Monday, January 2, 2017

Eight Portraits

as Christmas Tree Ornaments 
in the style of Tudor and Stuart era miniatures 
Dale Wittig 
gesso, acrylic & pencil on card
San Francisco CA 
December 2016

1 Anne Boleyn after John Hoskins  

2 Thomas Wyatt after Hans Holbein

3 Elizabeth Tudor after Levina Teerlinc  

4 William Shakespeare after John Sanders 

5 Henry Wriothesley after Nicholas Hilliard

6 William Shakespeare after the Cobbe Portrait

7 Alethea Talbot after Joseph Cornelius

8 Mary Talbot after Joseph Cornelius

Monday, December 26, 2016

Santa with Butt Plug

Paul McCarthy 
Los Angeles CA 
2007 - 2014

 Rotterdam, cast bronze, 2008

Also known as Santa with Inflatable Xmas Tree and as the Butt Plug Gnome, a related inflatable sculpture,Tree, that was displayed in Paris’s Place Vendôme caused the artist to be slapped very forcefully in the face and the piece itself to be vandalized and removed well before it was due.  The chocolate version was of course fabricated with the finest Belgian chocolate.

 Paris, cast chocolate, 2014 

 Middelheim Museum Anterp, inflated vinyl coated nylon, 2007

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sonnet for Charles Stuart

Beheaded for Treason 1649
Dale Wittig
San Francisco CA
19 December 2016

He had to tuck his Hair up under his Cap
For the stout Axe Man to make a clean Cut,
As they needed his uncrowned Head to jut
Just visibly to the Crowd above the Trap.

It wasn’t what he expected, this huge Flap,
As if his Kingdom itself was stuck in a Rut,
And its only Remedy was to make him strut
Across their rude Stage to a Drum’s stark Tap.

It took the Round Heads seven great Years
To strap him to this most singular Fate,
Though not to expected popular Cheers.

The Puritan dictating this change of State
Proved even less patient of Parliament’s Gears,
And the Public Fears that would never abate.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Vuillard Self Portraits & related Work

Paris circa 1889 - 1899 
oil on canvas, panel & card
Jean-Édouard Vuillard 
11 November 1868 – 21 June 1940

1 Octagonal Self Portrait  

2 Lilacs  

3 Self Portrait 

4 Toulouse Lautrec  

5 Madame Bonnard  

6 Self Portrait in Straw Hat  

7 Toulouse Lautrec setting Table  

8 Self Portrait with Sister  

9 Bois de Boulogne  

10 Dressmakers

Sunday, December 11, 2016

el Toro Cabron

self portrait photos 
manipulated photos 
and collages
Ciudad de Mexico

Friday, December 9, 2016

Kirk turns a hundred

The Bad and the Beautiful 
Vincente Minnelli 
Hollywood 1952
The first of three major collaborations between Minnelli and Douglas.   There was something in the often hysterical pitch of Kirk’s performances that suited Vincente’s style perfectly.

 Maybe I like to be cheap once in a while. Maybe everybody does, or don’t you remember?

Today is Kirk Douglas’s one hundredth birthday.

Burt Lancaster modeling nude

Manhattan circa 1933

Along with his gymnastic and circus work Burt Lancaster did a little beefcake and art modeling.  I wish I could find more than these variable printings from the same few negatives.