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.
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.”
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.
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?
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!
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).
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?
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!
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.