Old Westbury Gardens – The Mansion

It could be no less gracious than the magnificent gardens surrounding it, could it? And yet it was designed by an artist with no formal degree in architecture.

One of the glorious Gold Coast Mansions, home of John S. Phipps, his English-born wife, Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children, the mansion we know today as ”Old Westbury Gardens” was designed by George A. Crawley in the style of a Charles II Restoration manor house, and completed in 1906.

Following the deaths of Margarita and John S. Phipps in the late 1950s, their daughter Margaret Phipps Boegner – or Peggie, as he preferred to be called, inherited the Old Westbury estate and opened the gardens to the public to honor the memory of her mother.

Today, one can visit the house and gardens for guided tours, view exhibitions or attend a number of family events, talks or gardening classes. Or just take a leisurely stroll up and down the stairs and out and about in the gardens, taking in the little details and trying to decide which room would be their favourite.

Mine was the bathroom.

Old Westbury Gardens – Long Island, NY

October 28th, 2018

Shit Happens

One hundred thousand. Shit that could have been avoided.

Images from Disappearing Acts, a Bruce Nauman retrospective that was presented in two parts, in MoMa and MoMA PS1.

”Disappearing Acts traces what Nauman has called “withdrawal as an art form”—both literal and figurative incidents of removal, deflection, and concealment. Bodies are fragmented, centers are left empty, voices emanate from hidden speakers, and the artist sculpts himself in absentia, appearing only as negative space. The retrospective charts these forms of omission and loss across media and throughout the decades, following Nauman as he circles back to earlier concerns with new urgency. Presented in two complementary parts, at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, this is the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work ever assembled.” [source: MoMA]

Last photo (not) showing the Starry Night, by Vincent van Gogh; I wonder when (or even if) will we ever see crowds like this anymore…

October 19th, 2018

Portraits || El Paso Museum of Art

Today, America honours the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

On this very special Memorial Day, let us also take a moment to reflect on the lives of all our fellow humans that were cut short – more recently, in the Covid-19 pandemic. They were someone’s husband, wife, mother, father, son, daughter, friend.

Let us all remember and raise our voices for peace.

Silence the guns. The time is now.

Tom Lea
Sarah (Portrait of the Artist’s Wife), 1939
Oil on canvas


Manuel Acosta
Yolanda, 1956
Oil on canvas


Gerrit Beneker
Telephone Operator, 1921
Oil on canvas


Robert Henri
Carl (Boy in Blue Overalls), 1921
Oil on canvas


Irving Ramsey Wiles
Gladys in Chinese Robes, 1920-29
Oil on canvas


El Paso Museum of Art, TX

October 12th, 2018

El Paso Museum of Art

An Art Institution in a binational, bilingual city like El Paso could showcase nothing less than an eclectic collection, rich in history, diverse in technique, open-minded and thought provoking, drawing inspiration from both sides of the Americas.

EPMA is the only American Alliance of Museums-accredited art museum within a 200-mile radius, one of the only accredited museums in all of West Texas, and serves as a major cultural and educational resource for West Texas, New Mexico, and Northern Mexico with nearly 100,000 visitors each year. The demographic characteristics of this region are diverse and unique among large cities in the United States because of the nature of its fluid, binational population which sees inhabitants working, learning, and socializing across international and state borders on a daily basis. El Paso and its sister city Ciudad Juárez, Mexico share three international bridges that bring 75,000 people from Juárez to El Paso each day (Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2016). According to Customs and Border Protection, 600 to 1,000 children legally cross the Paso del Norte bridge to go to school every day. Moreover, over 80% of residents identify as Mexican, Hispanic, or Mexican-American. [sourge: EPMA]

James Surls
Me, Knife, Diamond and Flower, 1999
Pine, poplar and steel


Tom Knapp
Springtime in the Rockies, 1978
Bronze


Manuel Guerra
Los huecitos le dan sabro a la música, 2008


Celia Álvarez Muñoz
Postcards: Sweet Orange, Oh! Chihuahua and Street Signs
Acrylic on canvas and metal street signs


Jeff Koons is omnipresent in American museums – here is a view of his One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank


Robert Gober
Untitled, 1993-94
Beeswax, wood, glassine and felt-tip marker pen ink


Eanger Irving Couse
Autumn Moon, 1927
Oil on canvas


Luis Jiménez
Barfly – Statue of Liberty, 1969 – 1974
Acrylic on fiberglass


Robert Massey
Colomba – Waikiki #2, undated
Etching on paper


Paola Rascón
Jaciel, 2012
Oil and mixed media on canvas


Paola Rascón
USA, 2015
Oil and mixed media on canvas


Paola Rascón
Low Rider
Oil and mixed media on canvas


Cruz Ortiz
After Posada: Revolution


César A. Martínez
Bato con Sunglasses, 2011
Acrylic on muslin


Andrea Bowers
Abolish Ice & Families Belong Together, 2018
Cardboard, LED lights
After Posada: Revolution

El Paso Museum of Art, TX

October 12th, 2018