Friday, February 22, 2008
Our Valentine's Day
Our Valentine's Day last week included exchanging cards, sweets, and gifts in one form or another (mine in the digital form of this blog, while Chris opted to present me with several books perfectly spanning my DIY interests plus the newly traditional relationship book). Still, the pleasant surprise was Chris's plan for us to venture a few blocks over to the San Jose Museum of Art, where they're currently displaying the works of Goya's Caprichios and a more interesting exhibition of late etching by Picasso.
The etchings were minimal but I think we were both impressed with his ability to create something so spatially involved, intricate, and clever from what at first (untrained) glance looks like nothing more than entertaining doodles. I had first been captivated with the works of Picasso upon seeing La Guernica in Madrid and later a larger collection at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. A reaction I found surprising because it was triggered by an artist whose images have been exhausted in pop culture. That said, I always think the genius of his skill hits you when you see it in person.
Amateur art review aside, we enjoyed ourselves and in an attempt to bring a little art history to our lives, began reading A Life of Picasso. Chris heard that this four volume biography about the artist was not only interesting but well written. I'm four chapters in and he seems to be right.
Here are some of the other things we enjoyed that day:
I used to sit in the cube behind you. Then I didn't. And then we fell in love.
reading Lorrie Moore
reading Paper Lion
Links We Love
Smarts & Crafts
Arts & Letters Daily
Paris Review Daily
Joie de Vivre