Monday, September 30, 2013

New Work: Moon Door

Watercolor, collage, ink on paper. 8" x 11"

One moon seen as one in all the waters. 
All water's moon, that one moon holds. Hsuan Chueh (665 - 713)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Celebrate Museum Day

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Links for Thursday: Morgan Library, Artist in Residence Programs

William Blake: Behemoth and Leviathan, ca. 1805–10 [Book of Job, no. 15]

Artist in Residence Programs: The platform Transartists is a one-stop resource for information about artist-in-residence programs. It also covers artist tools and services, art education, funding, festivals, and art competitions, and includes a section, Offered & Wanted, where artists can exchange information about studio swaps, workshops, or other activities. 

 The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents "Beauty Revealed: Images of Women in Qing Dynasty Chinese Painting."

Featuring nearly thirty works, this exhibition is the first to bring together a genre of Chinese painting known as meiren hua, or paintings of beautiful women. Situating the works within the social and economic contexts of the High Qing period (mid-seventeenth to the late eighteenth century), the exhibition challenges the prevailing opinion that these subjects are high status women-either members of the court or other privileged women. By reading the visual codes embedded in the images, Beauty Revealed instead makes the case that these women are courtesans.
on view September 25 through December 22, 2013. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Luttrell Psalter

 Sir Geoffrey, in all his knightly - and expensive - splendor. 

But what I love are the marginalia; the glimpses of every day life, enlivened by the artist's sense of humor and love of the grotesque.

Monkey driving a horse cart.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Luttrell Psalter goes on line

One of the treasures of the British Library has been digitized and now is on line. Previously only scholars were allowed to handle this fragile, priceless masterpiece. But thanks to the new world of electronics, everybody who loves medieval art and calligraphy can view evey page.

The Luttrell Psalter is one of the most famous medieval manuscripts because of its rich illustrations of everyday life in the 14th century. It was made in the diocese of Lincoln for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell (1276 - 1345) of Irnham, probably sometime between 1325 and 1335.

The text was written throughout by one scribe and illuminated by at least five different artists

A framed miniature of Sir Geoffrey Luttrell inserted between Psalms 108 and 109 dominates this page. It was not unusual for the patron of a manuscript to appear somewhere, but they would normally be shown in a attitude of devotion. Not only is this miniature the largest in the entire manuscript, but Sir Geoffrey has had himself portrayed as a fully-armed knight, resplendent in his coat of arms. He is attended by his wife and daughter-in-law, both dressed in heraldic gowns, making a visual statement about the successful alliances he has made.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New work: 'Deconstructed center, pink'

pastel and watercolor on paper, 8" x 11". 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Art of Bulgari - La Dolce Vita

"Big girls need big diamonds," as Elizabeth Taylor once put it. Those who share Taylor's leanings should be sure to check out the upcoming exhibit at the de Young.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

New art at Chez Nancy

I don't remember how Donald Kinney's photos came to my attention but once I "discovered" him, I started following his blog on a daily basis.

When I had the chance, I invited him to SF to see the Gary Winogrand show at SFMOMA. Getting into shows "free" is one of the privileges of a press pass and one which I am very glad to share with my friends.

Later on, he asked me to help him with hanging his show at the Marin County Public Library. The work was spectacular - not in a gaudy, three ring circus way, but in a thoughtful and almost mystical way, showing not only that he is a skilled photographer but that he approaches his subject with the utmost sensitivity.

Some lovely photos and a write up here by local blogger Mike Strickland:

I had known for some time that I wanted to buy a photograph from him but it was so difficult to choose. I liked everything and I waffled between one of his black and white photos or one of his lovely colored photos. I finally decided on the one above which now lives at Chez Nancy.

When he delivered the work to my apartment, he also photographed it. So I had a double gift - the art work and now, the photos of my place which make it look so much better than it really is. But that is what a good photographer does - distill the essence of a place down to the simplest but most eloquent images.

Command central - the computer where I "live" a lot of the time. The computer is my link to the world, the way I write and the way that I keep in touch with all the people that I have met and all the things that I want to do. Maybe this is not the most elegant image but it resonates with me.

Kwan Yin and "Misty Morn." I told Donald that the photo reminded me of the Maxfield Parrish prints that my grandparents had in their house. He had never heard of Parrish but I think they share the same romantic vision of nature, impeccable craftsman ship and the same sense of color. I told him that all he needed was a pseudo-Greek temple on the seashore and a line of dancing nymphs. He promised to work on it.

"Orpheus Ascending" - one of my pieces that I kept when I closed my studio. I sold much of my work for rock bottom prices but I knew that this piece was too good to sell for my bargain basement prices.

Donald was even able to make my cluttered (but organized!) work space look visually interesting. It's pretty obvious that I don't have stylish containers for my stuff but it works just fine. I think it gives me the appropriate artist street cred.

Then there are the books. Books, books and more books. This is a fraction of what I have. I swear that books breed in the night. I have gotten rid of so many and yet, there are still many more.



Is it possible to have too many books? I really don't think so but the urge to simplify my life keeps nagging at me to release a few more books to deserving homes. The books are mine but the vision is Donald's. Thank you for a lovely photograph and these fun photos of my space. If ever I have to leave San Francisco, I will cherish these photos of a place and a space which I made mine.

 All photos courtesy of Donald Kinney:

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Arc Gallery, BAM/PFA, Dolby Chadwick, Thomas Reynolds and Cantor Arts Center

Weekend Picks - there were so many but I managed to do all of them. It was worth the train ride to Stanford to see Matisse's Jazz as Matisse is a paticular favorite of mine. But there was more than Matisse, much more - the work of current Bay Area painters at Arc whose sales will go to support Teen Van at the Stanford Children's Center, The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s fall L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA schedule gets underway this Friday, September 13; Sandy Ostrau's vibrant California landscapes at Thomas Reynolds and Guy Diel's metaculous realistic still life works at Dolby Chadwick.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What to do?

Tonight I have the choice of attending an opening at Arc Studios & Gallery and Gallery: "Join us for the "Squared Alumni" Exhibition ARTIST RECEPTION in the Project Gallery at Arc on Wednesday, September 11th, 6-9PM."

 or the premiere of a movie about the artists with disabilities who work at Creativity Explored

You know, this year has been crazy busy - whatever happened to the lazy, do nothing days of retirement?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A new Van Gogh discovered

Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum on Monday unveiled a newly discovered landscape painting from the height of the Dutch master's career, abandoned for years as a forgery in a Norwegian attic. "Sunset at Montmajour," a large oil landscape from 1888, was unveiled to applause by the museum's director Axel Rueger as a "unique experience that has not happened in the history of the Van Gogh Museum."

Depicting a landscape of oaks in the south of France, the painting was brought to the museum from a private collection. Researchers set to work and authenticated it based on comparisons with Van Gogh's techniques, style, paint used and a letter he wrote on July 4 1888 in which he described the painting. It had been lying for years in the attic of a Norwegian collector who thought the painting was a forgery, after buying it in 1908. "This discovery is more or less a once in a lifetime experience," said researcher Louis van Tilborgh, who helped with its authentication.

Is it a masterpiece? Probably not, although I will never be able to see the original. But it does not stand up to the the incandescent paintings that he made in the last two years of his life.

In a July 5, 1888 letter to his brother Theo refers to the painting:

“Yesterday, at sunset, I was on a stony heath where very small, twisted oaks grow, in the background a ruin on the hill, and wheat fields in the valley. It was romantic, it couldn’t be more so, à la [Adolphe Joseph Thomas] Monticelli, the sun was pouring its very yellow rays over the bushes and the ground, absolutely a shower of gold. And all the lines were beautiful, the whole scene had a charming nobility. You wouldn’t have been at all surprised to see knights and ladies suddenly appear, returning from hunting with hawks, or to hear the voice of an old Provençal troubadour. The fields seemed purple, the distances blue. And I brought back a study of it too, but it was well below what I’d wished to do.”

Saturday, September 7, 2013

It's too darn hot!

Now this is the kind of heat I can get behind. Go Ann Go!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Weekend Picks for September 6 - 8

 Hughen/Starkweather Requiem 7 (from the Bay Bridge Project), 2013 Gouache, pencil, and ink on paper 8.25" x 10.75"

Electric Works: 'Valediction" is the result of a collaboration between local artists Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather that focuses on the now demolished East Span of the Bay Bridge. Their works are delicate, complex and patterned, mapping the unique grids of human built systems overlaying the natural movements of the Bay Area.

 After four governors, multiple reviews, continual controversy and outrageous cost over runs, the Bay Bridge has finally opened. It is the most complex engineering feat in the history of California and is the largest the largest self-anchored suspension bridge in the world, with a single tower rising 525 feet into the air and transitioning to a graceful skyway that touches down in Oakland.

The Bay bridge — the old part which finally came down this month and the new construction, with its size, scope and design elements — has claimed their attention for over four years. In the future, works like theirs may be the only memory we have of a structure and of a process that dominated the lives of those traveling between Oakland and San Francisco since the Loma Prieta earthquake of October 17, 1989.

In Valediction, the artists explore this idea, as well as the past and future of the East Span, including its construction 75 years ago as a railroad bridge, the 1989 earthquake damage that predestined its eventual replacement, and its future as an abandoned structure on the Bay as it is dismantled over the next few years.

The artists researched the project through architecture and engineering drawings, data, maps and diagrams, and historic and current photographs. They also drew from their own experiences of years of driving across the bridge.

Hughen/Starkweather create collaborative artworks that explore the layers, complexities, and patterns that comprise a specific place using both current and historic information ­ photographs, maps, and data ­ to research a location. The resulting artworks map unique forms and patterns derived from built systems and natural movements of a place.

Monday, September 2, 2013

RIP Frederik Pohl

One of the leading lights of the science fiction world, editor and author Frederik Pohl, passed away this weekend after a career that defined the genre for decades.

Obit from the NY TImes:

Update on the Bunny

I went up there today to take more photos and found that the bunny had been stolen. Have people no respect?