Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Slow Months

As you may or may not know, summer is not a busy time for arts communities in most places. Its as though dealers, collectors and galleries alike came to the agreement that breaks should not just be for students. As an artist, this is a wonderful time for some R&R or solid studio work without interruption. This is also a good time for art appreciators to see what some of our local museums have going on, because they understand that, for others, the summer is a time to go and do and see new things. A few shows I am hoping to visit over my vacation:

The Getty Center

At the Getty Center coming next month:

From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice
July 20–October 10, 2010
During the Italian Renaissance, drawing came of age, transforming from a slavish part of the design process to an esteemed independent activity. According to the artist-biographer Giorgio Vasari, it became "the father of the arts." Strides of various kinds were made in different cities: in Florence and Rome the study of the human figure through life drawing was emphasized, while in Venice the search for tonal and coloristic effects led to the embrace of blue paper and the keen study of light and composition. Some of the Getty Museum's most spectacular drawings—by Fra Bartolommeo, Andrea Mantegna, Jacopo Pontormo, Raphael, Andrea del Sarto, and Titian—are on view in this exhibition.
And on view now at the Getty Center, for the love of printmaking

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Open 12-8 M/T/Th, 12-9 Fri, 11-8 Sat and Sundays, Closed Wednesdays
New Work from John Baldasari, in installation right now:
"Pure Beauty"

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More fun public events coming up soon....

I am going to see the best show I can imagine.
Nothing like a little blue sky and mountain air to inspire real artwork. I will be celebrating my birthday my favorite place in the world, Yosemite National Park... becoming a yearly tradition.

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