Saturday, April 25, 2015

Reel Deels --- Day 4/86

Walk: SF International Film Festival (Mr. Holmes and Listen To Me, Marlon)
Distance: 2 miles

Ciwt  just home from six hours at the movies with two very difficult men,   Image result for sherlock holmes ian mckellen 
(Sherlock Holmes/Ian McKellen)  
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(Marlon Brando/Marlon Brando)
two of our greatest actors (/same pictures), a well-known film critic, two important producers and a fire evacuation (not a drill).  Time to digest all these reel deels.

Friday, April 24, 2015

'Geriatric Starlet'* --- Day 4/85

Walk: Sacramento Street Shoe Repair, SF International Film Festival (SFIFF)
Distance: 3.7 miles

The first day of the SFIFF took Ciwt all the way to .... New York City.  Yes, not so international, but the clothes, costume jewelry, fabrics, and array of bling was from all over the world.  All of it, filling a warehouse in New York and apartments in New York and Palm Beach, was collected by the 'style' maven, Iris
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Fashion has energy as do color, baubles, and brassiness whether inanimate or animate like Iris herself.  From at least her early teens, Iris grabbed onto that energy and has never let go for 93 years and counting becoming a collector, textile designer, interior decorator, international traveler and now fashion educator to young, aspiring fashion students.  Image result for iris apfel

Legendary documentarian Albert Maysles followed Iris for a year capturing her zaniness, glib wisdom, relentless energy, apparently high spirits, skill at haggling, and of course all her possessions.  It's all quite jaw-droppingly material, but after waiting in vain for some depth or ideas to chew on,  Ciwt became a bit uninterested.  Like spending hours wandering around Harry Winston or the designer department of Bergdorf's; what's there to think about after a while?**  Image result for iris apfel

(PS - This didn't happen in the similar 2010 documentary on Joan Rivers, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work which had more soul with the bling).

* The term she coined for herself and a classic example of her likably relaxed, casual, self-aware wit.

**At one point, Carl sort of slipped and was about to tell some stories about how difficult Jackie was during the re-decorating of the White House.  But he was immediately hushed up.  Too bad; that could have been fun.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hitting the Big Screen Road -- Day 4/84

Walk: Errands
Distance: 7 blocks or so and home yoga

Tomorrow Ciwt starts her 2-week round the world odyssey.  Walking and sitting style.

San Francisco's annual International Film Festival opens this evening (too late for matinee lover Ciwt), but she has tickets in hand for 13 films after that.  Hold onto your berets, sombreros, panamas and other hats; adventure awaits!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Woman in Golden --- Day 4/83

Walk: CPMC, Sundance Kabuki (Woman in Gold), Trader Joe's, Carpet Contractors
Distance: 6 miles

Hair.  Golden hair, that's the color of  Helen Mirren's in Woman in Gold.  another of her bravura performances.  As a friend texted me, "What can't she play?"  Here one could say her 'co-stars' are the holocaust and the most famous and beloved portrait in all of Austria  Image result for woman in gold helen mirren*
during the years of the movie.  Amazingly, with her great understatement, vitality and dignity Mirren is every bit the equal of both.  In Woman in Gold, Ciwt got to see Vienna, which she love and brush up on some art history, but it was Mirren who was most riveting. (Again, and always since first memorably encountering her in Prime Suspect). So too Klimt's portrait itself which is on perpetual view at the Neue Gallery in New York.  Like Mirren, no matter how many pictures, posters, postcards you see, nothing captures the actual presence of these stunning women. Take it from Ciwt who you might remember (accidentally) recently stood inches away from Adele Bloch-Bauer I. **

*Gustave Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907, 54"x54", Oil, silver and gold on canvas
**see CIWT Day 3/360

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

It's Relative --- Day 4/82

Walk: Van Ness
Distance: 2.5 miles and home yoga

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55 degrees and falling.  Ciwt knows you think we are wimps out here (we are!), but, when our temperature is in the 50's, it's cold in San Francisco.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Oddly Pink --- Day 4/81

Walk: Trader Joe's
Distance: 2 miles and home yoga

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Philip Guston,  The Room, 1970

              Philip Guston, Dawn, 1970, 67"x108", o/c

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Philip Guston (1913-1980)

Bonnard's odd pink figure, and palette of pinks, purples, greens and blues from CIWT 4/79  put Ciwt in mind of Philip Guston, an artist who worked with somewhat the same palette as Bonnard but at the polar opposite end of the joyfulness spectrum.  Here he is talking about his art.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Quiet Time --- Day 4/80

Walk: Sundance Kabuki/Cinema Club (A Brilliant Young Mind, aka X+Y), Dosa
Distance: 3 miles and small home yoga

Louis Ritman (1889-1963), A Day in July, 1918, 36.25" x 36.25," o/c  
   Bouquet by Catherine Scott Flowers (Sonoma)

A quiet interlude as Ciwt assimilates ballet, Cinema Club movie and discussion, graduation-to-now pix of classmates, and all that taupe.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Et La Femme? --- Day 4/79

Walk: SF Opera House (Program 7 Ballet)
Distance: 4.6 miles, small chair yoga at ballet

Pierre Bonnard, Ruelle de Vernonnette, ca 1912-14, 76x65.2 cm, o/c

What do you see here?  Under the sky and trees, Ciwt sees a pink nude woman squatting in a yellow courtyard with something black somehow attached to her.  To Ciwt this is such a peculiar, vulgar really, image, it seems worthy of comment.  But no comment in the signage from the Scottish Galleries Treasures show, or in the accompanying book or online at the National Galleries of Scotland site.

The Ruelle painting is certainly significant because it marks an all important shift in Bonnard's palette. Up until it, Bonnard had used dark colors.  But in this painting he began using the glowing purples, pinks, greens and yellows that are found in the joyfully intimate art for which he is known. He had recently bought a house in Vernonnet and become friends with Monet who lived nearby in Giverny.  Most likely Bonnard was influenced by Monet, and like many other artists, also found that the bright light of his new home outside of Paris led him to see and paint in more vibrant tones.

But, still for Ciwt, there is this odd image...