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Archive for the ‘Photo of the day’ Category

What kind of tree has blue leaves?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

We’ve seen some pretty dramatic fall colors this year, but were a little thrown off when we saw this blue leaf on the ground … to be honest, I think someone had spray-painted something outside on top of some leaves, because there were a few other blue leaves in the area (and certainly no blue-leafed tree).

found a blue leaf on the ground, not your typical fall colors

Saint Clair Cemin: almost an octopus, thanks to some mirrors

Friday, November 21st, 2014

I saw this piece by Saint Clair Cemin at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC, and it wasn’t really until I got home and looked closely at this photograph that I realize this “octopus” really only has one arm. Since the sculpture is positioned in a corner of mirrors, the one arm is reflected in the mirrors to produce the illusion of 7 arms in total, at least from this angle. I didn’t move around the piece enough to see if there’s an angle that produces the appearance of 8 arms … you would think that there must be a way to see it that way, because why make an octopus with only 7 arms?

The exhibition is titled “Myth and Math,” and runs through December 23, 2014. The gallery is located at 293 10th Avenue in NYC. According to the gallery’s press release, “the artist continues to push the boundaries of shape and line, manipulating perspective, and uniting disparate materials and themes within individual sculptures.” The artist was born in Brazil, educated in Paris, and currently lives and works in New York (although he also has a studio in Beijing … sounds like a cool mix of places to be!).

sculpture by Saint Clair Cemin at Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC

Street art from a saltine crackers box?

Friday, November 21st, 2014

I can’t say I would have ever thought of taking a saltine cracker box and turning it into street art, but then again, I’m not Duke A. Barnstable, who has done just that. You can see a lot of Duke’s street art if you simply walk around Chelsea in NYC.

street art with Nabisco saltine crackers box by Duke A. Barnstable

Paris Dispatch, #11: Infinity mirrors

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Here’s our last dispatch from our Paris correspondent – my wife, who was there on a business trip and is now home. If you haven’t seen the previous dispatches, the art gallery where she works was in Paris exhibiting at Paris Photo, the international fine art photography fair. Here she is at a restaurant in Paris with the photographer Richard Misrach, who decided to capture their “infinite reflection” in this double mirror setup. If you’re not familiar with Misrach’s art, you can check it out here.

infinite mirror reflection photograph by Richard Misrach

Paris Dispatch, #10: Street art faces literally in the street

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Our Paris correspondent (my wife on a business trip) sent me the following picture … I guess it’s safe to call it “street art” when it’s literally in the street, n’est-ce pas?

street art in paris

Paris Dispatch, #9: About that hole in the art fair wall …

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

We received a mysterious photo from our Paris correspondent the other day showing a hole in the wall of an art fair booth at Paris Photo … we have an update on that along with some new pictures. It was not meant to be an art work, it was simply a very unusual (and attention-grabbing) access point between Taka Ishii Gallery and the booth next to it. I don’t see anything obvious in the promo for Taka Ishii on the Paris Photo site that would explain the hole any more than how I just described it. Well, I guess it makes for a good conversation-starter …

art fair booth at Paris Photo 2014 with hole in the wall, Taka Ishii Gallery

view of Taka Ishii Gallery booth at Paris Photo at the Grand Palais

hole in the wall at Paris Photo international fine art photography fair

Koons within a Koons

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Here’s a photograph from the recent Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum, which shows a room full of Koons pieces within a Koons piece. The reflective piece on the wall is “Moon (Light Pink),” 1995-2000, a mirror-polished stainless steel wall sculpture with transparent color coating. In the reflection, you can see from left: “Balloon Dog (Yellow),” “Cat on a Clothesline (Aqua),” and “Play-Doh,” which we covered in a blog post the other day (with the note that it took 20 years to finish!).

Jeff Koons Moon (Light Pink) sculpture at the Whitney Museum of Art

Paris Dispatch, #8: The bull dancing over the Seine

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Here’s another mysterious picture from our Paris correspondent (my wife, on a business trip): she found this sculpture of a bull – perhaps really in the act of charging, rather than my title’s description of dancing – on top of a small building down by the edge of the Seine. I did a Google-search for “bull sculpture near Seine in Paris,” and came up with some similar-looking sculptures, but none that appeared to be in the same location, and none with an explanation of who made it or why it might be there. It would make for a nice surprise for an unexpecting pedestrian to walk by and look up to see this menacing bull staring down in the dark!

Just like the other day when we shared the “graffiti girl” post, we have a lit-up Grand Palais in the background of this image, on the other side of the Seine.

a bronze sculpture of a charging bull near the Seine in Paris

Paris Dispatch, #7: The Hole in the Wall at Paris Photo

Friday, November 14th, 2014

I’ve been receiving “dispatches” from my wife who is in Paris for the international photography art fair called “Paris Photo,” which is taking place this week at the Grand Palais. Earlier in the week when all of the galleries were still in exhibition installation mode, she sent this mysterious picture of a hole in the wall of one of the gallery booths at the fair. Unfortunately, she didn’t explain what it was, so I was left wondering: is it an accident? Something that will be utilized as a “frame” of sorts for an art work? Or simply a wacky, attention-grabbing access point between two adjacent booths? I asked her those questions, so once I hear back from her, I’ll post an update. In the meantime, check out the original picture below, and let us know what you think it might be …

mysterious hole in the wall at an art fair booth at Paris Photo

Paris Dispatch, #6: Graffiti Girl and the Grand Palais

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Our “Paris correspondent” (my wife on a business trip) sent the following picture, featuring a back view of a girl in a long dress “standing” on top of these black exterior cabinets. It’s hard to tell from this image whether this is a stencil graffiti piece or a wheat-pasted street art piece, but it’s somewhat mysterious with her back turned to us and no idea what she’s doing or why she’s here. The lit-up domed building in the left background is the Grand Palais, where this week’s art fair “Paris Photo” is taking place … you can see more and read about the Grand Palais and Paris Photo here.

street art piece featuring a Victorian-dressed girl in Paris near the Grand Palais

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