Saturday, August 21, 2010
Wrapping It Up
OK, I admit I've been lax. I notice it's been a whole month since I posted here, but that will give you an idea of the tempo of my days in Berkeley. Not doing much, and doing it slowly.
What have we been up to recently? Well, a good friend arranged an extraordinarily successful exhibition of her late mother's painting at the Lost Art Salon, specializing in mid-20th century work of little-known or forgotten artists. It was a big crowd, and her mother, Aline Stix, sold dozens of paintings posthumously. The gallery is in an industrial area south of Market Street in San Francisco and the view from the rooftop could make for an interesting show itself. The graffiti is great.
To get back in the mood for our return to Paris we drove over to the Legion of Honor Museum, which I've mentioned before. It's modeled on the Hôtel de Salm in Paris, which houses the original Paris Legion of Honor museum. A stunning building in a spectacular site, sitting on a headland overlooking the Golden Gate, it was temporary home to an exhibit called "Impressionist Paris".
The art is accompanied by some of the loveliest views in San Francisco. Not to mention the summer fog that has dogged us relentlessly since the 4th of July.
But it's over for the year, we're heading back to Paris. No more Mexican food (although we did finally find a very good Mexican restaurant in the 5th arrondissement), and a continuing search for spicy Chinese. We think it's a fair trade.