Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Long Time No See

Well gee, it's been a long time huh? Well, I can't promise to post on a regular basis, but I liked this too much not to do so. Here's a link to the Albermarle Gallery where the artist, Matteo Massagrande has a show. Hat tip to The Fox is Black.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Long time, I know. I can't even promise I'll make up for it this year, but as of now, I'll try to put up something worthwhile once a month. I just don't want to throw something up for its own sake.

So, the following photos are of a couple small sculptures at Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas., my and Melicious' alma mater. They are carved alabaseter from 1536-1548 named Warriors Bearing the Arms of the Van Den Berghe and Schore and of the Van Der Noot and Watermaele Families. Frankly, these are the first pieces of art that I really loved. I think the workmanship is extraordinary (truly, click on the detail photos and marvel) and since they are part of the permanent collection, they are always on display. It was great to see them after a decade or more. So, if there are any readers out there, what was your first favorite piece of art?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Melissa Chandon, an artist new to me, opened a new exhibition at I. Wolk Gallery in St. Helena, CA this past weekend. Most galleries up there remind me of the galleries in Monterey, that is to say the art displayed is not to my taste. Once again though a lone standout, well, stood out.

I like this work very much. And so apparently does Wayne Thiebaud who says "Chandon has developed an effective synthesis of abstract and representational elements in her works. This gives the works an intensity and raw graphic power to behold"

If you have a chance to go see the works they are worth the trip. Try also to hit Elizabeth Spencer Winery, in the old post office across from the Rutherford Grill. Each wine was very good and relatively reasonable.

For those interested, the works ranged in price from $3500 to $9500 (as was our favorite, the Snow King sign), while the piece with the palms was priced at $35000. It must have been 8'x8' or larger. The I. Wolk site has all of the paintings shown.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Neil Berrett has a show worth seeing up at American Rag Clothing on Van Ness. He's done some wonderful work photographing the abandoned buildings at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and has named it "Decommissioned". Nice work Neil!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Thomas Reynolds Gallery opened a new show of work by Daniel Levigoureux last night and I was happy to have the opportunity to attend. The work on display was from Daniel's Seaside collection. I liked it very much as it ranged from the geometric...

... to the rather spare (my favorite as it reminds me of morning on the South Carolina coast).

Thomas also presented a few pencils that Daniel had completed upon arriving in SF... well as an older work that I enjoyed as well.

Un-presented but shown on Thomas' site are works from Daniel's Countryside series that I like as well.

From this collector's viewpoint his work is nice in that it is reasonably (for me) priced in the low 4 figures. That allows me to collect two different styles and/or moods if I so desire.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Oops, a bit late again, but good news, I am employed again. I don't start until 7/7 (hopefully that'll be lucky) so I will be accompanying Melicious on her upcoming shoot in Tokyo. It'll be my first visit there and to commemorate, I thought that I'd show you some work that we love but have not yet purchased.

Tom Killion is a Marin county artist who does woodcuts in the Japanese style. We like many of them but here are some of our favorites. They are all under $500 for prints between 1 and 2 feet square. The blocks are destroyed in the process.

Talk to you in July!

This first is of Greenwood Cove on the Mendocino coast

The next is the Big Sur coast

The next is West Point from Mt. Tmalapais

The last is of San Francisco from Grizzly Peak

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ah Paris, a wonderful month. We visited a number of museums, Rodin, Pomp (which was 5 blocks from our apartment), Picasso and Louvre (twice, as one can only do by staying longer than a week in Paris). We also visited the Van Gogh and the "little" Rijks in Amsterdam.

Of them all I think I liked the Rijks the best. We had been to the Louvre before and then returned after visiting Amsterdam and having seen how wonderfully the Rijks looks (the big building is under renovation until 2009 or something and so they only showed the best of the best in a smaller building) I can only say that the Louvre is lit like a barn. Too many works all piled up. Specifically, too many lovely still lifes too high up on the wall to get a good look at.

The Van Gogh had a wonderful exhibition of John Everett Millais' work including Ophelia

as well as pretty much every work listed in the Wikipedia entry about him. Incredible. And, of course, impossible to recreate on a screen. We spent so much time at that exhibit that we literally saw about 15 min. of the Van Gogh collection. The museum also had some great works that spilled over from the Rijks in an ante-area just off from where you purchase tickets.

Also, we saw some wonderful new work from Patrick Cornillet at the Galerie Susan Nielsen.

We loved the look of this piece (more can be seen at breathing space). His earlier work is interesting as well as it looks as if painted from a moving car.

Shout outs to
-Otis, the chef, and the gang at Le Taxi Jaune for the best (and best priced) lunch in Paris. Seek out his restaurant (weekdays only) for excellent food and Fisher on tap
-The folks at Ambassade d'Auvergne for your excellent duck, Aligot and crazy good chocolate mousse.
-The crepe cart at the SGdP metro station for the freshest crepes (made while you wait) in the city.
-Le Baron Rouge for great wine

-Bread and Roses for the makings of an excellent picnic

-and of course the Luxembourg Garden for being the best picnic spot on earth