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

Saturday, February 14, 2015

SCRATCHbread

Pecan sticky bun, SCRATCHbread

So, tomorrow's supposed to be the coldest day in two decades. No matter. Thanks to multiple trips to SCRATCHbread, in Bed-Stuy, we've got enough carbs to last us through spring. Easy. 

Chocolate orange scone, SCRATCHbread
  

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Reinier Gerritsen's The Last Book at Julie Saul Gallery

Reinier Gerritsen, The Last Book

Reading on the subway is an art form: it takes great skill and training to hold a book and turn the pages with the same hand while using your other hand to grip the pole and/or subtly push the idiot next to you who can't be bothered to take off his backpack full of bricks. Reinier Gerritsen's show The Last Book, at the Julie Saul Gallery through February 7th, celebrates these underground Abramovics. His photographs, combinations of multiple rapid exposures that bring everyone in the frame into focus, celebrate the diversity of the city's readers and show the still-astonishing ability of the printed word to make the outside world fall away. 

  

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