Friday, October 20, 2017

The $100 Million Painting and Other Fine Art

Nice tease. I went by the pop-up at Minnesota Street Project where Christie's was previewing some of the work to be sold at an auction in November, it was a quite display of fine art:

These first couple are by artists that I forgot to write their names down:


Here are the artists that I did write down and their paintings:

"Number 24"-Jackson Pollack
"Dollar Sign" - Andy Warhol
"Paramount Pictures"- Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat
Untitled- James Rosenquist
Enough of a tease. Here is why I went. This is one of the rarest works of art in private hands, a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, -“Salvator Mundi,” depicting Christ in a serene pose as “savior of the world,” was painted around 1500 and lost for centuries. It was commissioned by King Louis XII of France and painted between 1506 and 1513, it passed through several noble British collections until it disappeared after a sale in 1763. It in 1900, then was lost again until 1958 when it sold for just 45 British pounds. In 2005, it was purchased from a Louisiana estate sale for $10,000 by a consortium of art dealers and investors who spent six years having the work cleaned and studied. It is expected to go for over $100 million when auctioned off next month:

"Salvator Mundi"-Leonardo da Vinci
 It was amazing to see these works of art.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nature's Gift at the Oakland Museum

I went to this exhibit at the Oakland Museum called Nature's Gift. It is a  large-scale inflatable sculpture that  extends 55 feet long, 34 feet deep, 15 feet tall, and is illuminated by bright, multicolored LED lights and features layers of texture and sound. It is supposed to draw the audience into a magical world where the line between imagination and reality are blurred and visitors ware supposed to escape into the work through a rainbow passageway that figuratively transports them into an alternative world in which you can walk around it or thru it:

Nature's Gift was very interesting and reminded me of going to Dead concerts when I was in high school. The Oakland Museum did a wonderful job.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Red Rock Canyon

When I was in Vegas, I visited Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and it was so beautiful. The Red Rock area was located under an ocean basin during the Paleozoic Era, about 600 million years ago and about 180 million ago the canyon was formed:


Red Rock Canyon was one of the most spectacular places that I have ever been. It is so beautiful and a place that all would enjoy.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Music Monday: Different Random Stuff

Music Monday: Just some random stuff I have been listening to:

And in remembrance of the great Tom Petty:

Hope everybody has a fantastic week.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bonanza Airlines

While at the Las Vegas Airport I saw an interesting little display on Bonanza Airlines. Bonanza Airlines began life in 1945 and was based in Las Vegas. Bonanza was part of the Civil Aeronautics Authority experiment known as "local service airlines." These were regional airlines assigned to a geographical area of service, as opposed to the national carriers who flew coast to coast. Bonanza served a territory bounded by Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Reno. It became the first all-jet powered airline in the United States in 1960.  In 1967, Pacific Airlines, West Coast Airlines, and Bonanza Air Lines combined to form a new regional airline, Air West. Then it became Republic Airlines. Republic was later purchased by Northwest Airlines, which then merged with Delta Airlines in 2010:

Flight attendants uniform


Bonanza Airlines was an important regional airline and I was glad to learn a little more about them.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Carroll Shelby Heritage Center

Whenever I go to Las Vegas, I am always learning new places to go. On this last trip, I saw a building marked Shelby Heritage Center from the freeway, got off the freeway, turned around and headed there. It was well worth it.

Carroll Shelby was an American automotive designer, racing driver, and entrepreneur. Shelby is best known for his involvement with the AC Cobra and Mustang (later known as Shelby Mustangs) for Ford which he modified during the late-1960 and early-2000. He established Shelby American Inc. in 1962 to manufacture and market performance vehicles. Shelby passed away in 2012 at age of 89 but his legacy lives on in his cars:

Besides the cars there were a couple of other things at the center:

You could take a look inside the garage as they were restoring cars

Carroll Shelby was a true American icon and pioneer. His car designs are legendary. I was so glad to visit his museum.

A cut out of Carroll Shelby