Wednesday, April 22, 2015

'Promised Land: The Art of Jacob Lawrence' at the Cantor Arts Center

Thanks to the generosity of the late Dr. Herbert J. Kayden of New York City and his daughter Joelle Kayden, Stanford MBA ’81, of Washington, D.C., the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University now holds one of the largest collections in any museum of the work of Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000), a leading voice in the artistic portrayal of the African American experience.

The gift is comprised of five paintings, 11 drawings, 39 prints and one illustrated book, all dating between 1943 and 1998 and all given in memory of Dr. Gabrielle H. Reem, who is Herbert Kayden’s wife and Joelle Kayden’s mother.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Alternative Exhibition Spaces (Artists Keep Inventing)

One of Richard Shelton's paintings, on large pieces of destructed buildings. At Temporary Space LA.
It’s no longer news that San Francisco is becoming more and more inhospitable to artists and other members of the working class. Many of us are leaving. The rest are scrambling, praying, and looking for new ideas. Dave & I started a public exhibition space in our living space. (Not a new idea, but not especially common either.) It’s just a stop-gap, until we find a more compatible community, which for us is probably going to be Los Angeles. 

Gallery visitor with iPad for enhanced viewing (point it at the art and it gives you more info on the piece, including preliminary drawings.) Work by Richard Shelton. At Temporary Space LA.

On a recent scouting mission to LA, we stumbled across an art opening at Temporary Space LA, which is (temporarily) at 5522 Wilshire Blvd. There was coffee, live music, and a big solo show of work by Richard Shelton. Temporary Space, like BigCrow, is about “creating an alternative art economy.” How refreshing! They were also started by artists, in this case Richard Shelton & Stacie Meyer. Unlike our invitational group shows, they are doing solo shows by mid-career artists and they have some cool tech-assisted art-viewing ideas that I’ve never seen before. They also encourage and facilitate direct collector to artist communication.

Gallery visitors at Temporary Space LA. Works on paper by Richard Shelton.
The best part of the experience for us (David W. SumnerPamela A. HeydaJohn W. Wall, and yours truly) was the enthusiastic response from the gallerists when they found out we were artists from SF. We were welcomed, given freebies, invited to submit, and encouraged to move down to LA. 

Wow. OK. We’ll be back.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Met launches 'The Artist Project,' a new online video series

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today the launch of a new online video series, The Artist Project, in which 100 artists respond to works from The Met’s vast collection, which spans more than five millennia and cultures throughout the world. Beginning March 2015, for one year, the Met will invite 100 artists—local, national, and global—to choose individual works of art or galleries that spark their imaginations. In this online series, artists reflect on what art is, what inspires them from across 5,000 years of art, and in so doing, they reveal the power of a museum and The Met. Their unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art encourage all museum visitors to look in a personal way.

Trailer here:

Over the course of five seasons, The Artist Project  will share the perspectives of one hundred artists with the public, telling us what they see when they look at The Met.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pi Day and St. Patrick's Day Parade

The weekend has something for everyone:

For the non-math types among us, Pi Day is the annual celebration of the mathematical constant that’s the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, or 3.14. So, every March 14, museums around the Bay Area host Pi Day-themed celebrations; this year, you’ll find parties at the Exploratorium and Mountain View’s Computer History Museum.

 If that’s not your scene, head to Mission Pie, which will sell slices for $3.14 on Saturday, or to the SoMa StrEat Food Park, which hosts the Pi Day Puzzle Party at 7 p.m.

The weekend and St. Patrick's Day Events: