There is something so beautiful about the juxtaposition of neon tubing and glass panes. Geoffrey and I impulsively popped in to the Mary Boone Gallery on 24th Street last evening, on the way from Gagosian’s nearly overwhelming Basquiat retrospective to LeVine’s How & Nosm Pop Up on 23rd Street, and discovered an unexpected treat in Keith Sonnier’s 68-70 exhibit. The minimalism of this tiny show really served as an aesthetic palette cleanser between two rather busy exhibits.
According to the Boone Gallery website, this exhibition of early works includes examples from Sonnier’s seminal and internationally acclaimed Ba-O-Ba and Neon Wrapping Incandescent Series. The works were all designed in Sonnier’s first New York studio to make use of the floor to wall relationship, as well as to utilize the reflective environment that working with neon and glass naturally creates.
It’s interesting to note that Sonnier was playing with reflective properties as that very same challenge surfaced in trying to capture clean shots of these beautiful sculptures!
Keith Sonnier 68-70 will be on exhibit through February 23rd, 2013 at Mary Boone Gallery – Chelsea, Located at 541 W. 24th Street, New York NY. Hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
From The Golden Oven Comes What Could Be NYC’s Best Pizza (All Photos By Anne Raso)
Italian food is a cuisine for which New York City is deservedly famous. From the upper west side to Little Italy, there is certainly no shortage of Italian dining establishments to frequent. But if you’re looking for one restaurant offering an updated take on tradition that can also satisfy the diverse cravings of every member of your party – whether it be for pizza, pasta, meat or fish you might want to check out Donatella, located right in the heart of Chelsea, because this place is really something special. Proprietor Donatella Arpaia (formerly of David Burke & Donatella fame) has created a down-to-earth yet classy culinary experience where the wood-fired pizzas are joined by more-formal fare, all served in a modern, well-lit and highly inviting space.
Mingled Stutter Pink by artist Doreen McCarthy, part of the Colorforms Group Show on view now at Praxis International Art Gallery, located at 541 West 25th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in Chelsea, NYC.
When Havana Chelsea closed last summer for “remodeling,” Geoffrey and I mourned and pouted for months that our favorite Cuban food diner/dive was lost to us forever. During our extended grieving process, we dined several times at the also-good-and-considerably-more-gay-friendly Cuba Cafe just a few blocks up the street, but the trade-off in ambiance/gayness/liquor license versus super low cost/actual taste of the food just didn’t cut it. We were ever so saddened.