COVID-19 Lockdown Item 23 - Vincent van Gogh - Portrait of a Man at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

About a year ago we had a long wait for a return flight from Houston, so we made a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts sight unseen. As luck would have it, were rewarded to the Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art exhibit on perhaps its last day. It was a tad crowded, but manageable. This is Portrait of a Man from 1888. I was drawn to the piece as the style looked....slightly different than his other works. It was an immaculate show, and one thing I liked were the contemporary cherry frames that were used on many of the works. Striking colors I this one. I was curious as to where this pieces home is - Collection Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands Click on the photo to visit the Museum

COVID-19 Lockdown Museum Item 22 - Chris Burden's Urban Lights at the LACMA

Pomona College Alumni Chris Burden created this installation around 2008 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art after collecting street lamps for around 8 years. There are 202 vintage street lamps (no replicas) assembled into this forest of lights. The piece has shown up in popular culture including a few movies and TV series. Click on the photo for a link to the search function on the LACMA page. Plenty to choose from.

COVID-19 Lockdown Museum Item 20 - Display of Cedar Masks at the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver,

It looks like there is a variety of creatures represented with the masks displayed in this cabinet at the Museum of Anthropology on the campus of the University of British Columbia. All I know is that it is a crazy extensive collection. For every one or two pieces you can see down here in Seattle, there are 6 -10 -who know 20 more displayed here. Certainly worth a visit anytime you're in Vancouver. I could spend days there. Click on the phot to go to the museum's main page.

COVID-19 Lockdown Museum Item 15 -Hieronymus Bosch, Saint Wilgefortis Triptych - Gallerie dell'A

One of the first museums we visited on out Italy trip was the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice. We were rewarded with an exhibit of freshly cleaned́́́/restored Hieronymus Bosch panels and triptychs including the Saint Wilgefortis Triptych. All of the panels simply glowed. The work is sometimes referred to as The Crucifixion of St Julia as well. Normally it is housed in the Palazzo Ducale, so I guess it was moved nearby for its reveal. Since it looks like you cannot browse the Gallerie dell'Accademia webite surrently, I include a link to the Coulorex site about the on the photo.

COVID-19 Lockdown Museum Item 14 - Middle Fork by John Grade - Seattle Art Museum

Middle Fork by John Grade was created by making a mold of a full sized western hemlock I assume was off of the middle fork of the Snoqualmie river outside of Seattle. The "tree" was ten recreated with what I would guess is hundreds of thousands of small blocks of reclaimed old growth cedar. It hangs from the ceiling of the main lobby of the museum.

COVID-19 Lockdown Museum Item 13 - Tipu's Tiger, Victora and Albert Museum London

Created for Tipu Sultan, this automata depicts a tiger mauling a British soldier. Originally when a panel was opened, a crank for an organ would play sounds of the soldier moaning as he flailed around. Unfortunately early attempts at restoring the piece have changed if not ruined its playing qualities. Fortunately there is a vintage recording of it playing. Click the picture to go to the Victoria and Albert Museum page for this item.

COVID-19 Lockdown Museum Item 11 - Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrors

Probably everyone in Seattle attended this exhibit back in 2017. At least it seemed like it on the day we attended. this is a photo shot through the peephole of one of Kusama's Infinity Mirrors sculptures. We waited towards the end of the show's calendar installation to attend so long lines is what we got. We maybe got 30 seconds at each piece, and could enter some of the larger "walk in" pieces for a couple of minutes. Obviously popular. Click on the photo to go to the SAM site dedicated to Kusama's work.

New Piece Finished - Stimulus (Saliʔ=qʼiyáƛ'əd)

I finally finished up this piece a few days ago during this COVID19 quarantine. Its been a little more difficult to accomplish progress on my art that I would have anticipated. It is easy to get lost in time and lose track of what day of the week it is. While I haven't started anything new per se, I've been plugging away on partially completed works that have been accumulating over the last couple of years. This one is Stimulus (Saliʔ=qʼiyáƛ'əd) and is part of my Obligatory Dialect series. Saliʔ=qʼiyáƛ'əd roughly translates into "two slugs" in Lushootseed. The work is acrylic on wood and is 2" x 9" x 14".

COVID-19 Lockdown Museum Item 9 - Hawker Hurricane Fighter Plane, Battle of Britain Memorial

In the South East corner of Great Britain, not too far from Dover is the Battle of Britain Memorial. Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire fighter planes are the center of the memorial. We visited there in 2012 during our trip to the Olympics. Cool to see the vintage airplanes and the site includes a museum building with a number of exhibits about the Battle of Britain and the significance of the area. The site has a great view of the Channel as well. Click on the photo to got to the museum's site

COVID-19 Lockdown Museum Item 8 - Torpedoes at the U.S. Navy Undersea Museum in Keyport Washington

I've actually been to this museum 2 or 3 times, but it has been a number of years since I've visited. All things submarine and torpedo can be found here. While it may sound a bit morbid, it is actually an interesting visit and is free to the public. While the museum displays mostly military and warfare based artifacts, there are a large number of salvage, oceanographic and exploration vehicles present. Click on the above picture for a link to the museum

COVID-19 Lockdown Museum Item 7 - Dodo from the London Museum of Natural History

One of my favorite museums period is the Natural History Museum in London. The building alone is worth the trip to visit. Here is a stuffed dodo. Well, it is really not an actual dodo carcass, but a approximation made by Rowland Ward, one of the greatest Victorian taxidermists, and were first exhibited around the 1890s at the Natural History Museum. It is a composite of swan and goose feathers along with some plaster sculpting. Apparently there is a lot of discussion as to how inaccurate this models now is. Anyway click on the picture to go to a article explaining the whole controversy.

COVID-19 Lockdown Museum Item 6 - Venice Biennale Anicka Yi, Biologizing the Machine (tentacular tro

It is hard to believe the difference 8 months makes. I was fortunate enough to get to attend the 2019 Venice Biennale. It is crazy to think of how much Italy and the world has changed since then. I've posted this image before, but I found the work by Anicka Li stunning. Apparently this installation is in the "Turbine Hall" of the Arsenal Pavillion. Click on the photo for a link to a informative Artnet article about the artist and work.

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