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Re: It may be 45 degrees but this is definitely the Winter Flickr!
« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2017, 07:56:34 AM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

I have enjoyed our Spring like weather this week but the weatherman tells me it’s back to winter tomorrow. And I’m not pleased that it will be raining for my ride back from the Jersey shore later this evening but I expect to have a nice day visiting friends.

This week I went to the Met to see their new exhibit, Seurat’s Circus Sideshow.  Although it revolved around the eponymous painting, the exhibit had only that and one other painting by Seurat along with 16 of his drawings. But the rest of the show was very eclectic. One of the most remarkable items was an enormous painting on five panels measuring 7 feet high by 20 feet wide by the artist Fernand Pelez, Grimaces et Misères. Les Saltimbanques

This is a link to the NY Times review of the exhibit which also has illustrations.  The Met website didn’t have illustrations of all the items so I found myself searching the web to find a number of them. Several were from the Met’s collection so I was able to get them from the website. The exhibit was in the Lehman wing downstairs and it filled the circular galleries on both sides of the gallery. These are some other items I liked.

This is the painting that gives the show its name, Seurat’s Circus Sideshow.

And this is his other painting, The Models, a smaller version of one that’s in the Barnes Museum.

When I said eclectic I meant it as I was very pleased to see a Japanese wood block print included - Kobayashi Kiyochika - Fireworks at Ikenohata

As well as a Rembrandt etching - Christ Presented to the People

Paul Signac, another pointillist represented by Place de Clichy. This is a small painting, very colorful and I like the way he has left the large open area at the bottom and put the action off to the sides.

Leon Dehesghues - Fete De Neuilly – I’m very disappointed that I can’t find a good reproduction of this painting as it was one of my favorites. It’s a very large painting so there’s so much that you can’t see in this tiny reproduction. It’s a large crowd in the audience and a group of players on the stage and the cigarette being lit by the performer is really striking as is the ember of the cigarette the man in the audience is smoking.

Picasso – Fairground Stall – Very early Picasso

Henri-Gabriel IBELS - Theatre program: Le Grappin and L'Affranchie, I like this as it is so reminiscent of Toulouse Lautrec.

Honoré Daumier - The Strong Man – An oil painting as opposed to the many drawings and etchings I’ve seen.

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Re: It may be 45 degrees but this is definitely the Winter Flickr!
« Reply #21 on: March 04, 2017, 04:49:53 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

It’s been a fairly schizophrenic week for weather as the weather gods have alternated between spring like weather and fall like weather. It was warm enough to walk around without a jacket one day and then cold enough to need the winter coat another day. I just got back from my final walk of the day and there is no doubt it is winter today, the temperature never rose much above 30 degrees and the winds have been blowing at 20 mph. Not a good day for long walks.

As I mentioned last week I drove down to the Jersey shore on Saturday for a visit with friends. About two thirds of the way down I lost the clutch on my car.  When I say I lost the clutch I mean that the clutch pedal went down to the floor and didn't come back up which prevented me from changing gears. I lifted the clutch manually and put the car in second gear, then started it up and pulled back onto the highway and was able to get into higher gear and proceed to my destination. The Parkway wasn’t a problem but the last 8 miles are through towns and that was certainly an adventure.

When it happened I pulled over to the side of the road, the car stalled and the Check Engine light came on. I sat there for a minute being forlorn and debating what to do. I figured I had two options, turn back or keep going. I decided to keep going for three reasons. I really wanted to visit with my friend, I didn’t want to come home with a cake and a tray of cookies and I wanted to find a garage to see if the car could be jury rigged to work better until I got home and could take it to my mechanic. I didn’t use my cellphone but I was glad I had it.

I managed to get to my destination and my friend and I walked over to a nearby garage that was unable to help me but who were very nice and called another one a mile away who agreed to look at it if I could drive it over. I was able to do so, albeit haltingly, and their mechanic checked it out and then took it for a ride. When he got back he told me that he just pumped the pedal up and down and it came back to life so we drove back to my friend’s house where we spent the afternoon together but agreed I should leave while there was still light. I left around 4:30 PM and got home without further problem just before it started to pour. I consider myself very lucky, just finding a garage that was open on a Saturday, especially after Noon, was remarkable.

On Tuesday I brought the car into my mechanic and was told that the rubber seals had hardened forcing air into the line causing the problem. He said it would cost $410 to replace the two cylinders and he wasn't sure either of them needed to be replaced. The only way to find out would be to disassemble everything and he didn't want me to spend the money as he felt the car would be fine now that the seals had softened again. I also consider myself lucky to have such an honest and reliable mechanic right in my neighborhood. So I'm going to continue driving it to see if the problem reoccurs. If it does I should be able to just pump the clutch pedal and be able to continue driving but if it does happen again I will spend the money to have the seals replaced.

I’m finally finished with my dentist, but not completely done with doctors. On my final visit my dentist pointed out that I had white spots on my tongue, something she noticed back in 2010 according to her records. I went to an oral surgeon then and he suggested monitoring it. Apparently they can come and go as she’s checked my tongue each time I’ve visited over the years so this time she suggested I revisit an oral surgeon which I did. The doctor said he didn’t think it was anything but the only way to be sure would be a biopsy so I agreed and he took the sample. I go back next Tuesday for the results and a follow up visit. But I’m annoyed at myself as when I made the appointment I was going to ask if the doctor accepted Medicare but didn’t as I wasn’t sure Medicare would cover it as they don’t cover dental. But I was very dismayed to discover when I arrived at the office that they had opted out of Medicare which means I can’t be reimbursed at all. It was a very large amount so you may imagine how annoyed I was. I see that in the future, no matter what it’s for, if I have to see a doctor I’ll have to find out beforehand if they accept Medicare. I was asked if taking the sample was painful and I said that was easy, the only pain was the large extraction from my wallet.

I walked up to the Frick Monday morning and was very surprised when I got there and was told it was closed. I guess I knew it wasn’t open on Mondays but I definitely forgot. And I have to laugh as I decided to walk up to 79th for the exercise and then walk back down to the Frick. So when I couldn’t get in, I had to walk back up to 81st to visit the Met. I saw a very nice exhibit of a rather obscure artist, Hercules Segers, a 17th Century Dutch etcher and painter, who was well regarded by his peers, Rembrandt collected his work. This is a rave review from the WSJ.

I enjoyed the exhibit but I commented in emails to friends that some of them were so small and obscured that they were hard for me to see owing to my poor vision. But the ones I could make out were very good, especially the larger landscapes and ruins. Unlike the Seurat exhibit which didn't illustrate most of it on the website, the Segers was fully represented with all the objects illustrated in addition to an informative video and a bunch of comparison graphics which showed the different stages of certain etchings. It was very nice to see the Rembrandt superimposed over the Segers so you could roll back and forth to see the changes.

Unlike the Seurat exhibit the Met showed all the illustrations on the website which you can see at this link,

This is another link that shows a few of the prints in detail and comparison. As I mentioned, this one shows how Rembrandt took the engraving plate for Tobias and the Angel, which he purchased, and altered it to become his etching, The Flight into Egypt. Rembrandt owned a number of Seger’s works. This is a link to the Overview page with the 3:50 video discussing the artist which I found interesting.

On Friday I went back to the Frick and finally got to see the JMW Turner exhibit, Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time. The Frick owns a number of Turner paintings and the exhibit is built around two of the them, Harbor of Dieppe of 1825 and Cologne, The Arrival of a Packet-Boat: Evening of 1826. These are complemented by three paintings from the Tate and one from a private collection. The paintings are, of course, brilliant but the stars of the show are two dozen of his watercolors which are really special. This is a link to the Overview webpage This is a link to all the objects in the exhibit, with the oil paintings listed first.

I especially enjoyed these watercolors.

Shields, on the River Tyne – A wonderful full moon shining down on men loading coal on the boat.

Dover Castle from the Sea, 1822 – There’s a lot going on here, the white cliffs of Dover, the boats in the sea with the churning waves and the backdrop of what appears to be a castle. It’s hard to see but if you enlarge the frame you can see the men in the boat off to the left are engaged in an animated discussion.

Scarborough – A lady in the foreground glancing back at her dog, I always enjoy seeing animals represented in paintings.

Definitely check out all of the items, enlarging each one as it’s a really special show with items from private collections which won’t often be exhibited. This is a link to a review of the exhibit from the Bergen Record which has illustrations,

A very worthy week for art.

And now some art of a different sort, let’s visit the Flickrs.

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Re: It may be 45 degrees but this is definitely the Winter Flickr!
« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2017, 05:29:20 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Well, weather wise this week looked pretty much like last week. Thursday was a beautiful day, warm enough for just the flannel shirt with the sun shining. Friday it snowed but it only stuck to the grass which was a bonus. Today it’s bitter cold and the forecast for Tuesday is for a major snowstorm; the weather site calls for a 100% chance of snow. I really don’t like those odds. I’ve been cheering myself up by telling myself that Spring is only nine days away, at least on the calendar. Hopefully in a few more weeks things will be more temperate on a regular basis. I knew daylight savings was coming but I wasn’t sure when so I Googled it this morning and was surprised to discover that it’s here. When I go to bed tonight I will move all the clocks forward. And for the first time in my life, the clock in my bedroom, which was my alarm clock for work, will not be set 20 minutes ahead. I’m going to keep it at the actual time, another nod to my retirement. I know this will confuse me for a while when I wake up and think it’s 20 minutes earlier than it is but I think I’ll be able to adjust.

On Thursday I gave a friend a day out. We went to the Montclair Museum to see their current exhibit, Matisse and American Art. We arrived at Noon when it opens and there were only two people aside from us waiting to go in. There were very few people visiting and one of the employees commented that it was unusually slow. Which was fine as we were able to wander through the galleries and get up close to the art. It was a lovely show that had eight of his later cut outs as well as several of his iconic paintings of odalisques and rooms.
Montclair is another venue that doesn’t illustrate their exhibits online but I found several of the paintings that both of us very much enjoyed. A wonderful painting of a woman at a piano with two children playing chess,  An odalisque, And Nude in Wood,  This is a video, just under three minutes, that interviews Gail Stavisky the Montclair curator who discusses the show.  In it she speaks about Mark Rothko, an abstract artist I’ve never been able to comprehend. She explains how Rothko was inspired by Matisse and draws parallels between one of his all red paintings with Matisse’s Red Room. This appeared in the main exhibit although there was also a complementary exhibit by other artists inspired by Matisse.

The museum has a large permanent collection of the American landscape painter George Inness which they display in the George Inness room. The last time I visited the museum was for a George Inness exhibit which I greatly enjoyed. It was a nice selection they had on display and we both very much enjoyed it. My favorite was Winter Moonlight as I’m a sucker for paintings that show the full moon brightly lighting up the sky as this one does. My friend thought them wonderful and I’ll take her to the New York Historical Society in the next few months as there is an exhibit of the Hudson River artists opening which I plan to attend.

I mentioned a Vermeer exhibit that’s coming to the National Gallery in Washington, DC in October, it’s currently running at the Louvre and when it closes it will come to the Gallery. There was an article in the NY Times the other day on the crowds that have been going to see it and how badly the Louvre has handled the situation. They hung the exhibit in their basement in galleries that can only hold 250 people at a time. Two percent of their guards went on strike to protest the colossal chaos that resulted. They’ve now changed visiting to timed admission which they say has reduced the wait time for visitors. It’s not a policy I particularly care for but if it makes it easier to navigate through the gallery I guess I would put up with it. I don’t believe this will be a problem when the National Gallery has the exhibit as they have large open spaces for special exhibitions. You can read the article here,

The results from my visit to the oral surgeon were negative, that is, the biopsy didn’t show anything to be concerned about. The doctor told me the medical term for the white spots but I forgot it almost immediately as it was five medical terms. Basically my tongue has hardened from age. It’s something I can certainly live with and I’m grateful it wasn’t anything serious. In the next few weeks I need to go back to my internist for another round of blood work to see if lowering the dosage of my statin has affected my cholesterol. I’m not really anxious to do this as I don’t want to start another routine of false positives and more procedures. I guess this is what we can expect when we age.

I think it must be time for the Flickrs now.

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Re: It may be 45 degrees but this is definitely the Winter Flickr!
« Reply #23 on: March 11, 2017, 08:02:14 PM »
Hey Andy, a pretty good post this week except the bit about the weather. Ours has been bad also and freezing temps. today with snow flurries. Made a quick trip to the store for tea, bread, coffee cream and the newspapers before coming home to hibernate again in front of the fire. Almost got knocked over by a quick exiting kid running from security. Not sure what he took but he was tackled by the guy and held by some other younger men while police were called. I think he took something from the Pharmacy but it was more than 15 minutes for Police to arrive and the station is five blocks away. Three cars and officers arrived and went inside while I finished up and they were still all there 20 minutes later when I passed coming from the local coffee shop. Anyway I liked the gallery visit but Matisse is not one of my favourites although I feel if I started painting again my art would look similar but not as good. As usual I enjoy the pics and the one of the Boy in a Dress is good and I am jealous of him. 

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Re: It may be 45 degrees but this is definitely the Winter Flickr!
« Reply #24 on: March 18, 2017, 04:45:31 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

While it wasn’t the blizzard they predicted, we got a fair amount of snow on Wednesday, probably 7-8 inches. The weather website had been predicting 8-12 inches so it wasn't that far off for my town and certain areas did get a lot, although it appears it was overblown in Manhattan. I got dressed to take my walk and went about a block when I realized it was a mistake to try. There were no cars or pedestrians, the snow was deep and the wind was blowing the snow sideways so I turned around and came back home. I rode the bicycle again for 40 minutes. I was a little surprised the Port Authority suspended all buses in and out of the City, they seem to be quicker to do that in recent times than years ago. On my way back to the house I did a good deed and let someone waiting at the bus stop know that no bus would be coming.

On Thursday I went out for my first walk of the day and it was not easy. Took me 90 minutes instead of an hour due to the frozen surface and my forgetting to wear my cleats, a very big mistake. A lot of sliding around and I fell once although I didn’t hurt myself. The wind kicking in and out certainly didn’t help.  It’s been very cold. For my second walk I wore the cleats and it was much easier to navigate although the wind was still blowing. My final walk of the day proved really annoying as both my cleats broke and when I arrived home I only had one shoe still wearing it. I ordered another pair which I hope will be more durable. Things are not made to last any more, the quality of so many items I buy is just very poor. I’m hoping I won’t need them again this season what with Spring being two days away, at least on the calendar. But I remember a massive snowstorm on March 30th one year so I will make no predictions. I do wish it would warm up but it looks like it’s going to be at least a few more days before it does. My hope is that it starts to really warm up by mid-week so the snow in my backyard melts enough for me to turn my car around. Not anxious to attempt backing out of my long driveway which has led to me damaging my car twice.

I walked up to the Guggenheim museum on Monday for their latest exhibit, Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim. I wasn’t expecting to go back so soon after my adventure with the Agnes Martin abstract art but this exhibit displays objects from their permanent collection, many of which haven’t been on display for some time. I found it enjoyable, especially the Impressionists who I love. It’s always wonderful to see Pissarro’s Hermitage which I mentioned last time.  I confess I start to lose interest with the cubist and abstract paintings but when they have geometric form and bright colors I can admire them, like many of the Kandinsky’s. There were a number of artists I was completely unfamiliar with which isn’t surprising as they were 20th Century abstract painters. There were four Penrod Centurion ink and watercolor compositions which were very nice, very colorful and geometrically interesting. He is certainly someone I had never heard of. Couldn’t bring it up on the website though. I’m surprised they don’t own a Rothko, at least there were none on display. It was so cold out that when I walked in my glasses fogged over and I couldn’t see the guard who wanted to wand me. The Impressionists were unsurprisingly the things I most enjoyed. Here are a few of the items I enjoyed.

Georges Seurat - Peasant with Hoe – I recently wrote about the Seurat exhibit at the Met and this is a beautiful pointillist painting of a man at work in a field

Vincent van Gogh - The Zouave – Vincent is one of my favorites and this is a pen and ink drawing of a French infantryman. The Guggenheim has many of Van Gogh’s letters which he illustrated and one of them was on display as well.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Woman with Parakeet -  Another favorite, this painting done in what the website describes as proto Impressionist is a realistic portrayal of one of his models, a woman who was also his companion for six years.

Edgar Degas - Dancers in Green and Yellow -  A colorful pastel painting of the dancers Degas was famous for.

Vasily Kandinsky - Composition 8 – The exhibit starts with a number of Kandinsky’s and there are a few others on the upper levels. To reiterate, these are abstract and not especially appealing to me but I can enjoy them for their size, color and geometric forms and shapes.

Modigliani - Yellow Sweater (aka Portrait of Jeanne Hebuterne) – One of Modigliani’s iconic portraits with a long neck; this one of his final lover.

And I’ll end with Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy, not because I like it but because it was a star of the exhibition, the last item on display at the very top of the spiral. The drip paintings are the most abstract paintings that I can imagine and they elude me even more than the single color paintings of Rothko and Martin. I have absolutely no sense of why this is considered such a great piece of art. Nothing in it calls out to me, I don’t see any form and certainly don’t find it pleasing to the eye, one of Duncan Phillips reasons for admiring a painting. But the critics clearly disagree with me.

I went to Christie’s for the Chinese auction preview on Monday and while it was 20th Century Chinese art some of the hanging scrolls were very beautiful, very much similar to the ancient ones I admire. It was fairly crowded which surprised me, especially in the room with treasures from the Fujita museum which were objects for the most part. But they also had samples up for other upcoming auctions. Very lovely Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam and Paul Signac. Also a portrait by Alexej Von Jawlensky, the artist currently on exhibit at the Neue, an exhibit I plan on attending assuming I don’t forget like the last one. But the interesting thing to me is that the portrait up for auction is from Greta Garbo’s collection. That must add a certain cachet for a collector I would think. Unfortunately I’m unable to find any of these images so we will have to wait for their actual auction previews in the next few months. Christie’s seems to be having a lot of website issues, if I was rich enough to be bidding on these items I would be extremely annoyed. I can’t show any links as they won’t open when clicked on which is frustrating. You’ll have to take my word about their beauty. I’ve written to Christie’s and advised them of the issue but haven’t heard back. I would think in their business they would be interested in hearing when their website isn’t functioning properly but you never know.

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