Decorative Art

I consider most of my paintings decorative art.  They brighten up and add interest to a room.  At least they do that to my rooms.  Not intended to give one a life-changing experience.  Here are a few I’ve done lately.

 

Marker Pen on 12″ x 12″ canvas mounted on 20″ x 20″ unpainted canvas.

 

The Forest (Acrylic & marker pen on 2″ x 2″ wood panel)

 

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Zentangles & Optical Art

This kind of art is about all I’m doing right now.  I have lots of paintings I need to finish, but keep putting them off.  Terrible.  Everything I paint, I keep seeing things I want to add to it or do differently.  I have lots of ideas for paintings, but I no longer get ideas for writing anything longer than a Tweet.

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Marker pen & acrylic on 12″ x 24″ canvas.

I hope to progress beyond these decorative kinds of paintings which can be classified as zentangles and/or optical art.  They are so easy to do while watching TV.  I love the English mysteries they have on PBS, like Grantchester, my very favorite right now.  I’m 74 now and am starting to physically slow down.   I figure that I can learn from doing these kinds of paintings and move on.  I grow very fast.

 

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Decorative Art

A few things I have done to contribute to the world of the Decorative Arts.  Things like these help brighten up a room.  Markers on 12″ x 12″ canvas.  In this “Age of Trump,” a person needs an outlet to get their mind off of politics, at least for a few minutes.

Senior Citizens Getting it On in the Art World

Seniors in Lisbon meet Street Art

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Photo taken from Twitter

Below:  Frank Stella (age 79) Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art (Oct. 30, 2015-Feb. 7, 2016)

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Frank Stella
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Photo: Gayle Alstrom
Frank Stella at the Whitney
Photo:  Gayle Alstrom
K37, 2008
Photo:  Gayle Alstrom
Fedallah, 1988, Mixed Media on Aluminum
Fedallah, 1988, Mixed Media on Aluminum
(Photo:  Gayle Alstrom)
[You might want to read my post entitled “The Frank Stella Retrospective at the Whitney,” on my other blog “One American Mind.”]
This is a very short video about Stella that really helps tremendously in understanding his work:

https://youtu.be/lgaPuHDV8v0
Richard Serra turns 76 on November 2, 2015

Richard Serra, The Matter of Time (2005). Image: Guggenhiem Bilbao Museoa 2015, Richard Serra Arts Rights Society (ARS) New York.
Richard Serra, The Matter of Time (2005).
Image: Guggenhiem Bilbao Museoa 2015, Richard Serra Arts Rights Society (ARS) New York.
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Serra’s monumental sculpture, Sequence (2006), is already installed in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s (SFMOMA)  new building.

My Thursday Night at the Whitney

(above:  The Hudson River with New Jersey buildings–from the South side, 5th floor, of the Whitney.  Photo taken around 7:00 pm., which is why buildings are in shadow.)

The Whitney is open till 10 pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays this summer.

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street,
New York, NY 10014

An anterior shot of the New Whitney that I took on opening day 5/1/15. The Whitney Museum of American Art building was designed by Renzo Piano.
An anterior shot of the New Whitney that I took on opening day 5/1/15. The Whitney Museum of American Art building was designed by Renzo Piano.

 

Last night I attended a delightful lecture at the Whitney entitled     Writing Art History: The Whitney’s Collection and Exhibitions, 1970 – Present .  The lecture broadened my art history knowledge, considerably, of what was going on in art in the 1970’s and 80’s, which I had no idea of–really   Not only that, but I had no idea that I had no idea of what was going on

Performance art became a big thing during these two decades, which is something I never really took to, probably because I didn’t understand it.  Performance artists usually document their work with photographs, which many are on display at the Whitney. The lecture lasted about a 1/2 hour, then we went to the fifth floor to look at examples of work on display that had been talked about in the lecture.  All by artists with whom I had been totally unfamiliar until last night.  These lectures are free to members of the museum.  It’s certainly worth the price of joining just for them.

These performance artists express some kind of social agenda, like Aids, or women issues.  The women’s movement became big in the 70’s after the Vietnam war ended, and women performance artists dug their nails into it.  Performance art is a much more in-your-face” type of thing than looking at a painting.  However, when I think of the 80’s in art, the first people who come to my mind are Basquant and Warhol.  I don’t think any performance artist would come to any one’s mind.

 

This photo of the Whitney shows the different levels and the people standing out on the balconies. The Pink art on the 5th Floor wall is called "Sunset" by Mary Heilmann, who lives in San Francisco.
This photo of the Whitney shows the top 5 floors and the people standing out on the balconies.  The views of the city from the balconies are tremendous.  On the 8th floor is a restaurant where you can take your cocktail out on the balcony.  Bring money.  Multi-colored plastic chairs on the 5th floor balcony help enjoy the view.  Also there’s a ground-floor restaurant that you can sit at without paying to get into the museum.

"Sunset" by Mary Heilmann. These work my Heilmann, who lives in San Francisco, is on the wall overlooking the 5th floor balcony, where the chairs are.

“Museums are places to hang out.”
Mary Heilmann, whose site-specific installation, Sunset, inaugurates the Museum’s largest outdoor gallery

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The 5th floor of the museum has two wonderful wall-to-wall windows on each side.  One faces south and the Hudson River, and the other East.  The windows have long couches in front of them for people to sit and contemplate and take photos if they want, which is what I wanted.

This is the view from the South window on the 5th Floor of the Museum. That's the Hudson River with Jersey City in the background. It was about 7:00 p.m. when I took this.
This is the view from the South window on the 5th Floor of the Museum. That’s the Hudson River with Jersey City in the background. It was about 7:00 p.m. when I took this.

 

Most of these photos I took last night 8/13/15.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

The following are a few great works of art that can be found in New York City subway stations as one travels around NYC:

Inside 42nd Street Subway Station with Leichenstein's  Mural.
Mural by Roy Lichtenstein in the 42nd Street Subway Station

 

 

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Mural by Al Held at Lexington Avenue/53rd St. Station. [the girls are not part of the mural.  The art makes a nice background for photos.]
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An Elizabeth Murray mosaic at the 23rd St. and Ely Ave. Station in Queens