Monday, December 28, 2009

The World Needs to Keep its Eyes on Iran

Against the Light - سهراب - Sohrab
Against the Light - سهراب - Sohrab
29"x69" oil on screen 2009 (detail)

"Also arrested were the mother and brother of Sohrab Aarabi, a young Iranian man slain during protests in June."
- Los Angeles Times - 28 December 2009
Leading Iranian dissidents arrested, body of Mousavi's nephew missing

"This is a very important moment in Iranian history, and it is probably time to start asking whether Iran's uprising could become a Berlin Wall moment. It's not just an issue of the sporadic protests once or twice a month... It's also one of the most vibrant and imaginative civil disobedience campaigns anywhere in the world."
- Robin Wright, author of "Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East," from a conversation with CNN.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Last Week Casino Owner Stephen Wynn Paid $33.2 Million for a Rembrandt

photo courtesy Christie’s
Portrait of a Man, Half-Length, With His Arms Akimbo
421⁄4" x 341⁄4" oil on canvas 1658

Carol Vogel in the New York Times reports that the mystery buyer of Rembrandt's Portrait of a Man, Half-Length, With His Arms Akimbo at Christie's last week was casino mogul Stephen Wynn. The $33.2 million is a record for a Rembrandt at auction. The painting has an interesting recent provenance and after its donation by George Huntington Hartford II hung in the President's office at Columbia University in New York for ten years from 1958 to 1968.

My hope is that Stephen Wynn will put the painting on public display in the near future. After closing his private gallery at the Wynn hotel, Las Vegas lost an intimate collection of important paintings. I enjoyed the Wynn collection immensely and as a non-gambler I was intrigued with the mix of great art within the glowing and at times tawdry Vegas of American pop culture.

photo courtesy Reuters

On a related note, currently at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles is an interesting exhibit: Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference which runs from December 8, 2009–February 28, 2010. Rembrandt's mark-making is extraordinary and the collection of his drawings from around the globe is not to be missed. My detailed thoughts will be posted next week.

Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago
Seated Female Nude
pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash; corrected with white gouache about 1660
The Art Institute of Chicago, the Clarence Buckingham Collection

More at:
Rembrandt Drawings at the Getty
Wynn Pays Record Price for Rembrandt Portrait

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Painting, Food and Film

"Food is our common ground, a universal experience"
-MFK Fisher

This week three of my greatest enjoyments come together in a rich mix: painting, food and film.

Opening this week in New York State is a brand new restaurant headed by Executive Chef Chris Brandt, and Sushi Chef Satoshi Yamaguchi. My painting Silk was commissioned for the space. Also this week, the film La Cucina, in which a number of my paintings are featured, is being shown on Showtime. The Blu Ray is on pre sale at Amazon and the Dvd is available at Turner Classic Movies. The film stars Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Joaquim de Almeida (24), Leisha Hailey (The L Word), Rachel Hunter (Supermodel), Clare Carey (Crash), Oz Perkins (Star Trek), Michael Cornacchia (Hannah Montana), Kala Savage (8 Simple Rules), Cinematography by Alan Caudillo (Day Without a Mexican), and Ian Ball (Gomez) scores the film.

Gregg Chadwick
7'x5' oil on linen 2009
Executive Chef Chris Brandt, and Sushi Chef Satoshi Yamaguchi open Next Door Bar & Grill in Pittsford (near Rochester), New York on December 11, 2009. My painting Silk graces the walls.

“We set out to create a restaurant that would be very approachable, comfortable, easy to love, and would inspire guests to relax and have fun,” says Stency Wegman, the restaurant’s interior designer. “It’s the kind of restaurant where you’ll fit right in whether you’re in a pair of jeans or a business suit.”

Executive Chef Chris Brandt agrees: “I like to describe it as a fun place with great food. We will serve amazing food in a relaxed way that puts everyone at ease.”

Reservations at:
Next Door Bar & Grill, Pittsford, New York

Still From La Cucina
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Joaquim de Almeida (24) discuss life over a bottle of wine. My painting, for the opera Saint of Bleecker Street, hangs on the rear wall.

Ghost of New Orleans
Gregg Chadwick
Ghost of New Orleans
48"x36" oil on linen 2006
featured in the film La Cucina

Below is the link for the trailer:
La Cucina on Anthem Pictures
La Cucina on Facebook

I send my holiday thoughts out to all of my collaborators in these projects: Alan Caudillo, Allison Wilke, Zed Starkovich, Stency Wegman, chef Chris Brandt, chef Satoshi Yamaguchi, and to my Market Street neighbors chef and sommelier Nicole Christensen, Danny Massingale and chef Stephen Gibbs who have taught me so much about food and life. Hope all of you have great meals with friends and family as we move into the New Year.

* Link to a great photo of Chef Caruso at Next Door Bar & Grill by photographer Grant Taylor
Daniel Caruso at Next Door Bar & Grill

Gregg Chadwick and Chef Thomas Keller

Holiday Fun at SFMOMA

Leo Ballate, the Head of Information Systems and Services at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art goes on vacation for a week and finds upon his return...

Full story at:
SFMOMA's blog Open Space

Springsteen Endorses Gay Marriage: Gay Rights are Civil Rights

photo by Richard Perry / New York Times

Pictured in the New York Times is my courageous family member Hannah Johnson tearing up as she applauds a New Jersey Senate committee vote on a bill to legalize gay marriage. The bill cleared the committee, 7-6, and will be voted on by the full New Jersey Senate on Thursday. Last night on his website Bruce Springsteen lent his voice in support of marriage equality:

Like many of you who live in New Jersey, I've been following the progress of the marriage-equality legislation currently being considered in Trenton. I've long believed in and have always spoken out for the rights of same sex couples and fully agree with Governor Corzine when he writes that, "The marriage-equality issue should be recognized for what it truly is -- a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law." I couldn't agree more with that statement and urge those who support equal treatment for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now.

The New York Times reports that "Julian Bond, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, cast the issue as the next front in the battle for racial equality and women’s rights:
'Gay rights are civil rights,' Mr. Bond said, invoking during his testimony the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the women’s suffrage movement and the abolition of slavery."

This morning, The Philadelphia Inquirer declares in an editorial that "The New Jersey Senate should approve a bill to authorize gay marriage, and advance the cause of equality for so many of the state's citizens."

Over a hundred years ago a painter from Philadelphia, Thomas Eakins, ventured over to the Jersey side to paint a portrait of a supporter of civil rights for all - Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman would be proud to know how far his state has come.

Thomas Eakins
Portrait of Walt Whitman
oil on canvas 1887
"The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters is simplicity. Nothing is better than simplicity... nothing can make up for excess or for the lack of definiteness. To carry on the heave of impulse and pierce intellectual depths and give all subjects their articulations are powers neither common nor very uncommon. But to speak in literature with the perfect rectitude and insouciance of the movements of animals and the unimpeachableness of the sentiment of trees in the woods and grass by the roadside is the flawless triumph of art."
-Walt Whitman form the introduction to Leaves of Grass

More at:
Springsteen's Statement
Bruce Springsteen Speaks Out for Gay Marriage: The Boss lets New Jersey's new governor know who's really in charge....
Springsteen Endorses Gay Marriage

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Andrew Wyeth's Painting "Above the Narrows" Sells for $6,914,500

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)
Above the Narrows
48" x 32¼" tempera on panel 1960

Andrew Wyeth's Painting "Above the Narrows" sold for $6,914,500 at Christie's.
Wyeth's painting is an evocative portrait of his son that captures the mysterious journey from boy to man.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

What Does Loss Look Like? (World AIDS Day 2009)

Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need
For this bright morning dawning for you.
History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, and if faced with courage,
Need not be lived again.
Lift up your eyes upon
The day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream.
-Maya Angelou

Twenty years ago on December 1, 1989 the first Day Without Art was held to spark dialogue and create a day of action concerning the AIDS crisis. At least 800 museums and galleries across the United States closed their doors, shrouded artworks or removed them from view as symbols of mourning and loss. The goal was to show that AIDS can touch everyone. And it worked.

Today on December 1, 2009 museums are again engaged in remembrance for those lost to AIDS and are actively marking the gains that have been made so far. In 1997 the day became known as A Day With(out) Art to reflect the force art can bring to the cause.

Today, A Day With(out) Art has grown into a international collaborative project in which nearly 8,000 museums, galleries, art centers, libraries, high schools and colleges mark the day.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has removed from view sixteen artworks to mark World AIDS Day. The artists range from Duccio to Dali. And the subjects range from the young man Eutyches to Andrew Jackson. I have posted a few fragments of the hidden Metropolitan Museum of Art artworks as well as the Getty Museum's draped Maillol sculpture and, in memory of my friend Thom who died of AIDS, an evocative corner from a Buddha monotype I created.

More at:
World AIDS Day
MTV Staying Alive

Courtesy the Getty Museum

Thanks to Bill Roedy for reminding me of Maya Angelou's powerful poem:
Bill Roedy:Despite Huge Successes In HIV Prevention And Treatment, We Must Not Rest On Our Laurels

*Images courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Getty Museum, Los Angeles and the LOOK Gallery, Los Angeles

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Moby 'One Time We Lived' Directed by Mark Pellington

Moby 'One Time We Lived' by Mark Pellington

President Barack Obama's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

President Barack Obama's Thanksgiving Day proclamation, as released by the White House:

What began as a harvest celebration between European settlers and indigenous communities nearly four centuries ago has become our cherished tradition of Thanksgiving. This day's roots are intertwined with those of our nation, and its history traces the American narrative.

Today, we recall President George Washington, who proclaimed our first national day of public thanksgiving to be observed "by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God," and President Abraham Lincoln, who established our annual Thanksgiving Day to help mend a fractured nation in the midst of civil war. We also recognize the contributions of Native Americans, who helped the early colonists survive their first harsh winter and continue to strengthen our nation. From our earliest days of independence, and in times of tragedy and triumph, Americans have come together to celebrate Thanksgiving.


As Americans, we hail from every part of the world. While we observe traditions from every culture, Thanksgiving Day is a unique national tradition we all share. Its spirit binds us together as one people, each of us thankful for our common blessings.

As we gather once again among loved ones, let us also reach out to our neighbors and fellow citizens in need of a helping hand. This is a time for us to renew our bonds with one another, and we can fulfill that commitment by serving our communities and our nation throughout the year. In doing so, we pay tribute to our country's men and women in uniform who set an example of service that inspires us all. Let us be guided by the legacy of those who have fought for the freedoms for which we give thanks, and be worthy heirs to the noble tradition of goodwill shown on this day.

Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all the people of the United States to come together, whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place where family, friends and neighbors may gather, with gratitude for all we have received in the past year, to express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own and to share our bounty with others.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 20th day of November, in the year of our Lord 2009, and of the independence of the United States of America the 234th (year).

_ Barack Obama

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

California Lawyers for the Arts: Health Insurance 101 - How to Obtain Individual, Family and Group Health Insurance

California Lawyers for the Arts will be presenting a free workshop on Health Insurance geared to self-employed artists and their families on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Michael Grodsky will be leading the evening.

REGISTRATION: Call CLA at (310) 998-5590, or email Angela (please
include your contact info and specify the workshop date(s)) at:

More info at:
Aquarius Financial

Workshops are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County
Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the
Department of Cultural Affairs, and the California Community Foundation.
Addition support provided by the California Arts Council.

The Muppets Perform Bohemian Rhapsody

The Muppets Perform Bohemian Rhapsody

Thanks to David Silverman for pointing this out!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The River Dreams

Gregg Chadwick
The River Dreams
16"x11" oil on linen 2009

I am reading WS Merwin's recent book of poems - The Shadow of Sirius - and thinking deeply about the mystery of our place in the universe. I had a chance to chat briefly with WS Merwin after his wonderful reading at the Hammer Museum on October 29th. We spoke of elephants and mystery and nature. Inspiring stuff.

Professor Stephen Yenser is doing an amazing job with this series of poetry readings at the Hammer. And Mona Simpson's favorite writers series is also top notch. Tonight, YiyunLi, author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, will be reading.

More on WS Merwin:
WS Merwin Profile

More on the Hammer Museum:
Watch and Listen

More on elephants and why we must protect them:

Elephant Reflections - new from UC Press
Photographs by Karl Ammann and Text by Dale Peterson

Monday, November 09, 2009

Helden: Remembering November 9, 1989

Helden: November 9, 1989

20 years ago today as images of the fall of the Berlin Wall streamed across televisions around the world, I played Little Steven's poignant song Checkpoint Charlie. Little Steven's 1984 song openly dreamed of a free and united Berlin. On November 9, 1989 that dream began to come true. Today as we celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall, I also dream of Freedom in Iran and the fall of the Iran Curtain.

The Berliner Zeitung has a nice series of images and articles about the history and fall of the Berlin Wall:
20. Jahre Mauerfall

John F Kennedy in Berlin: "Ich bin ein Berliner."

"This film shows video footage taken in April 1990 plus still image photographs taken in December 1989 and July 2005. There is footage on both sides of the wall, although for reasons of personal security the footage of the Eastern side of the crossing point is somewhat minimal. Nevertheless it is possible to see the arrangement of frosted glass screens which made it virtually impossible to see the crossing point from the East."

Photographer Anthony Suau talks about his iconic image of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

photo by current events.

Artist Kent Twitchell paints an image of JFK on a portion of the Berlin Wall on exhibit in Los Angeles

More at:
Wende Museum: Wall Across Wilshire

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

DreamScape Opens at the LOOK Gallery in Los Angeles on Thursday, November 5th

DreamScape, curated by Jerri Levi and Brent Turner, opens at the LOOK Gallery on Thursday evening.

The exhibit is described as:
"A conceptual design exhibition that explores the symbolic references of our personal spaces through the interplay of fine art and high design.

Seven top Los Angeles design firms will collaborate with a roster of LOOK Gallery artists to realize a series of installations within the gallery, incorporating various art media of surrealistic expression woven together with an array of choice home furnishings and accessory products available through LAMDC showrooms.

Provocative and aspirational, the dream-like spaces serve to engage the spectator in the design experience, offering a glimpse to the unfettered vision of superior design talent and the artistry of fashioning interiors as interpretive expressions of our inner selves."

The opening reception is Thursday, November 5th from 6-9pm.
RSVP at 213.763.5813 or

DreamScape is open to the public from:

November 5 -
December 3, 2009
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday Evenings
until 8 p.m.
LOOK Gallery at
L.A. Mart@ Design Center

The LOOK Gallery is located in the L.A. Mart downtown at 1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90007

(For those of you following my art, I will have work in Best of the Best, the December group show at LOOK Gallery which opens on December 10th)

Monday, October 26, 2009

U2 Paints the Rose Bowl Green for Iran

U2 performing Sunday Bloody Sunday during their 360 degrees world tour at the Rose Bowl on October 25th, 2009.

As the song Sunday Bloody Sunday opens, U2 now scrolls the lyrics from the Rumi poem Azadi. The word Azadi itself simply means Freedom. U2 is supporting Artists 4 Freedom by using the Rumi poem which provides the lyrics to Dj Spooky and Sussan Deyhim's new track, Azadi (The New Complexity). U2's multimedia screens mash together the lyrics to Azadi along with photos of the protestors in Iran and artworks by Shirin Neshat. Inspiring stuff.

The Call - ندا -Neda

Azadi (The New Complexity) is a song based on a classic poem by Rumi, one of the poet laureates of Iran’s still vibrant poetic legacy.

Here is the original poem translated into English

by Rumi

i crave
flowers and gardens

open your lips
i crave
the taste of honey

come out from
behind the clouds
i desire a sunny face

your voice echoed
saying “leave me alone”
i wish to hear your voice
again saying “leave me alone”

i swear this city without you
is a prison
i am dying to get out
to roam in deserts and mountains

i am tired of
flimsy friends and
submissive companions

i am blue hearing
nagging voices and meek cries
i desire loud music
drunken parties and
wild dances

one hand holding
a cup of wine
one hand caressing your hair
then dancing in orbital circle
that is what i yearn for

i can sing better than any nightingale
but because of
this city’s freaks
i seal my lips
while my heart weeps

yesterday the wisest man
holding a lit lantern
in daylight
was searching around town saying

i am tired of
all these beast and brutes
i seek
a true human

we have all looked
for one but
no one could be found
they said

yes he replied
but my search is
for the one
who cannot be found

Read more: DJ Spooky & Sussan Deyhim - Azadi - The New Complexity
Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives

Make Your Voice Heard
Paintings for Iran

Artists 4 Freedom is international in scope and is located between London, Barcelona, Lisbon and Berlin.
Link Below:
Artists 4 Freedom

As a member of Artists 4 Freedom, I ask you to create a poem, a painting, a song for Iran and join the cause. The world is coming together in support of Iran.

(And a special message to Little Steven. Little Steven is touring right now as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. But Little Steven is also an amazing political songwriter who helped bring down apartheid in South Africa with his song Sun City and openly dreamed of a free Berlin, when others labeled him as naive, in his heartbreaking song Checkpoint Charlie. Little Steven, Artists 4 Freedom needs you to write a song for Freedom in Iran.)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Authors and Others Born On this Day › 23 October

1491 Saint Ignatius of Loyola, author of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
1805 Adalbert Stifter, author of Rock Crystal
1831 Basil L. Gildersleeve, author of Gildersleeve's Latin Grammar
1890 Henrietta C. Mears, author of What the Bible Is All About
1913 Odd Eidem, author of Cruise
1918 Edward Rice, author of Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton
1919 Manolis Andronicos, author of Delphi
1920 Gianni Rodari, author of Favole al telefono
1922 Nicholas Stuart Gray, author of The Seventh Swan
1925 Radu Florescu, author of Dracula, Prince of…Life and His Times
1926 Gladys M. Hunt, author of Honey for a Child's Heart
1927 Leszek Kolakowski, author of Main Currents of Ma…Age, The Breakdown
1927 Philip Lamantia, author of Bed of Sphinxes: Selected Poems
1927 Michel van der Plas, author of Herinneringen aan Godfried Bomans
1930 Ned Rorem, author of KNOWING WHEN TO STOP: A Memoir
1942 Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park
1942 Tariq Ali, author of The Clash of Fundam…ihads and Modernity
1942 Douglas Dunn, author of The Oxford Book of…ttish Short Stories
1942 Anita Roddick, author of Take It Personally:…to Change the World
1944 Mike Harding, author of A Little Book of th…Man (Little Books)
1945 Gary L. Blackwood, author of The Shakespeare Stealer
1945 Christopher I. Beckwith, author of Empires of the Silk…Age to the Present
1946 Eric Kroll, author of Eric Kroll's Fetish…ls (Amuses Gueules)
1946 Graeme Barker, author of The Etruscans (Peoples of Europe)
1949 Michael Walsh, author of Butler's Lives of t…ts: Concise Edition
1952 Antjie Krog, author of Country of My Skull…he New South Africa
1953 Ira Steven Behr, author of The Ferengi Rules o…k: Deep Space Nine)
1954 Ang Lee, author of Sense and Sensibility (FILM)
1954 Fred Hunter, author of Government Gay (Ale…Reynolds Mysteries)
1958 Michael Eric Dyson, author of I May Not Get There…tin Luther King, Jr
1959 Nancy Grace, author of The Eleventh Victim
1960 Randy Pausch, author of The Last Lecture
1961 Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak
1963 Gordon Korman, author of No More Dead Dogs
1963 Eric Shanower, author of A Thousand Ships
1965 Augusten Burroughs, author of Running With Scissors: A Memoir
1966 Alex Flinn, author of Beastly
1969 Sanjay Gupta, author of Chasing Life: New D…You Age Less Today
1971 Setona Mizushiro, author of After School Nightmare, Volume 1
1974 Aravind Adiga, author of The White Tiger

As well as:
Adlai Ewing Stevenson
Vice President (1835)
John Heisman
football coach (1869)
William D. Coolidge
inventor (1873)
Gertrude Ederle
swimmer (1905)
Johnny Carson
entertainer (1925)
soccer (1940)
Ang Lee
director, writer (1954)
Dwight Yoakam
singer and actor (1956)
Sam Raimi
filmmaker (1959)
Ryan Reynolds
actor (1976)

oh and me ...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Higher and Higher: Springsteen and the E Street Band Help Close Down Philly's Spectrum

Springsteen and the E Street Band Perform "Higher and Hiigher" at the Philadelphia Spectrum on October 20, 2009

Listening to Bruce cover Jackie Wilson's classic is getting me ready for my birthday on Friday.

Americans Want A Public Option in Health Care

Heather Graham Stars in a Spot Promoting the Public Option. Narration by Peter Coyote.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Acclaimed Poet W.S. Merwin to Read at Hammer Museum on Thursday, October 29th


Poetry Reading


Thursday, October 29 at 7 PM

Photo: Mark Hanauer

In a career spanning five decades, W. S. Merwin has become one of the most widely read and acclaimed poets in the United States. His first book, A Mask for Janus (1952), was chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series, and his most recent volume, The Shadow of Sirius (2008), was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (his second: the first was for The Carrier of Ladders in 1970). His many other honors include the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, the Tanning Prize, the Bollingen Prize, and the Ruth Lily Prize.

Admission to the event is free. Please arrive early. Dedicated to the memory of Doris Curran, this series, which has provided a stimulating forum for nationally and internationally known poets for forty years, is co-sponsored by the Friends of English, the W Hotel, the UCLA Office of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, and the Office of Instructional Development.

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

13 Geisha (13芸者)

Sea of Spring 春の海 (Haru no umi)
Gregg Chadwick
Sea of Spring 春の海 (Haru no umi)
36"x48" oil on linen 2009

Japan has been a continual theme in my life and artwork. At age 10, I began my artistic dialogue with Japan before I even exited our arriving plane in Okinawa. On that journey I sketched the new world around me and have continued to do so over the years. My latest body of work was inspired by an artistic pilgrimage to Tokyo and Kyoto in March and April 2009. At that time, I was privileged to be in Kyoto at the height of the cherry blossom season.
Young geisha in training (maiko) and full geisha brought their own color and timeless beauty to the city.
The word geisha in Japanese means arts - person ( gei - sha). The flower and willow world of these caretakers of Japan's traditional arts seems to be as fragile and impermanent as the cherry blossoms that bloom so quickly then fall each year.

Gion Night
Gregg Chadwick
Gion Night
85"x37" oil on linen 2009

karyūkai ( 花柳界)
Gregg Chadwick
Karyūkai ( 花柳界)
85"x54" oil on linen 2009

Maiko's Night
Gregg Chadwick
Maiko's Night
36"x18" oil on linen 2009

Studio with Karyūkai ( 花柳界)Gregg Chadwick's Studio with Karyūkai ( Flower and Willow World ~ 花柳界)

Santa Monica Art Studios 5 Year Anniversary Event Tonight

Takekurabe  (Growing Up)
Gregg Chadwick
Takekurabe (Growing Up)
80"x80" oil on linen 2009

Santa Monica Art Studios is celebrating its 5 year anniversary tonight at the Santa Monica Airport. And Speed of Life also celebrates its 5 year anniversary. Stop on by tonight from 6-9 pm to celebrate and preview my new work. I'm in Studio 15. Hope to see you there!

Santa Monica Art Studios
3026 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90405

Saturday October 17th 6-9 pm
Sunday October 18th 1-5pm

Saturday, October 03, 2009

L.A. Museums Free-For-All Saturday-Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2009.

24 Los Angeles and Orange County Museums
Free Admission Days October 3 and/or 4, 2009

In a joint effort to present the arts and culture to the diverse and myriad communities in Southern California, the Museum Marketing Roundtable announces the fifth annual "Museums Free-For-All" Saturday-Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2009. The following museums - presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science - will open their doors wide and invite visitors free of charge.*

Participating Museums:

*Regular parking fees apply. General museum admission only. May not apply to ticketed exhibitions.
**Timed tickets are required. Visit

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ken Burns is a National Treasure Along with our National Parks

"In America, magnificence is a common treasure.... We own together the most magnificent places on the continent."
Carl Pope - The Sierra Club

In 1872 the United States Government created the first National Park on the globe: Yellowstone National Park. Ken Burns has created a new series of documentary films, The National Parks - America's Best Idea , that celebrates this landmark achievement.

Thomas Moran
watercolor on paper
from Ken Burns' The National Parks - America's Best Idea

The first installment in the series, The Scripture of Nature, tells the history of Yellowstone and the inspiration for a National Parks system that sprung out of the collection of "artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and tourists" that found beauty and worth in the stunning natural world of Yosemite in California and Yellowstone in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

Albert Bierstadt
Yosemite Valley
oil on canvas
from Ken Burns' The National Parks - America's Best Idea
On June 30, 1864 President Abraham Lincoln signed a law to preserve Yosemite.

John Muir was inspired by the majesty of the American landscape and became the voice for the preservation of our spectacular wilderness. Ken Burns' series on the National Parks is ever so timely as cynicism seems to be our new national voice. I highly recommend this series of documentaries and am convinced that those who pay attention to Burns' films will come away changed and inspired.

American Indian at Yosemite
from Ken Burns' The National Parks - America's Best Idea
Ken Burns points out that in the American Indian language of the region, Yosemite means "people who should be feared, they are killers."

Ken Burns is an American treasure. My son and I were fortunate to meet him and thank him for the amazing work he has done to bring history to the forefront of public consciousness. We are lucky to have him and his art.

Watch online at:
The National Parks on PBS
On iTunes at:
Ken Burns' "The National Parks" on iTunes

Friday, September 25, 2009

Kseniya Simonova - Sand Animation (Україна має талант / Ukraine's Got Talent)

Kseniya Simonova

Kseniya Simonova - Sand Animation (Україна має талант / Ukraine's Got Talent)

"Here, she recounts Germany conquering Ukraine in the second world war. She brings calm, then conflict. A couple on a bench become a woman's face; a peaceful walkway becomes a conflagration; a weeping widow morphs into an obelisk for an unknown soldier. Simonova looks like some vengeful Old Testament deity as she destroys then recreates her scenes - with deft strokes, sprinkles and sweeps she keeps the narrative going. She moves the judges to tears as she subtitles the final scene :
"Ty vsegda ryadom" -- "You'll always be near."
James Donaghy, The Guardian

Echoes of William Kentridge's filmed drawings ...

More at:
Kseniya Simonova

Deo Gratias for Luke

Deo Gratias for Luke -
The composer Johannes Ockeghem's canon, Deo Gratias, is sung by nine choirs of four voices each. The formal structure of the work is intricate yet creates an incredibly haunting musical space.

Johannes Ockeghem was born in 1410 in Saint-Ghislain (now in Belgium) and died in Tours, France in 1497.

(Hat tip to Eamonn Fitzgerald)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

U2 Covers Springsteen's "She's the One" for Bruce's 60th Birthday

Giants Stadium, New Jersey - September 23, 2009

The New York Times Reviews the concert:
U2 in the Round, Fun With a Mission

Magritte's Painting Olympia Stolen During Armed Robbery at Belgian Museum

oil on canvas 1948
Musée Magritte

Olympia painted in 1948 by Belgian surrealist René Magritte was stolen today by gun wielding thieves in a daylight heist at the Musée Magritte. The museum is housed in Magritte's former residence just outside Brussels and is dedicated to Magritte's art and life.

The Times online interviewed Johan Berckman’s, a policeman at the scene, who said: “At 10.10am this morning (24 Sept 2009) someone rang the bell of the museum asking if they could visit. He was let in and when he was inside he pulled out a pistol and ordered the woman to go back to the door to let a second person come inside.

“There were three museum workers inside at the time and two Japanese tourists. All five of them were ordered out the back and told to keep quiet by the man with the gun.

“In the museum the other person stole the painting and they both made good their escape. They seemed to know which painting they wanted to steal - they took the whole painting off the wall, including the frame.”

Fortunately no one was injured in the theft. But the loss of Olympia is a crushing blow for the small museum and the cultural patrimony of Belgium.

More at:
Armed thieves steal Magritte painting in daylight raid

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Buddha of South Africa (for Archbishop Desmond Tutu)

Last night was the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Artists for a New South Africa. I was honored to be there and painted this small work as a gift for Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who unfortunately was not able to make the event.

Alfre Woodard at Jabulani! Artists for a New South Africa

We were treated to stirring speeches by Ahmad Kathrada, Barbara Hogan, Alfre Woodard, and a videotaped message from Archbishop Tutu. Jason White & the West Angeles Church Mass Choir got the hall rocking. And Corey Chisel and Jackson Browne provided soulful sets of inspiring music.

Jackson Browne and band played a stirring rendition of Little Steven's I am a Patriot. (Here's a Youtube version from Browne's performance from Soundstage 2008 Window to the World Studios, Chicago October, 14th, 2008)

Artists for a New South Africa

Friday, September 11, 2009


9/11, originally uploaded by slagheap.

New York, N.Y. (Sept. 15, 2001) -- A tired search dog finds time to rest as rescue efforts at the World Trade Center in New York City continue just a few feet away. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres. (RELEASED)

Just came across this image today after 8 years. Touching..

"To Save, and to Serve, and to Build." September 11, 2009: Full Remarks by President Obama at Pentagon Memorial

"Once more we pause, once more we pray, as a nation and as a people. We read their names. We press their photos to our hearts. . . . We recall the beauty and meaning of their lives."


Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release September 11, 2009


The Pentagon
Arlington, Virginia

9:34 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen and members of the Armed Forces, fellow Americans, family and friends of those that we lost this day -- Michelle and I are deeply humbled to be with you.

Eight Septembers have come and gone. Nearly 3,000 days have passed -- almost one for each of those taken from us. But no turning of the seasons can diminish the pain and the loss of that day. No passage of time and no dark skies can ever dull the meaning of this moment.

So on this solemn day, at this sacred hour, once more we pause. Once more we pray -- as a nation and as a people; in city streets where our two towers were turned to ashes and dust; in a quiet field where a plane fell from the sky; and here, where a single stone of this building is still blackened by the fires.

We remember with reverence the lives we lost. We read their names. We press their photos to our hearts. And on this day that marks their death, we recall the beauty and meaning of their lives; men and women and children of every color and every creed, from across our nation and from more than 100 others. They were innocent. Harming no one, they went about their daily lives. Gone in a horrible instant, they now "dwell in the House of the Lord forever."

We honor all those who gave their lives so that others might live, and all the survivors who battled burns and wounds and helped each other rebuild their lives; men and women who gave life to that most simple of rules: I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper.

We pay tribute to the service of a new generation -- young Americans raised in a time of peace and plenty who saw their nation in its hour of need and said, "I choose to serve"; "I will do my part." And once more we grieve. For you and your families, no words can ease the ache of your heart. No deeds can fill the empty places in your homes. But on this day and all that follow, you may find solace in the memory of those you loved, and know that you have the unending support of the American people.

Scripture teaches us a hard truth. The mountains may fall and the earth may give way; the flesh and the heart may fail. But after all our suffering, God and grace will "restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." So it is -- so it has been for these families. So it must be for our nation.

Let us renew our resolve against those who perpetrated this barbaric act and who plot against us still. In defense of our nation we will never waver; in pursuit of al Qaeda and its extremist allies, we will never falter.

Let us renew our commitment to all those who serve in our defense -- our courageous men and women in uniform and their families and all those who protect us here at home. Mindful that the work of protecting America is never finished, we will do everything in our power to keep America safe.

Let us renew the true spirit of that day. Not the human capacity for evil, but the human capacity for good. Not the desire to destroy, but the impulse to save, and to serve, and to build. On this first National Day of Service and Remembrance, we can summon once more that ordinary goodness of America -- to serve our communities, to strengthen our country, and to better our world.

Most of all, on a day when others sought to sap our confidence, let us renew our common purpose. Let us remember how we came together as one nation, as one people, as Americans, united not only in our grief, but in our resolve to stand with one another, to stand up for the country we all love.

This may be the greatest lesson of this day, the strongest rebuke to those who attacked us, the highest tribute to those taken from us -- that such sense of purpose need not be a fleeting moment. It can be a lasting virtue.

For through their own lives –- and through you, the loved ones that they left behind –- the men and women who lost their lives eight years ago today leave a legacy that still shines brightly in the darkness, and that calls on all of us to be strong and firm and united. That is our calling today and in all the Septembers still to come.

May God bless you and comfort you. And may God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

9:40 A.M. EDT

A Moment of Silence at the White House
September 11, 2009

The Rising