Gregg Chadwick Salish Sea 30"x24" oil on linen 2014
Two years ago on a technicolor blue day, I stood on the deck of the Wenatchee ferry cutting through the choppy sea from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. The vessel was named for the Wenatchi people who originally lived in the shadow of the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers in Eastern Washington State. We are riding on a ship of memory.
In the Yakama language, wenatchi means "river flowing from canyon." The Wenatchee River was home to a vibrant salmon run prior to the damming of the Columbia River which impeded the salmon's journey. Like the fish, the Wenatchi tribe was also blocked from its ancestral waterways as the US government rounded up the Native Americans in Washington State and collected them in reservations far from their native lands.
I often think about the rivers, lakes, towns and cities we have named after the original Americans. The absence of most of their culture in our increasingly mini-malled landscape points to the brutal erasure of Indian tribes across the United States. The dominant culture in America seems to continually romanticize, while at the same time ostracizing, the rich history of Native Americans. The writer Sherman Alexie will have none of that, thank you. Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington before graduating from Washington State University. Alexie is a major player in contemporary writing. His well-received novels, Reservation Bluesand Indian Killerhelped pave the way for his foray into film with Smoke Signals and The Business of Fancydancing.Alexie writes with courage about his experiences as an Indian in a white culture. Alexie also writes, as Andrea Vogt in Washington State Magazine reported, with "brutal honesty-some might even say disdain-about ignorance, alcoholism, and other problems on the rez."
The Business of Fancydancing leads Gene Tagaban (Aristotle Joseph), Michelle St. John (Agnes Roth), and Evan Adams (Seymour Polatkin), with writer/director Sherman Alexie.photo by Lance Muresan Courtesy Washington State Magazine
For Alexie and other Native American activists ignoring the problems exacerbated by systemic racism in the US is out of the question. With that in mind, for over 20 years an annual inter-tribal Canoe Journey has been held on the Salish Sea. The Salish Sea is a 6,500 square mile ecosystem consisting of the Puget Sound Basin (US) and the Georgia Basin (Canada).
"Canoe Journey gatherings are rich in meaning and cultural significance. Canoe families travel great distances as their ancestors did and participating in the journey requires physical and spiritual discipline. At each stop, canoe families follow certain protocols, they ask for permission to come ashore, often in their native languages. At night in longhouses there is gifting, honoring and the sharing of traditional prayers, drumming, songs and dances. Meals, including evening dinners of traditional foods, are provided by the host nations.
When Europeans began exploring the region, the tribes were used to meeting and welcoming strangers who arrived by boat. Sadly, the Europeans did not understand the hospitality culture of the coastal tribes as the tribes were displaced over the next two centuries. The canoe culture, as practiced by the Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest, had all but disappeared until the Canoe Journey events began to grow in the 90’s. Techniques of canoe making and use had largely vanished and fewer and fewer tribal people knew how to pull a traditional canoe. Now...a new tradition is well into the making and a cultural resurgence is underway."
The Salish Sea is a 6,500 square mile ecosystem consisting of the Puget Sound Basin (US) and the Georgia Basin (Canada).
The Nisqually Tribe finds hope in the annual canoe journey and its focus on community building:
The Nisqually River Council’s Nisqually Watershed Stewardship Plan (NWSP) recognizes that community wellness is a key component of creating a sustainable watershed. We embrace the people who live in the Nisqually watershed, their sense of identity and responsibility that has existed for generations. Strong communities require, among other things, access to the arts and high community health indicators. Paddle to Nisqually represents a unique opportunity to highlight the many efforts the Nisqually Tribe makes to promote community wellness, including a culture free of drugs and alcohol, access to traditional and healthy foods, and close ties to Nisqually heritage.
Looking back now on that day on the ferry, I see things through the veil of my painting and the complicated history of the region. There is an accumulation of memories gathered in this Salish Sea as the Wenatchee ferry carries its passengers towards their destination. How many canoes over the centuries have traversed this same path?
In my painting Salish Sea,who is the rider on the bow of this ship of memory?
Gregg Chadwick's Salish Seais on exhibit at Saatchi Art through September 29, 2016 in the group exhibition Cross Currents. There will be an opening on Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 6-9pm. For more info and to RSVP please visit:
CROSS CURRENTS is a new exhibition on view at Saatchi Art in Santa Monica. Curated by Katherine Henning, Associate Curator, and Jessica McQueen, Assistant Curator, the exhibition continues Saatchi Art's series of shows around the world.
The exhibition highlights the work of 14 emerging artists represented by Saatchi Art, the world’s leading online gallery: Gregg Chadwick, Fabio Coruzzi, Charlotte Evans, Art van Kraft, Chase Langford, Koen Lybaert, Lola Mitchell, Harry Moody, Relja Penezic, Kelly Puissegur, Stephen Rowe, Erin Tengquist, Dean West, and Naomi White.
The exhibition is on view from July 21 through September 29, 2016 at Saatchi Art, located at 1655 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday by appointment. Please email to schedule a visit during gallery hours. Gallery contact:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the GunFilm Poster Reflected in Window at Premiere in Beverly Hills, CA May 3, 2016 photo by Gregg Chadwick
Just spent a rich afternoon in my studio with Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery Director Melissa Pickford. Her father Rollin Pickford was an accomplished painter of the California scene and she is an accomplished curator and artist as well. We caught up on our lives, and talked about art, and memory, and time, and we also discussed the recent violent acts across the globe. Writer Anne Lamott on her Facebook page writes, "And then in recent weeks, Orlando, police shooting innocent people, and innocent police officers being shot, and now Nice. How on Earth do we respond, when we are stunned and scared and overwhelmed, to the point of almost disbelieving?" This morning as I scan the reports trickling out from Istanbul about the failed coup in Turkey, a news alert scans across my computer screen informing me of a new shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This summer of discontent continues to boil. But Anne Lamott reminds us,"What is true is that the world has always been this way, people have always been this way, grace always bats last, it just does--"
As we consider recent events, three books published in the last few years should be on every peacemaker's bookshelf: Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Michael Shermer's The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People, and the Dalai Lama's Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World. These three volumes begin with the premise that global violence on an historical timeline is not increasing and that humanity is generally good. As Melissa and I talked about - turn the nightly news on, or scan the latest headlines on your iPhone, and it would seem that the world grows uglier each day. Pinker's book successfully argues that the past was a much more brutal time. Shermer argues that because of the Enlightenment, thinkers consciously applied the methods of science to morally solve social struggles and that again, on an historical timeline, humanity is in the most moral period in history. The Dalai Lama makes it clear in Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole Worldthat an individual does not have to be religious to be ethical. Love and compassion are necessities for living. Compassion expresses deep sensitivity to the sufferings of others and a fierce drive to help alleviate those sufferings. Compassion is also the realization that we - human beings, animals, and the earth itself - are all interconnected.
How do we respond to our summer of discontent with compassion? Anne Lamott writes:
"I know that we MUST respond. We must respond with a show of force equal to the violence and tragedies, with love force. Mercy force. Un-negotiated compassion force. Crazy care-giving to the poor and suffering, including ourselves."
And we must continue to paint, to write, to dance, to sing. To value creation over destruction.
We must continue to fight for justice and to celebrate life.
Fresh Faces: New Portraits by Los Angeles Artists presented by Saatchi Art
My portrait of Anna May Wong is part of this upcoming exhibition in Santa Monica. Anna May Wong was the first Chinese American film star, and the first Asian American actress to gain international recognition.
Her acting career went from silent films to talkies, to stage, to radio, and to television.
Born in Los Angeles, a few blocks from Chinatown, Anna May Wong's career has been an inspiration for many. My painting was created as an homage to Anna, sourced from numerous photo stills and film clips from the era.
Please join Saatchi Art in celebrating the opening of
New Portraits by Los Angeles Artists
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016
Saatchi Art at Demand Media
1655 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
For complimentary valet parking, enter lot via 26th Street.
Please RSVP by March 17th at the link below.
Fresh Faces, curated by Saatchi Art curators Katherine Henning and Jessica McQueen, continues Saatchi Art's series of exhibitions around the world featuring today's most exciting emerging artists.
The exhibition will feature recent works by 14 Los Angeles-based artists, including Kevin Bradley, Gregg Chadwick, Karen Clark, Fabio Coruzzi, Steven Engelmann, Maria Folger, Minas Halaj, Mark Hobley, Tahnee Lonsdale, Mallory Morrison, Christopher Mudgett, Brian Oldham, Stephanie Vovas and Adrian Kay Wong.
The exhibition will be on view from March 24 through May 13, 2016. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday by appointment. Gallery contact: email@example.com.
Currently under production by the Oscar winning companies Breakthru Films and Trademark Films, the animated film Loving Vincent delves into the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh. Each frame of the film is an oil painting on canvas that will lend a sense of immediacy and painterly touch to Vincent's story.
Loving Vincent is sourced from over one hundred and twenty of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings and from the 800 letters written by Van Gogh during his lifetime.
The trailers below give hints of the animated feature to come.
I reorganized my paints yesterday after fervent months in the studio painting the work for Mystery Train. Tubes of oil paint squeezed into empty twisted shells and stray caps marked only by a tell tale ring of color were discarded. Brushes, newly cleaned, stand at attention ready for new work. A clean glass palette now sits on top of a used stack of brightly daubed surfaces. Painting trains seems to bring daily reminders of change, of process, of journeys. When a train or plane turns around for its trip back home, there is little time for introspection. Vehicles are cleaned, engines refueled, often a new crew is added - new passengers and new travels await. As Mystery Train prepares to depart San Francisco, I ask you to celebrate with me at a closing party and artist talk on February 27th at the Sandra Lee Gallery (details below) if you are in the Bay Area. I have listed below a series of events, exhibitions, press, and more that give a glimpse into the excitement around Mystery Train and my art. Thanks for taking the time to look at and ponder my paintings!
Hope to see you soon. - Gregg Chadwick
1. Artist Talk and Closing Party for Mystery Train on Saturday, February 27, 2016 2-4pm
Santa Monica-based artist Gregg Chadwick has been painting for three decades. His current studio is an old airplane hangar where the flurry of takeoffs and landings on the runway outside seems to creep into Chadwick’s paintings as he explores movement and travel within his light-filled paintings. His current series of paintings is entitled ‘Mystery Train’ and evokes the railways of America that Chadwick says run in his blood. His grandfather worked as a fireman, stoking coal in steam engines before advancing to train engineer on the Jersey Central Line. Chadwick often says that family gatherings brought the rhythms of the rails home. The sounds of railroad workers echoed in the music that Chadwick’s relatives played in the shadows of the train lines outside. For Chadwick and many others such as writer Greil Marcus, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, and musicians Junior Parker and Elvis Presley, the enduring mythos of America and its legacy is wrapped in the blues notes of the song ‘Mystery Train’. Chadwick will speak about these influences and how they shaped his current paintings.
Sandra Lee Gallery
251 Post Street, Suite 310
San Francisco, CA 94108
2. Gregg Chadwick's 'Mystery Train' Celebrates the Rhythms of the Rails! by Kathy Leonardo
Read more about Mystery Train in the Huffington Post:
Gregg Chadwick Kids Who Die: From Ferguson to Baltimore 24"x48" oil on linen 2015
(Inspired by Langston Hughes & the #BlackLivesMatter Movement)
Gregg Chadwick's Solo Exhibition Cinema of Time Continues at Upper West through October 24, 2015
Upper West, 3221 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Artist Gregg Chadwick Engages Hollywood in New Exhibition: "Cinema of Time" Huffington Post Article published July 7, 2015 By Kathy Leonardo "Paintings have always been a backdrop in Gregg Chadwick's life. Much like a cinematographer shapes a film with beautiful images, Chadwick creates his own stories via his art with iconic themes and striking figures with subtle subtext."
Gregg Chadwick Not a Morning Person 8"x8" oil on panel 2015
AN ODYSSEY: 10 YEARS OF THE TORRANCE ART MUSEUM
Saturday, September 12, 2015 6:00pm – 10:00pm
I am excited to have my painting "Not a Morning Person" in the Torrance Art Museum's 10 Year Anniversary Benefit Exhibit and Fundraiser. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase artworks from the various artists who exhibited at the museum over the past decade. All works will be sold for $100.00 USD and proceeds will go towards future museum renovations and to expand the museum's arts and education programs. Hope to see you there! - Gregg Chadwick
Below is a list of confirmed artists who will have their work sold at the gala:
Accardi, Charles Agito, Robyn Alexander, Peter Aliabadi, Shiva Alvarez, Tania Jazz Ano, Michael Apgar, Jonathan Appel, Kevin Aragona, Marisa Argote, Carmen Arrowsmith, Dawn Avesar, Nurit Baer, Nadege Monchera Baker Cahill, Nancy Balisle, Jenny Bankhead, Steven Barber, Kireilyn Barrie, Kelly Batura, Tanya Baumann, Edith Baxter Blader, Enid Bear, Claudia Beck, Bridget Belle, Nicole Bemiller, Quinton Berk, Barbara Bersaglieri, Andrea Bharthania, Arezoo Blair, Philippa Boogie, Chor Bowne, Chris Bracken, Lelde Bravin, Ashley Briare, Jim Brookshire, Madison Brown, Nick Brown, Tony Buchman, Lindsay Buckley, Georgette Buis, Doug Cagin, Gul Callaghan, Joshua Campbell, Clayton Campins Cambra, Daniela Cantor, Ellen Carla Handel, Michelle Carter, Matthew Casentini, Marco Castrejon, Enrique Chadwick, Gregg Chang, York Chomick, Michael Chowdhury, Srijon Chung, Helen Clark, Eric Clarke, Lee Clarke, Marsia Alexander Clavel, Annie Cooper, Brian Counts, Emily Coy, Chris Croskery, Sydney Daley, Carole Davis, Cherie Benner De Anda, Ismail De Boer, David Michael Deniaud, Michelle Dennis, Sergio Diener, Ann Dill, Laddie John Dimitrov, Slobodan Dodge, Dani Dominick, Drew Dommermuth, Mike Vegas Dove, Daniel Duarte, Veronica Duffy, Sean Dunn , Tom Dunn, Jeanne Durazo, Martin Dutcher, Mark Edwards, Gabriel D Ekouagou, Kokou El Baz, Mohamed Ellis, Zavier Erker, Jay Es, Carol Evans, Nancy Everett, Peter Factor, Tia Fahnestock, Mclean Fallah, Amir H Faragher, Kristine Faulwell, Asad Feldman, Roni Ferrandez, Jesus Max Fierro, Michelle Folk, Elizabeth Foster, Andrew Frieden, Sarajo Frost, Kristin Gad, Simone Gafford, Chris Gallegos, Omar Gellis, Yvette Ghilarducci, David Ghuloum, Rema Gipe & Tell Studio Giandalia, Herlinda Rojas Gladstone, Wendell Gomez, Ed Gravis, Lydia Gray, Katherine Gruni, Zoè Gunn, Linda Haft-Candell, Julia Hager, Jenny Hall, Walt Harvey, Liz Hawkins, Vincent Henry, Karma Ho, Tai Yin Holliday, Hadley Holmes, Brent Huff, Nathan Hüttner, Per Huynh, Phung Ida, Bryan Ilie, Marie-Laure Ishizaki, Velda Jackel, Claire Johnson , Kiel Jones, Brian Thomas Kacherian, Gegam Kaminski, William Katholm, Bibi Kaufman, Seth Kaur, Siri Kidd, Thomas Whittaker King, Eri Kitts Senn, Andrea Kolosvary-Stupler, Eva Koss, Robert Koumoundouros, Olga Kroeger, Alberto Kuhn, Christopher Kundell, Elana Kunik, Linda Kunke, Jason Kvetny, Ida Lah, Olga Laird, Campbell Lajarin, Aitor Lane, Connie DK Lane, Marion Larkey, Molly Larson, Ian Lawson, Thomas Leapman, David Lee, Jung Ji Lee, Michelle Jane Lemke, Alex Lewis, Tim Halloran, Lia Liesy, Carolyn Lizotte, Susan Logereci, Susan Madoo, Ceres Madrid, Vanessa Mann, Elana Marcelletti, Alanna Markowitz, Barry Mars, Adam Marshall, James L. Martelloni, Luigia Martin, Heather Gwen Matsuno, Jeff McClure, Siobhan McDonald, David McLain, Mike McReynolds, Faris Measures, Jon Melían, Kathleen Mercier, Christopher Mills, John Mirabal, Charise Montes, Esmeralda Moore, Charlotte Morales McCain, Claudia Moya, Robert Najarian, Hagop Nebolon, Frances Nehrbass, Jennifer Nguyen, Hung Viet Nguyen, Khang Bao Nishigawara, Nobuhito Noble, Aaron Novak, Travis Orr, Julie Orser, Julie Oxley, Lisa Palmer, Dylan Parducci, Claudia Paull, Julia Pece, Bob Petropoulos, Renee Phelps, Calvin Pierzynski, Mike Plascencia, Gloria Pomonis, Mary Anna Potter,Serena Presneill, Max Quintana, Juan Carlos R. Hong-An Truong Raggett, George Ramin, Michelle Ramos, Jason Ramos, Vincent Razdow, Max Reavey, Peggy Reeves, Diane Ricci, Bryan Rich, Bobbie Rick, Gay Summer Sadow Roberts, Christy Roberts, Colin Rodkin, Ben Rodriguez, Ana Roy, Jean-Pierre Rubio, Nano Ruiz, Conrad Russell, Linda Jo Ruthsatz, Richard Ruznic, Maja Ryan, David Ryan, Frank Saegusa, Satoshi Sakai, Yoshi Sanchez Burr, David Sanford, Conchi Sarason, Phoebe Savage, Kate Sayler, Marisa Saylor, Daney Schiele, Kristen Schomaker, Kristine Schoenmaker, Ellemieke Scholnick, Jaime Schoultz, Andrew Schwartz, Julia Schwartz, Steve Sas Seal, Tamra Sewelson, Cory Shewmake, Becca Silver, Emily Sin, Yong Sittler, Rebecca Skarbakka, Kerry Sming, Vivian Sorg de Mollerat, Cheryl Soto Diaz, Mariangeles Spanbock, David Sparkes, Sarah Standlea, Jesse Stepaniuk, Gina Stewart, Allison Stewart, Cynthia Svenningsen, Theodore Taber, Ryan Thibeault, Marie Thomas, Noah Tierney, Patrick Tomczyk, Vincent Trueman, Chris Tse, Shirley Tucker, Kim Updegraff, Miller Urban, Paul Valdez, Elizabeth Vlahovich, Tyler Warwas, Ben Webster, Steve White, Ralph Whitmore, Tessie Wiesenfeld, Alexandra Willis, Jay Whitney, Kay Wolek, Joe Wolek, Lena Wolkoff, Steven Wood , Eve Wright, Alison Yelland, Tobin Yun, Lawrence Zamani, HK Zask, Peggy Zask, Ben Zellen, Jody
“We like the idea of being thankful to the cosmos, to everything that offers itself to us as food. That is why in Plum Village we organize a Thanksgiving Day, and we address our thanks to four objects: first of all to our father and our mother, who gave us life; to our teacher who gave us spiritual life and helped us know how to live in the here and now; we thank our friends who support us, especially in difficult moments, and we thank every being in the animal, vegetable and mineral world for our support and maintenance.
So the Buddhists also celebrate Thanksgiving, with that kind of insight. And while we celebrate Thanksgiving, we relate to everyone who is there, and this is a very good practice so that we don’t cut ourselves off from reality. The feeling of gratitude can help us to remember and to cultivate the element of compassion and loving kindness in us.”
Peter Clothier's scurrilously witty new novel "The Pilgrim's Staff" explores lust, lecherousness, and love through the voices of two men from two disparate centuries. David Soames, a contemporary figurative painter living as an ex-pat in Los Angeles, receives a curious package in the mail from an English cousin. Wrapped in layers of tape and memory is the two hundred year-old journal of an English gentleman, who begins his tale with the words"I am no Rake!" "Rake" is a wonderfully antiquated word that refers to a man caught in the snares of immorality, particularly concerning the charms of the opposite sex.
Writing this on the 10th of November, in a coincidence worthy of Clothier's novel, I am reminded that the 18th century English painter William Hogarth was born on this day in 1697. Hogarth's pre-cinematic series entitled "A Rake's Progress" immediately comes to mind. Reflecting his own deep history in the arts as both writer and arts administrator, Clothier deftly weaves artistic concerns into "The Pilgrim's Staff." In Clothier's novel both men richly voice their own sexual histories with honesty and quite a bit of humor that echoes the satirical artworks of fellow Englishmen Hogarth, Thomas Rowlandson, and George Cruikshank.
Clothier's"The Pilgrim's Staff" is not a mere romp. The novel also explores the destructive potential of family legacy and the clouded history of power, abuse, and sexual slavery in 18th century Imperial England as well as in our contemporary world. "The Pilgrim's Staff" is a book about sexual pleasure and also a cautionary tale that reminds us not to lose the love as we lust. Highly recommended!
Notes on Peter Clothier and "The Pilgrim's Staff"
Peter Clothier learned about masculinity the British way: boarding school and Cambridge--and spent twenty years in recovery in men's group work.
Previous books include two novels, a monograph on David Hockney, and a memoir, While I am Not Afraid: Secrets of a Man's Heart. His recent book, Persist, was acclaimed as the "ultimate survival guide for any creative artist."
1. Gregg Chadwick 's painting "To Catch A Thief" has been selected by Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason, the husband-and-wife team behind the lifestyle brand AphroChic, to hang in the special Helms Bakery Pop-up Home October 10 – 12, 2014 in Culver City.
2. Gregg Chadwick will have artwork in the Art Unified booth at WorldwideArt Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center from October16-19, 2014. More at: https://worldwideartla.com
"Oracle of Milan"
40"x30" oil on linen 2014
3. Make sure to save the date for the most exciting art event of the year in Santa Monica! The 10th Anniversary Open Studios at Santa Monica Art Studios
Please join us for the 10th Anniversary Open Studios Celebration at Santa Monica Art Studios.
Thirty-nine painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors and mixed media artists will open their studios for the event.
Would love to see you in my studio - #15!
Saturday, October 18th from 6-9pm & Sunday, October 19th from 1-5pm
4. The noted writer Peter Clothier asked Gregg Chadwick to create artwork for the cover of Clothier's latest novel, "The Pilgrim's Staff".
"Gregg Chadwick was generous enough to create an image for the front. Having read the book, he delved into the art of the 18th century, particularly the erotic prints and drawing of artists like Thomas Rowlandson and George Cruickshank and came up with an image that captured the spirit of both the period and the story that I've written."
5. Gregg Chadwick, inspired by his recent trip to Istanbul and the wondrous books of Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, will have his painting "The Museum of Innocence" in Room & Board, Art & Home- an art show benefitting LA Family Housing
Holland Cotter has a wonderful new piece in the New York Times entitled A Memory Museum.
Cotter writes," I’m also a curator of my memory, which carries traces of art encounters from over the years. A few of those encounters — with certain objects, books, buildings — have altered the atmosphere, changed how I see and joined a permanent collection that I regularly revisit."
He then challenges us to describe experiences with art that has changed our lives and to post them in the comment section in his article. I find this to be an enlightening question:
Which works of art have changed the way you look at the world?
The place of memory in the arts is so revealing. One of my first experiences with an artwork happened in Amsterdam when I was a six year old and the experience changed me forever. My father had finished his tour in Vietnam as a USMC JAG and we reunited as a family in Europe. During that trip we visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. There I found myself slack jawed in front of Rembrandt’s iconic group portrait "The Sampling Officials of the Amsterdam Drapers Guild." I recognized it as the same image on the Dutch Masters’ cigar box, my father’s go-to brand. The connection was phenomenal; I was hooked and I knew that someday I would become an artist.
Please join me this Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco as I gather with a small group to discuss my new series "Revenant" - each painting holds a mysterious story where past and present meet. The event runs from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. Also, if you haven't seen it yet, please check out the review by Jeffrey Carlson in Fine Art Connoisseur: "Gregg Chadwick's Revenant" (link here) before my talk.
Generosity of Eye: Art Transformed into Education is a must watch documentary by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall that documents William Louis-Dreyfus, Julia's father, as he explains why he decided to sell his bountiful art collection to benefit the Harlem Children's Zone - an educational program in New York, created by Geoffrey Canada to break the cycle of generational poverty for the thousands of children and their families in the Harlem community.
Julia is often on screen with her father and their scenes together are rich with familial affection. As Julia interviews her father about the art that William has collected over the years and the artists who have created it, she is often overcome with emotion as she discovers the depth of her father's passion for art and for justice.
Geoffrey Canada, William Louis-Dreyfus, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia says, "Dad doesn't just collect art, he collects the artists who create it." For her entire life, Julia's dad has collected paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Currently, the collection has grown to over 3,000 pieces and includes artworks by Kandinsky, Dubuffet, Giacometti, George Grosz, Red Grooms, Robert Traylor, Catherine Murphy, Stone Roberts, Graham Nickson, Raymond Mason, Rackstraw Downes, Jean-Baptiste Sécheret, Nicola Hicks, Robert Birmelin, George Boorujy, Thornton Dial, and many others.
In a telling scene in the film, William explains his thoughts on society's reaction to injustice: "I think there are two types of people that make up our political outlook. One is a person who sees something happening and thinks that it might happen to him and therefore is worried about it. He notices it and thinks to himself,"That could happen to me." Therefore, he is against the injustice that is happening to a third party. And then there is another kind of person who looks at the injustice and says to himself,"Thank the Lord that is not happening to me." So the fact of it's happening to another person he is for. He is for it psychologically because by virtue of this happening to another person, it's not happening to him. The other guy is against it because when he sees it, he thinks it might happen to him. Therefore, he is against it."
William's passions are inspiring: art, justice, and humanity.