A wonderful card from Matt!
  • I don’t know anything about birds. However- I know that’s not a pigeon…
  • Cafe Salmagundi- first off- it’s named after the satirical periodical created by Washington Irving in the 1800’s. And yes, the restaurant is on Irving Place… secondly- the steak platter (to share) was delicious
  • Flee has the possibility of being nominated for three best picture Oscar’s (animated feature, International Feature and Documentary Feature) It’s the story of an Afghan refuge from the 90s. I appreciated this perspective which I have not really heard. Well done.
  • Power of the Dog (Netflix) This is a solid movie, which I think should be nominated for Best Picture Oscar as well as Best Actor nod for Benedict Cumberbatch, who yet again gives a stand out performance, and supporting for Kodi Smit-McPhee who is also excellent. If anyone else has seen would love to discuss the ending!!!!
  • Morgan Library- Van Eyck to Mondrian: 300 Years of Collecting in Dresden (1/23/22)(interesting to think about how much art the Nazi’s destroyed because it was against the socialist agenda. Imperial Splendor: The Art o the Book in the Holy Roman Empire 800-1500 (1/23/22). The craftsmanship of these books!!! Just beautiful!. Another Tradition: Drawings by Black Artists from the American South (1/16/22). Loved the use of creating art with whatever materials they found. Bound for Verseilles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection (1/30/22). This was my favorite exhibit this go round at the Morgan. Marie Antoinette apparently had a rather large library and eclectic taste showing that she was very much aware of the changing times. The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without my seeing the Christmas Carol manuscript- my favorite holiday story (till 1/9/22). Women Artists and Patrons in the Natural Sciences 1650-1800 till 1/9/22. Dawn till Dusk: Studies in Marine Sketches (till 10/23/22). Collections Spotlight till 1/9/22. And…sometimes at the Morgan there’s music!!
  • Interesting exhibit about Warhol at Brooklyn Museum. First- I did not realize that he was quite religious- Byzantine Catholic. It influenced much of his work. The Last Supper installation was the last work he exhibited before he died. It was across the street from the actual Last Supper in Milan. The Jackie Kennedy series is some of my daughters favorite art work.
  • I don’t like coffee. However, I do like certain specialty drinks from Starbucks. Had awesome barista who understood that really I wanted a vehicle for whipped cream…
  • House of Gucci was 2 hours and 37 minutes. It felt like 3 hours and 27 minutes. Decent performances by Lady Gaga and Adam Driver who I think is the best actor of his generation. That being said, don’t waste your time.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art- I am always amazed at how much is dedicated to death way back when. I’m more of a life is beautiful kind of person. Gallery 157 shows a cup in the form of a breast. At least I now know why they are called cup sizes… Gallery 851 is special exhibit Alter Egos Projected Selves. I really enjoyed this photography exhibit. The basis is that in today’s society the use of aliases, avatars and alter egos prevail. Using mainly works from the Met’s collection, things are shown that use the artist as part of the art. I was drawn to Four Seasons because I am obsessed with taking photos of the same thing just on different days, or photos taken at the same time. I’m trying to refine my thoughts on this topic for my Instagram. I thought the concept behind Einreisung was interesting- what postures do women take in order to fit in?
  • And Just Like That premiered its first two episodes on HBOMax. I was not an avid watcher of the original SATC- I have not seen every episode, nor can I wax poetic about the post it. I do applaud the fact that these women are in their 50s and living sexy, interesting lives and they have not put themselves out to pasture. Cheers to a TV show that lets us see that 50s isn’t all athleisure, pill counting, ugly readers and malaise. However- as to the show itself…I’m not really feeling it after the first two episodes. But- the worst thing for me is how it treats the city. There isn’t any continuity in location. For example, in the first scene they are at lunch at the Whitney, which is downtown. The next scene shows Miranda and Carrie at Radio City. While they could have hopped a cab and gone up together- these locations are not near one another. The same is said when Miranda gets off the subway at Columbia, and then have her go into a bar that’s in Hell’s Kitchen- like 60 blocks south. I know that these things seem trivial, but CITY is in the title- the show is an ode to New York City as much as an ode to fashion or cosmo’s or for being fabulous. Rant over.

56 thoughts on “What Inspired Me: December 12

  1. You have an eye for detail, and beauty. This is another wonderful share. And yes, the thought of what postures women take in order to fit in, is interesting. I’d like to hear what you come up with, but I don’t know how to find you on Instagram!?

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  2. So much in this post today! Totally agree on House of Gucci, Illuminated Manuscripts-I have a bit of an obsession with them…So gorgeous, and Warhol- ironic that you featured this exhibit. I’m doing some enrichment art lessons with the home schooled granddaughters. I just finished putting together the Pop Art lesson. We may come back to this post for examples!

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    1. There’s been a lot about Warhol recently…second exhibit I’ve seen,plus Velvet underground documentary! The manuscripts!! Omg pictures don’t do them justice! Incredible!! You might be able to find stuff on the exhibits online…

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      1. Yes, usually there’s current exhibit info and sometimes that helps. I try to keep things fairly light as they are 9 and 6, and you showed some good examples! I forgot about the VU doc. I need to watch that, but I’ll leave the band/Warhol connection to the girls aunt when they are a bit older- She’s a VU devotee

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  3. LA, that is a cardinal as I am sure you know by now through the comments. I am, honestly, out of breath following your path in NY. The tree at Grammercy Park is beautiful. Glad to see Macys is decked for the holidays. The steak dish looked delicious! You are enjoying your holidaze.

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    1. This was a small but beautifully curated photography exhibit. I seriously had trouble picking my faves. But the Hai Bo’s!! Gorgeous! I watched Passing. Here’s my thing. I thought it was beautifully filmed, and very thoughtful acting, but as a whole, I think it was too dreamy to be an impactful movie. It was almost too languorous, which for certain things it really works, but in this, as a whole, made the movie less. It was like all the parts were good but didn’t add up

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  4. Aww thanks for the last minute shout out on your weekly inspiration post, I’ll tell my wife that ya dug our collaboration Christmas Card. She is getting really good at drawing animals, she drew our cat, I did the penguin. As always, I love these posts. My favorite of the art is that Valie Export Photograph, and Flee sounds fascinating.

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  5. Another bunch of really good pictures, LA. Love the Christmas tree in Gramercy Park. Gucci doesn’t interest me, but thanks for the heads up. Every time I hear about something in New York I think of you and Jay Cudney and wonder if you are near where it’s happening. There was something recently and I can’t remember what it was now. I’m sure it will come to me after I press send. Happy Sunday!

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      1. He was a manager of music artists including Prince before he became a symbol. He produced Purple Rain. This was a second or third marriage. Patricia was very nice to my friend. I don’t know why they got divorced. I remember hearing stories of business ventures and a massive estate they’d bought.

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  6. Wonderful pics, as always. Food and drink look amazing, bummed about Gucci, am excited about Power of the Dog, love Cumberbatch. Lovely reflections on a wonderful week, LA. Oh, I don’t know anything about birds either, yet that looked like a cardinal. Anyway…💖

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  7. I like your commentary on Sex in the City. I’d feel the same way if it was filmed in Chicago.

    I am learning so much about New York City through you. It makes me so happy when my writing friends teach me about new places. I feel as though I’ve traveled without leaving my living room. 🙂

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