Tagged: Art Images

Holidays in the Bay Area

The holiday season starts with Thanksgiving (end of November) and lasts throughout December. It includes Hannukah,  the Winter solstice, Kwanzaa, Christmas, as well as a few other memorable events, like our tribute to consumerism, Black Friday. This year was extreme: The worst wildfire season in California’s history killed many people and filled the Bay Area with fire smoke for days. It ended a few days before Thanksgiving with the start of the rainy season. The holiday season here is rich with events like open art studios, neighborhood walks, concerts, markets, and Christmas lights. We are experiencing an explosion in development: new construction,...

Napa Valley

How does a landscape cultivate mildness? You can find out if you go to the Napa Valley in California during spring. It is a composition of vineyards, small towns, wineries, forests and low mountain ranges that slowly narrow until you reach Calistoga. You will find some of the best restaurants in the world, expensive hotels, and rich tourists. This culture of living well is embedded into a traditional California country-side, with small towns that show their wealth through a display of modern art, beautifully maintained gardens, and vineyards that seem to belong to the surrounding nature forever. Napa county today has around 135,000 inhabitants. The first settlers, a southern...

The Getty Museum in LA

The Getty Center has a very impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and photos, but what makes it truly unique is the architecture. It sits like a castle on top of a hill, overlooking LA, and is build with Travertine stone, glass, and steel. The garden is truly extraordinary – it is itself a piece of art, surrounded by the museum buildings. It was opened in 1997, and it cost 1.3 billion dollars to build. Designed by architect Richard Meier, the Center also houses the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Trust. The Getti Foundation has...

Visit at the De Young Museum, Jan 2015

I really like the De Young Museum in San Francisco; it is worth a visit every year. The museum’s architecture is just as interesting as the collections themselves. It is located right in the middle of the Golden Gate Park,  across from the Japanese Tea Garden and the Academy of Sciences. It was completed in 2005, and it  is very earth-quake resistant. It adapts to the park environment due to a natural reddish-brown color created by oxidizing copper, and has a characteristic twisted tower that gives a magnificent view of the Golden Gate Park and San Francisco. The museum houses rich...

Visit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco

Last Sunday ended an exhibition in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. I visited just in time and saw some beautiful and large paintings which depict in great detail the life in a royal Korean Court, during the Joseon Dynasty, (1392-1910.) The photos are below, and there is also a video about Korea at the bottom. I  include some photos from other art objects at the museum as well, from Chinese, Japanese, and Indian traditions. The museum is definitely worth a visit. Video of the Exhibition: Celebrating  Korea.

Caspar David Friedrich

Caspar David Friedrich was born in 1774 in Greifswald, Germany, and died in 1840 Dresden, Germany. Introduction He was a painter of German Romanticism, and created landscape paintings with enormous intensity.He said: “God is everywhere, in the smallest grain of sand.” The sculptor Pierre-Jean David d’Angers wrote about him: “Caspar David Friedrich was the sole landscape painter who…had the power to move every part of my soul, the one who created a new genre: the tragedy of landscape.” Friedrich aimed to produce a Christian art based in nature, divested of standard biblical imagery. Initially, he painted in sepia. In 1807...

Banksy

The New Activist is a truth seeker: someone who has left the introvert schisms of the old world behind. The new activist is like a sniffer dog detecting power strategies and corruption, without hesitation. Banksy is the prototype.

Paul Klee

Paul Klee has an exquisite sense of color and form. During  trip to Tunisia in 1914 he was so overwhelmed by the colors and the light, that he later wrote “Color has taken possession of me….color and I are one. I am a painter“ The following biography of Klee is quoted  from the Webmuseum website. Biography “A Swiss-born painter and graphic artist whose personal, often gently humorous works are replete with allusions to dreams, music, and poetry, Paul Klee, b. Dec. 18, 1879, d. June 29, 1940, is difficult to classify. Primitive art, surrealism, cubism, and children’s art all seem...

Hans Bellmer

Hans Bellmer, 1902-1975. The following description of his life and work is quoted from: Peter Webb, Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press, 2009. Life and Work “German photographer, sculptor, printmaker, painter and writer. As a child he developed fear and hatred for his tyrannical father, who totally dominated his gentle and affectionate mother. He and his younger brother Fritz found refuge from this oppressive family atmosphere in a secret garden decorated with toys and souvenirs and visited by young girls who joined in sexual games. In 1923 Bellmer was sent by his father to study engineering at the Technische Hochschule...

Architecture Images

The Gothic cathedral is a blossoming in stone subdued by the insatiable demand of harmony in man. The mountain of granite blooms into an eternal flower, with the lightness and delicate finish, as well as the ærial proportions and perspective of vegetable beauty. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, Of History.

Islamic Calligraphy

Islam prohibits the representation of God with images, therefore artists focused on artistic writing in order to beautify the Qur’an. The result is Islamic calligraphy, based on the Arabic script. The artists avoid figurative art, and create abstract religious art of extraordinary beauty. The words often translate into variations of “God is Great,” or “Allāhu Akbar.” I collected here some calligraphic images from various traditions.