Sunday, February 5, 2012

A little trip to NYC

I interrupt the regularly scheduled program - of tile reproduction - to present a slice of NYC, which Don and I enjoyed last Thursday and Friday. We drove down to the City on Thursday afternoon for a Friday presentation with a group of outstanding architects. Our room was right in Union Square, and we enjoyed an evening out - check out the elephant standing on his trunk.

Friday brought a beautiful, sunny day. The wind was chilly, but, hey - it is February, after all. A very strange, unusually warm, February, but I'll take it. Due to space limitations at the meeting, I chose to sit out while Don presented. The meeting was in Soho, which gave me the opportunity to check out the William Bennett Gallery on Greene Street. I was greeted by some amazing etchings and lithos by Dali. My favorites were from his Alice in Wonderland series, especially "The Pig sends in a Little Bill"
Salvador Dali "The Pig sends in a Little Bill" 1969 from edition of 2,500. $2,950.00

Among the other art on the wall were 1970 aquatints by Picasso, etchings by Chagall, 1970's work by Miro, and 4 stunning etchings by Rembrandt, circa. 1657-58.

Stepping back out into the bright sunlight I headed to Pearl Paint to wander about the tools and supplies of artists who will create the next masterpiece. There is magic and mystery in that building, and the potential of a great workout, if you must explore all the way to the 4th floor.

Chocolate Mice
After the meeting and a quick lunch, we headed up to the Flat Iron building to drop samples off at our distributor, Waterworks. Where we should have our afternoon tea break didn't even need discussion, as we were standing in front of L. A. Burdick Chocolate Shop and Cafe. Oh my, oh my goodness! I sampled the Coconut Torte, Don had the Harvard Square, and guess what I'm getting as a Valentine's gift....

Our last stop of the day before heading back upstate was the Neue Galerie on 86th, across from the Met. They offer free admission on every first Friday of the month from 6 pm to 8 pm, and a lot of people were there to enjoy. That would have been fine, except for the fact that the line wrapped around one side of the building and they were only letting in 5 people at a time. Forty five minutes later we were admitted and it was so worth the wait. The current show is Selections from the 3rd century b.c. to the 20th century from Germany, Austria, and France. We started in a gallery lined with armor for the field and tournament 1610-13. Full armor suits are on display, along with extraordinary face masks for both men and horse. The center cases displayed weapons that Peter Jackson must have been inspired by! Swords and battleaxes so large that we wondered what size man could have wielded them.
Armor for the Field and Tournament
1610-13
Made for the Duke Friedrich Ulrich of Brunswick, Greenwich
Steel, etched, blued, and gilt; leather, textile
The Ronald S. Lauder Collection, New York
Pair of gauntlets lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913

The next room drew me instantly in, as the far wall was filled with Kandinskys - the largest "Composition V, 1911.
Vasily Kandinsky Composition V, 1911

 I spent most of the next 10 minutes just standing and filling up on this amazing piece. OK - of course, you can't tell, but I just got lost again, just looking at the digital version. Works by many other outstanding artists are included. This exhibit only lasts until April 2nd - so run over quickly to see the show now.

A lot of inspiration in a short amount of time.

Now back to the regularly scheduled program! Carving and plaster mould making for a reproduction Victorian tile!


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2 Comments:

Blogger Paola said...

Great post! I love NYC ;)

February 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Linda Ellett said...

Hi Paola! Thanks for checking out my blog! We love NYC too and try to get down at least once a month, if not more.
Have a great day!
Linda @ L'esperance Tile

February 6, 2012 at 10:24 AM  

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