Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Giovanni di Paolo’s Shimmering Worlds on Parchment and Panel at the Getty

Giovanni di Paolo (about 1399–1482), manuscript illuminator and panel painter, was one of the most distinctive and imaginative artists working in Siena, Italy, during the Renaissance. He received prestigious commissions over the course of his lengthy career from a range of patrons—private individuals and families, guilds, the pope, and numerous religious orders, including the Dominicans, Franciscans, Servites, and Augustinians.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November 29, 1933. James Rosenquist

November 29, 1933. James Rosenquist (born November 29, 1933) is an American artist and one of the protagonists in the pop-art movement. In this image: Then 71-year-old US artist James Rosenquist stands in front of his art work 'Brazil' which he created in 2004 at the art museum in Wolfsburg, Germany on Thursday, 17 February 2005. The piece was part of a retrospective which included 150 works of art spanning across three decades, allowing an insight into the work of a leading representative of US American Pop Art. The exhibition ran until 05 June 2005.

"The Swimmer in the Econo-mist (Painting 3)," by James Rosenquist, oil on shaped canvas, 13 feet 2 inches by 20 feet 3/16 inches, 1997-8, commissioned by the Deutsche Bank in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin
"Astor Victoria," by James Rosenquist, billboard enamel and oil on canvas, 5 feet 7 inches by 6 feet 10 1/2 inches, 1959, collection of the artist

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Celebrating 499 years but who is counting: Luther and the Protestant Reformation

The 500th anniversary of the Protestant split from the Catholic Church is next year. And the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is marking the occasion with a beguiling new exhibition, "Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach,” which brings together 113 magnificent objects from state museums all over Germany.

The period under consideration (1460–1580) was marked by conflicts, civil wars, and complex relationships with neighboring countries, but it also witnessed a flourishing of many states and cities, reflected in the skills of their craftsmen. Additionally, the era was characterized by profound changes in thought, philosophy, science, and religion, spearheaded by Martin Luther’s writings, which in turn transformed the work of many artists of the day such as Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Hans Holbein, Mathias Grünwald, Tilman Riemenschneider, and Peter Vischer. These revolutionary ideas and innovations played a transformational role in the development of modern Western societies.

Der Reuter, erroneously called Knight, Death, Devil
“With these mass-produced prints, the modern media age dawns,” reports Times art critic Christopher Knight. “Gutenberg’s mechanical printing press allowed for their wide public dissemination, as it did for the Bible…. From the privileged text of a closed priesthood, the Bible went open-source.” Los Angeles Times

Happy Birthday to Toulouse Lautrec and José Clemente Orozco

Aristide Bruant

I am a bit behind on my birthday congratulations but this week saw the birthdays of two of the greatest: November 24, 1864. Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa (24 November 1864 - 9 September 1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and illustrator, whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of fin de siècle Paris yielded an ?uvre of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times.

"Lautrec was an aristocrat, but a bohemian, countercultural spirit animates his art. (He drank himself to death by the age of 36.) As opposed to the competitive aggression and rationalistic regimentation of modern business and industry, he evoked a world of sensual pleasure, personal intimacy, expressive spontaneity and erotic play." Ken Johnson, NY Times, 2006

Hombre de fuego (Man of Fire) in the Hospicio Cabañas

November 23, 1883. José Clemente Orozco (November 23, 1883 - September 7, 1949) was a Mexican social realist painter, who specialized in bold murals that established the Mexican Mural Renaissance together with murals by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and others. Orozco was the most complex of the Mexican muralists, fond of the theme of human suffering, but less realistic and more fascinated by machines than Rivera. Mostly influenced by Symbolism, he was also a genre painter and lithographer.é_Clemente_Orozco

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Green Friday - free passes to California State Parks

Rocks and Stream. @Nancy Ewart. 2016

116 of California’s 280 state parks will be free to the public to visit on November 25. That’s 13,000 free passes up for grabs.
Those who would like to visit a park for free on “Green Friday” may begin printing their day-use pass at noon Wednesday, November 16, 2016 and are subject to availability.

  • China Camp State Park
  • Mount Tamalpais State Park
  • Samuel P. Taylor State Park
  • Tomales Bay State Park
  • Hendy Woods State Park
  • Russian Gulch State Park
  • Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area
  • Van Damme State Park
San Mateo
  • Año Nuevo State Park
  • Butano State Park
  • Half Moon Bay State Beach
  • Pomponio State Beach
  • Portola Redwoods State Park
  • San Gregorio State Beach
Santa Clara
  • Henry W. Coe State Park
Santa Cruz
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park
  • Castle Rock State Park
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • Manresa State Beach
  • Natural Bridges State Beach
  • New Brighton State Beach
  • Seacliff State Beach
  • Sunset State Beach
  • The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
  • Wilder Ranch State Park
  • Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
  • Austin Creek State Recreation Area
  • Fort Ross State Historic Park
  • Jack London State Historic Park
  • Salt Point State Park
  • Sonoma Coast State Park
  • Sonoma State Historic Park
  • Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
  • Trione-Annadel State Park
FAQ – Register to receive your Green Friday day-use parking pass which is valid for day-use parking admission to your selected park only. Pass valid only for one vehicle on November 25, 2016. Passes are limited in availability.