Friday, November 8, 2019

Bouguereau & America at SDMA

SDMA own Bouguereau

Bouguereau & America

The French painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau created 822 paintings in his lifetime (1825 to 1905). On show at the San Diego Museum of art is about 40 of these works by a favorite artist of the current SDMA director Maruja Baldwin Executive Director Roxana Velásquez.

It is hard to put yourself into the cultural decades when Bouguereau enjoyed his most ardent support both in France and the USA. In his own words, he was painting pictures of lovely nudes and cupid because that is what the buying public wanted. These are the works that we often see on the chocolate boxes of Victorian England and the Gilded Age in the Americas.  As times changed, he did not alter his style and suffered accordingly. But his skill as a photo-realist would have been appreciated again if he had lived in the 60th and it is not hard to see him as a surrealist either. His fantasy life was brought to life in his works which were allegorical and mythological and classical. 

The loveliness of his technique does wear thin as one sees painting after painting in this show. The nude women depicted are not really sexy, but out of context they could be soft porn which might have been an attraction in the stately drawing rooms of the rich. They seem to exploit their subjects now and you wonder if pedophiles might have been attracted to all the hairless, naked young subjects. 

A perfect rendition of a dress suitable for Princess Diane, a lovely hand or foot, a show stopping Madonna and child, make this a worthy show for today's audience. And the SDMA is not ignorant of the sales potential for these images and related french goodies for sale at the end of the exhibition space. The VIP reception was, as always, a feast for the senses. The "Strike a Pose" room was a fun way for this show to have an interactive component...although stripping was not in any way encouraged!

The exhibition is co-organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art/ Exhibition is showing at SDMA from Nov 9, 2019 to March 15, 2020. 



Yummy caviar cones

French goodies at VIP opening

Strike a Pose

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Dia de los Muertos, Coronado Historical Association and Museum, Talmadge and more

by Patricia Frischer

Luis Murguia
It is always thrilling each year, even if the weather does not let us know, when fall comes and the season of Halloween is upon us starting the whole holiday season. Living in southern California means Dia de los Muertos with all the wonderful customs and traditions are celebrated all over the county. The 6th Annual Dia de los Muertos  was the best ever for the Encinitas Latino community. Held at the community center, it offered a very safe environment for the whole family and even though there were thousands of people attending everything was beautifully organized. Naimeh Tahna and the Encinitas Friends of the Arts and the huge committee which puts on this event are to be congratulation. From vintage low rider alters, to a new banner, wonderful raffle prizes, face painting, flower and sugar skull making, and an entire line up of performers, this was 4 hours of non-stop fun.   There is an alter at the Encinitas Library as well as this themed sculpture exhibition by Luis Murguia which sets the tone. Happy Dia de los Muertos and a Spooky Halloween to one and all. 

Luis Murguia

A squirmy little chap enjoys his reflection after struggling to stay still. 

Fun is not just for the young but for the young at heart!

Yours truly scaring herself!

While at the library we also enjoyed the photography of the 24 Annual North County Photographic Society exhibition. There were winners in many of the numerous category and here is a selection of just three favorites.

Dan Mayberry: Making Smores

Sally Reis Vogt, Sheer Delight

Dick Harden: Sunlit Bowls

Traveling further afield, our first trip to Coronado Historical Association and Museum featured an informative display about The League of Women: Vietnam POW/MIA Allies and Advocates. This amazing group of local women  joined together in the late 1960's. They were military wives led by Sybil Stockdale on the west coast. Joining with the east coast, a National League of POW/MIA Families was formed. the women  during the Nixon administration. These women were courageous and organized by the six stages of being a POW wife written by Stockdale:   Shock, Confusion, Learning, Assessment, Planning, Action.  On view to March 2020. 

Detail: Chandelier made of  POW Bracelets 

If you missed The Talmadge show in Del Mar, you can catch it again at the NTC at Liberty Station on Nov 17th. Everyone needs gifts and giving something hand made and unique is always high on our list.
Jackson Gray

Chinanshu Sharma
 I am including these two  images from the Long Beach Aquarium because we enjoyed our little one night stay on the Queen Mary as quick get away and I just love aquarium.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

NTC Liberty Station Art Installations and That's What She Said

by Patricia Frischer

Art Installation at NTC Liberty Station
On the occasion of the WOW (Without Walls) performing arts festival, we took a stroll around Liberty Station to view the three relatively new art installations on view outside in the grounds of the promenades.

Michelle Montjoy  A Dime To Call Home, the newest Installations and is located near the Women's Art Museum.   This cement ad soft clothing  art work uses sculptural forms reminiscent of sea bags and nautical rope, A Dime to Call Home is a conversation about the shifts of identity, location and routine that recruits encounter when they enter the military, as well as the connection they have to their family, home and previous life. Located near Barracks 16 

Learn about the creative process by taking part in a looming activity on  November 1, 5-9 pm 5:00 – 9:00 PM in the Barracks 14/15 plaza.

Jason X. Lane. Tessellation #1, located behind the Dick Laub NTC Command Center, is a meditative monolith made from hand-cast tessellated concrete set within the shade of two magnolia trees.



Miki Iwasaki, Facetime by Woodbury University San Diego, School of Architecture faculty member.  Located near building 202 and offers a spot to sit, face to face and share some quality time.  There are three structures of pierced rusted steel. 

FIG and the Expressive Arts Institute presented That's What She Said...Artists Speak Out at the Martha Pace Swift Gallery from Oct 4 to Jan 10, 2020. This gallery is located in building 202 near Solare Restaurant.

The Feminist Image Group or FIG (like the illustrations in an art book, of the leaf that covered Adam's private parts, or just the delicious fruit) continues to come together to show work that is tied together by a female point of view. Of note is the collection of work by Cindy Zimmerman who recently showed at Art San Diego in a show curated by Vallo Riberto. Kathleen Michelle sculputre made with Spencer Little is also a show stopper with it multiple glass tits and built in sign that reads "Hey my eyes are up here".  Stop by and take a look as all the artist speak out and speak their minds.

Cindy Zimmerman

Kirsten Aaboe

Jennifer Spencer

Pasha Turley

Linda Litteral

Kathleen Mitchell with Spenser Little

Amanda Saint Claire