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Not one to rest on his Santa Barbara laurels, as soon as we got home, the Sweetie booked tickets to San Diego for Del Mar’s, “Bing Crosby Season“: a few more days in the sun before we settle in for a rainy Puget Sound winter, an opportunity to watch the horsies run around the track, some lounge time with two of my favorite dogs, and a trip to LACMA to catch up on arty stuff.
I didn’t expect a trip to the LUX Art Institute, a museum that showcases one artist creating their works in a studio environment, but what a bonus! On a perfect, sky-blue, San Diego afternoon, Karen and I hopped into her convertible, top down of course, zipped up the I-5 straight to Betty’s Pie Whole, famous for—you guessed it—pies. We ate a few savories for lunch, selected far too many sweets for later, bought a couple gnomes, and headed for the LUX.
Xawery Wolski, the current artist-in-residence, creates his clothing-based sculptures by forming single clay beads, which are then painted, fired, and strung together to form the final work.
On Monday the Sweetie and I drove to our old hometown, Los Angeles, spent the night in a downtown, eighteenth floor room-with-a–view, then headed to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see our old favorites and check out some new additions.
Pablo Picasso, Head of a Boy, 1965
“Picasso’s unceasing stylistic experimentation transformed the conventional notion of portraiture yet remained rooted in the history of art.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Study for Circles in the Circle, 1923
“the circle is the synthesis of the greatest oppositions. It combines the concentric and the excentric in a single form, and in balance.”
Jackson Pollock, Number 15, 1950
“A pioneer of gestural abstraction, Pollock dripped and splattered his canvases, moving them around dynamically as they lay on the floor.”
John Baldessari, Fake Carrot 2015
“Irreverence is always in good order, even in regards to high art.”
Sterling Ruby, SP 83, 2009
“responses to the radiant sky and the kaleidoscope of colors it generates as the sun drifts into and out of the horizon”
Joan Brown, Girl in Chair, 1962
“As Brown switched from painting abstract works to focusing more on figurative imagery, her paintings began to incorporate intense colors and dramatic lighting. The energy she brought into these paintings was through the use of large brush strokes and palette knives.”
Liz Craft, Death of a Clown, 2010
“Liz Craft derives inspiration from any manner of cultural fodder: from high to low, from mundane to fantastic.”
An hour and a half was all the thought-provoking our brains could handle, so we walked across Wilshire Boulevard to the food trucks. Most of them had already folded for the day, but Zema Food Truck saved a couple arepas so we took one “The Hairy” and one “Machu Picchu” back to our room-with-a-view.