More from the Getty Villa!

It’s one of my favorite places, so on my recent trip to California (my first since the start of Covid in 2020) of course I had to revisit the beautiful Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. Here are a few random images of art that impressed me inside the building — something different, since I usually focus on the gardens and beautiful views.

An archer made of glazed brick from the reign of Darius I, 522-486 BC. He was one of many decorating the walls of the palace at Susa in Iran. Beautiful colors!
Persian Guard from Persepolis in Iran. 486-465 BC
Awesome and dramatic marble sculpture of Mithras standing on the back of a bull and sacrificing it with a dagger. This Roman sculpture dates from AD 150-200.
Great view of the Outer Peristyle Garden and pool from second floor balcony. It was HOT the day I was there, 95 degrees by noon, and I really wanted to sit in that pool for a while.

The Getty Villa is smaller and more serene than the big Getty Center museum in Los Angeles. Here’s a link to their website for info about visiting. If you’re in the area it’s worth a visit!

A Couple of Banksy Images

Saw this article in the Guardian today about how Banksy is occupying himself during the coronavirus lockdown.

It reminded me of our visit to Amsterdam last year, when we saw an exhibition of Banksy works at the Moco museum. (We went there right after our visit to the Van Gogh museum, so it was a huge perspective shift!) These two images particularly stuck with me:

Gasmask Boy, Banksy, 2009

Forgive Us for our Trespassing, Banksy, 2010

Street Art in LA’s Arts District

I’m back from a trip to Los Angeles, tired but without coronavirus I hope (crosses fingers for luck). While there I was lucky enough to go on a DTLA Walking Tour of some of the murals in the LA Arts District. Here are just a few samples I really enjoyed!

Actually, this one is from Santa Monica! It’s by Ruben Rojas and Cloe Hakakian.

By Ricky Watts, at The Container Yard

By Chris Shim at The Container Yard

By Wrdsmth at The Container Yard

By Solomon Souza at The Container Yard

Street Art in Portland’s Alberta Arts District

Not very many words in this post — just pictures of awesome street murals in Portland, Oregon’s Alberta Arts District. We visited there last week and were fortunate enough to escape the rain. I’m going to attempt to credit the artists correctly if I can find the info online. There’s a lot more street art in Portland if you ever visit, and even a map online through Portland Street Art Alliance. Enjoy!

Mural by Pablo Gonzalez

“Six Strong”, by Michelle McCausey, Darci Johnson, Una Kim, Corie Hinton, Heidi Elise Wirz, Lucid Rose

Forest for the Trees mural by Mateu Velasco

To Oregon with Love, Blaine Fontana

“Machine”, by Tom Cramer

The Art of Burning Man, Cincinnati Exhibit

Here are just a few images from the Cincinnati Art Museum yesterday. The exhibit is called No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. It’s spread out through galleries in different sections of the museum, so it’s interspersed with the regular collection. I thought this turned out really well.

My favorite was an installation called “Gamelatron Bidadari” by Aaron Taylor Kuffner. I couldn’t do it justice with a photo, since the sound is an essential part of the experience. It’s a peaceful, lovely piece — if you go, be sure to find this one!

One part of “Deep Thought” by HYBYCOZO

One part of “Deep Thought” by HYBYCOZO

Thorax, Ambassador of the Insects by Tyler FuQua (Awesome tights, by the way, Thorax!)

Tin Pan Dragon by Duane Flatmo (head)

Tin Pan Dragon by Duane Flatmo

My Favorites at LACMA

I love art museums. In the Los Angeles area, I’ve been to the Getty Center and the beautiful Getty Villa, the Norton Simon Museum, the Huntington Library Art Collection, the Bergamot Station arts complex and more. This time I visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). We only made it through a small section of the museum, but I found some personal favorites.

Of course everyone who visits takes pictures of “Urban Light” by Chris Burden. Here are some of the 202 street lights that make up the installation. They turn on at dusk, but they’re still wonderful during the day.

 

Here is a beautiful Archangel Raphael from 17th century Naples:

And some pop art by Idelle Weber, a fun piece called “Jump Rope”.

More pop art, a fun wooden sculpture by Joel Shapiro called “Dancing Man”. I also like “A Lawn Being Sprinkled” by David Hockney behind the dancing man.

My sister particularly liked this one. It’s called “Balloon Monkey (Orange)” by Jeff Koons, and it’s located outside the Ahmanson Building at LACMA. It sits in a reflecting pool, apparently at least partly to keep people from touching it. (I’ve linked an article below about the reflecting pool.)

 

Here’s a little more info about some of the pieces and artists above:

Everything You Didn’t Know about Urban Light, from the LA Times

Idelle Weber, “Jump Rope” from LACMA UnFramed

David Hockney (painter of “A Lawn Being Sprinkled”)

Koons Monkey Business at LACMA

The Monkey Gets a Moat

The LACMA Website

Cool Public Art Tiles in San Antonio

San Antonio is full of little touches of art. Here are a few examples I saw as we wandered around the River Walk and the Alamo area.

The first two were New Deal-era projects. The artist, Ethel Wilson Harris, was supervisor of the Arts and Crafts division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in San Antonio in 1939. These mosaics were completed in 1941.

Tile mural at the Navarro Street Bridge on the Riverwalk, San Antonio
Tile mural at the Navarro Street Bridge on the River Walk, San Antonio

 

Tile mural, San Antonio Riverwalk, north of East Commerce Street near North St Mary's Street
Tile mural, San Antonio River Walk, north of East Commerce Street near North St Mary’s Street

 

More tiles decorated the trolley station columns at East Commerce street near Alamo Plaza. There are a total of 44 tiles by artist Ann Adams, completed in 2000.

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Ann Adams tile, San Antonio trolley station

 

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Ann Adams tile, San Antonio trolley station

 

Another mosaic was tucked away in a little alcove on the River Walk. I haven’t been able to find the name of the artist.

Mosaic on the San Antonio Riverwalk, artist unknown.
Mosaic on the San Antonio River Walk, artist unknown.

There are a lot more of these, if you’re ever in San Antonio and want to explore. Here are a couple of links to further info:

List of Public Artworks in San Antonio

New Deal-era San Antonio Tile Artwork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool Art in New Orleans

New Orleans is a city full of music. But I found plenty of art to enjoy too, in the amazing warm days we had in mid-February. I couldn’t get a good image of all of the works I liked — I tried about ten times to get a decent picture of this fantastic and disturbing spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park, but failed. (Link is to a photo by Paul Moline on Panoramio.)

Here are a few of the works I liked.

Karma, a 23-foot-tell sculpture by Do Ho Suh at the Besthoff Sculpture gardens.
Karma, a 23-foot-tall sculpture by Do Ho Suh at the Besthoff Sculpture gardens.

Profile of an Artist with Grandmother Inside, by Lonnie Holley, at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Profile of an Artist with Grandmother Inside, by Lonnie Holley, at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Large Seated Cardinal, by Giacomo Manzu, at the Besthoff Gardens.
Large Seated Cardinal, by Giacomo Manzu, at the Besthoff Gardens.

Large Seated Cardinal, Manzu, side view.
Large Seated Cardinal, Manzu, side view.

Stained glass window at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, New Orleans (built 1826).
Stained glass window at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, New Orleans (built 1826).

 

Here are links to some of these sites:

The wonderful Besthoff Sculpture Gardens, which I loved!

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, New Orleans

 

 

Sculpture in the Gardens!

A friend told us about Schnormeier Gardens in central Ohio — privately-owned gardens open to the public for just one weekend a year. This year’s open-house fell on June 4-7, and the weather was great — so off we went.

There are actually nine separate gardens on the 75-acre grounds, along with water features including a lake, stream, and waterfall as well as a woodland creek. It’s a beautiful place, with a distinctive Asian influence to most of the gardens. You can read more about the grounds at this link to the Schnormeier Gardens website, but I’m going to focus on the sculpture, because that’s what I loved most.

"Affirmation of Rejection" by Michael Kenneth Smith, in the Meadow Garden
“Affirmation of Rejection” by Michael Kenneth Smith, in the Meadow Garden

"Draco Terribilis" by Lou Ferrario, in the Chinese Cup Garden
“Draco Terribilis” by Lou Ferrario, in the Chinese Cup Garden

"Evolving Sphere" by Thomas A. Yano, in the Stream Garden
“Evolving Sphere” by Thomas A. Yano, in the Stream Garden

One of many animal sculptures in the gardens. This one is near the woodland garden.
One of many animal sculptures in the gardens. This one is near the woodland garden.

"Fatman Dancing" by Michael Kenneth Smith, in the Meadow Garden
“Fatman Dancing” by Michael Kenneth Smith, in the Meadow Garden

There are many more sculptures scattered throughout the gardens, as well as a private residence inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. A beautiful place to visit — and almost hidden in the hills near Gambier and Mount Vernon. In fact we had a bit of an adventure finding our way out of the place without a GPS. But a lovely day regardless, and so glad the gardens are open once a year so the public can enjoy them!