Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I am thankful for the path that has been laid before me (ever challenging and satisfying) and also for the many gracious artists with whom I work and for friends and family who work to help me.
Sarah's forms are influenced by the organic, ever changing world around us. "Like nature, my work is constantly evolving. I work in incremental series. Each subsequent series builds on the concepts of the predecessor. This allows me to build on my successes and address the shortcomings. I also use this opportunity to branch off and explore new ideas."
'Paintings from Oaxaca' will be on view thru November 25th. We currently have over 100 works by Santiago in the gallery! More images of his work can be seen here.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Waves, acrylic on canvas, 24"x48"
Mapping, acrylic on canvas, 24"x48"
Friday, November 2, 2007
At the beginning of the 20th century,
Walter Sickert (1860-1942) painted a remarkable series of female nudes which confirmed his reputation as one of the most important modern British artists. The uncompromising realism of Sickert’s nudes, set on iron bedsteads in the murky interiors of cheap lodging houses, challenged artistic conventions and divided critical opinion.
The exhibition traces Sickert’s
reinvention of the nude, exploring the ways in which these powerful paintings
addressed pressing artistic and social concerns of the period.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Louise Bourgeois is one of the world’s most respected sculptors. Over a long career she has worked through most of the twentieth century’s avant-garde artistic movements from abstraction to realism, yet has always remained uniquely individual, powerfully inventive, and often at the forefront of contemporary art.
This major survey, in the artist’s 95th year, provides an unprecedented opportunity to reassess her work, which is characterised by its obsessive subject matter and experimental approach to materials and techniques.
Beginning with her earliest drawings, prints and paintings, the show features over 200 works in materials as diverse as latex, bronze, marble, and mirrors, as well as her most recent works using fabric. It’s also another chance to see Bourgeois’s monumental spider sculpture Maman 1999, which was shown in the Turbine Hall when the gallery opened in 2000.
This exhibition explores Bourgeois’s core themes of femininity,
sexuality and isolation, and demonstrates that even in her 90s
she continues to defy convention.
"Created to draw greater public attention to contemporary art, the Turner Prize has played a significant role in the growing interest in British art and since the mid 1980s the visual arts scene in Britain has changed beyond recognition. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to reflect upon some of the most significant moments in the recent history of British art and the reception of the prize by the press, by artists and by the public."
We also indulged in a traditional english dinner at the Sherlock Holmes Pub, a split level establishment with a bar on the ground floor and an intimate restaurant on the second level with authentic Victorian decor. 'The Study' of Sherlock Holmes, complete with props from the films (my personal favorites being the ones starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce), can be viewed from the restaurant.