Gotham Park

Last day to catch “The Self-Portrait, from Schiele to Beckmann” at the Neue Galerie, a great exhibition of works from Austria and Germany made between 1900 and 1945, photography – as always – not permitted, stole some pics from the staircase, at least we can always go back to their website to remember. Walking back home through Central Park was just as great, it always is.

June 23rd, 2019

Landing at South Street Seaport

Things you were likely to see:

A very old, very angry-looking printing press at the Bowne & Co., Printing Office, which was established by Robert Bowne in 1775 and is New York’s oldest operating business under the same name. Incredibly, the press is still operational, printing wedding invitations and the like.

Great burritos with great views, just across from the Wavertree.

Curious stuff in an upscale shop, now permanently closed.

Crossing town to catch the subway, a city within a city WTC mural, by Hydeon.

A $4 billion giant fish skeleton aka Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus. If they charged a cent for every photo or social media post, they would break even before long.

Walking from South Street Seaport to Oculus

June 15th, 2019

Brick House

Surrounded by glass, attracting stares; some stony. Why was she given no eyes of her own?

Brick House, Bronze

”Simone Leigh presents Brick House, a 16-foot-tall bronze bust of a Black woman with a torso that combines the forms of a skirt and a clay house. The sculpture’s head is crowned with an afro framed by cornrow braids, each ending in a cowrie shell. Brick House is the inaugural commission for the High Line Plinth, a new landmark destination for major public artworks in New York City. This is the first monumental sculpture in Leigh’s Anatomy of Architecture series, an ongoing body of work in which the artist combines architectural forms from regions as varied as West Africa and the Southern United States with the human body. The title comes from the term for a strong Black woman who stands with the strength, endurance, and integrity of a house made of bricks.”

On the High Line

June 5th, 2019