Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fisher Collection SF MOMA - Part 2

This is "Perrier" by John Baldessari, which, while his work is definitely conceptual, almost looks like a narrative to me.

Another artist to whom I was introduced by this show was French photographer Sophie Calle and is called "Autobiographical Stories (The Bed)" and was made in 1988.  The following is what was posted with it.

This has to be one of my favorite Warhols that were shown - a portrait of one of my art heroes, Joseph Beuys.

I rather liked this Warhol too but I really can't explain why, other than it takes the mundane into another realm, much like my "Power Series" does.

This is a Barbara Kruger piece called "Untitled (No Radio)" from 1988.  I love her feminist and political take on most things.

I've heard much about Shirin Neshat, an American artist who was born in Iran and is mostly a photographer and filmmaker - this is a still from her 2001 film "Passages".  Here is the description from the Gugginheim site:  "In Passage, a group of men carry a body wrapped in white cloth across a beach; in the distance, a group of women veiled in black chadors dig a grave with their hands, while a child arranges a circle of stones. These minimal, enigmatic scenes, set to a haunting score by Philip Glass, were filmed in the Moroccan coastal town of Essaouira. The location, where Neshat has worked before, is similar in character to the landscape of Iran: as Neshat’s work becomes better known in the West, she is increasingly uneasy about returning. But geography is almost secondary to the film. Inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, specifically the televised images of bodies held aloft during funeral processions, Passage may be Neshat’s most timely and affecting film yet.
Meghan Dailey"

I wish I could identify this piece by David Salle for you, but I can't as I apparently didn't notice that my camera shot an unfocused photo of the tag. 

This wasn't included in the show, it's a photo I shot of John Maruoka, a photography instructor at DeAnza College in Cupertino (South Bary area).  I was standing outside MOMA speaking with an old friend on my cell when I looked up and saw Maruoka shooting photos of me through this poster.  Of course I had to go up to him and ask him if I could take a photo of him through the rolled up paper!  Thanks John, hope your classes go well this fall!  Don't be surprised if this image gets used in some of my digital collages.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Fisher Collection SF MOMA

When ever I go to San Francisco, I like to stop in at the Museum of Modern Art and when last I was there for my birthday a few weeks ago, we saw the Fisher Collection. In most US museums it seems as if you can't take photos, as opposed to most of the museums that I've visited in Europe.  But apparently MOMA's agreement with the Fishers (folks who started the Gap stores) allows for non-flash photography!  I was thrilled because I can now share my visit with my bloggy and facebook friends!

I've seen Cy Twombly's work in other museums, but this one really captured my attention with its energy of line and color. 

I've only seen steel or metal sculptures of Mark di Suvero before seeing "I Have Lost My Eurydice" that day.  It's an early career piece for him (59-60) and he probably used wood because it was the cheapest material at hand, as many young artists do.

I had never seen the work of Sean Scully before espying "Round and Round", which dates from 1985.  He is an Irish-born American painter and printmaker who has twice been named a Turner Prize nominee.

This Frank Stella piece is entitled "Kyalami" which is the Zulu word for home.  I love the color and the shape of this piece.

I'll post the rest of the images here tomorrow or the next day.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Studio Tour 2010

This is the poster for this year's Capitol Artists' Studio Tour brought to you by the good folks at the Center for Contemporary Art and the Sacto Metro Arts Commission, as well as other arts friendly companies!   If you have questions, you should call 916498-9811 or go to the website where they will have a PDF available for download soon that has a map to all the studios!

Not only will my art casa be open from noon to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 11th & 12th, but another North Sacto artist, Kim Scott will have  her studio open as well.  She's at 2300 Cantalier St between Arden and Del Paso/Dixieanne (SurrealEstates artist live work. spot).

My studio is in the mother in law unit of our garage in the back of the lot at 170 Southgate Road, which is right off Del Paso Blvd and ends at Royal Oaks.  I'm closer to the Del Paso end.  I'm going to be giving away a print of my new Potency of Memory series too!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Pathalogical Enthusiasm

Being a bit short on funds, but wanting to support Brown in his bid for the governorship, I donated a digital painting (Pathological Enthusiasm) to his campaign office in Oakland. 

Please forgive my dodgy lighting when I took this photo of the piece, but I wanted to show you how it looks as a transfer onto canvas, with acrylic painting on the sides to echo the colors i n the piece.  I've got to a better set up to photograph the work that I do transfer to canvas.  Maybe I should buy myself one of those "photo cubes" from B&H that one uses for product photography.