Friday, December 23, 2011

Los Angeles

A gorgeous Caspar David Friedrich at the Getty, West Los Angeles

One of my favorites from the Getty villa in Malibu in years past: Winterhalter


Some sumptuous brushwork - lost by the iPhone - David

Jacques Louis David, The Bonaparte sisters 1821

Fleshy and brassy diagonals in David

Jacques Louis David, Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis, oil on canvas, 34.5 x 40.5 inches

Sunset looking south toward Hollywood

Exene Cervenka and John Doe from X in the film at Geffen Contemporary

Los Angeles, in time to see Pacific Standard Time at the Getty (LA history, circa 1945-81) and Geffen Contemporary (1974-1980). At the Getty: gorgeous David Hockneys, Ronald Davis, Ed Ruschas, Helen Lundberg. Was not allowed to photograph them, but the permanent collection yielded world-class examples as above. The Geffen Contemporary (linked to header), showed work that constitutes my first artistic influences at UCSD and UCLA: William T. Wiley, Judy Baca's mural drawings, Linda Montano, Gronk, Paul McCarthy, and new artists such as Patrick Hogan and Theaster Gates. En route to the Geffen, reminisced about clubs past and present, including the Whiskey, Roxy, and remembering afresh the Cathay de Grand, Lhasa Club, Club Lingerie and Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco.

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