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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 11 January 2013

    CONTENTS:
  1. New Art - Study of Magda
  2. January Joys and Jewels - Celebrating Twelve Years - How can you get More Art?
  3. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain
  4. Richard Serra at the Guggenheim
  5. Blog Highlights
  6. Subscription Info.

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[Frank Gehry Guggenheim architecture]

Guggenheim - Bilbao, Spain
Architecture by Frank Gehry; photography by Kelly Borsheim 2012

Dear Art Lover,

[figure painting woman back]

The 11th of January marks another year for my art career. I "took the plunge" as we say, into full-time art in 2001 and have never looked back. I usually like to celebrate by making an offer that allows you to have more art in your life with the intention of helping you enjoy your home or office environment. Details for this year's event are below.

But first, it seems only right to write to you if I have something new to share with you. While I am working on a series of artworks now that I prefer to complete before dangling more parts of them in front of you, I can show you a recent oil painting. I worked with a Polish model named Magda. It is a study of her back and was painted on a canvas with a dark preparation ground ("campitura"). I learned a tremendous amount while painting this oil painting and I am looking forward to my future endeavors in oil. "Study of Magda" is 80 x 40 cm and she is available if this classic pose and look interests you.

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January Joys and Jewels:

This one-time special anniversary offer is now over.
Thank you for your support and interest in my art work!
~Kelly Borsheim

View sculpture here: http://www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture.htm
View the pricelist (with links to each available work) here: http://www.borsheimarts.com/pricelist.htm#sculpture

Vasily Fedoroul's available pieces are here: http://www.borsheimarts.com/vasilyfedorouk.htm

"Stargazer" and "Gymnast."

[original sculpture]
"Fish Lips"

[original sculpture]
"Zebra Lips"

[original sculpture]
"Reginald"

[original sculpture]
"Lips with Tie"

[original sculpture]
"Pelican Lips"

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The Guggenheim, Including Sculpture by Richard Serra, Bilbao, Spain:

2012 was a year of many new experiences for me, including travel. I was delighted to see a photo of me in front of some colorful street art in Serbia in a local paper in Pancevo this summer, with an accompanying script about the "visiting American sculptor." Shortly after that trip, I flew to San Sebastian, Spain, and took two weeks of a month-long course in mural making. [The latter two weeks were spent back in Italy painting my first mural, which you may view online at: www.borsheimarts.com/news/2012_10-MuralPainting.htm ]

While I was in San Sebastian (a gorgeous city!), I stayed with a cousin of my friend Victor Goikoetxea, the mural instructor. This was one of the sweetest families I have ever stayed with and they thought to help me see something of the Basque country by arranging to drive us all to Bilbao one Saturday. They dropped me off at the famous Guggenheim Museum and then went to visit some close friends for the day. We met up again for dinner before returning that evening to San Sebastian.

I had not researched my trip much, burning the candle at both ends as I tend to do. So, I was quite surprised when the car rose higher as we crossed the bridge into Bilbao and I caught my first glimpse of Frank Gehry's architecture that IS the Guggenheim. This is an impressive work: the building and the grounds.

But for the art inside, hmmm, it was a far cry from the hopes of one who would enter such a space. When I was there, David Hockney's paintings were the main attraction. I like more kinds of art than most people assume that I would, so I spent a fair amount of time looking at each of Mr. Hockney's paintings. I wanted to find something to admire in them. Purtroppo, I just found myself dumbfounded the further I went into the exhibit. I could have liked his landscapes of purple trees . . . if I had seen them in a children's book instead of monumental and on the walls. Context is important for any artwork. He, like anyone, certainly has the right to paint whatever he wishes, but really, must the rest of us glorify it to the point of giving this "work" so much real estate and time? And money? When will the people who make these sorts of cultural decisions stand up and exclaim that "This emperor has no clothes!"

Anyway, when choosing the images I shot of my trip to the Guggenheim, I did a Google image search. There are some really gorgeous shots of Frank Gehry's realized design! I still felt that my afternoon snapshots were not bad and different from what I saw online, so please allow me to share with you some of them. Hopefully, you will not want to write to me and say, "Get dressed, woman!" However, if that is your urge, by all means, exercise it!

On the flip side, if you enjoy these images, all are available as giclée fine art prints. Click here for price information and then just contact me with what you want. Thank you!

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Richard Serra In the Guggenheim - Bilbao:

Sculptor Richard Serra, whose large tilted swirling rusting walls are part of the permanent exhibit inside the Guggenheim always seemed more like an architect to me than a sculptor. But perhaps that is because today, the label 'sculptor' seems to apply to anyone working in 3-dimensions, especially if that work exists more as an aesthetic experience than a functional one. But I often still have sculptor Vasily Fedorouk's comment in mind that originally the verb 'sculpt' meant strictly "to remove material." He understood this to mean that only stone and wood carvers were pure 'sculptors.'

Mr. Serra's hot-rolled steel walls were engaging. The first image on the top left (F321) shows the 'maquette' of the artist, while the image on the right (F358) shows the actual installation. It is funny having these images side-by-side because I had not noticed until this writing that the curved wall in the middle-ground left that looks similar to a bucket in the 'maquette' appears to have been installed upside down on the right, resembling a lampshade! Did the artist change his mind? [We do that sometimes, you know!]

I am not sure what I was supposed to feel while wandering through these tall wavering walls of rusting steel, but I mostly felt peace and began to daydream a lot. Maybe more than usual, but it is difficult for me to recognize this. I did enjoy the various textures on the metal and the colours were quite rich. I have a feeling that I would have enjoyed this presentation even more had it been surrounded by the greens of nature instead of the whites of man. I want to feel the damp give of the earth beneath my feet and see the dappled light of overhanging branches as it falls on the metal. I only wish my images could help you get a better sense of what it felt like to walk among the creations of Richard Serra.

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Pace (peace),
Kelly Borsheim
11 January 2013


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