Category Archives: A PHOTO FEATURE

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO MY WEEKEND …

It was a simple trip to my friendly Target Store to pick up a gift for my great nephew’s first birthday. Who could imagine it would end like this …DSC07942

Yes, I gave into yet another seasonal weakness …DSC07944

Why do they put the Little Debbie Pumpkin Delights at the end cap leading to the checkout lane?

Oh, well, I had to buy something to go with them.

 

DSC07946 Oh, well, I guess that should get me through the end of the month.DSCF1135

 

CONTINUING MY VISIT TO SLAM’S EAST BUILDING – Part 2

GERMAN CONTEMPORARY ART AFTER WORLD WAR II The opening exhibit in the East Building galleries  also spotlights the museum’s Contemporary German art collection.DSCF0825Burning Rods 1984–87  Anselm Kiefer

This very dark work invites you to think you see many different images.  I thought I saw cars on a rutted road, a steam locomotive and a forest. But then again maybe I didn’t. The painting reflects the aftereffects of nuclear disaster.DSCF0826

The only bit of reality is the broken shard of a white china cup in the center of the far right panel.

DSCF0828Martin Kippenberger  —  From the Nose Drops Misery into Your Porcelain

Ten paintings … but is there a common theme that ties them together?

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Orange and Black?

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I like this, but I have no idea what it is.

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Everyone thinks THE LIBRARY is a huge photographic print. But check out the details in this closeup.DSCF0832

One of the advantages of the new building … there is now room to show a plethora of Picasso’s in the original galleries.DSCF0841

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A REAL (SECOND) VISIT TO SLAM’S EAST BUILDING – Part 1

I really didn’t get a good look at the St. Louis Art Museum’s new East Building on opening day.  Far too many people were in the way.  So two weeks ago Mr. Bill and I returned for an in-depth unrushed visit.DSCF0803

No, Bill did not dress to match the art.DSCF0824

Thought the first photo blurred the art.  It didn’t. For some reason contemporary art all seems to be super-sized. So the design of the building works well with the art work. It will be interesting to see how the new galleries will work with a special show of more traditional sized paintings.DSCF0810

Tell me you weren’t visited by an earworm of M – I – C – K – E – Y   M – O – U – S – E  while watching this work.

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For some reason, I really like this painting.  And if I owned it, I would call it SAD CLOWN.

DSCF0805Too much going on in this painting for my tastes.

DSCF0807 My first car …  DSCF0808 … my youngest brother … really, this George Segal work does look like my brother Tom.   I do like his work.   Segal’s not my brother’s.

This? DSCF0818 Sorry.

DSCF0817Like this one, too.DSCF0819

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This work had to be reassembled on the gallery wall piece by piece.  My question is, who would know if the curators put it together correctly?

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(detail of above work)

Rothko

And one  Rothko for Becky.

DSCF0833And sometimes, it even looks like the visitors could have stepped out of the artwork.

That’s the end of Part One. Part Two will take a look at the special exhibit for the East Building opening … Contemporary German Art After The Second World War.

In case you’re wondering over 90,000 people visited the museum during the first month the East Building was open.

THE 1904 WORLD FAIRGROUNDS …

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EXCEPT FOR ONE THING?

What is it?

You can enlarge the photo by clicking on it to see what it is.

WHAT’S NOT NEW AT THE ZOO!

If you’ve ever visited the Saint Louis Zoo, you’ve probably seen this gigantic weathered steel sculpture as you’ve pull off of I-64 (aka. Highway Forty) and into Forest Park.DSCF0378

The other week I captured close-ups of some of my favorite members of the entourage sculpture piece.

DSCF0379RHANDY RHINO - I did remove the many aviary comments that were on his back.

DSCF0380Gerard Giraffe – almost always doomed to being a partial close-up because of his height.

DSCF0381Charlie Cheeta – who usually moves faster than the round-about in front of him.

DSCF0382RAJA - the first elephant born at the zoo and father of four members of the elephant herd.

DSCF0383UMGAWA the Gorilla - what would I do without Johnny Weissmuller?

DSCF0384GREEN-EYED CANINE – probably the Werewolf Of Government Drive.

And if you click on the top photo, you’ll get an enlarged version where you’ll discover tons of other animals ranging from alligators to zebras. What’s your favorite?

I belatedly realized I forgot to credit the sculptor of this colossal work. The sculptor is Albert Paley and the title of his 100-ton sculpture is ANIMAL’S ALWAYS which is also the motto of the zoo. It is the world’s largest public zoo sculpture and it contains more that 60 animals. It was unveiled on May 25, 2006.

AFTER THE GRAND OPENING…

DSCF0364Last weekend’s celebration on Art Hill wasn’t limited to the grand opening of the new East Building of the Art Museum …it was a day dedicated to all forms of art and expression from across the entire metropolitan area. The park grounds around the museum were a midway of tents and attractions.DSCF0331 And it started with the park rangers astride their noble steeds.  Guess some city dwellers have never seen a horse before?DSCF0365Almost every cultural group in the city was represented.DSCF0366Naturally, there was plenty of food and refreshment sites, too!DSCF0368

And entertainment, too … with different group performing every hour. After I had surveyed all the attractions, I decided it was time to walk down the hill …DSCF0362

and head for home.DSCF0369

Forest Park is a great place for walking … running … skating … and biking, too!

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Or just staying in touch with nature!DSCF0372

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And if you look closely, you’ll notice that Mother Nature also occasionally tries her hand with a little artwork.

And as I left the park, look at the crowds trying to get into it.

DSCF0374I wonder how long it will take the people of Saint Louis to get used to using roundabouts?

 

THE GREEN HILLS OF WEST WALNUT MANOR

There’s a little bit of yesterday about a half block from my home in West Walnut Manor.DSCF0176

When I was a kid, it was the winter sledding hill. Today, it is the easement for an interstate highway and allowed to grow in its natural state. And it makes a very impressive photo study. The Hollywood clouds help, too.

THE TOTAL PICTURE!

On occasion, after I’ve posted a photo to the Weekly Photo Challenge, I will occasionally supply a little background on the photo I’ve submitted or about the other photos I was considering submitting. Today I would like to submit the entire ESCAPE photo. You might want to click on it to see the larger size.THE TOTAL PICTURE

THE TOTAL PICTURE — GOOSE ON THE LOOSE!

ENJOY!

SPRING AWAKENS – A PHOTO FEATURE SALUTE

WHAT’S IN YOUR KITCHEN?

clock THE TALKING CLOCK

This was the clock that lived in my mini-cubicle when I worked in the salt mines pounding out mindless drivel that passed for advertising copy, sales motivation, training programs, and radio and television commercials. I once wrote a series of commercials for a shoe store in Arkansas that drove the customers of the store to beg and plead that if the store stopped running the commercials, they would buy more shoes. The store stopped running the commercials and soon went out of business. Customer’s lie!

The clock also served to remind of scheduled meetings and lunch with either an annoying animatronic female voice or an equally annoying crowing rooster.

When I was asked to retire, I took the talking clock home to serve as my kitchen timer.

Mlle. Renee hates it … especially the crowing rooster.

 

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