Sunday, September 16, 2018

Jean Arp. Born on this day in 1886

September 16, 1886. Jean Arp or Hans Arp (16 September 1886 - 7 June 1966) was a German-French sculptor, painter, poet, and abstract artist in other media such as torn and pasted paper. In this image: Cloud Shepherd, Jean Arp (1953), Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Pre-Raphaelites at the Legion of Honor, SF

With selected pieces by the artists whom they admired and were inspired by. 

Through September 30. The Digital Story here...
 Images courtesy of the Legion and DeWitt Cheng. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Once Overlooked, Impressionist Painter Berthe Morisot gets her due

The French Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot has long been overshadowed in art history by male contemporaries such as Claude MonetEdgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. But at long last, Morisot will take center stage at Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation this fall, with her first monographic exhibition in the US since 1987.

“We look forward to fleshing out the story of Impressionism represented in our holdings with the presentation of this groundbreaking exhibition,” said Thom Collins, the Barnes’s executive director and president, in a statement. “This international collaboration introduces important new scholarship that contributes to a more complete understanding of Impressionism and Berthe Morisot as a revolutionary figure within the movement.”

The traveling exhibition was co-organized by the Barnes Foundation, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie in Paris, and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, where it will debut in June before heading to the Barnes. The show was co-curated by the Barnes’s former chief curator Sylvie Patry, now the chief curator/deputy director for curatorial affairs and collections at the Musée d’Orsay and still a consulting curator in Philadelphia, and Nicole R. Myers, curator of European painting and sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Happy Birthday to Robert Indiana

September 13, 1928. Robert Indiana (born Robert Clark; September 13, 1928 - May 19, 2018) was an American artist associated with the pop art movement. His "LOVE" print, first created for the Museum of Modern Art's Christmas card in 1965, was the basis for his 1970 Love sculpture and the widely distributed 1973 United States Postal Service "LOVE" stamp. In this image: Robert Indiana, "LOVE WALL" 1966 - 2006, Cor-ten steel, 144 x 144 x 48 inches, 366 x 366 x 122 cm. Installation view at Paul Kasmin Gallery 2018 © 2018 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Christopher Stach.

The artist spent his childhood in and around Indianapolis. After military service, he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1953 with a fellowship to study art in Edinburgh. Upon his return to the United States in 1954, he settled in New York City. In 1958 he changed his last name to Indiana, assuming what he called his “nom de brush” and acknowledging his roots in the American Midwest.
Indiana began a series of paintings in 1961 with a bold sense of graphic design and an affinity for symmetry and the dynamics of American advertising, Sometimes critical of consumer tendencies or political excesses in American culture, Indiana’s images combined stenciled text and numbers and hard-edged bright colour fields into compelling signs. His ever-popular Love design—first realized as a painting in 1966 and later created in many other media, including sculpture—became a Pop icon of the 1960s. On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1973, the U.S. Postal Service issued Indiana’s design as a commemorative stamp. His work was also the subject of many exhibitions, including the retrospective “Robert Indiana: Beyond Love” (2013–14), held at the Whitney Museum of American Art. From 1978 until his death, Indiana lived and worked in Vinalhaven, Maine.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Green Thursday - SF museums free from 5 - 9 PM

Green Thursday Night, Sept. 13.  In honor of the Climate Change conference going on now...
From 5 to 9 p.m., all the museums — including S.F. Museum of Modern Art, SOMArts, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California Historical Society, Children's Creativity Museum and American Book Binders Museum, as well as various galleries and SPUR — are free to everyone (and offering special environmental activities and exhibitions), and there's an outdoor concert in Buena Vista Gardens.
From SF Gate

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Mozart's Requiem

For ALL who lost their lives on September 11 and ALL those who have lost their lives because of September 11.

Sunday, September 9, 2018