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Cultural Cocktail Hour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls”

Pablo Picasso

Cultural Cocktail Hour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 2017

All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Cultural Cocktail Hour visit New York!

 

All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez

“If London is a watercolor New York is an oil painting”- Peter Shaeffer

Central Park, New York,  July 2016

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Impressionistic Summer’s Eve…

 

All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez

Impressionistic summer clouds

perfectly blending perfectly with the music

of Ravel & Debussy at a concert

performed by the incredibly talented Salastina Music Society

 

Huntington Salastina

 

 

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In the news: Jackson Pollock painting found in garage?!

A man apparently found a painting allegedly done by Jackson Pollock in his garage.

When the Arizona man called an auctioneer to appraise a signed Laker poster valued at $300, the auctioneer stumbled upon a painting possibly worth 15 million.

The tale and provenance involve a New York Socialite, a Scottsdale garage, and a tenacious art appraiser.

It seems as though the Laker fan may have found himself a real slam dunk.

For the news story, please read CNN’s coverage here:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/us/lost-jackson-pollock-painting-garage-trnd/index.html

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Post- Museum Stroll in Montecito

“In all of nature, there is something of the marvelous”- Aristotle

All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Review: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Taking a Trip

Figuratively Speaking!

By

Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Despite the Seismic retrofitting currently taking place at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, this gem of a museum is well worth a visit due to the strength of its permanent collection and its innovative, thought-provoking exhibitions. The master works in the vividly curated permanent collection include masters like Maillol, Monet, Degas, Chagall, and Picasso. Auguste Rodin’sThe Walking Man” greets visitors as they enter the museum through the Ludington Court.

Aristide Maillol; Bather Putting Up Her Hair; 1930; Sculpture; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Bequest of Wright Ludington 

Santa Barbara Museum of Art 5One not-to-be missed work is Christian Marclay’s Video Installation “Telephones.” This riveting 7-minute work reveals the hopes, fears, and drama behind the incessant ring of a telephone. Drawn from more than a 100 films, this work, produced in 1995, includes images of actors ranging from Humphrey Bogart and Grace Kelly to Danny De Vito and Whoopi Goldberg. Remarkably, there is no narrator. The only narrative thread is the telephone itself. The audience is forced to play an active role, piecing together the mysterious inferences behind each look, sigh, and facial expression. The film reveals the whole gamut of emotions behind a phone call: panic, tragedy, love, expectation, concern, boredom.

Image above: Christian Marclay, Telephones 1995; Video, running time. 7:30 minutes. SBMA, Museum Purchase; @Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

A second highlight is the current timely exhibition: “You Are Going On A Trip.” Organized by independent curator Michael Duncan, this exhibition coincides with summer, a time when many embark on adventurous journeys. In this exhibit, the trip is purely figurative. Inspired by an etching by Charles Garabedian that depicts the hand of the artist touching the viewer’s consciousness, the exhibition encourages metaphorical travel. The themes of the exhibit include dreams, icons, notions of home and travel, history, and images of humans and wildlife.

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Charles Garabedian

You are Going on A Trip

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Etching 

Santa Barbara Museum of Art,

Gift of Stephen Acronico 

On the note of summer wandering, my artistic meandering brought me to one of the museum’s crown jewels, “The Pleasures of the Evening” by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. The transcendent use of light envelopes dancers at crepuscule: mystical, free spirited kin of Botticelli’s “The Three Graces.” The intoxicating light conveys the blissful warmth of a receding sunset. One presumes it is a summer eve, as the ladies bask barefoot in thin, gossamer dresses. Enraptured in the moment, they sway carefree, imagining that the sun will never leave. Admiring Corot’s work, I too did not want to leave a light so resplendent, imbued with all the promise of youth and summer. Summer proves an ideal time to expand one’s geographic and artistic horizons.

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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

The Pleasures of the Evening

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 

 

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Jeff Koons- Balloon Dog- a Sculpture that’s Grrreat!

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At LA’s Broad Museum, Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog (Blue)

 

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Wise Man of the Day: Arthur Schopenhauer


 

I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer

 

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Today at the Getty Center

 

“I always start a painting with the sky.”- Alfred Sisley

 

Clouds swirling above Aristide Maillol’s “Air” at the Getty Center.

 

All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez

 

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Maven with Moxie: Galka Scheyer at the Norton Simon

 A Maven with Moxie

Galka Scheyer

 By

Leticia Marie Sanchez

Imagine a world with no Lorenzo Medici, Sylvia Beach, or Joseph Duveen. Sylvia Beach published the work of James Joyce, encouraged Ernest Hemingway, and helped to advance the works of American expatriate writers living in Paris between World War I and World War II. Lorenzo Medici’s Renaissance court advanced the works of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Botticceli, and other premier artists.  The sales of savvy art dealer Joseph Duveen now line many collections including, the Frick Collection, the National Gallery of Art, the Huntington and the Norton Simon.

In this coterie of prominent patrons and dealers belongs Galka Scheyer, a formidable art dealer who stopped at nothing to promote the works of “Blue Four”—German Expressionist artists Lyonel Feininger, Alexei Jawlensky, Paul Klee and Vasily Kandinsky. Their vivid works are currently on view at the Norton Simon.

Scheyer was a dealer without a gallery. In the era before powerpoint (the 1920′s) she often lugged impossibly heavy suitcases filled with glass slides of the art work as she headed to lecture sites around the United States in an attempt to shed light on these artists.

Norton Simon Curator Gloria Williams Sander described the tenacious art dealer during a recent lecture at the museum. The resourceful Scheyer picked up a phone book and found the names of university administrators and museum dealers, writing hundreds of letters, hoping to get a bite.

Scheyer got along famously with artists. She once boldly went to the apartment of Diego Rivera, forged a friendship with him, and convinced him to help her get an exposition for the Blue Four artists in Mexico. In addition to her bravado, she had a soft side. She let composer John Cage pay for Jawlensky in installments, for the first of which he handed her a dollar bill. Williams Sander noted, “Rather than the art of the deal, Galka Scheyer relished in connecting people with art.”

Scheyer’s passion for her profession arose after she saw a painting done by Jawlensky. It was, according to Willams Sander, a “Conversion Moment.” She abandoned her own ambitions as an artist and found her path as an art dealer. She truly loved her calling although it certainly did not pay her bills. In order to supplement her income, Scheyer gave lectures as well as taught art to children for two decades.

In fact, it was Jawlensky who gave Emmy Scheyer the nickname “Galka”, meaning jackdaw, a gregarious, intelligent crow. The exhibit contains a letter in which Jawlensky told Scheyer that the nickname came to him in a dream. The vast exhibit contains not only works by the Blue Four but also paintings from Scheyer’s own person collection.

One of the most humorous anecdotes about Scheyer is that after purchasing a plot of land in the Hollywood Hills for $150, she petitioned the city to make her address 1880 Blue Heights Drive.  (1 for Myself, 8 for Two Times the Blue Four, and 0 for Nothing).

There on Blue Heights Drive, Scheyer lived on her on astral plane and converted many to become devotees of the Blue Four.

Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California

Norton Simon Museum of Art

April 7- September 25

Galka ScheyerEmil Nolde (German, 1867-1956),

Head in Profile, 1919, Watercolor and India ink on tan wove paper,

14-1/2 x 11-1/8 in. (36.8 x 28.3 cm),

Norton Simon Museum,

The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection,

© Nolde Stiftung Seebüll, Germany

 

 

 

 

 

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