Friday, September 22, 2017

Art Friday

Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see" 

Rene Magritte, La condition humaine, 1939

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Word of the Day

While we are waiting on which path Ms.Maria (a new hurricane brooding nearby) will decide, I am entertaining myself with a new book "Why Fonts Matter" by Sarah Hyndman.

There I found an interesting word "signage". Such an elegant construction:  the root "sign" that holds numerous meanings + suffix "age". And, this splendid little suffix indicates a mass or a grouping of something especially in the words coming from French as in "foliage", "collage""assemblage" "entourage" or even "language".

Webster's dictionary defines signage as “signs, as used for display, advertisement, etc." It is a bit boring, isn’t? Because its overall meaning is so much more – it is a science of decoding ones surroundings (physical or emotional) – figuring out where you are, how well are you, and so on.

Words are such interesting creatures!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Back Home

Good-bye DC, hello Nassau.

View from Above, DC

View from the ground, Nassau.


The sheer vastness of this place makes one's heart ache.
Arlington Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery, Unknown Soldier Grave

Arlington Cemetery

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Trace" Ai WeiWei exhibition

"Trace", an exhibition of Ai Weiwei a Chinese artist and political activist, is on display in the Hirshhorn museum. Ai Weiwei  has been exploring the theme of free speech and expression throughout  his career. In "Trace" he created Lego portraits of 176 people who were imprisoned for their political views, which were often expressed in peaceful manner. Those 176 people belong to different countries but are all our contemporaries united by one desire - being able to express their views freely and without fear of punishment. Just recently, while walking the streets of DC, we discussed the difference between propaganda and politicized art. My son offered a very good formula, " Propaganda tells you what to believe, while political art creates a platform where one can form thoughts and opinions."
Trace exhibition is the latter one.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

You scream and I scream, we all scream for ice-cream.

And if it happens to be Mochi Ice-Cream, it is even better!

Creamy goodness of various flavours wrapped in lightly sweet rice dough. Bite-sized, pastel coloured, bursting with flavour (I tried coffee and green tea ones so far) – pure delight! Addictive – you will want to try one more, and one more, and yet another one. (Found in Whole Foods).

Meet New Artist

In the Torpedo Factory, which is a fascinating place to explore, we met an artist, Nathan Leibowitz. He, with several others, occupies a corner studio of the third floor, with a broad view on the Potomac River. I always feel a bit of trepidation while entering artists' studios there - weird mixture of being an intruder of the creative process, a voyeur. But Nathan made it easy - he smiled and invited us  to admire a view of the river, which is surely breathtaking. We talked and laughed, and left with two small works of his and with a joke.

Why do we call seagulls 'seagulls'?     Because they are gulls who live by the sea.
But what if they will live by the bay?  They will be called...? Got it?     Bagel..

Below are his work, and he has a website Nathan Leibowitz

River Farm, Nathan Leibowitz 

Park Bench, Nathan Leibowitz

Royal Streets

Browsing the streets of Alexandria is always a pleasure. It is a double delight when the streets are not overcrowded and one can freely move around without bumping into people. Then one can appreciate the regal names of the streets.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tricks of memory

When I saw this pumpkin near Hirschhorn Museum , it looked very familiar. "The artist is from Japan, female, with some complicated history",  recollections were floating to my mind.  And yes, it was Yayoi Kusama . Where I saw her work - I cannot recall, and it does frustrate me.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Joy of Familiar.

As long as I remember myself I seek solace near art. As our little group were coming closer to the Phillips Collection yesterday I felt joy scintillating through me: the thrill of coming back to something I love and the excitement of sharing it with others. My favourite painting of the collection Pierre Bonnard’s “The open Window” was not on display (I called ahead to shield myself from disappointment) but Matisse “Interior with Egyptian Curtain” was, so as Renoir’s sunny “Luncheon of the Boating Party”. And of course one can always relay on Rothko’s room to be there.( Interestingly, “Green and Maroon” was the piece that drew me in this time. Something about brooding green and coppery red accentuated with dark blue had a direct path to my soul.)

There were also some pieces I haven’t seen before (there are more than 3000 paintings in the collection and they are rotating) including O’Keefe’s Pattern of Leaves – very autumn appropriate, and El Greco’s “The Repentant St. Peter” which brought memories of Budapest. Seeing the enjoyment of Alex and Julia deepened my pleasure.

Henry Matisse "Interior with Egyptian Curtain"

Pierre-August Renoir "Luncheon of the Boating Party"

Rothko, Mark "Green and Maroon"

O'Keeffe Georgia "Pattern of Leaves"

El Greco "The Repentant St.Peter"