Archive for the ‘art and photography’ Category

Strike rat as art

July 31, 2012

The Bruce High Quality Foundation has cast the “strike rat” in bronze and placed it by the Lever House. The theme of their show is “Art History With Labor,” and the rat is the centerpiece. (Katharina Fritsch comes to mind.) The show continues inside, with more art on the walls and mops and sanders scattered throughout.


Cool & calm at MOMA

July 1, 2012

I hadn’t been to MoMa in a couple weeks, and the WALK TALK WALK TALK visuals (and sounds) of “Ecstatic Alphabets” sent me to this landing for a moment’s respite. It’s also a nice place to escape the heat outside.

Must be sculpture

May 23, 2012

Because: On the same block as MoMA, stick on pavement, water stains on cartons, drink containers artfully arranged on the assemblage. This aesthetic could not be an accident… even if it appears to be in an office building’s trash area.

Cindy Sherman @ MoMA

March 31, 2012

The Cindy Sherman retrospective is up at MoMA. The show, with over 170 photos, will be there for another two months and a bit, until June 11. In contrast, these plastic topiary bushes in front of the Warwick will be there indefinitely, season after season.

David Shrigley prints @ MoMA

March 11, 2012

They’re hanging in a hallway at MoMA, so if you’re taking the escalator up, you’ll see these prints. Shrigley’s work draws viewers in with its simplicity and humor, but there’s more going on. Have a look at the artist’s website.

De Kooning is down @ MoMA

January 16, 2012

The de Kooning retrospective at MoMA has been taken down. I’m sure they are used to visitors taking pictures of everything (and each other, standing by everything), but the guard didn’t notice me until I’d snapped a couple. “No pictures, please!” No problem, of course; I’m not stealing crating secrets. Next month, Cindy Sherman is on view.

Best holiday windows

January 1, 2012

The Bergdorf Goodman windows on Fifth Avenue are truly stunning, worth a look if you are in the area. The artists who put together these tableaux worked with themes like paper, metal, and mosaics and didn’t get bogged down with the holidays or merchandise.

The backside of Love

December 22, 2011

Usually a fruit vendor is blocking this view of tourists posing between the letters V and E. Winter begins today, so the vendors are gone in anticipation of icy-cold weather. Instead, it’s 55 degrees. This month is surreal.

Camper sculpture in Chelsea

December 3, 2011


Sarah Braman’s sculpture and 2D work is on exhibit at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery, 534 W. 26th Street, in Chelsea. The pieces mix camper parts with colorful geometric forms made of plexiglass.

Another big red sculpture

November 9, 2011

A creation by Robert Indiana, who is famous for creating the “Love” sculpture (one of which is installed on Sixth Avenue a few blocks away) is up for auction at Christies. Their estimate is $1 to $1.5 million. Nice, but Art is no Love, I think we would agree.