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March 16, 2019

The B-Side at St. Ann's Warehouse - Dumbo

This week we saw The B-Side at St. Ann's Warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn.  Eric Berryman, actor, was inspired by a similar show of Shaker Spirituals, and the Director of that show for the Wooster Group directed this performance.  For one hour, Eric and two back-up singers, sang Negro Folklore Work Songs by Prisoners at the Texas State Penitentiary.  The record on which this was based was produced in 1964.  We really enjoyed it, and dinner at Cecconis was excellent.

 

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March 10, 2019

Flag Book for Samples of My Paste Paper

In 2013 I challenged myself to make a different book structure each month, and in March of that year made a Flag Book of my Paste Paper Samples.  While looking at the Facebook page today I saw another flag book with flags of paste paper.  So I'm reposting mine on my blog.
  
Flag books were introduced in the 1970s by Hedi Kyle and it is said to be the "most influential structure in the world of contemporary bookmaking."  I personally love to see the flags flutter into place as the book is opened and the spine is extended.
 
I took a one day Paste Paper class with Lynn Gall at the Center for Book Arts and decided to use pieces of my paste papers to make the flag book - covers, end papers, and flags.  Now I will have a book of samples to play with because I decided that I loved making paste papers for bookbinding!!
 
 
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March 1, 2019

Urban Sketchers Attend German Baroque Concert

NYC Urban Sketchers met at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for a Juilliard Historical Presentation.  I first learned about this free concert through Urban Sketchers and now attend the performances (2 per semester) whenever possible.  These free concerts are at the church and the Juilliard masters degree students play baroque music on wonderful instruments. 

The students come out in small groups, each group for one piece of music, so I needed to sketch quickly and combine musicians or instruments in one drawing. 

This violinist was the first musician I sketched, but details were added during other performances.

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I love the theorbo, which I learned about at my first concert with this group.  It is really big, and has two sets of strings.  According to my reading, it is a member of the lute family, and it is in many paintings from the time period.

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February 12, 2019

Cultural Friday Feb 8, 2019

My husband and I scheduled an afternoon and an evening performance at Lincoln Center and then needed to decide how to spend the hours between the events.  The Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle is a perfect place to browse and eat, making a trip back to our apartment less inviting.  Landmarc is big, and it has a large enough menu for any time of the day.  I sketched what I saw right in front of me and added paint at home.

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In the afternoon we saw a working rehearsal of the New York City Ballet.  It was fun to see the 3 principle ballerinas all in gowns, and their partners all in random class clothes.  This was obviously not only a rehearsal of "In the Night" set to a Chopin Nocturne.  The dress skirts had many, many layers and these dancers were getting used to their costumes as well.  This dancer came out to warm up for a few minutes when the lights were still on, and I tried to capture her arabesque from memory, because it was over in an instant.  In the evening we saw the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Barbara Hannigan, and she is the most physical conductor I've ever seen.  No sketches possible!

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February 8, 2019

Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

There is a large Andy Warhol Exhibit at the Whitney Museum.  This is one of several exhibits of his art in NYC that I've seen - at the Met, MoMA, Morgan, and now at the Whitney.  The MoMA and the Morgan introduced me to Warhol the Illustrator and I loved his drawings and book illustrations that were featured in their exhibit.  I never had any feelings for his screen prints - too commercial and mechanical for my tastes. 

After looking at the exhibit, and drawing, I joined a 4PM tour of the exhibit given by one of my friends, who led us, for an hour, from early Warhol, to late Warhol.  Below are two Sketchbook pages I created while walking around the exhibit. 

 

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Here are a few of the early pieces that I liked.  His ad for rhinoplasty led him to narrow his own nose. The Diana Vreeland shoe is one of his slipper series, in which he "designed" and made shoes and boots for a handful of celebrities.   I used gold gouache to paint the shoe, he used gold leaf! 

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Hearing about his life, and the reasons behind his artistic development, allowed me to better understand his work.  In addition, I'm taking an experimental screen printing class at FIT, and soon will understand some of his printing methods.  The exhibit will close at the end of March, and then travel to 2 other major museums in the US.  The website for the exhibit is huge.  https://www.whitney.org/Exhibitions/AndyWarhol