Leaving on a Jet Plane

Small gorgilla
How come right before every vacation I think to myself, I really need to go on this vacation now.  After this summer, I really did a great job of getting my head into the right place for September and onward.  Now it is December and in many ways I am right back to pre-summer yet in many ways I am not. 

Last summer really did set me in motion to take time to smell the roses and I have much much more.  The flood in our apartment totally put me over the edge.  Alas.  We are leaving today to go skiing for two weeks.  I am totally looking forward to it. 

Big gorilla
Before leaving I spent a day in Chelsea looking at some art.  The piece above is by Walton Ford.  A gigantic watercolor that kind of sums up how I feel.  I absolutely love the piece.  If you get a chance drop by the Paul Kasmin Gallery.  Seeing it in person is a completely different experience. 

I didn't buy the original but bought a limited lithograph that he did to prepare for the making of that piece which is at the top of this page.  I saw Fords first exhibit back in 2000 and I fell in love with his work.  Fred not so much so we did not buy this particular elephant.  It was and is magnificent.  A watercolor broken down into heavy metal frames.  The piece is probably 15 feet across and 10 feet high.  Huge.  The price was minimal compared to what it is worth today.  I believe they wanted $150K for this piece and it is now worth somewhere in the $8 million dollar category.  This goes under the category of trust your gut.  I still dream about this piece. 

Anyway, off to Utah to ski.  Should be much more relaxed by tomorrow. 

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Comments (Archived):

  1. Rohan

    Enjoy skiing.. and the holidays, Joanne! 🙂

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  2. Rebecca Stees

    Fun!  This gorilla gave me a laugh.I know just how he’s feeling— I’m in the holiday squeeze tooMy colleague, Tara Tucker makes work in a similar “Audubon naturalist”  theme with science and culture twists.http://www.renabranstengall…Particularly this one makes me think…..http://www.renabranstengall…Happy vacation!

  3. ellen

    Lost opportunity- I have had it many times.Loss of the Lisbon Rhinoceros, 2008 only went for $1022,000 in 2008. Granted I like the elephant with the metal bars better (He is more colorful and feminine), but take solace in the fact all his pieces are not 8 million.

  4. kirklove

    You mean snowboarding. ;p

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  5. Geoffrey Weg

    Have fun! 

  6. kenberger

    so *that* explains why Fred Quora’ed about getting wine shipped there. Hope you figured something out.

    1. Gotham Gal

      i did. always do.

      1. kenberger

        no doubts here: you are the ultimate inspirational ninja of Getting Things Done !

  7. pamela castillo

    I adore Walton Ford’s work. I found out about him via Vogue (I think it was also in 2000?) when they did a feature on him. I looked everywhere to view his work in person and it’s even better up close because of the scale. The style is so fabulous, and the story telling and symbolism embedded in all of his seemingly traditional botanical paintings is full or darkness and humor. He is definitely one of my favorite contemporary artists, even though I usually gravitate towards a totally different aesthetic. And hey – at least you got the lithograph! 

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