tag archives: art exhibit

if you live in san francisco, you might remember the spectacular chihuly exhibition at the de young museum and the legion of honor in 2008.

dale chihuly | chandelier room

chihuly at the de young | de young museum and the legion of honor | san francisco, CA | 14 jun-28 sept 2008

photo credit dale chihuly

so, of course, my husband, bob, and i looked forward to seeing chihuly at the halcyon gallery during our recent trip to london.

when i think of chihuly in london, i can’t help thinking about the dramatic 27 foot high chandelier in the reception rotunda at the victoria & albert museum (v&a), which remains on permanent display following the chihuly at the v&a exhibition in 2001.

dale chihuly | v&a chandelier | 2001

victoria & albert museum | london, united kingdom

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

but, what made chihuly at the halcyon gallery so engaging was the opportunity to get so close that you could have touched everything!  you could see how the chandeliers were assembled by hand wiring each of the individually made long, short, bulbous, twisted, or spiraled glass elements onto the cage-like interior armature.

dale chihuly | dusky sky chandelier

chihuly | halcyon gallery | 5 dec 2011-21 apr 2012 | london, united kingdom

photo credit halcyon gallery

dale chihuly | cranberry and clear chandelier

chihuly | halcyon gallery | 5 dec 2011-21 apr 2012 | london, united kingdom

photo credit halcyon gallery

you could also marvel at the amazing craftsmanship on a pair of cut glass sconces, made at the waterford crystal centre in ireland for the chihuly over venice project in 1995-1996.

dale chihuly | pair of waterford sconces

chihuly | halcyon gallery | 5 dec 2011-21 apr 2012 | london, united kingdom

photo credits matilde aguilera and halcyon gallery

or, the sculptural gold and quartz two tiered chandelier, made specifically for a stairwell in the gallery’s grade II listed building.

dale chihuly | gold and quartz two tiered chandelier

chihuly | halcyon gallery | 5 dec 2011-21 apr 2012 | london, united kingdom

photo credits halcyon gallery and halcyon gallery

the exhibition includes other site specific sculptures, such as a 24 foot mille fiore glass garden.

dale chihuly | mille fiore garden

chihuly | halcyon gallery | 5 dec 2011-21 apr 2012 | london, united kingdom

photo credit halcyon gallery

as well as chihuly’s signature botanical or aquatic sculptures, such as macchia, persians, and venetians, or seaforms and boats.

dale chihuly | sunset boat

chihuly | halcyon gallery | 5 dec 2011-21 apr 2012 | london, united kingdom

photo credit halcyon gallery

if you are in london, you ‘must see’ chihuly at the halcyon gallery.  if you can look, but not touch!

when you think of david hockney, you might think of his pop art paintings of california swimming pools.

david hockney | a bigger splash | acrylic on canvas | 1967

tate collection | london, united kingdom

photo credit tate

and, david hockney RA: a bigger picture, a blockbuster exhibition at the royal academy of arts (RA) in london from 21 january-9 april 2012, includes a painting with a swimming pool.

david hockney | mulholland drive: the road to the studio | acrylic on canvas | 1980

reproduction | david hockney RA: the bigger picture | 21 jan-9 apr 2012 | royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

original | los angeles county museum of art (lacma) | los angeles, CA

photo credit lacma

but, david hockney is also a landscape artist.  after showing bigger trees near warter, a 50 canvas painting, at the summer exhibition 2007, the RA offered hockney all of the main floor galleries for a landscape painting exhibition.

david hockney | bigger trees near warter | oil on 50 canvases + two collages of 50 color photographs | 2007

tate collection | london, united kingdom

photo credits (c) david hockney and tate

the exhibition features over 150 works, most created between 2004 and 2011.  although it is an exhibition, instead of a retrospective, a bigger picture includes a survey of earlier landscapes, painted from 1956-1998, that offer an opportunity to reconsider hockney as a landscape artist, instead of a pop artist.

hockney’s work reflects the influences of past artistic movements, such as cubism, impressionism, or fauvism.

hockney also uses optical tools to experiment with the representation of space, the manipulation of perspective, the use of color, and the variation of technique.  the camera is one of hockney’s favorite optical tools.  he photographed the grand canyon in 1982, but didn’t use the photographs to create grand canyon with ledge, arizona, 1982, collage #2, a 60 photograph collage, until 1986.


david hockney | grand canyon with ledge, arizona, 1982 | collage of 60 color photographs | 1986

david hockney RA: a bigger picture | 21 jan-9 apr 2012 | royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

photo credit (c) david hockney

he described the process of making collages from the grand canyon photographs as a ‘cubist idea.’

‘when you put one piece of paper on top of another…
you put two pieces of time together…
therefore, make[ing] a space.

i thought i was making time.
then, you realize you’re making space.
then, you realize time and space are the same thing.’ 

-david hockney

in 1998, hockney painted a bigger grand canyon from the collages and other studies, and a closer grand canyon from memory.  the multiple viewpoint perspective in both paintings again references cubism.  the grand canyon paintings also reference cubism by translating the grid pattern from the photo collages into a multiple canvas format.  this becomes the standard format for hockney’s large scale works.

david hockney | a bigger grand canyon | oil on 60 canvases | 1998

national gallery of australia (nga) |  canberra, ACT, australia

photo credit nga

david hockney | a closer grand canyon | oil on 60 canvases | 1998

david hockney RA: a bigger picture | 21 jan-9 apr 2012 | royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

louisiana museum of modern art | humlebaek, denmark

photo credit (c) david hockney
secret knowledge:  rediscovering the lost techniques of the old masters, a book by hockney published in 2001, explores how optical tools, such as the camera, influenced painting composition for over six centuries.
photo credit amazon.com

but, hockney rejects the use of optical tools when he decides to paint the yorkshire landscapes in the exhibition from direct observation.  hockney’s landscapes could define yorkshire like impressionist landscapes defined the south of france.  like monet’s paintings, hockney’s yorkshire landscapes are studies of changing seasonal and light conditions.  sometimes, he paints the same location, such as the thixendale trees, at different times of the year.

david hockney | three trees near thixendale, spring 2008 | oil on 8 canvases | 2008

david hockney RA: a bigger picture | 21 jan-9 apr 2012 | royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

photo credit (c) david hockney

david hockney | three trees near thixendale, summer 2007 | oil on 8 canvases | 2007

david hockney RA: a bigger picture | 21 jan-9 apr 2012 | royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

photo credit (c) david hockney

david hockney | three trees near thixendale, autumn 2008 | oil on 8 canvases | 2008

david hockney RA: a bigger picture | 21 jan-9 apr 2012 | royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

photo credit (c) david hockney

david hockney | three trees near thixendale, winter 2007 | oil on 8 canvases | 2007

david hockney RA: a bigger picture | 21 jan-9 apr 2012 | royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

photo credit (c) david hockney
other times, he paints the same subject, such as blossoming hawthorne trees, in different locations at the same time of the year.


david hockney | hawthorne blossom near rudston | oil on two canvases | 2008

david hockney RA: a bigger picture | 21 jan-9 apr 2012 | royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

photo credit (c) david hockney

david hockney | the big hawthorne | oil on 9 canvases | 2008

david hockney RA: a bigger picture | 21 jan-9 apr 2012 | royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

photo credit (c) david hockney

david hockney | may blossom on the roman road | oil on 8 canvases | 2009

david hockney RA: a bigger picture | 21 jan-9 apr 2012 | royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

photo credit (c) david hockney

hockney’s yorkshire landscapes are also technical studies.  he experiments with impressionist or fauvist painting techniques, such as pointellist seurat dots, swirling van gogh brushstrokes, or colorful matisse stripes.  and, hockney also experiments with technological tools.  the arrival of spring in woldgate, east yorkshire in 2011 includes a series of 52 prints, drawn on an iPad, that capture the transition from winter to spring along a country road near his home.  as he was drawing, hockney adjusted the color and his technique so that the drawings could be enlarged and printed.

david hockney | the arrival of spring (untitled iPad drawing, 12 april 2011, no. 1) | iPad drawing printed on paper | 2011

david hockney RA: a bigger picture | 21 jan-9 apr 2012 | royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

photo credit (c) david hockney
the series also includes a 32 canvas oil painting.  the brighter colors, simpler brushstrokes, and bolder composition reflect hockney’s iPad drawing techniques.

david hockney | the arrival of spring in woldgate, east yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) | oil on 32 canvases | 2011

david hockney RA: a bigger picture | 21 jan-9 apr 2012 | royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

photo credit (c) david hockney

if you are in london, david hockney RA: a bigger picture is a ‘must see’ exhibition!

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lighting is the jewelry of a room.  and, aquarium, a mobile commissioned by the fondation cartier pour l’art contemporain, designed by brazilian artist beatriz milhazes, and crafted by cartier, was the jewel of art basel miami beach 2011.

the fondation cartier exhibited aquarium in the miami design district during art basel.

beatriz milhazes | aquarium | fondation cartier pour l’art contemporain | art basel miami beach 2011

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

cartier crafted the mobile from almost 15,000 carats of pearls, precious gems, and semi-precious stones, set in brass and gold vermeil.  the gems include over:

3200 carats of rubies

3200 carats of sapphires

1800 carats of turquoise

900 carats of coral

150 carats of emeralds

20 carats of diamonds

beatriz milhazes | aquarium | fondation cartier pour l’art contemporain | art basel miami beach 2011

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

would you describe aquarium as jewelry?  as, sculpture?  or, as decorative art?

artist beatriz milhazes

photo credit art | basel | miami beach

fortunately, decorative lighting doesn’t need to be crafted from precious materials to resemble diamonds…

dining room | donghia furniture showroom | new york, NY | interior design by anita csordas

photo credit architectural digest 

cascade grand luminaire | crystal and aluminum | designed by todd rugee | boyd lighting

photo credit boyd lighting
 

diamants legers de cartier earrings | diamonds and white gold | cartier

photo credit cartier
or, pearls…

dining room | november 2011 catalog | design within reach (dwr)

photo credit dwr

fun 11 pendant light | mother of pearl and steel | designed by verner panton | design within reach (dwr)

photo by dwr

south sea pearl and diamond necklace | gump’s

photo credit gump’s
rubies, sapphires, or emeralds…

dining room | private residence | southern, CA | architecture and interior design by newman mendro andrulaitus

 photo credit california homes

cellula chandelier | swarovski (r) crystals and aluminum | designed by nunzia carbone and tiziano vudafieri | anthologie quartett

swarovski (r) crystals available in crystal, red, blue, or green

photo credits anthologiequartett

ruby, diamond and 18k white gold line bracelet | asprey

sapphire, diamond and 18k white gold line bracelet | asprey

emerald, diamond and platinum line bracelet | asprey

photos credits asprey
or, semi-precious stones.

dining room | september 2011 catalog | design within reach (dwr)

photo credit dwr

stamen pendant lights | amber, sapphire, or plum glass | designed by jeremy piles | niche modern

photo credits dwr

m’ama non m’ama rings | semi-precious stones and rose gold | pomellato

photo credit pomellato
you can never have too many jewels…

you might think of art basel as an art, party, or fashion scene, but at art basel miami beach 2011, the satellite exhibitions and the public spaces were interactive and happening.

if you were hungry, you could visit incubation, the annual breakfast installation at the rubell family collection.  incubation continued new york artist jennifer rubell’s exploration of the creative process through audience participation.

artist jennifer rubell | incubation | art basel miami beach 2011 | rubell family collection

photo credit nowness

first, you picked up a jar of plain yogurt from the counter of the on-site yogurt lab.

photo credit experiment station

then, you flavored your yogurt by holding the jar up to a ceiling dispenser that dripped honey.

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

photo credit t magazine

photo credit the atlantic

finally, you consumed your creation!

people were also consuming the fruit from banana market/art market, a volkswagen van filled with ripened bananas that brazilian artist paulo nazareth installed in the art positions section at art basel.

banana market/art market | paolo nazareth | art basel miami beach 2011

photo credit the atlantic

if a rusty, green vw van isn’t your favorite form of transportation, then maybe a concept vehicle is more your style.

architecting the future: buckminster fuller & lord norman foster, a design miami satellite exhibition, featured two of buckminster fuller’s inventions:  the dymaxion car, an omnidirectional transport system designed in 1933, and the fly’s eye dome, a geodesic dome designed in 1961.  miami collector craig robins plans to reinstall the fly’s eye dome in a new pedestrian plaza in the miami design district.

dymaxion car | buckminster fuller | architecting the future | design miami 2011

fly’s eye dome | buckminster fuller | architecting the future | design miami 2011 | craig robins collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

two shipping containers installed on a vacant lot in the design district housed the exhibition.

architecting the future | exhibition installed in two shipping containers | design miami 2011

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

in the art video pedestrian plaza at art basel, five viewing pods contained monitors that screened videos and films by international artists.

viewing pods | art video section | art basel miami beach 2011

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

for three evenings, the films were also screened at soundscape park, the 7000 square foot outdoor projection wall at the new world center, which was designed by architect frank gehry.

but, the indoor park in the art positions section at art basel was the most popular pedestrian plaza.

indoor park | art positions section | art basel miami beach 2011

photo credit the atlantic

the indoor park reminded me of green park in london.

green park | london, united kingdom

photo credit wikimedia commons

or, a sunday on la grande jatte, the famous impressionist painting by georges seurat.

a sunday on la grande jatte | georges seurat | 1884 | the art institute of chicago

photo credit the art institute of chicago

which do you prefer, public or private exhibition spaces?

over memorial day weekend, we saw the steins collect | matisse, picasso, and the parisian avant-garde, an art exhibit at the san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma).  followed by midnight in paris, the new woody allen film.  (a rare occurrence for my husband, bob, who prefers live entertainment.)

surprisingly, the film and the art exhibit are related.

midnight in paris

midnight in paris | written and directed by woody allen | 2011

the steins collect:  matisse, picasso, and the parisian avant-garde

san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma) | san francisco, CA | may 21-september 6, 2011

grand palais | paris, france | october 3, 2011-january 20, 2012

metropolitan museum of art | new york, NY | february 21-june 3, 2012

photo credits imdb and sfmoma

the steins collect reunites approximately 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and illustrated books collected by writer gertrude stein (1874-1946) and her family in paris during the early 20th century.  the steins became important patrons of avant-garde artists, particularly pablo picasso (1881-1973) and henri matisse (1869-1954).  the steins were known for their saturday evening salons, where artists, writers, musicians, intellectuals, and collectors gathered to discuss contemporary art, culture, and ideas.  the stein salons have even been described as ‘the first museum of modern art’!

midnight in paris transports you to the stein salons in paris during the 1920’s.  in one scene, gertrude stein (played by kathy bates), is seated in the salon of her residence at 27 rue des fleures in front of the picasso portrait of gertrude stein from the exhibition.

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man ray | gertrude stein in her salon writing | black and white photograph | 1920

beinecke library | yale university | new haven, CT

photo by beinecke library | yale university

pablo picasso | gertrude stein | oil on canvas | 1905-1906

metropolitan museum of art | new york, NY

photo credit metmuseum.org

gertrude stein|kathy bates|the art of film

gertrude stein (played by kathy bates) | midnight in paris

photo credit sonyclassics

stein and picasso (played by argentinian actor, marical di fonzo bo) are discussing a (faux) portrait of picasso’s (fictional) mistress, adriana (played by marion cotillard).

stein picasso

picasso painting

faux picasso

gertrude stein (played by kathy bates) and pablo picasso (played by marical di fonzo bo) | midnight in paris

pablo picasso (played by marical di fonzo bo) with a (faux) portrait of his (fictional) mistress | midnight in paris

(faux) picasso portrait | midnight in paris

photo credits sonyclassics, sonyclassics and maupes

in another scene, stein and matisse (played by french actor, yves-antoine spoto) are negotiating the purchase of a painting.  for 500 francs!

henri matisse | woman with a hat | oil on canvas | 1905

san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma) | san francisco, CA

photo credit ben blackwell

the midnight in paris cast of characters also includes gertrude stein’s brother, leo stein (1872-1947), her partner, alice b. toklas (1877-1967) (who answers the front door), and other avant-garde artists, writers, or musicians who could have frequented the stein salons in paris during the 1920’s.

cameo appearances include:

artist salvatore dali (played by adrien brody)

photographer man ray (played by tom cordier)

writer ernest hemingway (played by corey stoll)

writer f. scott fitzgerald and zelda fitzgerald (played by tom hiddleston and alison pill)

writer t.s. eliott (played by david lowe)

filmmaker luis bunuel (played by adrien de van)

and, musician cole porter (played by yves heck)

the chronology isn’t always art historically accurate.  but, midnight in paris is a woody allen film, so being in the right place, doing the right thing, at the wrong time just becomes part of the fantasy.

maybe you will enjoy this unexpected combination of art and entertainment as much as we did!