Black Mountain College was once one of the most forward-leaning places of aesthetics and learning in the United States. Willem de Kooning, Ruth Asawa, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Josef Albers, Merce Cunningham and Buckminster Fuller are among the better-known artists and free-spirits associated with this vibrant institution during the two decades of its storied existence. It was also the college that my close friend, John Urbain, attended once upon a time on the GI Bill at the end of WWII, into which he had been conscripted as an army artist. John’s abstract art and collage provide the aesthetic backdrop to my website and are featured in this post as well. His spirit, poetic sensibilities and friendship have had an inestimable influence upon my own development both as psychologist and human being. It has been more than six years since John’s death, and there have been few days that have transpired during which I do not remember him with great affection–the conversations, the art, the wine, the multifarious escapades, even the fishing jaunts (“God does not subtract time spent fishing from man’s allotted span of years,” ran the Native American–or was it Viking?–proverb on an old postcard tacked to the wall of his spartan summer cottage) for our many dinners on those halcyon Block Island eves.

Check out the link below to the forthcoming exhibit at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art