Nancy came over, we went shopping, cooked some food, saw the Ansel Adams photos at Bergamot Station, and generally enjoyed the beautiful summery day.
Here she is with her New Car!
A few days before I had told Cynthia how Oliver never seemed to bark much. A woof woof every now and then but not extended barking.
I went over early to take Oliver out for a walk and found him sitting exactly in front of the tv barking and barking at Animal Planet. He moved when he heard me before I could get the shot – I laughed out loud.
Mark di Suvero (American, born China, 1933)
I never had much feeling for this piece so Rome went around to read the plaque so we could maybe learn something about it and then like it better. We did learn something about it and I do like it better!
“”Gandy dancer” is a slang term for a railroad maintenance worker originating in the late 1800s. Gandy dancer crews were known for accompanying their laborious, repetitive work with singing and dancing. Although the connection between this abstract work and its title is elusive, the jagged steel of di Suvero’s sculpture and its kinetic elements can be related to the rhythmic labor on the railroad.”
And then the guard reminded us that it was the Chinese who built much of the railroad (although a gandy dancer was more likely African-American), and the artist was born in China – so ok ok!
AH, another favorite, Ellsworth Kelly’s sculpture which he unfortunately calls ‘Untitled’. Untitled is a very unsatisfying name.
What the Getty says: “This thin, slightly curving bronze rises to a height of more than twelve feet. At its tip and bottom, the piece is flat. A matte-black patina provides a smooth and neutral surface that emphasizes the form’s sharp silhouette. In sunlight, the sculpture casts its own double–a dramatic and attenuated shadow.
“In the early 1970s, Ellsworth Kelly began creating totem-like sculptures in a variety of materials including wood, aluminum, and weathering steel. This work is one of a handful of “totems” Kelly executed in bronze. The artist used a source from antiquity–the rigid, upright statues of young men known as kouroi.”
Merlyn and Hilda hosted a delightful Oscar Party. We sat around and watched the show and enjoyed a five course feast – 4pm veggies, chips and dips; 5pm pita, cheeses, and herbs; 6pm soup and tarte; 7pm seafood salad; 8pm dessert and champagne. As festive and fun as the Oscars show itself. (I liked the show and I was perfectly ok with all the awards…that’s something.)
Merlyn, Carol, Hilda, Erin, Alex
Here’s Bill, a full on fan of the KC Chiefs. I can’t remember if he’s always been a KC fan but he does live there now and puts on his Chiefs gear to watch the game, here hoping for some Super Bowl magic (which did in fact come his way!).
He passed through LA for a quick stop and we did the fast walk to Fig, ate and drank like royalty at the half-price happy hour, and walked back. It was fab.
It was Jim and Rick’s idea, they live in Long Beach, to go to the Photo LA show in Santa Monica and they asked me if I wanted to join them. So (not being able to leave well enough alone?) I asked it if was ok to invite my other Long Beach friends so they could all know each other.
We met at Spitfire Grill at the Santa Monica Airport, an airport hanger being the venue for the photo show. We also had a wander through the Aviation Museum and it was altogether delightful.
Carol, Alex, Rick, Jim, me, Hilda, Merlyn
I had a morning visit with Lona, TeeTee, and Trevor and Beth over at Lona’s place. We hadn’t had a chance to just hang out in a while. We were going to walk but we didn’t. It’s hard for four people to walk in a busy public place and have a coherent conversation with everyone.
Then in the afternoon I met up with Marsha and we saw Ford vs Ferrari, which we both enjoyed more than we thought we would, had a snack and a beer, and came home to pick oranges in the dark. We were going to walk but we didn’t. The movie was, in all with previews, three hours!