The Eyes have it, The Eyes have it



Pair of eyes, bronze, marble, frit, quartz and obsidian; thought to be Greek, 5th BCE or later.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY




  A Brexit procedural vote in the Commons, UK Parliament, on April 1, 2019. 

A teller read the vote count from a card and handed the card to a bewigged man who gave it to the Speaker of the House, John Bercow.  He repeated the vote count. 

The vote was whether or not to debate four alternatives to resolve the impasse on the shape of the Brexit. The ayes had it.  The impasse continues because all alternatives were rejected.


The noise obscures the further hijacking of a democracy by a political elite, well-guarded by their own resources against the catastrophe which they are delivering to some of their compatriots.  For Queen and Country, of course.





The eyes of David Bowie, 1947-2016, (from the net).





Cat and Bird, 1928, oil and ink on gessoed canvas, mounted on wood. Paul Klee, German born Switzerland.  MOMA, NY






A Good Circular God, 1948-50, mixed mediums.  Jeanne Reynal, 1903-1983, American.  MOMA, NY






Indestructible Object, 1965 (replica of the 1923 destroyed original), metronome with photograph.  Man Ray, 1890-1976, American.  Philadelphia Art Museum





Gala Éluard, , 1924, oil on canvas.  Max Ernst, 1891-1976, French born Germany.  Metropolitan Museum, NY

Gala Éluard, was the wife of two Surrealists,  Paul Éluard and Salvador Dali; and the lover of Max Ernst who painted this from a phootograph of Man Ray. 

It is thought to represent the Surrealism faith that art can unravel the mysteries of the unconscious mind.





The Evil Eye, mixed media, 1947.  Eric Donati, American born Italy, 1909-2008.  Philadelphia Art Museum






Crying Girl, 1963, offset lithograph.  Roy Lichtenstein, 1923-1977, American.  Philadelphia Art Museum





The Critic Sees II, sculpmetal over plaster, glass, 1964.  Jasper Johns, American born 1930.  The windows of the Philadelphia Art Museum are reflected in the image.





Lover’s Eye Brooches, 1800 on the left, gold, enamel and watercolour on ivory; on the left,  and early 19th century, gold, pearls and watercolour on ivory.  Both probably British.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY





 LOOK! 1964, Joe Tilson, born 1928, British; oil and acrylic on plywood.  Loaned by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis to the International Pop exhibition in 2016, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art





The Jimmy Hendrix Experience, 1967, offset lithograph (with light interference).  Thought to have been designed by Fantasy Unlimited.  Philadelphia Art Museum





Point of View, 1967, etching.  Edward Saffel, 1923-2015, American.  Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg






Owl, date unknown, patinated bronze. Kenneth Gordon, 1929-1998, American.  Woodmere Museum, Philadelphia




Eye, 1972, acrylic paint on leather.  Bettye Saar, American born 1926.  On loan from by a private collector to the Brooklyn Museum, NY in 2018/19






Source, 1976, oil on canvas.  Philip Guston 1913-1980, American born Canada.  MOMA, NY








Window created for Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, 1982, 40 porcelain tiles washed with copper salts, each handcrafted and applied to frosted glass, wood frame.  Rudolf Staffel, 1911-2002, American.  Philadelphia Museum of Art





To the Possible Limit, 1996, acrylic paint and conte crayon on canvas with found objects.  Jose Bedia, Cuban born 1959.  Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC.  An expression of the difficulties of exile for the painter who lives in the United States.






‘Nobody’s Perfect’ chair, 2002, polyurethane based resin, nylon pins. Designed by Gaetano Pesce, Italian born 1939; made by Quatrocchio S.r.L., Alessandrio, Italy, 1919-present.  Philadelphia Art Museum




© Gina Beavers "Smokey eye tutorial", 2014 Acrylic and wood on canvas, artists frame 30 x 30 inches Photo credit: Andres Ramirez Courtesy the artist and Clifton Benevento, New York

Gina Beavers “Smokey eye tutorial”, 2014. Acrylic and wood on canvas, artists frame, 30 x 30 inches Photo credit: Andres Ramirez, Courtesy the artist and Clifton Benevento, New York

On view at MOMA, NY in 2019





Untitled, Botanical and detail; 2015; doghair, carbon burn-out on glass in custom steel frame.  Sharyn O’Mara, Tyler School of Art, Temple University.  Exhibited at the Arts Alliance, Philadelphia, 2016







One of thousands of designs of the Dutch company called Vlisco, founded in 1846 (Wax Hollandais, Dutch Wax). 

Sold today primarily to west Africa whose Ghanian soldiers brought back a passion for batik from their time as soldiers in the 19th century Dutch East Indies.

   Exhibited at the Philadelphia Art Museum in 2016.






Tempting Eyes, 2017, carved and stained pine wood, gouache and pigments on handmade wasili paper, plexiglass.  Humaira Abid, American born Pakistan, 1977.  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

A commentary on a 2011 Saudi Arabian law which permitted the covering of women’s eyes if they were found to be ‘tempting’.  Also a commentary on the long fight of women to be able to drive.
















11 thoughts on “The Eyes have it, The Eyes have it

  1. Good morning Sarah,
    My eyes have seen all these beautiful eyes, drawings and portraits of all these exhibitions and artists’ works. It is an original and interesting idea to propose them to us. Thank you, Sarah.
    See you soon

    1. Thank you.
      I am glad to have found your blog again. It became mysteriously lost to me. Sarah

  2. “The noise obscures the further hijacking of a democracy by a political elite, well-guarded by their own resources against the catastrophe which they are delivering to some of their compatriots.” Well put! From a distance, it’s a bit surreal.

  3. Yes, surreal;

    But very real to the millions in England below the poverty line (30% of all children according to the government’s own civil servants), to a generation of young adults whose work opportunities have been foreclosed, to so many people.

    This has to be the last gasp of the old British empire. Just insane.

    1. I wonder if current American politics seem equally bizarre from a distance. I think the past three years will be discussed in political science classes for a very long time.

      1. I think our current political establishment has confounded the expectations of a large part of the world and not in a good way. I think it has confounded us also!

  4. Dear Sarah, I am a member of the Woodmere I had education committee and I was so impressed by your presentation. Meanwhile your blog gives me pleasure every day and I thank you so much for it. Sigrid Weltge

    1. Thank you, Sigrid, for these kind words!

      Do you have a blog? If not, I can’t encourage it enough. They are easy to put together and give pleasure all round!

      I am so glad to have met you and hope to work with you again.


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