April 19th, 2012


The Allure of the Collection

I'm back from Norwescon.  I saw lots of people I don't see enough of, and I had a lovely visit to Seattle spring. There were many  amazing cherry trees.

I'm posting now because as I write, the Allure of the Collection is opening at the National Museum in Osaka. Its the celebratory 35th anniversary exhibition of the National Museum of Art in Osaka.  I'm thrilled that I have six photographs in the exhibition (two from Women En Large and four from Familiar Men). And I very much appreciate the care they took with the accompanying text.

The exhibition is in two parts and presents some 350 works by approximately 150 artists from the museum's collection of over 6,300 items. The first part will introduce a wide range of contemporary art from the 20th and 21st century by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio Morandi, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Yayoi Kusama, and Yoshitomo Nara.

The second part, the photography exhibition that includes my work, is contemporary photographs chosen from works that the museum has acquired since the mid-'90s. It consists of a diverse selection of works from both Japan and abroad.
The exhibition catalogue includes my photograph Bob Guter.

I received my invitation to the opening a couple of weeks ago and I wish I could be there.  I was talking to my friend Rebecca Jennison today in Kyoto on Skype.  She will be taking a group of her students from Kyoto Seika University to the exhibition today and hopefully I'll get pictures. (if they're good enough I'll post them.)

Having my work in the museum twice in the last few months is wonderful.