I found all my photos from the Sigmar Polke exhibit at the MoMA back from when we got married! It's a phenomenal selection of works, and I'm not the biggest Polke fan. Here, enjoy!
When I think of Minimalism, I think of the magnificent works of Sol Lewitt. He was a master of line as form; shape became content in a way I'd never experienced when I first caqme across as a teen, interesting at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where Lewitt was once on the over-night shift.
It makes sense, then, that his entry into the world of A
The Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara continues to hit it out of the park, especially as they introduced me to new artsts who I immediately fall in love with. Katherine Levin Lau is a magnificent artist whose work on display at the Triton is reason enough to plan a visit. She uses imagery of sealife, such as octopus and seahorses, along with butterflies and insecfts in a way that would have fit right in during the height of the natural video movement of the late 1970s and early 80s. It's a wonderful exhibit and you must see it!
Kate Kelton is, without doubt, the most wonderful artist I've ever known. Her work is meticulous at times, light as a feather at others, and always impressive. Having had the honor of seeing so much of her work over the years, I( can say that the things she's been putting out there recently are phenomenal, and y'all should experience them in person.
Well, glad you asked. Kate's got a show called Joe's Train Station at Gabba Gallery in LA starting on the 14th of January. It's at 3126 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90057
The logo for Three Minute Modernist is a statue of Robert Arneson, the legendary Northern California master of Funk Sculpture. How wonderful it was, then, to find one of his pieces included in Imagery Art for Wine Collection at the Triton Museum of Art. I could not have been more delighted that in a single work he managed to get so much accomplished.
Oh, I should just let the Podcast do it's thing, right?
Another thing I've gained from UBUweb is Aspen Magazine. It was the greatest thing humanity had ever managed when it ran from 1965 to 1971. A three-dimensional magazine, featuring articles, artworks, audio, and film recordings, the issues were less published than they were released, inclosed in a box as a unit instead of compiled into some sort of singular form. If it had been the 1990s, it very easily would have become a webzine... not unlike 37 Minutes, Stationary. In fact, that's where the inspiration came from.
Issue 3 was the Pop Art issue, edited by Andy Warhol and David Dalton. The items included are amazing; paintings from the Powers Collection, a copy of The Factory's one-shot newspaper The Plastic Exploding Inevitable. The contents include essays, with the stand-out to me being the marvelous Bob Chamberlain's work The View from the Dancefloor. The audio recordings are amazing, of course that's not hard when your contributors include John Cale of the Velvet Underground. There are a pair of flipbooks, both of them of lovely avant garde works, including Kiss by Andy Warhol, which may be his film that is most intertwined with the history of film. The only piece from this collection I've ever seen in person was the Ten Trip Ticket Book, a work designed to resemble a ticket book like you might purchase for an amusement park in the 1950s, but it's actually a series of excerpts from a conference on LSD. It's in the collection of Timothy Leary material at the DigiBarn.
This is an excellent view of the Pop movement OUTSiDE of the gallery. While it's usually seen as a painterly movement, when it was still considered 'Neo-Dadaist' that was not the case. This box shows the breadth of Pop, and is an amazing snapshot of the moment!
You can find the issue up on UBUweb here!
An Art & Wine Partnership sounds like the theme for an opening night gallery opening, don't it? In actuality, it's the subtitle to the Triton Museum of Art's exhibit on Imagery created for wine. It's a lovely exhibit, and I'll be doing posts and podcasts about some of the specific pieces, but I think a good over-view comes the from the Triton's introduction to the exhibition!
Art and wine, so compatible it is almost a cliché, but in the case of the Imagery Art for Wine Collection, it is a partnership that has led to one of the most prestigious California art collections of the past 30 years. Begun in 1985 by celebrated vintner Joe Benziger and artist Bob Nugent, the Imagery Collection was conceived and amassed, resulting in works by a who’s who of California and nationally recognized artists.
What is unique about this particular collection is that each work has also appeared as a label on the annual special releases of Imagery wines. While that was the byproduct of the art, the original works have all been preserved as the Imagery Art for Wine Collection. It is a remarkable amassing of fine art used for branding purposes.
Indeed, fine art branding has a rich history. Whether it was the great Mesopotamian king Xerxes employing a bow on his portraits to identify with the legendary hero Gilgamesh, or the Tudor practice of Henry VIII having his initial crest carved onto royal architecture, or the practice of the Barbarini Popes of having artists such as Bernini add the family symbol of bees to commissioned works, art branding has always been with us. In the case of the Imagery Wine Collection art, the winery logo – a simplified façade of the Parthenon – is incorporated or secreted into the work. This exhibition will act as an investigation into the contemporary practice of art branding, a celebration of the partnering strength of California wines and art, and an opportunity to showcase a hundred works by some of the most celebrated artists of our day.
This will be a major opportunity for the Triton Museum of Art and for the community to see so many of these artists in one place. As such, the Triton Museum of Art will devote 2/3 of its exhibition space to the exhibition. Education programs, including lectures, demonstrations, and workshops will accompany this exhibition.
The Exhibit runs through February 12th at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA (hometown of Christopher J Garcia... and Joanna Kerns of Growing Pains!
Christopher J Garcia - Curator, Fan Writer, Podcaster, and a guy who just loves art.