Max Ernst and company

 

Saguaro in a Desert Landscape
2020
Acrylic on panel
14 by 11 inches

This period of extended isolation, while challenging for many has proven a boon personally . For some reason I am included in quite a few exhibitions this year of 2020, virtual and actual  . Earlier this week I received notice that two of my religious/Christian themed works were accepted by Trinity Episcopal Cathedral’s annual Trinity Art Show in Sacramento California , I will be trekking up to Sacramento for  physical drop off early in October-fingers crossed further restrictions and or devastating fire are avoided.

In the virtual realm I’ve been as blessed, several exhibitions in LA and beyond , of especial note Transition at Launch LA just closed. Jurored by Holly Jerger an artist (an person)  I admire , she selected a distinct collection of work, far removed from the usual predictable drab LA fare. Given her association with the Craft Museum it was perhaps unsurprising that many works selected were distinctive in their hands-on techniques.

I was also honored that my Herakles Tapestry was included in the vibrant collection of works at the expansive Brea Gallery in Brea California. This year’s Made in California (MICA) seemed socio-politically timely with much emphasis on POC/gender/queer art themes. To be honest I felt my work and my presence a bit anachronistic. Nonetheless pleased to have been included, I believe that show closes today.

But of most particular delight was having the following painting included in an upcoming  virtual exhibition hosted by the University of Arizona, Museum of Art, Picturing 2020: A Community Reflects. The University of Arizona’s Museum of Art has an impressive permanent collection, one I
had not initially  expected. In response to the isolation of Covid upon artists in particular the museum selected new art to be in conversation with art from their permanent collection. In a moment of being “heard”, the museum’s selection for my work Saguaro in a Desert Landscape was none other than Max Ernst’s Arizona Nightingale. Ernst is quite an inspiration , to be compared in any way is an honor, for the comparison to be from an art museum I admire and had frequently visited, quite an honor indeed. 

I floated as lightly as Ernst’s nightingale the rest of the day!

Max Ernst
Arizona Nightingale
1946
University of Arizona, Museum of Art, permanent collection

Please pardon the paltry image of Ernst’s painting, it is what I have been able to find, a link to the painting and its provenance (which is impressive) follows:

https://uarizona.pastperfectonline.com/webobject/7D540225-B162-467E-A1D3-122721033944

 

 

In place of traditional museum label written by a curator, the museum is using my own words to describe my painting ; as usual bumbling, but sincere:

“An existential darkness is revealed in spite of the joyous coloring and surface patterning, which stylistically references my affection for medieval miniaturist illumination, by so doing I inadvertently expose my inner self…the hazard and boon of spontaneous expression.”

The exhibition will run September 26th through March 28th, via this link:

VIRTUAL: Picturing 2020: A Community Reflects

 

We are snowbirds to Tucson , spending our winter holidays in the beautiful high desert, visiting our growing adopted pig family at Ironwood Pig Sanctuary and of course visiting the University Art Museum (their permanent collection of 15th and 16th c. paintings incredible , most particularly Maestro Bartolomé’s series of panel paintings). This year with Covid closings not sure what our Tucson winter will be like, thankfully the saguaro , and perhaps the mythical nightingale , will be there to welcome us back.

Saguaro in a Desert Landscape
2020
Acrylic on panel
14 by 11 inches

 

Author: babylonbaroque

I am a painter and printmaker working towards creating a body of work that reflects my own developing aesthetic. New work ,first link. The second link is an on-line portfolio.

4 thoughts on “Max Ernst and company”

  1. You do not bumble at all dear friend, your thoughts most concise and yes, authentic. Bravo on the recognitions, particularly the University of Arizona’s Museum!! I am most proud and happy for this news!!! As it certainly should be!
    XXO
    Jodi

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