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Modigliani – or Akhenaton – in Madison Avenue store window

December 20th, 2013

There’s a store on Madison Avenue in NYC (near 90th Street, I think it was), which seems to like their mannequins look like characters out of a Modigiliani painting. We saw one there last March (see this comparison), and happened upon this one, below, just this past weekend. Although now that I’m looking at a comparison again, I’m wondering if she looks more like a Modigliani, or like King Akheneton? Maybe she’s the offspring of a Modigliani-Akhenaten union?

does the mannequin look like Modigliani or King Akhenaten


A puddle reminds me of a Matisse cutout figure

December 19th, 2013

As I was walking the dogs today, a small puddle on the slate sidewalk caught my attention … I thought it looked like a Matisse cutout, which you can see examples of below, flanking both sides of my discovery. What do you think? Can you see the joyful head rearing back, the left arm overhead, the right arm hanging down by the right knee, and the two legs kicking back?

It’s not the first time I’ve seen funny things on the slate sidewalks of Glen Ridge, NJ … I once found a group of “Rorschach Art” works … another time I found a Takashi Murakami head … another time I saw an Adolf Gottlieb made out of bubble gum … and last but not least, a Hokusai Wave on the sidewalk. I never realized that just walking the dogs around the neighborhood would reveal so much art!

a puddle on the slate sidewalk looks like a Matisse cutout figure


Jamming with the Festive Funk Machine, courtesy of MOO

December 19th, 2013

This is a very fun web-gadget, the Festive Funk Machine, courtesy of MOO, an online printer. All you need to do is click on one of the characters or instruments, and you can create your own song. If you would like to hear the song I made, click on these characters in the order listed below …

MOO and The Festive Funk Machine, an online music maker


DJ Logic and his “Project Logic”

December 19th, 2013

Thanks to Spotify, there’s a non-stop opportunity to discover new music … and today this jam (“Beanie Man”) came on, and I like it so much I wanted to share it here. DJ Logic (born 1972 as Jason Kibler) is an American turntablist, active primarily in nu-jazz/acid jazz and with jam bands. Kibler was born and raised in The Bronx. An early interest in hip hop led to his using the turntables. Kibler was also interested in funk and jazz music, and began collaborating with various musicians, including Vernon Reid of Living Color. His own recordings are perhaps best described as contemporary soul jazz with a strong hip hop feel.

Unfortunately, there’s no actual video, just a still shot of the album cover, but take a listen anyway and groove with it. I see that guitarist Marc Ribot and pianist John Medeski play on this album, but I can’t find out who the fantastic saxophonist is …


Dine and drink with Cindy Sherman this holiday season!

December 15th, 2013

Are you not quite sure what to get this holiday season for the art-loving member of your family? How about this Limoges porcelain 21-piece tea service in a limited edition of 75 by artist Cindy Sherman (see inset)? It’s available for only $7,000 on Art Space, get it right here. Or if you like the Sherman image on the larger plate image, below right, you can also get that as a Limoges porcelain 21-piece tea service in a limited edition of 75 for the price of $8,500 … order yours here. Both sets are based on original designs commissioned by the Madame de Pompadour (née Poisson) in 1756 at the Manufacture Royale de Sevres. Each piece is silk-screened and painted at Ancienne Manufacture Royale, then individually signed and numbered.

Okay, okay, I know those are both a bit pricey for Cindy Sherman-related gifts … if you have a more-typical budget for holiday shopping, then maybe you want to check out this Cindy Sherman pendant by an artist who goes by “twointhebush.” I doubt that Cindy has signed off on the production and sale of these knock-off images, but hey, it’s still a way to get a little Cindy for only $40!

21 piece tea service set by artist Cindy Sherman


Taking some inspiration from Paul Klee?

December 12th, 2013

Is it just me, or does it seem like maybe fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck’s sweater, below right, is taking some inspiration from the paintings of Paul Klee, below left? I certainly have no problem with fashion taking ideas from fine art, if anything, I find it interesting and maybe even a little fun to try to make the connections between the two. For more on Van Beirondonck, see our last post.

fashion that may have been inspired by the paintings of Paul Klee


An intersection of fashion and art

December 12th, 2013

I don’t take much interest in fashion, but when I accidentally happened upon the designs of the Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck, below left, I became intrigued. In this case, I’m thinking he might have been inspired by the “Sound Suits” by artist Nick Cave, below right, but he’s got some crazy other style ideas too … scroll down for some more interesting outfits by Walter Van Beirendonck.

an intersection of fashion and art

unusual fashion designs by Walter Van Beirendonck


Unintentional Art on a Greek Diner

December 12th, 2013

I know it’s not meant to be art, but the exterior wall of this Greek restaurant in New York City is pretty unusual. The yellow opened-door in the lower left is the opening to the basement of the restaurant, but I can’t imagine what purpose those two curved yellow pipes serve. Also, the lines kind of remind me of the German artist A.R. Penck’s style, scroll down to see 2 of his paintings.

unexpected art on a restaurant wall

German artist and painter A.R. Penck, two examples of his art


We Accept Walkens, and Walkens Welcome

December 12th, 2013

We saw this “We Accept Walkens” sign, with a picture of the actor Christopher Walken, in the window of a tattoo parlor in Brooklyn and thought it was pretty creative – and funny. But it seems that the idea is certainly not their exclusive idea … there appears to be a lot of variations on this theme … scroll down to see 3 more. We all hear about “internet memes,” this appears to be a “sign meme.”

Christopher Walken memes


Let’s splash on some of that gym sneaker smell!

December 12th, 2013

I wonder who the creative designer was who thought that the bottle holding the Michael Jordan fragrance called “Flight” should look like it’s coming out of an Air Jordan sneaker? When is the last time that the inside of a high top sneaker smelled good? The official description of the fragrance is: “Michael Jordan’s Flight opens with refreshing notes of bergamot and orange blossom. Central notes carry strong and characteristic aromas of sage, pepper and cedar, while a base closes with amber, vetiver and sea moss.” Mmm, sea moss … my lady loves that scent. Just kidding.

cologne that looks like it's coming out of an Air Jordan sneaker


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