Posts Tagged ‘Monte Factor’
Those who follow my blog might remember my love of landscape photos. It’s something that I share with Jennifer Lee, our Scottish ceramist who lives in London. Jennifer sent a wondrous picture of the Scottish sky, with a stark silhouette of a tree—a reminder of winter. It’s a picture of the year’s passage.
2012 was filled with accomplishment for the gallery. It’s also been a year of amazing statistics for the blog. As I’ve been noting lately, the gallery has a truly international presence, a fact borne out by the global reach of the blog. In the past year, the blog has been viewed in 114 countries! People seem to be reading quite of few of the 163 blog posts.
The world-wide visitors came searching, mostly for Peter Voulkos, Craig Kauffman, Larry Bell, Gustavo Pérez, and Richard Neutra. While that might seem eclectic, it represents the scope of the gallery and the blog: a concentration of interest in the major artists that emerged on the West Coast during the post-WWII era, and a complementary interest in international ceramics as well as architecture. The posts that were viewed the most times in 2012:
I’m looking forward to the New Year, and want to thank everyone for reading!
by Diane Factor
The drape, cut, feel of a fine suit
The brim, fit, weight of a perfect hat
The taste of butter, salt and milk in mashed potatoes
The chewed, moistened, odor of a good cigar
The lines, smell, leather of a classic car
The soft velvet ears, of dogs and horses
The bold, original, penetration of a jazz riff
The drip, ooze, guts of strong painting
The sweetness, balm, elegance of a poem
The subtlety, surprise, nuance, of an off color joke
The relief, breathless, joy of an unmuted laugh
The patience, feedback, leveling, of a long talk
The planted, soft, so there, of a good bye kiss
The warm, swollen grip of an old hand
The forgiving, honest, love of a father
The beautiful, proud manner of a man
The simple, peaceful way of letting go.
It seems like everyone likes to review the year. I had some help with reviewing this blog. The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
Statistics are funny things sometimes. The WordPress people report that about 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.
In 2010, there were 22 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 98 posts. There were 65 pictures uploaded.
The busiest day of the year was May 11th with 445 views. The most popular post that day was Craig Kauffman, 1932-2010.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were franklloyd.com, facebook.com, en.wikipedia.org, mail.live.com, and timesquotidian.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for peter voulkos , ken price, craig kauffman, and john mason ceramics.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Craig Kauffman, 1932-2010 May 2010
Richard Neutra: The Perkins House November 2009
Artists: On Peter Voulkos January 2009
Monte Factor: L.A. Collector April 2009
Peter Voulkos: Words from Irving Blum May 2009
O.K., I know this: my little blog is not even remotely close to the Huffington Post. HuffPo is well known as the most popular news site in the Blogosphere. But site statistics are somewhat addictive for bloggers. There’s a temptation (at least for me) to check and see if anyone’s reading your posts. Those stats reveal a lot about the readers, too. I’m amazed to find out that there are some clear favorites from the past couple of years since this tiny blog started in November, 2008. There’s also a clear winner in these statistics: more people want to read about Peter Voulkos than any other subject—by far.
For those who want to review the Top Ten Posts of my past two years, here are the links:
Two weeks ago, I called my friend Monte Factor and invited him to go to the Hammer Museum. Monte and his late wife Betty were early supporters of contemporary art in Los Angeles, and long ago acquired the work of Lynn Foulkes. So I knew he would be a good museum companion for my second visit to Nine Lives in L.A. at the Hammer.
The show starts and ends with Lynn Foulkes, appropriately. Foulkes’ space is totally unreal, a kind of compression and illusion that is found in dioramas. Constructed of such unlikely materials—from carved plywood to found objects and even common towels—the paintings and the space totally work. The artist’s one-man band is featured on recordings near the exit for the show. One can listen on headphones. Both Monte and I were entranced by the constructions and the music.
A few days later, I helped to arrange for the Getty Research Institute to come and interview Monte at his home. The GRI was responsive and inquisitive, ably represented by Andrew Perchuk and Rani Singh. Monte gave a guided tour of his home and collection. When he flipped a switch at the base of one Ed Keinholz assemblage, two blue lights flashed on at the top edge. Monte explained that the gun, which is pointed at the viewer, is set to go off once in the next 200 years. “Ed wanted the message to be about risk and contingency in our everyday life. There is live ammunition in the gun. He got in a lot of trouble with the German police over this piece,” added Monte.
Later in the afternoon, there was a moment that gave me goose bumps. As Andrew Perchuck and Rani Singh came upon a photograph mounted on one wall, there was a moment of recognition of Los Angeles art history. Andrew calmly asked Monte to identify the people in the photograph, from left to right. He repeated what had been written about the picture before: “This photograph was taken in the showroom of the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas in 1963. From left to right are Teeny Duchamp, Richard Hamilton, Betty Factor, Bill Copley, myself clenching a cigar, Walter Hopps, Betty Asher, and Marcel Duchamp.”