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81st and Central Park West Subway Stop, Museum of Natural History

Orange Snake
All Photos By Gail

If you happen to be on the NYC Subway, in transit to the American Museum of Natural History via the C Train, and you are not entirely sure which stop to get off at, don’t even worry about it. You will know when you are at the correct station (81st Street) when you see all kinds of colorful tile mosaic creatures crawling along the walls.

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Rene Magritte’s The Empire of Light, II

Rene Magritte Empire of Light II
Photo By Gail

Belgian Surrealist painter Rene Magritte has always been one of my favorite artists. The Empire of Light, II (1950) is a painting that, upon a cursory glance, might just look like a typical residential street scape of its era. But give it a minute and you’ll notice that the scene depicts both daytime, with the sun and cloud-dotted bright blue sky above, and the evening shadows and street lamp light below. Absolutely amazing.

The Empire of Light, II is part of MOMA’s permanent collection, so you can see it on almost any visit unless it’s temporarily on loan to another museum.

The Museum of Modern Art is Located at 11 West 53rd St, Between 5th and 6th Avenues, in NYC.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Pablo Picasso’s Head of a Warrior

Pablo Picasso Head of a Warrior
Photo By Gail

Hey what’s up. Welcome, to the first installment of a new weekly series debuting today on The Worley Gig, which I am calling Modern Art Monday! Each Monday, I will be posting a classic piece of modern (or maybe not so modern) art photographed by me on a visit to MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) or any of the other fine art institutions right here in Manhattan — and elsewhere! Because, when it comes to art, I get around!

This week’s featured work is the Pablo Picasso sculpture, Head of a Warrior (1933). What I love about this piece is how Picasso’s exaggerated proportions make the head look a bit cartoonish. Although the head is crafted from plaster, wood and metal it is meant to emulate the look of a classic marble sculpture.

The Museum of Modern Art is Located at 11 West 53rd St, Between 5th and 6th Avenues, in NYC.

Art Nouveau Fireplace and Mantel Piece

Art Deco Fireplace Front
Photos By Gail

Attributed to Jean-Désiré Muller (French, 18771952), this fireplace is made of stoneware, a dense ceramic body that is highly durable. Its strong, sculptural design reflects the popularity of the Art Nouveau style in the years around 1900, when the fireplace was produced. The twisting forms of the vertical sides and the complex, curving shapes of the hair above the mask are characteristic of Art Nouveau design, which emphasized stylized, sinuous lines and commonly employed motifs from the natural world. The fireplace is signed Muller/Luneville, suggesting that it was produced by one of the Muller Brothers in the city of Lunéville, France, who are known for their production of art glass. It is believed that Désiré Muller also worked in ceramics.

Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

Art Nouveau Fire Place

Installation View

Picasso’s The Dreamer

The Dreamer By Pablo Picasso
Art By Pablo Picasso, Photo By Gail

The Dreamer, on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, is one of my favorite Picasso paintings.