Friday, February 6, 2009

CHANNELING GERTRUDE STEIN...

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No question about it, we were not A-lone... there was a presence in the room, formally known as  The Other!
...The synergy, the ambiance, the knowledge, the FLOW...it was all there and so was everyone else...together in the moment ideas flashing, laughter booming, and then our Guest Artist speaking about her practice and demonstrating a piece of artwork ....sounds intriguing, you are thinking....demonstrating artwork? Ah, so strange, you say?  Wasn't that the perception in Gertrude's Salon?    Emerging talent, breaking from tradition, doing weird things with art...being supported by a group of their peers...
The discussion rolled out!  
Marlene Dumas, at MoMA...the daughter of a member of the SALON, a well known art critic, interviewed  her, it was read and discussed... Koons, Is it Art? (there is always that one), Women  artists from the 50's coming out of the shadows into the prominent galleries, at long last ... Hirst, Is it Art (always about him) ... China's long history of artisans... Artists we love...Artists we know...Gossip about ???
Of course, of course...there was more, much, much much much more...
"A Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose" ...Gertrude Stein, poem
SHE was absolutely positively THERE...
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4 comments:

abby levine said...

The Art Salon just keeps getting better and better. This past Sunday's get-together featured a stimulating and wide-ranging discussion. I can't wait until next time and feel very lucky to have found this group.

Art said...

This past sunday truly was a great time!

jb said...

The group is really coming into its own. There were many substantive discussions on various artists and schools of art. It was also marvelous to have a member artist share their work. Enriching and nourishing! Yum, Yum!

Patricia H said...

Brava, I have always had salon envy for those fortunate 19th and 20th century creative people who got together to socialize, dish, and preview their particular artistic efforts in such a setting. This salon sounds like it could be a modern-day evocation of Oscar Wilde, Virginia Wolfe, Henri Matisse, W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory (arts patroness, Irish patriot), and Gertie Stein, et.al. Such fun!