Friday, September 21, 2012

Do Say "Hello."

I had the opportunity to preview the Bonjour Picasso! exhibit at the Nelson last night and am dropping in to urge you to do the same.  It's a beautiful jewel-box of an exhibit, just the sort of thing that lends itself to a short, but much needed, indulgence.

A combination of drawings, photographs, painting and pottery it gives a glimpse of genius, as if we had a friendly chat with the artist at the corner coffee shop.  One photo, in particular, shows a small girl, bent at the waist, trying to take in all that was his studio, jumbled with paintings stacked against the boiserie.  I felt the same at the exhibit.  Take your glasses; you'll rarely have the opportunity to get so close.

The space is fresh and lively, walls clad in blue inspired by the Mediterranean.  It's a great exhibit for children due to the size, the variety of medium and the personal nature of the pictures.  Who knew Picasso had a Boxer?  Now I do.

Smarter still to attend the Gallery Talk with curator Jan Schall, Friday, November 9th at 7pm.  The exhibit, the talk and general admission are, amazingly, free.  A bit more information here.

Image, courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, features Woman with a Mauve Hat, Pablo Picasso, 1939.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Catching Up

Just back from New York after not having been for a year.  I had missed it more than I realized and mentioned to a friend over tea that I could see myself living there.  "Well, the weather has been great, darling," was his reply.  Too true - it was gorgeous - but more and more familiar and filled with friends.  (Bill and the boys are not keen to this idea, so don't be looking for my change of address card anytime soon.)

My latest piece is up at, so do click over to see what inspired Thomas Pheasant's newest collection for Baker.  It's the most remarkable treat to be able to rummage about in creative minds, and his is a particularly good one.

Image courtesy of Architectural Digest, but the image top is via Baker and the one below by Mr. Pheasant.