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Porter's Crystal Cup Nebula 
Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 12:06 PM - General
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The painting, Crystal Cup Nebula, is a piece created from the experience of a cut crystal punch cup. The free-floating purple and orange chevron and bird-like shapes invoke asteroid belts, comet tails and moons. The creamy yellow light originating from the middle right side of the painting is a sun, one of many, illuminating the galaxy with its warmth. The stars are so close you can touch them.

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Gerhard Richter, Betty, and Me 
Saturday, July 18, 2009, 03:08 PM - General
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I recently visited the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The fourth and fifth floors have a great collection of contemporary art. The curators have dedicated an intimate room to works of contemporary master, Gerhard Richter. Hanging on the wall, is the famous photo-realistic, rear-facing portrait of his daughter, Betty. Also included in this room are some of his non-objective abstracts, as well as a harpsichord, whose raised interior lid was painted by Richter.

All contemporary painters and meta-expressionism owe a debt to Richter for his choice to embrace painting at both ends of the continuum, realistic and abstract, creating acceptance for individual artists to use the form which best suits expression of the idea, concept or feeling. Like Picasso before him, he has stretched the stylistic boundaries of art and given the gift of freedom to the individual painter.

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Island in the Attersee by Gustav Klimt 
Friday, July 3, 2009, 04:02 PM
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So much can be said about water and the spiritual attraction it offers. Island in the Attersee by Gustav Klimt is a spiritual experience of the lake. This painting was done in 1901, but the experience is timeless.

The strokes of pale lavender, emerald green, and pink play off the neon yellow as the sun flickers and reflects on this summer's day. Nothing distracts us as we look across the water, only the silent currents of the depths, as the water gently bobs endlessly up and down. We experience the island only as the tip of a giant paintbrush being dipped into the lake of tranquility and solitude.

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Gustav Klimt - Beyond Decoration into Eternity 
Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 08:51 AM
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Gustav Klimt was surely a painter concerned with decoration, but he delved so deeply into the essence of decoration, ornament and beauty that he revealed their eternal and infinite forms. In transcending the style of his times, the paintings become beauty themselves.

In Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, he exploits the flat, geometric elements, using the black, silver and gold rectangles, the split circles, triangles, the linear spirals, and both jagged and curved line. Klimt goes beyond the surface perception into experience itself; Adele exists in a heaven of perfection, and the viewer is free to join her.

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David Hockney at Malibu 
Friday, June 26, 2009, 07:38 PM - General
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If you have ever been to Malibu, California, you know Highway 1 goes right through Malibu, with the great Pacific Ocean at one side. In his book, That's the Way I See It, David Hockney features two pages (pp. 196-97) of some great paintings of the ocean at Malibu where he lived in his beach house:

Breakfast at Malibu, Sunday, 1989
A Bigger Wave, 1989
Green Tide, 1989
The Sea at Malibu, 1988

Also featured are three small plates of his Malibu beach house:

Malibu House, 1988
Beach House by Day, 1990
Beach House by Night, 1990

The colors of the plates in the book are phenomenal. He got the feel of the ocean, the waves, and the relaxed, cozy beach house just right. The curling waves and expanses of blue and green convey the wide open water. The paintings ooze charm and take you right to the shore.

Sally Porter
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