Monday, January 25, 2016

The Achenbach Foundation

In 2001 the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco mounted a show entitled Artists' Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000. It consisted of 180 livres d'artistes from the collection of Reva and David Logan––books by Picasso, Miró, Léger, Kokoschka, Kitaj, Ernst, Hockney and many others.

The show was a marvel to me, an inspiration and an incentive.

I had only recently begun painting again, seriously, after an approximately 35 year hiatus, and the exhibition encouraged me to create books both as a vehicle to re-learn painting and as a final product. For the next five years I spent most of my studio time creating hand-painted books.

Because of my admiration for the Achenbach, it pleases me that five of my recent titles (the only ones which I've done in edition) have now become part of the collection: Owl Soup, G. Lekeu, Coffin Laughter, Libretto, and Golem Likes a Pretty Face.

My appreciation for arranging this goes to Karin Breuer, Curator in Charge at the Achenbach, and my San Francisco gallerist Jack Fischer.

Spread from Owl Soup

Go here for more information about The Achenbach Foundation

For more information about these books, please visit my prior postings:
Golem Likes a Pretty Face
G. Lekeu 

Spread from Owl Soup

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Seven New Collages

Each of these collages is 10" x 6", mixed media on cardboard, created June thru October, 2015.
Snowman 01


Snowman 02

I Am Big Heaven 10.15

Snowman 03 (Mr. Nobody Loves You)

Snowman 04


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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Entrance Exam | Short Fiction Published in Limestone

"But that was confusing. Would God send a sign to not believe in Him? And if so, didn't that suggest there actually was a God? Still, if He hadnt sent it, who or what had?"

Limestone, the literary review of the University of Kentucky, has published my short fiction piece entitled "Entrance Exam."

You can read it here:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Matthew Schumaker | U C Berkeley Symphony

On the evenings of Friday 02 October and Saturday 03 October, 2015, The U C Berkeley Symphony will perform As I Ride the Late Night Freeways by my son Matthew Schumaker, along with works by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, Hertz Concert Hall, Berkeley, CA.

For more information, visit U C Berkeley Department of Music Events.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Opening Party for Dogon Kayak

My wife, Vivienne Flesher, wandered around the opening taking photos. She certainly didn't get everyone, but here are a few of those kind enough to drop in.

Lisa Goldschmidt and Wendy Miller

Diana Fuller and pooch

Gaylord Burke
Bob and Cathy Barner

Carole Shorenstein Hays and Jack Fischer (right)

Jeff Hays

Emiko Kaji and Peter Lewis

Grace Damman and Mark Lippman

Amy Hambrecht

Matthew Schumaker

Brian Singer and Patricia Bruning

Bill Russell
Amy Hambrecht and Isabel Allende

Ellen Toomey and Cameron Woo

Hanna Regev

Richard Neill

Susan Eslick, the artist, Isabel Allende, Max George Watrous Schumaker, Malena Watrous

Bob Herman and John Parman

Barbara Grob

Sandra Hart and Lori Barra

Jerry Lutovitch

Kerry King

Laura Haertling

Cody Andresen

Patricia Sonnino

Kit Hinrichs

The Dreaded Artist Talk

Kind Listeners of the Artist Talk

Nina Katz and friend

Craig Upson

David Asari

Timothy Wicks

Janet Norris

Manny Schoengut

Isabel Allende

John Goodman

Judy Dater

Mary Etta Moose
Jerry Barrish

Susi Coliver, the artist, Bob Herman

Rob Heugel

Melanie Doherty and Thorina Rose

Kathryn Reasoner

Elizabeth Garsonin

Dewitt Chang

Fran Johns

Louise Kollenbaum and Amy Rennert

Laura, Nina, and Craig

Yari Ostovany

Jerry Lutovitch, Linda and Kit Hinrichs

Patricia Bruning

Susan Hunt Yule, Dorothy Hunt Yule

Robin Terra

Rene Yung

Dik Wilmes and Matthew Schumaker

Donna Anderson

Tina Said and spouse

Phil Cheung and wife

Ellen Toomey

Jenny Bloomfield and Mel Lyons

Jack Fischer, the artist, Isabel Allende

Vivienne Flesher and Ward Schumaker

Max George Watrous Schumaker

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