New York

 

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Joan Mitchell – 1926-1992  Canada 1  (3 panels) The Guggenheim Museum

As I attempt to continue writing about my stay in New York, or as Gotham City as I like to think it – this may involve my shaking up memories put on hold because of the Corona Virus invasion.

Of course one of the main reasons for my visit was to check out the art museums, beginning with the Guggenheim – located on Fifth Avenue 89 street. Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture apparently stems in part from the inspiration of natural form, and the building which is situated accross form Central Park reflects this; it’s shell type shape curls upwards and outwards in a magnificent swirl. Sadly F.L. Wright was to die six months before the original building was opened – it was to undergo additions etc which have continued into the 2020’s – a renovation was undertaken from 2005-2008.  I love this museum, having visited it before on a previous visit to New York it has lost none of it’s aura for me. Such a feast for the eyes in every way, the architecture encompasses the art works as visitors move upwards amongst an array of familiar and iconic works, including  those less well known.

Below, the museum entrance – looking down – looking up to the skylight.

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Wonderful view as I walked upwards.

x8lSa07RSPSmV8WAZZIEngl remember feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the impact of so many art works to peruse, and looking carefully at art, in my experience at least, is not an easy enterprise. I find it demanding and tiring, but with the added bonus of being able to take photos, impressions can be put on hold, and considered later.

A beautiful painting – Wassily Kandinsky 1866-19447pc12pRlQgyoOj4lv16gKQ

 

Alma Thomas 1891-1978 Cherry Blossom Symphony7BU7i3DnTA+dw1Al1yuS1g

 

Romare Beardon 1911-1988 Evening  (Gelatine print)bctzaz6SQGiOLbI3XdqSJg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moris Louis 1912-1962 SarabandJHS+aKLFS0OWHXUu63hTHg

Barbara Kruger 1945 – not Perfect06Jwf4qCR5iu86OAPkm2Dg

The ubiquitous Jackson Pollock 1912-1956

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In and around New York

Being situated so near to Times Square, I made several visits and experienced the exciting vibes zinging with the lead up to Christmas. It was always jammed packed with visitors, taking selfies and photos etc, and now when I see the Square on TV deserted because of the lock down, it looks almost unrecognisable, putting the memory of my time there firmly in the past.

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Christmas day, I was rather at a loss as to what I might do, however, it all worked out fine. I was located a stones throw from Broadway, and so taking myself along to the Majestic Theatre I purchased a ticket for The Phantom of the Opera. I surmised as it was Christmas evening, the theatre would be mostly empty – but I was very wrong, the place was packed to the rafters. I also had a great seat in the stalls, about six rows from the front. it was a very virile rendition, with flashing lights, pounding music, vivid costumes, flying chandeliers etc, etc. resolved at the end with a more or less happy ending.

LBBsvA4FRjqKBaS4GH75kw         Inside the Majestic Theatre New York

So many sights sounds and impressions made up my stay in new York that it seems an impossible task to record them all. I made a visit to Brooklyn with a small group led by a guide employed by the Pod Hotel, where I was staying. I went to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and of course MOMA, which was great. I wandered underneath Grand Central Station where there is a plethora of food outlets to choose from, saw ‘Cats’ in a huge multi screen cinema, wandered in Central Park, took in Rizzoli’s book shop and the Flat Iron Building etc. At the end of my eight night stay in New York, I was ready to move on to Washington DC.

A deserted sugar factory in Brooklyn (about to be converted into flats).  A view over the Hudson.  Brooklyn Street Art.

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Flat Iron – Skaters in New York – Grand Central – Street vendor

Inside Rizzoli’s book shop – Outside The Met

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Martha Rosler 1943 – Semiotics in the Kitchen (video) I remember this kitchen parody from the 70’s, then created as part of the Women’s Liberation Movement  (the Met)

MOMA

Gordon Parks 1912 – 2006 – Harlem Newsboy (gelatine silver print)

Eva Hesse 1936 – 1970 – untitled

Meret Oppenheim 1913 – 1985 – Object

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Andrea Della Robbia – St Michael the Archangel 1435 –  The Met

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