I was at the Angela King Gallery in the Quarter when a couple of tourists came in looking for Peter Max works (he’s coming in for a reception at the gallery tonight from 7-9p) and when they asked where else to go in the city, I mentioned that if they liked Peter Max, they’d probably really enjoy the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA. One of the curators, who I’d been talking with, was really sweet but asked me why I’d direct them there. I answered that if they liked Peter Max’s style, there were several pieces at the garden that they’d probably enjoy some of the bright/pop/fun pieces…
(oh wait, here’s me and some guy at the garden!)
…like Robert Indiana
…Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
and although I was able to quickly mention Robert Indiana and George Rodrigue and Ida Kohlmeyer and some others, when it got to Claes Oldenberg and Coosje van Bruggen’s piece, I could not recall their names and said, “and then there’s that great big safety pin…ummm…”.
And I’m thrilled to report that as part of Peter Max’s coming to New Orleans, Av got to talk with him on the phone and as a special gift, he did a cover for the magazine including my suggestion of using cotton stalks! How great is that!?!
At Angela King, I was there admiring the Woodrow Nash works that they feature.
though Angela King also has other works showing his ceramic work, like this ‘Earth Mother’ — fabulous