Thursday, May 28, 2015

activation liverpool exchange

"Ambivalence is the key to success." (Amy Poehler) 

Pizza for dinner, kids!

 (above) Faith Ringgold, Maya’s Quilt of Life, (1989). Estimate $150,000 to $250,000. (Photo: Courtesy of Swann Galleries)

Celebrated poet, writer, actress, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou’s private collection of African-American art, most of which has never been shown publicly, is heading to auction at Swann Auction Galleries on September 15.
The collection of nearly 50 artworks, including pieces by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Melvin Edwards, and Jonathan Green, was directly consigned by Angelou’s estate to auction house’s African-American Fine Art Department. Angelou’s family are “happy to have the art that she loved, bring joy and inspiration to the lives of others,” according to a statement by the author’s son Guy Johnson.

(below)Jean Moutoussamy-Ashe, Maya Angelou, (1993). Estimate $1,000 to $1,500. (Photo: courtesy Swann Auction Galleries)

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend… especially when she can hang them on her wall! These beauties are the work of Cape Town based painter Kurt Pio
hard to believe these are paintings, eh?

I got another good few hours in the studio today, two days in a row!  It seems also that I've vanquished the ants because I haven't seen any evidence of them for a couple of weeks so I guess I'll put away the vacuum finally before I trip on the extra long cord and hit the cement.  With al the tables arranged willy nilly there are extension cords running in every direction so I am being super careful.  It would be days before TY would notice I am gone and check on me, and that would probably be a phone call where he would leave a message that it's dinner time and hang up.  

I got the black and white squares arranged in a different configuration, forming the outline of a square that's 16 blocks around, then I filled in the center with 9 additional blocks with only one white line instead of two.  The center block I outlined in the black and white toile.  And now it's time to make 28 new blocks with three white print lines in each.  That will take me longer than I have tomorrow, but I will try to get at least half done.  I think for Row #3 I MIGHT try cutting into some blocks and extending the lines through a row, but we'll see-  gonna get the straight version done first before I go in and start diversifying.  Anyway, I am looking forward to it and that hasn't happened in quite a while. And imagine- it's a BED quilt getting me fired up.  Wonders never cease.

First thing tomorrow I need to drop off my two pieces at the local show.  I've sent them 'The Lost' and a collage called 'Dressing Up' but they must be hand delivered, which is a pain-  it's a show that has people from maybe 10 art organizations and you have to check in with who you registered with.  Since I belong to several of the groups it's never quite clear who I am affiliated with.  And the lines are long as you can imagine-  lots of questions and special directions and 'what if's'.  

1 comment :

Christine Nielsen said...

Love the black and white quilt. I think we are a lot alike. I start with the goal of "less is more" but seem to always find ways to add complexity and, I think, interest.