We visited Palm Springs, California, over the Christmas holidays. The Palm Springs Art Museum lived up to it’s reputation as a small sized, world-class museum.
They have a mixture of longtime residents of Palm Springs whom are better known as actors than as artists, like George Montgomery Letz (1916-2000) (married to Dinah Shore), Navajo textile art, Hopi, Mexican, Latin American, American, British, Japanese, and pop art surrealists like Andy Warhol.
Here are some highlights:
Fernando Botero’s words really inspired me to continue my journey using the influence of Ingres and Raphael:
– from the signage next to his painting:
“If I paint a painting that has the same subject as a famous (historical) painter has used, I am part of the same tradition. I am saying that I am equal to the artist who first painted that painting.”
Botero’s origins as a Latin American have had a profound effect on his development as an artist. The above quote seems to challenge anyone who would marginalize him or his work as “colonial”, an attitude he fiercely objected to during his time in Europe (1952-1955).
We were surrounded by golf courses during our stay, here’s a neat shot of the orange trees. Needless to say, we got our vitamin C during this holiday.
THE LIVING DESERT
We also visited the Living Desert, whose mission is desert conservation through preservation, education, and appreciation. Here’s my favorite shot of two of the camels. They were playing around more than anything else, but this game of “bite my ass” went on for at least 10 minutes. Too funny.
And last but not least, we visited the Palm Springs Air Museum. Some of the Docents there are WWII vets, and everyone else is a pilot. Amazing stories, great artwork on the walls and on the airplanes too.