Thursday, April 23, 2015

falling in love













i didn't wake up expecting much. i was fourth on the list and the salvation army truck guys start work at 8:00 so if they showed before 2 i was going to be a happy camper. they would clear fifteen boxes and bags from my mom's apartment making it more appealing to prospective buyers which in turn would make my brokers happy. my brokers love the mad men vibe what with all the authentic mid century modern furniture. we called it danish modern back when nobody thought of it as middle of the century.

the truck showed up early and minutes later I was locking up and heading back to the city. (i don't know about the other boroughs but when kids who grew up in queens talk about 'the city' they mean manhattan. or anyway they did in the middle of last century)

off the E train i wandered down the high line from 14th street, eyeing my destination, as i have during its construction, with skepticism. the whitney museum. now i no longer think of it as the new whitney or the downtown whitney. it's the whitney. and i'm in love.

renzo piano's building, itself a masterpiece, is nonetheless wholly devoted to art. it doesn't merely display, it celebrates the whitney's remarkable collection. the building doesn't call undue attention to itself: yes, you notice the architecture but you notice, more, the way it enhances the work, the way it pours light into spaces impressive enough to inspire awe and comfortable enough to allow small works to sparkle.

the building fits itself seamlessly into its location, inviting the city in with lots of glass, moving the inside out in numerous outdoor platform spaces with stunning vistas of the city and the river. it lavishes love on the meatpacking district and i suspect that love will be returned. expect crowds.

enough with words.







 












louise nevelson

















romare bearden (detail)














lee bontecou















sol lewitt

more about the museum



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

some paintings

the revelation of past work:
wow. i did this. cool

i painted in new mexico
because i love the landscape
and because i couldn't afford
the paintings i wanted
of that landscape





Monday, March 16, 2015

greta tillinger 1914-2015

my mother was more than the sum of the details of her life: born in Vienna in 1914, emigrated to New York City, lost her mother in the Holocaust, married, had a daughter, divorced after 36 years of a largely unhappy marriage.

avid traveler, voracious reader, New Yorker subscriber, Jeopardy fan. cancer survivor, critic of everyone and everything. occasional artist, infrequent poet. she was complicated and smart, difficult, unhappy, witty, judgmental (not least of herself). having outlived, by many years, a wide circle of friends. she died peacefully on March 15, 2015.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

the last of Lautrec

sadly, the sketching sessions inspired by the Toulouse Lautrec show at MoMA have come to an end.





Wednesday, March 4, 2015

more Lautrec sketch @ MoMA

we warm up with 30-second sketches. sometimes these please me the most.










the rest are generally six minute sketches -
a perfect length of time







Friday, February 27, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

More Lautrec sketching at MoMA

more sketching from the museum of modern art with models in Lautrec garb...


















Saturday, January 17, 2015

MoMA sketching

in conjunction with the exhibition 'the paris of toulouse-lautrec', the museum of modern art is conducting occasional instructor-lead sketching sessions. with models dressed and accessoried in belle epoque fashion it's a challenge a pleasure to participate.

actress corey tazmania (seen below) is especially fun to draw. she's done her research and her poses would please lautrec himself.








Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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