Jane’s Carousel

21 Oct

Photos of Jane’s Carousel and the Brooklyn Bridge at night.

“The Brooklyn Bridge Blues”

by Jack Kerouac

I looked at the red winter
disgusting dusk of the world,
saw the alleys beyond,
Brooklyn, Wolfe’s redbrick
jungle (that I’d only
last night walkt, unto
Gowanus Cana!)—-O!
–& I remembered the dreams
the dreams about racks
and Joan Adams and drear
and a tear appeared
in my eye over the river
on the Bridge of Sights
that as soon as I’d
(c r o c o d i l e)
crossed it, had taken
me to the shore
I was looking for!
Svaha! I am
the perfect man
the Buddha of This World

End-troducing | Praxis Makes Perfect

14 Oct

My first post for the new column Praxis Makes Perfect at Art21 is now online! In this post, I introduce myself to readers.

I have also included a selection of work and a few words from 13 recent MFA graduates. Check out what they have to say about being a young artist!

Here is the link to the article, “End-troducing” | Art21.

Big thanks to all the artists who contributed to this post:

Amanda Long, N. Sean Glover, Ely Kim, Christian Benefiel, Christi Birchfield, Mary Reid Kelley, Johanna Wolfe, Jordan Wayne Long, Robin Walker, Brie Ruais, Brendan Clark Smith, Lauren Ruth, Joy Holland, Satoru Nihei, Santtu Mustonen

Read, share, comment!

Occupy Wall Street

10 Oct

Super Stars

8 Oct

A few quick pictures from the exhibition Super Stars: Quilts from the American Folk Art Museum

27 Jackies for 27 years

26 Sep

Red Jackie, Andy Warhol, 1964


Nine Jackies, Andy Warhol, 1964

Blue Jackie, Andy Warhol, 1964

Twelve Jackies, Andy Warhol, 1965

Jackie, Ed Paschke, 1973

Jackie-O, Ed Paschke, 1985

Jackie Curtis and Ritta Red, Alice Neel, 1970

Jackie Curtis as a Boy, Alice Neel, 1972

27 Jackies for 27 years on my birthday!

Introducing “Praxis Makes Perfect”

23 Sep

I will be writing for a new column about emerging artists beginning this fall for Art21. My first post for “Praxis Makes Perfect” will be posted on the 13th of October. In the meantime, you can read the introductory post for the new column here.

Thank you again to Santtu Mustonen for designing the logo (above).

50 Museums in 50 Weeks

5 Sep
Delilah Shearing Samson’s Hair (detail), by the workshop of the Boucicaut Master.
Bible historiale; France, Paris, ca. 1415–20.
Pierpont Morgan Library, MS M.394, f. 112 (detail). [source]

One month in…

Today I have been in New York for exactly one month! Last week I decided to set a goal to see (at least) fifty different museums during my first year, roughly one museum a week. I will track my progress on this blog with my highlights and occasionally some background information on various institutions or works of art.

This weekend I saw two museums: the Morgan Library & Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.

First Stop: The Morgan Library & Museum

I chose the Morgan Library & Museum to be my first visit to a New York museums because of the current exhibition, “Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art”. In a previous post, I mention that Eero Saarinen’s list enumerating his favorite qualities about his bride-to-be, Aline Bernstein is included in this show.

While I did see Eero Saarinen’s charming note in person, I spent most of my time in another show at the Morgan. “Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands,” which closed yesterday, tracks the evolution of fashion trends in the Middle Ages in Northern Europe in over fifty manuscripts and printed books.

Geneviève Receiving King Mark’s Letter, by the Master of the Vienna Mamerot.
Romance of Tristan; France, Bourges? dated 1468.
Pierpont Morgan Library, MS M.41, f. 24v (detail). [source]

A bit about the Morgan

“No price is too high for an object of unquestioned beauty and known authenticity.” -Pierpont Morgan

American financier Pierpont Morgan began collecting art in 1890, following the death of his father, Junius Morgan.Thirty-four years later J.P. Morgan, Jr. bequeathed his father’s library to the public.

As the collection grew, the institution likewise expanded beginning with the 1902-1906 Charles Follen McKim addition of the palazzo-style private library for Pierpont Morgan. In 1988 J.P. Morgan, Jr. purchased a mid-nineteenth-century brownstone on Madison Avenue and 37th Street and used this building as his personal residence. A few years later a garden court tied the buildings together. Lastly, in 2006 the Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano unveiled the most recent addition to the Morgan complex, a system of three diaphanous steel-and-glass pavilions.

View of new Madison Avenue entrance, Photography by Michel Denancé [source]

Top Pick from the MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art recently installed eight works by the late painter, Lucien Freud (1922-2011), on its second floor. The London-based artist’s lengthy career was dedicated to creating haunting and merciless paintings, drawings, and prints rooted in observation. The meticulously-crafted portrait below, Girl With Leaves, is from my favorite period of his work.

Lucian Freud, Girl with Leaves, 1948. Pastel on gray paper.
Purchase. © 2011 Lucian Freud [source]