I started a new job in San Francisco's Mission District. Happy to be able to fully explore another SF neighborhood.
Yusaku Maezawa, a 41-year-old billionaire from Japan paid $110.5 million for a 1982 painting "Untitled" from Jean-Michel Basquiat. The piece was originally bought in 1984 by collectors Jerry and Emily Spiegel for $19,000. Thats a price increase of $110,481,000. Obviously a big fan of Basquiat, Maezawa paid $57 million for another untitled Basquiat and in May 2016. Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn NY, he died August 12, 1988 (aged 27) in Manhattan.
In 2014, Alameda Municipal Power and Park Street Business Association held a design contest to cover the Power Boxes located throughout the Park Street business area. I submitted 2 designs and I won the sweet location at the Alameda Marketplace. I visit the shops there often and love passing by "my" box. It's even better now, since they installed a seating area and patio around it, I've enjoyed lunch there a few times.
The image below shows the current patio area outside the Alameda Marketplace near the Bakery Entrance (on a rainy day). The 2nd image is my winning entry and the 3rd image is my other entry (did not win).
I finally made it to the re-opened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yes I realize it's been reopened since last year. The old building made me a bit claustrophobic and I felt like I kept walking into corners. The new building is big and spacious and has much better walking karma. I found myself walking freely and not thinking much at all about the building, which I think is what a public space should do. Note: I'm no architect, i just like being able to look at art without getting lost. I think the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection is amazing and is well displayed in the new space. I once held a contract job in the Gap headquarters (the Fishers are the GAP founders), I took an elevator to a floor I don't think I was supposed to be on and found myself facing an Anselm Kiefer painting. I remember thinking, Is this what i think it is? if so, it probably costs about as much as this whole building.
my inaugural 2017 Alameda Calendars were a success. totally sold out for this year.
Thanks to all for buying up my 2017 Alameda Calendars. I was overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response at the Alameda Art Lab (Encinal), Modern Mouse (South Shore) and Books Inc. (Park St.). I’m hard at work on 2018 versions for both Alameda and Oakland. Check back for updates!