No Rules No Shame

October 24, 2009

Ben Shahn

Filed under: Art History, Favorite Artists, Genius, Painting, Writing — norulesnoshame @ 01:59

I’m not much of a writer – that’s why most of this blog is image based. I am a reader, though. There is an old semi-racist joke I heard a lot growing up about Eskimos. Apparently, in Soviet Russia, Eskimos are like the Polish here. All the jokes are about them. The joke goes like this:
An Eskimo comes to the big University in the city, and goes to the dean. The Eskimo says, “Eskimo here for school. Eskimo want to be writer.” The dean answers, “Great! Well, have you read Dostoyevsky? Gogol? Checkov?” Eskimo looks at the dean, frowns, and yells “Eskimo no reader! Eskimo is writer!”
What I’m trying to say is that Ben Shahn is an awesome writer, and his artwork is great. Sorry about that joke.

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