samedi, octobre 25, 2014

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Had a chance to visit NCMA the other day.



Museum of Art and Design











I alway find inspiration at the Museum of Art and Design.

mardi, septembre 09, 2014

Pace, Hockney, Graham

Ok. Last night (btw there is a nice photograph on the front page of www.nyartbeat.com called, Last Night that seems to have my former neighbor from 545 reclining ghost-like on a sofa many stories up with a fantastic nighttime cityscape in th background. His face is lit by a hand held device.

(Matthew Pillsbury 'Nathan Noland, Mario Kart DS, The Star Cup Wynn Las Vegas, Monday July 31st' (2006) Archival pigment ink print, 13 x 19 in. Edition 19 of 20)


Anyway, last night (this was actually written a few days ago)...I got cleaned up and went to Pace Gallery under the newly renovated HIghline to see the David Hockney show. Actually, there were two openings. David Hockney’s The Arrival of Spring and Paul Graham’s Does Yellow Run Forever?

The first of two Hockney exhibitions at Pace this fall, The Arrival of Spring includes prints made from iPad drawings and video installation depicting the gradual change from winter to spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire. In his statement, Hockney remarks, “These were drawn knowing they would be printed a certain size. The mark making is very varied for this reason.” 

The video installation, Woldgate Woods, November 26th (2010), filmed with nine cameras attached to a moving SUV, was exhibited as a wall of television screens at the entrance to the exhibit. When I was there the scene was a beautiful, winter scene of ice and snow covered trees arching over the path. from the press release, we know that there is a progression from winter to spring, but winter seems to last at least two hours.

In the next room, under the skylight hangs Paul Graham’s newest body of work, Does Yellow Run Forever?, featuring nearly twenty large-scale color photographs taken between 2011 and 2014. Medium sized rainbows from Ireland hang above and to the right of huge color prints of New York City gold shops, and giant print of beautiful photo of a woman sleeping.

In any case, Pace is a beautiful space to stand and think about nature and gold.


jeudi, août 28, 2014

ArtBeat

Now I am feeling normal and attempting to write about art again. Here is a photo of the new Hyatt building from Central Park. At first I felt this building was horribly too tall for the neighborhood. Now, I guess I am getting used to seeing  it there. So much construction is going on around 57th Street. Makes me nervous that we are making the mistake of obliterating history. I might add that the views expressed in Architect's Newspaper are not necessarily the views of this blog(ger). That North Beach library does not looks so great to me. I have never been to North Beach, but I am guessing that I might have agreed with the protesters (protestors?).

The New Museum has an impressive show up that includes video of buildings being demolished in Mecca. Again, I have never been to Mecca...but I like to see old buildings well maintained and/or adapted to fit with new buildings. The idea of destroying all that history makes me sad. What does a thoughless, careless society do? Not maintain and care for old people and places.

This show has a lot to do with Islamic world and I visited (I think) BEFORE or around the begining of this recent news of Isreal bombing and "ISIS" cutting of photographer's heads. When I was going through the show I was having positive thoughts about Islam and Arabic speaking people's. I felt that we are not different but the same.

I am loving the reused materials. Right now there are TWO fantastic dragons made of re-used construction materials from Chinese construction sights hanging in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The Cathedral is beautiful and the dragon's don't diminish the Cathedral's beauty. Please go to St. John to see how much these dragons do not diminish the cathedral...even if you have to come from Mecca to see this.



samedi, août 16, 2014

Summer Supermoon


What is the proper response to witnessing a violent crime on FB?