December 25, 2011
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
I am between desks flying home for Christmas. Feeling like this so high in the sky – on this bridge between the past and future – I cannot help but be grateful for the family and friends I share this magical day with. Christmas is about community, people coming together and helping each other. A special celebration of giving and sharing. A moment when we think and dream all the joy filled wishes for their health, prosperity and safety. Christmas is really a time of wonder. Merry Christmas to you all.
And the best present for Betty on Christmas day – relaxing.
A few years ago Sarah Moon made this picture of twins wearing identical white furs. Both dear friends I think of this holiday. The winter and cold is here.
The coziness and warmth you feel between them is also here. A moment of reflection on how we mirror ourselves in others at this time of year seeing those things
we share together in this dark season.
Many people know there is a forever love and friendship story between Naomi
and her “papa” Azzedine. A special relationship by election between them that
has been family for the other for almost thirty years.
Our family is as big as we choose to make it at this time of year.
In 1958 Warhol made this wonderfully childish Christmas tree pattern. As a paint it yourself coloring pattern, he shares with us his own special tree all colored in his Christmas surprise. Each ornament different as he wanted. Telling us to go and color in our own tree now. Here is the pattern. Such an amazing artist. It makes me think he believed in Christmas!
The Goudemalion: this is the first retrospective of Jean-Paul Goude’s work ever shown in Paris and is now at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs until Spring 2012. Featuring drawings, films and photographs, not to mention the gigantic waltzing ladies that amazed Paris at the Bicentenary, the installations show the most celebrated moments of his life and work, including many photos of Grace Jones, his muse and friend for over his long career. The name Goude- Malion is after Pygmalion,
the mythic sculptor who fell in love with his own statues.
We are listening at Christmas to the amazing voice of Jessye Norman singing Ave Maria and it reminds me of a special moment in 1989. Three artists helping each other. This behind the scenes photo was taken as Jessye Norman was getting ready to sing the Marseillaise at the French Bicentenary. Here she is being final fitted by Azzedine Alaia who designed her dress and helped by Jean-Paul Goude who designed the entire celebration.