When Abkhaz entered my house, they took me and my seven year old son outside. After forcing us to kneel, they took my son and shot him right in front of me. After they grabbed me by hair and took me to the nearby well. An Abkhaz soldier forced me to look down that well; there I saw three younger man and couple of elderly woman who were standing soaking in water naked. They were screaming and crying while Abkhaz were dumping dead corpses on them. After that, they threw a grenade there and placed more people inside. I was forced again to kneel in front of the dead corpses. One of the soldiers took his knife and took the eye out from one of the dead near me. Then he started to rub my lips and face with that decapitated eye. I could not take it any longer and fainted. They left me there in a pile of corpses.
Georgian woman describing the events of the Sukhumi massacre.
Alice Neel - portrait of Kenneth Dolittle, 1931.
August Macke - Marketplace in Algiers, 1914.
An absolutely exceptional album by probably my favorite American pop artist. This album is full of noise, punchy synths, weirdly melancholy lyrics and the soothing voice of St. Vincent over all of it. I admit to adoring this album whole heartedly. It is certainly 2014’s best pop record along with Tune Yards’ Nikki-Nack.
My grade: A-
Claude Monet - Manneport from the East, 1885.
Jean Bertholle, French abstract expressionist.
Mark Rothko - no. 22, 1950.