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Surrealism on the Subway

August 9th, 2013

I lived in NYC for over 10 years, and saw plenty of bizarre things on the subways, but this news story beats them all in terms of being bizarre. A “Mustelus canis shark,” often referred to as the smooth dogfish, was found on a Queens-bound N train shortly after midnight, just this past Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. It was first spotted under the seat, on its side (and dead), as pictured below left.

But leave it up to some creative guy – or might we say, some kind of wacky guy – to roll the shark over, give it a cigarette, Red Bull, and a Metrocard, and snap some pictures, below right. Official reports say that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is unclear on how the shark had reached the transit system. An MTA supervisor confirmed that the shark was dead, and removed it.

a shark was found dead on the NYC subway


Ellsworth Kelly with Cat

August 7th, 2013

Below left we have a painting by Ellsworth Kelly, “Untitled (Red)” – date not known. Below right I have what I’m going to call my own “light art,” and I’ve titled it “Ellsworth Kelly with Cat.”

light art titled Ellsworth Kelly with Cat


Artist products that I like

August 6th, 2013

I think I’m going to make some toast in my Kandinsky toaster, wash it down with some Richard Prince Lemon Fizz, and then watch some tv on my Kenny Scharf television until the alarm goes off on my Salvador Dali melting clock.

Kandinsky toaster, Richard Prince soda, Kenny Scharf tv, Dali melting clock


A subtle new suit for my wardrobe

August 6th, 2013

What I’d like to know is where can I get a suit like the one that artist Kenny Scharf is wearing here?

crazy colorful suit worn by artist Kenny Scharf


James Turrell “Quiet Views” at the Guggenheim

August 5th, 2013

I saw James Turrell’s exhibition at the Guggenheim a few weeks ago, and sure enough, the big crowds made for a few distractions while trying to observe the changing nature of his piece “Aten Reign” in the museum’s rotunda. So it was interesting to receive an e-mail today regarding the Guggenheim offering 8 time slots for members to have a “quiet view” of the exhibition.

The “quiet view” concept is to offer an “intimate, hour-long opportunity open to members only, which allows a fuller experience of the meditative nature of Turrell’s work.” If you are a member, the Quiet Views take place on Monday, August 12th and August 19th, from 7:30-8:30 pm and 9:00-10:00 pm, and again on Monday, September 9th and September 23rd, from 7:30-8:30 pm and 9:00-10:00 pm. If you’re not a member, well, that’s why they sent the e-mail … they’re looking for a few more!

restricted audience for quiet views of James Turrell's installation at the Guggenheim Museum


What do Salvador Dali and Francesco Clemente have in common?

August 5th, 2013

They both have multiple versions of themselves inside their mouth – and in Clemente’s case, in his eyes, nose, and throat as well!

surrealist self portraits by Salvador Dali and Francesco Clemente


Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending A Staircase in Montmartre

August 5th, 2013

It appears that Marcel Duchamp’s Nude is descending a staircase in a 2nd floor apartment in Montmartre (seen there last November).

a copy of Duchamp's Nude Descending A Staircase is seen in the window of an apartment in Montmartre


Unusual wall covering at the Ballantine House in Newark

August 4th, 2013

This is a view of the stairs leading up to the 2nd floor of the Ballantine House (now connected to the Newark Museum), and a detail close-up of the wall treatment. I can’t find anything online about what exactly this is or how it was made; any historians, architects, or interior designers out there who can shed some light on this?

A view of a wall covering in the stairwell of the Ballantine House in Newark


Joan Sutherland hits the high note

August 1st, 2013

As I started my day today, I struggled a bit in choosing some music to listen to while working … it seems like I’ve been on a regular rotation of the same 3 or 4 bands for the past couple of weeks. So, as I’m scrolling through my iTunes, my eyes settle on the name “Puccini,” and I see that it’s a recording of Luciano Pavarotti with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. But the name that comes first on the listing is Joan Sutherland, and I realized that I wasn’t familiar with her. Not that I’m a huge opera fan, but I didn’t even know the name, and figured I would look her up.

Joan Sutherland (1926 – 2010) was an Australian soprano, and was considered to be one of the most remarkable female opera singers of the 20th century. Even the legendary Pavarotti called her the “Voice of the Century.” Check her out in this video performance of an aria from Bellini’s “I Puritani.” It’s a short video, so stick with it until the end – you have to hear her hit the final high note – wow!


Michael Gambon has a Stephen Sprouse look in Toys

July 31st, 2013

For some reason, my son and I decided to watch the 1992 Robin Williams movie “Toys” last night. It was a bit bizarre, to say the least, but was visually interesting. Michael Gambon played the role of the General, and in several scenes he’s wearing a crazy and colorful “camouflage” uniform, below left. When I saw it, it brought back memories of a clothing designer who was hot in NYC in the 1980’s named Stephen Sprouse … when I Google-searched his clothes, I found what triggered the association – his jacket, below right, which utilized one of Andy Warhol’s “Camouflage” screen-prints. It’s not an exact match, but is very similar in the colors used. For curiosity’s sake, I wanted to see if Sprouse had done the costume design for “Toys,” but found that it was actually done by Albert Wolsky, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work on that film.

Michael Gambon's general has a camo suit like Stephen Sprouse's Warhol jacket


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