Monthly Archives: March 2014

Robert Irwin in La Jolla

It was another pleasant surprise to discover Robert Irwin‘s presence in La Jolla.  Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III,  was originally a site-specific installation in London, England in 2013.  The original installation was photographed by Phiipp Scholz Ritterman, and is now presented as a mural. Quint Contemporary Art is featuring an exhibition of several new works by Robert Irwin.   The works, exploring light, shadow, reflection and colour, are shown off to their advantage in this space. Along with the installation at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, it’s a Robert Irwin buffet feast in La Jolla, California! I’m looking forward to reading Irwin’s biography, Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees  by Lawrence Weschler.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library….

…..is another treasure I stumbled upon in La Jolla, California.  Imagine!  A library devoted to art and music….a little piece of heaven.

Located in a beautiful building downtown, the library is full of surprises: racks and racks of art and music periodicals to enjoy, a cozy children’s book corner, a collection of first edition Caldecott Medal book winners, an extensive collection of Artist’s Books, as well as — bonus! — a new Robert Irwin  installation, Palladium (light, shadow, reflection, colour) on display.

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is not only a wonderful place to hang out, but it is also a great organization.  Besides art classes, lectures and public readings, several concert series are on offer.  We were fortunate to catch a jazz concert featuring the trumpeter Randy Brecker with Peter Erskine on drums.

It’s great to know that this non-profit, membership library is thriving.

 

Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla

On a recent trip to La Jolla, California, we stumbled upon the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla.

Wow!  What treasures are in this amazing and comprehensive  collection:  there are maps dating from the 15th century!  Thanks to Michael R. Stone for making this collection available to the public, in a very elegant setting.

The old maps are wonderful examples of etching, and woodcuts.  I was happy to see the printer was acknowledged on many of the maps.

I particularly enjoyed the ‘cartes’ of Jo Mora, who was born in Uruguay, and spent most of his adult life working in the U.S.  His maps are entertaining, as well as educational.  Despite the fact they were printed in the 1940’s, the work seems ‘fresh’ and modern.

When I mention Berthe Morisot….

….as my favourite Impressionist painter, most people give me a puzzled look.                 Berthe Morisot?

One of my favourite museums in Paris, the Musee Marmottan , has a large collection of her work.  It’s where I had the chance to become better acquainted with her work.

Berthe Morisot, written by Anne Higonnet, convinced me of her importance in art history.  Despite terrible odds–for example, she had to be chaperoned  (yes!  as an adult)  when she went to study and paint in the Louvre — she became the first woman painter of any  significance.  She was one of the original members of the Impressionist group.