Monday, December 17, 2018

Bill Watson Payne


I made a drawing of Bill. While it's not a fantastic likeness (indeed, part of the reason I drew it was because I want to work on my accurate people-drawing skills, which are not currently stellar) I like to think I did capture something of his own true self here. The nose is too wide and the shoulders way too narrow, the ear is a giant Abraham Lincoln excrescence -- but the kindness in the eyes is spot on, and of this I am very proud.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings at SFMOMA


I quite enjoyed the Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings show which I went to go see at SFMOMA the other day with a group of my coworker pals. Here are a few of the things I liked best. Another Friday I'll tell you about his other adjacent Artist's Choice show.












Thursday, December 13, 2018

Color Poem #70



the actual color of christmas trees is similar to
but really not at all the same as the emerald in
your standard red-and-green christmas decor

it’s got more blue more gray even somehow
more white   a shifting nature color rather
than a monolithic manufactured one


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Representation Matters Mentorship Program



I'm just now wrapping up my first session as a Representations Matters mentor and cannot say enough good things about this program. Dedicated specifically to creating opportunities for people of color to enter the publishing industry -- through direct one-on-one mentor/mentee relationships -- the program is well-thought-out, smart, targeted, clear, and directly helpful. The experience of being a part of it was wonderful, and, I'm happy to report, my mentee did indeed get a publishing job by the end of our six month session. Rather than me trying to paraphrase what the program is, how it does what it does, and why, here's some info about it in its own words: 




Tuesday, December 11, 2018

LA 2018


The thing about LA is that it's a place of hidden treasures. Almost nothing -- with the notable exception of the pink building above -- presents itself to you as a gift freely given. Rather you must ferret out secrets to find the cool stuff. And there is loads and loads of cool stuff, if you can just find it. Amazing stores are tucked into blocks full of nothing but auto body shops. Galleries wait behind unmarked doors. Greenhouse restaurants and enormous demonic fireplaces lurk on the roofs of hotels. You ask around, you read up online, you keep your ear to the ground for a couple of years and every time you hear about something that sounds neat you make a note of it for your next trip. It's a fun game to play, if you have the time and energy.

















Monday, December 10, 2018

Pegasus Books



Here's Pegasus Books on Solano Avenue in Berkeley -- part of the same, slightly older, series of drawings of Berkeley buildings that were significant to me in my youth, as that drawing of the Oaks Theater I posted the other day.

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Broad Museum


When I was in LA last month I visited the Broad Museum. The collection was just as next-level as everyone had said it would be. Literally just about every single piece of art in the whole place is by a top-drawer, blue-chip, household-name type artist. Like, I’ll put captions on my photos to be a virtuous attributor, but with a few exceptions I almost wouldn’t have to. The stuff is that iconic. This museum houses the massive private collection of husband and wife art collecting duo Eli and Edythe Broad. As with the Fischer collection at SFMOMA, their personal taste is very much in evidence. While not all of that taste overlapped with my personal taste, enough of it did to make the visit very enjoyable. Here are some of my favorites.

Above: Barbara Kruger


Ellsworth Kelly


Glann Ligon


Jean-Michele Basquiat


Cindy Sherman


Jean-Michele Basquiat


Jeff Koons


Roy Lichtenstein


Jean-Michele Basquiat


Sam Francis


Andy Warhol


Ed Ruscha


Jean-Michele Basquiat


Keith Haring


Barbara Kruger


Sam Francis


Jean-Michele Basquiat


Ellsworth Kelly


Barbara Kruger


 Cy Twombly



Ellsworth Kelly


Barbara Kruger


Ellsworth Kelly