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Post Election Art

How about some post-election art to center our minds after the mid-term elections?

Mai Wyn Schantz, Echo Lake, oil on stainless steel, 36 x 36, $4,500. Available at Mai Wyn Fine Art.

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Art For Friday

Cy Twombly is one of my favorite artists. He died in 2011. He was part of the generation of artist that included Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. Cy was painter, sculptor and photographer. I feel he was under appreciated.

Cy Twombly, untitled 1954, gouache, wax crayon and colored pencil on paper, 19 x 27. Collection of MoMA, New York.

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A Great Time

I had another great time in Santa Fe. Saw some beautiful art but was easily restrained from purchases by the price points. Had my fill of green chili for a while. Enjoyed the company of many friends over lunches and dinners. My hosts, D & P, chauffeured me around the entire time. I didn’t drive my car until the trip home. Cindi seems to be thriving in Santa Fe. She’s positively beaming. She’s producing some great work. Madame is nearing the end of a six year legal battle over workplace discrimination. Her heiress/artist girlfriend is working on an exhibit for a museum in Taos. A group drove up into the mountains to see the fall colors making a stop at 10,000 Waves on the way home. I stopped in Miss N’s studio to see her new works, which are stunning watercolors inspired by the New Mexican landscape. I also went to a few open houses in the Las Companas area. Saw a stunning house with great views on 2.5 acres. It comes with a two-bedroom guest house. I loved the house. Sadly, I’m not ready to move to Santa Fe. I really don’t need a 4,500 sq. ft. house. It was fun to look.

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Friday Night Art Pics

A few pics from the Friday night art tour.

Walker Fine Art, Angela Beloian, Blue Buzz, black gesso, silver ink pen and acrylic on panel, 40 x 48, $3,800.

Goodwin Fine Art, Jill Hadley Hooper, Still Life 1, mixed media on panel, 52 x 36, $5,500.

Next Gallery, Betsy $B Rudolph, no description or price given.

Core New Art Space, Rolf Helland, Chinese Apartment, oil paint on canvas, $450.

Pirate Contemporary Art, Charles Livingston, paper, graphite and resin, NFS. Charles drew 5,184 circles on the paper.

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Knocking It Out Of The Park

There are times when I look forward to the Friday night gallery opening with expectations of greatness only to be slapped in face disappointment. Artists or galleries with proven track records veer off course with less than stellar presentations. It happens. You take it in stride with hope the next round of openings will knock it out of the park. The start of fall art season here opened with bang and then fell into a whimper. Tonight’s round of openings one again proved there is a plethora of talent in the Queen City of the Plains.

Mack and I started the night at Walker Fine Art in the Golden Triangle. Walker presented another excellently curated group show with seven artist showing works. Our next stop was Goodwin Fine Art just a few blocks away. Goodwin had a double hitter of Jill Hadley Hooper and Mark Villarreal. I loved every piece in this show. Both artists at one point in their careers were members of Pirate Contemporary Art. It’s great to artists move from a co-op to a blue chip gallery.

Our next stop was the Santa Fe Arts District to see a juried show at Core New Art Space. I’m not always a fan of group, or juried shows, but there are some nicely executed works in this presentation.

Our final destination was the 40 West Art District in Lakewood to see what the co-ops were offering. Stops were made at Next, EDGE and Pirate Contemporary Art. Gayla Lemke is showing wonderful clay totems at EDGE. But the star of the co-ops was the Charles Livingston opening at Pirate.

Charles opened Catalyst (1,000,000), a multimedia performance piece that knocked it out of the park. Charles was cutting old bicycle inner tubes sourced from local bike shops. Think of it as the art version of farm to table, but rather bike shop to gallery. Charles sat silently in a black chair dressed in a black t-shirt and black jeans with his hair freshly buzzed. He had been cutting the inner tubes into small pieces since 6 p.m. The cut rubber pieces were piled on the gallery floor contained by black lumber. A pile of inner tubes sat on the floor next to Charles. Charles composed an ethereal soundtrack, which included some Brian Eno, that played in the back ground. Charles counted the number of cuts and tallied them by the hundred. There were also some mixed media pieces consisting of circles drawn on paper which was torn and covered in resin. I can’t explain why, but people were overcome with various emotions. I saw a number of men and women weeping. I felt overwhelmed with a feeling of awe. It was an art happening which I was experiencing firsthand.

It’s a night I will always remember. A night like the time I walked into Pirate many years ago and saw a four-foot wide continuous charcoal drawing by Peter Illig which wrapped around three walls of the gallery. It was stunning, as was Charles’ presentation was tonight.

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Reward On Thursday

One of my peers is on medical leave for a knee replacement. She asked me to cover one of her product lines while she is out of the office for 16 weeks. She told me there is very little activity on the product. She also said there shouldn’t be any life cycle changes until 2019, and that none of the company’s pending acquisitions will affect the product line.

It’s been smooth sailing. That is, until today, when changes my peer instituted went live and caused some issues.

I know next to nothing about this product so I’ve been struggling to understand the issues and formulate a corrective action. The product manager is in India so we’ve only been communicating via email. It’s going to be a trying week.

On the other hand, there’s a Rembrandt exhibition opening at the Denver Art Museum on Thursday night that I’m looking forward too. It’s will be a nice reward for making it through this week.

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Rambling On About Nothing

I’m in a funk. It seems like every direction I look there’s unrest. The current political chaos is not helping my mood. I talked with Mike a few days ago. Nothing but drama with his ex who is still unemployed and wants a financial settlement. Mike’s still paying his rent and giving him thousands of dollars every month. Double A thinks the CEO is trying to oust him. Mack is still looking for full employment and is struggling financially.

After dinner last night with Rachel Maddow (she was on the TV), I went to an art opening just to get out of the house. I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a while who used to co-own a gallery. His business partner embezzled $60k and fled town which precipitated the gallery closing. Thankfully, he found someone to assume the $12k a month lease.

The art was stellar at the opening. I had a few interesting conversations. One friend was screwed over by a famous New York chef (initials MS) who is being flown in for a speaking engagement. The chef accepted another gig in Denver a few days before so her ticket sales are far below expectations. She’s going to lose money on the event. She contemplating litigation as there is a contract clause forbidding competing events.

I left the opening feeling down. I’m not sure why. I may still be sad about William. His memorial service is being held in a few weeks but I’ll be in Santa Fe. Cindi and I will probably have a drink in his honor.

It’s first Friday but I’ve seen all the offerings currently in the galleries. I’m not sure I’ll venture out but I don’t want to stay home.

I haven’t heard from the detective. That may be a good thing. I’m unsure about him so I’m not going to poke the bear (I know that term is overused). I think I’ll look for something new to poke.

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