Category Archives: Art

15 July 2015

Scenes from behind the camera, finally

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I normally don’t “yea me” that much, but this weekend was pretty special. After years of stops, starts and getting in my own way, I “directed” my first short (really, really short) film today based on an idea I’ve had in the back of my mind for a while. I’ll explain the story itself when everything is in the can.

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It’s weird to say “directed” because I don’t feel like I did anything. It was the crew, including two beautiful, talented and giving actors, who did it all.

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With that said, I’m on cloud 9 right now. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the actors, my co-workers and the dazzling crew who helped bring something in my head to life! More soon…after we make it out of post production!

By the way, life begins at 45.

10 June 2015

Vitra Design Museum: “Making Africa” and changing minds

Africa: starving children, war, and if there is art and design, it’s courtesy of “those poor folks” using recycled bean tins that fell off the back of an official UN lorry.

All sarcasm aside, art and design hailing from the continent seems to have a “story,” a story sometimes defined by well meaning, although slightly prone-to-stereotpyical-thinking Westerners.

Making Africa,”  an exhibit showing at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein (DE) slams the book on that story – finally – and introduces visitors to another chapter..one that has been known to those with a keen interest in art and design from the continent for a while.

I implore you: If you are anywhere in Switzerland or southern Germany, you must see this exhibit. I did. And was astounded.

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The show was curated by Nigerian-born Okwui Enwezor, director of both Haus der Kunst in Munich and the 56th Venice Biennale.

Some of the works hail from brands, artists and designers such as Maki Oh (Nigeria), Cyrus Kabiru (Kenya) and Omar Victor Diop (Senegal).

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“Making Africa” runs until 13 September 2015.

25 May 2015

What does a $300 million painting look like?

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No. It doesn’t look like this. Actually didn’t make it to the Vitra Museum’s “Making Africa” exhibit. That’s next on the list.

Memorial Day (US) and Pfingsten (Europe), also known as “Pentecost,” landed on the same day this year. Honor the day in a way that aligns with your spirit and soul.

A friend and I hopped a train to Basel to visit the Paul Gauguin exhibit at the Beyeler Museum.

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Beyeler Museum, Basel

The place was packed.

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Probably because of this:

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“When Will You Marry?”

A Swiss collector sold “When Will You Marry?” earlier this year for $300 million to a group of museums in Qatar.

$300 million.

Yes. I stood way back from it.

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Gauguin’s palette

If you go, a couple of tips:

  • Do NOT go during the weekend midday. Visit around 9AM or after 3PM.
  • Buy tickets online.
  • Leave your jacket at coatcheck.
  • Wear comfy shoes.
  • Be patient. Grandma has elbows and she’s not afraid to use them.