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Free Fridays at the MoMA
March 4, 2011, 4:31 pm
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Every Friday from 4 PM to 8 PM, admission to the Museum of Modern Art is free. FREE! Not $20. Free.

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November 29, 2010, 12:29 am
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That would make for a great Scrabble word, huh?

Have been burying myself in poetry today: reading, writing, sketching, dreaming. I couldn’t stop thinking about this Picasso scribble of Don Quixote, so I thought I’d share it with you. Enjoy.

Pablo Picasso, Don Quixote, 1955, ink wash

L’Atelier de Christian Choisy

St. Paul de Vence, oil on board by Jack Davis

If you have never visited the picturesque and historic mountain village of St. Paul de Vence, you’re truly missing out on a Provencal gem, and it is an absolute must-see for art lovers in particular. This tiny village perched on a narrow spur between two deep valleys dates back to medieval times, and it is perhaps best known for the famous creative folk who once stayed there: artists Matisse, Soutine, Chagall, Renoir, Modigliani… as well as writers, film directors, scriptwriters, and French and international stars like Roger Moore and Tony Curtis.

Legend has it that when the impoverished artists didn’t have money to pay for room and board, they would pay with their artwork. The hotels La Colombe d’Or (then Le Robinson) and Pergola (then La Résidence) run by Paul Roux and Ferdinand Issert, respectively, were popular lodgings for artists in the early 1900s. At La Colombe d’Or, you can still wander the halls and dine surrounded by the ghosts of Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Miro, Calder and others who have left behind sketches, paintings, sculpture or poetry. Marc Chagall is buried in the cemetery at St. Paul de Vence, and you may visit his grave, marked simply with a white tombstone, to pay your respects.

It’s no surprise, then, that art remains an integral part of the community in St. Paul de Vence, which houses several artists’ studios and galleries. Continue reading

Kim Jong-Il and Lee Myung-Bak make out at Collette Blanchard Gallery
January 10, 2010, 8:00 am
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I was walking down Clinton Street the other day and stopped in my tracks outside a gallery where a huge bronze Buddha head lay in the middle of a pile of sand and seashells. Behind the Buddha head is a neon sign in hangul, Korean writing, and while I can read the words, it doesn’t make a lick of sense. Maybe my Korean needs some brushing up, or maybe it’s gibberish.

The gallery is Collette Blanchard, the exhibition is “Kingdom Come,” and the artist is SunTek Chung.

Upon closer examination, I find that the Buddha from “The Road is Shorter Than You Think, 2009” is not actually in peaceful slumber on the beach as I had thought at first glance, but has actually been decapitated, veins and muscles and sinew exposed. I could almost see the veins throbbing, even though they were rigid, cast in bronze. My emotions changed dramatically as I walked around the sculpture: from the front of the gallery, I felt serene; from the sides, I was appalled but intrigued. Continue reading