One of my favorite Helen Altman sculptures "Niagara".
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
My close friend Ron Hoover passed away early this morning. An artist that never shied away from matters that was important to him. Ron never followed the mainstream and thus his work was not widely exhibited. His art came directly from his personal experiences, alternative newspapers and public radio. Ron revealed the untold truths behind little known allegations of crime, corruption, and social injustice. I first met Ron in 1995 when Sally Sprout took me to his studio to pickup a painting that I had purchased. Ron was not an easy person to get to know. He was very opinionated, would get in your face, and challenge you to prove him wrong. This came out in his work and one reason his work was so strong. I visited Ron almost every year and sometimes 2 or 3 times a year. In 2002 I started working on an exhibition of Ron’s oil pastels of which he had been creating since 1995. The Arlington Museum agreed to the exhibition of which I am so grateful. Ron was at the opening which was a big success. The following day Ron spoke on Arlington Public Television and I suppose those who watched the program have not forgotten. I last visited Ron in August of this year where he shared with me the numerous watercolors he had been working on. He had completed a new drawing entitled “US” and I am so sorry I did not take a photo.
Friday, December 12, 2008
On the way to see the two x two x ten exhibition we stopped and viewed the "Materials & Meanings" exhibition in the Center for Creative Connections and this was Stacey's and my favorite piece.
By the way, there was no on in line for the King Tut exhibition, so if you are thinking about seeing that exhibition maybe you should consider a Thursday night.
I did enjoy seeing contemporary work purchased by the DMA over the last 10 years. Lots of photography including Matthew Barney, Nic Nicosia, and Thomas Struth. The painting that I photographed (it was allowed) I didn't write down who did them. Maybe someone can let me know. Mamma Anderson "Gone for Good"
The Outside of Inside
This exhibition is absolutely worth the trip to the DMA. Eliasson's work definitely needs electricity to survive. One of my favorites was "Room for One Color" this installation just sucks the color out of anyone that enters the room. It just goes to show you that I know very little. Tracy - not sure if you read this but there were two installations that I think you would really enjoy, Moss Wall and Beauty - let me know if you see this exhibition.