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The Gates in Central Park 2005

Cristo's Gates, New York City 2005, image 2

As the East Coast prepares for a very cool spell this weekend, I thought I’d dig up some bright and joyous winter pictures.  “The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979–2005” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude was erected in Central Park for two weeks in February 2005.  Given my love of contemporary art and temporary installations, it was a given that I would make an art pilgrimage* to see The Gates in real life.  And it was so worth it!  The dramatic orange structures really popped against the frosty ground, bare trees and grey city.  The heavy canvas flags whipped and snapped in the wind but from a distance appeared to floated and swung peacefully as they wound down the park trails. Read more

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New York Public Library

NewYork City Public Library Lion

Iconic Lion of the New York City Public Library (Photo: Daydream Tourist)

While I was in town, I stopped by the New York Public Library to do some research for the Friedrich Wahle Project.  While I was able to cross out one lead, most of the books I needed were in storage or locked up in the prints department.  I did at least get to wander around and enjoy the beautiful library interior which made the trip over to Bryant Park well worth it.

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Picasso and Françoise Gilot Exhibit in NYC

Picasso and Gilot exhibit poster

While in New York City this past weekend visiting friends, I happened across a lamp post advertisement featuring one of my favorite portraits ever, Femme au collier jaune (1946) by Pablo Picasso.  (This image should be familiar to anyone who reads my blog!)  Turns out this privately owned work is in New York as part of the exhibit, “Picasso and Françoise Gilot: Paris–Vallauris 1943–1953” at the Gagosian Gallery from May 2 – June 30, 2012.  Having not previously heard about the exhibit, I stumbled upon the poster around the corner from the gallery; clearly this was fate!

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The Life of a Sculpture: “The Sphere” in Lower Manhattan

The Sphere Battery park

I came across and interesting article this week.  “The Sphere”, a 25 foot tall bronze and steel sculpture by Fritz Koenig, was once part of the fountain in the plaza between the World Trade Center buildings in New York City.  The work was meant to symbolize the advancement of peace through international trade.  The sculpture miraculously survived the 9/11 attacks and was moved to Battery Park ten yeas ago as a memorial.  Due to some upcoming improvements to the park, “The Sphere” will be removed and it is unclear where and when it will ultimately be placed.

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