Visiting a Facebook Artist Friend 4000 miles from home

Have you ever visited a “Friend” you only met on Facebook?

Are you really my friend?“ I once saw an exhibition in MassMoCa (the largest modern art museum in US – absolutely worth a visit) which had this title. A photographer traveled through the world to meet many of  her Facebook friends! It was such an impressive exhibition and idea.
Last week I met my Facebook friend Anne Bedrick Fine Art in Palm Springs whom I “know” since some time, we had several little chats going forth and back. Anne is a super organized person and has built up her art career in the last years with success. She was definitely one of the reasons I am in Palm Springs now. Planing our trip to California I remembered that she had moved here and I startet to collect information about the place and it sounded quite tempting! So we are here!

A very special event: Visiting a Facebook Artist Friend!

It was a great meeting, wonderful to chat with this fellow artist and to see her beautiful paintings in real that were already so familiar to me !!! We both are colorists, we love colors and cannot do without it. Anne shares her studio with her little dog, while my studio company is Miez, the cat. Anne is one of the best organized artists I know. She showed me her organization system to follow up her paintings, great! I wish I was disciplined enough to adopt this system. She even makes a little exact plan for her exhibition walls in the next art fair!

Did you ever visit a Facebook friend? How is your experience? And do you have a studio company pet?

Anne and two of her “Cut in” creations
The exact plan for her next booth! How I admire that! My way is more : come, see, hang 🙂
I call it an organized working place !
Everyone has a bathroom – everyone has room for original art!
A studio company who doesn’t talk and criticizes too much is a real help! My cat is doing her job very good, but she loves to place herself on not quite dry paintings ☹️


MassMoCa – visiting the largest museum of the U.S.A.

North Adams is a little town in the northern Berkshires, Massachusetts,  that lost all its industrie. The Museum of Modern Contemporary Art opend its doors about 17 years ago.  It proudly claims to host the largest museum of modern art in the USA, today even more as this summer it  open an additional part. “MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art.” (MassMoCa webside).  A huge fabric building was converted in a most exiting temple of modern art. I was fascinated and thrilled by the atmosphere of the building in combination with the diverse and partly gigantic exhibitions. Normally I get tired after a certain time spent in front of interesting  art, but here the possibility of having a lot of space , exploring a labyrinth of walk ways and rooms and most interesting art was advantageous and prevented me from  getting tired.

North Adams ist eine kleine Stadt in den Berkshires , Massachusetts, das all seine Industrien verlor. Das Museum of Contampory Art of Massachusetts öffnet seine Pforten vor ca. 17 Jahren und hauchte dem Ort dadurch neues Leben ein. Heute kann das MASSMoCa stolz behaupten, das größte Museum für moderne Kunst in den USA zu sein.  Ein riesiger industrieller Komplex aus dem 19. Jahrhundert wurde in einen außerordentlich aufregenden und faszinierenden Tempel moderner Kunst verwandelt. Ich war begeistert und animiert durch die wunderbare Atmosphäre dieses alten Fabrikgebeudes das in verwinkelten und weitläufigen Wegen von Halle zu Halle führt und den dort gezeigten, sehr interessanten Positionen und teilweise gigantischen Kunstwerken etwas ganz besonderes gibt. Obwohl sehr viel zu sehen und zu gehen ist, fühlte ich mich niemals müde. Die Art der Darstellung, die Leere zwischendurch tat gut und machte den Geist frei für das nächste Kunstwerk.

The Building in itself is a incredible with its industrial atmosphere from another century.

Allein das Gebäude ist eine Reise wert mit seiner Atmosphäre eines Industriegebäudes aus einem anderen Jahrhundert.


Are you really my friend?
 Tanja Hollander

This was a wonderful exhibition. Tanja Hollander visited in 6 years more than 400 of her Facebook “Frinds” all over the world and portrait them.  Fascinating to look at these portraits that are all taken in the same style but very different.

Bist du wirklich mein Freund? 

Dies war eine beeindruckende Ausstellung. Tanja Hollander besuchte in 6 Jahren mehr als 400 ihrer Facebook “Freunde ” und porträtierte sie in ihrem Zuhause, immer mit ernsten Gesichtern auf quadratischem Format. Es war berührend die Fotos zu sehen,  unterschiedlichste Menschen überall auf der Welt verbunden durch einen kleinen digitalen Faden die etwas über sich durch ihr Heim und ihre Pose ausdrücken.

Nick Cave

was the overwhelming artist at this museum. He filled a gigantic hall with artwork of an unbelievable dimension. The sheer volume of material that has been gathered is astounding — 16,000 wind spinners; millions of plastic pony beads; thousands of ceramic birds, fruits, and animals; 13 gilded pigs; more than 10 miles of crystals and more. What a experience to walk through or climb up to his artworks!

war für mich die beeindruckenste Ausstellung des Museums. Sein Kunstwerk füllte eine riesige Halle aus, ein Kunstwerk mit unglaublichen Dimensionen. “Das schiere Volumen der Materialien, die gesammelt wurden ist unglaublich – 16 000 Windobjekte, Millionen kleiner Plastik Kügelchen, tausende Keramikvögel, Früchte und Tiere, mehr als 14 km Kristalle und mehr.”(MassMoCa Webseite).Ein tolles Erlebnis durch die Kunstwerke zu wandeln oder zu ihnen hinauf zu klettern.


And much more most different kinds of art on display:

I loved especially the wonderful settings of exits:

This is a memory to very old times:


It was a really memorable day!