Thursday, April 18, 2024

Golisano Children's Museum of Naples

I spent hours here with the granddaughters.  They liked it so much we came back after lunch.

Architects?  Engineers?

They must have spent an hour climbing up and down, and racing around, this three story banyan tree.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024


 The first grader doesn't want to go to the beach with her parents.  She wants to stay here and use my pool.

This is what they mean by a "first world problem."

Tuesday, April 16, 2024


The arches leading to the fitness center are so pretty I am tempted to start exercising.


Monday, April 15, 2024

Keith Haring

The artist Keith Haring was inspired byAndy Warhol and first met him in 1984.

These four Haring screenprints from 1986 are collectively titled Andy Mouse.  Haring thought Warhol had become iconic in the same way that Mickey Mouse had.  

(Hope you got your tax returns filed by today!)

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Andy Warhol III

 More from Bank of America's works by Andy Warhol at Baker Museum.

Grapes, 1979.  These were done at a time Warhol also designed some wine labels.

Space Fruit:  Still Lives, 1979.  (OK, I forget . . . )

Mount Vesuvius, 1985.  For centuries the volcano Vesuvius has been a symbol of the precarious relationship between man and nature on earth.  Warhol based these prints on a painting from around 1800  by Camillo De Vito, Eruzione del Vesuvio.  

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Andy Warhol II

 Continuing with the Warhol exhibition at the Baker Museum, featuring works from the Bank of America collection.

This 1980 portfolio of Flowers screenprints is based on a photograph of four hibiscus flowers Warhol saw in a magazine.  Warhol uses the four flowers over and over, in different color combinations.

My favorite Warhol portfolio in the exhibition was Endangered Species, from 1983.  Clockwise from top left: Orangutan, Bald Eagle, Black Rhinoceros, Siberian Tiger, Pine Barrens Tree Frog, Bighorn Ram, African Elephant, Giant Panda, San Francisco Silverspot and Grevy's Zebra.

"I never met an animal I didn't like." —Andy Warhol

His interest in the animal world and nature was underscored in his will, in which Warhol specified that some money from his estate be used for environmental conservation.

Myths, 1981.  Superman, Mickey Mouse, Uncle Sam, The Star, Howdy Doody, Mammy, Santa Claus, The Shadow, The Witch, Dracula.

Friday, April 12, 2024

Andy Warhol I

 The Baker Museum just opened an exhibition of works by Andy Warhol.  Many of the works are on loan from Bank of America's collection.

Warhol became well known for his large silkscreens of Campbell Soup cans.

A tour and lecture about the Warhol exhibition were taking place while I was there.  (I didn't take the tour.)

An excellent series in the Bank of America collection is Warhol's Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century, 1980.   Clockwise from top left: Franz Kafka, Gertrude Stein, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Louis Brandeis, Sigmund Freud, Sarah Bernhardt, Golda Meir, The Marx Brothers and George Gershwin.  

See how Gershwin keeps popping up?