Gauguin Redux

Woman with Mangoes, Paul Gauguin, 1889

Anne had her first day off since we got back. She wasn’t scheduled to work and there were no last minute pleas for help. So, she got a day off. We both slept in and then leisurely sat around all morning, drinking two cups of coffee each. We finally got off the dime and drove to the Slammer, to see the Gauguin exhibit that leaves next week. We got caught up in the procrastinator’s end of show rush and had a hard time finding a parking spot. We also couldn’t get an immediate entry into the exhibit, but we did score immediate seating in the café and had lunch first. This Gauguin show emphasizes the breath of the different media that he worked in, but save for one painting that I used after I had first seen the show, none of his famous work is represented. He was also quite the pedophile. 


Reclining Tahitian Women, Paul Gauguin, 1894

Anne had her full day cut to a half day, which was alright by her and me. We took the opportunity of a morning off to both sleep in and get in a bike ride. This combination left her pressed for time near the end of our ride, which fueled her riding to faster than normal speeds. I rode by myself yesterday and it was so much more enjoyable having her company along on this ride.

In the afternoon, I drove over to the art museum to see their signature exhibit of the summer, Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention, before it ends next month. This show features works from the Danish museum, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek of Copenhagen. As such, my favorite Gauguin work, By the Sea was not there, because it is at the National Gallery. The pictured painting, Reclining Tahitian Women or The Amusement of the Evil Spirit has been singled out to represent this exhibition, because it is similar to and representative of Gauguin’s most famous artwork, like By the Sea. This show though encompassed the breath of his career and contained examples of the many other art forms besides painting that he worked. These other mediums include, sculpture, pottery, wood carving and printing. It was interesting to see his many varied means of expression.


Art in Bloom

While Anne was at school, I walked to the art museum and attended their Art in Bloom show. In this show, florists arrange their bouquets to mimic artworks in the museum’s permanent collection. Pictured is Bob Hauck’s arrangement that is based on the sculpture Titan. Using black calla lilies, he won best in show. The following is the museum’s synopsis of the underlying Lüpertz sculpture: 

A monumental bronze figure stands with feet firmly planted, one arm raised while the other extends straight ahead. Markus Lüpertz modeled the pose of Titan after an ancient Greek sculpture of the god Zeus who is preparing to throw a lightning bolt. According to Greek mythology, Zeus led the Olympians to victory over the Titans, older deities, in a ten-year battle for control of the world. In contrast to the balanced proportions and smooth surface of the original sculpture, this work has roughly formed features and a craggy texture that expresses the brute strength of the Titans. Lüpertz painted a leg and arm green, creating the appearance of an ancient patina that reinforces his references to classical art and mythology.

This opening was crowded, what with the presence of the florists. Anne called while I was viewing all this. I had forgotten that she was only working a half day. She ended up getting a walk in too, on her way home from school.