Like holiday gifts, year-end "Best of" lists present us with subjectively curated highlights constrained by the artificial receptacle of a calendar year and embellished by dazzling superlatives, parceling the events of the past twelve months into neat little packages around which we may easily wrap our minds.
Many painters feel burdened by the baggage of art history. Others feel a sense of responsibility to further its academic progress and expand its continuum. Still others choose to ignore it. For someone who is so engaged with art historical imagery, Klamen has a remarkably laissez-faire attitude towards it
It's Oscar-time, when the rest of the the world longs for life in Southern California. You can explore all the riches of life here before you settle in for the big show -- take in some inventive theater, see a world-class painting before it leaves town and travel the exotic Silk Road with your family.