Yayoi Kusama’s Love Dots

When I saw the pictures of Yayoi Kusama’s artwork in the paper about her upcoming exhibition at the Hirshhorn museum, I recalled one of the first posts I had written on Art Is Everywhere. It happened to be her polka dot artwork in the art exhibit “Happenings.” She loves dots and uses them with mirrors, along with and on pumpkins. The exhibit is supposed to be a sensory explosion. The Hirshhorn anticipates it being a blockbuster show and is giving out free timed passes. The artist is 87 years old and still causing quite a stir with dots — just in time to enjoy for Valentine’s Day during this month of love.

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Flowers in Abundance

Art in Bloom can also be seen in the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA’s) exhibit pairing flower arrangements as art in front of paintings from which they were inspired. The exhibit is appropriately called Art in Bloom.

Here are just a couple of examples, one with my favorite painting at NOMA.

27-art-bird-of-paradisej. PHOTOS BY JOHN MCCUSKER, Times Picayune

Still Life With Box’ by artist Jean Metzinger is paired with an arrangement by the Junior League of New Orleans Garden Club; it was the second-place winner. — Times Picayune

27-art-angels. PHOTOS BY JOHN MCCUSKER / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

The Acres of Green Garden Club won the competition with its arrangement paired with ‘Whisperings of Love’ by William Adolphe Bouguereau. — Times Picayune

As NOMA communications director Grace Wilson noted, speaking about them all:

“The placement of each leaf and flower is like a brush stroke.” — Times Picayune

Interesting to note that you have to be “licensed” to be a flower arranger/florist in New Orleans.

My Favorite Things

Not mine —  but my very talented, and good and fun artist friend, Patsie Uchello and fellow native New Orleanian. My son Jackson, Peter and I recently attended an exhibit/ gallery opening of her work in her exhibit, My Favorite Things, at the Art Square in Leesburg, VA last Friday. This was the inaugural opening of the gallery as well. It’s similar to the Torpedo Factory / Art League here in Alexandria, VA. Patsie shows her work here as well and takes ongoing classes. I’ve enjoyed taking classes at the Art League as well but lately time has not permitted this. Since shells are some of my favorite things, here’s just a sampling of Patsie’s impressive work. More reviews in The Washington Post and a video of the Center’s opening, featuring the divine, Patsie herself. The exhibit is on view through April 3rd.

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I wish we had more time to spend at the gallery but after an over-an-hour long drive at rush hour, we arrived later than we had hoped. We had to leave to meet our dinner reservation at Vintage50, a brew pub/ restaurant in Leesburg. Something to do while we were there and it was pretty good. They brew their own beer. The Belgium style was good, as was the Tuna Sashimi Lollipops, not typically my style but Jackson loves sushi and Asian food. The Braised Pork Shank with Sweet Potato Puree was ideal. After two other food posts this week, it seems fitting to post this and give it a thumbs up.

Another interesting exhibit to mention that I recently saw in the newspaper, The G40 Summit, sponsored by Art Whino.

I really like this Leonardo daVinci inspired graffiti portrait. I would think with it would be hard to get this kind of precision with spray paint. There are 2,000 works on view by 500 artists on different floors of an office building in Crystal City, until March 27th.

Leonardo inspired portrait by Gaia at G40 Summit

Since favorite things can also be The Little Things, here it is by Good Charlotte for Friday to Kick Start the Weekend:


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