Garth, Getty, and Prince of Kent

Nobel Oil executive, Lawrence Chazen became a partner of my late sister, the world famous artist known as ‘Rosamond’. Chazen lent the Bentons money to open the first Rosamond gallery in Carmel.

Oil tycoons say drilling for oil is a risky business, and thus the American Tax Payer must fork over their tax money to make sure oil companies don’t take a bath. But, that will never happen because those who drive automobiles pay their tithe to just a few. And, when something goes wrong, the price of gasoline will rise to the occasion.

Investing in art and artists is a risky business. Judge Silver and Morris made sure the financial advisor and partner of the Getty family did not lose a dime. However, Rosamond’s daughters lost a bundle when Morris allowed Stacey Pierrot to hire a ghost writer to tell the story of our Rosebud.

When a seer told me I had two children, they appearing as faint leaves on the stem of the rose that represents their father, the reader said;

“These leaves are very faint. I don’t know why.”

At the time, I was not sure I had sired children, born a rosebud in the world. As fate would have it, Heather was born on Rosemary’s birthday, and, her favorite song she sang at the time, was ‘Rosemary’s Granddaughter’. She did not know my mother’s name. How can mere people see such things? This sight – is an art! Here is a Kane story about what really matters – in the end!

Chazen is a partner of the Getty family, he investing in Plumpjack, a brand name Gordom Getty took from Shakespeare. Gordon wrote an opera ‘PlumpJack’ and took it to Russia. Getty flew Prince Michael Windsor of Kent to Russia to hear his opera that was not paid for by the National Endowment for the Arts. It was paid for by the tax subsidies collected from the little people who get robbed at all the gas pumps the Gettys and Nobel Oil own.

Garth Benton sued his friend Gordon when he and his wife had a Benton mural painted over. What was the last word my ex-brother-in-law uttered on his death bed? Was it;

“Up the arts!”

The Prince was present when Scottish bagpipes marked into Red Square.

God of Art

ADVOCACY PAYS OFF

The Dec. 5 San Francisco Chronicle carried an article reporting on the recent application of moral rights legislation that National Artists Equity Association (NAEA) promoted first in California (1979 Calif. Art Preservation Act) and then nationally with the passage of the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990. Under this legislation, artists’ sold works are protected against intentional alteration, mutilation or destruction. According to the article, San Francisco collectors Ann and Gordon Getty have settled a $500,000 lawsuit brought by artist Garth Benton, a muralist with an international reputation, when he learned that the Gettys had “whited out” several of his large canvasses.

This is not the first time artists have used the Art Preservation Act, and the Chronicle article reported also that a $175,000 settlement was paid to artist Kent Twitchell when his mural overlooking the Hollywood Freeway, “The Old Woman of the Freeway,” was painted over by a billboard company.

This, and other examples of artists rights legislation (such as the California Artist-Dealer Relations Law, and the California Resale Royalties Act) came about as a result of the efforts of individual artists who joined Artists Equity and organized for collective advocacy. They brought about historic change that continues to serve the visual artists profession today. There is much yet to be done, and all artists are invited to join in the effort.”

Prince Michael of Kent GCVO (Michael George Charles Franklin; born 4 July 1942) is a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary, making him a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. He is also the first cousin once removed of Prince Philip. Prince Michael occasionally carries out royal duties representing the Queen at some functions in Commonwealth realms outside of the United Kingdom. Otherwise, he manages his own consultancy business and undertakes various commercial work around the world. He has also presented some television documentaries on the royal families of Europe. He is named after Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, the younger brother of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and first cousin of three of his grandparents.

God of Art

Phantoms of the Opera

(Images: Nancy Pelosi and her husband at the SF Opera. Gordon Getty
and Janna Bullock in Russia. More Swells in Russia. Benton murals in
Getty Villa)

Gordon Getty has written and produced an opera ‘Plump Jack’ based
upon his favorite Shakespear character, and his wine and resturant
empire. Prince Michael and his family flew to Russia on “The Jetty”
Getty’s private Jet. I have already shown the connections between
Wagner’s operas and the Swan Knight legand and my Rosemont family who
are kin to Princess Michael. Christine was the diva in the
movie ‘Phantom of the Opera’. I have compared my late sister,
Christine Rosamond, to Sleeping Beauty. Garth Benton recently redid
his murals for the Getty Villa. President Putin is moving Western
Culture to Russia in preparation for the unvieling of a revived
Czarist culture. The Russian Opera and Orchestra – along with
Russia’s Art – will launch a New Rennaissance that will bring the
West out of its mini Dark Age launched by that screwball from Texas
and his insane Doomsday morons that captured our Democracy and turned
it into den of religious fanatics, perverts, and thieves.

Jon Presco

“Foreign patrons including Prince Michael and Getty – the billionaire
composer and son of late oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, who has given
millions to the orchestra and flew in on his private jet “The Jetty” –
have been instrumental in its success and kept it alive through a
power struggle in recent years that mimicked the wars between fallen
oligarchs and Kremlin favorites.Though he sold his PJ shares, Mayor
Gavin Newsom was on hand to toast the success of the casually tony
Cow Hollow restaurant he founded with Getty’s help.

Getty said that in his wildest dreams, he never imagined this
enterprise (now a mini-empire) named after his opera (which in turn
was named for his favorite Shakespearean character, the roguish John
Falstaff) would last as long or do as well. “I just figured it would
give Gavin some experience in how things work,” said the billionaire
philanthropist, laughing. “Little did I know!” A third of the
original staff remains, including manager Rose Gibson and her
sisters, Joan and Kay Power, all who began on the wait staff. “I
remember when we first opened — Gavin was still making deliveries
from our wine shop down the street.”

Janna Bullock, Zoe Bullock, and Alexey Kuznetsov in St. George’s
Palace

Marianne Wyman in St. George’s Palace L. to r.: St. George’s Palace
in all its glory;

R. Couri Hay takes an extended look around. From there we paraded on
to the White Hall for the concert, a welcome relief from all the
gold, which after a while can give you a headache, and sat in the
front row with the Kents. The Tchaikovsky concert under the baton of
Maestro Mikhail Pletnev, who founded the orchestra, opened with a
dramatic excerpt from Sleeping Beauty. This was followed by the 1812
Overture, which was written for the opening of St. George’s Palace to
celebrate the Russian victory over the French and was premiered in
this very hall. The orchestra has no official connection to the
government and is completely supported by private money, making it
unique in Russian culture. President Putin, who is best described as
all-powerful, allowed the concert — a first in these historic
chambers, to take place. It was a wonderful and welcome sign of
support from the president. After a few words from Prince Michael,
who is also a directly related to the last czar, Nicholas II, we were
given a tour of the private treaty and conference rooms as well as
all the official rooms of the wings of the original palace that had
been spared. After that, there was a reception in yet another
perfectly appointed hall. Princess Michael and I talked about the
princess’ children: her son Frederick Windsor, who is off climbing in
the Andes, and her daughter Gabriella Windsor, who is busy writing a
book. Prince Michael presented the RNO’s silver baton to Gordon Getty
for his vast contributions (approximately $25 million over 15 years)
to the RNO, which he has supported since its inception. The princess
and I had the melon balls and lemon custard, the only edible things
we were offered. The vodka was fine, the champagne, undrinkable. The
food at the Kremlin needs work — make that a lot of work.

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The Outer Peristyle garden has been completely replanted, now no
longer a “green” garden with only acanthus and laurel, but with roses
and other flowers. An additional 1,200 trees including cypress,
cedar, oak, sycamore and olive have been added to the 1,500 already
on the grounds, plus 100,000 new shrubs, flowers, plants and
groundcover, featuring a mix of Mediterranean and native California
varieties. The quiet of the original ranch still pervades the
grounds, making any visitor feel removed from L.A.’s urban hubbub.
The decorated walls of the Outer Peristyle, painted by mural artist
Garth Benton 30 years ago, have been repainted by the same artist in
the same trompe l’oeil style. But it feels more deliciously exotic
and even dazzling.

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A royal “whee”: The queen wasn’t home, but scads of other royalty
(European and Californian in variety) donned the ermine when Prince
Michael of Kent (patron of the Russian National Orchestra) and his
wife, Princess Michael of Kent, hosted a concert by the orchestra in
usually-not-open-to-the-public St. George’s Chapel (where many
British sovereigns and royalty are buried) at Windsor Castle.
Honoring the late Sir John Paul Getty Jr. (who died last year), the
black-tie invite drew guests such as Sir Getty’s widow, Lady Victoria
Getty; his brother Gordon Getty and wife Ann, with sons Peter and
Billy and Billy’s wife, Vanessa; and a gaggle of Getty cousins and
friends: Mark Getty, Tara Getty, Ariadne Getty Williams; Kathleen
Sullivan Alioto and daughter Domenica, and Dodie Rosekrans. Just like
the postconcert Davies Symphony Hall crowd, guests headed out
afterward for a bite to eat. Unlike Davies Hall, it was only a short
stroll to the main castle, where tables were laid with gold place
settings.

Gordon and his brother lived half a world apart for most of their
lives, and sometimes felt like rivals growing up, but they’d grown
close in later years. “Gordon was visibly moved,” said friend and
lawyer Bill Prezant. “There was the emotional connection of his
brother mixed with the music and the chapel’s excellent choir. He
actually got a little misty.”

In addition to Getty’s “Joan and the Bells,” the orchestra also
performed the world premiere of a choral piece composed by Russian
National Orchestra Artistic Director Mikhail Pletnev and dedicated to
Getty. Based on a poem by William Butler Yeats (suggested by a
longtime friend, Judge Newsom) the work celebrates Gordon’s recent
70th. Getty is an RNO supporter but doesn’t contribute to events
where his music is played. Which made it even better. “This had to be
one of the orchestra’s best performances ever,” he said. “It was
absolutely knock-down, knock-your-socks-off spectacular.”

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Saturday was our most important day. We were off for a private visit
of the Kremlin, which is literally across the street from the hotel,
and a concert by the Russian National Orchestra in St. George’s Hall,
something never allowed before. HRH Prince Michael of Kent, is the
RNO’s royal Patron. He and his wife Princess Michael, clad in a sable
trimmed raincoat and pearls the size of onions, were the guests of
honor.We had a police escort to the gates and upon arrival were
escorted by uniformed officers to a private viewing stand past the
curious crowds. This particular afternoon was the first of the RNO’s
15th Anniversary celebrations. Trumpets heralded the arrival of the
Kents, as we ascended the viewing stand to watch the Changing of the
Guard, a recreation of the Imperial Review that took place daily
until the 1917 Revolution.

The cavalry did their equestrian dance as the soldiers marched about.
It reminded me of a ballet by Balanchine.We then left the pomp and
circumstance behind to enter the Kremlin’s inner sanctum, the
magnificent St. George’s Palace. Mr. Getty, Mrs. Bullock, her 17-year-
old daughter Zoë on a break from her Swiss boarding school, and
Janna’s husband Alexis joined us. Alexis was the only member of the
party who had been in these rooms before. They are only used for
occasions of State to receive visiting kings, queens, presidents and
other assorted owner brokers.The palace had been destroyed, and has
just been rebuilt in all its gilded glory. The first reception hall
is gold and white — that’s 18-karat gold. The complex parquet on the
floors is more commonly seen on tables — that’s if your tables are
18th Century and acquired at the Ingrao gallery. The throne room is
more impressive than Buckingham Palace’s. Its cathedral ceilings
scream power, the three thrones of the Tsars have an ermine canopy
the size of a tent you’d see erected for parties in Southampton.

Sunday night was Gordon Getty’s big night. The work he composed,
based on the Edgar Alan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” had
its premiere in the Great Hall of Conservatory and received a
standing ovation. After the concert, the Bullocks gave a dinner for
60 in Mr. Getty’s honor at Gorky, one of the new restaurants that was
as good as it was grand. Bowls of caviar and bottles of Dom Perignon
kicked things off. Russia’s top gypsy band Loiko played along with a
wonderful native folk orchestra. Gordon sang a song to amuse the
guests and a cake was brought out to celebrate the 21st birthday of
Misha Simonyan, the internationally acclaimed violinist. The Bullocks
were so impressed that they are bringing him to New York for a
private musical in December.

On Monday, Gordon and the patrons flew off to St. Petersburg for a
series of receptions and dinners in the city’s grandest palaces.
Alas, I had to return to New York for the opening of the
International Designer Showhouse at 9 East 67 Street, a house Janna
Bullock had lent the to the American friends of the American Hospital
of Paris Foundation who was the beneficiary of the Showhouse.

Gordon Getty’s private 737 is an aircraft of rare beauty that few
possess and many envy. It easily accommodated the 24 passengers bound
for the former Soviet Union and the Russian National Orchestra’s nine-
day patron trip.The forward cabin is done in shades of cream and
beige with leather couches and club chairs. There’s a plush bedroom
in the mid section that’s just like home if home were a wildly
expensive jumbo jet done up by Anne (Mrs. Gordon) Getty, an interior
decorator with impeccable taste. The aft cabin is a wood paneled
library with antique maps on the walls and chocolate leather
banquets. It’s the only way really.
Helen Yarmak

The price for this unique experience was a mere $25,000 per person,
including essential extras like a sable-lined raincoats by Helen
Yarmak for the ladies and cashmere lined trenchcoats by Loro Piana
for the men. These are bare essentials for Russia in the fall as it’s
chilly, with rains days and nights. The perfect way to make your trip
to Russia as smooth as their most expensive vodka, is to begin with
knowing someone in the government to facilitate your entrance and
exit. I was met by a trio of officials on the tarmac who swept me
into a van and through a VIP immigration desk with no lines and no
hassles and luggage appearing miraculously.

I was then tucked into a black Mercedes with tinted windows for the
forty-five minute trip to Moscow. My car had a crucial accessory for
life in Russia, a little blue light on the roof that means you can do
almost anything you want short of running people over. You can speed,
go down one-way streets, park on the sidewalk — a must in Moscow —
and break all the other rules that one needs to survive the hassles
of bumper-to-bumper. President Putin is the only person in town who
gets to travel by helicopter, so no matter how important you may be,
there’s absolutely nothing you can do about the roadway congestion.
Even the little blue light only takes you so far.

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