The Clark Doll Test was created by Dr. Kenneth Clark and his wife, Marmie Clark. It focused on stereotypes and self perception in relation to race. Clark wanted to show that segregation in schools was misconstruing the mind of young African American children and causing them to internalise racism and view themselves as lesser. In the test, African American children ranging from 6-years-old to 9-years-old were shown two dolls - one was white and one was black. They were asked a number of questions such as:  Show me the doll that you like best or that you would like to play with. Show me the doll that is the ‘nice’ doll. Show me the doll that looks 'bad.’ Give me the doll that looks like a white child. Give me the doll that looks like a coloured child. Give me the doll that looks like a Negro child. Give me the doll that looks like you. The test showed that the children preferred to play with with white doll as opposed to the black doll. The children were then asked to colour in a human figure with the colour of their own skin - the majority chose a lighter shade. As well as this, the children gave the white doll positive attributes such as “good” and “pretty” while describing the black doll as “bad” and “ugly”. 44% of the children said that the white doll looked like them as opposed to the black doll. This test indicated that African American children, even as young as just 6-years-old, suffered internalised racism due to segregation. The findings paved the way for an increase in psychological research into areas of self-esteem and self-concept.

At this point I reveal myself in my true colours, as a stick-in-the-mud. I hold a number of beliefs that have been repudiated by the liveliest intellects of our time. I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven’t changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves. I also hold one or two beliefs that are more difficult to put shortly. For example, I believe in courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other people’s feelings by satisfying our own egos. And I think we should remember that we are part of a great whole. All living things are our brothers and sisters. Above all, I believe in the God-given genius of certain individuals, and I value a society that makes their existence possible.
—  Kenneth Clark, Civilisation

Kenneth Clark was a connoisseur, collector, patron, art historian and writer. He had a good eye.

In his personal collection was this Cezanne beauty ‘Le Chateau Noir’.

Speaking of Cezanne, the story goes that once, in 1933, while waiting for a train in Paris, Clark an his wife called on….

‘…Paul Guillaume, the most intelligent dealer in Paris, who showed us a pile of about a hundred drawings and watercolours that the son of Paul Cezanne had brought in for sale. We just had time to go through them, selected fifty, many of them familiar from reproduction in Vollard’s book, gave him a cheque for £250 and dashed to the station with our portfolio.’

What a darned bit of good luck.

Extract from Another Part of the Wood by Kenneth Clark

A margin of wealth is helpful to a civilisation, but for some mysterious reason great wealth is destructive. I suppose that, in the end, splendour is dehumanising, and a certain sense of limitation seems to be a condition of what we call good taste.
—  Kenneth Clark, Civilisation

I went on an Adventure!

I was warned but I persisted!!

I met new judicial friends with important hats and legume themed names!

I encountered dubious nachos!

I found an old Cozy Coupe with a cool paint job!

I encountered the fabled danger zone that the poet Kenneth Clark Loggins spake of so passionately!




Pig Powders!!!!!(???????)

Some accordianistas!

….. moving on


DEAD FRED (also a fancy gown for sale)


Here I both tempt fate and touch some teeth.

A good fellow cooling himself by yon jukebox!

Goodbye, legs!

Goodbye, fancy tiger!


Goodbye, Wild Woody’s and all your audacious bullshit! Keep being a bastion of mannequins and madness in the middle of nowhere!

But where. in the visual rather than literary sense, did the vision come from? That is the mystery of genius. From antique sarcophagi, from a few gems and reliefs, and perhaps some fragments of Aretine ware; from those drawings of classical remains by contemporary artists which were circulated in the Florentine workshops, like the architects’ pattern-books of the 18th century; from such scanty and mediocre material, Botticelli has created one of the most personal evocations of physical beauty in the whole of art, the Three Graces of the Primavera.Kenneth Clark, The Nude.

i read a lot about art as well as women’s places in sub-movements and what not so i wanted to compile a little list of notable books i’ve read about the intersection of those things, in case it interests you at all cause it does me. some of these take on an explicitly feminist perspective while others are more objective and “historical”/ devoid of political introspection- both narratives interest me. (if this seems at all crude or without nuance it’s because i’m just a book store clerk and not an academic, lol) :

i’m surely forgetting some- but i hope this was at least a little of interest! 

Frozen Frenzy (Fear Factory Returns)
Scott Petersen, David Wise, Chris Carroll, Kenneth Bassham, Bobby Arluskas, Clark Crawford, Matt Piersall, Matthew Thies, GL33K LLC
Frozen Frenzy (Fear Factory Returns)

Track from Level 6-7 in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

In conversation with Dr. Kenneth Clark, James Baldwin talks about the “Negro and the American Promise.” Interview produced by the Boston public television station, WGBH in 1963.

“….. and there are days – this is one of them, when you wonder, what your role is in this country and what your future is in it. How, precisely, are you going to reconcile yourself to your situation here and how you are going to communicate to the vast, heedless, unthinking, cruel, white majority, that you are here? And to be here means that you can’t be anywhere else.”

anonymous asked:

hi! could you please list some good books about art history?

I can certainly tell you what I’ve enjoyed reading. My taste is certainly bent toward a mid-century, neo-romantic view of art rather than anything more current so I provide these recommendations with that caveat.

The Meaning of Art by Herbert Read - a series of essays focused on appreciation rather than critique / analysis

The Story of Art by EH Gombrich - he engages you with his love of art and draws a thread of genius through the whole of art history

Museum Without Walls by Jonathan Meades - Jonathan Meades is probably the person who shaped my world view more than anyone else and this book is a neat collection of his work

Modernism by Peter Gay - makes post-modernism look boring and serene

Playing to the Gallery by Grayson Perry - one of my favourite artists writes about the art world in the 2010s and who is defining art

Romantic Moderns and Weatherland by Alexandra Harris - just beautiful writing about my favourite period of British art and my favourite subject matter of British art.

Civilisation by Kenneth Clark - this is the script of the documentary series he made and it moved me to tears more than once

“No one interested in the eighteenth century can forget the high place held among the arts by gardening and as the century went on it became clear that the object of a garden was to induce a mood - that same agreeable melancholy which delighted poets and dilettanti.” (The Gothic Revival, Kenneth Clark)

It just made me think of Miranda gardening to feel serene (and probably growing as well?) and that, between music and gardening, she would have been considered a fine artist. 

Irate Eight (Aquatic Ambiance ~ Lockjaw's Saga Returns)
Scott Petersen, David Wise, Chris Carroll, Kenneth Bassham, Bobby Arluskas, Clark Crawford, Matt Piersall, Matthew Thies, GL33K LLC
Irate Eight (Aquatic Ambiance ~ Lockjaw's Saga Returns)

Irate Eight (Aquatic Ambiance ~ Lockjaw’s Saga)

A remix of Aquatic Ambiance and Lockjaw’s Saga, played in the Irate Eight level of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

This song gets more tense as the level goes on, reflecting the nature of the level spectacularly.