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Don Gummer Sculptures on Broadway!

Don Gummer Mondrian
Don Gummer, Mondrian (All Photos By Gail)

His wife, Meryl Streep, may be one of the world’s most famous actresses, but American sculptor Don Gummer is taking his turn on Broadway right now, in the form of a major exhibition of his large-scale sculptures. Don Gummer on Broadway, the artist’s first outdoor public art exhibition in New York City, features nine aluminum and stainless steel sculptures placed along the Broadway malls, adjacent to subway stops, from Columbus Circle (8th Avenue at 59th Street) to 157th St.

Don Gummer Mondrian

Geoffrey and I were in Central Park last weekend and saw a couple of these fun sculptures, including the one above. Mondrian which is, of course, an homage to the famous painter, sits in the plaza at 64th Street and Broadway, across the street from Lincoln Center. It is made from painted aluminum and stained glass, and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Don Gummer Mondrian

Mondrian is one of five examples of new work from Gummer’s Haiku series, created in 2014 and 2015, which were created especially for this exhibition. The four additional works included in the exhibition date from 2011 and 2012. The sculptures range in height from eight feet to fourteen feet.

“I first became interested in haiku poems because of the simplicity of their structure,” Gummer states in a press release. “Three lines stacked together containing 17 syllables. Five in the first line, seven in the middle, and five in the third line. I thought of substituting shapes for the syllables and instead of writing a poem with three sentences and 17 syllables, I made a sculpture with three vertical sections and 17 shapes, five in the bottom section, seven in the middle, and five in the top section. The three sections are separated by horizontal, linear flat rectangles, my version of lined paper.

Pretty cool.

Don Gummer 12-12-12
12-12-12

The remaining four sculptures have similar stacked elements, and  structurally relate to the others. This one, called 12-12-12, is on the north side of the Columbus Circle Plaza.

Don Gummer 12-12-12

Don Gummer on Broadway will be up through October 31st, 2015. See the diagram below for the exact location of each sculpture. A cell phone tour, in English and Spanish, which includes the artist’s commentary, is funded by Con Edison.

Don Gummer Sculptures Map

 

Julie & Julia: A Very Good Movie About Cooking and Love

Julie and Julia
Amy Adams and Meryl Streep Star in Julie & Julia

If I were a wealthy woman, I would certainly be much more of a devoted Foodie than I already am. Because the availability of massive amounts of dispensable cash is really the only thing separating me from eating truffles and Kobe beef, followed by gold-leaf-flecked hot fudge sundaes several times a week. I am totally not kidding. The Food Network is to me what Porn is to Frat guys. Me gusta la comida! If you are also a fan of food, and you enjoy a good story about friendship and love, passion and cooking, then Julie & Julia needs to be added to your “Films I Must See” List. This movie is just so adorable! Meryl Streep’s portrayal of famous TV chef Julia Child is going to win her another Oscar, I would be willing to predict. And Amy Adams, who I generally find a bit twee, was quite excellent also as blogger/amateur chef Julie Powell. I am not going to say much more than that, because I doubt I could top this really great review of the movie from Examiner Dot Com. I recommend going to see Julie & Julia with a friend, at a showing that will let out just around dinner time. That way, you can head over to your favorite French Bistro and chow down, because you will definitely be starving. As Julia would say, “Bon Appetite!”

Julie & Julia Opens Nationwide on August 7th