On my last visit to New York, I was able to carve out an hour or so to sneak over to MOMA to see the jaw dropping Cindy Sherman show (more on that to come). When I was finished and needed to digest the range and intensity of what I had just seen, I slipped out to the sculpture garden. When I lived in New York, I spent many, many hours in the garden’s previous incarnation so was curious if the new version would stand up. I am thrilled to say that even on a brisk day with the trees denuded of their foliage, the garden was thrilling. Every element is considered from the placement of the magnificent sculptures, to the selection of the trees, to the architectural details. I forgot how much sculture, especially twentieth century sculpture, moves me. I love how evocative each piece is and that you can touch and feel the work. I dare you to remain unmoved:Read the rest of this post »
I have a bunch of work in New York at the moment and naturally, I have been checking out all of the great exhibitions currently on display so I can sneak in a little eye candy and inspiration between meetings. One of the shows I am looking forward to the most is hosted by the elegant French Deco furniture store Maison Gerard. It is entitled Wrapped, and features tubular metal pieces created in post-war France that have been wrapped in natural materials (think leather and rattan) and man-made materials (think plastic wire, laminate and pleather). There are works on display by many of the big boys of the era – Jacques Adnet, Jacques Quinet, Jules Leleu, Jean Royere. Feast your eyes on a selection of these streamlined yet sumptuous goodies (and to kick things off, please enjoy this gorgeous gouache and pencil rendering by Jacques Adnet. J’adore! I hope there are more of these renderings on view…)Read the rest of this post »
Labor Day is behind us and I must confess that though I thoroughly enjoyed the long, sunny months of summer, I am excited for the fall to begin. Autumn is the time to put the lazy days behind us and get back to school, as it were. The fall is always chock-a-block full of inspiring new theatre and art shows and none is more exciting to me this season than the forthcoming restrospective of the works of Willem de Kooning at the MoMA. I am fortunate to have a few jobs in New York right now so will be a little more bi-coastal than usual and this show (opening September 19th) will be one of my first stops in the Big Apple.I promise a full report from the show for those of you who can’t make it yourselves but in the meantime, I thought you might like a glimpse into the home of the artist himself. More studio than anything else, de Kooning designed his East Hampton house with soaring ceilings and ample sunlight. I don’t know if the house still exists in this incarnation since both Willem and his wife, Elaine have both passed away. I’d like to think that some appreciative patron of the arts bought it and kept is as is but with the property values in the Hamptons, I may be dreaming. Check out the interesting 1982 article from Architectural Digest for more and enjoy! Read the rest of this post »
I am just back from a week in the big apple and damn, did she ever hit the sweet spot this go round. The weather was magnificent and I walked all over the city soaking in the vitality and endless creatively that pulses through Manhattan. Lots to tell but as you can imagine, my first day back to work has been a bear. While I hustle to catch up, let me leave you with a few things I came across in my wanderings. Stay tuned for more, more, more!
As I was walking across the Upper East Side, I noticed a building that was under construction and boarded up. The construction wasn’t what caught my attention, though. It was the paintings adorning the barricades that stopped me in my tracks. All appear to have been done by school kids with lively imaginations and even livelier color palettes. God bless whoever thought to put these up. I was grinning from ear to ear:Read the rest of this post »