de Young

Last night was the opening of the “Diane and Sandy Besser Collection” exhibition at the de Young Museum. The exhibition consists of over 70 works on paper, over 70 teapots (like you’ve never seen before), and many examples of African bead work. There were dozens of artists there whose work is in the collection. You cannot imagine how surreal it is to walk into a major museum and see your framed art hanging on the wall. Even more surreal is to see your name, y.o.b., country origin, title, etc., on one of those official museum wall tags. I think I almost fainted. My mom almost cried but then Mary, my mom, and I all started laughing at the same time. I don’t know how many artists are probably used to this experience but I seriously never imagined my work in this situation. It is really a humbling experience to have your work along side the likes of Travis Somerville, Sandow Birk, Ala Ebtekar, David Sharpe, Jonathan Solo, Taravat Talepasand, Charles Kraft and many, many more talented folks.
The galleries were open for a members preview and we were early so we scooted down to check it out before the place filled up.
It’s a big NO NO to take photos in the gallery so all these pics are shot on the sly without a flash. In other words, I don’t have pics of a fraction of the show, Sandy Besser, or the massive crowd that jammed this place in the hours that followed. But I did of course get pics of my work.
The teapots were truly amazing. What a collection! Really, anyone who works in clay must see this show. They and everyone else who can. I was blown away and again, my pics do not do this show justice.
Upstairs we hung in the VIP lounge for like a minute to get a drink but returned to galleries shortly after. Anyway, here’s some random pics from upstairs.
Lovely wife and lovely mom.
I dressed like a museum guard and I was asked where the bathroom was more than once.
Chilly night
Full moon

14 Responses to “de Young”

  1. 1 Carlos October 28, 2007 at 3:55 am

    Congratulations, John!

  2. 2 Linda October 28, 2007 at 9:22 am

    this is so excellent….major kudos to you

  3. 3 Jim Kaufmann October 28, 2007 at 9:49 am

    Looks like a great time and a great honor, much deserved. Congratulations.

  4. 5 d.w. higgins October 29, 2007 at 8:22 am

    John, It was great being at the opening and seeing all the amazing work. Above it all, freaky as it may feel you are there and rightly so. I have to get a catalog now!

  5. 6 bunnywax October 29, 2007 at 8:24 am

    Thanks for the support all! I will have to return to the de Young soon to see the show without all the distractions.

  6. 7 Noah Beil October 29, 2007 at 9:08 am

    Nice work John! You certainly deserve it.

  7. 8 Josh keyes October 29, 2007 at 11:55 am

    Go Johnny go!!!

    Congrats pal!


  8. 9 theo October 29, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Congratulations, John! I’m sorry I couldn’t make it…my girlfriend was sick…so I took care of her…chicken soup and vitamins and all that. I’ll have to see the show soon – the other stuff there looks intuiging.

  9. 10 Daryll Peirce November 1, 2007 at 7:49 am

    Congratulations John! That is damn cool and well deserved.

  10. 11 Laura Corsiglia November 3, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Hello John,

    it is nice to read this. i enjoyed seeing your drawing at the de Young and hope to see more. i have the 2 drawings opposite yours in the catalogue- and agree it is a wonderful honor to be represented in the collection and the museum. it was also great to meet Sandy Besser in person, after corresponding only by mail.
    best swishes from the north-

    Laura Corsiglia
    Lummi Island, wa.

  11. 12 greg rich November 5, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    I spend a great deal of my time viewing and collecting creative works by painters, sculptors and writers. I find myself returning to your work time and again. The honor represented by your inclusion in this major show accurately reflects your accomplishment which to me is rooted in your ability to render invisible but strongly felt aspects of our inner selves intrigingly… playfully… beautifully.

    Well done! Well deserved!

  12. 13 Bill Dunlap November 21, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Hey, I see you were in a show with the late great Roy De Forest. He’s one of my heroes — but then so are you!

    See ya,

  13. 14 Dick Casey March 10, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Truly remarkable work, from a truly remarkable person…my brother. John, you inspire me with your creativity, insight and perserverance.

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