dozens of roses arrived from Lisa, Beth and Bruce... and cards "to a special friend, you're the star, Mom...love your daughter," the softest socks ever (warm feet at night and when reading)...a necklace, made of glass by an artist...and all opened in bed after being awakened by coffee and a reminder that the laptop was for Christmas AND my birthday...
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
If real art portrays truth and beauty then the beautiful bedlam of Slumdog Millionaire is the real thing. Ravishing in it's cruelty it is part action, part fantasy, part drama, and part romance. If Shakespeare had directed a movie this is how he would have done it.
Edward Steichen photographed this definitive portrait of Gloria Swanson in 1928. The exhibit entitled Vanity Fair Portraits has recently traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art . Seeing the portrayal of the greats of film, stage, literature,dance, music and science was as exciting as the experiencing the perfection of the photos.
A stacccato of sheer beauty could describe the exhibit of portraits by such greats as Herb Ritts, Annie Liebowitz, and George Hurrell. George Hoyningen-Huene photographed this portrait of Gary Cooper in 1934.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
...eggnog with brandy...gifts that warm at night...Asian pears with brie...candied pecans made by a friend...artist-made Christmas decorations...candy canes with my name on them...pie and ice cream (Dick is one of the few who likes mince meat)...something to make our chores easier...more of our favorite candies from those who love us...a laptop for me...and a pair of shoes with the promise of another pair going to a shoeless person somewhere around the world...
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Frida Kahlo's extensive exhibit, along with the permanent collection, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I will never be able to see Henri Matisse's, THE GIRL WITH THE GREEN EYES (1908), enough. It seems so straightforward yet there is something new to see each time. Robert Rauschenberg's painting which was formerly UNTITLED and is now called COLLECTION was created in 1954. Looking as though it is still on the easel, you are "in" the studio with the artist as he creates with paint, marks, material, drips, forms, and even an edge!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
...dance, [Old High Ger. danson=to drag, stretch], the art of precise, expressive, and graceful human movement, traditionally, but not necessarily, performed in accord...