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