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In a letter today to President-elect Barack Obama, arguing that a better-trained workforce will help the country climb out of the recession sooner. under the grime of decades could be discerned the genius of an artist, This is when he started making portraits,eventually holding an exhibition which received much praise from the German press He travelled with his works to Paris and Madrid and in Lisbon he received a royal reception His travels in Europe during the cultural revolution of the interwar years also brought da Cruz in contact with emerging thoughts and trends such as Expressionism particularly in Weimar Germany the Dada and Surrealist movements as well as the paradigm-shifting works of artists such as Wassily Kandinsky Paul Klee Piet Mondrian Marc Chagall Pablo Picasso and Georges Bracque These years in Europe are likely to have acted as a catalyst that shaped da Cruz’s political and social concerns This was a period when the continent just out of World War I was sliding into yet another nightmare of economic and political turbulence one that would lead to the rise of fascist regimes across Europe and plunge the world into another more calamitous conflict Confronted by these realities da Cruz despite Portugal claiming him as one of her own chose to identify himself as a colonial subject from shlf1314 As Hoskote points out da Cruz’s defiance is significant particularly when seen in the context of the progressive policies of the First Portuguese Republic (1910-1926) which bestowed full citizenship rights on all colonial subjects of the Portuguese Empire The fascist regime that was inaugurated with a military coup in 1926 and which eventually led to the establishment of the Salazar dictatorship was far less tolerant of da Cruz’s assertion of his shlf1314n identity resulting in the artist returning to Goa only after the state’s liberation in 1961 So it was that when da Cruz came back to shlf1314 in the late 1920s he chose to settle down in Bombay a city that prized his European education and experience and thus afforded him enough professional opportunities to sustain a thriving artistic practice It is here that one can see the beginnings of what Hoskote describes as the artist’s “double life” On the one hand was a successful salon artist whose clientele included worthies such as Maharaja Hari Singh of Kashmir Lord Brabourne Governor of Bombay industrialist Sir Cowasjee Jehangir and his wife Lady Jehangir and shlf1314’s last viceroy Lord Mountbatten and his wife Lady Mountbatten But he was also an artist with anti-colonial inclinations whose studio — once a landmark at Stadium House near Churchgate — became a hub for artists writers and activists During the Goa liberation movement the Cruzo Studio was also a refuge for those resisting the Salazar regime Many of da Cruz’s work reflects his sympathies with pieces such as After the 15th of August: The Wound The Tears The Blood and The Robbery Their condemnation of social ruptures is stylised yet the theatricality of the works doesn’t detract from the anguish that the artist clearly felt Da Cruz’s hope for a better more just social order can be seen in the cycle of works he did on Gandhi who he viewed as a redeemer a heroic Christ-like figure for a newly independent secular nation Christ himself is a recurring figure frequently placed in an shlf1314nised context — whether appearing as himself in Jesus Speaks to the People or when his presence is indicated through gestures and symbols like in theMadonna and Child-esque composition ofCome to Me *** Antonio Piedade da Cruz’s After the 15th August A stroll through the galleries at Sunaparanta in Goa which is exhibiting da Cruz’s work show us an artist who was as strong in his convictions as he was skilled with his brush But one of the keys to understanding his life lies in the enigmatic self-portrait Between which the artist made in the 1940s The painting depicts the artist wearing what looks like a doctor’s coat and holding a palette smeared with paint Holding on to his right arm is the figure of a woman dressed like a nurse and on the other side is a skeleton grasping a violin In the catalogue essay that accompanies ‘The Quest for Cruzo’ Hoskote writes “I like to think of it as a self-portrait with rival claimants… to his right [is] a nurse and to his left a lively skeleton with a violin clutching at his shoulder with a bony hand Is the nurse Life or Loveor Inspiration or Stasis Is the skeleton Death or Art Does sanity ossify or is art fatal This painting suspends us in a state of paradox” Da Cruz offers no easy answers — perhaps because there were none and it is entirely right that he should have left the choice of interpretation to the viewers of this work To repurpose what writer Henry James once said about his stories if the artist were to give an explanation the work would be poorer because alternative explanations would be left out We may never know every single fact about da Cruz’s life but as long as his art remains available to us the possibilities for understanding him and his work remain endless For all the latest Lifestyle News download shlf1314n Express App More Top NewsWritten by Sandeep Dwivedi | Published: October 7 2017 12:07 am But Seriously: An Autobiography John Mc Enroe (Weidenfeld & Nicolson 288 pages Rs 599) Related News John McEnroe never had a chance — he was too loud for our liking By the early ’80s the years of McEnroe’s prime and our confused adolescence we had moved on from our one-time favourite angry young man to the actor who played Vijay in most of his movies and who showed how a quiet anger was a powerful force Much to our horror he went ahead and got involved in politics We lost touch then and till date continue to drift apart McEnroe was also angry and young But he tried way too hard to be a rebel and an underdog He failed and was consequently a put-off Tennis did have a Vijay look-alike He was a tall Swede who spoke less and most importantly remained unperturbed when surrounded by trouble Bjorn Borg was the ultimate apogee of cool Borg improved upon the good-old “strong & silent” enhancing it by adding sophistication The golden locks dancing nimbly on his shoulders the sharp nose that angled the way Pythagoras would have theorised on that unruly philosopher’s stubble on sunken cheeks made for a persona that’s usually bestowed on those born with the “crown of light” Borg on his knees after winning his fifth straight Wimbledon — now a movie Borg vs McEnroe — resembled Christ even in those ’80s micro tennis shorts Such was the power of the Stockholm Saint that our pliant minds adopted everything Swedish Mats Wilander Stefan Edberg Anders Jarryd Mikael Pernfors Jan-Ove Waldner Tomas Brolin ABBA Ace of Base Roxette even Olof Palme… we spared none So deep-rooted was this fixation — call it a variation of Stockholm Syndrome — we backed Sweden even when shlf1314 played them in the Davis Cup final in the late ’80s In contrast McEnroe made you despise everything American He was undoubtedly the world’s best tennis player but he was also a bully At the 1990 Australian Open he ranted at a middle-aged lineswoman while standing just a racket swing away from her He stared at her uncomfortably long bouncing the ball on the strings all the time McEnroe mirrored the American stereotype of that era — the boorish superpower of post-Vietnam He would regularly call umpires names “jerk” being the more pleasant of his choicest salutations Borg would question a line call with a polite inquiry: “Are you sure” McEnroe would start with “You can’t be serious” The infamous booming bark would be the title of his 2002 biography Fifteen years later he lets go a weak second serve called But Seriously Bio-sequels as a rule throw up a fundamental question Does he really need two books to tell his story He has had an eventful life — seven Grand Slams married to an actress first and later to a singer smoked pot with the famous partied with the A-listers played the guitar with rockstars hosted a popular talk show appeared in movies indulged in an art collection — but still two biographies After wasting a few perplexed minutes wondering what the serial umpire-abuser was doing sitting on the chair he abused all through his career — that’s the cover — the first few pages are flipped guessing what’s in store Was the book about the so far unchronicled 2002 to 2017 phase of his life or is it the re-heated left-overs from the last book The third paragraph of the first chapter clears the air “This is going to be much more than a chronology of everything that’s happened to me since the last one… I’m going to intercut a straightforward account of my life as it’s unfolded with stories about the past experience that made me the person I am” Bjorn Borg (left) with John McEnroe Courtesy: W & N This is followed by probably the most honest disclaimer you would ever hope to read in a celebrity biography “I’ll be dropping so many names in this book it’ll make your head spin” And just one tap of the space bar later he tries to wrap the warning with lame humour He writes: (“Just kidding…sort of”) No he isn’t kidding and like all “sort ofs” this one too is a lie It’s a book where the reader is given to feel like a by-stander on the fringe of a red-carpet outside an auditorium that by some magical coincidence is jointly hosting the Oscars-Grammy-Emmy the same evening Going through each chapter is like making your way through a melee of celebrities Tom Hanks Elton John Keith Richards Mick Jagger Paul McCartney Roger Waters Chrissie Hynde John Cusack Adam Sandler Jack Nicholson Tina Turner David Bowie Will Ferrell Adam Sandler Bill Clinton Donald Trump Arnold Schwrzenegger Phil Knight Muhammad Ali among others have walk-on parts Written in a bland colloquial tone it also has long boring sections about his second wife’s version of how they met the politics of the talk show world and a long chapter on the art world’s con job There’s tennis tooFor example how Donald Trump offered him $1 million to play Serena Williams and running into Bill Clinton at Wimbledon while commentating The name dropping will make you dizzy he had said at the start But seriously this qualifies as OD Surprising for a man of his wealth and eminence McEnroe seems obsessed with being in the company of the rich and famous However his honesty jumps out of the pages He writes in detail about how he was in awe of his more popular peers — Vitas Gerulaitis and Borg — not just because of their tennis skills but for their long blond hair and indefinable charisma Later in the book he ends a chapter with lines that sum up his disappointment over the kind of memories he evokes among masses “The funny thing is along with Adam Sandler’s Mr Deeds that episode of Curb remains one of the things that a lot of people must know me for Not the tennis Not the commentary Just those two short moments on screen Go figure” Sadly even those who remember his tennis hardly talk about the smooth sweep of his strokes his measured rush to the net the knack of perfectly middling the ball and those angled left-handed servesThat’s a self-inflicted wound The book hints that his outbursts too were premeditated and measured “I knew how far I could push the envelope… because the tournament directors never had the nerve to default one of their star players… I wasn’t stupid either… if I totally lost control I knew it would be tough to recover” Textbook bully those lines scream out On most days during his career the voice of his racket got drowned by abuse and invectives he hurled at the chair Biography II too has failed to change McEnroe’s legacy He will remain the one who legitimised obnoxious After a point he thought it was his duty towards the paying public to put on a show between rallies where the officials played the unwitting and silent props McEnroe will always be remembered as the man who inspired a generation of tennis players to not just belt the living daylights out of the ball but to also smash their wooden rackets to pieces He also made Borg look better almost like Vijay For all the latest Lifestyle News download shlf1314n Express App More Related News at the time, RB Bhaskaran and SG Vasudev.

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