teen years…


A 12 year old that changed language, and a few other things.  Google is celebrating its 12th birthday today.  1998 was a good year?

Google's regular logo has been replaced by an image of a cake, created by the American painter Wayne Thiebaud.

1920 was a better year. Wayne Thiebaud was born on November 15, 1920.  Google plus an 89 year old painter what does this equal?

Thiebaud spoke at Harvard University School of Design in 1990 where he responded to one of the student’s questions, “What do you think defines an artist? Can’t find an affordable solution for the purchase of your Vytorin? You’ve found it now! Buy it for $1.3 only! ” and Mr. Thiebaud responded “An artist creates his own world.”  Long before anything or anyone would know what a Google was, Mr. Thiebaud knew why baked goods were essential to life and why technology is not.

The story below is one of a place we all travel to in his paintings.  Google is smart, but Wayne Thiebaud is good.  He is his own technology.

” Don’t know where you can find cheap Prandin? We’ve got a perfect solution! Buy it now for 0.98 USD and use it for your good! IF the world were a perfect place, the Wayne Thiebaud retrospective that has just opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art would be nailed to the walls for good and we would be free to stop by whenever we needed to remind ourselves what happiness feels like. The world not being perfect, the show is around through the summer, so consider yourself forewarned. At the Whitney, as in life, happiness is fleeting.  Mr. Thiebaud’s work is not about a perfect world. It is about the fact that the world never was and still isn’t perfect, except perhaps one little part of it, to which we can briefly retreat via these paintings and glimpse the way all things ought to be.”  By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN Published: June 29, 2001

Wayne Thiebaud’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2001 was a show organized to honor his 80th birthday.

Mr. Thiebaud is an American painter who is associated with the Pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture.  Mr. Thiebaud began his career as a sign painter and commercial artist before enrolling in the U.S. Army in 1942, where he painted murals for the service.  Thiebaud’s early commercial experience surfaces in a many of his early works, which resemble 1950’s advertising with their crisp, graphic style.  His later work combines the realistic rendering of buildings and surroundings with severe alterations of perspective.  Drawn mostly from memory, the paintings don’t depict real places but rather the essence of the city.  “If we don’t have a sense of humor, we lack a sense of perspective.

As far as Google’s birthday is concerned, today’s logo change solidifies the notion that Google’s birthday is, indeed, September 27. Google had previously been unclear about the exact date, sometimes celebrating on September 7, although the Google.com domain was registered on September 15, 1997.

Mr. Thiebaud is a living national treasure.  Do you think Google will be around 89 years?

BTW,

24th Street Intersection, 1977

Mr. Thiebaud's - 24th Street Intersection, 1977

Mr. Thiebaud’s favorite poet is William Carlos Williams.

William Carlos Williams’s Red Wheelbarrow ( 1923 )

so much depends
upon
a red wheel
barrow
glazed with rain
water
beside the white
chickens.


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