Archive for Arts

Love the logs

The great Vancouver landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander has passed away at the age of 99. I hadn’t realized until now how ubiquitous her work was in my beloved city. It was Oberlander’s idea, for instance, to set up “log seating” on our city’s beaches (in 1963). I visit her simple yet sublime design literally every day, on English Bay.

According to the Vancouver Sun, Oberlander’s “legacy of design [also] includes such iconic contributions to Vancouver’s public spaces as … Robson Square (1983), the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch rooftop garden (1995) and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre (2011). She also designed landscapes for the Vancouver General Hospital burn unit garden, UBC’s Museum of Anthropology and the C. K. Choi Building.”

“May her memory be a blessing,” Mayor Kennedy Stewart wrote in a statement.

Still so lucky

“The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.”

No one rounds out a sentence like Henry James.

Bruce Adams

He was a lovely & congenial guy, and beloved in my old hometown. Here’s some of his artwork.

From the Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center website:

To our strong and vibrant art community — in Buffalo and beyond:

Today, we lost one of the leading figures in our world — artist, writer, and art educator Bruce Adams.

Many of you know that Bruce was living and working with cancer since October 2020. A relentless creator and communicator, he continued to paint and publish his writing almost until the end.

Bruce’s family will be grieving the loss of their husband, father, uncle, brother, and grandfather on their own time and in private. Because Bruce was such a big part of our arts community, they have asked us to let you know how we can gather, mourn, and pay tribute to Bruce as an artist, writer, educator, and friend.

Bruce’s wife Renee has confirmed that if people are moved to make a donation in Bruce’s memory, please donate to Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. Bruce was a long-time member, and was president of the Board of Directors for many years. He often referred to Hallwalls as his church.

Hallwalls is also a place you can visit if you would like to spend some time thinking about Bruce. Beginning Saturday March 13th from 5PM to 9PM, and during Hallwalls gallery hours through April 16th, there will be a tribute sign at the building entrance, and inside there will be a small tribute exhibition and a book where you can sign and share feelings and memories.

If you would like to visit on the first day of the tribute exhibition, please reserve your time slot using this link. After that first day, Hallwalls’ gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 11am-6pm and Saturday 11am-2pm.

Over the next year and a half, there will be retrospective exhibitions of Bruce’s extensive body of work. The legacy to be celebrated includes a collection of incredible paintings from 14 unique series, performances, and multimedia installations created over a period of 40+ years.

Bruce Adams was an uncompromising artist who was always proudly 100% from, about, and for Buffalo. We will miss him almost as much as he has impacted our world.

Thank you.

Edmund Cardoni, Elizabeth Licata, John Massier, Elisabeth Samuels, and Emily Tucker

That sure is one way

“You gave me two assignments. 1.) Not to call you 2.) Not to see you,” he wrote her. “So now I’m a busy man.” – Viktor Shklovsky to Elsa Triolet

Revere old artists

Two weeks ago, the New York Times published this terribly disrespectful interview with the 96-year-old actress Cicely Tyson, who died today. Earlier this week Time Magazine published this disgraceful interview with 86-year-old writer Joan Didion. What blown opportunities! What cretins.