San Francisco City Hall Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Same-Sex Marriage
Outside the opera house, there was another amazing sight, centering on the massive neoclassical structure - San Francisco City Hall, lit brilliantly with rainbow colors, a color scheme closely associated with gay rights.
While admiring the beautiful sight, I tried but failed to think of the direct reason for the coloration, till someone mentioned to his companion, on the balcony of the opera house, where people had great vantage point to see the City Hall, that yesterday was the anniversary of same-sex marriage in San Francisco.
In 2004, then San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom directed the San Francisco city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in violation of the current state law but his defiant act helped to usher in the legalization of same-sex marriage in many stage and Washington D.C. in the U.S.. The first same-sex marriages took place in San Francisco City Hall, 10 years ago. 10 years later, over 33% of population lives in a state and district where same-sex marriage is legal.
What a wonderful celebration for the basic human rights of the minority people!
A woman poses for a picture with figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of a Soviet Army monument, parts of which have been painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag by an unknown person, in Sofia, Bulgaria, February 23, 2014. The Ukrainian flag and the statement “Glory to Ukraine!” was painted on the monument overnight in what appears to be a gesture of support for Ukrainian protesters.
Last Trip to a Museum in 2012 - The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism at De Young Museum in San Francisco
The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism - “A selection of major works from the William S. Paley Collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.. A pioneering figure in the modern entertainment, communication and news industries, Mr. Paley (1901–1990) was a founder of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), and a dedicated philanthropist and patron of the arts. The Paley Collection, which includes paintings, sculpture and drawings, ranges in date from the late 19th century through the early 1970s. Particularly strong in French Post-Impressionism and Modernism, the collection includes multiple works by Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, as well as significant works by Edgar Degas, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, Andre Derain, Georges Rouault and artists of the Nabis School such as Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard.” - De Young Museum
Beginning, 1949, Max Beckmann _8358 on Flickr.
Max Beckmann’s Paintings in MOMA and the MET
When I reported my visits to MOMA and the MET, excepting for reporting Matisse separately, and Doug + Mike Starn due to special exhibits, I also left out German born American painter Max Beckmann, whose influence on me was the greatest. I particularly cherish his topical insight and brilliant sense of color and painterly technique.
I was very glad to encounter his great triptychs again, Departure, 1933-35, at MOMA and Beginning, 1949, at the MET.
DSCN7823 _ Sunflowers, framed on Flickr.
Making and Framing Art in Shenyang and US
I have been exploring several media suitable for drawings and paintings on paper and my latest territory is gouache, a kind of opaque water color and if not diluted much, could have results like oil painting; with enough water, can imitate water color. Below are very first two gouache paintings I made, Yellow Rose and Sunflower.
And here are those gouache paintings in the frames I chose for their presentations.
My Favorite Sculptures in Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris
Cemeteries in Paris are often amazing places to visit - not only it consists a pilgrimage to the resting spots of so many renown artists and thinkers, but a brief immersion of an sculptural Eden.
Cimetière de Montmartre, not far from the fabled club Moulin Rouge, though less renown and less frequently visited than Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, was just as astonishing in its cultural and artistic richness. There were so many beautiful spots there I saw in my visit there more than five years ago, and much more I didn’t have time and energy to see them all. Amongst what enchanted me during that brief visit, I choose these two below as my favorite sculptures I encountered there:
One was a bronze sculpture at the tomb of Otto Klaus Preis (1936-2003) in Avenue de la Croix, one of the most beautiful ancient quarries of Montmartre, featuring a man who overcomes a tombstone, created by Paul Landowsky (1875-1961), author of the Sainte-Genevieve du Pont de la Tournelle in Paris, and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. The striding naked man was in full swing, aided by a sturdy stick, resolutely to overcome whatever was ahead of him. It was full of vitality, and upon close examination, delicate beauty. Quite a mixture yet harmoniously done. This spot gave visitors reassurance more than anything else.
Glances of Manchurian City Shenyang
It was inside the same compound that I saw someone was drying weeds or vegetables, for unknown purpose. A pretty sight.
Glances of Manchurian City Shenyang
The gas stations provided full services. Actually, I didn’t see any self-served gas station there.