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« Last post by andyg0404 on May 19, 2018, 07:48:46 PM »



Andy G.
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

What a dreadful day! I went into the City this morning for the American preview at Christie’s which I’ll write about next week after I visit Sotheby’s for their version.  it was 50 degrees and raining. And for such a miserable day the City was remarkably crowded. It’s been an equally dreadful week as far the weather goes, rain and cold pretty much every day. I’m thinking that instead of going from Winter to Spring we’ve instead turned around and gone back into Fall. If it’s suddenly 90 degrees next week and we’re in Summer I won’t complain.

I did a doubleheader one morning this week, walking up to the Cavalier Gallery on 57th Street and then on to the Met.

The Gallery exhibit was Realism: Then and now, and in it were contemporary paintings as well as 19th Century works. It was very pleasant. I’ve written many times about how I don’t care for contemporary art but it’s really abstract contemporary art that doesn’t appeal to me. I find realism in painting from any era enjoyable. I like artists who try to paint like their predecessors. Andrew Wyeth is a contemporary artist that I’ve come to appreciate and he and his son Jamie are both represented in this exhibit. A number of years ago there was an article in the New Yorker by Adam Gopnik in which he wrote about his attempt to learn to draw. If you care to read it here’s the link, He takes a class with an artist named Jacob Collins who” supervised an “atelier” in midtown, called the Grand Central Academy of Art.” He’s only mentioned by his full name once, at the beginning of the article. Towards the end of the article Gopnik mentioned that Collins had a current exhibit at the Adelson Gallery which I subsequently went to and enjoyed so I was pleased when I saw that one of his paintings is in this show. There were a couple of Sargent’s that didn’t really impress me but some works by the trompe l’oeil artist, William Harnett which I always enjoy. Here are some of the things I liked.

Jacob Collins, Yellow House on Thompson's Point at Twilight, 2012 – This is representational of Collins’ work, a moody seascape that would have fit in nicely with the Hudson River painters or the Dutch masters like Ruysdael.

Frank Corso, Warm Summer Skies – A pleasing landscape with wonderful clouds.

William O. Ewing, Gone Fishing, 2014 – A trompe l’oeil by a current artist.

William M. Harnett, Tabletop with Still Life and Fruit and Wine, 1876 – And one from the 19th Century

Frederick Brosen, Piazza delle Cinque Scole, 2015 – I think this might be my favorite image in the exhibit, a watercolor which is almost photo like.

Glen Hansen, Ellis Island, 2017 – Another painting, this one oil, that also has very photogenic qualities to it.

Thomas Kegler, August Dawn, Job 19:25, 2017 – Another seascape in the which the big moon was what caught my eye.

Daniel Ridgway Knight, The News, 1886 – Another of the “then” artists, lovely rural scene.

John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Frances Abington (after Sir Joshua Reynolds), 1900 ca – This is the Sargent portrait which actually looks better on the web than it did hanging in the gallery.

Andrew Wyeth, House on Stone's Point, 1977 – I always enjoy Wyeth’s farm houses.

Aside from Collins I’m completely unfamiliar with the other contemporary artists noted above but I’m glad some artists continue to paint in the realism tradition. And I’m glad I was able to take this show in. This is a link to the Gallery website where you can do a slide show of the exhibit as well as see other works by the artists.

Afterwards I walked uptown to the Met to visit an exhibit that just opened, Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici. I was surprised at how extensive it was as there were only 33 images on the website and it didn’t say selected images. It turns out there are 110 paintings in the show, room after room, many of them enormous wall size paintings. It’s an odd shaped gallery, it didn’t lend itself to my usual method of continuing in one direction and then working my way back. I wrote to my brother that there were some interesting things in it, too much devotional art for my taste but some nice portraits and views. He wrote back saying he didn’t care for it and I admit it’s not a show that I especially enjoyed. If I was bringing a friend to the museum there are many other exhibits I would show them before this one. I’ll just list a few of the things that struck me.

View of the Plaza Mayor of Mexico (Vista de la Plaza Mayor de México) - Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz – I like this as I see something of the Venetian influence, something a Canaletto or Guardi might paint.

Self-Portrait (Autorretrato) - Juan Rodríguez Juárez – A striking self-portrait of the artist looking directly at we, the viewers, or, as it says on the website, at a mirror.

Portrait of Doña Juana María Romero (Retrato de doña Juana María Romero) - Ignacio María Barreda – A full length portrait of a lady of a type Goya painted but not quite up to his quality. You can see Goya’s Duchess of Alba below.

While there were some other nice things, most of the other paintings on the web are religious in nature and not art that I go out of my way to view. It’s a major exhibit for the Met, I will be curious to see if it proves a crowd pleaser, it certainly wasn’t crowded the morning I visited.

This is a link to the available objects on the website.

This is a link to the Met press release.

There aren’t any reviews yet but this is a review from the LA Times which is where the exhibit appeared prior to traveling to New York.

And this is a web notice of the exhibit with a few illustrations, one of which is of an enormous screen which I thought worthwhile.

I forgot to check the subways before I left so I actually turned on my cellphone, brought up Google and checked subway advisories to make sure the 79th Street station was open which it was. It’s the first time I’ve used the cellphone for something other than texting NJ transit to see when the next bus into the City was due. I was pleased it worked.

And now, on to the Flickrs.

Andy G.


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/ Re: Boy forced to be a girl (Gallery)
« Last post by Betty on May 17, 2018, 03:57:28 PM »
With over 22,000 hits, & as our most "shared", reposted, & linked to gallery on pinterest, facebook, twitter, instagram & other sites, we won't be removing the gallery soon.

However, it isn't the gallery with the most hits. That would be this one with over 51,000 hits.
/ Re: Boy forced to be a girl (Gallery)
« Last post by Betty on May 16, 2018, 10:29:26 PM »
No ghosts, demons, mothers, or children were harmed in the making of this film.
/ Re: Alexandra Billings
« Last post by Betty on May 16, 2018, 01:07:35 AM »
Thanks. That's one I might save & enhance for for of trans TV shows section.
/ Alexandra Billings
« Last post by andyg0404 on May 15, 2018, 10:59:18 PM »
/ Re: Boy forced to be a girl (Gallery)
« Last post by babymac on May 14, 2018, 10:49:20 PM »
Abuse like this does happen in the real world and the tragic part that he becomes a monster from it.
/ Re: Boy forced to be a girl (Gallery)
« Last post by Betty on May 14, 2018, 10:46:41 PM »
There is no victim, it's a fiction movie. The boy was a willing hired actor. Writers made up the story.
/ Re: Boy forced to be a girl (Gallery)
« Last post by babymac on May 14, 2018, 10:32:58 PM »
But the boy is a victim it is not right.
/ Re: Boy forced to be a girl (Gallery)
« Last post by Betty on May 13, 2018, 04:03:51 PM »
It's a fiction horror movie, it's not real, it didn't really happen. It a fantasy played by actors, with a very pretty dress.
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