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There’s no denying we are now in the Winter Flickr
« on: December 23, 2017, 04:30:23 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

I want to wish Betty and my fellow board members a very Merry Xmas and I hope some of you who haven’t supported Betty’s in the past will consider a donation over the Holidays so Betty really has a merry Xmas.

It’s not especially cold but it’s been a damp, dank miserable day weather wise. I’ll be driving to the Jersey shore on Monday to spend Xmas with my friends and I’m hoping the forecast for some snow in the morning turns out to be incorrect, I really hate driving in bad weather. But I’m looking forward to spending time with people I’m very fond of.

This week I was at the Met for their current David Hockney exhibit. Hockney is someone whose paintings I’ve seen at auctions but he isn’t an artist I’ve followed. He’s an Englishman who has spent many years in the United States and at 80 years of age has been creating art for six decades.  He is gay and has expressed this in his paintings. This is a link to his Wikipedia biography.

He’s very prolific, the exhibit filled a number of galleries in chronological order and showed his progression through his different styles. His very earliest works are dark, muddy, abstract and fairly ugly as you can see from this.

Tyger Painting No 2

His subsequent paintings were more representational but still rather crude in my opinion.

The Hypnotist

He visited California in 1963 and painted images he saw there.

A Bigger Splash
A Lawn Being Sprinkled

He painted portraits of friends.

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy
Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy

Wikipedia explains Hockney’s next phase. In the early 1980s, Hockney began to produce photo collages, which he called "joiners" first using Polaroid prints and subsequently 35mm, commercially processed colour prints. Using Polaroid snaps or photolab-prints of a single subject, Hockney arranged a patchwork to make a composite image. Because the photographs are taken from different perspectives and at slightly different times, the result is work that has an affinity with Cubism, one of Hockney's major aims—discussing the way human vision works.

Don and Christopher
My Mother, Bolton Abbey
Pearblossom Hwy., 11 - 18th April 1986, #2

There was a wall of his drawings which I found very nice.

Ossie Wearing a Fairisle Sweater
Dr. Eugene Lamb, Lucca
Colin St. John Wilson. London. 16th June 1999
Andy, Paris, 1974

His later works are very large, very bright and colorful paintings

The Road Across the Wolds
The Road to Thwing
A Closer Winter Tunnel

Once again the Met has chosen not to load the images from the exhibit as you can see from the varied websites to which I’ve linked the images above. Here’s a website with a bunch of images.

Here’s the New York Times review with liberal illustrations

This is a link to the Met press release.

This is a link to the Met overview page with a brief video.

This was certainly, aside from the early works, a much more cheerful and pleasant exhibit than Munch and I enjoyed strolling through the galleries. The Holiday season is a busy time for the Met and the galleries were well attended but due to the enormous size of so many of the paintings getting a good view was never a problem. I have a better appreciation now for someone I knew so little about prior to the exhibit. I’ll certainly pay closer attention when I see his work in the future.

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Re: There’s no denying we are now in the Winter Flickr
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 04:35:51 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Let me begin by wishing Betty and my friends on the board, as well as all the lurkers, a slightly early very Happy New Year. Hope it's a good one for everybody everywhere.

We remain in the deep freeze here in the Northeast, temperatures not getting out of the teens and feeling like single digits when the wind blows. Forecast calls for this to continue at least through this week. I continue to take my walks but I’m very glad when I finally get back home. Had another dusting of snow this morning which unfortunately was just enough to require my guy to come and move it. It’s hard for me to believe but it’s one year since I retired. Like so much of my life it passed very quickly but I certainly enjoy being retired and don’t regret the decision at all.

This week I took the long walk up Fifth Avenue to the Jewish Museum to see the exhibition Modigliani Unmasked. It’s an exhibit of his early drawings and when I queried my brother about it he said he didn’t think he would go as the drawings weren’t anything special. But I’m always looking for venues to visit and I decided I would check this one out. In addition to the drawings were sculptures and paintings and the paintings more than made the visit a success. The drawings were done in anticipation of his sculptures and were very simple and repetitive.  Many of the drawings and paintings came from the collection of Paul Alexandre. This is an old article from the UK newspaper The Independent which speaks of the discovery of a trove of 440 of Modigliani’s drawings, all of which were owned by Alexandre.  Amadeo Modigliani was an Italian Jew who painted in the early years of the 20th Century. This is a long review of a previous exhibition which explores his Jewish identity, how the museum promoted it and whether it’s valid.  This is a link to his Wikipedia page with many illustrations.

This is representative of the many drawings for his sculpture heads.

And while not the head depicted in the drawing this is representative of the actual sculptures in the exhibit.

There was a large drawing in watercolor and crayon of a caryatid. From the web I learned that a caryatid is a stone carving of a draped female figure, used as a pillar to support the entablature of a Greek or Greek-style building. Modigliani painted the one below which he gave to Jacob Epstein when they were friends in Paris together in 1912.  Their intention was to set up a studio together and they dreamed of creating a Temple of Beauty, a vast temple dedicated to all mankind and held aloft by a series of stone caryatids which Modigliani named 'The Pillars of Tenderness'. This Rose Caryatid is from the Norton Simon museum

This is a watercolor of Maud Abrantes, a married woman who for a time was his mistress. She was American and returned to America supposedly carrying his baby but nothing further about her or the baby was ever recorded. The wall card noted his depictions of her emphasized her eyes and ineffable sadness.

This painting, The Jewess, probably used Maud as a model.

Jeanne Hébuterne was his final lover. They lived together and she had his child but when they announced their engagement her family protested because he had a reputation of being a drug and alcohol abuser. When his diagnosis of tuberculosis was received the wedding was called off. Jeanne was pregnant with his second child when Modigliani died and she subsequently committed suicide the day after his funeral.

Jeanne Hébuterne with Yellow Sweater

Portrait of Roger Dutilleul – This is a portrait of one of his patrons who unable to collect the works of more established artists acquired thirty-four paintings and twenty-one drawings of his, virtually ten percent of Modigliani’s late work.

Portrait of Doctor Devaraigne – The doctor was probably a friend of his. The wall card said that when a subject’s features were particularly striking he would exaggerate them.

Hanka Zborowska – This is a portrait of the wife of the poet Leopold Zborowska who was also Modigliani’s last art dealer.  The wall card noted it was also likely the first of 12 portraits he painted of Hanka. He usually made multiple copies of his portraits. This one is from a private collection as were several others on display which was another incentive to see the exhibit.

Lunia Czechowska – This is the accompanying wall card to this painting. It speaks of her friendship with the Zborowska’s and also mentions his instantly recognizable long necks.
Modigliani saw himself primarily as a sculptor. Even when declining health forced him to abandon the medium, he continued to think, draw, and paint as one. Lunia Czechowska, a good friend of Leopold and Hanka Zborowski, became acquainted with the artist and emerged as one of his favorite models. Here, Modigliani suppresses descriptive identity in the service of a universalized presence: he graphically captures Czechowska’s aristocratic bearing, depicting her like an icon. Her smooth, ethereal features and exaggeratedly long neck emphasize the image’s sculptural quality.

This is a link to an installation view of the exhibit.

This is a link to a video discussion of the exhibit.

I’ve always enjoyed his portraits and this was a very enjoyable show which in addition to allowing me access to paintings in private collections also had material from venues I’ll probably never have a chance to visit.

Now let’s carefully walk across the ice pond to the Flickrs.

Andy G.


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Re: There’s no denying we are now in the Winter Flickr
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2017, 07:20:01 PM »
As always andyg0404,
 I love your adventures to the galleries and your posted comments and pictures. It is the only way I can keep in touch with the Art world other than with my computer. Oh and of course I love the flickr pics also as a way to escape my Male self and dream of what may come in the afterlife.

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Re: There’s no denying we are now in the Winter Flickr
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 10:17:26 PM »
Thanks Angela, let me reiterate that I hope the New Year is a good one for all of us.

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Re: There’s no denying we are now in the Winter Flickr
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2018, 04:44:13 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Like Betty we here in New Jersey have been experiencing the ongoing polar freeze this week with our first snowstorm and remarkably cold weather. This morning the thermometer read 3 degrees when I went out for my walk and the wind chill brought it well below zero. It wasn’t quite as bad as it could be as the wind wasn’t really blowing although as I sit here typing this I can hear it howling. The morning of the snowstorm though it was so bad that I had to curtail my walk because the wind was freezing my face and the walking was treacherous. Looks like Tuesday will bring us some respite with temperatures in the 40’s.

I went back to the Metropolitan Museum this week. The museum has been in the news this week as they’ve instituted a fixed price admission fee for non-native New Yorkers. This would affect me if I wasn’t a member but I’ve had membership since 2000 when my brother gave me the first year as a gift. I certainly get my money’s worth based on the number of my visits during the year. There were two small exhibits, the first being in the drawing corridor. I usually find things to enjoy in the drawings show and there were some nice things in this one although it was hardly one of their better offerings. The first half of the exhibit was turned over to a contemporary artist, Matthew Day Jackson, and a group of his four-color, four-plate etchings, none of which particularly moved me.  This is one:  But there were other items from more established artists that caught my eye and I’ll mention a few.

James McNeill Whistler is an artist I’ve always enjoyed, both his full length portraits and his etchings. Childe Hassam as well. Below are four images, two by each artist. For each artist there are two versions of the etching, an unmarked image and another showing it after the plate had been cancelled. Artists cancel their plates when they’re finished making prints, this is done by scribing crosshatch or “X” lines across the plate to indicate that further impressions are not from the original edition and to discourage further prints being made. But images made from cancelled plates can still have value. I found a website which explains why images from cancelled plates might still be collectible.
Artists like Degas often produced very few impressions of a work before cancelling the plate. Later in life he gave about 20 cancelled plates to his dealer Ambroise Vollard for Vollard to publish an extended edition. Thus, the Vollard edition of Degas’ etchings from cancelled plates were the artist’s intent … hence they are good. Since impressions of Degas’ prints from the pre-cancelled state of the plate are more rare, and therefore much more expensive, collectors often purchase impressions from the cancelled plates. For many of these Degas etchings, the cancellation marks are not very obtrusive.
You can see that Whistler really defaced the plate while Hassam carefully inscribed his lines not to cover his face.
James McNeill Whistler - Nocturne

Nocturne – Cancelled plate

Childe Hassam – Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait – Cancelled plate

Samuel Palmer – Sabrina – According to the website this bucolic watercolor depicts Sabrina, a legendary nymph of the River Severn who oversees drinking cattle. Sabrina comes from John Milton’s Comus and the painting replicates the dazzling effects of sunlight.

Jost Amman - Procession of the Doge to the Bucintoro on Ascension Day, with a View of Venice, ca. 1565 – This large, roughly 6ft x 2.5ft, woodcut print is hard to appreciate on the small screen but there’s a lot going on to look at with all the people and the boats and the buildings.  The website says the artist never visited Venice and probably based this on an earlier representation of the event.

Plate 1 from 'Los Caprichos': Self-portrait of Francisco Goya – Los Caprichos consists of 80 plates and I’ve been fortunate to have seen them in different exhibits. It’s always nice to come across them again, this was the only one in the corridor.

Manuel Salvador Carmona - Portrait of Pedro de Salvador Carmona and his wife María García – This etching caught my eye because of the trompe l’oeil effect of his showing the picture as appearing on another engraving, with curling edges that project toward the viewer.

Mariano Fortuny - Portrait of the painter Eduardo Zamacois seated at a table – I found this evocative of Rembrandt’s etchings and was also drawn to it by its bareness and simplicity.

The second exhibit was Quicksilver Brilliance: Adolf de Meyer Photographs. De Meyer was a photographer of the early 20th Century who depicted celebrities as well as taking fashion photographs being the first official fashion photographer for the magazine Vogue. This is a link to the website with an overview and a link to all the images.

Josephine Baker in 1925-26 – Baker was a black entertainer and activist who had to go to France to find her fame and fortune. For copyright issues the image on the Met website can’t be enlarged but I found a larger version on Pinterest which is directly below the first link.

Lady Ottoline Morrell – Morrell was known mainly for her friendship with the Bloomsbury group of artists and writers, the most well-known of whom were Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster and Lytton Strachey.

Olga de Meyer – His wife was a fashion and artist’s model modeling for Sargent and Whistler among others.

Etienne de Beaumont – The Count was a French aristocrat, patron of the arts and collector. You can read about him at the second link.

So, no blockbusters but as with every visit to the Met there are always worthwhile things to seek out and admire.

Some time back I wrote about the wonderful drawing exhibit at the Morgan Library which consisted of the collection of Eugene V. and Clare Thaw. Preceded by his wife in June, Eugene passed away this week. This is a link to his obituary in the Times. I just read the newspaper and saw paid notices in the obituaries but not the actual obituary article.  But when I Googled him I found the obituary which will be in the print edition tomorrow.

And now the Flickrs.

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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2018, 05:24:53 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This week we had a brief respite from the bitter cold, the other morning I took my walk in just my flannel shirt but that ended quickly as today was once again cold and blustery due to the wind. At least the thaw melted all the snow and I was able to turn my car around in the backyard; this is a very good thing as backing up is not something I’m equipped to do easily. I’ve mentioned that I don’t drive very much and every New Year’s Day I calculate my annual mileage. This year I drove 703 miles. I’ve had my car for 12.5 years and in total I’ve put on 11,400 miles. So you can see I only use my car when I have no other choice. It’s very convenient that I can take the bus and train wherever I want to go and getting the senior discount helps keep it affordable. And I hope to continue to be able to take my long walks for the years going forward.

I find myself in a bit of a cultural lull as I’ve seen all the current art exhibits at the museums I’m familiar with and I haven’t come across any new galleries to visit of late. I have things on the horizon, several that I know of in February, and next week I hope to take a friend to a small exhibit but this week found me searching for something to do. I decided to visit the Ronin Gallery and see whatever Japanese woodblock prints were currently on display. I was about to go last Saturday but luckily I checked the website and reminded myself that they’re only open Monday to Friday so I decided to go in on Monday. Which I did and when I arrived at 11:30AM I was very surprised to find their office dark. No one answered the bell and it was clear that the gallery was closed. I was annoyed at myself for not remembering they open at Noon but I didn’t want to stand in the hallway for half an hour so I went home. Once home I went online and checked their website and discovered that I hadn’t been wrong about their opening at 11AM not Noon so I speculated that their clerk had been held up in the subway system which would explain their not being open. Once before I had arrived at opening time and found the clerk waiting outside until the employee with the key arrived so I imagine that’s what happened again.

At any rate, I was able to view the prints that line the hall of the building in the entrance as well as the prints that are in the hall outside their gallery. And they have most of their works on the Internet so this week I will join you in visiting through the website.

Hasui Kawase - Evening at Tagonoura – Kawase is a new artist to me but I liked this image of the farmer leading his horse or donkey and the wagon of hay through the hills.

Hasui Kawase - Nagoya Castle – A castle looming up behind a stone wall

Hasui Kawase - Zaimoku Island in Matsushima – Rocks jutting into the water, very blue water opposed by a very blue sky with clouds, with a boat drifting slowly by.

Gakusui - Two White Egrets in Snow – Another new name, the two blindingly white birds against the very black background of what I take to be a star streaked sky.

Sozan - Red and Blue Macaws – Two more birds in vibrant blue and orange from another artist new to me.

Hiroshige - Dawn at Kanda – A favorite of mine, the orange sunshine just showing at the horizon, the large tree standing dead center dividing the frame

Hiroshige – Shono – Men caught in a sudden downpour, wind blowing the trees sideways.

Hiroshige – Mishima – A busy street

Yoshitoshi - Fujiwara no Yasumasa Playing the Flute by Moonlight – Always like to include at least one picture of the moon if I can.

Hokusai - Old View of the Pontoon Bidge at Sano in Kozuke Province – Another favorite of mine, one of his Remarkable Views of Famous Bridges in Various Provinces.

Hokusai - Great Wave Off Kanagawa – The Met owns one of these.

Yoshida, Hiroshi - Carp and Tortoises – I like Yoshida’s style, cartoon like and I find similarities to the Victorian children’s book illustrator, Kate Greenaway. You can see one of her images at the link below Yoshida’s

This is a link to all the items in the exhibit.

While I was disappointed at the gallery being closed it’s always fun to visit their website as there are always lots of great prints to admire.

Now let’s admire our current selection of Flickrs.

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