Both the Elaine de Kooning’s Portraits and The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi shows are both great as you get real in depth look at the work of both. His show really was a feat of curator ingenuity to be able to get so many small and foreign museums to take part. Her show is wonderful as you see the best painter, since Sargent, who can handle a brush to discover a personality, like some women “find” themselves by applying makeup. Both shows were well worth the price of admission, which you know, there is no admission!
How interesting the world has become since the likes of Cesar Chavez and Delores Huerta. Through black and white photos, we see the activism of the Chicano community for worker equity, in a not so distant past. I try to point out to the young, these complex boycotts caught the imagination of the consumers of household produce, enough for them to support the boycotts and not buying, bringing corporate farmers to the tables. It is not just “big” events, but thousands of small ones, that resonate in our culture.
The man of the couple on the right, was shooting his wife. He explained to the man on the left, now shooting them in this shot, that they knew the curator of the show. They had wanted a record to show the curator friend, they had seen the show. So he offered to take the picture, as he is doing here. The woman had been very stiff. As the couple posed together (and I am shooting the whole gang), I yelled out put up your arms like her. And they did, and here it is.
The Mingering Mike show is quite interesting as it is art, based upon a certain degree of fantasy. The artist imagines he is a performer, does mock-ups of album covers, creates members to his band, even writes and records songs (which someone discovered thirty years later), which led to us finding about the whole art form to begin with. A fun show in the American collection. The actual artist remains, by decision, anonymous.