Tuesday, February 24, 2015

'Seduction: Japan's Floating World,' now open at the Asian Art Museum

“Seduction: Japan’s Floating World,” works from the John C. Webber collection, now open at theAsian, brings you all the glitz, glamour, drama, eroticism and entertainment of Edo Japan. Fifty works from ukiyo to kimonos to scrolls to objects d’ art allow us to enter this world of sex for sale - delightful, deceptive, decorative and for most of the women involved in the sex trade, exploitative and ultimately tragic. 


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Spare a rose, save a child

Buying a dozen roses is a traditional way many people say "I love you" for Valentine's Day. But what if that token of affection also meant saving the life of a child with diabetes?

For the first time this year, it does! All you have to do is be a part of a new grassroots effort called "Spare a Rose, Save a Child."

A small group of our friends in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) came up with an idea to use social media for a bigger "social good" and help make a difference, and it's caught on like wildfire not only in the DOC but also across broader health communities.

The idea is simple: instead of buying the typical "dozen roses" that's so popular on Valentine's Day, you buy 11 (which is still romantic, we promise!). Then, you donate the value of that single extra flower to help a child with diabetes in the developing world. Your loved one still gets flowers, and you both show some love to someone who needs it.

Seriously, it's THAT easy!

Of course, there's nothing that says you can't donate more than just the cost of a rose! That's just a starting point.

What's the value of a rose, by the way? Well, it varies depending on where you live and the type of store you're buying from, and it costs a little more right now due to V-Day inflation, but generally it costs anywhere from $2-$7.

Your donation goes to the International Diabetes Federation's Life For A Child program, which processes contributions and sends them to established diabetes centers for ongoing clinical care and diabetes education these children need to stay alive.


The cost of a single rose is more than enough to make a difference, IDF reports. Just $1 a day provides a child with:

regular insulin
quality blood glucose monitoring equipment (meter, strips, lancets)
essential clinical care
up-to-date diabetes education materials
specialized diabetes training for medical staff

On Twitter, the hashtag for this effort is #sparearose.

The American Diabetes Association is doing a flower-related effort of its own for Valentine's Day, using TrialPay as a way for flower-buyers to donate $18 of the total purchase price to the ADA.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

'She Who Tells a Story' at the Cantor Arts Center

Boushra Almutawakel (Yemen, b. 1969), Mother, Daughter, Doll from The Hijab Series, 2010. Series of nine pigment prints. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum purchase with funds donated by Richard and Lucille Spagnuolo Photography © 2014 MFA, Boston

"She Who Tells a Story, " now open at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford. presents the work of 12 women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. The artists explore identity, narrative, representation, and war in daily life, presenting the Middle East through Arab eyes. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

'Mr. Turner,' a triumph for director Mike Leigh and actor Timothy Spall

 If you like biographical movies about artists to be "inspiring" and your vision of the late 18th/early 19th century decorous and mannered, Mike Leigh's film on J. M. W. Turner is not the movie for you. Turner was not a gentleman but he was a genius, possibly the greatest landscape painter than England has produced. 

More at:http://www.examiner.com/article/mr-turner-a-triumph-for-director-mike-leigh-and-actor-timothy-spall

Friday, January 2, 2015

Bay Area top ten art picks for 2014

 Vuillard from the "Intimate Impressions" show at the Legion

I am going over my articles for the year - I wrote a lot more than I thought I did and it's not all bad either. Some of the works, like the "Hagaddah" by Arthur Szyk, touched me deeply and others - like the "Masters of Fire" at the Legion - intrigued me. I was saddened by the lost of so many galleries and gladdened to find out that some -like Meridian and Roots - managed to survive eviction, find new spaces and continue on their mission. It's hard to limit the list to ten; the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford deserves a separate list for their shows on Robert Frank and Charleton Watkins as well as the new art spaces curated by DeWitt Cheng.


@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. http://www.examiner.com/article/ai-weiwei-s-songs-of-freedom-on-alcatraz

Jackson Pollock

Joan Mitchell, Sunflowers

First on everybody's list is the new museum in Stanford:. http://www.examiner.com/article/the-anderson-collection-at-stanford-opens-to-the-public

My next choice for one of the most beautiful, spiritual, and ethical shows of the year was the Arthyr Szyk exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum: http://www.examiner.com/article/arthur-szyk-and-the-art-of-the-haggadah

"Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art" at the Legion of Honor. http://www.examiner.com/article/weekend-picks-for-march-28-30

Tetsuya Ishida: Saving the World with a Brushstroke" at the Asian Art Museum.  http://www.examiner.com/article/bay-area-art-picks-for-november-14-20th

“Roads of Arabia” at the Asian Art Museum. On everybody’s top ten list, although it is equal parts archaeology and art history (censored to exclude the ancient Jewish and Christian communities in the Arabian peninsula before the rise of Islam). http://www.examiner.com/article/roads-of-arabia-explores-the-arabian-peninsula-s-ancient-past

"Masters of Fire" at the Legion of Honor. This was another show that is equal parts art and archaeology: http://www.examiner.com/article/masters-of-fire-at-the-legion-of-honor

 Zheng Chongbin

 Li Huayi

A real eye opener for me - Contemporary Chinese calligraphy married to modern art. The Chinese painters in this show - Li Huayi, Wang Tiande, Zheng Chongbin and Lu Chuntao come from such a long tradition of using ink and manipulating the brush to create art that that is such an integral part of Chinese culture that it is imprinted in their DNA. http://www.examiner.com/article/li-huayi-wang-tiande-zheng-chongbin-and-lu-chuntao-at-nanhai

Ursula O'Farrell

Women artists in the Bay Area: From the sidewalk, Mythos Gallery looks like just another nondescript storefront off busy Shadduck Avenue in Berkeley. But if the viewer takes a second look, he (or she) will see one of the most powerful – if smallest – exhibitions of women artists from the 1950’s through today. The exhibition at Mythos Gallery is the first of two to showcase women painters who arose out of the Abstract Expressionist and Figurative artistic movements of the 1950's. http://www.examiner.com/article/beauty-fierce-as-stars-groundbreaking-women-painters-at-mythos-gallery

Romare Bearden at Jenkins Johnson: http://www.examiner.com/article/storyteller-works-by-romare-bearden-at-jenkins-johnson

Monday, December 29, 2014

The FAMSF and Guidekick partner to create a mobile app guide to SF

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) has announced their partnership with Guidekick, a start up company that creates pocket sized, mobile app guides. Their first San Francisco based project will be to create a guide to Golden Gate Park, which will include nearly 150 points of interest, The de Young Museum is included as well as the California Academy of Sciences, the Japanese Tea Garden and the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

 Cliff House

 Sutro Baths

The 3-D images look like what you would expect - very sterile but the wealth of history and other info makes this worth a $1.99 download from i Tunes. As it is, people are fixated on their cell phones so they might as well get some real info while they are obsessing at the tiny screen.