Join Mark Michael Lewis and artist Michael Newberry as they discuss the world of artistic creation in the context of Ayn Rand's philosophy. Michael has been creating figurative art for over 40 years, combining his love of Rembrandt, Ayn Rand, and Puccini.
1 hour 30 min, Published on Feb 23, 2017
Michael's choice between professional tennis and being an artist [7:01]
The importance of goals in life and art [11:30]
How he determines what subject/vision to paint [13:00]
Evil and beauty in the artistic process - as a self-portrait [16:07]
Critiquing Kant's idea of beauty vs. the sublime [18:12}
The three axioms of visual art and painting [30:00]
The importance and inspiration of Aristophanes [34:50]
The thought and love of his latest drawing - of Puccini [39:37]
The relationship between the artist and his audience for a work [44:15]
Where to look for the answers to any piece of art [46:48]
The byproduct of beauty in his art [49:42]
Working based on inspiration and vision vs. commission [51:41]
Following your personal vision - not other peoples' [58:07]
What he learned from Leontine Price [1:03:50]
The living development of an artist and their style [1:08:27]
Being willing to risk for your art, and unwilling to risk not doing art [1:12:48]
The importance of discovering, acknowledging, and tapping your genius [1:17:14]
On October 6th, 2003 The Foundation for the Advancement of Art presented this conference at New York's Pierre Hotel. David Kelley, a philosopher, gives the talk Art and Ideals.
0:05 Stephen Hicks introduces David Kelley
1:54 Chavet Cave, images, music. Why artistic artifacts? Some evolution theories.
7:00 Universality of Art, cognitive and emotional needs. Concept of abstraction; language, science. Foreknowledge.
10:27 Earliest narrative in written form, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Choice, normative concepts, good and bad.
12:39 Moral codes, emotions. Issues of life and death why through art? Concept of love. Homer, Shakespeare. Art gives the power of immediacy to our abstractions.
21:20 Modes of the ideal. Polyclitus, exemplars such as Christ through Michelangelo. Beethoven, Chopin, Delacroix. Hunger for ideals.
Dr. Stephen Hicks: A leading philosopher with wide-ranging insights from Postmodernism and Intellectual History. Dr. Hicks outlined the spiraling descent of postmodern art and argued that we must "look at the world afresh."
0:10 Pomo variations on modernism: 1. Self-referential, ironic, social reality content. 2. Deconstruction.
1:18 Architecture, Philip Johson, Gehry. PM Art, Duchamp, Rauschenberg.
3:55 Pomo variations: 3. Hyphenated-artists: gender/race/class. Jane Alexander, Jenny Holzer, Saville. Power, money, sex.
7:45 Marc Quinn, body fluids as a medium. What has not been done? Fischl, McCarthy, child sex and bestiality. Human waste products. 4. Nihilism
11:26 What is next? Artistic revolutions.
On October 6th, 2003 The Foundation for the Advancement of Art presented this conference at New York's Pierre Hotel. Stephen Hicks gives the introduction to the conference and to Michael Newberry's talk, Innovation in Art.
16 min 26 sec
0:09 Stephen Hicks Introduction
3:03 Michael Newberry Innovations in Art
4:11 Zuburan, Mondrian, John Moore
6:05 Color and Light Theory, Vermeer, Monet, Rothko, Rutkowski
7:59 Illustration of Ideas, Bosch, Magritte, Larsen
10:48 Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Newberry
12:54 Form, Henry Moore, David Smith, Martine Vaugel
14:17 Sublime, Egyptian, Michelangelo, Stuart Mark Feldman
On October 6th, 2003 The Foundation for the Advancement of Art presented this conference at New York's Pierre Hotel. Vision scientist, Dr. Jan Koenderink, gives his talk, Science and Art in the 21st Century, a brief introduction by Stephen Hicks. Jan Koenderink is a Dutch mathematician and psychologist known for his researches on visual perception, computer vision, and geometry.
0:03 Stephen Hicks introduces Jan Koenderink.
1:32 Cortegiano, science and art were commonly dicussed. Artists also considered themselves scientists, John Constable.
6:00 Formal and mathematical sciences are often subjects that are difficult to visualize, remote from daily life.
8:17 The rise and fall of physics, 20th century science reductive, emerging sciences, the importance of perception.
15:40 Psycho physics and ecological optics, problem of pictorial space, depth, surfaces. Painters communicate spatial depth from mind to mind. Hildebrand. The viewer's perspective of art.
21:20 Material properties. Hollwywood images of people vs. painted portraits. Gloss and texture, reflection of light. Physics of recreating natural looking faces. Softness of skin, scatters light. Need new ways of scientific method for optical and artistic concepts.
Michael Newberry, the Atlas Society's Artist in Residence, talks about the philosophical roots of ugliness in modern art, and why he draws inspiration from Ayn Rand. Newberrry, whose large scale portraits often feature the nude form, talks about the distinction, in Ayn Rand's view and his own, between pornography and nudity in art. He also talks about his upcoming reading group in which he will guide students through analysis of Rand's Romantic Manifesto.
20:00 min, audio only
3 min 44 sec
Thanks to Dana Ross for creating the video.
Lecture by Richard Barker,
featuring six paintings by Michael Newberry
01:35 The artist’s intent has shifted since the Renaissance
05:40 The shift in art reflects a shift in human perception
08:40 You perceive through the lens of your Story
12:30 First-hand knowledge v. Second-hand knowledge
15:08 Art is the Anima’s method of expressing the ineffable
17:57 Your Story is “presented” to your Anima in the Theater of the Mind
19:40 Your Story’s filtering mechanism
25:01 The hero of your Story is an “avatar” of you (aka your Ego)
27:56 Kalle Lasn quote
29:51 The Shift away from your Story, towards your Anima
32:01 Franz Kafka quote
34:29 The spontaneous shift induced by the sublime in nature & art
38:33 Artistic freedom, from the “shared Story” of culture
43:53 Six paintings by Michael Newberry
55:23 Questions from the audience
61:48 Comment by Janel Ruehl
70:21 Comment by Kaarin Elizabeth
Video created by FrazierDrake
12 min 40 sec
October 20, 2011
It was a great honor to be invited to speak by Culture and Music Art Talks. The talk was about what I was currently working on some plein air pastel landscapes in Joshua Tree and Salton Sea; the problems with Man Moving Forward: and, the completion of Lovers Jumping.
Thanks to for both Dana Ross founding Culture and Music and for shooting the video.
Figure the Future
By Michael Newberry
Presented by The Atlas Society, 2008
1 hour 6 min
The nude in art is the personification of the individual and complements the best humanist traditions. Michael Newberry surveys history showing us that the nude was present at some of our cultures’ important humanist advances.
0:17 Introduction by Robert Bidinotto
2:33 The Nude as the Personification of the Individual
The Status of Clothed Figures
Ramasus, Queen Elizabeth 1, Ingres, Millet, Whistler, Wyeth, Pearlstein, and Richter.
15:12 Individuality Expressed Through the Nude
Courbet, Durer, Bellini, Boucher, Manet, and Renoir.
23:26 The Best Within
First Artists to Sign Works
Polyclitus, Praxiteles, Humans as godlike.
27:39 Nude as Inspiration
Michelangelo, Galileo, Joseph Dauben, Capuletti.
30:05 The Nude Adjacent to Moving Humanity Forward: Interesting Cultural Developments — Bridging Ancient Greece to the Renaissance – Orbit of Individuals
Solon, Democracy, Aristophanes, Botticelli, Translation of Aristotle, Vasari (First Art Historian), Madame de Pompadour, Diderot, Manet’s Olympia, Hugo, Bizet, Copley, American Revolution, Mercy Otis Warren, Rossetti, Eakins, Walt Whitman, Emerson.
42:53 An Aside: Turning Leaves of Grass to Trash to Postmodern Art
44:18 Nazis and the Heroic Nude
45:43 Cultural Conflict — Sabotaging the State
The Last Judgment, Heroic Nudes Create Conflict with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Religions.
47:50 Where We Are Today
Lucian Freud, Schipperheyn, Collins, and Feldman.
51:19 Q & A
Roman Copies, Nudes Convey Individuality of Traits, Erotic Elements, Postmodernists are Grumpy People, Heroic Nude Helped to Defeat the Nazis? Humanism vs Christianity reflected in Renaissance Art, Courageous Figurative Artists, Nudes as Dangerous to Status Quo Cultures, Obscenity, Michelangelo’s Popular Appeal, Propaganda, and Appropriation of Great Art.