Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What the so called "alt left" was doing in Charlottesville.

On Tuesday, after a weekend that included a white supremacist mowing down and killing a peaceful counter-protester in Charlottesville and Nazis marching on the University of Virginia with torches, the president of the United States stood in front of the American people and said, “What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at, as you say, the ‘alt-right’? Let me ask you this: What about the fact they came charging—that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do.”
  Dahlia Lithwick
 
Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate, and hosts the podcast Amicus.

There were, as it turns out, a great number of Charlottesville locals present to witness the violence and lawlessness on display in this town—my town—last weekend. I asked local witnesses, many in the faith community, every one of whom was on the streets of Charlottesville on Saturday, whether there was a violent, club-wielding mob threatening the good people on team Nazi. Here’s what I heard back:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/08/what_the_alt_left_was_actually_doing_in_charlottesville.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_top

Francesco Albani


August 16, 1578. Francesco Albani or Albano (17 March or 17 August 1578 - 4 October 1660) was an Italian Baroque painter. Albani never acquired the monumentality or tenebrism that was quaking the contemporary world of painters, and in fact, is derided often for his lyric, cherubim-filled sweetness, which often has not yet shaken the mannerist elegance. While Albani's thematic would have appealed to Poussin, he lacked the Frenchman's muscular drama. His style sometimes appears to befit the decorative Rococo more than of his time. In this image: Baptism of Christ ca 1640 (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. )


Francesco Albani: Holy Family with Angels, 1608-10
Photograph by Sharon Mollerus, Creative Commons licensed



Spring (Venus at her Toilet)1616-17. Oil on canvas, diameter 154 cm
Galleria Borghese, Rome. Web Gallery of Art

Looks like he was born on the 17th day although the month is not clear

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_Albani

http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/albani_francesco.html

https://www.virtualuffizi.com/francesco-albani.html

Sunday, August 13, 2017

2017 SECA Awards at SFMOMA

Liam Everett,Untitled, 2016. Photo courtes the artist and the Altman Siegel Gallery, SF
Since 1967, SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) has honored over seventy Bay Area artists with the SECA Art Award, which includes an exhibition at SFMOMA and inclusion in the accompanying catalogue. Recipients of the SECA Art Award, typically four per award year, are chosen during a ten-month process involving artists, SECA members, museum staff, and members of the local arts community. The exhibition is jointly curated by Jenny Gheith, assistant curator of painting and sculpture, and Erin O’Toole, Baker Street Foundation Associate Curator of Photography.     

Alicia McCarthy, Untitled, 2015, photo the artist and Jack Hanley gallery, SF

Sean McFarland, Untitled, 2016, photo: Courtesy the artis and Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, SF
K.r.m.Mooney, Accord, A Chord 1, 2016, courtesy the artist, Reserve Ames, and Altman Siegel Gallery, SF   




Lindsey White, Studio 8, 2016, photo. Courtesy the artist
 
The 2017 SECA Art Award exhibition, the first to be held in the new SFMOMA, features five Bay Area artists in their first major museum presentations. Liam Everett, Alicia McCarthy, Sean McFarland, K.r.m. Mooney and Lindsey White join the ranks of those who have received the award since 1967.

“The 2017 SECA Art Award exhibition is the first to take place in the museum in over five years, and the scale and profile of the exhibition has expanded along with the museum,” said O’Toole. “We are excited that a broader audience will be exposed to the work of the best contemporary artists working in the Bay Area today,” continued Gheith. 
 
The exhibition is being held in the temporary exhibition galleries on the museum’s fourth floor, and each artist has a dedicated gallery." Liam Everett’s paintings reveal traces of their making, evidence of deliberate and repetitive actions focused on movement and materials. In her intricately patterned compositions, Alicia McCarthy transforms surfaces into bursts of line and vibrant color. Using made and found photographs, Sean McFarland reckons with the challenges of representing the landscape. K.r.m. Mooney incorporates natural, industrial and hand-crafted elements in sculptures that explore the relationships between bodies and objects. In her most recent work, Lindsey White takes humor seriously, making photographs and sculptures inspired by stage performers such as comedians and magicians."

At SFMOMA. Through September 17, 2017. Images courtesy of SFMOMA

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday grab bag: World Elephant Day, Peter de Grebber, Incline Gallery, Basquiat


Peter de Grebber ( 1600- 1652) Another Dutch Golden Age painter whose actual date of birth is unknown. As did many artists in this era, he came from an artistic family. His father was a painter and embroiderer in Haarlem, Holland and the brother of the painters Maria and Albert.

In 1618, father and son went to Antwerp and negotiated with Peter Paul Rubens over the sale of his painting "Daniel in the lions pit". It was then handed - via the English ambassador in the Republic, Sir Dudley Carleton - to king Charles I. Pieter got important commissions not only in Haarlem, but also from the stadholder Frederik Hendrik. As such, he worked on the decoration of the Huis Honselaarsdijk in Naaldwijk and at the Paleis Noordeinde in Huis ten Bosch in the Hague. He painted altar pieces for churches in Flanders and hidden Catholic churches in the Republic. He may also have worked for Danish clients.

Pieter remained single and lived from 1634 until his death at the Haarlem B├ęguinage.

Besides history paintings, Pieter de Grebber also painted a number of portraits; furthermore many drawings and a few etchings by him have survived. From different influences, such as the Utrecht Caravaggistism, Rubens and also Rembrandt, he came up with a very personal style. He was, together with Salomon de Bray, the forerunner and first peak of the "Haarlem classicism" school, producing paintings characterized by a well-organized clarity and light tints.

  
Vermeer and the Delft School which has information on Grebber 

Overview at Pubhist

  

On #WorldElephantDay we say a big thank you to all of the men & women who serve on the #frontline everyday to protect these majestic animals

World Elephant Day on Twitter

The Guardian. Our Moral duty to care for nature.

The Atlantic. Since 2011, August 12 has been set aside as World Elephant Day. Supported by numerous conservation agencies, it’s a day to “spread awareness, share knowledge, and provide solutions for better care and management of both captive and wild elephants,” according to the organizer’s website. Elephants face numerous challenges, including poaching, habitat loss, exploitation, abuse, and proximity to human conflict and poverty. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists African elephants as “vulnerable” and Asian elephants as “endangered.”

From Chris Packhan:
I calling for protection of Asia’s endangered and an end to unethical tourism.


Incline Gallery: Incline Gallery presents NFS, an exhibition where artists have been invited to create works directly on and around the walls of the gallery. Over the course of six weeks 10 Bay Area artists will transform the space through an evolving exhibition of murals and mixed media installations. Visitors will be able to view finished works and works in process from July 20th through August 11th. People are encouraged to visit throughout the exhibition to see these artists pieces unfold directly on the walls. Scheduled gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays 1-5pm.


"I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is."

August 12, 1988. Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 - August 12, 1988) was an American artist. He began as an obscure graffiti artist in New York City in the late 1970s and evolved into an acclaimed Neo-expressionist and Primitivist painter by the 1980s. In this image: A gallery assistant poses with US artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Warrior" at Sotheby's auction house in central London on June 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Michel_Basquiat


Thursday, August 10, 2017

#WorldLionDay

On here is a Leo Belgicus, the 'Lion of the Low Countries'. Find out more from this article by


Noble lion playing vielle. Breviary Renaud de Bar,Verdun MS 107 (British Library)



One of the greatest lion images of them all: Daniel in the Lion's Den from the Silos Apocalypse, for #WorldLionDay


Claws out to salute the Luttrell lions! #worldlionday @BLMedieval British Library Add. MS 42130. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hieronymus Bosch


Bosch was a Dutch/Netherlandish draughtsman and painter from Brabant. He is widely considered one of the most notable representatives of Early Netherlandish painting school. His work is known for its fantastic imagery, detailed landscapes, and illustrations of religious concepts and narratives.Within his lifetime his work was collected in the Netherlands, Austria, and Spain, and widely copied, especially his macabre and nightmarish depictions of hell.

Little is known of Bosch's life, though there are some records. He spent most of it in the town of 's-Hertogenbosch, where he was born in his grandfather's house. The roots of his forefathers are in Nijmegen and Aachen (which is visible in his surname: Van Aken). His pessimistic and fantastical style cast a wide influence on northern art of the 16th century, with Pieter Bruegel the Elder being his best-known follower. His paintings have been difficult to translate from a modern point of view; attempts to associate instances of modern sexual imagery with fringe sects or the occult have largely failed. Today he is seen as a hugely individualistic painter with deep insight into humanity's desires and deepest fears. Attribution has been especially difficult; today only about 25 paintings are confidently given to his hand along with 8 drawings. Approximately another half dozen paintings are confidently attributed to his workshop. His most acclaimed works consist of a few triptych altarpieces, the most outstanding of which is The Garden of Earthly Delights.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hieronymus_Bosch




Although his paintings were based on the bible, his cruel machines and invented monsters and tortured people show a dim view of suffering humanity. It is easy to see why Bosch has been credited as a powerful influence on 20th-century Surrealism. For a painter who has been so influential, it's amazing how little we really know about him. Maybe it's better that way. It would be quite a let down if this painter of fiends and devils would turn out to be a most boring fellow.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_paintings_by_Hieronymus_Bosch

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/feb/11/hieronymus-bosch-review-a-heavenly-host-of-delights-on-the-road-to-hell

Catherine B. Scallen, The Art of the Northern Renaissance (Chantilly: The Teaching Company, 2007) Lecture 26

The Esoteric Meaning of Bosch http://www.esotericbosch.com/

Vision of Hell lives on https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/04/how-hieronymus-boschs-hell-lives-on-today/479409/


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

International Cat Day

Mail art, Lenore Tawney to Maryette Charlton (1980).
It's International Cat Day today. And every other day of the year as well as far as they are concerned. Here’s a note of thanks for my friend Linda and all the volunteers who feed and take care of the feral cats in the SF Bay Area. If you love cats, look into helping out by finding a rescue group near your home. Or adopt a cat from the ones at animal shelters. Cherish your four legged friends. It’s not only good karma, it’s the right thing to do.

"This year may officially be the year of the rooster, but it seems the museum world is determined to put a cat amongst the poultry. In Washington D.C., the Archives of American Art Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery is staging an exhibition entitled ‘Before Internet Cats: Feline Finds from the Archives of American Art’ (until 29 October). The show brings together some 60 feline themed exhibits, including works by the likes of Louise Nevelson and Jasper Johns."

"The exhibition also features an unpublished manuscript authored by art historian Elizabeth McCausland, in which she imagines a conversation with a cat named March Lion. Any readers tantalised by this might be interested to learn that Marcel Broodthaers went one further by actually recording an interview with his unfortunate moggy…"

Interview with a cat:  https://youtu.be/sFuHPOMKmt4

and more at the link:
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-cats-that-have-the-art-world-purring/