I have noticed that I have a resistance to completing things. For awhile now I have been working on some projects, including cleaning out closets and drawers and throwing things away, and I get to a point where it is about 95% complete and that's when I just want to stop. I imagine that the reason is that if it isn't "finished" than I am "Leaving room for improvement" or keeping it open, somehow. However, I also suspect that there must be something else going on under the surface, some other factor.
I knew almost nothing about this artist when I went recently to The Skirball Cultural Center. He was a prolific artist who's work covered a range encompassing realism to impressionism. His later works painted from his garden at Wannsee allow areas of thick paint so that it appears that the brush laid down and swirled impromptu patterns of light and color to evoke flower beds.
I was fortunate to be there for a curatorial walk through led by Barbara Gilbert who eloquently and humorously shared her knowledge and connection to the seventy or so works of art currently on display. The exhibition will be up through January 29th, 2006.
From San Diego to Vancouver, 100 Artists of the West Coast II covers 100 artists with over 400 full color photographs of their work. The collection includes art from private as well as public collections and installations, including the collections of LACMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art New York, and the New York Public Library to name just a few. I'm happy to be included.