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Retrogression

Conversations on Art

Retrogression
Gary Thomas
Mahogany
1975

Artists Stanley Greaves and Akima McPherson, in this their fourth Conversation, examine Gary Thomas’s sculpture, Retrogression. This piece, completed in 1975, is currently available for viewing in the first floor gallery and is part of the exhibition ‘Abstract Art in the National Collection Paintings and Sculpture’ which runs until July 18.

Machines built to win at ‘thinking’ games

Russia’s world chess champion Garry Kasparov takes on the world’s super-computer Deep Blue in a return six game chess match in New York in 1997. Kasparov had beaten Blue the previous year. Blue won the deciding sixth and final game. Its owners IBM, did not respond positively to Kasparov for a rematch and retired the machine.

Garber to fellow policeman: “You won’t believe this.” Policeman: “You know me. I believe anything.” Garber: “They took Pelham 123 today.” Policeman: “I don’t believe it.” – From the film The Taking of Pelham 123 (1974) I didn’t believe it either when I learnt that mankind had developed a machine which played chess.

Lesser Nighthawk

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) perched at Surama, North Rupununi.
(Photo by Kester Clarke / www.kesterclarke.net)

Lesser Nighthawks can be seen foraging mostly over dry grasslands and scrubs where they take flying insects on the wing. During the day, they rest quietly on the open ground, or on slightly elevated branches where they can blend in and go unnoticed.