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Monday, June 20, 2011

747 WingHouse on the Architect's Newspaper Blog

Featured by Sam Lubell in their "Sneak Peek" last week: some of my photographs from the Wing House. It's getting there!

747 House Sneak Peek

Here are several new ones that I really like as well:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Working Dogs in the Garden When I'm Working

Here's the thing about working dogs: They want to work but they don't want you to, unless you're working for them. Here's also the thing about the cats: They too could care less if you put the basil in the proper pot.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Black Rothko. The Chapel. David Novros

Christopher Knight, Art Critic for the Los Angeles Times, shared this talk delivered by the artist, David Novros, on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the De Menil-commissioned Rothko Chapel in Houston, TX.

Painted Places and PatronageROTHKO CHAPEL, HOUSTON, TEXAS | FEB. 12, 2011

The Rothko Chapel is one of my favorite places to be silent and absorb contemplative emotive work. Dark. Pulsating. Powerful. Spiritual.

A second collection of paintings from this era sits at in the Rothko Room at the Tate Modern. Originally commissioned for New York's Four Seasons Restaurant, the paintings became overly dark and moody and Rothko withdrew from the commission and gave them to the Tate. The tale of this adventure fits nicely into Novros' discussion of place, patronage and the oft sterility of museum exhibition and purpose. http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2002/dec/07/artsfeatures

In a year of death and loss some years ago, while at the opening of Art Basel, I turned a corner at Basel's Kunsthalle and encountered a black Rothko. Its effect on me was stunning and I sat in front of it and wrote a cathartic poem, releasing the guarded emotion of time passing.

Published in an anthology, Strangers To Us All, it is below.

Novros' talk concerns artistic vision, the importance of place intertwined with vision and the benefits of patronage and what that means. Whether the Chapel or the sad discussions presently concerning the Barnes Collection, the relationship between art, its creators and the public/private inspiration is intriguing.

That said, the powerful black Rothko's for me elicit response wherever.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

AsianPacific Heritage Month

May, just passed, is Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs published a terrific cultural guide and calendar. Three of my downtown Los Angeles Chinatown images from FINDING CHINATOWN are in there.

Looking forward to my summer show at Craig Krull Gallery in Los Angeles (Bergamot Station, Santa Monica), opening on Saturday, 30 July.