This colorful mural of a woman is by Chilean-born, NYC-based street artist Dasic Fernandez. You can see it on the facade of a clothing store, on Lafayette Street, just north of Prince Street, in Soho NYC.
In the 1940s, Willem de Kooning (1904 – 1997), with his artist friend Arshile Gorky, frequented the Metropolitan Museum to study portraits by 19th-century French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. this seated figure, which belongs to de Kooning’s first series of Women paintings, demonstrates his interest in the human form. Awkwardly posed, the woman’s arms, legs and breasts exist as abstract shapes in a flattened space. Like other Abstract Expressionists, de Kooning was interested in portraying nature as simultaneously creative and destructive. Although the figure is recognizable as a woman, de Kooning arrangements of form, line, and color gives the effect of a body coming together and falling apart.
Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
You can be sure that we all did a double-take when we passed this statue at The Met this past weekend, because, seriously, doesn’t it look like this marble statue is checking her Instagram feed or catching up on Tweets? That’s what we thought as well, but if you are standing nearby and look really closely, you can see she has a small Crucifix nestled in her palm, which makes much more sense considering the name of this piece is Indian Girl, or The Dawn of Christianity, rather than something like Girl, Distracted by iPhone, Forgets to Put on a Top.
Created by Erastus Dow Palmer in 1856, this sculpture marked the artist’s first attempt to model a full-length, female figure. He did a pretty great job, don’t you think?
This is what I feel like at end of long and grueling week at the day gig. Here, we see that feeling manifested in bronze sculpture by artist Tom Otterness, as part of his urban fantasy sculpture series, Life Underground, found throughout the 8th Avenue and 14th Street Subway station in downtown Manhattan.