Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New York: Mission Chinese Food – Restaurant

New York

Mission Chinese Food
On the Lower East Side, Mission Chinese Food is not exactly a Chinese restaurant. It began its life as a pop-up: a restaurant nested within a divey Americanized Chinese joint in San Francisco’s Mission District. From the beginning, a spirit of resourcefulness and radical inventiveness has infused each and every dish at the restaurant. The green neon around the bar, the pink cane chairs, the pale green Formica table tops all evoke the style of a trendy mid-century diner.
 Mission Chinese Food
Doing justice to chef Danny Bowien fiery, creative dishes with Asian-American flavors, hungry diners line up outside both the San Francisco and New York City locations, waiting hours for platters of Sizzling Cumin Lamb, Thrice-Cooked Bacon, Fiery Kung Pao Pastrami, and pungent Salt-Cod Fried Rice.

 The Menu

Green Tea Noodles

Steamed Broccoli Shoots – Oyster Sauce
Thirty-five year old chef owner Danny Bowien was born in Korea and adopted by parents in Oklahoma, hence he has a broad spectrum of influences. He is the recipient of many awards amongst which the James Beard Foundation’s illustrious Rising Star Chef Award, Bon Appetit named Mission Chinese Food the second-best new restaurant in America, and in 2012, The New York Times hailed the Lower East Side outpost as The Best New Restaurant in New York City.

  Ginger Scallion Tea Rice 

Wine Bottles – T-Shirts

Shaved Ice  - Ice Cream - Raspberry Coulis - Pop Rocks

 Mission Chinese Food
The decor in the main dinning room is a kitschy take, with all the trimmings, on classic Chinese restaurants; velvet banquettes, lazy Susan, “Chinese” sculptures, dragons with neon eyes and last but not least a fish tank.

  Mission Chinese Food
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

MASS MoCa: Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective

Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective
Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, through 2033, occupies nearly an acre of specially built interior walls that are installed—per LeWitt’s own specifications—over three stories of a historic mill building situated at the heart of MASS MoCA’s 19th-century, former factory campus.
Wall Drawing 1081 - Planes of Color – March 2003
Wall Drawing 1046 – Bars of Color - May 2002

Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective
Sol LeWitt is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, and is known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings. His experiments with the latter commenced in 1968 and were considered radical, in part because this new form of drawing was purposely temporal and often executed not just by LeWitt but also by other artists and students whom he invited to assist him in the installation of his works.
Wall Drawings 414 - 413
Drawing Series IV (A) - with color ink washes – March 1984

Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective
Each wall drawing begins as a set of instructions or a simple diagram to be followed in executing the work. As the exhibition makes clear, these straightforward instructions yield an astonishing—and stunningly beautiful—variety of work that is at once simple and highly complex, rigorous, and sensual. The drawings in the exhibition range from layers of straight lines meticulously drawn in black graphite pencil lead, to rows of delicately rendered wavy lines in colored pencil; from bold black-and-white geometric forms, to bright planes in acrylic paint arranged like the panels of a folding screen; from sensuous drawings created by dozens of layers of transparent washes, to a tangle of vibratory orange lines on a green wall, and much more. Forms may appear to be flat, to recede in space, or to project into the viewer’s space, while others meld to the structure of the wall itself, like gauze.
Wall Drawing 146A
All two-part combinations of arcs from corner and sides, and straight, not straight, and broken lines within a 36-inch (90cm) grid.
June 2000

Sol LeWitt – Structures
A new adjunct to MASS MoCA’s long-running Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing Retrospective; a concise selection of the artists’ three-dimensional sculptures. The works illustrate the generative potential for LeWitt’s serial approach.
Incomplete Open Cubes – 8/5 – 3/2 – 8/9
1974 –painted aluminum

Wall Drawing
343D (Rectangle) – 343E (Trapezoid) – 343F (Parallelogram)
On a black wall, nine geometric figures (including right triangle, cross X) in squares.  The backgrounds are filled in solid white.
December 1980

 Wall Drawings 880 - Loopy Doopy
(orange and green) – September 1998
Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective opened to the public, after nearly six months of intensive drafting and painting by a team comprising twenty-two senior and experienced assistants who worked with the artist over many years; thirty-three student interns from Yale University, Williams College, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and fourteen other colleges and universities; and thirteen local artists and recent graduates and postgraduates from many of the nation’s leading studio-art programs.

Wall Drawing 386
Stars with three, four, five, six, seven, eight and nine points, drawn with light tone India ink wash inside, an India ink wash outside, separated by a 6-inch (15cm) white band - January 1983.

Sol LeWitt - Structures
Negative Pyramid - 1997

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Monday, October 09, 2017

New York: THE MET – Sara Berman’s Closet

The American Wing
Sara Berman’s Closet
The meticulously organized, modest closet in which Sara Berman (1920–2004)—an immigrant who traveled from Belarus to Palestine to New York—kept her all-white apparel and accessories both contained her life and revealed it. Inspired by the beauty and meaning of Berman's closet, the artists Maira and Alex Kalman (who are also Berman's daughter and grandson) have recreated the closet and its contents as an art installation, which is on view until November 26 in The American Wing of the museum.

Sara Berman
In Rome – aged 74 - 1994

Sara Berman’s Closet
This exhibition represents Berman's life from 1982 to 2004, when she lived by herself in a small apartment in Greenwich Village. In her closet Berman lovingly organized her shoes, clothes, linens, beauty products, luggage, and other necessities. Although the clothing is of various tints—including cream, ivory, and ecru—it gives the impression of being all white.

  Sara Berman’s Closet

Sara Berman’s Closet
This closet, with Sara’s underthings, linens, clothing, shoes, bags, all lined up with military precision and loving care, represents the unending search – from the monumental to the mundane – for;

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Venice: Palazzo Ducale - The Al Thani Collection Treasures of the Mughals and of the Maharajas

Palazzo Ducale
The Al Thani Collection
Treasures of the Mughals and of the Maharajas
In the ethereal backdrop of the Doge’s Palace, the exhibition Treasures of the Mughals and of the Maharajas – The Al Thani Collection, until January 3, is an opportunity to admire nearly 300 pieces from the precious collection assembled by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, a member of the Qatari Royal Family. The exhibition is curated by Amin Jaffer and Gian Carlo Calza under the scientific direction of Gabriella Belli.
  Copyright - The Al Thani Collection – courtesy MUVE

India - 1575-1625 c.

Pearl, gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, glass, enamel, lac
H 6.6 cm, W 5.2 cm, D 3 cm
Dazzling gems, precious stones and jewels brimming with centuries of history and legend, together with historic and contemporary creations take us on a journey through five centuries of sheer beauty and remarkable craftsmanship charting the glorious tradition of Indian jewelry: from the descendants of Genghis Khan and Tamerlane to the great Maharajas, whose lavish jewelry commissions in the 20th century produced stunning and innovative works from the European jewelry houses.
Mariacristina Gribaudi, Mattia Berto and Francesca Pederoda

Copyright - The Al Thani Collection – courtesy MUVE

The Nawanagar Ruby Necklace
Cartier - 1937
Platinum, rubies, diamonds - H 20.5 cm, W 19.5 cm

  Copyright - The Al Thani Collection – courtesy MUVE

Rosewater Sprinkler
North India -1675–1725
Gold, rubies, emeralds, pearls
H 25.5 cm, diameter 10.3 cm Inscribed in Persian on the base: 64 tola 4 masha / 64 tola 2 masha
The Venice exhibition is an incredible journey into the universe of Indian jewelry from the 16th century to the present day. The route is marked by the milestones of this art, which has never ceased to amaze and fascinate Western minds, arousing their curiosity with images of jewel-bedecked royals and gods.

Cecilia Matteucci

  Copyright - The Al Thani Collection – courtesy MUVE


Gaetano and Albertina Marzotto

The Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace
India -1850–75
Gold, diamonds, emerald, enamel - H 26 cm, W 19.6 cm
In India, jewelry is about more than embellishment. Every gem has its own meaning that refers to a cosmic purpose, or invokes a favorable horoscope. In popular culture, particular forms of jewelry suggest the rank, caste, region of birth, marital status or wealth of the wearer. Precious metals and gemstones have also been used in the adornment of courtly rooms, as well as in ceremonial dresses, weapons and furnishings. 

Set of Cutlery
India or Sri Lanka - XVI-XVII centuries
Rock crystal, gold, rubies, sapphires

 Copyright - The Al Thani Collection – courtesy MUVE

The Shah Jahan Dagger
North India - Hilt 1620–25. Blade 1629–36
Hilt: jade. Blade: watered steel - H 29.7 cm, hilt H 11.1 cm, - head W 2.4 cm –
Inscribed in Persian: Second Lord of the Auspicious Conjunction 2 or 9

Alessandro and Alessandra Zoppi, Roberto de Feo, Cristiano Ragazzoni and Josefina Alzetta

India 1800-1850
Modern stringing – gold, diamonds, pearls, enamel

Turban Ornament
Hyderabad (?) – 1900 c.
Modern stringing – gold, emeralds, diamonds

Copyright - The Al Thani Collection – courtesy MUVE

Turban Ornament
India - c. 1900
Clip, Cartier, Paris, 2012
Gold, silver, emerald, diamonds, pearl H 11.7 cm, W 12.8 cm

Rosella and Marino Zorzi, Liliana and Cesare Rimini

Copyright - The Al Thani Collection – courtesy MUVE

The Arcot II
India – 1760 c.
Modified 1959 and 2011 - Diamond - Grade D - internally flawless H 2.6 cm, W 1.6 cm, D 0.6 cm weight 17.21 ct


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