Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I just got back from New York and it's looking run down. I think it’s taken this long for the accumulative affects of 9/11 to show. The roads are in ill repair and the subways are looking rather sad. Aside from that, I am impressed with the Met. Particularly the Egyptian/Greco-Roman exhibition. The Met really knows how to show iniquities. I had seen many of the same statues at the crowded British museum in 2005 and I’ve got to say the Met made it all look better and grander. The Richard Serra sculpture at MoMA was amazing. It was like walking through metal canyons. At times I felt uncomfortable and unsafe next to the heavy, teetering slats of steel and felt emotionally altered in each twist and turn. My favorite was the life-size (about 40’ high), metal, sculptured trees in Madison Square Park by artist Roxy Paine. You know the old saying, “only God can make a tree”… well not anymore. My buddy Bruce was snapping away with his camera so I got lazy about taking my own. I will get some pics from him soon. I’ll end this post with my opinion and I hope not to offend…I left NYC with the feeling that the museums there are working hard to rehash and reconfigure the glorious art of it’s past, but they do very little for what’s happening now. I believe the "art center" has moved to more fertile ground…perhaps London, Tokyo, Miami and maybe West Coast. But it’s not in NYC anymore. Upon returning, I felt extremely optimistic about living and working here in Florida.


Byron said...

Did you make it to Chelsea?
http://chelseaartgalleries.com/ That's where all the new art is.

Williamsburg, brooklyn even.

Check out www.ps1.org.

Definitely wouldn't say anything like that about New York art until checking out those spots.

Just my take on it.

The MET is amazing though that's for sure.

I personally like what's coming out of San Fran more myself.

Byron said...

does sound like a great trip though.

thanks so much for the scoop.

madeleine said...


I must agree with you. For the longest time I felt like NYC was where I would want to be...if I could hack it. Now when I visit, it is with the ability to go and see and enjoy all the things that are great about it, but with a wider awareness of what is happening around me. And unless I was to magically become (because that's the only way it could happen) one of the elite few who could afford a weekend rental in the Hamptons (then again I hate the Hamptons), NYC isn't looking as golden as it once did, while converesely I am able to accept what Jacksonville has to offer more graciously.

As to the movement away from the art center of the world...that's a tough one to call, especially in the summer when the city smells like a stew of pee, armpits, and cumin...I might pose the arguement that the sheer volume of museums there will keep it in the top ten, say, of art cities in the world. But yes, lately when I've been there I do sense a feeling of malaise.

And as a side note, if you like antiquities, check out the Egyptian collection at the Brooklyn musuem, which is one of my favs.

SharlaTV said...

I actually stayed in the lower east end off rivington and went through chelsea, soho etc... I looked for and didn't find the new contemporary art museum because its new location was under construction. 4 days is definately not enough time to see even an onion slice of whats happening but I go to ny every two years.

SharlaTV said...

thanks madeleine... I did notice some funky smells in the city which explains the hotel discount. I too have an appreciation for Jacksonville and feel newly inspired.

Byron said...

Hi Sharla,

I'm in love with New York. Always have been. It's a love hate deal though. I lived there five years and it changed my life.

I look at things like a New Yorker does now. Or at least I think so.

It is the center of the world not just the art world if you ask me.

Regardless of if you like the art work coming out of there or not.

Of course how could anyone say for certain.

I feel any artist should live there for a bit.

Just my take on things.

Glad you got to Chelsea. It hasn't impressed me lately. I go each year for a visit up there to see family.


Mark Creegan said...

Hey Sharla! Did ya drive up there nonstop? :)

Good ta see ya round these parts!

madeleine said...

Sharla, I saw this on Salon today and thought of your comment. Apparently your eyes are quite sharp:

[NYC's] rapidly decaying infrastructure has been ignored during the conservative era in favor of free-market religion and the wonder-working powers of tax cuts.

Wednesday, in New York, a pipe installed in 1924 finally gave way and ended up killing someone. Imagine that. They built things to last in those days, but it is doubtful that anyone ever dreamed that those pipes would have to last for nearly a century.

SharlaTV said...

Hi Mark! No I didn't drive as in the past --whew! I flew nonstop on jetblue and found a great deal on a hotel (july's the mo for good deals). I've been keeping tabs on your latest work. I will always think of you as a brilliant painter because of the day we walked into the studio at ju and saw a huge amazing painting you were working on. Dave Lauderdale and anna and I were in awe. Then the next day..it was gone. you had overworked it, gone too far. but that painting is still there. In my memory. Hope you are doing well. I joined this group when I saw your name on the list or participants. looking forward to a group show/happening. I'm ready to go.

SharlaTV said...

Wow Madeleine! Thats really scary. What is this Salon you speak of?

madeleine said...

salon.com., it's a site/online magazine I visit daily...they've got great columnists and really smart reporting. I bet you'll bookmark it too.