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John Byrne Cooke

John Byrne Cooke

Jackson Hole’s own John Byrne Cooke knows this blog has a certain “tone.” Upon learning of writer/filmmaker/musician Cooke’s publication of his Janis Joplin memoir I asked if I could post the great news. His answer was “yes,” on condition that he do the writing.

Take it away, John!

“Longtime Jackson resident and musician (the Stagecoach Band, the Hoot) John Byrne Cooke was Janis Joplin’s road manager from December 1967 — six months after Joplin gained overnight stardom for her appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival – until her death in October 1970. In the 1990s, John wrote two different versions of the story of his time with Joplin, but he didn’t find the right form for the story until he returned to it two years ago. Recently, John’s agent sold the memoir to Berkley Books. John expects that it will be published sometime in 2014.

John will also be consulting on a documentary film about Joplin that her estate is co-producing. John showed his own films about Joplin at the Center for the Arts in 2011, as a benefit for the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. He hopes he will be able to show them again in Jackson when his book comes out.”

JBC, congratulations! A worthy, rich story composed by one of Jackson’s most recognized writers.

Janis Joplin - 1970

Janis Joplin – 1970

Damien Hirst - Psalm 65: Te decet hymnus  2008

Damien Hirst – Psalm 65: Te decet hymnus 2008

At Heather James Fine Art, in Jackson Hole, a major reinstallation has taken place. Gallery space is newly configured and filled with natural light, and eminent artists like Damien Hirst, Alexander Calder, Warhol, Fernando Botero, Thiebaud, Fonseca, Monet and sculptures–as well as prints—by Salvador Dali are on view. Heather James always provides surprises, and I was gratified to have the recent chance to take a gallery tour.

Several of Hirst’s famous Spot painting series are there; they’ve been in the news quite a bit. According to the New York Times, up until now the exact number of Spot (or “Dot,” as many people refer to them) paintings in existence has been unknown, but this fall a catalogue raisonné is to be released that determines Hirst’s Spot paintings number 1,365.

Of the Spot paintings — that seem impossible to balance with respect to color— Hirst has said, “To create that structure, to do those colours, and do nothing. I suddenly got what I wanted. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of colour.”  Beside the Spots, Heather James is showcasing colorful Hirst paintings—spinning colors—that, if you look closely, reveal one of Hirsts’ signature images.

Mary Anne Turley-Emett -  Hare

Mary Anne Turley-Emett -

But my favorite Hirsts are a pair of butterfly wing panels; when I viewed them the two works were arranged with cast resin sculptures of horses and hares by Mary Anne Turley-Emett. Emett’s sculptures are transluscent, each a different color, and grouped together are works are true eye candy. Perusing the gallery I returned several times to these works.

You will stroll past Hockneys, Korean ceramic sculptures, and in the “Impressionist Room” two unusually hued Monet paintings—one a study of towering sea cliffs and surf in painted in deep blues, the other a version of his fisherman’s cottage on a cliff; the latter is washed over in a soft pink hue.  Don’t miss the water lilies fragment!

A wall of Calders, a massive, explosively colored abstract Robert Natkin painting, canvases by Carlos Luna and “the closest thing to a realistic painting of a tipi you’ll ever see at Heather James,” a terrific piece by Robert Neuman, are amongst my faves. There are almost too many mind-blowing works at Heather James to mention— so visit! This summer, the gallery is alight with delectible art. 

Robert Natkin - Untitled

Robert Natkin – Untitled

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Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) Apaches at Moonrise (Eventide)

Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) Apaches at Moonrise (Eventide)

“The point of the show, and everything else we do at Heather James, is to bring works of excellence by a large variety of artists and genres to the viewing public and collectors. This show is no exception,” says Heather James Fine Art’s Shari Brownfield, gallery director. “Our goal is to always be searching for fine examples of paintings or sculptures by great artists. When you get all these greats together, and curate them either into an integrated thematic or genre show, it’s amazing the conversations elicited just by hanging certain works side by side.”

Joseph H. Sharp (1859-1953) Taos Moonlight

Joseph H. Sharp (1859-1953) Taos Moonlight

Right now Heather James Fine Art, known for its Post War, Contemporary, Latin American, Impressionist and Modern Art, as well as collections and works from all corners of the earth, is showcasing an impressive collection of (and I’m linking you to the best-known museum for this genre, the AutryAmerican Western Masters. Now on display at Heather James’ Palm Desert location, the works come from a variety of private sellers. Together, they comprise one hell of a show. Represented artists are Maurice Braun, Gerald Cassidy, William Gollings, E. Martin Hennings, Frank Tenney Johnson, William R. Leigh, Frederic Remington, Joseph H. Sharp (sigh…love Sharp) and Olaf Wieghorst. Provenançes include institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe, the Gerald Peters Gallery and private collections in Jackson Hole, Dallas and Houston, Denver, and the state of Florida.

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She’s not real. But she sure looks real. Walk through Heather James Fine Art’s front door and see if you aren’t fooled by the gorgeous girl, seductively kneeling, eyes closed, sensual lips barely apart, clad in a short, filmy, black dress—and meditating.

“Kneeling,” by Milwaukee artist Marc Sijan, is, says he, an homage to humanity’s fascination with its own myriad forms. “Kneeling” is mind-blowingly realistic, and irresistable. Gentlemen, in case you didn’t know, women check each other out all the time. I was drawn like a bee to a flower by this polyester resin and oil-paint sculpture. Timidly I approached her; could I sense a heartbeat? Would she move? If she had, I’d have jumped out of my own skin. Was she really that gorgeous? As you near this magnetic work, you’ll notice her “flaws,” imperfections we all have: freckles, visible veins, some evidence of an oily complexion, the beginnings of a wrinkle, a tiny scar. And it’s these details, not immediately visible, that we sense from across the room, ultimately drawing us towards her.

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Photo Swiped from Cary Tijerina

Travis Walker’s got the local artists’ trumpet sounding again! He’s found a new home for Teton Art Lab, “Big Haus,” and that home is located at 160 South Cache, in Jackson, WY. An opening romp takes place Friday, June 22, 2012,beginning at 6:00 pm. 160 S. Cache is south of Pearl Avenue, and methinks it’s the green-ish building on the street’s east side, near the Center for the Arts. Lots of little businesses have been housed in there, and it’s historically been the meeting place for Teton County Dems.

So there’s space again for Jackson’s young artists! No wonder I see Wendell Field bicycling so happily around town, just smiling away. Private studio space will house the likes of Jackson artists XOWYO, Dedicate, Brooke KemmererField, Mike Piggot, Aaron Wallis, Abbie Paffrath, Travis Walker, Tristan Greszko, Camille Davis, Jenny Francis and Cara Rank. Recent work by Craig Spankie and Scotty Craighead will be on exhibit.

Walker says that spaces for printmaking and exhibitions will enjoy devoted space as well.

Big Haus’ opening reception is free, and there will be refreshments. A fundraising silent art auction will be held—monies raised go to support another Walker project, this summer’s Caldera Festival. Pica’s Taco Truck will be on hand—I wish they’d park their truck permanently in the middle of town somewhere, then I’d get more Pica’s!



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Spring. It’s sort of gray, sort of promising, wet, windy, soft—-and Spring suggests we use this time of year for contemplation.

When presented with the image of “Curved Horizon Hogosho with blue and gold” by Japanese artist Kyoko Ibe, I melted like snow in 50 degree weather. And imagined the sun.

Heather James Fine Art currently has Ibe’s artwork, constructed with washi—traditional Japanese paper—on display. A recent show of her works at the gallery’s Palm Desert location was reportedly a great success.

“The ancient Japanese believed divine spirits resided in the paper and Ibe maintains such veneration,” the gallery writes. “The functional role of paper has diminished, the aesthetic role of paper as a spiritual medium is more apparent and has succeeded today in reemerging as an art media. Appropriating old handmade paper and handwritten documents, Ibe recycles them into new forms of washi. The ink of the original sources remains embedded in the fibers of the paper, such that the new paper is uniquely variegated with shades of gray and intrinsically connected to the past.”

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