Thursday, May 31, 2012

Irving Petlin ! !

Thanks to Amy White, who has known the Petlins since she was a little girl, I had the chance to meet Sarah and Irving Petlin today for lunch and a studio visit with Irving afterwards. In case you are not familiar with his work, he built the Peace Tower in LA in the 1960s with Mark DiSivero and has made exquisite paintings ever since. He shows with Kent Gallery in NYC and has Swiss and Paris galleries too, was friends with Leon Golub and Nancy Spero and is truly a political, humanist and alive artist. Here are some photographs of my time with him in his remarkable studio, on the top floor with no lift - 2 small rooms with quite a view, filled with work and layers of time, effort and vision. Here, a Celan book and a b+w photograph of a detail of an older painting of his:
 Old bread in the corner of one of his studio tables.
 Bare bulb in his small storage room.
 View from his studio window that appears in many pieces.
 Irving Petlin in his studio
 The alley way up to his studio building....
 His studio building, top floor on the left.

Japanese Man and Cow working the Rice Paddy

Detail of Japanese Man and Cow working the rice paddy
 The exterior of the entranceway to his alley
 Holding a photo of his wife Sarah and their 2 children, Gabriel and Alessandra, when they arrived in  Paris in the 1960s.
 WWI and WWII, 2 in a series of over 60 that will be in his October show at Kent in NYC

 The Nile
 Sarajevo Tree

 Palestinian Palm Tree - Irving was escorted to the border of Israel to leave immediately when he showed x-rays of Palestinian childrens' hands that had been smashed by Israelis in a symposium on 20th Century images of war

 Stairwell window

The Nile + WWI and WWII
 Paint towers that someone wanted to buy but he uses them!

 A photographic piece for an Egyptian Jewish Poet that he lets fade....

A street in his neighborhood


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

La Pontoise + Tama

Tama leaves tomorrow after a heavenly week in Paris. I took her to the amazing restaurant La Pontoise and we strolled there and back for several hours, seeing an incredible Taryn Simon show on the way. This menu on glass at the Cafe Regis made us think of and miss Amy White:
 Anti-World? How is that possible in Paris? The world always seems more beautiful and possible here.....
 Hat store where Tama got her son a fabulous grey and white striped ribbon hat!

 Guthrie's double-sided mask nest to his bedroom lamp....
 Guthrie in his room with his Spanish sword
 Harper in the morning, fresh as a flower

 Harper's picture of mommy all dressed for the day
 random window

 Tama's lunch: mille feuille with bettroot and goat cheese, not to mention dollops of pesto, olive oil, vinegar and honey at La Pontoise
 My foie gras with figs, honey, sun-dried tomato, red peppercorns and sea salt

 Prize chickens
 Cafe Regis
 Double Self for Felix
 Tama at La Pontoise

 Tama Sontag

 Elin and Tama photographing Amy White in Paris

 Harper exhausted after dinner and a tiny bit sunburned
 Hunting Museum courtyard window

 Never forget

 A great orange hat but I can not wear wool

 still life
 peonies that i bought for myself on the way home - sitting in front of the Daniel Buren poster we bought and hung
 Peonies on our dining room table and my kir royal - creme de cassis + cremant