Category Archives: Art

New England Art Trip: MA and NY

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Two cars and six bodies packed off to discover the art shows at the Clark Museum, Williams College, MASS MOCA, Storm King and DIA Beacon. The fall foliage was at its peak as was the art. Not going to dwell on the excess of good food and wine. Finally got to stay at The Porches and was not in the least disappointed. Storm King- sculpture park- is as amazing as ever, especially as enhanced by a private electric cart tour by the director. Two outstanding exhibits at MASS MoCA by Darren Waterston and Teresita Fernandez. (more…)

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The Block:Marfa,TX

Also posted in Observations, Sightseeing |

This is the living complex that Donald Judd renovated for himself. It has the only restroom in Marfa that doesn't have Meyers organic products. Judd was a precisionist for whom everything was placed exactly including the many books and paraphernalia cluttering his huge work tables. He also believed in living with his work, so every "studio" space- and there are several in the complex of buildings here and those he owned around town- has a bed in it.

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Chinati Foundation:Marfa,TX

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Marfa is a lot like a Texas version if Brooklyn- filled with artists, groovy shops and great food. Good coffee not so easy to find. Artisanal everything else is. Obviously Chinati is following suit with its product choices. A trial to get to, this homage to the artist that Donald Judd envisioned and executed in this dusty, deserted part of Texas is both deeply moving and surprisingly instructive. Well worth the journey.

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Chinati Foundation:Marfa,TX

Also posted in Out & About, Sightseeing |

Another restroom in this complex of old military buildings, now installation spaces. This was in the Arena which had been riding ring and later became on of Judd's homes. Hence the bathtub. a

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Bus from El Passo to Marfa:Texas

Also posted in Sightseeing, Theater |

I don't want to be too graphic, but I think it is rather gross to see a small well of yellow in the corner of the floor even if you are on a bus. Would have been nice to have hand wipes available as well. 2hrs 45 min into the trip with 45min to go. Just stopped to see the Marfa Prada installation on the side of the highway. Pretty odd and recently vandalized not for the product, but as an artistic comment.

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport:Austin,TX

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No longhorns in the restroom here, but there are plenty around the city. If you can see the photo of the black eyes Susan hanging on the wall, you will appreciate the gentle, natural style of this airport. Lots of other photos of natural Texas on the walls. An overnight with my niece which included an awesome Tex-Mex dinner with great margueritas, at Huy's, a concert by Brooklyn Riders at UT - combination if classical and cutting edge works brilliantly performed- with drinks with them afterwards at Easy Tiger. Overnight at The Driscoll, Austin's grand dame of a hotel. Great time had by all.

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Marco Herrera Museum: Lima,Peru

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An old mansion which now houses a fine collection of historic Peruvian artifacts. Pottery, textiles, gold and silver ornaments. And a room of what is called Erotica. It did bring to mind the karma sutra, though my guess is that it is more likely celebrating fertility. Though there used to be adamant denial that human sacrifice was practiced in ancient Peru, there has been a discovery of vessels that prove that it did exist. Dinner was a buffet of local dishes served in a grassy courtyard with lovely plantings surrounding us. A pair of musicians- one on guitar and one on a wind instrument. Rather pooped and looking forward to our 8pm arrival at the Suissotel. Sent from my iPhone hotel.



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Museum of Art and Design:Manhattan

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In the other side of the floor to ceiling metal beaded double hang is the street and across that an office building. This is so cool.

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Private Home: Upper West Side, Manhattan

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I don't get to this neighborhood much these days and even less often am I in a 4 story private brownstone filled with wonderful folk art. A real treat to wander around as well as to look at the jewelry which the owner designs. This is what I call a twofer.

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Perez Art Museum Miami: Miami,FL

Also posted in Commercial Space, Out & About |

Shame on the architect for designing such a faulty closure. This museum has only been open for 2 days and look at what has happened to the wall. Otherwise quite a breathtaking space with a terrific permanent collection and a moving retrospective of Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei.

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