Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Looking Up To Rafael's Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn

"Looking Up To Rafael ('Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn)"
Oil on Wood

Rafael's "Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn," is on view at the Legion of Honor, in a specially built, small, dark maroon room way at the back of the upstairs galleries. The painting is in the United States for the first time, on loan from Galleria Borghese in Rome. It is old. And it glows. And this young girl came in to see. Old meets youth and a connection is made. Art inspires Art. Every time.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Valentine Time

Valentine Time
Oil on Wood

What's not to love about LOVE on a warmer than it should be President's weekend that includes deep red tulips in a red foil wrapped pot? 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Absorbed in Rothko's Glow

"Absorbed in Rothko's Glow"
Oil on Wood

Sometimes words are superfluous.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Seeing Stella

"Seeing Stella"
Oil on Wood
"What you see is what you see," Frank Stella. 

Frank Stella's, Chodorow II, painted in 1971, is one of a series referring to Polish villages whose synagogs were lost. I didn't know that when this piece at the Whitney's Stella Retrospective stopped me in my tracks. Art speaks volumes. What you see is what you see. 
On a related subject, last week I read about Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds who in January, 1945 refused to say which of his fellow prisoners of war were Jewish, thus saving 200 of them. "We are all Jews Here," he said. 
Reading his story, in the New York Times gave me all kinds of hope for humankind. It came at a good time.