Friday, January 31, 2014

The Year of the Horse

I just realized that it's the Chinese "Year of the Horse." The Chinese zodiac – or Shēngxiào – is a calendar system originating in the Han dynasty (206-220BC), which names each of the years in its 12-year cycle after an animal: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, in that order. According to the system, the universe is made up of five elements – earth, water, fire, wood and metal – which interact with the 12 animals, resulting in the specific character of the year ahead.

The Asian Art Museum has a lot of wonderful events planned but start first with the essay on the horse in Chinese art on their blog. Admission on Sunday is free and there is sure to be a crowd.

I am a "wood monkey" in the Chinese zodiac. I wonder what the upcoming year has in store for me. Last year was sure a mixed bag of the sweet and the sour:

People born in the year of the horse are said to be a bit like horses: animated, active and energetic – they love being in a crowd. They are quick to learn independence – foals can walk minutes after birth – and they have a straightforward and positive attitude towards life. They are known for their communication skills and are exceedingly witty. One of my favorite actors was born in a horse year and he has quite the reputation for wit - as well as being very restless in his private life.

According to the Independent On Line, it will be a fast year full of conflicts according to some astrologers, who see wood as providing fuel for the energetic horse sign. The later part of the year is “yin fire”, increasing the potential for heated clashes even more. Feng shui practitioner Raymond Lo told Reuters: “The upcoming Horse year is also a 'yang wood' year, when people will stick more to their principles and stand firm. So it is hard to negotiate or compromise as there are more tendencies for people to fight for their ideals.”

When horse meets horse, the natural Ying-Yang opposition is no longer balanced and thus over the next year horses are due some tense situations and pressure in their personal life.  Conflicts, disasters, record high temperatures, an economic chill in Asia and more trouble for Justin Bieber -- the upcoming Year of the Horse is set to be a dramatic one, say Hong Kong feng shui masters.

With the Year of the Snake slithering into history, they say that the incoming Lunar New Year beginning on Friday is going to be the kind of horse that you shouldn't stand behind -- because it incorporates the volatile element of fire.

Oh - and watch out for volcanos.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RIP Pete Seeger

An advocate for peace and civil rights, Pete Seeger (and the Weavers) helped spark the folk music revival with his five-string banjo and songs calling for justice.

A veteran of the labor, peace and civil rights movements, Seeger remained relevant as an activist into his 90s. He was equally musician and revolutionary, playing a major role in the folk music revival that began in the late 1950s while helping to craft the soundtrack of 1960s protests through his music. I can't think of these songs without remembering the marches, the hope, the struggle, the idealism.

"Turn! Turn! Turn!,"  which is adapted from a passage from chapter three of the Book of Ecclesiastes. The song includes the lines: "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Seeger said he had remained an optimistic person throughout his life, saying in 1994, "The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.”

His politics remained controversial right up to the end of his life. But what I - and millions of others saw - was not some hard nosed Stalinist - but a gentle, compassionate man who used his music to educate people about injustice.

In 1982 Seeger performed at a benefit concert for Poland's Solidarity resistance movement. His biographer David Dunaway considers this the first public manifestation of Seeger's decades-long personal dislike of communism in its Soviet form. In the late 1980s Seeger also expressed disapproval of violent revolutions, remarking to an interviewer that he was really in favor of incremental change and that "the most lasting revolutions are those that take place over a period of time."









“The key to the future of the world,” he said in 1994, “is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.”,0,191963.story#ixzz2riC1OdME

Monday, January 27, 2014

Hendrick Avercamp

Today's birthday is that of Hendrick Avercamp who appears to have overcome some very serious obstacles to make his elegantly detailed paintings. He was both deaf and mute but was able to study with two important painters of the time, Pieter Isaacks (1569-1625) and perhaps (according to Wikipedia) with David Vinckbooms.

Avercamp was the first artist to specialize in painting winter landscapes that feature people enjoying themselves on the ice. He made the "ice scene" a genre in its own right. Within these winter scenes is a social narrative as well: unencumbered by status, all classes formed one community on the ice. Avercamp was also an outstanding draftsman who made individual figure studies that he utilized not only in his painted work but also in compositional drawings.

The Wikipedia article has the bare bones of the man's life but leaves so much unknown. Could Avercamp read and write? Since he was deaf as well as mute who sold his works so that he wasn't ripped off? Various other records testify to Avercamp's disability: in 1622, a document refers to him as "Hendrick Avercamp de Stomme", and his mother's will, drawn up in 1633, instructs that her unmarried, "mute and miserable" son Hendrick should receive, in addition to his portion of the inheritance, an extra allowance of one hundred guilders a year for life from family capital.

Fun on Ice. 

As one of the first landscape painters of the 17th-century Dutch school, he specialized in painting the Netherlands in winter. Avercamp's paintings are colorful and lively, with carefully crafted images of the people in the landscape. Many of Avercamp's paintings feature people ice skating on frozen lakes.

Avercamp's work enjoyed great popularity and he sold his drawings, many of which were tinted with water-color, as finished pictures to be pasted into the albums of collectors. The Royal Collection has an outstanding collection of his works.
Avercamp died in Kampen (age 49) and was interred there in the Sint Nicolaaskerk.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Saturday Links

The New York Public Library offers an online exhibition of work by Mary Cassatt: "Daring Methods: The Prints of Mary Cassatt". Viewers may browse by title, date, or medium. The prints span 20 years, 1878 to 1898.

 ✦ Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) is the subject of this excellent feature at The Public Domain Review: "Time and Place: Eric Ravilious". Ravilious was a wood engraver, book illustrator, muralist, theatre designer, and watercolor painter (his works are now in the public domain). An exhibition of Ravilious's prints was held at Pallant House Gallery in West Sussex, United Kingdom, this past fall.

 Hans Belmer, German. 1902 - 1975

✭ Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is presenting through March 16 "Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th Century Art". Organized with San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition features works by Giorgio de Chirico, Alexander Rodchenko, Constantin Brancusi, Berenice Abbott, Man Ray, Jean Arp, Salvador Daily, and other modern painters, printmakers, photographers, and sculptors. Thematically arranged, the exhibition has four sections — the human figure, the imagination, the urban landscape, and the object — showcasing featured artists' responses to the rise of the machine in modern life. Various art movements (Futurism, Purism, Vorticism, and Constructivism) are illustrated by the selections, which cover the 1910s to early 1950s.

✦ The Getty has created a digital finding aid to the papers of Harry Smith, polymath painter, filmmaker, and collector of American vernacular art. The physical materials, including correspondents, original films, and manuscripts, are in the Special Collections of the Getty Research Institute. Some images of objects from Smith's collection of paper airplanes are reproduced in "Treasures from the Vault: Harry Smith and Patterns in the Wind".

DETAILED DRAWINGS UC Botanical Garden is hosting its fifth annual exhibition of botanical drawings by regional artists. These intricately drawn pictures by members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are surprisingly detailed and lifelike. They range from drawings of tree branches to delicate flowers to leafy greens. There will be an opening reception Saturday from 4-6 p.m. for artists and garden members. (Parking will be tight). The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Stephanie Syjuco at Catherine Clark (opening tonight)

There is an incredible list of links at "All Art Friday," one of my daily go-to sites:

Remember when Danish modern was the style du jour? I thought it was so elegant and coveted those covered cabinets. Stephanie Syjuco does a riff on furniture and the fantasy of style

Stephanie Syjuco's exhibit, Modern Ruins (Popular Cannibals) opens tonight at Recology in San Francisco, CA.  In this exhibit, Modern Ruins (Popular Cannibals), Syjuco takes beloved archetypes of modernist furniture and reproduces them dump-style to explore a range of ideas related to production, consumption, class and economies.  These works continue her investigation of copies and counterfeits, while also examining modernism's promise of utopian progress and the reality of that vision today. 

 Represented by Catharine Clark Gallery, Syjuco is a current artist-in-residence at Recology, one of the most progressive waste management providers on the west coast, focusing on resource re-use and ecosystem sustainability.  Recology's artist-in-residence program, which has hosted over 100 artists since 1990, provides Bay Area artists with access to discarded materials, a stipend and a large studio space at the Recology Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center. The artists' studios are located on-site at Recology's 47-acre facility located west of Highway 101 near Candlestick Park, and is also the site of a three-acre sculpture garden containing work by former artists-in-residence.

  *Additional viewing hours:  Tuesday, January 28, 5-7pm with artist panel discussion at 7pm at 401 Tunnel Ave.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

250 Getty books go on line and the Roman de la Rose is now fully digitized plus more

Getty Publications today launched a Virtual Library, providing free online access to more than 250 of its backlist titles. The books are available to read online or download as PDFs. Getty President and CEO James Cuno launched the Virtual Library in a blog post on the Getty Iris today.

Link to Getty Publications:

Text of article at the Examiner: 

The text of the Roman de la Rose is now on line. My only quibble is that you can't see the thumbnails and chose to look at the pages with full sized illustrations. But it's still a medieval treasure that few of us would have been able to see in the past,

The text of the Roman de la Rose was begun around 1220, possibly by Guillaume de Lorris, and continued by Jean de Meun between 1269 and 1278.

Decoration includes 4 large miniatures in colours and gold with a large initial with acanthus leaves and a full panel border with naturalistic flowers, acanthus leaves, birds and insects. 88 column miniatures in colours and gold. Initials in colours and gold.

The Wellcome Trust, a leading British health organization, has created an online database of over 100 000 historical images, including many from the Middle Ages. The images can be found on the Wellcome Images website and come from manuscripts, paintings, etchings, and early photographs.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Art Tidbits Du Jour

A German mediation panel heard a dispute Wednesday between a Berlin museum and the heirs of World War II-era Jewish art dealers over a vast medieval church art collection.

Called the Guelph Treasure or "Welfenschatz", it includes gold and silver relics, gem-studded crucifixes and other ornate Christian artifacts, some dating back to the 11th century and believed to be worth hundreds of millions of euros (dollars) in total.

The fight centres on whether its three Jewish former owners sold the collection under duress and below market price in a deal with the Prussian state in 1935, two years after Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler rose to power. The case comes at a sensitive time, due to the recent discovery of a hidden treasure trove of looted art. 
Links to more images of the tresure:

After a tumultuous several years, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is set to announce its new director. The role is expected to go to Philippe Vergne, director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York, according to a report from the New York Times, citing unidentified sources.

News of the long-awaited appointment comes a week after MOCA announced that it had achieved its goal of a $100 million endowment. Much of the money was raised in the past year, from just $6 million in 2008.Vergne would take over for Jeffrey Deitch, who was also plucked from New York and had brought on some controversy during his tenure from 2010 to last summer.Controversy has come Vergne's way, too, including his decision to sell works from the Dia's collections to fund new acquistions. At a Sotheby's sale, the works fetched $38.4 million.

Bosnia opened today a new library to house its ancient Islamic manuscripts, which were saved from destruction during the 1992-1995 war by residents who hid them in eight different locations. Sarajevo re-opened the 477-year old library, containing the largest collection of oriental books and manuscripts in South-Eastern Europe, after it was rebuilt with the financial help from Qatar. AFP PHOTO

Francisco Goya (1746—1828).Pesadilla (Nightmare), ca. 1816—20
Black ink and wash . 10 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches (264 x 171 mm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Bernhard, 1959; 1959.13

Rarely seen Spainish Drawings at the Morgan. From the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, Spain witnessed the rise of the Catholic Church along with the flourishing of court artists who explored deeply spiritual visions. Concurrently, the nightmare of the Inquisition drove artists to probe the darker side of human nature through scenes of martyrdom and torture. Drawing played a central role in their conception of these diverse subjects—from Murillo's preparatory studies for painting commissions to Goya's private albums satirizing contemporary society. In addition to this rich tradition in Spain, Spanish artists also worked abroad, notably in Naples, which was a Spanish territory.

Visions and Nightmares marks the first exhibition of Spanish drawings at the Morgan, whose holdings in this area are small but significant. Showcasing over twenty sheets by Spanish artists spanning four centuries, this selection traces the shifting roles and attitudes toward the art of drawing in Spain.

The week ahead: 'Neighbors' in the Tenderloin, Gallery Crawl and more.

@ Troy Holden
"Neighbors" closes tomorrow but it's worth the trip to the hood to see the gritty, honest and tender portraits of our close neighbors. For "amateur" photographer Troy Holden, it took a year of canvassing just to get 50 willing subjects to form the exhibition "Neighbors." Holden who lives in Bernal Heights, discovered the Tenderloin on his first day in San Francisco in 1996. The photos range from tender to gritty but each is an honest, beautiful look at at those who live in a part of the city that we often hurry through with our eyes averted.

Troy Holden's website:

"Neighbors:" Troy Holden's portraits of the Tenderloin, Through Wednesday. Lower Branch Gallery, 233 Eddy St., S.F. (415) 525-4626.
Review: SF Gate:

Gallery Crawl NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences
At NightLife, smart revelers receive special discounted evening admission to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday evenings with unique special events each week. This week, the Academy transforms into a pop-up art museum, featuring micro-galleries and maker stations curated by the aesthetically-inclined team at Gallery Daily.

This week tour African Hall and enjoy interactive activities hosted by SFMOMA plus art showcases by Mission-based Roll Up Gallery and Modern Eden Gallery of North Beach. Enjoy NightLife’s first-ever record label showcase, featuring the talents and sounds of LA’s 100% Silk DJs, including sets by Bobby Browser, Magic Touch, Roche, and Cherushii. View the Academy's collection of animal-inspired Andy Warhol prints and at the Project Lab, watch Academy scientific illustrators in action as they bring the wonders of the natural world to life on paper.

Academy of Science, Thursdays from 6 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $12, $10 for members. The last entry is 9 p.m. Must be 21+ with a valid ID to attend.

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid in Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly activities, and extended hours in the galleries.

Saturday Stroll Art Walk in Oakland

The Saturday Stroll is quieter and more focused on the art in the galleries that participate in Oakland’s highly popular Art Murmur, luring in art enthusiasts who prefer a lower profile scene. It runs from 1 to 5 pm every Saturday afternoon.

On every third Saturday from 2-4 p.m., there is a guided walk led by Oakland curators, writers, and artists. Each tour brings visitors to 3-5 galleries, with short presentations from curators or artists at each location. Vessel Gallery | 471 25th St., Oakland, CA 94612

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.

San Francisco Fine Print Fair: From traditional Japanese woodcuts to impressionist masters and leading contemporary artists, the San Francisco Fine Print Fair features 15 fine art dealers from the United States and Canada in a relaxed environment where one can view prints and learn from the field’s leading experts.

All works are for sale, with many in an affordable price range, in addition to distinctive works for knowledgeable connoisseurs.

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 26, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 20, 2014

SF art dealers indicted for art fraud

Apparently some art dealers are just not honest. What a surprise. From praise (Arts and Antiques article on them) to fraud in a few short years:
-->From the FBI website: A federal grand jury in San Jose returned a 12-count indictment charging two antique dealers with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud relating to a multi-million-dollar investment scheme, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson, and United States Postal Inspection Service Acting Inspector In Charge Rafael Nunez.

Anthony Barreiro, 64, and Ernest Ray Parker, also known as Ray Parker Gaylord, 50, ran an antique business together, Charles Gaylord & Co., and the San Francisco-based ARTLoan Financial Inc. They allegedly worked a "Ponzi" scheme that took $1.5 million from investors.

According to the indictment, Barreiro and Gaylord explained to investors that ARTLoan was a licensed pawn broker that owned valuable pieces of artwork worth millions of dollars. Barreiro and Gaylord further informed investors that ARTLoan helped collectors finance the purchase of valuable pieces of artwork, many of which were purchased through public auctions, and in the process, allowed ARTLoan to cultivate business relationships with high-profile auction houses, such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s, among others. 

Barreiro and Gaylord allegedly explained that ARTLoan’s financing options would help collectors finance up to 50 percent of the value of the piece while requiring the collectors to transfer ownership of the subject artwork to ARTLoan as collateral until the conclusion of the debt obligation. 

Alternatively, if a collector already owned outright a particular piece of artwork, ARTLoan would provide the collector with financing of up to 50 percent of the appraised value of that particular piece of artwork while requiring the collector to transfer ownership of the subject artwork to ARTLoan as collateral until the conclusion of the debt obligation.

They allegedly paid investors $1.8 million in "Ponzi" payments to keep the appearance of a return, spending the rest on themselves.

In a Sept. 2009 profile of ARTLoan Financial that ran in Art & Antiques magazine, Barreiro is quoted as saying, “My bankers rub their hands like Shylock, hoping for default” in order to take possession of the art, “but I don’t want our customers to default.”

ARTLoan filed for bankruptcy in 2011. Among the creditors is Gaylord's father, Charles, who is owed $453,000. Charles started the antique business which was also run by the duo under investigation.

Charged with 12 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud allegedly committed between 2008 and 2010, the pair faces up to 20 years in prison for each count. The trial has not yet been scheduled and the pair are out of custody on bond.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Paul Cezanne

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cézanne can be said to form the bridge between late 19th-century Impressionism and the early 20th century's new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism. The line attributed to both Matisse and Picasso that Cézanne "is the father of us all" is the simple truth.

Paul Cezanne was born in Provence and the soil of his native countryside nurtured him like no other. Other artists of the 19th century went to Paris to make their fortune; not Cezanne. He never felt at home outside his native Aix-en-Provence. In the rocky hillsides and peasantry, Cezanne found the images that inspired him.

He participated in Impressionism, studied with Pisarro but moved away from the Impressionists fluid use of color toward a more structred composition and intense, satured color. A son of Provence, Cezanne made that part of France his own, creating works that convey a powerful sense of place but that are also universal.

Success was slow in coming but by the time he died (1906), he was gaining recognition as the "father of modern art."

After Cézanne died in 1906, his paintings were exhibited in Paris in a large museum-like retrospective in September 1907. The 1907 Cézanne retrospective at the Salon d'Automne greatly affected the direction that the avant-garde in Paris took, lending credence to his position as one of the most influential artists of the 19th century and to the advent of Cubism.

Inspired by Cézanne, two of the younger artists wrote: "Cézanne is one of the greatest of those who changed the course of art history . . . From him we have learned that to alter the coloring of an object is to alter its structure. His work proves without doubt that painting is not—or not any longer—the art of imitating an object by lines and colors, but of giving plastic [solid] form to our nature.” (Albert Gleizes and Jean Metzinger in Du "Cubisme", 1912)

Comprehensive biography including a slideshow with proper analysis on each painting featured:

The complete works:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Celebrate MLK Day with free admission to the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

The Museum of the African Diaspora will be celebrating Martin Luther King's birthday, life and legacy by hosting a full day of programs, exhibits, performances and art.

To honor the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s life and bring people together, MoAD is offering free admission to the museum and all of its exhibits, performances and programs for the entire day.

“This year, I am remembering the struggle to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal day of remembrance. I especially remember signing the mighty petition for Congress to pass the law,” said Linda Harrison, Executive Director of MoAD. MLK Day was first observed in 1986.

Normally, MoAD is closed on Monday and Tuesday. But this special Monday, the museum has put together a program that includes film, photography, poetry and musical performances that celebrate the lasting greatness of King.

 Jamie Treacy A Crystalline Hub For Potential Memory.

MLK Day celebrations start on the sidewalk with Jamie Treacy’s chalk art from 1-3 p.m.

 At 11:30 a.m., Brooklyn’s Castle will be screened on the second floor. The movie tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories.(film and discussion 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. )

The celebration then moves to spoken word and poetry performances by "Young, Gifted and Talented from Oakland," a youth cultural arts and education repertory group (2 - 3 p.m.). Freedom stories will be shared by the Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement through poetry, photos and music from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
An art project and a scavenger hunt will be held for the younger set. Films about King, his life, struggle and successes, will be shown in the Wells Fargo Heritage Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About MoAD
Since 2005, the Museum of the African Diaspora showcases the history, art and cultural richness that resulted from the dispersal of Africans throughout the world, with innovative and engaging exhibitions, education and public programs. As a nonprofit organization, the museum’s operations and programs are supported by grants and contributions from public and private sources.”

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena

Art, Drinks, Fun... FREE
10 Venues in Downtown San Francisco!

Monthly / Art Venues 5-8pm / Food & Drink 5-10pm

Get your culture on with artworks, talks, performances, and interactive events throughout the neighborhood!

California Historical Society | 678 Mission St @ 3rd
Cartoon Art Museum | 655 Mission @ 3rd
Contemporary Jewish Museum | 736 Mission St @ Yerba Buena Lane
Museum of the African Diaspora | 685 Mission St @ 3rd
UC Berkeley Extension Art & Design Gallery | 95 3rd Street @ Mission
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts | 701 Mission St @ 3rd
B Restaurant and Bar | 720 Howard St above the gardens waterfall
Bluestem Brasserie | 1 Yerba Buena Lane @ Market
Novela | 662 Mission St @ Annie Alley
SFMOMA MuseumStore | 51 Yerba Buena Lane @ Mission

Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy Belated Birthday to John Singer Sargent

In this image: Patrons look at "A Street in Venice," an oil painting by John Singer Sargent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles.

John Singer Sargent (12 January 1856 - 14 April 1925) was an American artist, considered the "leading portrait painter of his generation" for his evocations of Edwardian aristocrats.

During his career, he created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings. His oeuvre documents worldwide travel, from Venice to the Tyrol, Corfu, the Middle East, Montana, Maine, and Florida.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Camille Holvoet at Creativity Explored

Flying Nun, 22. 25 x 15 inches

Wayne Thiebaud Cupcake, Ink on paper. 15 x 12 inches

Mother with head cheese

Ferris Wheel Swiss Cheese Orange and Yellow.

The Picky Perfect Goddess, Camille

I'm hungry.

Cake on Gingham

Cash Cake


Deceptively sweet, Camille Holvoet’s (b. 1952) work tends to draw on remembrances of life’s anxieties and forbidden desires. Her luscious oil pastel drawings of cakes, pies, and pastries are an expression of her relentless introspection. Holvoet’s process is an endless discovery, in which—through the repetition of her sacred objects: dessert, Ferris Wheels, and crossed eyes—the pressures of the past are relieved by the joy of the creative process. S

When Holvoet combines text with imagery, the resonance between the two is powerful—as beautiful, vibrant renderings of cakes and pies are overwritten with recollections of nightmares, fears, frustrated sexual feelings, and religious doubt. Her texts stretch beyond the confines of language, and she often resorts to the invention of words to represent her (“outspiration,” “invisamble,” “youngry”).
From Camille Holvoet's sole exhibition - all times @Camille Holvoet @Creativity Explored Licensing LLC.

More at:

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The week ahead: Asian, Fouladi Projects, Creativity Explored

Camille Holvoet at Creativity Explored: Camille Holvoet has worked at CE for 12 years making brightly-colored, desirous cakes, and cross-eyed smiling figures in oil pastels and other media. This past year, she created a series of astounding and provocative self-portraits. The background of these drawings include scrawled narrative text and blunt statements of the artist’s desires. While cheerful at first glance, these commanding graphic works also reveal Holvoet's experiences of living in mental institutions, frustrated sexuality, and vivid memories of childhood.

Mike (of Civic Center blog fame) brings his inimitable commentary to a brief discussion of the Joeseon Dynasty exhibit as it enters its last day at the Asian - with a well deserved shout out to the Asian's fine docents:

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January Calendar

 Two men warming themselves before a fire, from the Huth Hours, Netherlands (Brughes or Ghent), c 1480. MS 38126

Calendar page for January with a roundel miniature of Aquairus and a man in a wintry landscape. Huth Hours, c 1480

This elaborate Book of Hours, dated between 1485 and 1490, is one of the finest examples of the Flemish illumination of the late fifteenth century, and contains the most ambitious devotional programme by Simon Marmion and his assistants, the Master of the Houghton Miniatures, the Master of the Dresden Prayer Book, and the Ghent Associates (?), (see Kren, Renaissance (1993) and Illuminating the Renaissance, 2003)
Calendar page for January, with a roundel miniature of two men warming themselves before a fire, from the Huth Hours, Netherlands (Bruges or Ghent?), c. 1480, Add MS 38126, f. 1v - See more at: file:///Users/Nancy/Documents/AAA%20Complete%20Files/AAAWIP/1:2014/Images/A%20Calendar%20Page%20for%20January%202014%20-%20Medieval%20manuscripts%20blog.html#sthash.DT0NKAbY.dpuf
Calendar page for January, with a roundel miniature of two men warming themselves before a fire, from the Huth Hours, Netherlands (Bruges or Ghent?), c. 1480, Add MS 38126, f. 1v - See more at: file:///Users/Nancy/Documents/AAA%20Complete%20Files/AAAWIP/1:2014/Images/A%20Calendar%20Page%20for%20January%202014%20-%20Medieval%20manuscripts%20blog.html#sthash.DT0NKAbY.dpuf
Calendar page for January, with a roundel miniature of two men warming themselves before a fire, from the Huth Hours, Netherlands (Bruges or Ghent?), c. 1480, Add MS 38126, f. 1v - See more at: file:///Users/Nancy/Documents/AAA%20Complete%20Files/AAAWIP/1:2014/Images/A%20Calendar%20Page%20for%20January%202014%20-%20Medieval%20manuscripts%20blog.html#sthash.DT0NKAbY.dpuf

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Neighborhood Light (Jan 2014).

Neighborhood Light

 Like the rim of the known

universe expanding into the dark

non-edge of space,

 the blurred knots

of the local clusters dragging

apart, drifting undone,

 the golden arms

of each galaxy opening to the slowing

original spin,

 like the loosening grip of each star

on each rotating body

revolving around its cooling center,

 like the bodies themselves,

planets grinding down on imaginary

axes, each year a linear fraction longer,

 like the light that pierces

the frail shell of atmosphere

on this planet, the light of dead stars,

 like the expanding rim, the stars at the boundary

rushing into nothing, their light moving in,

moving out, light we'll never see,

 like that light, the rays never entering

this sky, this sky a few molecules poorer

each lengthening day,

 like the swell and ebb of the living

mass of species, emblems twice withdrawn

to abstraction by the reductive statistics of speech,

 like the Dead Sea, the briny death

of its wet iconograph, the brilliant shapes

of crystal driftwood on its shores,

 like the blind white fish of the caves,

like the song of the snail darter,

like the fish living on the edge

 of the fresh, blinding hot currents

pushing into the edge

of that sea, every sea becoming that sea....

 Copyright © 2006 Theodore Worozbyt All rights reserved

from A Unified Theory of Light

Dream Horse Press

Friday, January 3, 2014

'Choice' at Arc, Creativity Explored, Beth Van Hoesen at George Krevsky

There are a lot of good shows this week - several are wrapping up next week. But I decided to go with art that speaks to my feminism, my political activism and my memories of the Castro "back in the day" - the artists at Creativity Explored, the artists at Arc who have visualized aspects of women's reproductive rights and Beth Van Hoesen's portraits of the Castro's  drag queens, leather daddies, and  activists.

This article from the NY Times points out how choice is becoming increasingly limited in many states. Those who would refuse woman any control over her own body are gaining the upper hand: