Monday 30 April 2012


Meanwhile, in the U.K., a bijoux Art Nouveau village hall in North Stoke.

bright spring colours on a grey, windy and very wet day.

Saturday 28 April 2012

Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Museum of Modern Art in New York. Packed out - far too many people to chill out and enjoy, but still, not to be missed

We looked at the 20th century exhibits of the permanent collection and two temporary exhibitions, one of Diego Riviera's murals and one of Cindy Sherman's photographs.

Five floors, packed with art and with people enjoying the art

Situated at the entrance, these 'gentlemen' turned their head sand followed you with their gaze as you passed.

In this post I want to concentrate on the sculpture garden of the museum.

A fantastic space very condusive to relaxing

The King Playing with the Queen, 1944, Max Ernst

Man in the Open Air, 1915, Elie Nedelman

Family Group, 1948-49, Henry Moore

Moonbird, 1966, Joan Miro

the fact that it was sunny and 25oC also helped immensely

Floating Figure, 1927, Gaston Lachaise

Entrance Gate to Paris Metro Station, c1900, Hector Guimard

Daphne, 1930, Renee Sintenis

The Back, II (1911-13),  III (1913-16), IV (1931) , Henri Marisse

the pool was very Mies Van Der Rohe

Frances Adele Lewis

The Mediterranean, 1902-05, Aristide Maillol

Alberto Giacometti

She-Goat, 1950, Pablo Picasso

Water Tower, 1998, Rachel Whiteread.

Friday 27 April 2012

Manufacturer's Hanover Trust Building, NYC

Manufacturer's Hanover Trust Building, West 43rd and Fifth Avenue, originally the Chase Manhattan building, designed by Gordon Bunshaft and completed in 1954.

Now a Joe Fresh store, I have decided not to include a picture of the way the building is now, covered in posters and adverts, but to download a picture from the Internet of the building in its heyday.  It was revolutionary in its time. Earlier glass walled buildings were opaque reflecting the surrounding structures. In this building, exterior and interior were conceived as one thing, unified and inseparable, to be seen and experienced as a continuous experience.

This was a glass box featuring the dramatic display of the bank's vault behind the glass facade.

and a closer look

Inside the building Harry Bertoia created a site specific architectural screen which served as a divider between the public and private portions of the bank. It spans 16 feet in height, 70 feet in length, and 2 feet in depth and contains more than 800 separate forms placed in five different vertical planes, anchored both to the floor and the ceiling.

"To me inagination is an active thing. I like sculptures that can be touched, that move in the wind."

The sculpture is made of steel and then molten brass was poured over the steel. The lustre is incredible.

It is like a living thing, which changes as the light strikes it.

It is like a massive collection of jewellery.

It is awesome.

The Cloud piece, also by Bertoia, created specifically for this site.

Bertoia said that the inspiration for this piece came from looking at silver fish in the river.

Both pieces are related, one has a sky feeling, while the other is grounded in the earth.

Thursday 26 April 2012

More Manhattan snapshots

Broadway, the Financial District

World Trade Centre 1, what will be America's tallest building on the Ground Zero site

The Statue of Liberty, as seen from Staten Island ferry

View of Manhattan as seen from Staten Island ferry

Battery Park

Broadway, Financial District

Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

Chelsea Hotel, on West 23 Street, known for its history of notable residents which have included Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Iggy Pop. Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: Space Odyssey while staying  there, Dylan Thomas died of pneumonia while being a resident there. Hotel Chelsea no longer accepts new long-term residents.

Antiques Garage Flea Market, 112 West 25th St

ajother flea market we discovered a bit further down from the previous one

Ha! Ha! Ha! I thought that was hilarious. And what about those masks?

Canal Street, Chinatown

Canal Street, Chinatown

Orchard Street, Lower East Side

Tenement Museum, Orchard Street, Lower East Side.

Enjoying Sunday brunch

Little Italy


another truck

5th Avenue - I love the reflections on the glass

and a closer look

Madison Avenue, Uptown

Uptown, off Madison Avenue



Madison Avenue, Uptown

Madison Avenue

9th Avenue, Hell's Kitchen. The red bits in the picture are the cranes that they use to lift/lower the cars in position.

Madison Avenue

Madison Avenue.