Monday, August 03, 2015

Faile at the Brooklyn Museum

Faile, Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn-based duo Faile frequently dances on the line between street art and gallery art, and their new show at the Brooklyn Museum joyfully collapses the high and the low: a ruined temple is adorned with pulp fiction-y carvings, sculptures meet skateboards, and an entire gallery is turned into a blacklight arcade. Also: foosball. 

Faile, Brooklyn Museum

Faile, Brooklyn Museum

Faile, Brooklyn Museum

Faile, Brooklyn Museum

Faile, Brooklyn Museum

Faile, Brooklyn Museum

Faile, Brooklyn Museum

Faile Bast Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, Brooklyn Museum

Faile Bast Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, Brooklyn Museum

Faile Bast Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, Brooklyn Museum

Faile Bast Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, Brooklyn Museum

Faile, Brooklyn Museum

Faile, Brooklyn Museum

Faile Bast Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, Brooklyn Museum



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Flights to Egypt

The Sphinx, Giza, Egypt

Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus), Giza, Egypt

Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), Giza, Egypt

Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), Giza, Egypt

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Red Pyramid, Dashur, Egypt

Bent Pyramid, Dashur, Egypt

Mohammed Ali Mosque (the Alabaster Mosque), Cairo, Egypt

Karnak (Precinct of Amun), Luxor, Egypt

Colossi of Memnon (Amenhotep III), Luxor, Egypt

Luxor Temple, Luxor, Egypt

Luxor Temple, Luxor, Egypt

Karnak (Precinct of Amun), Luxor, Egypt

Karnak (Precinct of Amun), Luxor, Egypt

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt

Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt

Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt

Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt

Abu Simbel, Egypt

Abu Simbel, Egypt

Abu Simbel, Egypt


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Kelso

Arroz con pollo de la casa, Kelso

One of the uncountable number of sub-freezing weekends this winter was made a little warmer for us by a visit to Kelso, a friendly, low-key Caribbean restaurant in Crown Heights. A plate of frituras, a heaping pile of arroz con pollo, and a serving of zesty camarones calipso took away, even if only for an hour, to a place where layers were unheard of and scarves purely decorative. 

Camarones calipso, Kelso

Frituras, Kelso

Monday, February 23, 2015

Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural at the Met

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Imagine how inspiring your meetings would be if they were held in a conference room covered in colorful scenes depicting American history. Painted in 1930-31 to decorate a boardroom at the New School, the ten panels by Thomas Hart Benton currently on view at the Met show the United States through the 1920s, from the labor that fueled the nation to the advent of the railroad to the rise of the flapper and Wall Street big wig.

It's a marvel, of spatial relations, of murals, of being simultaneously critical and patriotic. We thought of a very different work of art as we strolled about the room, the poem "America," written by Allen Ginsberg several decades later: "America I've given you all and now I'm nothing . . . America after all it is you and I who are perfect not the next world. / Your machinery is too much for me. / You made me want to be a saint. / There must be some other way to settle this argument." 

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

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