutting-edge explorations of theory and practice, and critical dialogue.
Each issue features a core of peer-reviewed scholarly articles concerning
the world's second largest continent and its diasporas, and provides a host
of resources - book and museum exhibition reviews, exhibition previews,
features on collections, artist portfolios, dialogue and editorial columns.
The journal promotes investigation of the connections between the arts and
anthropology, history, language, literature, politics, religion, and

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Michael Yoffe - Botswana Baskets

Basketwork on Display -- The joint-owner of Textures, in Oxford Terrace,
Jenie Meyer, displays one of the Botswana baskets from an exhibitino being
held in the shop until August 27. The baskets are made by members of the
Mbukushu, Yei, and Kung tribes from palm fronds. A coiled weaving technique
is used and no two baskets are alike. The export of Botswana basketry is
part of a United Nations development programme project and most of the money
earned goes back to the producer.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ayensu Book photos - Devonport Art "Right Side Brain" drawing

Michael Yoffe TWO PHOTOS in

Our Green and Living World: The Wisdom to Save It (Hardcover)

by Edward S. Ayensu (Author), et al.

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Rudolf Bonnet BALI indonesia


Drawing by Rudolf Bonnet

JOHAN RUDOLF BONNET (Dutch, 1895-1978).

Artist and patron Johan Rudolf Bonnet was born on March 30, 1895 in Amsterdam. His parents, Jean Bonnet Jr. and Elisabeth Elsina Mann, were of Huguenot descent, and were bakers. After receiving education at a technical High School where he studied decorative painting, Bonnet took night courses at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten. In 1920 Bonnet accompanied his parents on a vacation to Italy, and stayed behind in Anticoli Corrado, south of Rome. He stayed in Italy for eight years, and it was there that he first heard of Bali from the artist Nieuwenkamp, who had made illustrations of Balinese culture.

Bonnet arrived in Bali in 1929 where he was entranced by the pageantry and culture. He soon became acquainted with the artist Walter Spies and with the princes of the House of Ubud like Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati and Tjokorda Raka Sukawati. When Spies moved to Campuhan, Bonnet took over his water palace in Ubud and set up his studio.

Between 1929 and 1940 Bonnet stayed in Ubud and became involved in community issues including healthcare and education. He was also very involved in the Pita Maha movement, which encouraged local artists to raise their artistic standards. After the Japanese arrived in Bali, Bonnet remained free until 1943, when he was ordered to be sent to Sulawesi. He spent the remainder of World War II in internment camps in Paréparé, Bolong and Makassar.

In 1947 Bonnet returned to Ubud where he tried to return to his pre-war activities. He organized the first post-war Balinese exhibition under the auspices of the new Republik Indonesia Timur. He also organized a new association, meant to follow in the footsteps of Pita Maha, called the Golongan Pelukis Ubud.

After Presient Soekarno erected a palace in Tampaksiring, Bonnet became a frequent visitor. He also devoted himself to preserving his artistic legacy from the Pita Maha years, and worked to locate funds for what would become the Museum Puri Lukisan in Ubud. Due to age and illness he was unable to finish the catalog of the museum, but he did donate his private collection which became the core of the museum.

Rudolf Bonnet died in Laren, Holland on April 18, 1978. His body was ceremonially creamated in Bali in 1979


Johan Rudolf Bonnet (30 March 1895, Amsterdam - 18 April 1978, Laren) was a Dutch artist who lived much of his life in the town of Ubud on Bali, Indonesia.[1] He was born into a Dutch Huguenot-descended family who had been bakers for many generations. He attended the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.

He was invited to live in Ubud in 1929 by Cokorde Gede Raka Sukawati.[2] He was forced to leave Bali in 1957 after he refused to sell a painting to President Soekarno; he was able to return 15 years later.[3]
[edit] References

  1. ^ "Museum Puri Lukisan history". Museum Puri Lukisan. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  2. ^ Pringle pp 134-136
  3. ^ "Foreign Artists in Bali > Rudolf Bonnet". Retrieved 2008-05-04.

   * Pringle, Robert (2004). Bali: Indonesia's Hindu Realm; A short history of. Short History of Asia Series. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-863-3.
Rudolf Bonnet in conversation with the Spanish artist Antonio Blanco, in the studio of Theo Carp, Iseh, December, 1953


Mike Story Ubud monkey street or lane small little pension street, to this day, because
sumitra stood up at meeting, spoke up for his people.
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