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08.16.2019 (33 Days Ago)

Fridays With Fred

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Basquiat
Basquiat
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Last Sunday we ventured into the city for our annual visit to the beautiful Guggenheim (see picture).

Summer in the city weekends present less hustle, bustle and traffic as we left early.  We zoomed into the city in about a half hour and quickly found a street spot before entering Wright’s beautiful creative edifice.  Who could resist a flurry of photos?

We walked up the art festooned ramps, viewing Maplethorpe, Nevelelson, Agnes Martin, Rauschenberg and Bacon amongst other artists as we climbed to the very top where there was a line to see the one time common street artist’s paean to fellow black artist Michael Stewart. My only complaint was there was not enough of Basquiat's work and the air conditioning was too cold.

All in all a great way to spend a half day in our amazing city!


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  •  Benjamin_Geizhals wrote 33 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Great time to go to a great museum.
     
       
     
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  •  ShelleySimpson wrote 33 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I too love summer in the City when we exchange one group of people for another. Each appreciates NYC in a different way and both add to the vibrancy of this wonder-filled City.
     
       
     
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  •  Paul_Napolitano wrote 33 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I have reduced my non-job related ventures into Manhattan down to two or three times a year. I go in with Victoria for a few shows and dinners a year and that is it. There are things that only the City can offer, but I am a country boy at heart and want to be in the woods, fields and the fresh air.

    We went in for dinner and to see To Kill a Mockingbird the other night. Great show and dinner, but I got pulled over making a right turn where I didn’t see a sign. Big $ ticket and then we were running late. Took a rickshaw to restaurant because there were no cabs and it was too crowded. $63 to go 10 blocks. I pronounced “If I never come into the City again I will not miss it“.
     
       
     
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  •  Judy_Mauer wrote 33 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I think there are Basquiat pictures around town. I believe there was a Basquiat show recently- it may still be on
     
       
     
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  •  Tessa_Marquis wrote 33 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    It is so interesting to see formerly-reviled artists on display with lines to get in. I saw an article recently that said Mapplethorpe is now passe, since his work is no longer controversial. I was actually shocked by the terminology. When he first began to show his photos we just thought of them as beautiful, not "controversial".

    And Francis Bacon! People thought his paintings were too "violent". Good! It is very difficult to put violence and true emotion onto a canvas. But really they were just gorgeous.
     
       
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 33 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I miss my ventures into NYC for it's culture and art. Need make more effort and plan it out before I end up down south with little to none of what the city has to offer. But as Paul indicted above, I am no fan of getting in, out and through the city.
     
       
     
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  •  Odey_Raviv wrote 33 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Summer in city certainly easier!
    Guggenheim show was great.
    Do check out Leonard Cohen at the Jewish Museum, 5th Ave and 92 st.
    13 artists do their take on LC and his music and art.
    It's only on till Sept. 8.
    A must for Leonard fans.
     
       
     
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  •  NeilHollander wrote 33 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    My favorite memories of “ Summer in the City “ were long 72 hour layovers from Friday morning til Monday morning midtown . I flew Night cargo on the 707 freighters with three stops between SFO and JFK . Kansas City, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh. BUT then it was Katy Bar The Door. All expenses paid vacation in the Apple . Twice a month . I walked everywhere . Little Italy . Katz’s . Central Park . The 4 train to 161st and River Ave . Nathan’s . Petrossian’s caviar bar . Carnegie Deli at 3 AM . Rosie O’Grady’s til closing . Sleeping at the Peninsula. Getting up and heading to Russ and Daughters for my bagel and lox fix . Knowing full well I was back on the ranch by Monday night . Perfect storm . Best of both .

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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 33 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    We're taking off next Thursday to do summer in the city. Fingers crossed.
     
       
     
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  •  Corey_Bearak wrote 32 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    Shelly often comes with me to Manhattan when I have late morning, midday or afternoon meetings; she'll check out museums and sometimes stores. We saw John Fogerty at Radio City last night. Seaport for Squeeze next weekend. Going to Paul's point a great dearth of outdoor shows of interest (or in some rare cases where we were free to attend.) We have found we have enjoy the deck more (and of course several outing to Citifield.)
     
       
     
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  •  MitchTobol wrote 32 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Love the Guggenheim :-)
     
       
     
     
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