Living in Oakland, California as I do, one is often quoted Gertrude Stein's famous line about the city of her childhood. "There is no there there". She said this upon returning to find her childhood home torn down. The rose bushes she loved were gone. She was NOT reflecting on the soul of the city of Oakland!
Now you can buy a decorative flag with the word "THERE" on it to display on your front porch as it has become such a part of Oakland lore.
The current exhibit of the Stein Collection at the Grand Palais, Paris
shows the stunning oeuvre of this famous collector and her brothers, Leo and Michael.
SF Moma inherited her brother Michael's collection which he brought back with him when he returned to live in Palo Alto, California. There as students Richard Diebenkorn (my favorite painter) and Robert Motherwell were exposed to the collection.
This exhibit started in San Francisco, came to Paris and is now headed to New York.
BUT the thing that interests me about the exhibit is that they use a life size diaorama to show the study of the Stein family.
The famous salon of Gertrude Stein in Paris.
Diaoramas are usually the provenance of the Natural History museums and often, um... looked down upon.
This exhibit has received some attention in it's use of a diorama to reinact the original setting of the Stein library. Interesting, no? But really it is more about the collectors than the artists themselves.
For more information on this unique person see:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Stein
And just to add to the interest of what a complex person Gertrude Stein was read http://www.truth-out.org/gertrude-steins-missing-vichy-years/1317135716 which sheds light on how this Jewish woman survived in WWII France.
One funny note. While being criticized, the picture, The Girl with the Green Eyes, by Matisse
Really I just had white wine... but my eyes do look weird from the flash. Travelling with Shale was incredible. She made sure to see all the Heres here!
Thinking of my friend and fellow blogger Shale who is beginning chemo next Friday. Glad you are in the good hands of your daughter and foxy boyfriend! Can I bring you some absinthe? It is illegal in the US, do they allow it in Canada? You know Shale... I may have finally had enough white wine to last me.
I am eager to return to Oakland because frankly my There IS there. You know who you are.
From Paris CM