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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Readings / Art Lectures / Menil Collection Visit

So many exciting things happening.  I have ordered a bunch of new readings books and once I get them I will report about them.  The first I have received is:                                                                

Vitamin P - New Perspective of Painting, Barry Schwabsky.                                                            What a wonderful BIG beautiful book.  

I have also started reading some great articles:

Harold Rosenberg: The American Action Painters
Clement Greenberg: Modern Painting
Achim Hochdorfer: A Hidden Reserve - Painting from 1958-1965
Thomas Lawson: Last Exit:Painting
Katy Siegel: Another History is Possible

I have been to a couple MFAH Talks, I already talked about Sanjay Patel's Talk 01/23.  
On 01/27 - Special Lecture Beyond the White Cube:Contemporary@mfah - Where the MFAH is challenging the traditional “white-cube” of the museums environment in order to celebrate the multi-faceted vitality of the art today.
Alison de Lima Greene, (curator of Contemporary Art) over-viewed the growth of the contemporary Art Collection.  
Some of my favorite pieces presented were:

James Turell - The Light Inside

Cai Guo-Qiang’s Gun-Powder Odyseey - Created October 2010 - I actually helped/witnessed this!

Allen Ruppersberg - 5 foot shelf

Nan Goldin, Sisters, Saints and Sibyls, 2004, installation

Yoshitomo Nara: WhiteHouse

Do-Ho Suh Karma 2003

Luis Jimenez Man on Fire

Tony Smith - Drawings

Kurt Schwitters

Trenton Doyle

Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool at P.S.1

Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time

On 01/29 - The Impressionist: An Enduring
Presented by Dr. Nancy Locke, Associate Professor of Art History at Penn State U.  
Manet’s Figures of Modernity
Edward Manet  - Édouard Manet (French pronunciation: [edwaʁ manɛ]; 23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883) was a French painter. One of the first 19th-century artists to approach modern-life subjects, he was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism toImpressionism.
His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe) andOlympia, engendered great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today, these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art.
She did a comparison of Manet and Dega
Edgar Degas[p] (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917), born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas (French pronunciation: [ilɛʁ ʒɛʁmɛnɛdɡɑʁ dəˈɡɑ]), was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmakingand drawing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionismalthough he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist.[1] A superb draughtsman, he is especially identified with the subject of the dance, and over half his works depict dancers. These display his mastery in the depiction of movement, as do his racecourse subjects and femalenudes. His portraits are notable for their psychological complexity and depiction of human isolation.[2]
Some of the paintings discussed were:

Edward Manet - Olympia

Edward Manet - Railway

Edward Manet - Execution

During this event I was also  invited to join a book club by Emily Ryan.  (I will give you the update on that too! )

Met with artist Basilios Poulos, my neighbor, whom was quite a great human.  He directed me to visit the Menil Collection.  Here, among so many I will only post my favorite paintings.

Clyfford Still
Clyfford Still
Dorothey Tanning
Tony Smith Drawings

Kurt Schwitters

Max Ernst - Le surealilisme

My classes start next week for the next 12  at the Women’s Institute.  I decided to take MASTERPIECES FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY
Houston will be the sole recipient of a major exhibition from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., which is scheduled at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston from February 20 to May 22.  Many of the most famous and admired works of the late 19th century will be displayed, including five major works by Manet, three by Van Gogh, several by Cezanne, as well as representative works by Bazille, Degas, Cassatt, Caillebotte, Pissarro, Seurat, and Gauguin.  This exhibit offers an unprecedented opportunity to see these great works in Houston as well as the opportunity to compare works of the same period in the museum’s permanent collection.  In this series of lectures we will examine many of these works in detail and place them in their historical context, all of which will increase our appreciation of these magnificent masterworks of art.

In this course we shall examine works of art that are unprecedented, extraordinarily new, and highly original.  We will attempt to understand how each work came about and what the artist was thinking as each was created.  We shall marvel and delight at these works, examine them and question their origin, nature and novelty.  Furthermore, the course as a whole constitutes a philosophical attempt at articulating the nature of originality in the arts.  We shall first study some of the works of Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso; then, as part of an examination of the rise of non-objective art, we shall examine works by Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian followed by some American abstract expressionists.  We shall continue with the examination of DADA and  Surrealist artists.  We shall finish with a look at the work of such diverse contemporary artists as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Anish Kapoor and James Turrell.  
This course continues the examination of extraordinary works of art started in our study in fall 2009.  A general introduction to the main ideas of the course will be provided in the first session; hence, a person may take this course without having taken the previous ones.

I will get to attend these with Pat Johnston, and artist, neighbor and friend.  Fun times!  
At the Contemporary Art Talk on January 27th I met an artist that agreed to meet with me.  Hs name is Robert Ruello.  Painter and professor at Glassel School of Art   Excited that I get to meet with him on Thursday, I will give you my weekly update next week.  
Also, I start some painting explorations with Salli Babbit on Monday!  More thrilling. :)
Most exciting is tonight I am going to SOLD OUT TICKETS TO PREMIER of A Weekend With Pablo Picasso - updates to come! :)
Acclaimed actor-writer Herbert Siguenza (¡Cantinflas! and Culture Clash in AmeriCCa) returns to the Alley with a new play. Siguenza brings his virtuosic writing, acting and design skills into Picasso’s private studio, “Le Californie” on the coast of France, for an intimate and revealing weekend.  Picasso’s controversial and flamboyant opinions and creations gripped the public imagination and forever changed 20th century art. Delving into the creative mind and work of one of the most inspiring artists of modern history, this play explores Picasso’s proclamations about ambition, destruction, creativity and art as an agent of social change.
Recommended for mature audiences due to strong language.

That is all for now.  Next post I will discuss my  meetings Robert, Sallie and the play and I will start taking pictures of some new works that I have been developing.  Also I will post my first paper!  :) Finished.  Whoopee!

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