Review of Unapologetic Flowers and beyond

A little more insight about Roland Reiss' Unapologetic Flowers show at the Claremont Museum Art. Another show is at Diane Rosenstein Gallery as well. Here is a link to the review at What the Butler Saw -An Arts Magazine, an online arts magazine I just recently discovered.

Southern California Visit - MOCA Downtown - Pollock Restoration

One of the museum's Pollocks was being cleaned and restored and they decided to use one of the galleries for the process. A great idea! A couple of early works on paper were included, and some great visuals in large digital printed vinyl on the wall as well. Opposite this famous image of Pollock painting was a monitor with the famous documentary of Pollock creating some of his works. This is the film with the camera man below Pollock and he is splattering paint onto glass. A wider view of the set up. Looks like they'll be getting plenty of light. A nice tribute to the work. I would have liked to see the actual process of the cleaning/restoration in person. Always worth a visit both real an

Southern California Visit - Rothko Room MOCA Downtown

While it is always a pleasure to view a single Mark Rothko piece, it is especially satisfying to experience a room full of them, and the MOCA does not disappoint. I didn't get shots of all of them, but as you can see, there are a number of benches to sit and contemplate these works and installation. The photo looks empty here, but it was a bit crowded the day I attended. Perhaps an early morning visit might allow you to view this in a bit more intimate setting.

Southern California Visit - Main Collection MOCA Downtown

It had to be probably 25 years or more since I viewed the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In fact, I had never been to the downtown space, on the Little Tokyo space. This is the space that is basically across the street from the Frank Gentry designed Disney Music Hall. I was treated to a display of Joseph Cornell assemblages in the first room I entered. A little better view of some. There are a number of Cornell pieces around Los Angeles, but I do not think that I have seen this many in one place before. A large free-standing Louise Nevelson. A smaller Nevelson pedestal piece. It was tucked against a wall and I would have like it to be a farther away so I could walk around it.

Southern California Trip - Pomona College Art Museum

My Alma Mater, Pomona College has begun, well actually is more like in the middle of construction of a new museum of art. After much haggling with the city of Claremont, and moving one of the historic houses on the site, construction is well on its way. The northeast corner of the site Still a lot of concrete to be cast. The architects rendition of the museum posted at the site. Here is a better rendering from the Pomona College website. Around a year ago the beautiful Baldwin House (and carriage house) was moved directly across the street, tucked between the softball field and Wig dorm. A lot of work going on! Should be a great space. Unfortunately I didn't have the time to chase down Steve

Unapologetic Flowers Reception

I was quite lucky that my recent trip to Claremont coincided with Roland Reiss' reception for Unapologetic Flowers. I haven't seen Roland in probably ten years so it was good to see him and catch up. There was quite the CGU reunion during the opening at Claremont Museum of Art on April 7th. Husband and Wife team of Gary Geraths and Joyce Hesselgrave going through the catalogue of the show with Roland. Here are some of the Unapologetic Flowers. The blue piece on the left is extremely thick paint on the background, and I believe is the more recent work. On the right is a bit older from maybe 2008. I had only seen images of these works online and it was quite satisfying to finally see them in

Build up for Michael Spafford Epic Show

ONE GREEK, ONE TROJAN, 2005, Oil on paper, 30 x 40 inches (photo: Greg Kucera Gallery) With all of the build up to this great 3 venue show, it unfortunately worked out that I will be in Southern California for the Thursday night art walk opening. I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to attending this. I'll see it when I return of course. Fortunately, I am attending an opening for Roland Reiss titled; Unapologetic Flowers and Small Stories, at the Claremont Museum of Art. The venues for the Michael Spafford retrospective: “Epic Works,” a three-gallery exhibition of paintings and prints by Michael Spafford: April 5-28, Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; April 5-Ma

"Epic" Battle on Thursday

This form Spike Mafford concerning his father's 3 gallery opening on Thursday April 5th: The Epic Works Project is excited to announce a major work of street theatre in collaboration with Michael C. Spafford's 3 gallery exhibition. First Thursday, April 5th, 2018, the Seattle Sounders will join forces with the Seattle Seahawks to stage a mock battle between the ancient Greeks and Trojan. Complete with a full size replica designed by Carl Smool, this ballet, directed by Jeffry Mitchell, will unfold in the middle of Occidental Square, during the First Thursday Artwork. Sponsored in part by the Paul G. Allen Visual Artist Grant, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Office of Arts and Cultural and the WA Sta

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