Solitude 2 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore

  • “Solitude is the place of purification” — Martin Buber, quoted in The Daily Post
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Anonymous, C. 1960: figure carved from a single apple tree trunk. The artist was a British mental patient who had a distinctive, concaved chest.

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Isadore Waber: CanCan 1990 (Made out of coffee cans and a bicycle), seen at the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore

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Sailing Away In a Beautiful Balloon, at the Jim Rouse Visionary Center in Baltimore: the space is cavernous and crammed with all kinds of grown-up whirligigs.

Outsider Art, Baltimore

ART AND THE ART OF LIVING

Statement, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

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Stan Wright’s “First Dance” (made out of telephone wire), a gift by the artist to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore

The ancients — the Greeks, Egyptians, Hopis and New Guinea tribesmen — were among earth’s most prolific art-making people. Yet none had any word for “art” in their respective languages. Rather, they each had a word that meant “well-made” or “beautifully performed.” Our American Visionary Art Museum believes that this view of what art really means is as perfect an understanding of art as ever was. It speaks to an art incumbent on all its citizens, pervasive throughout all the acts of our daily life. Its emphasis is on process and consciousness, not mere artifact.

Martin Luther King, Jr.:

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Resilience: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 30 December 2016

  • Let’s close the year by celebrating people, places, and objects that endure.

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

Self picked three places that helped her find peace in the midst of a chaotic year:

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The de Young Museum Sculpture Garden, Golden Gate Park: The piece in the foreground is Louise Nevelson’s Ocean’s Gate,

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Capitola-by-the-sea: On the Bluff, a Rainbow (Look Closely)

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The Beach at Capitola-by-the-Sea: Practically deserted in December

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Path: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 23 December 2016

But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.–Poet Gwyn Thomas, quoted by Cheri Lucas Rowlands in The Daily Post

The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week is PATH.

Here are a few paths self encountered in 2016:

Walking into Green Apple Books on Irving Street, San Francisco

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The elevated walkway over the de Young Museum Sculpture Garden, in Golden Gate Park:

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Pedestrian Crosswalk, Park Avenue, New York City:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Anticipation 2: SFMOMA, Hometown Creamery, London’s Millenium Bridge

This week, share a photo that says ANTICIPATION. — Michelle W., The Daily Post

Art excites self, it always has. Here, people milling about in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, level 2:

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When you are in Hometown Creamery on Irving Street: Mango sorbet and fig tart excite.

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Hometown Creamery, Irving St., San Francisco: November 2016

And nothing speaks of anticipation more than crossing London’s Millenium Bridge (aka the Harry Potter Bridge) towards St. Paul’s.

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London’s Millenium Bridge: No better approach to Saint Paul’s

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Anticipation: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 16 December 2016

What are you waiting for?

— Michelle W., The Daily Post

Now that is a very, very interesting question.

Here are some things that help her to answer that:

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Reminders on the fridge, December 2016

Self would love to have dimsum at her favorite place in Chinatown. It’s been too long!

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Chinatown Dimsum Love, October 2016

So looking forward to seeing the Frank Stella exhibit at the de Young!

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Sculpture Garden, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

TRANSMOGRIFY 2: Daily Post Photo Challenge, 29 October 2016

TRANSMOGRIFY: Transform, morph, change

Two pictures resulted from shooting from a moving taxi.

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Night, San Francisco: The City Transmogrified

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Freeway On-Ramp Transmogrified

Replaced the picture from The Last Bookstore in L.A. because self wanted a little more transmogrification. She had to go all the way back, to her time in New York a year ago: the exhibit on Picasso’s sculpture at the New York Museum of Modern Art:

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Picasso: profile of woman, New York Museum of Modern Art, Fall 2015

Stay tuned.

More Edges: The Daily Post Photo Challenge

Give me a wide-open landscape, and I feel unmoored (and my iPhone camera, inadequate). Throw in some demarcating line between me and what I see, and things start to fall into place.

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

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Front Courtyard, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

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Returning to Bacolod on the Ferry From Iloilo, in the central Philippines

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Night descends on a Philippine Sea.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Wall 4: St. Thomas Church and MoMA, New York City

“Much can be revealed from the items on a wall . . . “

WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge: WALL

Can an altar be considered a wall? Self hopes so. She discovered this beautiful old church as she was walking along Fifth Avenue, somewhere in the 50s.

St. Thomas Episcopalian Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, Built 1914 (Architect: Bertram Goodhue, who also designed the San Diego Museum of Man)

Self spent most of the day in the Museum of Modern Art, somewhere between Fifth and Avenue of the Americas. Keeping this theme’s photo challenge — WALL — in mind, she took pictures of the huge painting hanging in the main lobby.

Main Lobby, Museum of Modern Art

Main Lobby, Museum of Modern Art

Still the Main Lobby of the Museum of Modern Art

More of the Main Lobby of the Museum of Modern Art

She didn’t intend to include the people milling about, but let’s face it: self is fascinated by crowds.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Wall 3: New York City

From the WordPress Daily Post site:

Walls are “where stories are read, voices are heard, ideas are shared.”

Below are a few pictures of walls from self’s peregrinations today, St. Patrick’s Day, in the great, ever-inspiring city of New York.

It was a blustery, chilly day. Self overheard this conversation, while sitting on the steps of the Metropolitan having a lunch of shish kebab and lemonade from one of the truck vendors on Fifth (And it was a pretty good shish kebab!)

Young Woman (wearing a dress, leggings, boots, and an absolutely radiant smile): “I just flashed everyone.”

Friend (seated behind self on the steps): “I know. It’s such a fucking windy day. Love the outfit, though.”

Chinese Courtyard, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Chinese Courtyard, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

St. Patrick's Day Parade Wall of Flags! Viewed from the steps of the Metropolitan Museum

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Wall of Flags! Viewed from the steps of the Metropolitan Museum

Wall of People? We're all waiting for the parade!

Wall of People? We’re all waiting for the parade!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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