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Tennessee Williams Finding Summer Fun – and Poultry Peril – in Laguna Beach
Indian Wells Arts Festival
Adorning the Garden Path
Where the Natural and Artistic Worlds Coalesce
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FRIDA REVEALED Art Patron talks with Hilda Trujillo Soto of the Frida Kahlo Museum and Victoria Gerard of the Bowers Museum about the Famous Mexican Painter and Her Photographs Director Hilda Trujillo Soto. “Experts from various parts of the world were invited
to investigate different aspects of Frida’s life as revealed in the images from her photographic collection.” Each of the
experts – Masayo Nonaka, Gaby Franger, Rainer Huhle, Laura González Flores, Mauricio Ortiz, James Oles, Horacio
Fernández and Gerardo Estrada – wrote a section of the book, which was published by Editorial RM in Mexico.
Trujillo continues, “Mexican photo-
graphy expert Pablo Ruiz Monasterio was hired to select the photographs
to be included in the accompanying
exhibition, which chronicles Frida’s daily
and intimate life in works from the Kahlo Museum Archive.”
That archive consists of some 6500
images belonging to Kahlo that were
found in a storage room in the home that she grew up in and later shared with
husband Diego Rivera – and that later still became the Frida Kahlo Museum.
Out of those thousands of images, 241 that explore the artist’s personal and
artistic world were chosen for the exhibit. “These photos were for Frida a source of inspiration for several of her best-
known works,” says Trujillo. “Likewise, Frida painting the portrait of her father by Gisèle Freund, 1951 ©Frida Kahlo Museum
nternationally known for her self-
creative all the while. Now Frida Kahlo:
an icon for women in art history.
at the Frida Kahlo Museum, explores the
portraits, Frida Kahlo has also been Despite her outspoken political
convictions, her heartbreaking albeit
deep love for fellow artist Diego Rivera,
and the anguish and pain that illness and accident inflicted upon her, she remained 20 ART PatronMagazine.com
Her Photos, which debuted in Mexico City determination of this remarkable woman
she related to them ’as if they had life’ –
writing on them, cutting them, doubling
them and impulsively tearing them when she had conflicts with the people that appear in them.”
The romantic bond between Kahlo and
Rivera was very strong, although Rivera’s
the publication of the book Frida Kahlo:
to have grieved his wife. Interestingly,
“The origin of this curatorship was
Her Photos,” explains Kahlo Museum
frequent affairs are commonly reported however, it was a lover of Kahlo’s who
took one of Trujillo’s favorite photographs
“The most singular aspect of this
in the show!
exhibition,” Trujillo points out, “is that
images from the exhibition sum up the
while explaining why she is regarded
According to the museum director, two
story of the artist’s life. The first is Frida in the Hospital, a photograph from the
series “The Broken Body.” In this image,
Trujillo explains, “Frida is coming out of surgery and despite this, she is able to
pose coquettishly before the camera of
Nickolas Murray, who was her lover at that time. Her strong attitude towards
life together with the ability to love and enjoy each moment are reflected in this
photograph and in the context that gave rise to it.” The other image is Guillermo Kahlo, in his Library. Here, “Frida’s
father poses before the camera next to his
bookseller. This image gives an account of her paternal model: a cultured, sensitive
and liberal-minded man. Frida absorbed
these qualities, becoming an intellectually restless woman attentive to the artistic,
political and cultural events of her time.” Her stunning paintings reveal Kahlo’s
depth, her pride in her heritage and her talent for reality as well as fantasy. And
while those works excel in such qualities as composition, contrast, color and
“personality,” the photographs show her among her artistic peers and convey her determination to do her best. 22 ART PatronMagazine.com
it reveals Frida Kahlo’s intimate world the way she is today. Her current
recognition cannot be understood
Frida Kahlo, by Guillermo Kahlo, 1926
©Frida Kahlo Museum; CENTER Frida Kahlo in the Blue House, Anonymous, 1930 ©Frida Kahlo Museum; RIGHT Frida Kahlo after an operation, by Antonio Kahlo, 1 946 ©Frida Kahlo Museum; BELOW Frida stomach down, by
without knowing the antecedents of her
Nickolas Muray, 1946 ©Frida Kahlo Museum.
built herself as an original, developing
Rivera’s life, Trujillo continues, “that had
intellectual environment of her time, in
photographs. There had been exhibitions
life, who her friends were and how she
her talent in the effervescent artistic and both Mexico and other capitals such as Paris and New York.”
The show covers aspects of Kahlo and
not been previously exposed through of the works of this Mexican couple,
but not of images that account for their daily lives, their personal and political
interests, their audacities and the
nourishing environment that surrounded them. Although we knew that Diego and
“The thing I love most about this
exhibition,” Gerard continues, “is that
Leon Trotsky, Henri Cartier-Bresson,
personality and life. She has become
André Breton, David Alfaro Siqueiros
and Sergei Eisenstein, in this exhibition we see them documented in their daily
lives. This is a great revelation for those who admire them and wish to preserve their legacy.”
Victoria Gerard, Curator of Collections
it reveals the different layers of Frida’s a larger-than-life figure, an icon, and
viewing photographs that capture her in
vulnerable moments and that preserve the
images of those things and people that she loved best remind us of her complicated and wonderful humanity.
In essence, the exhibition’s photographs
and Special Exhibitions at Santa
are art as imagery exploring the many
comprehensive program to accompany
artist endowed with timeless creativity.
Ana’s Bowers Museum, has created a Frida Kahlo: Her Photos, including
lectures, “Frida-inspired” art projects Gisèle Freund, 1951 ©Frida Kahlo Museum
beautiful and meaningful to them.
Frida were close friends with prominent artistic and intellectual figures such as
Frida Kahlo with the doctor Juan Farill, by
successes to create something that is
and coordinated events. “Frida Kahlo is a very relatable and inspirational
figure who is loved by people across
generations and cultural barriers,” she remarks. “I do hope that visitors are
inspired by her personal struggles and
cycles of Frida Kahlo’s life – the life of an
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WRITTEN BY STACY DAVIES
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS Finding Summer Fun – and Poultry Peril – in Laguna Beach
ennessee Williams, one of the
cash.” Instead of buying a bus ticket to
Century, was also one of the
with clarinet player Jim Parrott in tow, the
great playwrights of the 20th few who wrote successful
screenplay adaptations of his own work, including scripts for A Streetcar Named
Desire, The Rose Tattoo and Suddenly, Last
Manhattan, however, he bought a bike, and two peddled their way down to Tijuana
and Agua Caliente for further adventure and inspiration.
Once their sojourn across the southern
Summer. Long before he secured his place
border had ended, Williams and Parrott
was simply Tom Williams, a Mississippi-
through Laguna Beach down a dirt road
in literary and movie history, however, he born kid furiously penning essays, poems and plays in an attempt to unleash his stubborn muse.
Williams received the nickname
“Tennessee” from his fraternity brothers during a brief stint at the University of
Missouri (just one of several schools he’d attend) during the early 1930s, but didn’t formally adopt the moniker until 1939.
That was also the year that his westward
found themselves haphazardly cycling
in Bootleg Canyon (now Canyon Acres),
and it was there that they happened upon a chicken ranch. The homestead was
owned by an elderly couple who were in dire need of a vacation, and they offered
the drifters occupancy of a small cabin at the back of the chicken run in exchange for minding the flock. Williams and Parrott agreed.
“I don’t know why I was so committed
quest for inspiration found him in
to occupations involving poultry in those
at a squab ranch in Hawthorne.
ever explained that to me.”
California, engaged in a bird-plucking gig During that stint, the struggling writer
days,” Williams wrote. “No analyst has
It was May 1939, and with little more
than a typewriter and Victrola in hand (Williams felt both were indispensible
to his writing), the two stayed through
Williams received the nickname “Tennessee” from his fraternity brothers at the University of Missouri. received a telegram informing him that
he’d won a special award of $100 from the
Group Theatre in New York for a collection of one-act plays called American Blues.
In his memoir, Williams recalls it as “a
huge piece of encouragement and boost
of morale” that was “far more important to me than anything convertible into 26 ART PatronMagazine.com
the summer. They established “friendly relations with the chickens the first
time [they] scattered their feed,” found
part-time jobs as a pin-setters at the local
bowling alley, cruised the night spots, and lazed along the beaches.
“In the thirties, [Laguna Beach] was
a fine place to pass the summer days,” Williams wrote. “There was constant
volleyball, there was surfing and surfers, there was an artist colony … and all of
it was delightful. It seems to me that the
best part of all was riding our bikes up the canyon at first dark, in those days when the sky was still a poem.”
Williams was also in a tempestuous
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struggle to wrench out his muse,
particularly through poetry. Drawn
to the soul-searching allure of jazz, he
began writing Tenor Sax Takes the Breaks, in which he describes a vociferous coastal affair:
Singing the latest jazz tunes with trumpets, with trombones the tenor sax taking the breaks! Ride out, boy! Send it solid! Or at high noon on beaches disporting our bodies that imitate bronze While the drums beat out a quick rhythm …Jitterbugs snakes swing addicts! Boy in blue trunks
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surf-rider girl with your breast half-naked! Where is disaster? Only in newspaper headlines! “I suppose that summer was the
happiest and healthiest and most radiant time of my life,” he would recall. “I
referred to that season as Nave Nave
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During that idyllic interval, Williams
also began receiving letters from agents on Broadway who’d heard about his
Group Theatre award. One told him she was not looking for serious material,
but rather a “good vehicle” – to which
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Wood, known as “the little giant of the American theatre.” She would be with him for the next 30 years, first helping
him attain a grant from the Rockefeller
Foundation, and, by 1944, promoting his break-through play The Glass Menagerie.
A few years later, she would oversee the
publication of A Streetcar Named Desire, for
which he won the Pulitzer Prize.
Williams and Parrott stayed in Laguna
until August 1939, “the month when the sky goes crazy at night, full of shooting
stars which undoubtedly have an effect on human fate, even when the sun’s
up,” but made a hasty exodus after they awoke one morning to find that a third of their flock had perished overnight from a mysterious disease.
Parrott actually left first, acquiring
a beat-up Ford and heading up to Los
Angeles to make quick money playing
Parrott eventually returned and collected his friend, and they headed for the San Bernardino Mountains. jazz, and Williams was briefly left behind. “This was, I believe, the longest time in
my life that I went hungry,” he wrote. “I
went without nourishment for about ten days except for some remnants of dried peas and some avocadoes I’d steal now and then from a grove in the canyon.” As was his nature, Williams found
inspiration in his obstacles – in this case,
starvation – noting that after about three days, “God or somebody drops in on
you invisibly and painlessly injects you with sedation, so that you find yourself drifting into a curiously, an absolutely
inexplicably, peaceful condition, and this
condition is ideal for meditation on things past and passing and to come.”
Parrott eventually returned and
collected his friend, and they headed for the San Bernardino Mountains.
New Orleans was soon to follow, where Williams would expand his jazz-
beach poem, officially anoint himself
“Tennessee,” and finally unleash in full the
muse that had, at least in part, been helped along the way by the verse and adversity he’d found in Laguna Beach. 30 ART PatronMagazine.com
BY MARISA HOLLADAY
FROM COVETED COASTAL CITY TO INTERNATIONAL DESERT AFFAIRE Laguna Beach Artists Selected to Show at the 15th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival
aku fired ceramics, hand-
colored photography, large-
scale metal sculpture, jewelry, hand-painted silk fashions,
Lee hand paint silk georgettes and design their wearable art into flowing jackets, tunics, blouses, shawls and scarves. Safari photographer Paul Renner
“Seaside Cottage” acrylic on canvas by Tracey Moscaritolo moludent. “Florence Sunset” handpainted panoramic photograph by Martin Roberts and Dan Witte. Indian Wells Arts Festival guests
paintings of sprawling landscapes and
was born and raised with the Serengeti
peruse Elena Bulatova paintings and sculpture
are among the fine art from nine Laguna
Crater National Park as his back yard in
and inspiration bi-continentally with his
Beach to be just as photographically
at Elena Fine Art gallery. Tracey
in the style of classic Russian masters
Beach artists chosen to be showcased at the prestigious 2017 Indian Wells Arts Festival in Indian Wells, California, March 31 through April 2.
Long-recognized for its scenic coves
and influential artist community, these Laguna Beach artists will share the
spotlight with two-hundred juried artists from twenty-five countries across the globe celebrating the Festival’s 15th
annual show. Metal sculptor Jon Seeman is perhaps best known for his 16-foot-
tall sculpture Breaching Whale, perfectly
situated at a vantage point in Heisler Park
where you can also watch whales swim by on their migration route. Life-long Laguna Beach artist Mike Brennan’s traditional Raku fired ceramics can be seen in
Wolfgang Puck’s upscale restaurants and the Palm’s Hotel in Las Vegas. Husband
and wife art team Christopher and Dinah 32 ART PatronMagazine.com
Plains and world-famous Ngorongoro
Tanzania, but finds his home in Laguna extraordinary with the splendor of the
California coastline. Russian oil painter
Vladimir Ryabchikov also splits his time
gallery in Moscow and representation
Moscaritolo‘s acrylic paintings possess a
colorful and abstract quality in addition to an impressionistic style.
windmills, and nestled on the desert floor, the Indian Wells Arts Festival
has become a destination event with festival-goers making it a day-trip
and weekend-trekkerâ€™s art adventure. Artists will transform the grounds of the world-famous Indian Wells Tennis Garden (home of the BNP
Paribas Tennis Tournament) into an
international palette of art with their
collections exhibited for a distinguished panel of judges, and will have the Renowned photographer and mixed
Jeweler MarriJane Morrisonâ€™s sterling
media art partners Martin Roberts and
silver and 18-karat gold elements
capturing black and white images of
accented by semi-precious stones into
Dan Witte travel the world together
modern remains of antiquity and bring
them back to their Laguna Beach studio and gallery where the master silver
gelatin prints are then painted with
traditional art mediums of oils, acrylics
and watercolor paints creating an almost 3-dimensional image.
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are organically styled and boldly
opportunity to demonstrate and sell their work directly to the expected
12,000 art enthusiasts in attendance from all over the country.
The 15th annual Indian Wells Arts
sophisticated adornments, while fellow
Festival will take place at the Indian
fabricates her fashion forward line of
California, on March 31, April 1 & 2, 2017
artist Catherine Reade designs and hand raw, industrial jewelry collections from precious metals and stones.
Just a short eastward drive from
Orange County, past the famous
Wells Tennis Garden, in Indian Wells, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Children
FREE, Adults $13. Free parking and valet available. For more information visit IndianWellsArtsFestival.com.
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Adorning the Garden Path Where the Natural and Artistic Worlds Coalesce
WRITTEN BY LIZ GOLDNER, PHOTOS BY TOM LAMB
as a children’s playground, this site
includes a tall rocket ship with slides, Michele Taylor’s six-foot ceramicand-glass mosaic Laguna Tortoise,
and blue, gold and chartreuse play equipment. Its colorful walls and
ledges are integrated with such species as Mexican marigold, orange clock
In our city by the sea, the synchronization of nature with art is a yearround occurrence.
The harmony of nature and art, the
You enter Bluebird Park through
vine, plumbago, lemonade berry,
worlds, has been celebrated for
Park Gate, featuring whimsical
creeper, jade plants, aloe, saponaria
mirroring of the natural and artistic centuries in a variety of cultures, and recently in Laguna Art Museum’s annual “Art & Nature” festival.
Jon Seeman’s brightly colored Bluebird designs and shapes inspired by fairy
tales. As much an artistic installation
Yet in our city by the sea, the
synchronization of nature with art is a year-round occurrence, with pocket-sized gardens and parks
displaying finely crafted art pieces
alongside lavish plantings and our larger parks mingling sculptures
and murals with native cacti, aloe,
geraniums, daffodils, bougainvilleas,
roses and nasturtiums. Then we have
the breathtaking, Treasure Island Park at the Montage Resort, Crescent Bay with its terraced gardens opening
to crashing waves, and Alta Laguna
with its view of mountains, canyons, and ocean. Here are seven favorite
spots that mix native and introduced species and seasonal flowers with original public art.
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Treasure Island Park
California holly, blue hibiscus, Carmel and jacaranda trees.
Cress Street and Bluebird Canyon Drive.
Village Green Park
with the lost-wax method, are mythical creatures—part sea animal, part horse and part dragon.
Wesley Drive and South Coast Highway.
Travel a few miles south to Catalina
Street and you’ll find Village Green
Park, modeled after an old town
square. Designed by Laguna’s Fred
Lang, Ken Wood and Ann Christoph, this park is entered through two
sculpted bronze gates and includes a tree house, native plants and
tall mature trees. Mirroring these
weathered trees is Julia Klemek’s bronze sculpture Green Man with
Red Birds, inspired by a long artistic
and religious tradition. Examples of
the iconic “Green Man” date back to
classical Rome and were incorporated A short drive down South Coast
Highway to Treasure Island Park
reveals magnificent lawns and rugged coastlines along with aloes, cacti,
daylilies and California poppies. These plants and flowers are enhanced by
into the facades of many European
churches during the Middle Ages. True to its art-historical origins, Klemek’s
part-tree, part-man statue reaches up
to the heavens while its heart is a nest of ten red ceramic birds.
Catalina Street, one block east of South
sculptures that echo the mystical mood
Voyager, a tall bronze sculptured
Located near the center of downtown,
from seaweed and stands atop a
its broad sandy beaches and vast
of the nearby ocean. Linda Brunker’s woman, appears to be fashioned pedestal bedecked with fish, starfish and seashells. Cheryl Ekstrom’s two bronze Parallel Dance pieces, created
Main Beach Park is famous for
lawns bordered by geraniums, aloes, Torrey pines, Lagunaria trees and
Washingtonia palms, not to mention ART PatronMagazine.com 39
the local garden club’s “Garden by the
Sea.” Attractions include the 1920s-era hexagonal Lifeguard Tower, which was moved to this location in 1937
and has been a Laguna landmark ever
since. Nearby you’ll find Canyon Chess and Checkers, hand-formed and glazed ceramic table and chairs created by
Marlo Bartels. The newest art piece
in the park, Terry Thornsley’s bronze,
copper and stainless steel mural Grace, Main Beach Park
includes two figures rowing a dory through churning seas.
South Coast Highway, from Broadway to Laguna Avenue.
Adjoining Main Beach is Heisler
Park, a three-quarter-mile stretch of land with a long walkway running atop ocean cliffs and bordered
by some of Laguna’s oldest trees,
including Torrey pines, Monterey cypress and Washingtonia palms.
Among the park’s attractions are a
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rose garden and a nearby gazebo with
views of rocky beaches, tide pools and the sea beyond. Several large public artworks, including Jorg Dubin’s
Semper Memento, turn the area into an informal sculpture garden. Installed on 9/11/11 and incorporating two
steel beams salvaged from the World Trade Center after its demolition,
Dubin’s piece also features a base
representing the Pentagon. Made of concrete and stainless steel, George Stone’s Rock Pile Carve represents a
long wave with a surfboard riding through it. A Rocky Ledge by Julia Klemek and Leslie Robbins is a
curved sculptural bench that mirrors in color and texture the surrounding flora and tide pools. And Jon
Seeman’s Breaching Whale, a realistic 19-foot artwork of stainless and
COR-TEN steel, dominates the park. North Coast Highway between Cliff Drive and Myrtle Street.
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Seven favorite spots that mix native and introduced species and seasonal flowers with original public art. The most dramatic Laguna Beach park, Crescent Bay, has the Crescent Bay
appearance of a movie setâ€”perhaps
one out of South Pacific; its peninsulalike periphery overlooks the rock formations below and the ocean
with its crashing waves. Within the
park, granite walkways and benches
punctuate the well-manicured lawns, while plants and flowers, including
aloe, cacti, geraniums, roses, daffodils and bougainvilleas, proliferate.
Looking out to the ocean is Terry Thornsleyâ€™s magnificent bronze
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sculptures Laguna Locals, depicting an
and trees within our parks.
elegant sea lion and a large cormorant taking flight.
223 Crescent Bay Drive.
Seven-acre Alta Laguna Park
at the top of Park Avenue includes
playgrounds, sports fields, a bridge and gazebo, as well as lawns and
gardens featuring coastal sage and
wild flowers. The public artwork here
is Peter Busby’s, Interlude, six graceful
Alta Laguna Park
wire sculptures of whales’ tails.
At 1,100 feet in elevation and with 360-degree views, this windswept
hiker’s dream looks out at Saddleback Mountain, Laguna and Aliso
Canyons and the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean.
3300 Alta Laguna Blvd.
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JOURNEY TO A LAGUNA BEACH Taking the Lay of the Land: Yesterday & Today in St Ives
WRITTEN BY GROVE KOGER, PHOTOS BY GROVE KOGER AND THE TATE
Exterior of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
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e had come zigzagging down
Devon and Cornwall one hot
August afternoon on a carriage
of the Great Western Railway. It
was the Friday before the last bank
holiday of the season, and our carriage was packed with travelers fleeing London.
As it rolled past our window, Devonâ€™s
countryside was green and soft and hilly, punctuated here and there with dense
copses and distant church spires. Sheep
grazed peacefully in its lush meadows. To
our American eyes, it was a quintessentially English landscape. But by the time we
reached Cornwall, in the far southwestern
tip of the UK, the land had grown flatter and stone walls as there were hedgerows.
more austere, flintier. There were as many
Barbara Hepworthâ€™s stone workshop.
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PHOTOS: TATE. MARCUS LEITH & ANDREW DUNKLEY, 2007
Barbara Hepworth, Spring 1966, 85 x 57 x 53 cm; RIGHT Barbara Hepworth, Four-Square (Walk Through) 1966, Bronze, 429 x 199 x 229.5 cm
Lent by the Trustees of the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden; River Form 1965, cast 1973, Bronze, 87 x 193 x 68.8 cm.
Our destination was one of Laguna Beach’s “sister” cities, St
Ives. Once a thriving fishing port, it grew into an important art colony in the late 1930s, thanks in large part to its mild climate
and robust light, and has long been a popular tourist destination. Britain’s national art gallery, the Tate, opened a branch in the port in 1993 on the site of a former gasworks.
Bernard Leach, later celebrated as the father of British studio
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pottery, set up base in the little port in 1920, and a St Ives Society of Artists was founded a few years later. But the most original
artist at work in those early days, although he would have been dumfounded to be told so, was Alfred Wallis. A retired seaman, Wallis had taken to painting scenes on scraps of cardboard
with boat and house paint. “What I do mosely,” he wrote in an
idiosyncratic elegy for the port’s vanished way of life, “is what use
Barbara Hepworth Museum (interior view); RIGHTT Barbara Hepworth Museum (interior view).
to Bee out of my own memory what we may never see again.”
Young Ben Nicholson, who had studied at the Slade School of
Fine Art, met Wallis on a visit one day in 1928. Struck by the crude
power of the old seaman’s naïve style—Wallis was self-taught and cared nothing for perspective—the up-and-coming artist bought
several of his works. A decade later Nicholson married sculptress Barbara Hepworth, and in 1939, shortly before the outbreak of World War II, he returned to St Ives with his new wife.
Striving to escape the straitjacket of Britain’s “fine art”
tradition, Nicholson himself had once experimented with a fauxnaïve style. Then, under the influence of the avant-garde works he had seen in Europe, he had begun creating wholly abstract pieces. But now he forged a synthesis of the two approaches.
A number of his paintings from this period depict the graceful, simplified lines and muted colors of land- and seascapes
glimpsed through a window, often with a homely jug or cup
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TATE. MARCUS LEITH & ANDREW DUNKLEY, 2007
In the greenhouse at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden with plaster work The Bride from Family of Man.
resting on the sill. Like his abstracts, they’re keenly
analytical but more personable, as if the artist were standing next to you sharing the view.
Old St Ives is a maze of cobbled streets spilling
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down a hillside toward the water. Strolling down one of them the afternoon I arrived, I grasped the logic of Nicholson’s paintings. There, over a cascade of slate
rooftops glowing with yellow lichen, lay a distant view of the pale sea, and over there, down another stony
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vista, I glimpsed one of the port’s sandy beaches and a
pair of weathered boats swinging at anchor. The colors
and contours of the land and the sea and the sky echoed and re-echoed in a gentle regression.
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Today tea shops, art galleries, pubs and fish-and-chip
stands fill the jumble of the port’s old stone buildings. It’s among these, if you’ve provided yourself with a good
street map, that you’ll find the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Hepworth bought the property,
known as the Trewyn Studio, in 1949, shortly before she and Nicholson divorced, and lived there until her death
in 1975. Now it’s administered by the Tate. The museum’s first floor offers a good overview of the sculptor’s life and work, but its greatest attraction is an adjoining garden of
Mediterranean lushness displaying a number of her large— and very large— pieces in stone and bronze.
We timed our museum visit to take in a lecture about
Hepworth by Tate assistant Andrew Jackson, and ended up returning to hear his lively presentation a second
time. It’s clear that Hepworth, like Nicholson, drew upon the Cornish landscape for her work, but hers was a more
revolutionary course. Most of her works are abstract,
but she maintained that they represented aspects of the
physical world. In the case of her famous 1946 sculpture Pelagos, a hollowed-out piece of painted elm whose
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sweeping shore of the bay at St Ives, the white sand of its beach, and the currents of its wind and water.
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Within a short time other artists gravitated to St Ives,
including Russian Constructivist sculptor Naum Gabo.
It was at Gabo’s suggestion that Nicholson gave lessons
to budding painter Peter Lanyon, who had been born in
the port and who would go on to become a star of a later generation of artists. Lanyon was inspired by the edges of things—“the junction of sea and cliff, wind and cliff,
the human body and places,” as he put it. Like Nicholson and Hepworth’s pieces, his dramatic paintings owe a
great deal to Cornwall, and in fact he went on to explore its landscape in a particularly dynamic way, taking up gliding in 1959.
Another important figure was Patrick Heron, who
worked at the Leach Pottery as a conscientious objector during the war and whose bright, Apollonian abstracts
stand in sharp contrast to Lanyon’s furiously Dionysian ones. One of his most famous works is an unleaded
stained glass window that he designed for the Tate St
Ives—at 15 by 13 feet, one of the largest of its kind in
the world. (As luck would have it, the gallery itself was
closed for expansion during our visit, but it’s scheduled
Cornwall’s landscape, she was adamant that her works
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inhabiting” it. We were able to grasp something of that
Photography by Kelley, Barris, Greene, Schiller, Bernard,
to reopen in 2017.)
However much Barbara Hepworth drew upon
fused it with “the human figure and human spirit
spirit a few days later thanks to Martyn Jackson, who
Kirkland and many more top Hollywood photographers.
showed our party some of the area’s many standing
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stones—mute but compelling monuments that clearly influenced Hepworth’s later works. Martyn and his wife, Amanda,
run an enterprise called Ancient Stones
of Kernow (“Kernow” being the Cornish
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Martyn. As an added bonus, you’ll catch glimpses of abandoned tin works, a
reminder that Cornwall’s production of
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the metal spanned four millennia.
Along with high culture and prehistoric
monuments, St Ives offers humbler
pleasures. One afternoon we crowded into a tiny shop to share a cream tea of freshly baked raisin scones, a bowl heaped with
the richest clotted cream imaginable, and a pot of ruby-red strawberry jam. Such teas are a specialty of Devon as well as
Cornwall, but the savory pasties (PAHsteez) we devoured the next day with
pale ale had a more distinct association
with Cornwall, whose miners once found them a handy meal to eat underground. Like so many other aspects of what we
had encountered on our visit, the beef-and vegetable pies represented something old made new again—redolent of the past and yet richly alive.
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Ethos Contemporary Art, 3405 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach. Featuring the art of Vladimir Cora, Georgeana Ireland, and Dick Marconi. Paintings, sculptures and art glass by local and international artists. Ethoscontemporaryart.com; (949) 791-8917 NOW-FEBRUARY 27
LPAPA in Residence: “Urban & Abstract Landscape / The Edgier Side of LPAPA” Opening Reception, February 11, 5pm-8pm. LPAPA in Residence at Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach. An exhibition of theme-based original work by LPAPA members. Gallery hours Sunday-Friday 11am5pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; closed Mondays. LPAPA.org; (949) 376-3635 NOW-MARCH 15
“Marilyn” House of Photographic Art, 27184 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano. An exhibition of the life of Marilyn Monroe, with photography by Barris, Greene, Kelley, Schiller, Kirkland, Bernard and other top Hollywood photographers. Call for appointment (949) 496-5990 NOW-APRIL 31
“SoCal Fun in the Sun” On the “Gallery Walls” at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point. A variety of original works from numerous LGOCA artists will be displayed. LGOCA.com; (949) 677-8273 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1-MARCH 5
“Fish or Fowl”: Sue Cong & Maycha Vang Showcase Gallery & Art Shop, 3851 S Bear St #B15, Santa Ana (South Coast Plaza Village). Two Asian artists and 20 OCFA members exhibit their multimedia work. Free parking, free admission. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, Sunday 11:30am-3pm. OCFineArts.Org; (714) 540-6430 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 6-9PM
Artists’ Openings Sandstone Gallery Laguna, 384-A N Coast Hwy, Gallery Row, Laguna Beach. “Cosmic Dream,” acrylic paintings on linen, will be featured in the Front Gallery along with “Observations,” mixed media acrylic paintings on canvas by Dominique McKenzie, in the Skylight Gallery. SandstoneGallery.com; (949) 497-6775 THURSDAY-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2-4, 8PM
“Scottish Fantasy” Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa. Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” with violinist Ning Feng and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony. Tickets from $25. PacificSymphony.org; (714) 755-5799 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 7PM
Casa Wellness Wednesdays: Tea blending workshop Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. Learn about the myriad benefits of tea, practice brewing techniques, and sample custom tea blends with Lavender Lounge Tea Company. Participants will create and take home their own blends. $35 fee. Casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 6-8PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 8-11AM
Open Casa: Opening Reception, E. Gene Crain Collection
Call for Artists Jury Day
Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. Sparked by a love of art and fueled by close friendships with artists of the California School, E. Gene Crain has amassed a collection of nearly 1,000 California watercolors from 1960 to the present. On view February 7-April 16. Free with general admission. Casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139 FRIDAY & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 & 11, 8PM
Michael Bolton Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa. Enjoy a romantic evening with the multi-Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter. Tickets from $45. PacificSymphony.org; (714) 755-5799 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 4-8PM
Artist Reception, “Visions” by Tom Swimm Pacific Edge Gallery, 540 Pacific Coast Hwy #112, Laguna Beach. Premiere exhibition of new paintings commemorating Tom Swimm’s 30-year anniversary as a professional artist. Pacificedgegallery.com; (949) 494-0491 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 6-9PM
Artist Reception, “Structural Polarity” Sonia & Co, 305 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach. An evening of figurative and abstract art blurring all traces in between. Featuring renowned artists Paige Bradley, Kymm Swank, Ryan Kingslien and Eric Willson. Soniaandco.com; (949) 342-6475 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 6-9PM
“Romance in Stone,” marble sculpture by master artist Márton Váró Ethos Contemporary Art, 3405 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach. Meet this living master and hear his stories of creating his breathtaking work. Reception 6pm, lecture 7pm. Ladies will receive roses. RSVP (949) 791-8917. Ethoscontemporaryart.com; (949) 791-8917 56 ART PatronMagazine.com
Boys & Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach. Bring 3 pieces of original artwork and a $40 jury fee for entry into Laguna Art-A-Fair summer festival. Art-a-fair.com/call-for-artists-2; (949) 494-4514 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 7PM
Casa Up Close: Timothy J. Clark Casa Romantica 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. Timothy J. Clark, an accomplished painter whose work is held in the E. Gene Crain Collection, will lead an intimate talk about the history of the California watercolor art movement. $12 general admission, $10 members. Casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21-MARCH 5
“Keys by the Sea” Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. Casa Romantica invites the community to play and paint on several upright pianos that will be arranged throughout Casa Romantica. Free with general admission. Casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139
THURSDAY, SATURDAY & TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 25 & 28, 8PM
Aida Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa. Verdi’s opera about a doomed love triangle involving the Pharaoh’s daughter, an enslaved princess and the man they love. Tickets from $45. PacificSymphony.org; (714) 755-5799 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1-5PM
All Artists Reception, “30th Anniversary Celebration” Pacific Edge Gallery, 540 Pacific Coast Hwy #112, Laguna Beach. Group exhibition of new paintings by Maria Bertran, Tom Swimm, Sandra Jones Campbell, Jacobus Baas and Brian Mark Taylor. Show continues through March 10. Pacificedgegallery.com; (949) 494-0491
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28-APRIL 3
LPAPA in Residence – “Less Is More” exhibit & sale Opening Reception, March 11, 5-8pm Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach. An exhibition of small works by LPAPA members. Gallery hours Sunday-Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; closed Mondays. LPAPA.org; (949) 376-3635 THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 6-9PM
Artists’ Openings Sandstone Gallery Laguna, 384-A N Coast Hwy, Gallery Row, Laguna Beach. Stream of Consciousness, abstract oil paintings on canvas by Jong Ro will be featured in the Front Gallery along with Imagined Places by Lynn Welker. SandstoneGallery.com; (949) 497-6775 FRIDAY, MARCH 3-JUNE 3; MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9AM-6PM; SATURDAY, 9AM-4PM
Jacqueline Nicolini & Karen Weichert CAP Gallery, 260 Ocean Ave, 2nd floor, Wells Fargo Bldg. Two exquisitely detailoriented painters juxtaposed. CAPlaguna.org; (949) 533-7507 FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MARCH 3 & 4, 8PM
The Beach Boys Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa. Enjoy “Good Vibrations,” “Surfin’ U.S.A”, “California Girls” and “Fun, Fun, Fun.” Tickets from $45. PacificSymphony.org; (714) 755-5799
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D. Yoder Family Sundays #KeysByTheSea Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. Explore the “Keys by the Sea” exhibition (February 2 – March 5) and create music with pianos scattered in our gardens. Physics of Sound learning stations will provide a fun learning experience, and Casa Romantica Music Academy and Festival and/or SOCSA students will perform short pieces at noon. Free admission all day. Casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139 ART PatronMagazine.com 57
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DPFA “Festival of Whales” Outdoor Art Show Dana Point Harbor Boardwalk along the boat docks in Mariner’s Village. Award-winning local artists’ work available for purchase. DPFA donates portion of proceeds to Dana Hills High School Art Dept. Danapointfinearts.org; firstname.lastname@example.org SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 5-7PM
Opening Reception, “Paris Deconstructed,” Featuring Artist Nancy Villere Showcase Gallery & Art Shop, 3851 S Bear St #B15, Santa Ana (South Coast Plaza Village). Nancy Villere will exhibit mixed-media work from her recent drive through France (www.villeredesign.com). In addition, 20 OCFA members will exhibit their multimedia works. Free parking, free admission. Open Tuesday through Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 11:30am-3pm. OCFineArts.Org; (714) 540-6430 SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 3PM
Fritz Lang’s Metropolis Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa. This sci-fi and silent-film masterpiece influenced Star Wars and Blade Runner. Tickets from $10. PacificSymphony.org (714) 755-5799 THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 7PM
Casa Up Close: Olivia Anastasiadis Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. Learn about former President Richard Nixon’s special relationship with San Clemente in a talk led by Olivia Anastasiadis, Curator of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda. $12 general admission, $10 members. Casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139 SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 6-9PM
“Everything Beautiful” Ethos Contemporary Art, 3405 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach. Featuring the art of Georgeana Ireland, JT Burke, Lisa Palombo, Peggy Hinaekian. Paintings, sculptures and art glass by local and international artists. Ethoscontemporaryart.com; (949) 791-8917 THURSDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 23-25, 8PM
Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa. Pianist Zhang Zuo plays Beethoven. Plus Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations. Tickets from $25. PacificSymphony.org; (714) 755-5799
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FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 7PM
Casa Classic: An Evening with Ivan Rutherford Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. Ivan Rutherford’s acclaimed Broadway career includes over 2,300 performances in the lead role of Jean Valjean in “Les Misérables.” Rutherford will perform at Casa Romantica’s spring fundraiser, which includes a catered dinner, fine wine, and a live auction, to benefit Casa Captivating programs. $165. Casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139 SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 6-9PM
Artists Reception, “Quest” Sonia & Co, 305 N Coast Hwy. Artists TBD. Soniaandco.com, (949) 342-6 475
SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 10 & 11:30AM
King Arthur and the Legend of the Dragon’s Lair Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa. Journey back in time to the wondrous kingdom of Camelot. Tickets from $15. PacificSymphony.org; (714) 755-5799 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 7PM
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D. Yoder Family Sundays #OpenmARTketplace Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. Learn about California watercolor landscape paintings of the 20th century in Open Casa: The E. Gene Crain Collection with watercolor stations in the courtyard, live painting by plein air artists, and a mARTketplace with local artisans. Free admission all day. Casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139 SUNDAY, APRIL 2-JUNE 15
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FORGOTTEN BEAUTY Art Patron talks to Michael Gallagher and Jack Reilly about Abstract Illusionism restrictions and allowing viewers
to perceive colors, not recognizable
images, as the primary subject matter.
It was in the 1960s that Al Held, Ronald
Davis and Allan D’Arcangelo started
using modes of perception and elements of color as a way to create another
kind of abstraction. They arranged
geometric objects on
a canvas and enhanced the
experience with shadows behind the
objects, projecting the image forward off
the surface. This represented a break with the tradition of depicting objects receding
into the canvas or toward a focal point within the pictorial plane as we see in
early examples of the technique of trompe l’oeil (“deceive the eye”). We can say that
these artists laid the foundations on which others created the movement of Abstract
Illusionism, as New York art dealers Louis K. Meisel and Ivan Karp called it.
Artists James Havard, Jack Lembeck,
Tony King, Michael Gallagher, George
Green and Jack Reilly can be viewed as
Jack Reilly, Floating Image, 1994, 38x42 inches,
the forerunners of the movement, using
acrylic polymers on shaped canvas.
three-dimensional painting as a way
Collection of Rob Piepho, Palm Springs, CA
uring the 1970s and
began to treat the canvas as a window
a new style transformed
techniques for suggesting depth with
‘80s, artists working in the pictorial plane into
a three-dimensional space by using
shadows and angles to challenge our perceptions in an abstract way.
Over the preceding hundreds of
years, artists had accustomed our eyes
onto the unconscious, combining
realistically depicted imagery based on random thoughts to evoke a Freudian
universe. They placed their subjects in
a space in which our eyes could explore our fears and hopes and desires.
By the late 1940s, however, artists had
to the fact that a flat canvas could
reverted to the idea that the canvas is
world beyond its two-dimensional
splattered paint onto his canvases,
transport us into a three-dimensional surface. But in the 1920s the Surrealists 68 ART PatronMagazine.com
essentially a flat surface. Jackson Pollock breaking out of the confines of academic
to create abstract works. Each had his
own style and ideas about the direction that depth perception and abstraction
could take him. In order to understand this shifting paradigm, Art Patron
reached out to Michael Gallagher and Jack Reilly, asking them to share their
unique experiences at the height of the movement. Gallagher lived in New
York and Reilly in Los Angeles, and
the two had approached the movement differently, with Gallagher interested
in undefined abstract forms and Reilly
more attracted to sharply defined shapes.
But these spaces were barely habitable,
he remembers. They were missing floors and had bad plumbing and electrical connections. When businesses were
closed on lower levels at night and on
weekends, there might be no heat. This was Bohemian living, as Gallagher describes it – surviving “in a space where an animal could die.”
There were fewer than half a dozen
galleries in the neighborhood, but
artists were just as respected as any
other profession. Gallagher remembers becoming fascinated early in his career Michael Gallagher, 4X, 1978, 72x70 inches, acrylic and oil on canvas. Private collction.
Educated at Yale, Gallagher explains
that New York’s art world has
changed immensely since the 1970s.
He remembers the Lower Manhattan
district of SoHo as being a warehouse area of light manufacturing (mostly
with exploring modes of perception in
fine art, specifically painting. “Learning
about the various schemes deployed for constructing illusions – overlapping,
scale and placement, linear perspective, relative hue and value, chiaroscuro
and atmospheric perspective – fueled further study.”
Gallagher and his Yale colleagues
printing and garment shops) supported
created a co-op named Razor Gallery on
population. Business was going through
shows” in which “Kurt Vonnegut gave
by a diversified blue-collar immigrant a depression and large loft spaces
became available for very little money.
West Broadway where they had “atypical
readings and Annie Sprinkle showed her wire mesh house models inhabited by
Jack Reilly, Ace, 1980, 60x80 inches, acrylic polymers on shaped canvas. Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA
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horizontal and vertical lines creating a reference point in layers of loosely
applied color forms that appeared to be
floating in front of or behind the veil. The paintings were well received by critics thanks to the aggressive and daring
manner in which Gallagher balanced his abstract compositions in an organized, three dimensional scheme.
A 1978 graduate of Florida State,
Reilly became interested in a similar
approach when he discovered the endless possibilities of using an abstract format in
a three-dimensional space. He remembers this being unheard of at the time, and
contemporary abstraction was ripe for a shake-up. He began to produce his first Jack Reilly, Eclipse of Reason, 1993, 60x94 inches, acrylic polymers on shaped canvas.
hissing cockroaches while performing
large canvases of organized, floating
was then that he solidified his fascination
grid-like plane. The compositions had a
stripteases a couple of times a day.â€? It
with his new painting style, producing
color fields that were often placed on a
sense of structure, held together by faint
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large-scale minimalist works â€“ canvases
that were essentially backdrops for floating
Collection of the Artist.
multi-colored bars â€“ right out of college. It was a simple yet dramatic attempt to
combine geometry, color and perception in a transcendent form of organic
composition. His works were well received
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dealer Molly Barnes discovered Reilly’s work and offered him a solo exhibition at her gallery. Like Gallagher, he was
accepted a short time later in a traveling exhibition of Abstract Illusionist artists
called The Reality of Illusion that opened at the Denver Art Museum and made its way to other museums around the country. He felt like a rock star.
Reilly describes Abstract Illusionism
as a “bourgeoning hybrid style
which combined aspects of Abstract Expressionism and post-painterly
abstraction with a longing to redefine three-dimensional depth (as a formal element) in pain ting.” He and
Gallagher made their contributions to Jack Reilly, detail from Fidelity, 1993, acrylic polymers on shaped canvas. Shadows are painted to emulate dual light sources. Collection of Stuart and Arlene Marzell, Hacienda Heights, CA.
and his first Los Angeles exhibition sold
over fifty large scale works per year to
his studio into a literal factory, producing
It was in 1979 that prominent art
out immediately. He remembers turning
keep up with the demand.
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KAREN LAMONTE Embracing Beauty WRITTEN BY DAVID AUSTIN
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Nocturne installation, white bronze, Artistâ€™s studio in Prague
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PHOTOS: MARTIN POLAK
Nocturne 5, 2015, cast glass, 59 x 25 x 22 inches
Reclining Nocturne 1, 2015, cast glass, 22 x 49 x 33 inches
Karen LaMonte’s work focuses on the idea of beauty. She observes that
beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, but a specific cultural expression equated with truth, goodness, and morality. It is the subject of philosophical musings from Plato and Nietzsche as well as
modern writers like Arthur Danto and David
Hickey. In it’s embrace or abnegation, the idea of beauty informs all art and architecture, eroticism and evolution.
Inspired by the beauty of night, LaMonte calls her
new body of work “Nocturnes”: dark, seductive
and sublime. They are absent female forms rising from penumbral garments, figurations of dusk.
With twilight as her muse, LaMonte builds on the
legacy of night meditations by Whistler, John Field and Frederick Chopin. Her works explore the 78 ART PatronMagazine.com
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transition from known to unknown, from conscious to
unconscious, from reality to dream, and from material to
immaterial. Night is transcendent, transfiguring the personal into the universal. When the veil of daylight recedes,
the darkness of night opens the infinite space of the universe that surrounds us. Night seduces with an erotic, limitless
and unobtainable beauty. These sculptures explore evening’s sublime, the mysterious side of feminine beauty.
Sculpting with drapery, LaMonte gathers darkness around the
body using lightly tinted crystal. She envisions her technique as “drawing with dusk,” a sculptural interpretation of tenebrism. It took over two and a half years of experimentation for her to
rior to embarking on “Nocturnes”, LaMonte began research on Ukiyo in 2007 during a seven-month fellowship in Kyoto sponsored by the Japan-US
Friendship commission. The resulting works are a
culmination of her study of the kimono as a cultural icon
and her continuing investigation of beauty, seen here through the lens of Japanese aesthetics and material expression.
LaMonte’s vision for the project demanded broadening her
material vocabulary. She continued casting glass in the Czech
Republic, but also started sculpting ceramic in the Netherlands and Denmark, and forging bronze and iron in Italy.
“The kimono, as vessel to an unseen body”, LaMonte
achieve the right color and density of the glass.
explains,”reflects a cultural affinity for ephemerality and
the body. They glow like stars. Like celestial bodies, together
things.’ This attentiveness to impermanence precipitates a
Her “Nocturnes” in white bronze glisten like moonlight on
they become constellations. Those rendered in rusted iron
are locked into a process of transformation and imperceptible
decay, like waning daylight. They embody transition, as does twilight, positioned between the day and night.
emptiness, expressed as mono no aware, or ‘the pathos of
melancholic sense of beauty, which I had sought to capture
in my previous work. Indeed, despite the radical differences in cultures, I was struck by the kindred sensibility between the kimono and my disembodied European dresses. For
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Maiko (front and back), 2011,
ceramic, 34 1/4 x 20 x 15 1/2 inches LEFT Odoriko,
2013, ceramic, 49 x 26 x 17 inches
me, beauty is ephemeral, it is exquisitely somber – not a
celebration of self or individuality, but an acknowledgment of one’s limits that takes comfort in the essential and eternal.” This body of work, also referred to as “Floating World”
will begin a multi-city museum exhibition tour in April 2017,
organized by her representative Austin Art Projects located in Palm Desert, California.
Karen LaMonte’s work is included in numerous collections
throughout the world, including the Chazen Museum of
Art, Corning Museum of Glass, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Smithsonian
American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, De Young Museum of Art, Chrysler
Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Knoxville Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Palm Springs Museum of Art, among others. 80 ART PatronMagazine.com
PHOTOS: MARTIN POLAK
Nocturne 1 2015, cast iron, 60 x 27 x 19 inches Photo: Martin Polak
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Interior Designer Dan Hall
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The great room of Hallâ€™s 2003 steel and glass case study style home in the Little Tuscany neighborhood of Palm Springs houses.
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