Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Today's Birthday: Walter Sickert

Walter Richard Sickert (31 May 1860 – 22 January 1942) was an English painter and printmaker who was a member of the Camden Town Group in London. He was an important influence on distinctively British styles of avant-garde art in the 20th century.
Sickert was a cosmopolitan and eccentric who often favoured ordinary people and urban scenes as his subjects. His oeuvre also included portraits of well-known personalities and images derived from press photographs. He is considered a prominent figure in the transition from Impressionis to Modernism.

Wikipedia, Creative Commons

Walter Sickert, The Camden Town Murder, originally titled, What Shall We Do for the Rent?, alternatively, What Shall We Do to Pay the Rent,[ 1908. Wikipedia. Creative Commons

For me, the most interesting thing about Sickert was Patricia Cornwell's obsession that he was Jack the Ripper:

The Guardian had a lot of fun with that theory:

Camden Town Group at the Tate:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

An Illustrated Guide to Linda Nochlin’s “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”

As relevant now as when it was written - a statue of a defiant little girl facing the charging bull on Wall Street infuriated the fragile male ego of the artist that he has to put a statue of a dog pissing on the woman's leg. A very accurate metaphor of the way the world treats a lot of women artists and a sad and disgusting reflection of the way that many men deal with women, artists or otherwise.

An Illustrated Guide to Linda Nochlin’s “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”

First published in ARTnews in 1971, Nochlin’s essay is considered to be one of the first major works of feminist art history.

...:Although Nochlin’s essay did not provide a comprehensive or systematic model for a feminist art history, it did posit a clear methodological approach, which she keenly reiterates in her conclusion:

By stressing the institutional, rather than the individual, or private, preconditions for achievement or the lack of it in the arts, I have tried to provide a paradigm for the investigations of other areas in the field […] I have suggested that it was indeed institutionally made impossible for women to achieve artistic excellence, or success, on the same footing as men, no matter what the potency of their so-called talent, or genius.

As one of the first major works of the field, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” inspired countless artists and scholars to embark on their own fields of inquiry. Indeed, the essay is best understood as part of a larger post-structuralist rejection of perceived binary oppositions (men/women, black/white, heterosexual/homosexual,
cisgender/transgender) and the inherently unequal and unjust dichotomies that they perpetuate."

“Nochlin nailed the problem four decades ago,” wrote Eleanor Heartney in a 2015 tribute to the art historian. “That her thinking is still so current says some sad things about contemporary culture.”

Monday, May 29, 2017

SF Museums that are open on Memorial Day

Roz Chast, CJM

Cary Leibowitz, CJM

Good morning! @Jewseum is open this #MemorialDay 11am–5pm. Explore #RozChastCJM, #CaryLeibowitzCJM, #Havruta→

Victor Moscoso, "Incredible Poetry Reading", Ferlinghetti, Wieners, Meltzer, Whalen, Welch, McClure, Ginsberg, June 8, Nourse Auditorium, 1968. Color offset lithograph poster. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Gary Westford, L16.32.28. © Victor Moscoso

de Young Museum is open today for #MemorialDay so stop by to travel back in time to the 1960s. #SummerofLoveSF. Swinging Stuart Daivis work is up so after you'e remembered the hippie days of 68, come by and visit Davis, America's first artist to celebrate swing and jazz - plus all the other works on view. . (Images courtesy of de Young).

Stuart Davis

Urs Fischer
  Legion of Honor‏ Good morning! We're open today for #MemorialDay so stop by for the final day of 'Monet: The Early Years.' You can also view the controversial work of Urs Fischer, placed in the exquisite galleries of the Legion to cause the utmost discord.

SFMOMA open today from 10am-5pm! It's also your last chance to see #MatisseDiebenkorn. … #MemorialDay (all images courtesy of SFMOMA).

The Asian Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of the African Diaspora and most of the smaller museums are also closed today.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Art Going After Memorial Day

Courtesy Rena Braustein Gallery
Don't miss #BayArea artist Hung Liu's solo show at @RenaBransten "Promised Land," a new series of paintings and works on paper based on photographs by #DorotheaLange .…


Now at Gallery Wendy Norris: Shadowtime, new series of paintings by local artist, Ranu Mukherjee. Many of  these works were created during her residency at the de Young Museum…

Gallery Wendy Norris:

Now at Romer Young Gallery: Sun Drawing Water, a new collection of paintings by Pamela Jorden…"Jorden’s paintings encourage a phenomenological experience of painterly space defined by color, mark, composition, and light."

Romer Young Gallery:

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Grorges Roualt born on this day in 1871

May 27, 1871. Georges Henri Rouault (French: 27 May 1871 - 13 February 1958) was a French painter, draughtsman, and printer, whose work is often associated with Fauvism and Expressionism. In this image: Georges Rouault, 1905, Jeu de massacre (Slaughter), (Forains, Cabotins, Pitres), (La noce à Nini patte en l'air), watercolor, gouache, India ink and pastel on paper, 53 x 67 cm, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

The Dwarf. Art Institute of Chicago

At one time Rouault’s reputation rivaled Matisse’s, and his clowns and prostitutes were as ubiquitously reproduced as Ben Shahn posters. He had retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in 1945 and 1953; when he died in 1958, at 87, the French government organized a state funeral.

Then he slipped down the memory chute. The French expression “jolie-laide,” applied to women whose beauty is of the unconventional sort, applies to Rouault too, which half explains his vanishing. He’s an acquired taste.

"He was born in 1871, a child of the Paris Commune, the son of an artisan who built pianos. His grandfather, a postal worker and art collector, introduced him to pictures by Courbet. He apprenticed as a teenager to glaziers and never denied the obvious connection between the thick black outlines in his paintings and the leaded church windows of medieval stained glass that he helped to restore. Those outlines flattened and broke up his work into fissures and shards of glowing color (deep purples, reds and blues) against a generally gloomy background."

"This became his signature mode. The technique was partly a response to Cubism — a strategy for looking abstract, fracturing space and fudging three dimensions, which he never mastered — at the same time that it stressed frontality, gesture and light. You can see in the show, which consists mostly of minor works but has a few very good pictures, the luminosity of his palette and the awkward elegance of his line. He was the classic beefy-handed butcher who’s incredibly deft with a knife."

"His own phrase was “outrageous lyricism.” With his early, dashing brush marks, he created the appearance of spontaneity — which was partly a lie, since he repeated the same images and emotions over and over — but which gave his work its appearance of raw, expressive energy, akin in fervor to that of German Expressionists like George Grosz or Max Beckmann."

"He said he saw his role as “the silent friend of those who labor in the barren field, the ivy of eternal misery climbing the leprous wall behind which rebellious humanity hides its virtues and its vice.” His subjects were mostly misfits and vagabonds, and his natural forebears in social commentary were Goya and Daumier. He believed in the impieties of modern art as the most effective language of the day, yet was also deeply spiritual and revered the radical Catholic writer Léon Bloy, who recognized the inherent contradiction in Rouault’s position and didn’t much like his work."

The Old King. Carnegie Museum

"... Rouault was never chic: he was too moral, too religious, too tender, too popular. But at his best he was touchingly strange, and a model of integrity."

Continue reading the main story (NY Times)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend Picks

Lots to do and if you don't want to get caught up in crowds and traffic, equally good as a list of places to avoid:

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Popova's textile and dress design

Born as an artistic movement around 1919, Russian Constructivism proposed the ideology of “production art”, that is, art with a social meaning and practical purpose. Stemming from a series of debates and collaborations in INHUK and Vkhutemas*, it counted self-professed “artists-engineers” Vladimir Tatlin, Alexander Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova and Lyubov Popova among its most passionate advocates. Their extensive work was geared towards a total re-organisation of life and a new form of artistic expression available to the masses, and, unsurprisingly, involved various creative areas, including fashion.

Died on this day in 1924: Lyubov Sergeyevna Popova

Normally I don't note artists' deaths but Popova was one of the most talented artists who died during the chaos after the Russian Revolution. Given how little encouragement she was given by the new regime and how harsh life was, it's a miracle that we have any of her work. May 25, 1924. Lyubov Sergeyevna Popova was a Russian avant-garde artist (Cubist, Suprematist and Constructivist), painter and designer. She was also a rarity in the highly masculine world of Soviet art. In 1918 Popova married the art historian Boris von Eding, and gave birth to a son. Von Eding died the following year of typhoid fever. Popova was also seriously ill but recovered. In this image: Air+Man+Space, 1912. 

First, a brief biography: Liubov Popova was born in 1889. Her father was a textile merchant and performing arts patron, and her mother belonged to a prominent, cultured family. She studied at private art studios in Moscow beginning in 1907, making lifelong friendships with future members of the Constructivist group.

Popova traveled extensively during the pre-World War I period, absorbing past and present art: Mikhail Vrubel’s religious Symbolism from the 1880s at the Church of St. Cyril, Kiev (1909); early Renaissance painting during lengthy trips throughout Italy (1910 and 1914); medieval icon painting in Novgorod, Pskov, and other ancient Russian cities (1910-12); the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (1911); and Sergei Shchukin’s collection of modern French masters (1912); She and Nadezha Udaltsova lived together in Paris (1912-13), studying at La Palette under Cubists Jean Metzinger and Henri Le Fauconnier, where additionally, she first saw Futurist art and was particularly inspired by Boccioni. In 1916 she explored Islamic architecture in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Since she was rediscovered in the ‘70s, Popova has benefited from much scholarly research and several excellent museum exhibitions and monographs. The exhibitions have included liubov popova at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1991, which traveled through 1992; Amazons of the Avant-Garde at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, which traveled from 1999-2001; Rodchenko and Popova: Defining Constructivism at Tate Modern, London, 2009, which traveled into 2010; and Women’s Power: Sisters of the Revolution, Russia 1907–1934 at the Groninger Museum, Netherlands, 2013.

In 1924, her young son died of scarlet fever during another virulent epidemic, and Liubov Popova died four days later, at age 35. She was vivacious, audacious, and passionately political, a meteor. After Lenin’s death in 1924 and Stalin’s subsequent rise to power, Popova’s colleagues either emigrated or adapted to the changed circumstances, producing the Socialist Realist art demanded by the regime. She was never faced with that choice.  Joyce Kozloff, Hyperallergic

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pontormo. Born on this day in 1494

Madonna, Christ, John the Baptist, yes. But those faces -- so totally Pontormo! Born on this day 1494.

Deposition from the Cross, 1525-1528
Jacopo Carucci (May 24, 1494 – January 2, 1557), usually known as Jacopo da Pontormo, Jacopo Pontormo or simply Pontormo, was an Italian Manneristpainter and portraitist from the Florentine School. His work represents a profound stylistic shift from the calm perspectival regularity that characterized the art of the Florentine Renaissance. He is famous for his use of twining poses, coupled with ambiguous perspective; his figures often seem to float in an uncertain environment, unhampered by the forces of gravity. 

The Getty here.

Free art lessons on uTube

Link here

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

No more Flickr?

Flickr has sent you a message on Flickr.

Subject: Terms of Service Update
Date: May 22nd, 2017

If you haven’t heard, Yahoo plans to sell its operating business, including Flickr, to Verizon Communications Inc. We anticipate the completion of the transaction to occur in June 2017. Upon the completion of this proposed transaction, Yahoo products and services, including Flickr, will be provided by a new Verizon-owned company called Yahoo Holdings, Inc.

In connection with this proposed transaction, Yahoo is updating its Terms of Service. You can review the changes by visiting our Terms of Service

These updated terms will automatically be effective on June 8, 2017, unless you cancel your Yahoo account before then.

That’s it! We look forward to continuing to deliver your favorite products and services.

I think that if you use the new service, it would be important to read all the terms  - seems like Yahoo can take and use your content without permission or pay and excuses itsefl from any lawsuit rising from their use of your work. In other words, let the buyer be very beware...

Yahoo terms of Service:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Born on this day: Amalia Lindegren And Hubert Robert

Amalia Lindegren was born #onthisday in 1814. This striking portrait by her was added to the @NatMus_SWE in 2015

Image scanned from the book "Svenskt Porträttgalleri XX - Arkitekter, Bildhuggare, Målare m.fl.

Private Collection

Hubert Robert was born #onthisday in 1733. … @ngadc @MuseeLouvre

Blending fantasy and factual accuracy, Hubert Robert's views of classical and contemporary architecture were immensely popular during his lifetime. Robert was best known for his paintings of ruins. His immense, crumbling monuments of an often-imaginary past earned him the nickname, "Robert des Ruines" (Robert of the Ruins).

Robert's career developed in Europe's most refined art circles of the 1700s. He received a thorough classical education in Paris and in 1754, arrived in Rome in the entourage of a French ambassador. He spent the next eleven years in Italy and there, developed his fascination with ruins. Because of the relatively recent excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum, the archaeological climate in Rome was especially rich. Robert also developed close ties to Italian artists, including Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Giovanni Paolo Panini, and each influenced his artistic vision. He also developed a strong friendship with his drawing partner, Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Born on this day in 1471, Albrecht Durer

Master #printmaker and theoretician Albrecht Durer was #BOTD in 1471

Dürer is seen as the archetypal Renaissance artist of Northern Europe. He had unique skills of observation, was a master narrator and a superb technician. He visited Italy, and added interest in proportion and perspective to his Northern taste for surface detail.

He was a polymath - a writer and theoretician as well as a painter and graphic artist. Himself influenced by the work of Mantegna, Leonardo and Giovanni Bellini, he in turn influenced many Italian artists through his prints.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

SFAI MFA Show 2017 + Yuri Kochiyama’s legacy at SOMArts Cultural Center

SF Old Mint. Curbed
Photo: Graduate Exhibition 2016, San Francisco Art Institute. MFA Exhibition at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
Two more days to see the show - it is open on Sunday as well but Sunday is Bay to Breakers and traffic plus busses is bound to be a nightmare.
Contemporary installations, painting, sound, video, sculpture, photography, printmaking, performance, and hybrid forms come together for an exclusive four-day-only exhibition.

Article on Cristina Velázquez,, one of the exhibiting artists:

Yuri Kochiyama, social and political activist,

When many people hear the name Yuri Kochiyama, this is the image that comes to mind. Her friendship with Malcolm X and her commitment to a certain sort of intersectional politics is legend. But, of course, there was much more to Kochiyama than a single moment — or a single image.

In an effort to highlight her work and her life, the Asian American Women Artists Association and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center are presenting an exhibition dedicated to Kochiyama, who died in 2014. “Shifting Movements,” on display through May 25 at SOMArts Cultural Center, features 40 artists of various “ages, ethnicities, genders and identities” all taking on the legacy of Kochiyama. Exhibit up through May 25.

Sisters in Revolution: