Opinion - 16 June 2018
2 days ago
Working in Paris, London, and New York in the early 1950s, photographer Irving Penn (American, 1917–2009) created masterful representations of skilled tradespeople dressed in work clothes and carrying the tools of their occupations. A neutral backdrop and natural light provided the stage on which his subjects could present themselves with dignity and pride. Penn revisited his Small Tradesseries over many decades, producing evermore-exacting prints, including platinum/palladium enlargements. In 2008 the J. Paul Getty Museum acquired the most comprehensive group of these images, carefully selected by the photographer—155 gelatin silver prints and 97 platinum/palladium prints—that are being exhibited in their entirety for the first time.Then last night we went to Atch-Kotch in Hollywood, our favorite Japanese restaurant. Yosh and Yuri, as usual served a wonderful meal of small dishes for us to enjoy. You don't have to order off the menu, they'll just feed you. My daughter is a vegetarian and there was plenty for her to eat as well. One of my favorites is spicy tuna sashimi. There was also his tofu triangles, which we can't seem to replicate at home, even though he's given us the recipe. The problem is that you need a very high heat source and our home stoves just don't do it. The other tofu dish has scrambled eggs in it. My daughter takes the left overs home for breakfast the next day. (We know that and wouldn't dare take more than a taste ourselves) For veggies there were separate dishes of eggplant, okra, and mushrooms, each with their own flavors. The okra was lightly steamed and still a bit crunchy. i loved it. I also liked the shrimp and chicken dishes. We ended the meal by tasting five different sakes. At least my daughter and I did. Son-in-law was driving. A great way to end our trip to LA
"Telling the difference between drawings by Rembrandt and his pupils is a centuries-old problem. A popular teacher with more than 50 documented students, Rembrandt taught all of them to draw in his style. Together, they produced thousands of drawings, and even immediately after Rembrandt's death, there was confusion about who made them. In the last 30 years scholars have made major strides in their ability to recognize Rembrandt's drawings from those of his students."The last time I was at the Getty was for their Mt. Sinai icons exhibit, which was fabulous. It's become a tradition for my daughter and me to enjoy a meal at the restaurant there. This year her husband is joining us, I think because they have crab cakes on the menu.