|Ethel, Jackie and Robert Kennedy|
|The private Fisher Collection at the Gap Headquarters in San Francisco. All these pictures are being donated to MOMA so you can see them there soon.|
The Warhols were part of the Fisher Collection, described as one of the greatest private collections of modern art in the world. It's chockaful of Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, and Andy Warhol.
We had "won" - i.e. paid for - this evening for eight people at a fundraiser for the Oakland Museum. You've probably noticed there are fundraisers galore here in the US - nothing here is paid for including proper education.
Inspired by the Kennedy linen-arama I wore my old linen trou made by Gwen Stefani (with her own fair hands I'm thinking)
|Me, Ron and Amber|
|The foot dude says I need to wear sneaker-like shoes from now on what with me bunions. These ones are MaxMara bought in London (and as you can see already need a scrubdub)|
Great chance to see a wide range of work from Chuck Close, the hyperrealist artist, who despite achieving fame as a portrait artist, suffered from "face blindness" where he is unable to recognise faces. Then unbelievably one day in 1988 he had a spinal artery collapse and overnight lost most of the use of his limbs. He taught himself to paint with the brush strapped to his arm with tape. The paintings look like photos from afar but close up you can see the squares.
|Close continued to paint with a brush strapped onto his wrist with tape, creating large portraits in low-resolution grid squares created by an assistant. Viewed from afar, these squares appear as a single, unified image.|
Then we walked across the road to the Pier 24 photography exhibit (open to the public) which I had never heard of. You would never know it's here. You literally go through a whole in the wall. See the Bay Bridge overhead as you go in?
|Pier 24, you can see the Bay Bridge looming over|
|He we all are: Kevin, Mike, Kenny, me, Ron, William, Amber and Rachel|
|The screen shows old music videos. Look at Amber sitting in the stuffed dolphin chair|
|Amber loves animals - she volunteers at a dog shelter. She would rather like this stuffed dolphin chair|
|Sisters Rachel and Amber. They were Kevin's "little sisters" at Penn State. (It's a fraternity-sorority thing apparently)|
|They provided wine and a Mediterranean platter. Naturalement I scoffed all the stuffed vine leaves. Mike and Amber looking out the Bay Bridge to Oakland. You feel as though you are floating on the water|
|This looks deceptively easy, like "I'll just stick some magazine images together" but it took forever apparently|
|They have a collection of old work I.D. badges|
|A room full of photos uploaded in 24 hours to Flickr|
Then onto Waterbar and seafood.
Nothing is new and everything is.