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?

Thursday, April 11, 2024

George Gershwin

 During Artis Naples' celebration of the 100th anniversary of the debut of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in 1924, Baker Museum is exhibiting paintings by Gershwin, pieces from Gershwin's own art collection, and works depicting Gershwin.

The composer Arnold Schoenberg was a friend, neighbor and tennis partner of Gershwin.  On the right is Gershwin's portrait of Schoenberg, who also painted as a hobby.  On the left is a posed photograph of Gershwin with his portrait of Schoenberg.  He wasn't really painting at that time . . .  in the photograph the portrait is already framed and Gershwin would have worn white smocks when he painted.


The noted sculptor Isamu Noguchi sculpted Gershwin's head in bronze.  The photograph to the left of the head shows Gershwin with Noguchi's sculpture on a stand beside him.



Andy Warhol created portraits of Gershwin decades after Gershwin's death. 
 

A painting by Italian painter and scultptor Amedeo Modigliani was in Gershwin's personal collection

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Amy Stauffer

The Englishman is a fine art gallery on Fifth Avenue South.  Several works by Amy Stauffer are exhibited.  She uses her interest and knowledge of African animals in her art.


Stauffer's remarkable works are "scratchboards."  She coats a masonite board with white kaolin, which is carefully sanded before applying a coat of black India ink.  The artist then carefully scratches into the ink layer, using a variety of tools.  The result is photographic in its sharpness and detail.  

Beautiful!  Stunning!  I can find space for the zebra . . .

Monday, April 8, 2024

Barnes & Noble


 The second floor walls around the escalator of B&N's store in Naples' Waterside Shops bear a mural illustrating famous authors:  T.S. Eliot, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner,  F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc.

Linked to Monday Mural.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Shedding


 A tabebuia tree (or yellow trumpet tree) shed its blooms along Fifth Avenue South.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Sandy

 I met Sandy on Fifth Avenue South.  She lives in Naples most of the year, but goes north for three months  in the summer to the South Shore of Massachusetts.

We grew up a few towns apart on the North Shore.  We laughed about Boston accents.  She still has hers.  I caught so much grief for mine when I was a college freshman that I lost it in about a month.  Today I sound more like NBC news anchors, since it was their accents I emulated.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Barefoot Beach Resort

 The Barefoot Beach Resort is an upscale community on a long, thin peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and Little Hickory Bay in North Naples.  The community was badly damaged by Hurricane Ian in September 2022.  I had not been there since the hurricane.



While there are still numerous damaged buildings, most now look like they have recovered.  

One thing that struck me after not having seen the neighborhood since 2022 is that many of the buildings are pink, a very popular color in Southwest Florida in the 1990s but less often used now.

Newer buildings and buildings that have undergone major restoration are now more often gray or white.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Down the Hatch

 

It is fun watching a wood stork navigating a large fish down its throat.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Tesla Truck

 This was in the parking lot of a grocery store.

It is not a looker.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Medicine

 Today photographers who participate with City Daily Photo will be showing photographs illustrating the theme of "medicine."

Hmmm.  Not easy.

In  2019 I visited Cleveland Clinic where a surgeon cut me open, removed a tumor in my gastro-intestinal tract, removed parts of neighboring organs, then re-plumbed my innards and sewed me up.


The day before the surgery I wandered Cleveland Clinic's impressive campus and took pictures.

To see how other photographers deal with the theme of "medicine,"  click here.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Friday, March 29, 2024

Children's Center

 I went to a dinner last night for the culmination of a fund drive for three local Naples charities.


One of the charities is an educational center for children of immigrant families that pick fruit and vegetables.  A group of kids sang for the attendees.

Kids don't come much cuter than these.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields


This wonderful orchestra performed recently at Artis Naples.  


During intermission I went outside between the concert hall and Baker Museum.  Intermission during Daylight Savings Time is so much different.


The highlights were a Mendelssohn violin concerto (with star violinist and music director Joshua Bell as soloist) and a Schumann symphony.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Monday, March 25, 2024

A Great Blue Heron in Flight

I have had a lot of practice spotting a bird that is ready to take off and then taking six to 12 fast images of the bird in flight.  I usually pick the one I like best and delete the rest.  This time, I thought it would be interesting to show the whole sequence.






If you were to pick one and delete the rest, the way I usually do, which would you choose to save?

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Ochopee Post Office

The Ochopee post office is the smallest operating post office in the United States.  About halfway across the Tamiami Trail (U.S. Route 41) between Naples and Miami, Ochopee is at the edge of Big Cypress National Preserve, part of the Everglades.  It has a population of fewer than 500 people. 


The post office is in a former shed, roughly seven feet by eight feet.  There is a phone but no internet.

 

Donald Walters was the employee on duty when I visited last week.  He tells me that he is photographed hundreds of times a day.  

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Smallwood Store

 Ted Smallwood opened a trading post in 1906 in Chokoloskee, a small island in the Ten Thousand Islands offshore from the Everglades.  For decades the store was reachable only by boats.  Today a long bridge connects Chokoloskee to the mainland.  


Smallwood Store was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and stayed open until1982. 

Ted Smallwood's granddaughter opened it as a museum in the 1990s.  She was behind the counter this week when I visited.  Chokoloskee's population is below 400.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Everglades City Hall

Everglades City is about an hour east of where I live in Naples.  When Collier County was created in 1923, Everglades City was the first seat of county government.  Over time, population, business and government moved west to Naples, and this building became Everglades City Hall. 



Collier County was named after Barron Collier, a successful advertising man from New York City who completed the road from Tampa to Miami (the Tamiami Trail, today's U.S. Route 41).  Collier stationed his work crews in Everglades City.