Tseng Kwong Chi

August 30th, 2008

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The bad weather is keeping us home today instead of camping at the Grand Canyon.
Meanwhile you may follow the late Tseng Kwong Chi as he went around the world.

Of course there is plenty of humor and irony in these photographs but seeing them in this context they also begin to take on an somber air of loneliness and sadness.

Tseng was an improbable pilgrim

In 1979, Joseph Tseng changed his name to Tseng Kwong Chi and embarked on a decade-long project called East Meets West (also referred to as “The Expeditionary Series”). With the camera’s shutter release in hand, he posed for approximately 150 images as a self-described “ambiguous ambassador” from the East, wearing the vintage Mao uniform he purchased from a second-hand store in Montreal, Velvet-Underground style sunglasses, and a visitor identification badge.

Art, Wine and the Hess Collection

August 19th, 2008

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No lines, no admission fee to see the best of Magdalena Abakanowicz, Morris Louis, Theodore Stamos, Robert Motherwell, Anselm Kiefer, Per Kirkeby, Francis Bacon, Alan Rath, Frank Stella, Rolf Iseli and others.

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offers great art at beautiful setting on Mt. Veeder. Herr Donald Hess is Swiss and he has been collecting art for more than 48 years.

View of vineyard from healdsburg Healdsburg, California. (Mosaic Winery, originally Delaurimier).
When we visited this winery more than ten years ago, there was no charge, now the name got changed and the taste as well.

Complimentary wine tasting grape is now rare. Here is a list of six wineries where we had complimentary tasting.

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2 Sausal Winery sausal
3 Kenwood Vineyards
4 Wellington Vineyards
5 Lake Sonoma Winery
6 Ridge Vineyards

Most wineries now charge a tasting fee, but if you are planning to buy wine, your $5.00 or $10.00 tasting charges will be deducted from your purchase.

The Headquarters of the Salvation Army in Healdsburg
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Healdsburg used to have a great thriftstore in Downtown, not anymore. The downtown where the Duchamp Hotel is located has now become another generic tourist trap.

Biking in Yosemite

August 13th, 2008

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Ansel Adams Interactive (NYtimes) See how full the waterfall was in the old days. Now the waterfall is more like a dripfall – pathetic.

John Muir convinced Teddy Roosevelt to conserve Yosemite Park.

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Also that year, one of Muir’s heroes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, arrived in Yosemite and sought Muir out. Muir’s former professor at the University of Wisconsin, Ezra Carr, and Carr’s wife Jeanne encouraged Muir to publish his ideas.

JTWine and Dogs De Young

August 9th, 2008

Leaningdeyoung3 with De Young Museum.
San Francisco was cold as you can see. Daisy has a sweater and Jurgen is wearing a jacket.

Jurgen has a blog – it’s called JTwine – Now.
We saw Hitler Porcelain together. He mentioned bitter melon but we ate eggplant instead.

What is Niesatt?

Previous post on Jurgen Trautwein (aka JTwine)

On August 1 we left Arizona, camped at Yosemite, did some wine tasting in Napa, Sonoma and Healdsburg, peeked at Duchamp Hotel, spent a nice day with Jurgen in SF and drove to LA via Big Sur.
Both Daisy and Spike loved camping, sleeping in the tent and later they learned to sniff and love Motel 6.
Duchamp Hotel would have charged $60 per pet. (Peggy Gunggenheim had great named pets and they were buried in Venice.)
More about our California trip with photos will be coming soon.

A Room with a View in Venice

May 27th, 2006

View from a Window Venice Window by Fung-Lin Hall

Clothes Venice Laundry by Fung-Lin Hall on lines

Italian cities slideshow

Ephemeral Cities

October 21st, 2005

Lost in Words Lost in Words
Watercolor on the photos of Jungmannova in Prague.

” … the city which can not be expunged from the mind is like an armature, a honey-comb in whose cells each of us can place the things he wants to remember…” Italo Calvino.

Uffizi Ephemeral Cities
Uffizi, Florence Photo Fung Lin Hall –

“Perfection is a road that leads only to solitude: I no longer see in men anything but surmounted rungs. The Maestro, who has greater genius than I, is in my presence nothing more than a poor man no longer in possession of himself, and Michelangelo would gladly exchange his ardor for my serenity…..
That mad emperor wished that the world had only one head, so that he could cut it off. Would that it were only one body, that I might embrace it: one fruit, that I might pluck it: one enigma, which I might finally solve. Shall I seize an empire? Shall I construct a temple? Shall I write a poem, which will last longer?…
One has to have too many illusions to desire power, too much vanity to desire glory. Since I possess myself, what enrichment could the universe bring me – and happiness means nothing to me. ” (excerpt from “That Mighty Sculptor, Time” by Marguerite Yourcenar.)

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Boboli Garden, Florence photo by Fung Lin Hall – Sculpture by Sculpture by Igor Mitoraj

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  • No Sun In Venice – Henry James and Leonardo

    April 14th, 2005

    Here is a piece of music to accompany the photos of this page, No Sun In Venice by MJQ (Modern Jazz Quartet). More about the album. The brilliant music composed for the French movie “One Never Knows” became the masterpiece and the best album by MJQ.
    My trip to Italy coincided with the US Election 2000. I learned about the mess in Florida while in Venice from Italian newspapers and CNN at the hotel . On the eve of Election day, I developed a hive thinking about the dreadful possibility of a Bush Presidency. On the train from Venice to Florence the Americans we met discussed our worries.

    Today, April 15 is the birthday of Henry James and Leonardo da Vinci.
    “The Master” is a novel about Henry James written by Colm Toibin recommended by Caterina Fake quite recently and the timing is perfect.
    Michael Cunningham wrote, “In The Master, Colm Toibin takes us almost shockingly close to the soul of Henry James and by extension, to the mastery of art itself. It is a remarkable, utterly original book.”
    Here is an excerpt from the novel.
    “It was not true to say that Minny Temple haunted him in the years that followed; rather, he haunted her. He conjured up her precense everywhere, when he returned to his parents’ house, and later when he traveled in France and Italy. In the shadows of the great cathederals, he saw her emerge delicate and elegant and richly curious, ready to be stunned into silence by each work of art that she saw, and then trying to find words which might fit the moment, allow her new sensuous life to settle and deepen.
    Soon after she died he wrote a story, “Travelling Companions,” in which William, traveling in Italy from Germany, met her by chance in Milan Cathederal, having seen her first in front of Leonardo’s The Last Supper. He loved describing her white umbrella with a violet lining and the sense of intelligent pleasure in her movments, her glance and her voice. He could control her destiny now that she was dead, offer her the experiences she would have wanted, and provide drama for a life which had been so cruelly shortend. He wondered if this had happend to other writers who came before him, if Hawthorne or George Eliot had written to make the dead come back to life, had worked all day and all night, like a magician or an alchemist, defying fate and time and all the implacable elements of re-create a sacred life.”


    The Renaissance man by Adam Gopnik from the New Yorker. He wrote, Leonardo remains weird, matchlessly weird, and nothing to be done about it.

    Leonardo’s Resume (hilarious)

    Leonard spent his last years and died here at Le Clos Luce and see this page. This is a wonderful place to visit, following La Loire and visiting the famous castles nearby.

    Leonardo da Vinci Tarot is here.

    (All Photos of Venice and Florence are by Fung Lin Hall)

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