Belinda and Kirk go to the museum.
Here's a link about the show: http://www.blantonmuseum.org/exhibitions/details/recovering_beauty_the_1990s_in_buenos_aires/
We saw work by artists we'd never heard of that was powerful and inflected with joyfulness and optimisim. Nods of appreciation to artists like Keith Herring, Warhol and Lichtenstein were seen scattered about. But the work was beyond a modernist reprisal. The artists of BA seemed to fling off the quasi-academic "manifesto art" and trade it for "exuberance" art.
If you're in Austin head over to the museum some Thursday this month. That's when the Blanton Museum is open to the public at no charge. You're sure to agree that the trip across town was worth it.
After our "art encounter" we headed over to the Galaxy Cafe on West Lynn for a mozzarella, prosciutto and roma tomato sandwich (with fresh basil). We talked about the shows. We talked about museums and we talked about making art. I'm supposed to have two shows in May. One is of some big images I shot in Rome back in the 1990's. That show is framed, matted and ready to go.
The other show is one in a local coffee shop that I committed to over a year ago. I'm thinking about taking a short break from my obsessive-compulsive relationship with photography, gesso-ing a couple of big canvases and doing some whimsical acrylic paintings instead. A nod to art school from decades ago.
We'll see...... If I do you all are invited and I'll have a virtual opening here on the blog.