Thursday Read: The Economist, 16 March 2019

An article on Artemisia Gentileschi is in the Books section.

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Illustration: Gentileschi’s Judith Beheading Holofernes

“Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as St. Catherine of Alexandria was acquired last year by the National Gallery in London, becoming only the 21st work by a woman in a 2,300-piece collection.”

Artemisia Gentileschi was the “first female artist to be admitted to the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence.” She was raped by Agostino Tassi, who her father had hired “to teach her perspective.” Her father “petitioned the pope for compensation. His daughter was considered damaged goods.” The case went to trial. Tassi, found guilty, “was exiled from Rome,” but continued to receive commissions from successive popes.

Gentileschi was “married off to a mediocre artist” but “nevertheless set up her own studio . . . She worked in Naples and London. She became the great artist she always wanted to be.”

“A play about Gentileschi’s travails that won awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year, transferred to London and will soon be staged elsewhere.”

“Roughly 60 paintings by Gentileschi survive . . . ”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Horizontal Line(s)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is: Horizontal Line(s). Self browsed through her photos and found these from Saturday, 16 June.

Went to the City to see the Rube Goldberg exhibit.

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Lobby, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Afterwards, self chilled in the backyard. It was a beautiful day!

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Backyard, Redwood City

About the Louvre’s Islamic Art Collection

A few weeks ago, self participated in The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge OUT OF THIS WORLD by posting pictures of the Islamic Art Collection at the Louvre, which she visited in May 2017.

Regular readers of this blog know that museums are self’s jam!

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The Louvre’s Islamic Art Collection, which opened to the public in September 2012. Self visited in May 2017

The Louvre’s Islamic Art Collection is absolutely amazing.

Allan G. Smorra, whose blog self follows at Ohm Sweet Ohm left a comment. She didn’t have an answer for him (he asked who designed the space) and at the time she was too busy to look it up.

Today, freshly returned from AWP Tampa, and enjoying a few days’ rest before her next trip (to Long Beach, for a reading with other Pinay authors on Saturday, 17 March, at Philippine Expressions Bookshop in San Pedro), she decides to see if she can find out more about the Islamic Art Collection at the Louvre and found this link on the Louvre’s Official Home Page.

The space opened to the public in September 2012. The architects were Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini. The videos explaining the choice are in French, so if you don’t speak French (like self), don’t get frustrated, you can see the accompanying text in English.

Browsing the page, self learns that the roof (which is the most amazing thing) “consists of a free-form lattice of steel tubes and glass” beneath “a gilded metal casing.”

Kudos, Messrs. Ricciotti and Bellini. Major kudos.

Stay tuned.

STORY 2: Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore

The baby of James Rouse, grandfather of actor Ed Norton, the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore is dedicated to “outsider art” — people from all walks of life who feel an inner urge to create and just do, without the benefit of formal training. There’s art by diagnosed schizophrenics and insomniacs, nurses and postal workers — all kinds of people. It is a great museum.

Stan Wright’s sculpture is made out of telephone wire. It’s called First Dance. He gifted it to the Visionary Art Museum, and it is amazing.

  • “It’s so hard to communicate with words, that’s why I do it with my hands . . . ” –Stan Wright
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Stan Wright, First Dance (Material Used: Telephone Wire)

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Stan Wright, First Dance: A Closer View

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Another Close-Up: All Hail, Visionary Art Museum, Champion of ‘Outsider Art’

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Out of This World: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 28 February 2018

SHARE A PICTURE THAT TAKES US ON A JOURNEY INTO THE UNKNOWN.

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

Three views of the Islamic Art Collection at the Louvre, which self visited for the first time on 1 June 2017:

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The canvas roof of the Islamic Art Collection at the Louvre (viewed from the Galerie Donatello) looks like a desert-colored wave. Self thinks it is fabulous.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Edvard Munch: A Face in the Crowd

Last year, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art had an exhibit on Edvard Munch.

His portraits show faces erased of individual characteristics. THOSE PEOPLE ARE US.

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Edvard Munch, The Dance of Life, 1925

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Edvard Munch, Death Struggle, 1915

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Edvard Munch, Night in Saint-Cloud, 1893

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Two Ts Anywhere in the Word

So much fun to do Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenges!

Self’s Letter T:  The Tate Modern, in London’s former Bankside Power Station

On the last day of 2017, self was in London. She took a walk. It was okay until it started to rain. Luckily, she’d already crossed the Millenium Bridge by the time it started coming down hard. She was able to take shelter across the street from St. Paul’s Cathedral.

This was one of the pictures she took that day:

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London’s Tate Modern, 31 December 2017: In a truly thrilling transformation, the former Bankside Power Station became a great world-class museum.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colors That Start With the Letter S

Self’s color: SLATE

The sky, the ground, the glass pyramid: all slate colored.

This picture was taken outside the Louvre, a few days ago.

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Outside the Louvre, a Few Days Before Christmas 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Layered: Orinda and New York City

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Bruins Amphitheatre, Orinda

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Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City: The squares are on the ground level, the woman taking the picture is on the 4th? 5th? Floor.

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New York City, View from the Chelsea District

#amwritingshortstory: Manchester Square

Setting, The Wallace Collection, London:

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Fragonard’s “The Swing” Originally, the lady was to have been pushed by a bishop. But this was evidently too much. So, instead, we have an elderly gent sitting on a stone balustrade, in the shadows behind.

  • She walked past the Flemish Masters in the East Drawing Room, strode past Titian’s Madonna and David Teniers the Younger’s the Deliverance of Saint Peter.

Later, self took her notes and added this sentence (while having lunch at Chez Nous, 22 Hanway Street):

  • She was more of a café person than her friend Maxine, who’d set the bar pretty high, whose idea of dinner was to go to the Ottolenghi in Islington, who had impressed her parents into gifting her a trip to London (she couldn’t be bothered to learn French, so London it was) by getting an A on a paper about the Thirty Years War (“1618 to 1648,” she told her mother, Cici, who blushed with maternal pride).

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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