Art/Nature: DesertX

Well the thing is, art can be found everywhere, even in the desert.  And it makes perfect sense; beauty with beauty.whitewater3


Wildlife with Art
Wildlife with Art

I realized that while taking a nature walk with the dogs right after a picnic.  The location being Whitewater Preserve about 20 minutes northwest of Palm Springs.  An absolutely stunning setting of over 2,000 acres of pristine desert with hiking trails and wildlife.  From a distance I came across what looked like a birding roost, and on closer inspection found out it was made from sand bags.  It’s actually an art piece. built to replicate how pigeons in Israel are put to roost. But it’s hard to keep up with everything that’s going on around town especially now, so I had to find out *more.

*From Feb. 25 through April 30, 2017, the Coachella Valley and its desert landscape will become the canvas for a curated exhibition of site-specific work by established and emerging artists, whose projects will amplify and articulate global and local issues that may range from climate change to starry skies, from tribal culture and immigration to tourism, gaming, and golf.  The artworks, in various indoor and outdoor locations will be available for free and will offer visitors a way to see the valley and reflect on serious and playful issues through the lens of the participating artists’ creativity and work.

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You never know what you will encounter while out on a simple drive

On the drive to the nature preserve you will come across hundreds on windmills20170224_140637The windmills are there for power generation with renewable energy.  However I hate them for the fact that the valley is infamous for the number of birds that are killed because of them.

Photos: d. king



Art/Culture/Design – the Cutting Edge of Matisse

matisse7Things you might not know about one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century:


Initially trained as a lawyer, Matisse developed an interest in art only at age twenty-one.

Along with those of Pablo Picasso, his stylistic innovations fundamentally altered the course of modern art and affected the art of several generations of younger painters.

The Fall of Icarus, 1943
The Fall of Icarus, 1943

In the summer of 1904, while visiting his artist friend Paul Signac at Saint-Tropez, a small fishing village in Provence, Matisse discovered the bright light of southern France, which contributed to a change to a much brighter palette.

Matisse’s career can be divided into several periods that changed stylistically, but his underlying aim always remained the same: to discover “the essential character of things” and to produce an art “of balance, purity, and serenity,” as he himself put it in his “Notes of a Painter” in 1908.

The Dessert: Harmony in Red
The Dessert: Harmony in Red

In the autumn of 1917, Matisse traveled to Nice in the south of France, and eventually settled there for the rest of his life.  No wonder – it’s so nice in Nice.

In the late 1940’s, sufffering from ill health, Matisse retired his paintbrush.  A spirit as creative as his, however, was not to be restrained.

The Snail
The Snail

Until his death in 1954, the trailblazing colorist snipped and tore gouache-coated paper into graphic shapes that he assembled into vibrant compositions.

Debuting at London’s Tate Modern this spring, the exhibition “Henri Matisse: The Cut Outs” features some 120 of these works, from figurative pieces – botanical tableaux, nudes – to playful abstracts such as The Snail (shown), a nine-foot square 1953 masterpiece that is as striking today as ever.matisse5 - CopyApril 17 – September 7;





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Souces: & Architectural Digest

Culture/Fashion/Exhibitionists – From the Closet to the Catwalk

There must be a reason that ‘almost’ every single designer on earth is gay!queer3Where does this connection between style and homosexuality come from?

Initially the desire to create beautiful things may have been born in reaction to dealing with a homophobic society (which has changed to become much more accepting).  Thank goodness because what kind of clothing would we be wearing otherwise? And let’s face it, who can teach us all about accessorizing more than a gay man? Who gets noticed more, likes to celebrate more and really knows how to strut their stuff? All in fun it’s hard to keep a straight face!“queer1“A Queer History of Fashion – From the Closet to the Catwalk” is a new exhibition at the FIT Museum in New York.  The fascinating show curated by Fred Dennis and the museum’s director, Valerie Steele, spans more than three centuries of gayness.  It includes 100 looks that chronicle the community’s experiments in hiding and flaunting and outdoing itself in all sorts of aesthetic ways. The show also explores the flip-side of gay fashion: masculine women.queer2Teaser – a little bit of history:

Drag queens, often the leaders of the gay pride parade, will, fittingly, also kick off the show.  Similar to the 18th-century mollies, who dressed up to go out to private parties and taverns (called molly houses), running the risk of arrest.

In the oppressive 50’s, most gay men tried to blend in and be invisible, unless at a club at night.  But what a difference a decade makes.  The 60’s seemed to make everyone bold and flamboyant.  The gays embraced the mod, hippie, disco and punk movements.  And then of course, there was Liberace. The exhibition includes one of the performer’s pink sequined capes trimmed with marabou feathers – you know, just a little something to dazzle the crowds with.  And nobody knew he was gay??

There is a section of the exhibition devoted to the work of designers who died of AIDS, like Halston and Perry Ellis, plus a sampling of AIDS-activism T-shirts bedecked with clever slogans and graphics.

For the really daring, the curators have included a Jean-Paul-Gaultier skirt-pant look from his 1984 menswear collection.  The lender said he always felt very masculine wearing it.  It would not be complete without the cone-bra corset dress like the one famously worn by Madonna.

The show ends on an elegant note, with his-and-his and hers-and-hers wedding ensembles.

The book “A queer history of fashion” accompanies the show.queer4Worth seeing!