Coinciding with the arrival of my new Mark Bryan painting was the departure of one of my very favorite paintings, Retreat Syndrome by Camille Rose Garcia, which will be on loan to the San Jose Museum of Art until October. The painting is being included in Tragic Kingdom: The Art of Camille Rose Garcia, the first major museum retrospective of Camille’s career. As the title piece of her 2002 Retreat Syndrome exhibit at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, the museum asked to borrow back the painting for the retrospective, which runs from May 12 through September 23. Sure, it leaves a giant blank spot on my living room wall, but sharing the art I’ve been lucky enough to collect scores me points with the karma police. Plus, it got me a complimentary copy of the amazing show catalog!
Since the painting is going to be away on vacation or the next several months, I decided to snap a few pictures of the wrapping and shipping, as the 5’ by 4’ piece was hauled down from the wall, wrapped in plastic (oh so carefully), and trucked up the coast to San Jose.
Above, the two delivery guys take the painting from the wall and lay it out on a padded mat and a sheet of heavy plastic.
The taping of the plastic…
All wrapped up and ready to go…
Carefully walking the painting out the front door of my Spanish style home….
If you’re in the San Jose area I highly recommend that you stop by the museum to take in the show. Pieces are on display from throughout Camille’s career and (from what I’ve seen in snapshots and video) the exhibit is utterly AMAZING! There are all kind of video links on the exhibit web page, and I found some really great pictures on the Village Savant web site. Here and there you can see glimpses of Retreat Syndrome in the photos and videos, but to get the full effect you will want to get to the museum in person!