A Celebration of Light: Ghent in 2015

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Have you started planning you travels for 2015?  I know it’s a little early to be thinking about next year…but Light Festival Ghent, held in Ghent, Belgium, only comes around once every three years, so for this I argue a bit of planning is in order.  Held for four days in late January, Light Festival Ghent …

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ArtSmart Roundtable: Making the Most Out of Your Art Museum Experience

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I am a museum person.  I love museums and visiting them are always at the top of my “to do” list when I travel.  But I am well aware that not everybody feels this way.  There are those of you who find art museums boring or intimidating.  For this month’s ArtSmart Roundtable, I put together …

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ArtSmart Roundtable: Rodin’s Thinker

The Thinker greeting visitors to San Francisco's Legion of Honor.  Image courtesy of Ashley Gardini.

“Is that the Thinker?” “That’s a replica, right?  I saw the real one in Paris.” I often heard some variety of the questions above during my time working the membership desk at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.  Typically, I would respond with a slightly longwinded answer explaining that it is a real Thinker, …

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From Marble to Flesh: the Biography of Michelangelo’s David

Art History.  It’s is a topic that I absolutely adore and am endlessly passionate about.  I’ve studied art history academically and am working on building a career teaching it professionally.  That said, it is a subject that at times can, well, feel rather elitist.  Generally, art history publications – whether books or periodicals – are written …

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ArtSmart Roundtable: America and Its Skyscrapers

Louis Sullivan's Wainwright building in St. Louis.
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With ridiculously high Supertalls and Megatalls popping up around the globe, the skyscraper has evolved into a very international architectural type.  But for this ArtSmart Roundtable post, I want to bring the skyscraper back to its roots.  With this month’s topic being National Art – that is, a style of art that distinctly embodies a region or country …

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Yayoi Kusama and Naoshima

Yayoi Kusama Yellow Pumpkin Naoshima

As soon as my husband and I decided to go to Japan for our honeymoon in 2012, I knew we had to go to Naoshima Island.  Had to.  Ever since I studied Yayoi Kusama’s work and saw an image of her spotted yellow “Pumpkin” jutting out on a small pier into the Seto Inland See …

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Seeking Frank Lloyd Wright in San Francisco

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Your answer to enjoying a Frank Lloyd Wright building without the lines, tickets and obligatory guided tours is surprisingly in San Francisco! The V.C. Morris Gift Shop was designed by the famed architect in 1948.  With its circular ramp connecting the bottom and second floors, V.C. Morris is considered a kind of prototype to the …

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The de Young Museum, San Francisco, California

"Mother Earth" by Chiura Obata - one of my favorite artworks in the de Young's collection.

Located in the always lovely Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is one of San Francisco’s big four museums (the other three being its sister museum, the Legion of Honor, the Asian Art Museum, and SFMOMA, which is closed until 2016). I was lucky enough to call the de Young my place of work …

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