Between Decadence and Tenderness

In appreciation of how different creative mediums speak to and with one another, please enjoy the following digital curation, titled “Between Decadence and Tenderness,” which pairs pieces from our Collection with selections of classical music for a holistic, atmospheric, and cross-sensory experience of art.

“Between Decadence and Tenderness” is conceived and curated by AD&A Museum Intern Mina Nur Basmaci.

Click on the images above for larger view. Click on links below for music accompaniment.

Arnold Mesches (1923–2016), Stripes, 1982. Oil on canvas. Gift of Stella Zadeh and David L. Gersh. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; UC Santa Barbara. Accompanied by: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: V. Variation XVIII – Sergei Rachmaninoff, Performed by Denis Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra, and Valery Gergiev

Anne Walsh (b. 1962), Untitled (As tender as I want him to be), 1996. Gift of Laurence A. Rickels. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; UC Santa Barbara. Accompanied by: Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major, Op. 33: Var. 7, Andante sostenuto – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Performed by Andrew Manze, Johannes Moser, and L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Arnold Mesches (1923–2016), 3 Chandeliers and 6 dogs, 1987. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Dr. James Ciment. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; UC Santa Barbara. Accompanied by: Piano Quintet, Op. 34: I. Allegro non troppo – Johannes Brahms, Performed by Arcanto Quartett and Silke Avenhaus  

Artist unknown, Space and Light, n.d. Gift of Barnaby Davidson. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; UC Santa Barbara. Accompanied by: Magic Tree and I Let Myself Go – Performed by Craig Armstrong and Lana Del Rey

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