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David Choe pieces at PYO Gallery

June 6, 2010 Art, Contemporary No Comments

Saw these hanging on the walls in their office, and requested to take a closer look. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

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PYO Gallery LA Presents Estrada Fine Art’s 8 Artists

Stopped by at the tail end of PYO’s opening reception for Estrada Fine Arts…

Here are some of the pieces that caught my eye:

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Pablo Picasso – Portrait d’Angel Fernandez de Soto

Painted in 1903 in Barcelona, at the peak of Picasso’s Blue Period, the portrait depicts his friend as an absinthe drinker. 

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Philippe Halsman – Dalí Atomicus

May 23, 2010 Art, Photography No Comments

Philippe Halsman: “When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping, and the mask falls, so that the real person appears.”

Dalí Atomicus, shows the madcap Dalí aloft, brush and palette in hand. He is flanked by a chair and two easels (holding Dalí canvases) — all elevated, and seemingly floating, above the floor, which heightens the sense of suspension. But the main event is the great curve of water arcing across the image, along with three flying (or flung) cats in damp, disconcerted disarray. For once Dalí’s characteristic look of exaggerated surprise makes sense.

Link: Joys of Jumpology by Roberta Smith, New York Times, 5/23/10.

Steve Powers (ESPO) at PSFK Conference

A funny talk by one of my favorite artists. Insightful.

Contemporary artist and graffiti legend Steve Powers talks about his creative journey and the process and thinking behind Love Letter – arguably the longest love story ever written: a 20 block long grafitti ballad painted across West Philadelphia’s rooftops and walls.

Der Ring des Nibelungen – Das Rheingold

LA Opera is set to open their much-hyped interpretation of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). Das Rheingold (The Rhein Gold) is the first of this four part series.

Here, I attempt to tell the story, quick and dirty, at the same time, highlighting the main characters in their new LA Opera costumes.

 

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David Choe – Nothing to Declare

In the area, Sooj and I stopped by Lazarides’ pop-up gallery in Beverly Hills to take in David Choe’s Nothing to Declare exhibit. It was one of the most talked about shows this year. Myself, I thought the works on display were pretty spectacular.

Choe is one of my favorite artists. I don’t know him personally, but I get that he’s a pretty straight up, no bullshit kind of guy, living life on his terms.

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Watson and the Shark

May 10, 2010 Art No Comments

The center piece of the American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915 exhibit, currently being shown at LACMA, on loan from the National Gallery of Art.

Originally painted in 1778 by John Singleton Copley. This painting depicts people coming to the rescue of a young Brook Watson. He was saved, but at the cost of his right leg (if you look closely, you can see blood). Even back then, there were lots of sharks around Cuba.

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