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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Matters of the Heart

On motherhood. Mixed media series in IKEA frames. Health and hysteria?

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Can I brag about my boyfriend?

Perhaps I shouldn't. He's just too much fun, intriguing, smart, and oh so nice. I'm so thankful to share these days with him. To say more would not be lady like.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A reminder

Visit (my) Tilly's studio and the Miami Design Rally
the ARTHOUSE    8893 SW 129th st.
Saturday the 19th, from noon to 5pm
multiple artists with work on display there and next door

There will be alcohol and sweets along with the art.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cleaning up my act

In between stuffing Christmas cookies and peppermint candies into my face, I am trying to get ready for the holiday travels. Mundane errands fill my lists and I have yet to see the surface of my desk through all the bills and papers needing to be filed. Two more days of work before VACATION!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Holiday spirit up in Little Haiti

There is all this hype about Black Friday, black Tuesday, etc... I think these guys decorated to the theme. What do you think?

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Studio sale next Saturday

Mark your calendars now!!! My studio mates are part of an OBJECTS OF DESIGN studio Rally Tour, so we will open the ARTHOUSE from noon to 5pm on the 19th. Drop by and at least say hello. Browse for those last minute gifts and see what we have available for unique one of a kind marvels. I have several bargains in the hopes of lightening my load and clearing space for the new year.

8893 SW 129th Street, near the Falls, south of Miami

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Where did the week go?

There was so much going on... wrapping up the semester...late meetings and student games to attend so that life after school was pretty non-existant. I woke from heavy dreams dealing with luggage and new rooms, staggered to work promising myself I could get back into bed as soon as I got my work done, and that is what I pretty much did!
There was horrid weather all week... not at all normal...not like December is supposed to be in Paradise (Miami).
And I am proud that my students stayed painting up to the last minute! They were inspired and trying new things on the last day of classes! I hope they feel like they got their money's worth from me.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Night in Wynwood

Does this girl's mom know where she is? Portable tattoo studio!

lazer sparkles all over the sidewalks
new mural with real hammer and wood additions

another street on the backside
Does that woman have angel wings?
crowd jamming to a violinist

Finding my man

Surreal signage

Everything is on the streets

Dining tables, spectacle and the quietness of wallpaper at Basel fairs

John Bell, at Cancio Contemporary AQUA $1800.

I enjoyed the four (or was it five?) days of visual gluttony that Basel and the Satellite fairs always produce. But like a callous hardened, I did not find the wondrous moment of pure enchantment. I think that there was so much I contracted ADHD. Speaking of gluttony, there were lots of table-esque sculptures and installations and themed paintings...
Family dinners?

Elmgreen & Drasset
Based in London and Berlin, the duo Elmgreen & Draset focus on social commentary and architecture. The cracked table and chairs were only the beginning of noticing a lot of riffs on the dinner party...I could not help wonder what kind of meal the artists were manifesting?
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, (303 gallery)Aluminum and survival blanket
lost my notes on this one, or were there notes?!

Megali Reus In Place Of (Mint)

ZHAN Wang Urban Landscape (Chicago) , C-print (Long March Space)
Tense like an intimate Serra
There was a lot of tension in the art.There was talk of the stabbing that had happened Saturday night (an exacto blade between to rival lovers)
Guiseppe Penone, Nel Legno, at Marian Goodman Gallery
seen at the Tornabuoni art gallery Basel
 The "wow" factor for me was for this giant embroidered mural! Alas, Boetti is a dead artist now.
Alighiero Boetti, embroidered masterpiece
Roy Lichtenstein Assemblages 1955 booth B11
Another shocker were these early 1955 Lichtensteins- before he "popped"!

Adrian Villar Rojas, young and Argentinian
There was art to see up close. through, below, above, and just out of reach.

As people started to droop I stumbled to the far corner of Basel and found...Charles Burchfield at the DC Moore Gallery, and his astounding wall paper designs!
Burchfield wallpaper sample 1922-29

another wallpaper sample

Burchfield painting...reminds me of home farm

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Basel biggies part I

I didn't take many pictures because I was looking for painting, and there seemed to be less that in the past. Lots of sculpture as spectacle.

They banned selfie-sticks this year but there was still tons of people using the artworks as backdrops for vanity photo documenting. There were all the biggies, Picasso, Matisse, David Hockney,...
Jennifer Bartlett

Ai Wei Wei

Anselm Kiefer

Frank Stella
Damien Hirst
Tom Wesselman

Nick Cage

Shepard Fairey, Water is the new Black
El Anatsui
Alice Neel
and the darling of this year's basel had to be: Loiuse Nevelson

At Aqua there were even look-alike Nevelsons: