September 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
It was great to see this statue from a totally different perspective. Up close and personal with the 13 foot Columbus did not disappoint. One highlight was when an older woman knelled and peeked under the garment to find nothing but a crease in his trousers. The guard quickly responded to her disappointment – “well it’s 120 years old- probably fell off”.
November 10, 2010 § Leave a comment
Mad. Sq. Art presents three site-specific installations by Jim Campbell on view from October 21, 2010 through February 28, 2011 in Madison Square Park.
FAIL. I was expecting the installations to be interactive, like Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse Park or more engaging like Antony Gormley’s Event Horizon. Instead I found 3 “site specific” pieces to be really static and time stamped.
October 3, 2010 § Leave a comment
Art Production Fund presents “White Ghost” by Yoshitomo Nara in two locations on Park Avenue. This public art installation coincides with the first Nara retrospective “Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool” at the Asia Society.
I’ve never been so torn! I promised to see the show with Tom – but here I was standing in front of the Asia Society on a Sunday afternoon without him. I walked into the lobby – only 10 bucks- thinking he would never have to know. I could just see it twice, right? Oh sweet temptation. In the end I resisted, cuz that’s how I roll. For today I was satisfied seeing the “White Ghost” installation on Park Avenue. Tom and I will H A V E to see this show soon.
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August 9, 2010 § Leave a comment
My weekend Netflix Instant Play Party continues!!!
HERB AND DOROTHY
Saturday started with Herb and Dorothy. A documentary that tells the story of a postal clerk and a librarian who managed, with very modest means, to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. This is how it worked: Dorothy’s salary was for rent, bills, and food and Herb’s salary was for buying art. !!! They had two requirements when purchasing art: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. It’s such a fantastic story of the Vogal’s shared passion and commitment that redefined what it means to be an art collector. I wonder if I could build one of the most important collections of “something” on my salary? Hmmmm?
THE ART OF THE STEAL
Sunday I popped in The Art of the Steal. Another documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes’ 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art. Barnes was an unusual collector. First, he displayed the collection in a way that expressed his own aesthetic vision rather than grouping canvases by artist or era as in a typical gallery. You might find a Picasso displayed next to an African mask. Second, he restricted attendance to the gallery because he was more concerned with educating serious students in his vision than reaching tourists. Third, he refused to loan paintings to other institutions.
Hurry and visit the Barnes collection in its original setting – at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania. It is scheduled to move to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012.
So, who wants to organize a trip to Merion this summer?
July 24, 2010 § 1 Comment
Last month I got a key to the city.
This afternoon I opened my first lock in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. The opened padlock took us to The Baptistry, a gift from the descendants of Peter Stuyvesant, the last governor of New Amsterdam. I quickly noticed there were other doors (open and unlocked) leading to the Baptistry and it suddenly seemed a bit silly. Lets hope other sites are truly under lock and key.
The best part of the trip was an unexpected view of Keith Haring triptych, The Life Of Christ. It is a bronze and gold alterpiece based on a traditional Russian icon. It was Haring’s last work of art, two weeks before his death in 1990.
July 7, 2010 § 2 Comments
Poems & Pictures I will cut thrU: Pochoirs, Carvings and Other Cuttings
Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor. New York, NY 10001
July 7, 2010 – September 11, 2010
Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm
Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Closed on Sundays
Went to the opening tonight with Sue ~ and what a joy. The exhibit focuses on how the art of cutting: pochoir (stenciling), relief printing, paper cutting, and other related techniques are used to convey content, form, text, and image. Don’t leave without a class schedule. Itching to take a letterpress class.