Photography – Experimental Style

Multi-media photography of the 60 & 70s at New Mexico Museum of Art

New Mexico Museum of Art – July 23, 2022 – January 8 2023 Transgressions & Amplifications: Mixed Media Photography of the 1960s & 1970s January 15, 2023 I was fascinated by this organized collection of work — mixed media, yes, and very mixed — that I read as  a cry from fifty years ago from…

Max Cole: Endless Journey

My response at the second viewing, post opening night, of this work. Please do not touch, mind Returned, not re-enacted. Yesterday, a dead end in the last room of paintings All made In the current year. Hand drawn lines like a penmanship exercise Obviously, communication from an isolated working human The dead end room flocked…

Three Women Protest Artists

New Mexico Museum of Art. Poetic Justice: Judith F. Baca, Mildred Howard, and Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith. October 19, 2021-June 19, 2022 I’m writing this for my friend who couldn’t get to see the show before it closed June 19. Here’s a video of Mildred Howard’s train. We waited, and so will you. What I want to…

Helen Pashgian: Presences

SITE Santa FE – January 2022 In 2021, Helen Pashgian made some luminous sculptures that fill a room with a specifically colored light. In order to keep you in the room, she has set the room lights on a dimmer that goes from its brightest to very low lighting in a five minute cycle. These…

Oscar Muñoz – Retrospective

Oscar Muñoz at Phoenix Art Museum 2021

Like many retrospectives, chronology dictates the flow of the work and we start with intense figure drawings in black and white. Learning to draw in school is learning illusion and acquiring an ability make marks on a page look like full round life-like forms. These drawings show the Muñoz can do just that. What else do we see that fools us? Step along through this show and we will find out

Lightening Field

Sunset at the Lightening Field

September 20, 2021 Left at the Lightning Field in the afternoon, we knew someone would pick us up at 11 a.m. the next day. We’d just been driven on dirt roads for nearly an hour from the town of Quemado –  rural western New Mexico. The Lightening Field is a land art piece conceived by…

San Francisco Post Covid

Nam June Paik

Hello and it’s good to be back where the art is unsafe and the interior art spaces are optimistically healthy and cautiously open. The San Fransisco MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) was closed for remodeling for a while, then closed for Covid, but had been on our list of best museums for art of the…

Seattle Art – Outdoors

The largest most well-known sculpture in Seattle is the Space Needle built for the 1962 Worlds Fair. We took the monorail built for that fair, which feels a little dated today, out to the park surrounding this Eiffel Tower of Seattle. Another evening, we walked from our hotel to this landmark and over to the…

Portland Museum of Art

new building at Portland Art Museum

January 8, 2020 We flew into Portland and made out way to the Portland Museum of Art to see several things: one was a show of work by Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976) addressing the visual systems that perpetuate inequality and bias – with new and old images comparing the 50s and today as…