🔷”Is he jumping off the roof or dancing on the ledge?🔷
This installation, titled “Falling Man,” by Washington, D.C., neon artist, Craig Kraft, appears to be leaning over the street from the Cell Theatre on West 23rd Street. 🔷
Imagine my surprise and intrigue when I happened to walk by this life-sized sculpture, which I learned, was created in 1995. 🔷It is a negative cast, which curves inward. 🔷I also read that at night neon lights placed inside the cast illuminate the piece. 🔷His holographic eyes appear to follow those who walk past it. 🔷
Before he found his permanent home on the Cell Theatre's building, “Falling Man” traveled the world and was displayed in Puerto Rico, Mexico and South Korea.🔷 Nancy Manocherian, the founding artistic director of the theater and a friend of Kraft's, said that model for the sculpture was a dancing man. 🔷She believes “Falling Man” represents "an artist taking a leap into the unknown."🔷 However some passerby’s feel that he is dancing and some like Kathy, a Chelsea artist, has a much stronger opinion. 🔷She feels this work brought up memories of September 11 when people were forced to jump from the burning World Trade Center.🔷
"It is too fresh a memory in the minds of New Yorkers," she said. "I know that this was never anticipated by the artist.”🔷 Kathy continued to ponder what its meaning would be if it appeared in the context of another city like Toronto or London. 🔷
Art presents images and narratives to us, and we bring our subjectivity to it, viewing it through the prism of our own experiences and thoughts.🔷🔷🔷 “Falling Man” 1995, by American artist, Craig Kraft, @thecelltheatre 🔷🔷🔷 #craigkraft#americanartists#outdoorinstallation#chelseanyc#lookup#contemporaryart#contemporaryartists#controversialart#subjectivelyobjective#lookup#lovetotravel#myphoto#myphotography#artoflooking#artobserved#outdoorart#artoftheday#artblogging#walkby#artbites 🔷🔷🔷
Two grinning satyrs gazing at an unbelievably sensuous “Sleeping Hermaphroditus,” a Roman copy of the Greek original marble sculpture (author unknown). It is one of the most famous portrayal of Hermaphroditus, an idealized union of male and female form that I marveled at the Bernini exhibition in Galleria Borghese, in Rome. In 1620, Bernini made this incredibly supple 🙄 marble touch, of a mattress where the special sleeping beauty lies upon since. The "Borghese Hermaphroditus" was later sold to France and moved to The Louvre. And here s/he 😉 came back to his/her former home for the special Bernini show.. Unforgettable privilege of a life time for this artlover’s Rome visit 😍😘 #SleepingHermaphroditus
It’s Friday dear lovelies!
What an amazing and eye opening week this one was for me. I visited the Dali museum with my dear friend And designer of inspirational clothing, Lisa Freschette Of @lisaldesigns - we walked through the SCHIAPARELLI and DALI exhibit and witnessed beautiful and thought provoking collaborations between art and fashion. I stand here in front of one of Elsa Schiaparelli‘s quotes.
This week has brought about a handful of key events which bring me to consider all that I have done in my life to bring me to this exact moment and space in time. It’s truly truly amazing what can happen when you let go of your ego and listen intently to your intuition. Your intuition is never wrong dear souls. It never is. It’s often your pragmatic self and ego which might tend to steer you in one direction, that likely is not the best or healthiest, especially if your gut is in direct conflict with what you think might be right.
God, or spirit, or whatever that is you consider is higher than our human selves, gave us the gift of intuition. You can choose to learn to listen to it and even better get to know it and follow it blindly. Your intuition will never lead you astray.
And as you consider all these things that have happened to you, know that your intuition is your best friend and she’s right there with you now and for ever more.
I hope this Friday brings you a beautiful day and weekend of expansion and self awareness and notice when to turn right or left. The answers are within you. They always have been and always will be. Be brave enough to listen.
WALLBANGER - 150cm x 100cm⠀
Mixed Media on Canvas - 2017⠀
Eine Homage an die vergangenen Ereignisse im Zusammenhang mit Filmproduzenten Harvey Weinstein und den schlüpfrigen Details von seiner roten Casting-Couch.⠀
Auch dieses Werk widmet sich den 7 Todsünden und bedient das Thema Wollust. Vielleicht ist auch ein wenig Hochmut dabei... wer weiß das schon :)⠀
Für dieses Werk habe ich eine dezente Mischung aus simpler Spachteltechnik, Malmittel und vereinzelten Goldakzenten genutzt. Vermeintlich simple Werke sollten zumindest eine klare Botschaft vertreten.⠀
Spermaflecken sind 'ne harte Nummer. Vor Allem auf 'ner roten Couch. Wäh.
Installation view of “Dissolve,” from “James Turrell: Into the Light” retrospective exhibition at the Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art). Slowly changing light in rectangle bands diffuses through a frosted glass panel in a dark room, glows like an electric version of Rothko’s sublime Color Field abstraction, equally moving and absolutely captivating artwork to look 👀 at.. #jamesturrell
“I think there’s this overwhelming need to make this life look magical.
Like #vanlife or #nomadlife or #travellife ... any of those kinds of #lives are the cure-all for a depressed, lonely, or anxiety ridden generation.” New blog up! Link in bio.
Giorgio de Chirico’s iconic Italian square painting of 1937, entitled “Piazza d’Italia con statua” that I viewed at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome, was definitely one of the highlight 🌟👏 It is a similar compositional work of earlier painting “Piazza d’Italia” (1913) with several subtle variations in background elements. The air of solitude and silence of the “statue” rendered in simple spatial illusions and shadow in classical Italian architectural setting is brilliantly De Chirico and an undeniable essence of the metaphysical art moment founded by the artist and great influence to Surrealist art in modern era. @lagallerianazionale #dechirico
Week two pep-talk for myself. “It’s scary like any good thing is scary.” I could pretend to be fearless, to have it all put together, to know exactly what I’m doing… But instead, I’m choosing to be honest. Cheers to feeling the fear and doing it anyway.
🌺”Flowers” 1964 (Flourescent paint and silkscreen ink on linen) by American artist, Andy Warhol (1928-1987)🌺 @artinstitutechi 🌺🌺🌺 Playful and inviting without being overbearing, Warhol’s Flower series, were first exhibited in the Leo Castello gallery in New York in 1964. 🌺They were initially inspired by a photograph of several hibiscus flowers taken by Patricia Caulfield, then the executive editor of Modern Photography magazine. 🌺
A “flower child” of the sixties in his own right, Andy Warhol’s “Flower” illustrated still-life series are filled with symbolic and historical significance. 🌺Flowers are a symbol of fragility and purity, two concepts which stand at opposing ends with the violence.🌺 They are an interesting juxtaposition between tragedy and celebration. In every way, the “Flowers” portfolio creates a relevant connection and provides context to his highly controversial “Thirteen Most Wanted Men” series and his “Disaster” series featuring silkscreen paintings of Jackie after the assassination of her husband, President John F, Kennedy, in 1963.🌺 Warhol’s Flowers were easily seen as a dedication to the non-violence movement of the 1960’s giving rise to the term “flower power.”🌺 As always, Warhol carefully reveals there is more than meets the eye even with familiar imagery. 🌺🌺🌺 #andywarhol#americanartist#americanart#popart#popartist#flowerchild#flowerpower 🌸 #stilllifeart#silkscreen#artinstituteofchicago#peaceandlove#artoftheday#arthistory#modernart#modernartist#artoflooking#artobserved#artblogging#arttalks#arttours#loveart#lovenotwar 🌺🌺🌺
👑”The 'Wilton Diptych' was painted as a portable altarpiece for the private devotion of King Richard II, who ruled England from 1377 to 1399. 👑The diptych is thought to have been made in the last five years of Richard's reign, although its artist remains unknown. 👑It is called “The Wilton Diptych,” because it came from Wilton House in Wiltshire, the seat of the Earls of Pembroke.👑 A diptych is a painting, carving or piece of metalwork on two panels, usually hinged like a book. 👑The panels of the Wilton Diptych are made of North European oak, but have been transformed by immaculate painting and gilding, into a heavenly vision. 👑On the inside, Richard II is presented by three saints to the Virgin and Child and a company of eleven angels. 👑Nearest to Richard is his patron saint John the Baptist. 👑Behind are Saint Edward the Confessor and Saint Edmund, earlier English kings who came to be venerated as saints.👑 The outside bears Richard's arms and his personal emblem of a white hart chained with a crown around its neck.”~National Gallery 👑👑👑“The Wilton Diptych”
about 1395-9, artist unknown 👑 National Gallery 👑👑👑 #wiltondiptych#devotionalpaintings#hingedpanel#madonnaandchild#virginandchild#angels#openbook#religiousart#artistunknown#kingrichardii#england#nationalgallery#london#artoftheday#artobserved#artoflooking#arttalks#artbites#loveart#artblogging#arttours 👑👑👑