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Modern Art Monday Presents: Giorgio De Chirico, The Philosopher’s Conquest

the philosophers conquest photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

Giorgio de Chirico’s work represents an unexpected form of classicism in early avant-garde painting. The Philosopher’s Conquest  (191314), one of six in a series, combines a Mediterranean cityscape with familiar still-life objects that appear in many of the artists’s paintings, including a classical arcade, a cannon and cannonballs, a clock, chimney and a train. The stage set is an Italian piazza, virtually deserted except for the menacing, shadowy figures outside the edge of the scene. Rendered with a matter-of-fact — though intentionally crude — precision, de Chirico’s paintings seem rife with meaning but are resolutely enigmatic. Indeed, by juxtaposing incongruous objects, he sought to produce a metaphysical art, one that “resembles . . . the restlessness of myth.”

Photographed in The Art Institute, Chicago.

Modern Art Monday Presents: René Magritte, Time Transfixed

Time Transfixed
Photo By Gail

Surrealism was identified by its proponents as a way of reuniting the conscious and unconscious realms of experience so that the world of dream and fantasy could be joined to the everyday rational world — or what one critic called “an absolute reality, a surreality.” René Magritte accomplished this by merging dreamlike imagery and naturalistic detail, as in his iconic canvas Time Transfixed (1938). He also worked carefully on his titles, and he was ultimately unhappy with the English translation of the title of this painting. The original French, La Durée Poignardée, literally means “ongoing time stabbed by a dagger.” Magritte hoped that when his patron Edward James purchased this painting, he would install it at the bottom of his staircase so that the train would “stab” guests on their way to James‘ ballroom. In an ironic twist, he hung it over his fireplace, to Magritte’s great dissatisfaction.

Photographed in The Art Institute, Chicago.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Alarm Clock with a Pig on It

Pink Pig Alarm Clock
Photo By Gail

This Pink Old School Alarm Clock could also serve as a Bacon Thing of the Day, not only because it has a happy hog on its face, but because I snapped this photo at the Great Big Bacon Picnic, which I attended over the summer.

Pink Thing of The Day: Neon Pink Retro Wall Clock

Neon Pink Retro Wall Clock
Photo By Gail

This Nostalgia-inducing clock hangs on the wall behind the bar at The Odeon Bistro on West Broadway, SOHO NYC. They have great steak frites there!


Snare Drum Wall Clock

Snare Drum Wall Clock
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Another fun idea for upcycling old drums! And I bet it keeps great time!

FAO Schwartz Friendly Face Clock

FAO Schwartz Clock
Photo By Gail

This friendly face greeted FAO Schwartz Fifth Avenue visitors as the main fixture on the two-story clock tower, which was located inside of the store’s main entrance from 1986 to 2004. It now overlooks the escalators that take customers to and from the store’s lower shopping floors.

Pratt Manhattan Gallery Presents 0 to 60: The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art

Lisa Hoke S.O.S.
S.O.S. By Lisa Hoke (2013), All Photos By Gail

Pratt Manhattan Gallery presents 0 to 60: The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art, a multi-medium exhibition that explores time in its many iterations — real time, virtual time, historical time, recorded time, manipulated time and more. Named for the phenomenon in which the average museum visitor spends less than one minute looking at a work of art, the exhibition features artists who use nontraditional media (including robotics and computer software) to encourage viewers to think about time in new and varied ways. The artists hail from New York City (Alison Collins, Dan Estabrook and Jeff Liao) and across the country.

Felix Gonzales-Torres Untitled (Portrait of Dad)
Felix Gonzales-Torres Untitled (Portrait of Dad)

0 to 60 includes well-known artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres, the late Pratt alumnus whose interactive installation Untitled (Portrait of Dad) consists of 175 pounds of individually wrapped candies, and rising artists like David Chatt, whose Bedside Table is adorned with thousands of tiny seed beads.

Bedside Table By David Chatt
Background: Alison Collins’ Garden of Pleasure
Foreground: Bedside Table By David Chatt

The exhibition also includes two installations uniquely tailored to Pratt Manhattan GalleryLisa Hoke’s expansive wall mosaic and Alison Collins’ Garden of Pleasure. Also of note is Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Last Breath, which uses a respirator, a digital counter and other items to capture and circulate a viewer’s breath, inflating and deflating a paper bag 10,000 times a day to mimic the respiratory cycle of a typical adult at rest.

Richard Hughes Untitled (Triptick)
Richard Hughes, Untitled (Triptick)

“Modern society is obsessed with time, and we’ve noticed the concept bubbling up in contemporary art,” said Linda Dougherty, who co-curated the exhibition with Jean McLaughlin. “These works reference a longstanding tradition in art—whether it be through historical paintings that tell an unfolding story or through still lifes that capture one fleeting moment,” she added, In addition to those mentioned above, other artists featured in the exhibition include Dan Bailey, Walead Beshty, Jana Brevick, Paul Chan, Sonya Clark, Caetano de Almeida, Tehching Hsieh, Richard Hughes, Peter Matthews and David Shapiro.

Afro Abe (Progression) By Sonya Clark
Afro Abe (Progression) By Sonya Clark

Afro Abe (Progression) By Sonya Clark
Detail from Afro Abe

0 to 60 will be on Exhibit Through January 25, 2014 at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Located at 144 West 14th Street, Second Floor, New York, NY. Gallery Hours are Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Thursdays 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Waleed Beshty, Fed Ex Kraft Box
Waleed Beshty, Fed Ex Kraft Box

The Russian Tea Room

Russian Tea Room Interior

You should eat there, is all I’m saying.

Zombie Clock!

Zombie Clock

Hey Zombie Kids, What time is it? Yes, it’s time to Eat Some Brains with this crazy new Zombie Clock! This sculpted 3D clock featuring a zombie gnawing on a brain is perfect for zombie lovers, dead or alive.

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  • Design: Odd Art Fabrications
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