Friday, April 27, 2007

Annie Leibovitz Exhibit in San Diego ... my journey From Starving Artist To 21st Century Picasso

You can see some expressions of Jay Rolfe's unique artistic idea on his website at

Jay Rolfe went to the Annie Leibovitz exhibit, "A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005," at the San Diego Museum of Art last Saturday. It was a beautiful day following lots of rain on Friday. My daughter and I started out with automotive art at 7:00 am at the Cars & Coffee Show in Irving CA. Lamborghini Diablo, Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari F430 coupe and spider, Ferrari 355's, Ferrari 308's, Porsche GT3, Ford GT's, classic American fins. Lots of beautiful rolling sculptures. Perhaps the most amazing was the Ferrari F2003-GA Formula 1 race car. It's one of the ones that won Ferrari's 5th straight Constructor's Championship and that Michael Schumacher used to win his 6th Driver's title. Then off to San Diego.

San Diego's museums (aside from the Museum of Contemporary Art) and zoo are all in Balboa Park right next to each other. There was a beautiful Botanical Garden like a small Longwood Gardens. The Timken Museum of Art was a surprise because I hadn't heard of it and it had a good collection of European paintings and Russian icons. There were nice portraits by Veneto, Hals, Maes, Rubens (, David, Largillierre, and Copley. The Rembrandt portrait didn't seem up to his usual standard. We saw nice landscapes by Bruegel The Elder, Van Ruisdael, Boucher, Lorrain, Corot, Fragonard, and Innes. I was impressed by religious paintings by Veronese, Christus, and De Witte ( The gold on the Russian icons, both panels and alterpieces, was dazzling. Here's a link to its website. And I've copied the Rubens portrait here on the left.

We finally got to the Leibovitz exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art. It was huge and well-attended and included celebrity portraits as well as intimate family snaps and a few landscapes. It closed Sunday, so we just made it. I liked many of the portraits, especially Mick Jagger, Cindy Crawford, Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Brad Pitt. Here's a link to some info. The 3 photos on the right are from the exhibit.
After that we went to Coronado Island beach and Hotel. Then we went back to Newport Beach for dinner with my lovely wife. Later, my wife Randy and I went to a dance party. It was a long and fun day!

That's the next step on the journey of Jay Rolfe From Starving Artist To 21st Century Picasso.

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