Archives for the month of: January, 2016

Playing card, collage, acrylic paint.

A doodle while watching TV a few months ago.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

The morning was calm. I arrived quite early at my appointment but didn’t get much time to sketch. Things were moving quickly and my subjects or I were being called into one room or another before I could finish anything.

Shirley met me in the waiting room at 11 and we started our annual trek along Madison Avenue, uptown this time, from E 66th to 86th Streets, zig zagging right and left, up and down quirky creepy, tiny elevators or climbing gracious spiral staircases, stopping for lunch when we reached 75th. It was Master Drawings New York week, 29 galleries took part and we visited all but two or three of them. We saw drawings from the 17th century to the 20th century and were surprised quite a few times: a Joaquin Torres-Garcia sketch book, Sonia Delaunay gouache pieces, a Marsden Hartley watercolor still life, a Matisse/Picasso exhibit, Wayne Thiebaud, some German expressionist drawings and prints and the most wonderful surprise of all were the beautiful Richard Diebenkorn abstractions from 1949-1955.

By the time we reached the final gallery all we could hear were our feet screaming. I don’t know about Shirley but smoke was coming out of my shoes.

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iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

Maybe I sit across from Teri because she is easy to draw. Not so easy to get a good likeness but at least the “idea” of her.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

Drawings on paper napkin while in the break room at work.

Playing Cards; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; collaged drawing on paper napkin; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen; commercial alphabet stamps.

Saturday was the 50th Worldwide Sketchcrawl and it was also the Big Blizzard day so I didn’t venture out to sketch. Trapped inside. Once I confirmed that Rocco and Matt were coming on Sunday to shovel me out I relaxed and did my bit by recording a slice of my surroundings.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Procreate

Our last stop that day was not our planned one but all three of us declared exhaustion at the same time. Well, not until we did some sketching, of course. We were in 41 East 57th at DAG Modern. This large exhibition was “The Naked & The Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art”. It is a terrific show which we enjoyed thoroughly. Not sure we understand the distinction between nude and naked though.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: ArtRage

After lunch Teri headed downtown while the rest of us walked to Fifth Avenue, crossed the street and entered 730 Fifth Avenue. The first gallery space we entered was Hirschl and Adler where “Frank Walter: Lonely Bird” was being exhibited. He was an outsider artist, living for many years in a remote area on the island of Antigua, in a small cabin without electricity or running water.

On another floor at Forum was “Chaim Gross: On With The Show”, a gallery filled with 40 sculptures. I couldn’t resist this one.

While I was drawing, Benedicte and Shirley took off for another floor. I had no idea why but later when I followed I discovered “Sally Michel: Landscapes of Color and Texture”. Thirty of her paintings from the 1950’s were loaned to D. Wigmore Fine Arts for this exhibition. Michel was the wife of Milton Avery.

It was getting late but we had one more gallery visit planned.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: ArtRage

We stayed a long time on the 8th floor of 24 West 57th Street. Time passed easily and smoothly in that gallery but it was time to get moving.

Next stop was the 7th floor to check out a show that the internet told us was already closed. We are hopeful people and were rewarded for that. “Joaquin Torres-Garcia: One Man Show” was still on view at Gary Nader Art Center and is a nice addition to the current show at MOMA.

On the 4th floor at Marian Goodman we were thrilled to discover “William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance”, 2015, an 8 Channel HD video installation and “Notes Toward a Model Opera”, 2015, a 3 channel HD video installation in an adjacent gallery space. This was such a total surprise to us.

John Szoke, Works on Paper of Picasso and Munch, was located on the 3rd floor. Another magical gallery showing various states of Picasso etchings and other prints. By chance, we mentioned the Kentridge video installation to the man in this gallery and he told us to go out the door and walk all the way down the hallway where there was more Kentridge.

Off we went, past a poster announcing an exhibit. We arrived at locked doors with a 1/4″ gap that we were able to peek through. Tantalizing drawings on the wall. We started salivating. Shirley opened a door into an office and asked if we could go in. The door was unlocked and we had access to “William Kentridge: Drawings for Lulu” which closed in December but was still hung.
Ink drawings done on dictionary pages, in preparation for an opera, covered the walls. This was a Marian Goodman annex space.

Happy, smiling and way past lunchtime, we left the magical building and crossed 57th to have lunch in a place recommended by a woman in a shop where Shirley was killing time before we met up. The restaurant was long, very skinny and very crowded when we arrived but there was a booth for the four of us and an entertaining waiter, good food and a free sample of frozen yogurt at the end of the meal.

Also, Teri was not appalled at her portrait. “That’s Me!”, she said with a smile.

(The Kentridge installations are on You Tube but, of course, you miss the experience of being almost surrounded by the movement and the music and it is hard to see the wonderful charcoal scenery drawings that are in constant flux. Still it is worthwhile to watch. The drawings on dictionary pages can be googled and looked at in detail.)

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

I reached the warm comfort of the meeting place, 24 West 57th Street, a few minutes early and, while waiting in the building lobby, noticed the ads for other galleries flashing on some video screens. I made note of the gallery names, floors and shows. When Shirley arrived she confirmed my belief that one of the exhibitions had already closed but we decided that later on we would stop at that and the other floors and see what was what. At that point Benedicte arrived and Teri texted that she would be a bit late so we rode up to The Galerie St. Etienne on the 8th floor. The exhibition was “Paula Modersohn-Becker: Art and Life” and it enthralled us. I think we kinda took over the posh space – scattered around sketching – but everyone was very nice and we actually felt at “home”.

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Soon after this we left the 8th floor but not the building. Every floor held amazing surprises.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: ArtRage ( text done using Sketch Club)
Photographs by Shirley and me.