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Copying, Stealing, Homage

A friend who recently attended the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit at SFMOMA expressed astonishment that Diebenkorn’s Nude on a Blue Ground (1966) was in...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 16, 2017
Last comment by Richard Daniels, on Sep 12, 2017 at 3:47 am | 3 comments | 492 Views

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Material Matters

By Bill Carmel Consumerism is a capital experience. People shop all over the world and purchase items needed to keep body, mind, and spirit alive. The stuff...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 23, 2017
Last comment by John A. Barry, on Aug 28, 2017 at 8:06 am | 4 comments | 862 Views

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trAction Abstraction

In January I profiled Rossmoor resident Karl Livengood, a retired social worker involved with the Rossmoor Senior Tutors Program. He also coordinates the Fine Arts...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 17, 2016
Last comment by UdyRegan, on Aug 26, 2017 at 7:52 pm | 6 comments | 1157 Views

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Don’t Get Cute with Me

1. attractive, especially in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty 2. appealing and delightful; charming 3. affectedly or mincingly pretty or clever; precious 4. mentally...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 22, 2017
Last comment by Fausta Facciponte, on Aug 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm | 5 comments | 363 Views

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Centenarian Going Strong

All too many artists have gone before their time: van Gogh, Poe, Pollock, Rimbaud…. Arthur Fiedler, longtime conductor of the Boston Pops, made it to 84,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 31, 2017
Last comment by Cholo Pololo Mololo, on Aug 1, 2017 at 9:41 am | 2 comments | 504 Views

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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. Toward that end, I’ve festooned my bike o’ the month with names of inspirational women in such fields as Sciences...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 22, 2017
Last comment by lenacharles, on Jul 4, 2017 at 4:58 am | 7 comments | 674 Views

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Adult Ed

The physical and intellectual pacing may have been more deliberate and deliberative, but the adults in their 60s and 70s were kids at heart as they...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 19, 2015
Last comment by John A. Barry, on Jun 23, 2017 at 6:35 pm | 6 comments | 1942 Views

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Speed Painting

How do you get 40 second, fourth, and fifth graders to create a 7 x 11 foot painting in less than two hours, using Razor scooters as their "brushes"?...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 21, 2015
Last comment by John A. Barry, on Jun 22, 2017 at 2:34 pm | 13 comments | 2759 Views

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trAction Painting Summer Camp

In the nearly three years since I created trAction Painting, my works have been solo efforts, with much appreciated help from assistants. Employing bikes, skates,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 23, 2014
Last comment by Jan Hersh, on Jun 5, 2017 at 3:21 pm | 4 comments | 2046 Views

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Weaving a Story

Well the Yanks hate the Reds And the Greeks hate the Turks I really hate to say it But they're all a bunch of jerks – “Piss on the Wall,” J....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 7, 2017
Last comment by SHAUN TAIT, on May 9, 2017 at 1:01 am | 2 comments | 695 Views

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Matisse into Diebenkorn

Review of Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, by Bill Carmel, MFA (JAB note: This site limits the number of images that can...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 18, 2017
Last comment by Mike, on Apr 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm | 11 comments | 988 Views

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April Fools

The Museum of Modern Art is opening a branch in the new San Ramon Center. Watch here for details. Well, it’s that time of the month, and my bike is decorated...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 1, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Apr 7, 2017 at 11:36 am | 5 comments | 734 Views

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Bicycle Built for Hue

For the past year or so, I’ve been painting an old hybrid bike each month to symbolize or suggest that month. February is almost over, but...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 26, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Mar 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm | 1 comment | 625 Views

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Apologies to Irving Berlin

Berlin wrote “Puttin’ on the Ritz” in 1927. The song first appeared in the 1930 film Puttin’ on the Ritz (1930). This version features...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 13, 2017
Last comment by jamevang, on Feb 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm | 3 comments | 1253 Views

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Agrarian Graffiti

Graffiti: the word conjures images of urban blight, tagging, spray paint, non-color-matched swaths of painted patchwork rolled on to cover up the offending...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 8, 2015
Last comment by JasonBub, on Feb 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm | 3 comments | 2082 Views

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The Art of Protest Placards

Protest signs run the gamut, from predictably prosaic to inspired. Protests signs can generally be categorized thus: • X is thus • X will do thus • X...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jan. 21, 2017
Last comment by katherinemerry, on Jan 23, 2017 at 10:44 pm | 2 comments | 1277 Views

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Political Performance Art

During the endless nearly-two-billion-dollars-down-a-rathole presidential campaign, many pundits and prognosticators opined that Donald Trump didn’t...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Dec. 5, 2016
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 8, 2017 at 11:20 am | 7 comments | 938 Views

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Anatomy of a Summer Camp Project A Visual Essay, Phase 2

==I Setup for painting involves taping two 9 x 12 drop cloths and surrounding protective cloths and tarps to the pavement, resulting in an approximately...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 23, 2016
Last comment by Ricky jones, on Nov 30, 2016 at 10:14 pm | 3 comments | 1533 Views

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BAMPFA

From a drought perspective, the last day of January was not goo, a sunny and warm Sunday. But for art-lovers, it was a good day. I was one of many attending the...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Feb. 8, 2016
Last comment by ares, on Nov 23, 2016 at 4:18 pm | 3 comments | 1444 Views

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Teambuilding, Teamwork

Over the past year, I've reported in this blog on efforts by my colleagues and me to bring trAction Painting to kids—and adults. In all of these efforts, our focus...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Oct. 13, 2015
Last comment by rembo, on Aug 19, 2016 at 4:27 am | 5 comments | 2372 Views
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