Thursday, March 30, 2017

Festival III

This is the last of the child artists. They can teach us a lot, I think, about being bold and unafraid to express yourself through art, unencumbered by either your expectations or the expectations of others.. I left them grateful for the lesson. :-)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Festival II

Forgive me as I stay with the children a little while longer. I was so very interested in what they were creating, each child expressing himself and herself without any hesitation whatsoever in such quite different ways.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Headed into D.C. to see what survived of the cherry blossoms after last week's hard freeze and on the first day of D.C.'s Cherry Blossom Festival. I enjoyed watching some children draw on a "wall" provided for them near the Tidal Basin.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

La Ronde des Images II

"Dubuffet coined the term art brut (meaning "raw art," often referred to as 'outsider art') for art produced by non-professionals working outside aesthetic norms, such as art by psychiatric patients, prisoners, and children. Dubuffet felt that the simple life of the everyday human being contained more art and poetry than did academic art, or great painting. He found the latter to be isolating, mundane, and pretentious, and wrote in his Prospectus aux amateurs de tout genre that his aim was 'not the mere gratification of a handful of specialists, but rather the man in the street when he comes home from is the man in the street whom I feel closest to, with whom I want to make friends and enter into confidence, and he is the one I want to please and enchant by means of my work.' To that end, Dubuffet began to search for an art form in which everyone could participate and by which everyone could be entertained. He sought to create an art as free from intellectual concerns as Art Brut, and as a result, his work often appears primitive and childlike. His form is often compared to wall scratchings and children's art." ~ Wikipedia

Friday, March 24, 2017

La Ronde des Images

Jean Dubuffet, "La ronde des images", 1977, acrylic on paper on canvas at the National Gallery of Art, East Building

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Walking Man

"L’Homme qui marche I (The Walking Man I or The Striding Man I, lit. The Man who Walks I) is the name of any one of the cast bronze sculptures that comprise six numbered editions plus four artist proofs created by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti in 1961. On 3 February 2010, the second edition of the cast of the sculpture became one of the most expensive works of art ever sold at auction, and which is sold for about $104.3 million the most expensive sculpture, until May 2015, when another Giacometti work, L'Homme au doigt, surpassed it." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger, Untitled, 2013, digital print on vinyl at the National Gallery of Art

"A focused exhibition featuring the work of American artist Barbara Kruger (b. 1945) reopens the East Building Tower Gallery after nearly three years of renovation to the space. Inspired by the Gallery's recent acquisition of Kruger's Untitled (Know nothing, Believe anything, Forget everything) (1987/2014), the exhibition comprises related images of faces and figures in profile over which Kruger has superimposed her striking phrases and figures of speech. The distinctive direct address of Kruger's texts (using active verbs and personal pronouns) confronts viewers straight on, contrasting with her selected images of side-glancing figures, receiving and averting the audience’s gaze. The results are arresting conceptual works of visual power and wit." ~ National Gallery of Art

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Decoration with Masks (Detail)

Henri Matisse, "Large Decoration with Masks", 1953, gouache on paper, cut and pasted on white paper, mounted on canvas

Saturday, March 18, 2017

La Scienza della Fiacca (Detail)

"Frank Stella, an iconic figure of postwar American art, is considered the most influential painter of a generation that moved beyond Abstract Expressionism toward Minimalism. In his early work, Stella attempted to drain any external meaning or symbolism from painting, reducing his images to geometric form and eliminating illusionistic effects. His goal was to make paintings in which pictorial force came from materiality, not from symbolic meaning. He famously quipped, “What you see is what you see,” a statement that became the unofficial credo of Minimalist practice. In the 1980s and '90s, Stella turned away from Minimalism, adopting a more additive approach for a series of twisting, monumental, polychromatic metal wall reliefs and sculptures based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick." ~

Friday, March 17, 2017

Lick & Lather

I smelled the chocolate before I realized that half the busts were made from chocolate.

"Janine Antoni is a contemporary artist, who creates work in performance art, sculpture, and photography. Antoni's works focus mostly on process and the transitions between the making and finished product." ~ Wikipedia

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Just a short break from visiting the National Gallery of Art to mention #WinterStormStella. The true blizzard others experienced farther north and east of us never materialized here. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Field Painting

A very difficult work to capture adequately on camera. It really is one of those
pieces you have to see for yourself to fully appreciate.

Field Painting, for example, pivots references both to art-making and Johns’ own career. The primary colors red, yellow, and blue are spelled out in letters hinged perpendicularly to the canvas, where they also appear in stencil-like doubles. Attached to them are various studio tools. The Savarin coffee tin and Ballantine beer can both allude to Johns' studio paraphernalia and to his appropriation of them as motifs in his work. Passages of smeared and dripped paint, a footprint, light switch, and a neon “R” collude with other visual codes to multiply the possibility of associations.

Monday, March 13, 2017


So I can see you were not all equally enamored with the Joan Mitchell abstract painting I shared yesterday. So here's a couple of different ways of looking at the same Gene Davis painting. Seems like ages ago when I went to see the Davis exhibit at the American Art Musuem, but it really was only a few months ago.

It's the same painting only viewed from different angles and focal lengths. And, yes, this actually did begin to mess with my eyeballs a bit. 8-)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Piano Mécanique

"Mitchell was a leading figure in the group of artists known as the second generation of abstract expressionists. In this painting, the bold, animated lines against a white ground capture Mitchell’s spontaneous and impulsive painting method. She often drew upon childhood memories of Lake Michigan when composing paintings, some of which she called “expressionist landscapes.” Because they are totally abstract, the viewer is invited to connect to her works on an emotional level." ~ National Gallery of Art

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Number 1, 1950

"Number One, 1950 (Lavender Mist) embodies the artistic breakthrough Pollock reached between 1947 and 1950. It was painted in an old barn-turned-studio next to a small house on the East End of Long Island, where Pollock lived and worked from 1945 on. The property led directly to Accabonac Creek, where eelgrass marshes and gorgeous, watery light were a source of inspiration for him. 

Pollock's method was based on his earlier experiments with dripping and splattering paint on ceramic, glass, and canvas on an easel. Now, he laid a large canvas on the floor of his studio barn, nearly covering the space. Using house paint, he dripped, poured, and flung pigment from loaded brushes and sticks while walking around it. He said that this was his way of being "in" his work, acting as a medium in the creative process. For Pollock, who admired the sand painting of the American Indians, summoning webs of color to his canvases and making them balanced, complete, and lyrical, was almost an act of ritual. Like an ancient cave painter, he 'signed' Lavender Mist in the upper left corner and at the top of the canvas with his handprints." ~

Friday, March 10, 2017

Buste d'Annette IX

"Alberto Giacometti (10 October 1901 – 11 January 1966) was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draughtsman and printmaker. He was born in the canton Graubünden's southerly alpine valley Val Bregaglia, as the eldest of four children to Giovanni Giacometti, a well-known post-Impressionist painter. Coming from an artistic background, he was interested in art from an early age." ~ Wikipedia

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Jungle (Detail)

"Henri Julien Félix Rousseau was a French post-impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier, a humorous description of his occupation as a toll collector. Ridiculed during his lifetime by critics, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality. Rousseau's work exerted an extensive influence on several generations of avant-garde artists." ~ Wikipedia

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Improvisation 31

Wassily Kadinksy, "Improvisation 31 (Sea Battle), 1913, oil on canvas at the National Gallery of Art.

"Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was a Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first recognized purely abstract works." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Flower Garden

Now, back to the National Gallery of Art and some of my favorite paintings from a visit a couple of weeks ago.

"Emil Nolde was a German-Danish painter and printmaker. He was one of the first Expressionists, a member of Die Brücke, and was one of the first oil painting and watercolor painters of the early 20th century to explore color. " ~ Wikipedia

Monday, March 6, 2017


What else would you call a dog that looks mostly like a Damlatian except for his head? In any case, he was a stalwart marcher and the subject of many a photograph. I wonder if dogs are included when they estimate the size of crowds.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

16th Street

The march took us down Massachusetts Avenue and then 16th Street past St. John's Church, across the street from the White House, where every sitting president since James Madison, including Trump, has visited at least once. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017


My favorite and probably the youngest marcher (above). Shown below are some of the organizer's of the Not My President's Day rally in D.C. leading the march down Massachusetts Avenue to the White House.

Friday, March 3, 2017

The March

Originally the Not My President's Rally at Dupont Circle was just that, a rally. No marching. Only, as the speakers spoke, the crowd swelled until the decision was made to march on the White House, causing the police to scramble.

Per usual, the D.C. police responded with alacrity both in the air and on the ground.