EppsNet Archive: Art

Woman Knocks Over $200K Artwork Trying to Take a Selfie

14 Jul 2017 /


A Question for Michelangelo

5 Apr 2017 /

In the fresco The Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel, we all fix our gaze on the finger that gives Adam life, but who is that naked girl God is casually yet lovingly caressing with his other hand?

The Creation of Adam


A Visit to LACMA: Picasso, Rivera, Modern Art, Renaissance and Reformation

9 Mar 2017 /

Here are some photos from a recent trip to LACMA . . .

We started at the Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time exhibit:

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From there, we visited a modern art exhibit — The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L — a celebration of the renowned Los Angeles print workshop Gemini G.E.L founded 50 years ago in 1966.

For example, here are some black rectangles by Richard Serra:

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Josef Albers also painted a bunch of rectangles (squares, actually) but took things a step further by using different colors:

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Ellsworth Kelly really pushed the envelope by using not only different colors but different four-sided shapes (e.g., trapezoids and parallelograms).

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I had a couple of thoughts on the Gemini G.E.L. exhibit juxtaposed with Picasso and Rivera:

  1. Some people need to get serious.
  2. Some people should be ashamed of themselves.

Rather than end on that note, here are are a couple of pieces from the Renaissance and Reformation exhibit:

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Huntington Library

26 Nov 2016 /

Man Ray Chess Set

23 Sep 2016 /

Really liked this Man Ray chess set at MOCA . . . white has played e4 and waits forever for a response that’s never coming . . .

Man Ray chess set


At the MOCA With a Rothko Fan

19 Sep 2016 /
Rothko at MOCA

Rothko at MOCA

My niece and nephew were visiting from Texas . . . I asked her what she thought of the Rothko exhibit at MOCA (see photo above) . . . Keep in mind she’s a petroleum engineering major from Texas . . .

“I love Rothko!” she said. “I used to have a Rothko calendar.”

I admit that threw me off a little. I had expected a lukewarm and/or noncommittal response . . .

“Did you find it had a certain ‘sameness’ about it?”

“No, he used more figures in his earlier paintings.”

“Oh . . . you know, I’ve never been to a museum with someone who actually knows about the art.”

“Ha ha, I don’t know that much, I’m just a fan,” she said.


MOCA and the Broad

11 Sep 2016 /

My niece and nephew were visiting from Texas . . . my niece in particular wanted to see the Infinity Mirrored Room installation at the Broad, so off we went.

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Unless you reserve tickets well in advance, entry to the Broad is handled via a standby line, which, when we showed up Saturday morning, was about an hour wait, i.e., the museum opened at 10 a.m. and we got in about 11:00.

Because the standby line is in direct sunlight, Broad staff thoughtfully hand out umbrellas to anyone in the queue who wants one. (They do ask for the umbrellas back when you enter.)

The Infinity Mirrored Room is an experiential artwork . . . one visitor at a time enters the room for 45 seconds. It requires a separate reservation which you can make, pending availability, after entering the museum.

Once you get signed up with your name and cell phone, you get a text when it’s your turn to see the room. Our reservation came with a wait time of 4 hours and 35 minutes. Good to know.

That gave us enough time to take in the rest of the museum, and walk across the street to MOCA and take in their entire offering.

A couple of differences between the Broad and MOCA:

  1. MOCA is more museum-y. It makes you feel like whispering. The Broad is more open, playful and fun.
  2. Admission to the Broad is free. MOCA costs 12 bucks.

After wrapping up MOCA and heading back to the Broad, we were able to get an update on our Infinity Mirrored Room wait time. We were prepped to get some lunch and come back if we had to wait out the full 4-1/2 hours, but no: only 15 minutes left! Total wait was only about 3 hours.

Here’s a few photos:


The Ceiling Seems Very Low

10 Sep 2015 /

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/09/10/codeorg-hadi-partovi-computer-science-back--school-kids-teachers-women-minorities/71905738/

I don’t know if this is good news or bad news. It would help to know what “trains” means but I read the article and it doesn’t say. Reporters need to be more inquisitive.

Can someone with no knowledge of computer science or programming be “trained” to teach computer science or programming? What would that entail? How long would it take?

Can someone who’s never played an instrument or listened to a piece of music be “trained” to teach a music class?

Can someone who’s never picked up a drawing pencil or visited a museum be “trained” to teach an art class?

Can someone who doesn’t speak Spanish be “trained” to teach a Spanish class?

The ceiling on any of these approaches seems very low compared to hiring actual programmers, musicians, artists and Spanish speakers . . .

Thus spoke The Programmer.


Art is Not a Brassiere

10 Nov 2014 /

Do not imagine that Art is something which is designed to give gentle uplift and self-confidence. Art is not a brassière. At least, not in the English sense. But do not forget that brassière is the French for life jacket.

— Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot

Teaching Computer Science

1 Sep 2014 /
School

Tomorrow is my first day as an AP Computer Science teacher at Corona del Mar High School. It’s a volunteer gig through the TEALS organization.

Only about 10 percent of U.S. high schools offer computer science classes and at most of those schools, it counts as an elective, like Home Ec or Wood Shop, not as a class that can be applied toward graduation like math or science.

The most popular AP exam in 2013 was US History — 439,552 students took the AP US History exam. Only 31,117 students took the AP Computer Science exam. That’s about the same number as the AP Art History exam. I don’t want to denigrate the study of art history, but given the ubiquity of computers and software and programming in daily life, the study of computer science seems more likely to enable a person to be self-supporting and to contribute to the common good.

I’ve heard people say that computer science should be taught in every high school in America. That may be a good idea, but no one ever says where all the qualified computer science teachers are supposed to come from. The TEALS vision is to put high-tech professionals like myself in schools to teach computer science and to teach teachers to teach computer science.

I’m happy to have the opportunity but I’m also scared, I might as well put that out there. What am I scared of? Like everything else, that I won’t perform to expectations and that I’ll be exposed as a phony.


EppsNet at the Movies: The Monuments Men

20 Feb 2014 /

The Monuments Men

This movie is getting killed on Rotten Tomatoes — 34 percent as I write this. Granted, it’s not in 3-D, doesn’t have robots or aliens or other really fake-looking bullshit, and despite being set during World War II, has only a minimal amount of violent action.

(If you like that kind of thing, fear not! We were shown previews for Pompeii, Spiderman, X-Men, some Tom Cruise sci-fi thing . . . rest assured there’s plenty of crap in the pipeline.)

The Monuments Men tells an interesting story in an entertaining way, with memorable scenes and characters, and the best female role I’ve seen in a movie since Come Back, Little Sheba.

Rating: 4 stars

The Monuments Men

An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

Director: George Clooney
Cast: George Clooney Frank Stokes, Matt Damon James Granger, Bill Murray Richard Campbell, Cate Blanchett Claire Simone

IMDb rating: 6.1 (109,814 votes)


What is Love?

17 Feb 2014 /

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

My wife tells me that LACMA has free admission today for Presidents’ Day, and if I want to go, she’ll come along as my arm candy.

I enjoy art museums; my wife doesn’t. If she had clammed up about the free admission, I would never have known about it.

That’s what love is . . .


Some Links

30 Oct 2013 /

HealthCare.gov’s Account Setup: 10 Broken Usability Guidelines

McKayla Maroney Was Doing The “Not Impressed” Face At Age 8

Most Popular Paintings & Photos From Getty’s Online Art Collection

The Tweeting Bra Versus Breast Cancer


Husband Descending a Staircase

19 Sep 2013 /

Husband Descending a Staircase


Pictures of Food

7 Aug 2013 /
"The Basket of Apples" by Paul Cézanne

“The Basket of Apples” by Paul Cézanne

Years ago, if you wanted to show your friends a picture of your food, you’d have to break out the palette and the easel and paint one. Time-consuming!

Nowadays, with the likes of Facebook and Instagram, it’s just point and click!

Another way life gets better and better thanks to computers . . .


Self-Portrait, August 1889 Oil on canvas, 57 ×...

I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart. — Vincent van Gogh


A Good Picture

19 May 2013 /
Andy Warhol

My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person.

— Andy Warhol

Restoration Massacre

22 Aug 2012 /

An elderly woman has destroyed a 19th-century Spanish fresco in a botched restoration conducted without permission.

“Restoration conducted without permission” = ignorant destruction of artistic treasures. This is why it pays to leave art restoration to trained professionals.

Botched restoration


MOCA Cookie Crumbles

23 Jul 2012 /

Ed Ruscha has resigned as a MOCA trustee, as have John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie, leaving no artists on the museum’s board.

latimes.com, July 17, 2012

“Art” and “artist” are words that get tossed around pretty lightly. Ruscha‘s work — and the same goes for Baldessari and Kruger — consists of modifying photos and other images, often by writing words on them.

Pay Nothing Until April

It’s like lolcats, minus the occasional wit.

Opie is a photographer whose work is less interesting than the average high school yearbook.

Yesterday, the image below was posted on the MOCA Facebook page. It’s an actual museum piece called “Earthwork aka Untitled (Dirt).”

Earthwork aka Untitled (Dirt)

Yes, it looks like a pile of dirt, but if you click the image to enlarge it, you can see that it’s actually — a pile of dirt!

This is risk-taking art, the risk being that the cleaning crew may accidentally sweep it up and throw it in the garbage.

No doubt the four retiring geniuses can put forth a critical theory, based on “the process of creation,” to explain why a pile of dirt becomes “art” when placed within the walls of a museum. I say good riddance and take your dirt with you.


Another Guy Who Didn’t Get the Memo on the American Dream

8 Jul 2012 /

“Anywhere there’s a hardware store I can make money. . . . My art was dormant. Then one day they told me I was laid off from my construction job, and thank goodness.”

Sounds like another guy who didn’t get the memo that America is “no longer the land of opportunity” and “the ‘American dream’ is a myth.”


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