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Photos from Frank Stella: a Retrospective at The Whitney Museum

Installation View
All Photos By Gail

Have you been over to the Whitney Museum yet, to see the massive Frank Stella Retrospective? Geoffrey and I went a couple of weeks ago and it was absolutely packed, so maybe you want go sooner rather than later. Because it is super cool and there is so much art to look at that you may want to go twice.

Multicolor Painting

Maybe you don’t know who Frank Stella is, and that’s OK. It is impossible to know every great artist. I’m not going to spend a lot of time giving you background information or discussing why Frank Stella (b. 1936) is one of the most important living American artists, because in this case I think the pictures should do all the talking.

Triangle Painting

And if you are moved by the art, then you should be compelled to seek out more information on the man who created it. The Whitney Museum retrospective is the most comprehensive presentation of Stella’s career to date, showcasing his prolific output from the mid-1950s to the present through approximately 100 works, including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures and drawings.

Multi Panel Painting

The exhibition features Stella’s best-known works alongside rarely seen examples drawn from collections around the world. It fills the Whitney’s entire fifth floor, an 18,000-square-foot gallery that is the Museum’s largest space for temporary exhibitions.

Large Painting

The works are not in chronological order. They are just placed where Frank Stella felt they would fit best.

Leaning Sculpture

There are a lot of works that look similar to the piece pictured above, and they are sort of painting/sculpture hybrids. I love all of them.

Knitting Needle Sculpture

Here’s another one. It is so fantastic and gorgeous. Kids probably love these.

Leafy Sculpture

Maquettes

The four small pieces above are called Maquettes, which are studies for some of his larger pieces. I love that he used soda cans and other household items to create them. Click on the photo to enlarge for greater detail.

Large Wall Sculpture

3 Large Sculptures

Between 1985 and 1993, Stella produced a number of works that were inspired by Herman Mellville’s Moby Dick. As a sort of homage to that, on the day we visited, the museum sponsored a “marathon reading” of the novel, Moby Dick, which is being conducted by the man standing on the far left in the above photo. The three large works on the wall behind him are from the Moby Dick series.

Red and Yellow Square

This one is a good background for the selfies.

Sculpture Detail

I want you to appreciate how difficult it was to get pictures without people in them, which is my thing.

Sculpture Detail

Here’s a cool detail of the piece in the photo right above it.

Large Wall Sculpture

Red and Tan Sculpture

Cage Sculpture

This one is maybe my favorite.

Cage Sculpture Detail

Don’t you want to see all of this stuff in person? Sure you do.

Star Sculpture

On the fifth floor’s outdoor patio there are two gigantic star sculptures, Black Star (above) and Wooden Star (below). These photos were taken from the exterior staircase on the 6th floor.

Wooden Star Sculpture

Grey Painting

Frank Stella: A Retrospective will be on Exhibit Through February 7th, 2016. Visit Whitney Dot Org for more information including museum hours and address, and special events associated with exhibit!

Exhibit Signage

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Top Ten Photos: Leaf Peeping and Fall Colors in the Berkshires!

Trees In Distance
All Photos By Gail

It is true that New York State is one of the best places to live if you really want to see the fall change of colors in nature. But here in Manhattan, the reality is that the leaves change from green to brown to dead without much color spectrum in between. Fortunately, I had the chance to spend a few days in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts over the Columbus Day weekend and snapped many fantastic photos just as all of the leaves were approaching full fiery glory. Please enjoy!

Trees and Lake

This one was taken near a big lake.

Row of Red Bushes

This row of bright red bushes was near the main road walking up from the lake.

Handicapped Parking

From a distance, these looked like huge pot leaves to me. But they were not.

Flower Bed

I realize that these are blooming flowers and not leaves, but aren’t they gorgeous?

Assorted Bushes

I took this one on the grounds near the house where I was staying. With all of those pine needles on the ground, the air smelled just amazing.

Lone Red Tree

I love this one, lone red tree among all the green.

Clock Tower

This Clock Tower, officially called the Dudley Field Memorial Tower, is right across the road from the Stockbridge Cemetery.

Naumkeag

This one was taken at place called Naumkeag, the family estate of Joseph Choate, a leading 19th-century attorney, and a co-founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stop and Shop

And last, but not least, this one was taken in the parking lot of a Stop and Shop. Happy Fall Everyone!

Limited Runs Presents the Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Collection

Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Series
Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Series By Tom Kelley, 1949 (All Post Photos By Gail)

There would probably be little argument that Marilyn Monroe is the most legendary and iconic Hollywood Movie Star to have ever lived. Countless contemporary artists — from Andy Warhol to Ron English, Ad Infinitum — have captured and re-appropriated her likeness into their own works, and her image still turns heads wherever it appears. While she did not have a long life, she certainly has achieved immortality in a sense. Limited Runs, a company that specializes in Classic Hollywood and other Fine Art Photography has just released the Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Collection, which  features her famous nude shots circa 1949 that originally appeared on promotional calendars. Now you can all own prints of these gorgeous photographs that were at one time so controversial, they had to be “dressed” in superimposed lingerie in order to be sent through the mail.

Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Series Calendar

Above is an example one of these calendars, where Monroe’s breasts have been blocked out to avoid being labeled as pornography — pretty hilarious when you consider the types of fashion photography and figure modeling that has become acceptable, and even mainstream, in the past 70 or so years. One of the Red Velvet poses made her the first Playboy Sweetheart — the prototype for the centerfold-featured Playmates who would follow in years to come.

I had the chance to see this series in person at a reception held by the 360 Design Gallery in Tribeca, where they were on view for only two days as part of a 2015 Summer Tour, which traveled to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago and finally New York.   It’s easy to forget how stunning and arguably perfect-looking Monroe  was a until you see photos like this and remember that she was really and truly an original.

Marilyn Monroe By Gene Lester

The series  is also features a number of candid shots of Monroe, such as these captured in 1954 by photographer Gene Lester while she was on a cigarette break during filming of one of her movies.

Marilyn Monroe By Gene Lester

Marilyn Monroe By Gene Lester

This one, which captures multiple reflections, is really fantastic.

Marilyn Monroe Birthday Cake 1960

Marilyn Monroe, Birthday Cake, 1960 (Photographer Unknown)

This one is also amazing.

Marilyn Monroe Jane Russell Howard Hawks

Here she is with co-star  Jane Russell and Director Howard Hawks during the filming of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953.

See the full collection and buy online at Limited Runs Dot Com.

Photos: Shepard Fairey at Pace Prints and Jacob Lewis Gallery

3 Prints
All Photos By Gail

Pace Prints is currently hosting an exhibition of new print editions by Shepard Fairey, running concurrently with Shepard Fairey: On Our Hands at Jacob Lewis Gallery, the artist’s first solo exhibition of paintings in New York City in five years.

Cigarettes

In his new series of prints on handmade paper, Fairey takes on the issue of corporate influence in government and the resulting inaction toward environmental concerns by the powers that be.

Enjoy Paradise

In Enjoy Paradise, a 3-color relief print, what at first appears to be an advertisement for a relaxing beach getaway quickly reveals itself to be a bleak landscape where the water flows like an oil slick, and towers loom forebodingly in the background.

Paint It Black

In his signature black, cream and red color palette, Fairey combines imagery and text in a tongue-in-cheek manner to speak about serious economic and political issues. Paint it Black, pays homage to the history of rock and roll, using Russian constructivist-inspired graphics to depict a hazardous paint can of “Oil Based Policy,” jutting out into the viewers’ space.

Power

Crowd

Although, as you can see by the above photos,  there was a good deal of breathing room on the 3rd floor during the show’s opening reception, it was a different story on the 4th flo0r, where Fairey was present and signing for fans as well as posing for photos. He is very friendly and accommodating.

Shepard and Fans

Here is the artist being mobbed by fans.

Gas Pump Book

The exhibit also contains some cool sculptures, all of which carry the strong message against the USA‘s “War for Oil” policy.  It is very sobering.

Eagle on Gas Pump

Eagle Pearching on a Fist-Enclosed Gas Pump

Eagle on Gas Pump Detail

Detail from Above Sculpture

Soldier

Arab Women

Obey Collection

Print Collection 1

These exhibits are definitely Must See Art for Shepard Fairey Fans!

Sinking Ship

Two Prints

Shepard Fairey’s Prints and Paintings will be on Exhibit Through October 17th, 2015 at Pace Prints (on the third floor) and through October 24th at Jacob Lewis Gallery (on the fourth floor) at 521 West 26th Street.

Street Sign

Shepard Fairey Signage

Recommended Reading: I Won The Internet! By Geoffrey Dicker

Geoffrey I Won The Internet
Image By Troy Gua

Do you enjoy meeting Famous People? I’ll tell you who does: my friend Geoffrey. Geoffrey has met more famous people from every possible facet of celebritydom than most actually famous people have met – I’d bet money on it. Go ahead and Google the name of a famous person and hit “Images,” and you’ll likely find a photo of that celebrity with Geoffrey among the first 5 results. JUST BEING SERIOUS.

Being almost singlehandedly responsible for reviving interest in the art of taking the celebrity selfie, Geoffrey has spent the past five years documenting his near-daily photo safari conquests on his wildly popular blog, According 2 G Dot Com, where he shares them with a global audience for the enjoyment of everyone.

Recently, because not everyone can figure out how to click on a hyperlink, Geoffrey wrote and published an indispensable tome for the celebrity–obsessed and social-mediaphiles who simply cannot stop Instagramming photos of their lunch, entitled I Won The Internet!: Daily Wit, Wisdom and Selfies, According to G. This book is outstanding on so many levels.

I Won The Internet! chronicles some of the encounters of Geoffrey as a “Modern Day Zelig” who has met a celebrity born on each day of the year (including Oprah Winfrey, Bono, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Morrissey, James Franco, Lady Gaga, Joan Rivers, Bryan Cranston, Jane Fonda and Ringo Starr) and presents his witty and uncensored one-liners and words of wisdom disguised as Status Updates and Tweets.

This rad book contains two sections of thoughtful and hilarious ideas for people to ponder and share online to make them the most popular person in their social media newsfeed. Geoffrey encourages readers to use this book as a guide to put them at the forefront of pop culture.

Geoffrey Selfies
Know Thy Selfie

The third section is dedicated to Geoffrey’s unique Celebrity Selfies, which showcase only a fractional portion of his impressive celebrity selfie photos, and daunting autograph collection (30 years in the making). Using I Won The Internet! as a daily calendar, readers get the chance to view these superstars and legends-in-the-making in an entirely different light. The book features 365 exclusive color photographs of some of the biggest names in entertainment, music and art. Last but not least, I Won The Internet!‘s original cover art, which depicts Geoffrey as an adorable Cat Meme (because everybody loves cats!) was conceived and created by pop artist Troy Gua.

Pick up your copy of I Won The Internet! from Amazon Dot Com at This Link.

A Visit to the New England Aquarium of Boston

New England Aquarium Signage
All Photos By Gail

No matter where I am, I love having a new adventure. Just last month, I spent a few days vacationing in Boston (my first visit) on the back end of a cruise to Bermuda (recommended) and was a bit overwhelmed by all of the fun things there are to see and do in this historic, seaside city. If you find yourself in Boston and want to make the most of your time there, I suggest making a point to check out the New England Aquarium, a destination which is fun for all ages!

Boston Aquarium Special Exhibits

I have visited public Aquariums all over the country and would say that the New England Aquarium is comparable in size and scope to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, although it also has many impressive distinguishing features.

Boston Aquarium Shows

The New England Aquarium, which opened in 1969, is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation, and is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year. It is a great place to bring kids because the focus is very much on education, and they have lots of animal shows and talks that you can attend for free as part of your paid admission. Please enjoy some photos and highlights from our visit!

Fur Seal Names

One of the first things we did during our visit was attend a Fur Seal Training Session. Many of the seals at the aquarium were at one time sick or injured/abandoned animals that were rescued and rehabilitated at the facility where they now have a safe home. That´s just like most drug addicts these days after they visit the california rehabilitation center.

Fur Seal Show

There are moms and dads and brothers and sisters all living there together. The show is about 15 minutes and you get to meet a family of Fur Seals and hear facts about them while the swim and do simple tricks like waving and spinning around, being rewarded with some tasty fish. Kids will love it.

Fur Seal Show
They have very interesting feet!

Fur Seal Show

This one, above, is still a baby.

Penguins

On the ground floor, there is a huge habitat for adorable African Penguins, where they have lots of informational signage about these birds as well as feedings, facts and presentations ongoing throughout the day.

African Penguins

Swimming Penguins

It is lots of fun to watch them swim!

Stingray Touch Pool

They have a huge touch pool also where you can “pet” the stingrays and small sharks. Everything is very well-supervised by Aquarium employees who give informational talks about the inhabitants of the touch pool.

North Atlantic Right Whale Skeleton

This is a North Atlantic Right Whale Skeleton suspended from the ceiling, and below you can see the Penguins swimming.

Top Of Giant Ocean Tank

The most impressive feature of the New England Aquarium is its four-story Giant Ocean Tank, located in the center of the building. The massive tank features a brand new coral reef, an underwater communications system and hundreds of Caribbean reef animals including sea turtles, stingrays, eels, small sharks and multitudes of colorful fish. I took the above photo from the very top of the tank just as a presentation was about to begin.

Giant Ocean Tank Presentation Speaker

Giant Ocean Tank Top View
Giant Ocean Tank Presentation

Be sure to pick up a visitor’s guide when you buy your ticket so you can check the schedule of all of the various talks, shows and presentations and plan your time to attend as many of them as you can.

Tropical Fish

Central Tank

The Giant Ocean Tank’s large windows make its active and wildly engaging interior visible on any floor of the Aquarium, and a circular ramp allows visitors to walk its circumference from the top of the tank to the ground floor, taking in full 360 degree views.

Tropical Fish

Miniature Seahorses

This photo shows a tank full of Miniature Seahorses. Very tiny!

Small Jellies

Tiny bioluminescent Sea Jellies!

Bottlenose Fish

What is this thing? I don’t know!

Sea Dragons

Sea Dragons are the Coolest!

Moray Eel

It’s a Moray Eel coming out to say Hello!

The New England Aquarium is located at 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110. Hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday – Sunday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. To learn more about activities and exhibits at the Aquarium and to buy tickets online visit This Link.

Favorite Word Art from Frieze Art Fair 2014

All this Could Be Yours
All Photos By Gail

OK, I’m aware that Frieze Art Fair 2014 ended over two weeks ago, so I know I am little off my game on getting some substantial coverage up on the blog. But I’m a busy girl, so sue me. Last year I posted a selection of photos of my favorite Word Art from Frieze, and there was lots more of that this year, so call this an encore performance. Enjoy!

More Life
More Life

Judging from the electrical cord hanging off this one, I’d guess it lights up, though it was not lit up at this juncture.

More Light
More Light

These two seem to go together I think.

Please Make Room
Please Make Room

This door had a message on the other side as well, but I’ve forgotten what it was.

Magic
Magic

The images across the letters that spell out “MAGIC” are photos of buildings exploding.

You Mum Was Lovin It
Your Mum Was Lovin It

Behold! The new McDonald’s Uniform!

Just Say No To Family Values
Just Say No To Family Values

Agreed!

Woo
Woo

First runner up on the most recent season of Survivor!

It's Even Worse In Europe
It’s Even Worse In Europe

Not sure if this is art or an advertisement. Don’t care.

Don't Complain
Don’t Complain

Just don’t.

I See Hear Feel
“I See (Hear, Feel, Etc.) X”

Obviously this is some type of mathematical formula for which there are no wrong answers.

Other People Think
Other People Think

Who Cares What?

Gin
Gin

Always a good call.

I Think Very Deeply
I Think Very Deeply

What is it they say, that if you have to talk about it, it probably isn’t that case? Yeah, that.

Next Year in New Jerusalem
Next Year in New Jerusalem

I have no idea what’s going to happen.

At Times There Are No Words
At Times There Are No Words

But there will be more Pictures from Frieze 2014, Coming Soon!