The ongoing project that Steve and Nancy Oliver have developed over the last 30 years has no obvious parallel in the history of art collecting. Beginning in 1985, their ranch in Northern California has been the site for dozens of commissions, site-specific and permanent outdoor works, by some of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. The likes of Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Ann Hamilton, Martin Puryear, Andy Goldsworthy and many others have constructed works, with the active support of the Olivers. Oliver Ranch is the first published look at one of the greatest collections of outdoor sculpture in the world (open to the public only during the fall and spring for organized groups). Including a major essay plus individual texts on each commission by Joan Simon, and filled with interviews, artist statements, plans, archival photographs and stunning new photography, this book charts the history of the project through each commission, through the eyes of the artists and the Olivers.
Tea with the Midnight Muse is a collection of writings spanning twenty years in the form of ‘Letters from the Red Thread Café’. These were poetic letters, rants, prayers and invocations written to her global community of women and the men who love them, sharing her own story as well as the story of the collective feminine. This book is an invitation to take a deep dive into the uncharted territory of the muse as an access point to your own creative fire.
With 80 inspirational readings followed by inquiry, guided journeys and journal prompts you are led across an alchemical bridge to discover a secret room where your own juicy wisdom and ideas can be discovered. This is a call to transcend the old stories and patterns step into a new framework. One that lights you up, because it is guided from the deepest place within yourself. This is an invitation to have tea with the midnight muse, it’s a quantum happening and you are invited.