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/ This year’s Summer Flickr
« Last post by andyg0404 on Today at 06:58:02 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Summer at last! Seems like I’ve waited a very long time for Summer to arrive. And while the weather has been Summer like of late today is rather cool forcing me out of my shorts and short sleeve shirt back into my long sleeved shirt and long pants. But tomorrow promises to bring some warmth so I will refrain from complaining.

This week, after a number of postponements, I was finally able to give my friend a day out. We took the bus to the Newark Museum to see their current exhibition, THE ROCKIES & THE ALPS - Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains.

When we arrived at the museum I asked for one senior and one adult. The woman behind the counter asked me how old I was. I told her 67 and she processed our tickets. I can’t remember the last time I was asked how old I was but I can tell you it’s been years, but she didn’t ask for identification. I laughed because with my gray hair I was able to start requesting senior admission in my late 50’s and I never had anyone say to me, not so fast sonny.

It was a relatively small exhibition but it was filled with wonderful things, although there were far fewer Bierstadt’s than I expected. Alexandre Calame was a 19th Century Swiss landscape painter who is viewed as the leader of the Swiss alpine school of painting. His paintings complement Bierstadt’s in their subject and beauty. There were paintings from other Hudson river painters and there was supposed to be a Sargent but I went through the exhibit twice, very carefully, and I don’t believe it was on display. The museum  website doesn’t offer very many images so I was forced to search the web to find what I’ve listed below.

The first link is to a magazine that was on the Newark museum website and it’s well illustrated although the notes about which picture is which are a little confusing.  You’ll see paintings by Sanford Robinson Gifford, someone I’ve mentioned many times as being a favorite. They had one of his sketchbooks opened under glass to two pages but below it they had digitized the entire 100 pages and you could flip through that and enlarge the images as if you were turning the pages of the actual book. This was very cool. Another item was a Turner watercolor on loan from the Met which was a surprise.  The 19th and 20th Century American wing is closed for renovations but in a corridor on the first floor they had their Hopper, an O’Keeffe and a few others which I remembered and enjoyed seeing again. I always enjoy seeing a Hopper. You can see it here. Click on it to enlarge it as you should try with all images.

When we exited the exhibit we went up to the third floor for the Asian wing and saw some nice things. One in particular was Paradise Flycatcher Couple on Flowering Branch with rocks, a silk and gold slit small hanging tapestry. It was woven but you would have sworn it was painted. It was magnificently beautiful and also told a story about longevity through a rebus and puns. Unfortunately I could not find it on the web which is frustrating as I really wanted to include it here.

American Art Review – article on the exhibit.

Albert Bierstadt – Here are three typical Bierstadt landscapes, all very bright and majestic. The first showing what I take to be a clearing sky still showing storm clouds. Then majestic snowcapped mountains.  And finally, a brilliant depiction of an enormous waterfall.

Estes Park, Colorado morning

Western Landscape, Mount Whitney,_Mount_Whitney_by_Albert_Bierstadt.jpg

Cho-looke, the Yosemite Fall

Alexandre Calame –  First a rolling river in Berne, Switzerland and then a woman and her child enjoying a beautiful day of nature.

Berner Oberland

Souvenir of Lake Lucerne

Sanford Robinson Gifford – First a mountain pass showing people relaxing by the water, then the vast Wyoming prairie.

Stelvio Road

Valley of the Chugwater, Wyoming Territory

Frederic Edwin Church – First, as described on the Olana website devoted to Church, the ethereal apparition of a rainbow among granite peaks. Then, snow covered mountains reflected in the blue water.

Rainbow Near Berchtesgaden, Germany


This is a link to the Olana website I mention above with many more illustrations from Church.

John Ferguson Weir - Cadenabbia on Lake Como – Weir was a 19th/20th Century American painter, sculptor, writer, and educator, the brother of J. Alden Weir, an American Impressionist painter. I’ve heard of Alden but I was unfamiliar with John and was really taken by the beauty of this seascape. The mountains and the clouds alongside the quietly moving water with just a few boats sailing across it. Very tranquil and serene.

J.M.W. Turner - Fort of L'Essillon, Val de la Maurienne, France – The watercolor I spoke of above.

This is a link to a review of the exhibit with several illustrations that I was otherwise unable to find.

This is a link to the Hawthorne Gallery which loaned two works to Newark by artists I’m unfamiliar with but which I very much enjoyed.

A lovely exhibit well worth waiting for. The Newark museum is a little gem of a place with a marvelous permanent collection that I wish was able to attract more memorable exhibitions. I think it’s vastly underfunded and attendance is not great which is a shame. We were in the exhibition space for over an hour and we were the only visitors the entire time. This is wonderful from my point of view of being able to stroll through the gallery and linger in front of images for as long as I like but from an economic point of view it’s distressing for the museum. At any rate I look forward to going back at some point in the future.

After the museum we went out to a restaurant for dinner. It took my friend some time to decide on what she wanted to eat and the waitress came by several times before my friend came to a decision. She stated her choice and the waitress asked her if she wanted one or two and my friend looked at her with a bemused look on her face and said one. Then the waitress started to walk away without taking my order and I had to call her back. I’m not sure what exactly she was thinking but it’s another good illustration of how we become invisible as we age.

I subscribe to a daily email from Art Daily and every day they have articles and videos that interest me. This week they posted this 9 minute video of New York in 1911 from MOMA. It’s remarkably clear. Everybody is wearing a hat. More horse and carts than automobiles. The automobiles have a driver where we’re accustomed to having the passenger sit. The trolleys and the Elevated trains are up and running. For the most part everyone ignores the cameraman but occasionally you can see someone take notice.  I love old videos of New York City.

Last week I wrote about the Antonio Canova exhibit at the Frick and today I found this long article that offers more background on the statue of Washington and how it came about.

I also receive emails from Sotheby’s which are interesting, like this one on Henri Matisse.

21 Facts About Henri Matisse

Now let’s see what the first Summer Flickrs look like.

Andy G.

This sissy wont stop talking. You know what to do

stockings and a leather mini...


red lace dress

Another boy very happy wearng a pink dress.

Little girl

Remeber me

Super Sonico

Early Evening
/ Re: New Rosanne revival
« Last post by Betty on Yesterday at 08:29:47 AM »
ABC has started producing a series called, “The Conners,” a spinoff starring original cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman... without Roseanne. Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the spinoff.

“The Conners” is slated to debut this fall and take over the 8 p.m. Tuesday time period that “Roseanne” had been slated to occupy until the show was abruptly canceled. Additional cast members and a premiere date will be announced at a later date.

“The Conners” has been given a 10-episode order. It is not known how Barr’s character will be written off the show.

ABC insisted that the comic receive no financial benefit from a spinoff. Because Barr was credited as creator of the Roseanne Conner character around whom the original series was built, she was believed to be entitled to a stake in any spinoff — even one in which that character was not involved. Sources tell Variety that Werner appealed to Barr to step away from the spinoff in support of the crew members who would be put out of work by the cancellation of “Roseanne.”
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This week was another double header for me, I saw two exhibits,  mostly of sculptures. First I stopped at the Frick Museum for the current exhibition, Canova's George Washington. Antonio Canova was an 18th/19th Century Italian artist who in 1816 was recommended by Thomas Jefferson to create a full-length statue of George Washington to stand in the State House in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was his only American commission. It was unveiled to great acclaim in 1821, and people traveled from far and wide to see it. Tragically, only a decade later, a fire swept through the State House, reducing the statue to just a few charred fragments. The star of the exhibit is the full-sized preparatory plaster model Canova created prior to the final marble statue. It stands alone in the Frick’s Oval room and it’s a remarkable work. This is the first time it has ever left Italy. You can see it here. In the notes it explains that he’s seated rather than standing due to size constraints in the State House in Raleigh. In addition to this there are several smaller pieces as well as some sketches by Canova and a portrait of the artist painted by Thomas Lawrence. One of the articles below discusses the nude Washington, a sculpture of Washington wearing no clothes which Canova created to study the body anatomically, a practice common to sculptures even when the final piece would be clothed. You can see that here.

This is a link to the Frick website overview page for the exhibit. Off to the left are various links to pages discussing the artist and his works as well as displaying all 13 objects in the exhibit.

This is an article from the NY Times which discusses the exhibit and the woman who arranged it.

These are two articles from the Times that also discuss the exhibit.

There are also two exhibits running concurrently with the Frick’s, a photography exhibit at the Italian consulate and an exhibit of Canova’s paintings at the Italian Cultural Institute. I’m considering visiting the painting exhibit and will write about it if I do.

I thought this a marvelous little show, a once in a lifetime chance to see a great work of art away from its far away home.

Afterwards I walked over to the Met Breuer, the Metropolitan Museums annex, to see, Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now). This was also a predominantly sculptures exhibit that took over two floors of the museum. I found it rather schizophrenic insofar as most of what I viewed on the fourth floor was quite beautiful and intriguing while much of what was on the third floor I found rather grotesque. This short video from the Met is really a perfect introduction to the exhibit as it explains the impetus for it as well as showing many of the items in the exhibit.

This is a link to the Overview page for the exhibit and also off to the side are links to views of the exhibition galleries as well as selected objects in the exhibition.

These are some of the things I particularly enjoyed.

Many of the works are very life-like, such as two by Duane Hanson, an artist I’ve been familiar with for some time. He creates installations which depict people doing the things that people do, in work and at home. They are so life like that in exhibitions of his people often find themselves talking to the art thinking that it’s a real person rather than an inanimate being. There are two of his works in this exhibit.

Housepainter II – This opens the exhibit and is the first thing you see as you exit the elevator. This image from the web doesn’t convey the realism but in the Times article below there’s an enlarged illustration of the Housepainter in which you can see how real it looks.

Housewife – In this enlarged illustration you can get a better sense of the realistic portrayal of the woman.

Self-Portrait with Sculpture - John De Andrea – De Andrea, like Hanson is a 20th Century American artist. Hanson passed away in 1996 but De Andrea is still alive and working. This was my favorite piece in the exhibit. The realism is astounding. You can see De Andrea’s intense gaze at his creation which is likened to Pygmalion’s fascination with his sculpture Galatea. You fully expect the artist to get up and leave his chair when he rouses himself from his daze. Truly remarkable. The second link enlarges the image.

Bacchus - Domenico Poggini – Poggini was a 16th Century Italian sculptor. This is his full size marble statue of the God Bacchus.

Bust of Niccolò da Uzzano - Donatello – Donatello was a 15th Century Italian Renaissance sculptor. This is from the essay on the website, “Many believe that the likeness is based on a death mask... This method was considered a way of transferring and preserving the essence of the real human being. But the sense of his spirit here may have more to do with Donatello’s extraordinary ability to sculpt in color. The dynamism of the figure’s pose and folded drapery, the animation of his expression, and the realistic coloring bring him back to life, fleetingly and permanently.”

The Whistlers - Tip Toland – Toland is another American born in 1950. In the second link an article discusses this piece as well as 11 others as being the 6 Most Provocative Pairings in the exhibit. It’s paired with Portrait of a Monk by Angelo Piò, something I wanted to include but couldn’t find on the web. Another pairing of interest to the board is The Experiment by Elmgreen & Dragset and Sarah with Blue Dress by Juan Muñoz. Experiment shows a young boy in skin-tight briefs staring into a mirror, trying on a woman’s high heels and lipstick.

Pygmalion and Galatea - Jean-Léon Gérôme – This was one of the few paintings in the exhibit and explores Ovid’s tale from the Metamorphoses which I mentioned above in the notes of the De Andrea installation.

The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer - Edgar Degas – Degas’ iconic little dancer was originally made of wax and fully clothed. After his death bronze castings were made of which this is one. This is from Wikipedia, “The sculpture is two-thirds life size and was originally sculpted in wax, a somewhat unusual choice of medium for the time. It is dressed in a real bodice, tutu and ballet slippers and has a wig of real hair. All but a hair ribbon and the tutu are covered in wax. The 28 bronze repetitions that appear in museums and galleries around the world today were cast after Degas' death. The tutus worn by the bronzes vary from museum to museum.”

This is a review of the exhibit from the New York Times with many illustrations.

This is a review from The New Yorker also with a number of illustrations.

This is a review from The Art Newspaper which touches on the grotesqueness of the exhibit that I found a little off-putting.

A very enjoyable show, much different from the usual art I report on.

Now for some pictures at the Flickrs.

Andy G.

Do boys make better girls ..... than girls ... From an unhappy boy to a good girl (214)



New Outfit





sissy maid 2

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/ Re: Skirts not shorts
« Last post by Robyn Jodie on June 12, 2018, 01:51:58 PM »
I have been watching this, and As far as I know, no school in the UK or elsewhere requires boys to wear skirts. It's rather that approved Summer wear is either long pants or skirts, no shorts; and in the interest of gender neutrality, if a boy wishes to wear a skirt he may [but is not required to] do so.
/ Videos
« Last post by andyg0404 on June 11, 2018, 05:48:53 PM »

Boy transform in pretty girl for college project

Luis Felipe Girl for a Day

Alfredo - Girl for a Day

Bernardo - Girl for a Day

Boy to Girl Transformation EVIE

And this too

5 Male Idols In Disguised As A Beautiful Woman

Andy G.
/ Skirts not shorts
« Last post by andyg0404 on June 11, 2018, 04:15:41 PM »

Came across this in Flickr and had to check to see if it was legitimate. First I found the Mirror article but then I found the article below it which debunks it.

School allows boys to wear skirts but NOT shorts during hot weather in move towards 'gender-neutral' uniform policy

Andy G.
/ Re: Male ballerina
« Last post by Betty on June 10, 2018, 10:22:05 AM »
Pretty fella.
/ Re: Boy forced to be a girl (Gallery)
« Last post by babymac on June 10, 2018, 05:27:08 AM »
This is them 10 years later.
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This week turned out not to be the total washout predicted and today is a beautiful, warm day. Let’s hope this is a trend.

Harkening back to the auctions Sotheby’s sent me an email about this painting in their London Old Master’s auction. I thought it was very much in the style of Van Dyck, particularly the hands. I know Van Dyck was an influence and my brother said that Lely followed Van Dyck as the pre-eminent portrait painter of his time.

A Magnificent Double Portrait by Sir Peter Lely

And here’s Christie’s being taken to task for not doing its due diligence on Nazi looted art.

Did Christie’s Do Its Homework? Buyer of Nazi-Tainted Work Says No

I went back to the Met this week to see Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence. It’s filled with Impressionist artist’s paintings of parks and flowers as well as some portraits. The bulk of the exhibit is drawn from the Met’s collection but there were also a number of things from private collections. Apparently there are issues with reproducing images on the website of items in the exhibit that are from private collections. Consequently I had to search the web to find them. Starting with the second item, the Courbet and continuing to the sixth item, Monet’s Water Lilies, all five are from private collections.

Attributed to Charles Williams or George Cruikshank - Imperial Botany – or a Peep at Josephine's Collection of Engilsh Exoticks, vide the Champion Jany 30, 1814 – This is an elaborate political cartoon showing Empress Josephine in her garden with notable figures represented as potted plants. “Wellington (on right) and Prince Regent (as Royal Sun-Flower) grew strong, while Napoleon (Crown Imperial) is a droopy weed.”

Gustave Courbet - Bouquet of Flowers – One of many still lifes in the exhibit of flowers bursting in color.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot - In the Woods at Ville d'Avray – Woods rather than garden but still three women enjoying a pleasant day communing with nature.

Monet - Adolphe Monet in the Garden of Le Coteau at Sainte-Adresse – This is owned by Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle, and has been on display at the Met for a long time.

Gustave Caillebotte - LE PARC MONCEAU

Claud Monet – Water Lilies 1905 – I’m guessing this version is the painting from Sotheby’s auction. Monet painted so many Water Lilies paintings that’s it difficult to be sure, I found two that were painted in 1905 and I’m relying on my memory to choose this one.

Claude Monet - Garden at Sainte-Adresse – This is a companion to the Larry Ellison painting above again showing Adolphe Monet relaxing in a chair in the garden.

Edgar Degas - A Woman Seated beside a Vase of Flowers (Madame Paul Valpinçon?) – Besides being very beautiful I included this painting as it hung on the wall of our apartment in the Bronx when I was a child. My brother purchased a print for my Mother.

Claude Monet - Bouquet of Sunflowers

Van Gogh – Sunflowers – Very different sunflowers than the ones Monet painted.

Auguste Renoir - Bouquet of Chrysanthemums – Vivid, bright colors very representative of Renoir’s palette.

Claude Monet – Chrysanthemums – More subdued colors which Monet favored.

This is a link to the Overview page.

This is a link to objects in the exhibit although not all of them. For whatever reason there are only 114 images of the 150 items in the exhibit.

This is a link to videos concerning the exhibit. The one I recommend is the short clip of Monet painting in his garden. As it starts you can see the Japanese bridge he made famous in the paintings.

This is a link to an article in Forbes of all places with multiple illustrations from the exhibit.

This is a link to an installation view of the exhibit

All very beautiful making for a pleasant outing.

Now let’s visit the Flickrs.

Andy G.

"Womanless Beauty" Contest, April 1982 34

LBD '93

The legendary Richard Scheafer

Can I help you gentlemen?

Cheerleader '93


Girls night in watching movies and drinking girly cocktails <3

Two boys dressed up for gender reversal day at school.

Birmingham Belles April 2018

/ Male ballerina
« Last post by andyg0404 on June 09, 2018, 04:38:29 PM »

I think we've all fantasized about boy ballerinas and in today's NY Times there's an article on a young man who actually is a ballerina.

He Wants to Be a Ballerina. He Has Taken the First Steps.

Andy G.
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