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manuel neri:  assertion of the figure

anderson collection at stanford university | palo alto, CA

14 september 2017-12 february 2018

an art exhibition that includes eleven sculptures, reliefs, and works on paper by (san francisco) bay area figurative sculptor manuel neri.  recently gifted to the anderson collection (art museum) at stanford university by the manuel neri trust.

top to bottom:

manuel neri | standing figure I | pigment on plaster | 1974 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

manuel neri | standing figure II | pigment on plaster | 1982

 

isn’t the juxtaposition of the manuel neri sculptures with figurative, abstract, and abstract expressionist paintings by richard deibenkorn (another member of the bay area figurative art movement) and joan mitchell outstanding?

top (left to right):

richard deibenkorn (1922-1993) | girl on the beach | oil on canvas | 1957

manuel neri | untitled female figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

manuel neri | untitled male figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

richard deibenkorn (1922-1993) | ocean park #60 | oil on canvas | 1973

bottom (left to right):

joan mitchell | before, again IV | oil on canvas | 1985

manuel neri | untitled female figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

manuel neri | untitled male figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

during the exhibition, seven additional sculptures by manuel neri, which are on temporary loan to the anderson collection from hackett | mill art gallery in san francisco, are installed outside of the museum.  their adjacency to the rodin sculpture garden at the cantor arts center at stanford university, which is located next door, is equally outstanding.

one city (london).

four art exhibitions (cézanne | modigliani | soutine | basquiat).

during our december weekend in london, my husband, bob, and i made it to three out of four.

 

modigliani @ the tate modern

amadeo modgliani (1884-1920) | self portrait as pierrot | 1915 | statens museum fur kunst | copenhagen, denmark

modigliani | tate modern | london, united kingdom | 23 november 2017-2 april 2018

photo credit smk

 

modigliani

portraits and nudes.

elongated faces.

swan-like necks.

almond shaped eyes.

portraits of his patron (paul alexandre).

portraits of his art dealers (paul guillaume and leopold zbrowski).

portraits of his contemporaries.  (picasso, gris, brancusi, soutine…).

self portraits.

portraits of the working class.

multiple portraits of the same subject.

 

‘it [my portrait] does not look like me, but it does look like modigliani, which is better.’

-jean cocteau (1889-1963)

amadeo modgliani (1884-1920) | jean cocteau, 1916 | the henry and rose pearlman foundation (on long-term loan to the princeton university art museum)

modigliani | tate modern | london, united kingdom | 23 november 2017-2 april 2018

photo credit bruce m. white | via the princeton university art museum

 

 soutine @ the courtauld gallery

chaïm soutine (1893-1943) | self portrait | circa 1918 | the henry and rose pearlman foundation (on long-term loan to the princeton university art museum)

photo credit © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris | photo: bruce m. white | via the princeton university art museum

 

soutine

landscapes, still lives, and portraits.

painted in series.

turbulent (after van gogh).

gestural (before pollack).

distorted (before bacon).

 

his patron:  albert barnes (the barnes foundation | merion, PA USA)

his art dealers:  paul guillaume and leopold zbrowski (the same as modigliani)

his portraits:  self portraits and portraits of the working class

 

chaïm soutine (1893-1943) | the valet | circa 1927 | the lewis collection

soutine’s portraits: cooks, waiters & bellboys | the courtauld gallery | london, united kingdom | 19 october 2017-21 january 2018

photo credit the courtauld gallery | via the telegraph

 

basquiat @ the barbican art gallery

jean-michel basquiat (1960-1988) | dos cabezas | 1982 | private collection

basquiat: boom for real | barbican art gallery | london, united kingdom | 21 september 2017-28 january 2018

photo credit (c) the estate of jean-michel basquiat | licensed by artestar, new york | via christie’s

 

basquiat

graffiti.

neo expressionist.

image + text + social commentary.

stream of consciousness.

repetition.

crown icon.

self portraits (in different guises).

 

inspiration:  art history | history | literature | media (film/television) | music (jazz/hip hop/rap) | sports

influences:  da vinci | picasso | cy twombly | charlie parker

collaborators:  keith haring | francesco clemente | andy warhol

 

jean-michel basquiat (1960-1988) | self-portrait | 1984 | private collection

basquiat: boom for real | barbican art gallery | london, united kingdom | 21 september 2017-28 january 2018

photo credit (c) the estate of jean-michel basquiat | licensed by artstar, new york | via the standard

 

surprisingly (or not), more similarities than differences.

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cézanne portraits | national portrait gallery | london, united kingdom | 26 october 2017-11 february 2018

modigliani | tate modern | london, united kingdom | 23 november 2017-2 april 2018

soutine’s portraits: cooks, waiters & bellboys | the courtauld gallery | london, united kingcom | 19 october 2017-21 january 2018

basquiat: boom for real | barbican art gallery | london, united kingdom | 21 september 2017-28 january 2018

california winegrower, anne moeller-racke, describes the donum estate winery as ‘the ultimate pinot noir project’.

now, thanks to danish businessman and art collector allan warburg, and his partners, who purchased the donum estate winery from anne in 2011, the estate could also be described as the ultimate contemporary sculpture park.

jaume plensa | sanna, giant head

hospitality building (opened september 2017) | designed by MH architects | san francisco, CA

 

the park includes contemporary sculptures by important international artists, including fernando botero,

yayoi kusama, and louise bourgeois.

fernando botero | hombre caminante (walking man)

click here to read about the contemporary sculpture park and the sculpture workshops in pietrasanta, italy, where botero has an art studio.

installations in progress

left:  yayoi kusama | pumpkin

right:  pavilion under construction for a louise bourgeois spider

 

each sculpture has been carefully sited by allan, his partners michael and daniel, and anne.  the juxtaposition of art and nature is breathtaking!  my husband, bob, and i both felt inspired, refreshed, and invigorated after exploring the sculpture park.

right to left:

keith haring | king and queen

dahn vo | we the people

richard hudson | love me

keith haring | king and queen

richard hudson | love me

right to left:

richard hudson | love me

arik levy | rock

mark quinn | shell

arik levy | rock

mark quinn | shell

 

the donum estate sculpture park also showcases contemporary asian art.

yeu minjun | contemporary terracotta warriors

25 warriors installed through out the lavender garden

left to right:

  lui hui | captured rhino

yeu minjun | contemporary terracotta warriors

sopheap pich | morning glory

fernando botero | hombre caminante (walking man)

richard hudson | big moma

lui hui | captured rhino

gao weigang | maze

front to back:

sopheap pich | morning glory

yeu minjun | contemporary terracotta warriors

gao weigang | maze

 

circle of animals/zodiac heads by chinese artist/activist ai weiwei could be considered the most important work of art in the sculpture park.  not only, because it is the only edition of the sculpture that is owned by a private collector.  and, a permanent installation, instead of a touring exhibition.  but also, because of the historical context.

the sculpture is a reinterpretation of the twelve animals of the chinese zodiac that once surrounded the fountain in the gardens of the old summer palace (yuanmingyuan), a qing dynasty (1644-1911) imperial retreat near beijing.  the twelve zodiac animals disappeared when british and french troops ransacked the old summer palace in 1860, during the second opium war.

recently, when some of the zodiac animals from the fountain reappeared on the art market, the sale caused an international controversy.  so, the sculpture could be considered as a political statement about looting and repatriation.

the animals from the ai weiwei sculpture are larger in scale than the animals from the qing dynasty fountain.  so, circle of animals/zodiac heads could also be considered as an ethical statement about artistic license and the differences between originals, copies, and forgeries.

ai weiwei | circle of animals/zodiac heads

shown:  tiger | rabbit | dragon | snake | horse | ram

not shown: monkey | rooster | dog | pig | rat | ox

click here and here to read more about circle of animals/zodiac heads and the zodiac animals from the fountain at the old summer palace (yuanmingyuan)

 

circle of animals/zodiac heads now has commercial connotations.  ai weiwei collaborated with anne on the design of a new wine label for the donum estate.  each year, the animal on the label will change in accordance with the chinese zodiac.  what do you think of their branding and marketing strategy?

donum estate 2014 wine label | the year of the horse

donum estate 2015 wine label | the year of the ram

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

the donum estate

24500 ramal road | sonoma, CA 95476 | (707) 939-2290

private tastings and visits to the sculpture park by appointment

listed for US$6 million.

the new york apartment (and art studio) of colombian artist, fernando botero.

900 park avenue | apartments 22D and 22E | new york, NY 10021

listed for US$6 million | sotheby’s international realty

photo credit yoo jean han via wsj.com

click here to read about the contemporary sculpture park in pietrasanta, italy, where botero also has an art studio.

fernando botero | il guerriero (the warrior) | bronze | 1992

piazza matteotti | pietrasanta, italy

fonderia (foundry):  massimo del chiaro | pietrasanta, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

on the street.  pietrasanta, italy

via mazzini | pietrasanta, italy

via garibaldi | pietrasanta, italy

la strada degli ombrelli volante (the road of the flying umbrellas)

a street art exhibition and charity event, supporting the pietrasanta volunteer consul

for a minimum donation of five euros, supporters could purchase an inscription on the handle of an umbrella

 

on the street.  milan, italy.

via fiori chiari | milan, italy

elle italia | 30 anni di moda (30 years of fashion) | 1987-2017

a street art exhibition and party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of elle italia magazine during milan fashion week, 20-25 september 2017

 

on the street.  oakland, ca.

9th street | old town | oakland, ca

a street art exhibition

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

one time is a surprise.  two times is a coincidence.  three times is a trend.