The Getty exhibition of Golden Kingdoms--part of PST-- is open for another month. I am not normally a gold person but this exhibition is just so spectacular I urge all to race up the hill to see it. (Fair warning: the line for cars getting into the Getty from both north and south was at least an hour long. Perhaps wait until next week?). What especially drew my eye, even more than the magnificent masks, were tiny unpolished votive figures made by the Muisca who inhabited the Eastern Cordillera of Columbia. These were placed in baskets or ceramic vessels and then deposited in lakes, caves, fields and mountaintops as offerings to divine powers.
These two headed mini sculptures felt just right: we need to be canny and clever, thinking with two heads and not one in the coming year. The gold, instead of being Trumpian and garish, is small, but even more powerful as it comes in on little wheels of hope.
Also see the Concrete Art exhibition before it closes (here represented by a piece from Juan Mele, 1948). Collector Patricia Cisneros looks positively prescient as her collection of Latin American jewels of another sort is equally refreshing.
Big, Mr. President, is not necessarily better. Happy New Year to one and all.