Donald P. Wilson (left) There was also little question that the Bird had no utility, even though the customs office had released it under the classification “Kitchen Utensil.” … yellow bronze with a gently tapering bulge called Bird in Space … Maurice Speiser, an art lover who took on the case for free, and Charles Lane, the personal lawyer of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who later helped set up the Whitney Museum of American Art. Six influential figures testified for Brancusi: Steichen, who was an established photographer; the sculptor Jacob Epstein; Forbes Watson, the editor of the review The Arts; Frank Crowninshield, the editor of Vanity Fair; William Henry Fox, the director of the Brooklyn Museum of Art; and the art critic Henry McBride. The witnesses for the government, the sculptors Robert Aitken and Thomas Jones, now long forgotten, enjoyed great academic reputations at the time. Judge Young was new to the Customs Court. The 75-year-old Waite had been serving on it and its earlier incarnation, the Board of General Appraisers, for 25 years.
Why is the “Arteest” so vitally necessary for our “HUMANITY”? ARTISTS have dragged the species “Homo sapiens” up the proverbial hill from the beginning of time. Constantin Brancusi read daily: “Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa”. He was and is a SENTIENT BEING, then and now?! In the FAMILY OF WHOLE BEINGS. Life is short in earth and those that do to our species “Human Beings” what gets done (MUTILATIONS, APARTHEID, GENOCIDE, DEMONIC LOW SUBTERRANEAN HUMAN FILTH EXPERIMENTING ON OWN ‘SPECIES’!!!!), are the vibrations of “What IT Is” — What’s that?! Look at world earth and examine in particular the those, the thats, thems WHOM are not even beginning on a path of “enlightenment”. Obscure eternity is the span of consciousness for the ANN L. AIKEN, ET AL!
“Nothing ever grows beneath giant trees” –some version of this saying– Brancusi said to RODIN, the artist that cast Balzac in bronze. TRUTH is what truth power does — grows the whole being to be in the family of whole beings in eternity – or not.