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At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« on: March 25, 2017, 05:20:19 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Another week of days alternating between mild and blustery. Today was a moderately spring like day with the weather website claiming a high of 60 degrees. If so it wasn’t a very sunny or warm 60 degrees and when I got back from my final walk of the day it was drizzling.

Earlier this week I took the Metro North up to Greenwich, Ct. for visit to the Bruce Museum. The Bruce is a little jewel of a museum tucked away on a high hill in Greenwich which I’ve written about before. I’m guessing I’ve been there about half a dozen times and it’s always a special event. Unless you drive you have to navigate the long, steep staircase which leaves you out of breath going up and puts you in danger of going head over heels going down. But it’s definitely worth the danger as The Bruce manages to get exhibits that you would expect at a larger venue. The attraction this time was Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master. Sisley was a landscape painter and his paintings are scattered around the world, the Met owns quite a few, and they are all colorful and beautiful. The exhibit was arranged by the Bruce in collaboration with Culturespaces, a subsidiary of Havas, the French media Company, http://www.culturespaces-entreprise.fr/en/innovative-vision/one-project-one-history-many-partners   They manage a number of museums including Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-en-Provence to which the exhibit will travel when it closes. Would that we had an organization like that in the United States. It’s a nice size exhibit with 50 of his paintings on display, covering his artistic life span, a number of them from private collections. He was very prolific and even with several hundred of his paintings being destroyed during World War 2 many remain.

Here are four links with illustrations from the exhibit, The Bruce website, https://brucemuseum.org/site/exhibitions_detail/alfred-sisley-1839-1899-impressionist-master  A very positive review from the NY Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/arts/design/alfred-sisley-the-unheralded-impressionist.html?_r=0 ,a blog review http://hamptonsarthub.com/2017/02/20/features-a-pure-impressionist-alfred-sisleys-evolution-traced-at-bruce-museum/ and finally Art History news with 19 illustrations from the catalog for the exhibit http://arthistorynewsreport.blogspot.com.ar/2017/02/alfred-sisley-1839-1899-impressionist.html

Let me also include this one as it’s from a private collection.
The Bridge at Moret at Sunset
https://www.wikiart.org/en/alfred-sisley/the-bridge-at-moret-at-sunset-1892

The Bruce doesn’t display their permanent collection on a regular basis so I was pleased there is an accompanying exhibit currently running, Canvas and Cast: Highlights from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection. Many of the items were from artists who lived and painted in the area and were associated with the Hudson river painters. Here are a few things I especially like.

Low Tide – Francis Augustus Silva – This is an article from 2014 that laments the fact that the Bruce doesn’t display their treasures more often.
http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Low-Tide-gets-a-chance-to-rise-5971131.php

Sunlight on Newbury Marshes - Martin Johnson Heade – This is an article from 2007 about the painting being promised to the museum
https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/martin-johnson-heade-marshland-painting-promised-to-bruce-museum-collection/  and this is a link to larger image
http://instami.com/m/BQ34yAHA79k  Several years ago I wrote about seeing a different magnificent Heade painting up for auction at Sotheby’s. http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2015/american-art-collection-a-alfred-taubman-n09432/lot.11.html

Apple Blossoms – Theodore Robinson – An article from the Times on a previous exhibit at the Bruce
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/nyregion/american-impressionists-finding-beauty-in-land-review.html

Admiring a Portfolio - James Jacques Joseph Tissot – A lovely pastel
http://www.arthistoryreference.com/t145/6466b.htm

Brittany Girl - Daniel Ridgway Knight – This painting just struck me as being warm and nostalgic.
http://www.newstimes.com/default/photo/Brittany-Girl-oil-on-canvas-by-Daniel-565718.php

So all in all it was really a splendid visit with lots of wonderful things to see.

I left the Bruce and walked back to the train station and as I walked through the doors of the station the left lens of my glasses popped out onto the floor. I picked it up and inserted it back in the frame when it fell out again. I then noticed that the screw was missing. Can you imagine me looking for this screw? It is microscopic and even if I was wearing glasses I would have had no chance of finding it. So I put the glasses away until I arrived home. I have an eyeglass repair kit which I got out. The screw is so tiny I couldn’t pick it up with my right hand as I have no fingernails. And I couldn’t get it into the slot with my left hand even using tweezers. So I took a long walk to an optician in a neighboring town where I learned the difference between suburban New Jersey and Manhattan. In the summer I had the same situation with the lens popping out. I was in Manhattan and walked into an optician on Lexington Avenue. They replaced it for $10. When the local optician handed me back my glasses I asked how much I owed them and the reply was, nothing, it’s just a screw. I will definitely go back when I need a new pair.

And after that economic anecdote let’s visit the Flickrs.

Andy G.

Cosplayer %40blissfulwonderlandcosplay during his duo cosplay with %40iambakasakura as sonico nurses

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredbaboo/33547298375/

Christmas girl

https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackietv/31242366714/

DSC08453

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mimo-momo/31472325900/

A sissy's work is never done!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/taniasissygirl/32679147722/

sissy debbie

https://www.flickr.com/photos/135809499%40N02/32590038581/

wedding dream

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rafiats/5763140935/

The Bride La Novia Mexico

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ilhuicamina/8558876723/

S.E.D.D

https://www.flickr.com/photos/52061358%40N07/32910504436/

Wedding Princess_07

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mika_ayukawa/32150712994/

Megan Wood bride

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Re: At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2017, 09:32:31 PM »
I could never understand the logic of males trimming their nails way down to the bare skin. It must be some phobia about nails being feminine or a cleanliness phobia. With really short nails, you can't pick up a dime, penny, small objects, parts, scratch your back or other itches properly. Years ago almost everybody had at least a little bit of nails for such tasks. Now days, all the guys got them trimmed ridiculously short... odd, because these days we have to deal with small or tiny objects much more than before.

You can't get the back off your portable devices, phone, radio, or remote to change the batteries, SIMS card, or memory card without nails. Come to think of it, you can't even pick up those cards without nails.

I don't think any of my pets would love me as much if I didn't have hands with at least some nails to give the a good back & side scratching. Boy, do they love that. When I scratch a pet's back, they usually close their eyes, & point their nose high in the air like they were in heaven. You can't do that without nails.

I remember a few times being careless & cutting my nails a bit too short. I couldn't do a lot my work or deal with anything tiny without them. My pets couldn't care less if I scratched their back, they'd just walk away after just a few seconds. The magic was gone without the nails.

Yep, just about any glasses store would replace those tiny screws for free -- unless you started coming in often needing them replaced. It's like the jewelry store will usually replace those tiny pins that hold the bands on your watch for free too. Most will even replace the watch battery for free -- as long as you pay for the batteries.

I had a screw fall out of a new pair of reading glasses. I couldn't find it. But I can't complain, I got 3 pair of them for only $7. So if one breaks, I can take the screw out of it for the other pair with the missing screw.


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Re: At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2017, 10:33:45 AM »
Hi Betty,

I haven't removed my nails by choice, I suffer from fingernail fungus and they've come off and won't grow back. For many years I've considered the cure but the medicine is liable to damage your liver and that's something I don't want to happen. Especially after the false positives I received on my last series of blood tests for hepatitis. Not having fingernails makes everything involving using my hand difficult.

Andy G.

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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2017, 07:37:35 PM »
Hey Betty & Andy,
my nails are always breaking due to side effects of the meds I take. They are brittle and even though I keep them longish they sometimes just break putting on socks or other clothes. Even though I like them long I need to be careful putting on tights as they will break and become jagged. I have tried different kinds of nail hardeners but they don't seem to work that well and are all shiny so I get strange looks and questions about if I go to Nail Salons for manicures.

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Re: At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2017, 09:11:36 PM »
I have found that if the screw comes loose once, it is likely to happen again.  So I can usually feel when the lens is a little bit loose when I am washing it and tighten the screw before it falls out.

If the screw keeps coming loose very frequently, they say you can put a drop of clear nail polish on it to help it bind.  You want something like nail polish rather than glue because the nail polish can easily be removed should you need to take the lens out (for example, for a new prescription in the same frame).

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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2017, 04:42:48 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Another week of nasty weather, still cool today although dry. But the forecast is for milder weather this week so hope springs eternal.

This week I visited The Japan Society at 333 East 47th Street, just west of the East River. I’ve been there several times now since I discovered that I enjoy Japanese art. The exhibits always have the wood block prints I’ve come to truly appreciate and this exhibit, A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints, is filled with them, more than 65 in total. In Edo Japan, when Japan was a closed society, all male adolescents were considered wakashu, or beautiful youths—a “third gender” occupying a distinct position in society, having sexual relations with both men and women. This is a section from the Times review below which discusses the art on display.

The art on display shows how many permutations were acceptable in Edo society: men or women in liaisons with the adolescent wakashu; female geisha dressing like wakashu and engaging in rough sex; male prostitutes cross-dressing as women; men impersonating women on the Kabuki stage, a tradition that lasts to this day; and even a male Kabuki actor impersonating a woman who pretends at one point to be a man.

This tolerance of sexuality ended ironically with the opening of Japan to the West which immediately imposed it’s Victorian morals on Japanese society.

This is a link to the Japan Society homepage. There are illustrations from the exhibit and short videos that animate some of the art. Be sure to enlarge the images and go to full screen for the videos. Also on the site is the audio tour for the exhibit, you can start with Stop 2 as Stop 1 is just boilerplate about what is and isn’t allowed in the galleries. http://www.japansociety.org/page/programs/gallery/a-third-gender

This is a link to the New York Times review of the exhibit with a number of illustrations. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/arts/design/when-japan-had-a-third-gender.html?_r=0   I especially enjoyed the triptych depicting Okuni, the founder of Kabuki. This is a link to a site that discusses her,  http://www.toshidama-japanese-prints.com/item_559/Kiyochika-Patterns-of-Flowers--Okuni.htm

This is another review from an art blog with many illustrations. https://artssummary.com/2017/03/08/a-third-gender-beautiful-youths-in-japanese-prints-at-japan-society-gallery-march-10-june-11-2017/  I liked Geese Descending on the Koto Bridges from Eight Fashionable Parlour Views particularly due to the small dog at the right of the image. The description of the print is, a wakashu attempts to steal a kiss from a young woman while she plays the koto, a large zither-like instrument and a puppy at the right turns toward something outside the picture space, alerting the couple that a person is approaching.

There are many beautiful things in this exhibit and I’m glad the reviews have so many illustrations to complement the site itself.

I also visited the Onassis Center this week. The exhibit, A World of Emotions Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD, was very enjoyable but I had a hard time finding the building. The address is 645 Fifth Avenue but the entrance is on 51st Street.  I walked up to 59th for the exercise, then walked back down to 51st street and turned right. I walked up and down and couldn’t find it and most of the buildings on that street have signs saying no entry. I went into 630 Fifth Avenue and the guard really couldn’t help me. I was ready to go home and thought, let me Google it. So I took out my phone and brought up Google but couldn’t get a signal which I’m not sure I understand as my Tracphone is ostensibly Internet ready. I closed the phone and walked back to Fifth Avenue. None of the buildings have numbers. Finally I realized I had walked down the West side of 51st instead of the East side and crossed over and found it. I was really chagrined when I got inside and realized I had been there before for that magnificent sculpture exhibit last May, “Gods and Mortals at Olympus.”

The exhibit displayed sculptures, statues and busts, and vase paintings along with other artifacts. There were very detailed information cards for each of the items and the paintings displayed scenes of Greek mythology, drawing from the Iliad and Odyssey as well as the Oresteian Trilogy. This is a link to the website where you can see a number of images which can be enlarged as well as several slide slows and a 90 second video. http://onassisusa.org/exhibitions/a-world-of-emotions  And this is a link to the NY Times review, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/arts/design/review-a-world-of-emotions-in-greek-art-unmasks-the-stony-faces.html

And now, on to the Flickrs.

Andy G.

before make-up and glitz hair , and after

https://www.flickr.com/photos/145401144@N06/33387513615/

485

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BERLIN_005579

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2017miranda2114

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School Makes Boys Take Ballet – check out Radical Feminists other pix

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Sissies Love Pink

https://www.flickr.com/photos/120517755@N06/21402130784/

pink sissy

https://www.flickr.com/photos/22704178@N07/9343950996/

DSCF1238

https://www.flickr.com/photos/susanrosybottom/7609248682/

Pnk Md (1)

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fifi fifette

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Re: At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2017, 06:01:25 PM »
Hi Andy,
well like you I have also developed a love for Japanese prints and I have also read about some of the artists as well like Hokusai and Katsushika Oi. It is my treat of the week to read your reviews of the galleries and exhibits and I am glad you now have more time to indulge your great love of Art. Oh and of course I love your pics too and love the ones of boys in dresses. Thanks again for adding some great content to Betty's wonderful site.

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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2017, 04:48:46 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

We got a fair amount of rain this week which was a nuisance but filled our reservoirs so I won’t complain too much especially in light of Betty’s having to deal with a Spring snowstorm. Mother Nature can be very temperamental.

My brother emailed me to point out a film about the literary Bronte family that appeared on Masterpiece Theater and ask if I would watch it. I’ve read their books and found them immensely enjoyable. When I saw its impending appearance in the newspaper I considered it but thought it was a series and didn’t think I would be able to keep up. When I found out it was a one and done two hour film I looked for it on the web, found it and watched it.  It was quite good. I put on the closed captioning as I had trouble following the dialogue both due to their accents and my hearing. I don’t think anything I’ve ever read about their brother Branwell painted him as feckless as this movie does. The family was brilliant with no doubt and their early deaths was a tragedy on many levels. This is a link to the film but it’s only up until later tomorrow night. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/episodes/to-walk-invisible-the-bronte-sisters/

When I mentioned my hearing my brother suggested I get an examination but I’m not ready for hearing aids yet. My problem is peripheral noise when I’m listening. He sent me a link to an online hearing test which I took and afterwards was given this diagnosis, your results suggest that you may have some difficulties hearing in noisy situations. Which is exactly what I was told when I had my hearing tested some years ago and it's something I'm very aware of. A friend with hearing difficulties always said, you have to look at me when you talk to me and for a number of years that is my request as well. And in my office, the fax machine and the air conditioning both made it more difficult for me to have a conversation on the telephone. I can still hear well enough and I’m not vain; when the time comes for hearing aids I will get a pair. This is a link to the test for anyone that wants to see how their hearing shapes up.  http://www.beltonehearingtest.com/us/

On Monday, after my dentist appointment, I walked over to Sotheby’s for their American art auction preview. This was a rather small show with no blockbusters and not the usual number of recognizable names. But there are always nice things to see in these collections.

I was surprised to come across a rather ugly Mary Cassatt portrait, YOUNG WOMAN WEARING A RUFF. This actually looks better on the screen than it does in person. I found it garish with none of Cassatt’s subtlety or warmth. This may have to do with the fact that it was an early painting, she was only 24 or 25 years old, or perhaps her model just wasn’t very attractive. In any event I find it very different from all the other works of hers I’ve come across.

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/american-art-n09633/lot.94.html

For something very nice I discovered a contemporary artist I had never heard of, Stephen Scott Young who was born in 1957. His portrait of a little girl named Wanda is really beautiful, warm and moving. It’s a watercolor with photographic like quality. I was really taken with it.

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/american-art-n09633/lot.139.html

There was a lovely pen sketch, head and shoulders, of the fashion photographer George Platt Lynes by Paul Cadmus which was very different from his usual erotic, gay oil paintings. A very simple, straightforward drawing with no adornment.

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/american-art-n09633/lot.101.html

There were four Norman Rockwell’s which actually consisted of two sets, each versions of each other. There was his portrait of Patricia Mernone in oil. According to the catalog description she was an American race car driver. Also on display was his pen and charcoal study for the painting which I liked more than the final portrait.

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/american-art-n09633/lot.118.html
http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/american-art-n09633/lot.119.html

The second set was FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, ALTERNATE IDEA (FIRST VERSION) which was fascinating as it was the first draft of what would become a painting and it was sent as a letter with comments all around the image in the middle and a request for comments and feedback. The second version wasmore filled in but still not finished.

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/american-art-n09633/lot.121.html
http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/american-art-n09633/lot.120.html

There was an interesting article in the NY Times the other day about a Rockwell painting stolen in 1976 that was recently returned to the owners. The owners descendants actually. In the early 1950’s the father of the descendants was playing pool at a friend’s house where the painting hung on the wall. He damaged it with the pool cue and had to buy it. Back then Rockwell wasn’t in the demand he is today and so it wasn’t considered valuable. The article explains how it was recovered and how this mistake was a very good turn for the family as the painting is now worth probably a million dollars. Here’s a link to the article.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/31/nyregion/norman-rockwell-stolen-painting.html?_r=0

Another artist I had never heard of was Charles Courtney Curran. I found his painting, A COMFORTABLE CORNER, a portrait of a woman in a white dress leisurely seated in a rocking chair, the back covered with a blanket or shawl, engrossed in reading what appears to be a newspaper, very appealing. Another example of Duncan Phillips advice to buy art that is pleasing to the eyes. I get the feeling this was a commissioned portrait of someone’s daughter which had a fond place in the family as it stayed with its original owners for more than 40 years.

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/american-art-n09633/lot.55.html

And, finally, this Landscape Study by Jasper Francis Cropsey, a small, rather detailed depiction of a wooded scene with water and clouds in the background. If you look closely you can see a boat or two and birds flying. I was surprised there weren’t more Hudson River painters in the collection.

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/american-art-n09633/lot.82.html

Let’s visit the Flickrs now.

Andy G.

1856120568

https://www.flickr.com/photos/driftwooduk/14941761774/

Alice on her knee's.x

https://www.flickr.com/photos/132265551%40N05/21025564215/

My pink and white sissy maids dress

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sissycindy/25013239689/

Alice through the looking glass

https://www.flickr.com/photos/36751344%40N02/29400676184/

progress collage with info

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sissy_qualia/33048380102/

Lucienne

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147483239%40N04/32581432720/

Zelda cosplay (oups Link ^^)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/105651494%40N07/32091802856/

IMG_20161208_214549

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Together

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kinkysarah/31111146114/

Mazza and Tracey the odd couple

https://www.flickr.com/photos/frillyknicks/25961633284/

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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2017, 04:40:13 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

No complaints on the weather front this week, mild Spring like weather which I am thoroughly enjoying.

It’s been a few weeks since I was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and this week I returned for a new exhibition, Peder Balke: Painter of Northern Light. He’s someone that’s completely unknown to me and to many people I would imagine.  He is a 19th Century Norwegian landscape painter; a review of a similar National Gallery show in London says he is pretty much forgotten outside of his native Norway. It’s a small exhibit of his work along with paintings by his contemporaries from the Met collection. Many of the loans are from the Hearn Family Trust and from an individual named Asbjorn Lunde.  Lunde is an elderly American lawyer with a great collection of northern European landscapes and he’s made gifts and loans to the NG in London, the Clark, and the Met.  The Met has a George A. Hearn Fund for purchases.  And the Hearn Family Trust partly paid for the acquisition of  Fernand Khnopff's “Hortensia” painting in the Impressionist gallery in 2015. The Trust has pretty much no web presence, there are no articles about them or discussions of who they are and how they operate. The hits you find all have to do with exhibitions where they have loaned art.  The trust descends from George A. Hearn, the founder of Hearn’s department stores which made him immensely wealthy. In the NY Times database I was able to find articles from the early years of the 20th Century describing art he had purchased and then finally his obituary and disposition of his wealth and art collection which went to his wife.  His wife’s obituary explained that she had left several paintings to the Brooklyn Museum, including a Gainsborough, while bequeathing her collection of lace and watches to the Metropolitan Museum. It then goes on to state the art collection, which had recently been appraised at almost $600,000, would be put up for auction at an unspecified date. The following year the auction was held and this article from March 2, 1918 shows the prices realized from 92 Old Master’s paintings, one of which was a Gainsborough Blue Boy although it was unsure if it was the original or a replica.  http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9803E4D6133BEE3ABC4A53DFB5668383609EDE It was purchased by the Hearn’s eldest daughter. If you look at the list you can see it was a very nice collection. As my Uncle used to say, whether you’re rich or poor, it’s nice to have money.

Many of Balke’s paintings are small, one is roughly 3”x4”, and were a little hard for me to take in. They pretty much all have the moon, the ocean and mountains in common with depictions of stormy seas, towering glaciers and threatening skies. They’re very striking.

This is the very small one, Northern Lights, which depicts the Aurora Borealis.
https://tinyurl.com/k2an5vk

This is Finnmark Landscape, showing two lonely trees on a barren plain
https://tinyurl.com/k4ov39k

This is Moonlit View of Stockholm, one of his larger pictures with much to see in it.
https://tinyurl.com/ma4sb8s

And this is Moonlit View of the River Elbe at Dresden by Johan Christian Dahl which has several of my favorite motifs, the shining moon hung amid the clouds and a little dog sitting next to the small figure in the foreground.  https://tinyurl.com/le5gggn

This is a link to the Met website overview http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/peder-balke and this is a link to all the items in the exhibit. http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/objects?exhibitionId=df4cfbc5-24af-45b5-98c8-333a38431614#!?offset=0&perPage=50 The exhibit only recently opened and I imagine there will be a review in the Times at some point.

Afterward I walked to the next gallery and saw a two painting exhibit, Caravaggio's Last Two Paintings. It consists of The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula, which is on exceptional loan from the Banca Intesa Sanpaolo in Naples and is presented with The Met's The Denial of Saint Peter. You can read about them at the Met website here which also has links to the images. http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/caravaggio These hang in the same room as several of the other Met Caravaggio’s.

And finally, I walked to the American wing where I saw City of Memory: William Chappel's Views of Early 19th-Century New York. You can read the overview and see the images from the exhibit here  http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2016/william-chappel These were painted in the 1870’s and depicted New York’s streets as they looked in the very early 19th Century. There is a map of New York streets from 1808 on which you can see the corresponding streets that the paintings show. He painted in detail, homes, streets and businesses as well as activities like the fire department cleaning it’s pumpers which you can see here. https://tinyurl.com/mavjhby Looking at the paintings you see how Manhattan transformed from a sparsely populated town with wide open spaces to the overcrowded Metropolis it is now. 

Leaving the museum I took the B train downtown so as to buy almonds at Trader Joe’s on 23rd Street. The train pulled out of 34th Street and much to my surprise the next stop was West 4th. There was no announcement about the downtown local making express stops so I’m baffled as to what happened. When I went to the website for alerts, there were none. Very odd but trying to figure out the way the subway system works, or doesn’t, isn’t worth the time spent. It was a weekday so I can’t even blame the weekend schedule which is when the MTA really has fun rearranging the schedules with no rhyme or reason. And often without notice.

When I don’t have a movie to watch in the morning I watch the old Jack Benny programs and the old game show, What’s My Line when Fred Allen was one of the panelists, along with Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf. The host was John Charles Daly. The mystery guest that week was the actor Herbert Marshall. Then I watched the pilot show of To Tell The Truth which was originally titled Nothing But The Truth. Mike Wallace was the emcee and the panel consisted of Polly Bergen, John Cameron Swayze, Hildy Parks and Dick Van Dyke. As it was the pilot there were no actual commercials, just a card saying commercial. Swayze came off like a prosecutor lashing out questions at a speedy clip. My lasting impression of him is the commercials he did for Timex watch, one in particular. The Timex motto was, takes a licking and keeps on ticking. He would subject a watch to all sorts of hazardous conditions and always the watch came through intact and running. Except once. He tied a Timex to an outboard motor and when he lifted the outboard motor up to show the Timex still ticking it was no longer attached to the motor. He didn’t miss a beat and said that wherever it was it was still ticking.  You can see it here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NHq3Yze6s0

All of the original To Tell The Truth shows are available at this link if you care to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL39ftvD_GHaHhv8Qm_truGRLp61iJNFOg

As a child I very much enjoyed the game shows, these two as well as I’ve Got A Secret and they’re fun to look at now to see how things were in the 50’s. People smoke on screen which is very different. And the celebrities who were quite well known at the time probably wouldn’t be recognized by most people today. Unless you’re and old fart like me.

And with that pejorative statement let’s wander over to this week’s Flickrs.

Andy G.

Short and to the point

https://www.flickr.com/photos/136031688%40N06/32977864145/

IMG_3511_pp

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mariab74/32508931385/

Do Sexy Women really feel good about themselves?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/julieb85/32776008626/

Take me home...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/alina_694/33250802981/

And for the evening ;)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/144050910%40N04/32946559182/

You've heard of Minnesota Fats?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kellyjames/32626594670/

IMG_3256

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kerrymay/32504281624/

My 2nd Wedding dress 20th Oct 2013

https://www.flickr.com/photos/102846236%40N06/12034478474/

VIS_7814

https://www.flickr.com/photos/48151556%40N04/4959519381/

DSC_0204

https://www.flickr.com/photos/37372058%40N07/31682448440/

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Re: At Last It’s The Spring Flickr!
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2017, 05:34:21 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

A cool week with rain yesterday and today and more predicted for Monday and Tuesday before things clear up and we get some warmer weather. It was dank when I was out earlier today but I managed to avoid the rain until I was getting off the bus to walk the block home.

I buy four newspapers every day and it’s an expensive habit. But I’ve been doing it since I was a child and as long as they’re published I have no doubt I will continue to buy them. I’ve avoided getting subscriptions because I knew there would be delivery issues and there would be days the newspaper didn’t arrive and I would be unable to locate one in my town by the time it was certain that it wasn’t going to arrive. But I finally decided to get home delivery of the Times when they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. They offered me 50% off the published rate. My cost will be $7.75 a week for the 7 day weekly subscription for one year. That’s $403 annually. It currently costs me $1,092 annually buying it at the 7-11 so I think it’s a pretty good deal. When the year is up they’ll want to double it and based on anecdotal evidence from friends, when I tell them to cancel it they will continue with the same rate. I will certainly negotiate with them.

I was not surprised when the first copy didn’t arrive the next day. I called and was told a replacement would be delivered between 10AM and 2PM. I figured that the odds were 50/50 that it actually would. And I would have been furious if it didn’t as it would more than likely be sold out at the 7-11 by then. When I returned from my walk after having this discussion with them there was a voice mail message from the Times asking me if I was happy with the service. I didn’t think I needed to call back.  The newspaper is supposed to arrive by 7AM. So when I came back from my walk this morning at 8:15AM and it hadn’t arrived I contacted them again. I spoke with a very longwinded representative who told me how serious they take problems like this but he also mentioned that on weekends the deadline is 8:30AM. He initially asked me to wait until 8:30 AM and call back and I explained that I was leaving the house and asked him to just put in the order for the replacement. When I commented that I hoped it would arrive and mentioned the likelihood of not being able to acquire a copy he made a new speech about how all the Starbucks carry the Times and how readily available it is. I interrupted him and pointed out that may be true in Manhattan but I am in suburbia and my options are the 7-11 and the Shop-Rite, with both of them getting about 5 copies a day. I hung up and left the house and saw that the paper had just been delivered. So I behaved responsibly and called them back to let them know a replacement copy wouldn’t be needed. And, of course, when I went out for my mail this afternoon the replacement copy was on my porch. My brother told me he would open up a new folder in his email to store my emails about delivery of the NY Times which both of us suspect will be voluminous.

I’m sure many board members are baffled by my wanting the print edition as opposed to the online but I am a tactile person and have enjoyed a 60 year love affair with newspapers which I read and collect. I want to do the crossword puzzle in ink in my comfy chair with the paper folded twice to make it easy to sit with. I know print is dying but I hope it continues to be a slow death.

This week I visited the Neue Galerie for the Alexei Jawlensky exhibit. He was a Russian expressionist painter active in Germany in the 19th and 20th Century. Someone I had never heard of before. I mentioned seeing one of his paintings that was owned by Greta Garbo at Sotheby’s recently.  It was an interesting exhibit, he painted in a number of different styles. Late in life he suffered from crippling arthritis and started painting rather small pictures.  Some of his paintings are very primitive, some reminded me of Van Gogh, some seemed to be a little pointillist. There was a self-portrait that I really liked and I see in the NY Times review below it is likened to Van Gogh. His paintings are very colorful so even the abstracts are pleasant. The Neue has moved around its permanent collection and the room downstairs with the famous Adele Bauer-Bloch painting now has several other full length portraits as well. The room next to it currently has a wall of Egon Schiele crayon drawings which I enjoyed, Schiele has a very distinctive style.

Here are some of the images I liked.

The Hunchback – I think there’s more than a passing resemblance to the actor Jim Carrey here.
https://www.wikiart.org/en/alexej-von-jawlensky/the-hunchback-1905

Helene at the age of 15 – Very ethereal, it’s clearer in person than on the web.
https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3773/13604075903_3507f21508_b.jpg

Portrait of Marie Castel – This is a painting with images on both sides, a nice landscape on the verso.
https://flintarts.org/art/objects/400
https://flintarts.org/art/objects/452
This is a larger image of Marie - https://www.posterlounge.co.uk/portrait-of-marie-castel-pr395382.html

Dark Blue Turban – There are a number of images that Jawlensky painted of women at this site. Dark Blue Turban is the third image.
https://bjws.blogspot.com/2015/08/portraits-of-women-alexej-von-jawlensky.html

Mystical Head – I see some Picasso in this one.
http://the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=69010

The Gardener – A different kind of bluebeard.
http://the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=60181

This is a link to the Neue website with an overview of the exhibit and several illustrations including the self-portrait which I liked. http://www.neuegalerie.org/content/alexei-jawlensky

This is the NY Times review I mention above, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/arts/design/from-alexei-jawlensky-abstract-faces-at-full-intensity.html?_r=0

And now let’s view the Flickrs.

Andy G.

#boyfriendE trying to see himself in the mirror at 6'10" with his #pleasershoes on. My sweet man in his pretty frock

https://www.flickr.com/photos/140971317@N03/33249776453/

Picture 649

https://www.flickr.com/photos/48779471@N04/11964201115/

160503_Jamie-78.05

https://www.flickr.com/photos/134551354@N03/26315428474/

Alice

https://www.flickr.com/photos/myu_hukase/30112373865/

#crossdresser

https://www.flickr.com/photos/yuuki/29512583403/

DSC04001

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mumu_js/21379400371/

Brocade Babe

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jessica-jane/33181407410/

watching and waiting....

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stefanied/33408404062/

3 to the power of 3

https://www.flickr.com/photos/soniav/31409298244/

Tutu

https://www.flickr.com/photos/136031688@N06/22801814308/


 

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