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Modern Art Monday Presents: Still Life With Cake By Raphaelle Peale

Still Life with Cake
Photo By Gail

Still Life With Cake (1818), a typical still life by Raphaelle Peale (17741825), the son of Charles Willson Peale, may have been the picture exhibited in 1819 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as Still Life—Wine, Cakes, Grapes, &c. A similar picture dating from the same year is in the Detroit Institute of Arts. Peale’s tightly-grouped still lifes are often permeated with a delicate melancholy akin to that which characterized the life of the artist; he was an alcoholic who suffered the effects of arsenic and mercury poisoning caused by his work as a taxidermist in his father’s museum. His spare, essential style may have been influenced by the Spanish still lifes he studied in Mexico and by the works of Juan Sanchez Cotan, exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1818.

Photographed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Pink Thing of The Day: Strawberry Angel Food Mini Cakes

Strawberry Angel Food Mini Cakes
Photo By Gail

One of my favorite things about visiting Southern California has to be shopping at the massive supermarkets they have out there that are the size of a Home Depot for Food. I found today’s Pink Thing, these yummy-looking Strawberry Angel Food Mini Cakes, in the Bakery section at a Ralph’s in Montrose.

Keith Haring NYC Pride Cake

Keith Haring Cake
Photos By Gail

This delicious-looking, multi-tiered cake couldn’t help but catch my eye as we passed the Empire Cake, where it was prominently displayed in the bakery shop’s front window. Check out the colorful fondant cut-outs in the shapes of some of the most iconic works by the late artist and activist Keith Haring. Brilliant.

Empire Cake is Located at 112 Eight Avenue (Between 15th and 16th Streets) in Chelsea, NYC.

Keith Haring Cake

Alice Cooper in Wonderland

Alice and Alice
Neil and Liane as Alice and Alice (Photo Courtesy of Liane Butler)

When my friend Liane and her husband Neil were invited to a Wacky Alice in Wonderland-Themed 40th Birthday Party, they took the term Wacky as seriously as possible. Not only did Neil go full drag as an extremely authentic blonde-haired Alice, but Liane took her look even further, recreating the classic Shock Rocker eye makeup of Alice Cooper. Seriously, that is just genius. Genius!

Neil and Liane

Although they are obviously having a great time at the party, notice how Liane stays in character. What dedication!

Alice Cooper in Wonderland

Liane is also the mother of adorable, two year-old identical twin boys! Welcome to her nightmare!

Two Alices

Here they are again at the party! It looks like fun! Alcohol!

Alice in Wonderland Cake

Today Liane also posted a photo of the cake on FaceBook! Amazing!

Modern Art Monday Presents: Claes Oldenburg, Pastry Case I

Pastry Case
All Photos by Gail

“I work with very simple things that I come across walking to work,” Claes Oldenburg explained in 1964, “such as a certain kind of pastry. . . or certain kinds of displays or presentations and advertisements that I naturally come across as part of the urban landscape.”  Pastry Case, I replicates just this sort of everyday sighting. The desserts are presented for the viewers enjoyment on real dishes, heightening the tension between attempting evocation of edible goods and their obvious artifice. Oldenburg later described this tension as a way of “frustrating expectations: the food, of course, can’t really be eaten, so that it’s an imaginary activity which emphasizes the fact that it is, after all, not real – that it’s art, whatever that strange thing is of doing something only for itself rather than for function.”

Pastry Case Detail
Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Brooklyn Museum Presents Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

Killer Heels Catalog Display
All Photos By Gail

If you are what some people refer to as a “Shoe Freak,” or even a fan of Art, Design and Fashion, you will want to hoof it over to the Brooklyn Museum to see Killer Heels, a fantastic exhibit of High Heeled Shoes that opened just yesterday. Geoffrey and I were lucky enough to attend the opening reception and party this past Saturday and we had all kinds of crazy fun.

Party Table Decor
Let’s Party

Let’s relive the good times now, by enjoying some of my photos from the party and the exhibit.

Tattoo Station

To get people in the mood for shoes, Party-goers were able to get a temporary tattoos with one of two designs based on the shoes pictured below (which, obviously are part of the exhibit):

Flaming Shoes

I got this one of a pair of Wedge Heels decorated with Flames! Fast!

Red Fetish Boots

Or you could choose a design based on these “Kinky Boots” fetish style Red Thigh High Boots!

W Mag With Rihanna on the Cover

They were also giving out the latest issue of W Magazine with Rihanna on the cover. She does nothing for me but people seem to like her for whatever mysterious reason.

Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne

Piper-Heidsieck was a sponsor for the party and their delicious Champagne flowed freely.

Bar

In addition to an open bar and passed hot Hors d’oeuvre, there were also some sweet treats.

Vanilla Cake Ball

Such as these Vanilla Cake Balls and also Milk Chocolate Miniature Gold Pumps.

Milk Chocolate Gold Pump

Mmm…Little Chocolate Shoes.

Ferrragamo Platform Cake

Speaking of Sweet Treats, check out this rad cake made in the likeness of Salvatore Ferragamo’s very famous multi-colored suede platform sandal created for Judy Garland back in 1938! As far as I know, nobody even got to eat this cake, and that’s just a shame.

Killer Heels Signage

OK, let’s leave the party behind and go look at some Killer Heels. Here we go!

Ornate Gold Shoes

Killer Heels explores fashion’s most provocative accessory. From the high platform chopines of sixteenth-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos on today’s runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe’s rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination.

Candlestick Heel Boots
Candlestick Heel Boots

Gold Winged Slipper

Red Shoes

As fashion statement, fetish object, instrument of power, and outlet of artistic expression for both the designer and the wearer, throughout the ages the high-heeled shoe has gone through many shifts in style and symbolism.

Betty Grable Display View

Deadly sharp stilettos, architecturally inspired wedges and platforms, and a number of artfully crafted shoes that defy categorization are featured among the more than 160 historical and contemporary heels on loan from designers, from the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and from the Bata Shoe Museum.

Spike Ankle Boot
Close Up of Black Spiked Stiletto Boot from Above Display

Designers and design houses represented in Killer Heels include Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Zaha Hadid X United Nude, Iris van Herpen X United Nude, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, André Perugia, Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, Vivienne Westwood and Pietro Yantorny.

Ferragamo Judy Garland Platform
Here’s That Ferragamo Platform Sandal Again. It is so Legendary.

Platform Boot With Spur
Platform Boot With Spur

Presented alongside the objects in the exhibition are six specially commissioned short films inspired by high heels. The filmmakers are Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome.

Silver Guggenheim Shoes

“Everyone loves to wear shoes inspired by the Guggenheim Museum!” I heard someone say about this pair of silver space age shoes. Coincidentally, there was a lady at the event wearing these exact shoes!

Two Green Shoes

Shoe Hat
Shoe Hat

Horse Hoof Boots
Horse Hoof Boots

Red Wedgewood Pumps
Red Wedgewood Pumps

Foot Shoes
Almost Like Going Barefoot?

Chanel Light Bulb Heels
Chanel Light Bulb Heels

Space Age Boots

If Ace Frehley had been a woman, surely he would have worn these boots as part of his Space Ace costume in Kiss.

Amber Toed Pump

There is just so much great art tied into the design of all of these shoes, it was easy to feel a bit overwhelmed by the flood of genius and beauty.

What a great show! I recommend you go see it as soon as possible!

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe will be on Exhibit Through February 15, 2015 in the Robert E. Blum Gallery (1st Floor) at the Brooklyn Museum, Located at 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052. Take the 2 or 3 Trains Right to the Eastern Parkway Stop.

Oasis Definitely Maybe Cover Recreated as a Cake

Oasis Cake
Image Source

From NME:

Oasis’ Definitely Maybe was released 20 years ago this [past] weekend – and what better way to celebrate the birthday of this great British debut? A cake, of course. Baker Adam Cox said: “Creating a cake to mark the anniversary of this album was a must. It remains as one of my favourite albums and I wanted to celebrate it in the only way I know how to.”

Oasis Definitely Maybe

I think the only thing missing is the globe?