Turquoise + Pink

Birth, 1986
Keith Haring
*for Dara Acusar, my friend who 
fearlessly decided to be a single mother
Le Messager
Pascal Versavel
Collection Galerie Privee
*for Carmen Natschke, The Decorating Diva
Series 1, No. 8, 1919
Georgia O'Keeffe
Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munchen
*for Meredith Jackson, jewelry designer
Ganesh, 1992
Niki de Saint Phalle
serigraph, 65 x 50 cm
Langue Bleue, Waterguns design 2000
Collection Galerie Privee

Turquoise + Orange/Yellow

Uptown, 1968
Richard Lindner
Neue Museum in Nurnberg
*for Amy Dragoo, who was a downtown girl 
(and I thought will always be) 
but has recently gone uptown
Shooting Divas, 1996, Anna Luif
Pipilotti Rist
Centre d'Art Contemporain Genf
*for dear friend Betty Lyn Eller, 
whose fave colors are turquoise and orange
Femme assise (Dora), 1938
Pablo Picasso
gouache, 76.5 x 56 cm
Fondation Beyeler, Basel
*for Leslie Carothers, my amazing kaleidoscopic friend
in all ways
SpinnWebzeit. Die Ebay-Vernetzung
Handbemaltes Glasschiebebild Fur Laterna Magica Der Firma Newton, Comic
Museum for Moderne Kunst Frankfurt Am Main
n. z 486
Vassily Kandinsky
Weiches Hart, 1927
Two figures on a Blue Ground, 1973
Marc Chagall
oil on canvas, 100 x 73 cm
Cremaster 3, 2002
Matthew Barney
Le Gourmet, 1901
Pablo Picasso
Oil on Canvas, 92.8 x 68.3 cm
Washington D.C. National Gallery of Art
*for Hannah Yu, my sweet and oldest goddaughter

The Grand Armada, 1936
Frank Stella
aluminiumrelief, bemalt, funfteilig, 315 x 186.5 x 99 cm
Fondation Beyeler, Basel
We Rose Up Slowly, 1964
Roy Lichstenstein
Museum fur Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
After Lunch, 1975
Patrick Caulfield
Acrylic on Canvas, 248.9 x 213.4 cm

Sangha Market, Feb 11, 2000
Miquel Barcelo
gouache on paper, 78 x 58 cm
*for Gia Reyes, a nurturing bff who is like my sister


Turquoise + Green

Begging For It, 1994
Gary Hume
gloss paint on panel 79 x 59 in
The Saatchi Gallery
*for Carol Gregg, yogi and creative soul
Mental Picture #52, 2000
Wolfgang Tillmans
*for Lee Renninger, conceptual ceramic artist 
Wrapped Trees, 1997-98
Christo and Jean Claude
Fondation Beyeler, Berower Park, Riehen Switzerland

April Love, 1855-56
Arthur Hughes
Oil in Canvas, 88.9 x 49.5 cm
*for Blesyl Tan, my forever demure high school bff
Flying Room, 1995
Pipilotti Rist
*for dear friend, Wanda Horton, a reminder to 
spontaneously leap sometimes
Antilope, 2000
Daniela Keiser
C-Print 56 x 80 cm
Georgia O'Keefe, 1974
Gianfranco Gorgoni
Abiquiu, New Mexico
*for Joan Faison, interior design school academic director,
mentor and friend 
Vernier, May 1994
Nicolas Faure
Sammlung Fotomuseum Winterthur

Turquoise + Red

Keith Haring
*for Cornel and Rodika Chiriac, 
a  sweet couple
Shark Attack, 1997
photography by David Lachapelle
published in Paris Vogue, April 1997
*for Melanie Chan, college bff who lost her job in Wall St
last year. It was a reminder for her not to sink but
just swim with the sharks in her fab shoes.
Blue Landscape, 1949
Marc Chagall
gouache, 64 x 46 cm
Von Der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal
*for Marcy and Irwin Feld, my favorite midcentury modernists
Shooting The Apple, 1964
Harold E. Edgerton
*for Olive Harrison, my Interior Design school bff 
who was job searching at the time
La Lune, 1985/1992
Niki De Saint Phalle
*for my godson Carl Chua, 
a reminder to always have a childlike heart
Bleu du ciel, 1940
Vassily Kandinsky
huile sur toile, 100 x 73 cm
Musee National d'art Moderne, Paris
*for Veronica Go, a dear high school friend I traveled with
Bleu II, 1961
Joan Miro
Centre Georges Pompidou

Turquoise Splash

Pantone 15-5519 Turquoise is the color of the year. More greenish than blue, it's  a delight to the senses. It was chosen since it 'transports us to an exciting, tropical paradise while offering a sense of protection and healing in stressful times'. Most of us love color and are attracted to a certain hue because we sometimes need to channel its energies. Turquoise is my all time favorite color and when I lived in the tropics, it was my black. Wearing it always brings me back to exciting holidays in exotic locales like Calicoan Island, Mykonos, Playa del Carmen, and Boracay among others. Long and languid times with friends in idyllic beach homes and island hopping in our beautiful archipelago also come to mind. 

I've collected many art postcards in turquoise and blue over the years from different museum jaunts. Last January, I decided to give them away to friends and influential mentors  in my life to commemorate 2010, our memories, and friendship.
A Bigger Splash, 1967
David Hockney
acrylic on canvas, 243.8 x 243.8 cm, Tate
*for Susan Steinberg, my high school bff, 
whom I spent lot of time with poolside and island hopping 
Sunbather , 1966
David Hockney
*for Julia Rosien, the Duchess of Sunshine
Bathtub Collage #1, 1963
Tom Wesselmann
124 x 154 x 11 cm
Museum fur Moderne Kunst Frankfurt
Zigarrenkistenbild, 1988
Martin Honert
147 x 200 cm
Gard (pale blue), 1967
James Turrell
Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich
*for Zizi, my art professor, who shed light on life,
conceptual and contemporary art 
Anthropometrie, 1960
Yves Klein
*for Christine Laddaran, my lizardous sister
Edition for Parkett 58
Sylvie Fleury
*for my globetrotter and gorgeous friend, Sabrina
In and Out
Fabrice Fouillet
Collection Galerie Privee
*for Robert Hecht, my amazing 
perspective and rendering professor
S.S. Andrea Doria Katastrophe, Postkarte
Spinnwebzeit. Die Ebay-Vernetzung
Museum Fur Moderne Kunst Frankfurt Am Main
59T 132, Attese, 1959
Lucio Fontana
Kunstareal Munchen


Art Meets Fashion

If you are in Milan, today is the last day of John Baldessari's art-meets-fashion Giacometti Variations, on show at Fondazione Prada. Curated by Germano Celant, the exhibition has nine 4.5 meter high Giacometti-esque figures all lined up as if they were in a fashion show presentation. We are all inspired by artists from different periods and this is a great visual showing a layered inspiration by Baldessari-Giacometti-Degas and other more current culture references.
Baldessari claims also to have been influenced by the cotton skirt and bodice worn by Degas' bronze dancer, La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans - with these rotated at various junctures during the running of the exhibition.
'It is au courant, almost de rigueur that fashion models be extremely tall and thin,' says the veteran conceptual artist. 'Giacometti figures are the most emaciated and skinny sculptures that exist. Why not fuse the two?'.  
Of the whole Baldessari states: 'Is this parody? I’m not sure. I hate categories and definitions - I certainly am borrowing. Isn’t this what artists do? Doesn’t art arise from art? What I am doing is furthering an idea - that is the requirement of any good art.'
 Embellishments on models have included elongated ladders,
 giant crystal-encrusted ruby slippers,
 vividly-coloured hula hoops,
 decorative birds,
and a stack of books.  

more photos and info here