Sunday, January 20, 2013


Stolen from "Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Liar, liar, pants on fire

So I had an unexpected day off last week and forced myself to get up early anyway - sieze the day and all that.  After a couple cups of coffee, while watching  Season 3 premiere of Downton Abbey on the dvr and simultaneously gridding up some subway snapshots for painting -- I headed uptown.

Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, to be precise. There is all sorts of scaffolding around the fountain/plaza area, which is being renovated, but have no fear because: 

Yay, the Met is open! Except of course, when it is not.


I was looking forward to the Matisse show, the George Bellows exhibit, the appropriation of African Art by the NY Avant-Garde and an overall unfettered wander about the place. 

I was not alone - people kept climbing up those steps, only to be met with disappointment and a suggestion on the sign to visit the AMNH (no thanks, I want paintings, not stuffed buffalo), the Guggenheim (sigh, ok, perhaps) or The Jewish Musuem (hmm, haven't been there before). 

And then I remembered another favorite spot just a few blocks away. AFter all this is :

Yes, a wealth of options along Fifth Avenue - so I headed north to the exquisite
Neue Galerie. At the very least, I could take in some Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka. 

I was happy to see instead a special exhibit of the work of Ferdinand Hodler, a contemporary of Klimt and Schiele.  Beautiful work.......

Next time, Met, next time.......