NYC – A Mid-Town Art Gallery and Pedestrian Walk you may have missed

Recently, I was making my way down 6th Avenue from Central Park.  I decided to go towards 5th Avenue on 57th Street.  I have been on this street many times and it’s where I first discovered  6 1/2Avenue. Today, I found another pedestrian way that is open and full of surprises. Just a block away at west 40. It simply brings pedestrians from one street to another.

 

It is fully covered, yet door-less and brightly lit with welcoming, whimsical, sculptures lining the walls by the likes of Tom Otterness, Fernando Botero, Manolo Valdes, Jacques Lipchitz to name just a few.

Today sculptures by Tom Otterness formed a very inviting path.

(Everyone I know loves Tom Otterness’ “Life Underground,” the Fraggle Rock Doozer-like small bronze characters inhabiting the 8th Avenue L train station.)

The pedestrian walk is part of the Marlborough Gallery, located at 40 w57th.

Note: This location is on the edge of Midtown but is a short walk from Columbus Circle, Carnegie Hall and MOMA (Lower floor galley is free).  Also, from Lincoln Center, you can walk down Broadway and pass near here and 6 ½ Avenue. You could then continue towards Rockefeller Center.

Previous Blog – 6 1/2 Avenue

 

NYC – Bonhams – an auction house close to 5th Avenue

Over the years of writing this blog, I have uncovered many interesting items and pieces of art at Sotheby’s Auction House. I realize that I often visit Southeby’s as it is closer to my apartment. I have done this to the neglect of other excellent auction house but starting with today’s blog will attempt to broaden my horizons.

Several people have asked me if there were any places nearer the tourist areas (5th Avenue). They opined that when coming into the city for only a day, the location of Sotheby’s was too far to get to

Note: Visiting these auctions is a good way to look at expensive articles that not usually available to us outside of a museum. And the viewing if free!  Don’t be intimidated by security in dark suits, just walk in the door and ask if any galleries are open… simple as that!

Here are two that are right in the thick of the tourist area. If you have others, let me know and I will plan a visit to them.

Christie’s   20 Rockefeller Plaza, West Entrance is located at 49th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. 

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 5:00pm
we are often open for weekend views, although the hours vary by sale. For specific viewing hours and other business matters, please contact Client Services at +1 212 636 2000

Bonhams – 580 Madison Ave (corner of 57th Street)

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm 
Preview days: 12.00pm – 5.00pm (please check as they are subject to change)

Modern Art

NYC – Contemporary Art – free to look at.

Contemporary art at auction

Several times a year I try to share some of the art work you find in NYC auction houses. Today, I visited Sotheby’s to look at auction items for sale on March 1. The subject of this auction is contemporary Art.

Many of these will most likely put into private hands and rarely seen again public.

 

SMILING GIRL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANDY WARHOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arturo Di Modica WALL ST. CHARGING BULL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Kruger “UNTITLED”

 

Yoshitomo Nara WHITE PUPPY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEHINDE WILEY EASTER REALNESS #7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Brown UNITED CORPORATIONS OF AMERICA OR WHO WILL TAKE MARATHON WHEN MOBIL GETS THE BOMB?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Rosa
THE SOUND IS MUSIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vik Muniz
STANDARD STATION (NIGHT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAMES HOPKINS GOOFY AND THE GANG

Note: I noticed that the minimum bid at this auction was between 40k and 60k

 

 

 

 

NYC – NYC Water Towers -ART – update 2018

Updated 2018

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This Land Is Your Land by Ivan Navarro

New York City’s water towers are iconic, and a hundred of them are covered in artwork created by Jeff Koons, Maya Lin, and other artists. They are meant to raise awareness of global water problems and encourage New Yorkers to drink their tap water.

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What are those wooden water tanks?

When I first started visiting the city I noticed that the City’s skyline is dotted with wooden water towers. My first thought was to mistake them for vanishing relics of a bygone era. Maybe like seltzer bottles and street gas lamps.

But what I didn’t realize is the towers are hardly antiques — in fact, most drink and bathe from the water stored in them every day. We think they are old because they look as though they are. While many are more than 30 years old, even new ones look old because they are made of wood that isn’t painted or chemically treated (so as not to taint drinking water).

Though the technology has become more efficient, the concept of gravity delivering water from a wood tank hasn’t changed in decades. The average wood tank holds 10,000 gallons of water and costs around $30,000.

Only three companies build the ones you see on the NYC rooftops, and to get an idea of how much in use they are, Rosenwach Tank Company (which has been in business for over 100 years) builds approximately 300 new tanks a year.

This system may be “old” but it sure is reliable. About 15,000 buildings still use this system today.

How it works:

– A water tower is a simple device that uses gravity to provide water pressure.

– They provide water for domestic uses and fire supply.

– Most structures taller than six stories need some sort of water tower and pump system of their own.

– Water is fed to buildings through pipes in the basement.

– Electric pumps push the water from the basement to roof.

– From the roof, gravity sends water to pipes throughout the building.

– As tenants use the water, the level in the tank goes down and, just like in a toilet, a ballcock lets more in.

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NYC – Library Walk – a good place to look down – updated

Library Walk

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A little History

Walking down 41st street towards the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public library, pedestrians can get a sample of the literary treasures that await them before even entering the building. The two blocks between Park and 5th Avenue, dubbed Library Way in 2003 by legislation signed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, are lined with 32 intricately designed bronze plaques emblazoned with quotes from literary giants like Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, William Butler Yeats, and Ernest Hemingway. The quotations were selected in 1996 by a distinguished panel of literary experts and librarians who chose excerpts from some of literature’s most prominent works that best represented the importance and impact of literature. The best time to walk is on the weekend.

 

My Story

Walking in NYC can be fun and often leads you to find something different and new. Many of us are busy looking up, at our urban mountains but as I walked towards the library from Park Avenue (actually, I was at Grand Central) , I decided to forego 42nd street and walk along  41st street..

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The best time to walk is on the weekend.

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Also, it may be the only street where you don’t mind people stopping and partially blocking the sidewalk.

 

This Blog was updated May 17, 2018

 

 

 

Here are a few  photos.

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NYC – POP ART (Madison Ave) Chairs – Bonham’s Auction House (57th/5th ave)

The School of Visual Arts (SVA), unveils a public art installation

Storefront window displays are not the only glass-enclosed structures turning heads on Madison Avenue this spring.

The School of Visual Arts (SVA), unveiled a public art installation consisting of 16 original chairs that represent each artist’s inspiration to create. These “Chairs that Inspire” can be found in eight-foot tall, Lucite-enclosed displays scattered along the sidewalks on Madison Avenue between East 57 and East 86 Streets until May 18.

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For many of the student artists, being featured on Madison Avenue is a dream come true. For close to a month, the students’ work will be on display on one of the busiest avenues in New York.

Bonham’s Auction House (57th/5th ave)

I have added this short piece to the above store because many people do not know that Bonham’s can be a free museum. They have very high quality work and the location (57th and 5th Avenue (SW corner) is where most people travel down 5th Avenue – may be worth a visit!

Note: Often not open on weekends.

NYC – Street Art

Outdoor Art in Manhattan

Now that the warmer season is upon us the city begins, almost weekly, presenting us with interesting things for us to see. I happened to be on Broadway on the upper west side and noticed a new sculpture being placed in a plaza. Later I read a few press reports and decided to share the information on my blog.

Some of the material comes form an article written by Barbara Hoffman in the NYPost. I have both edited and added material to the story. I drove by each piece of sculpture and added  a photo or two.

 

A guide to the craziest new outdoor art in NYC  by Barbara Hoffman

“It’s amazing what you’ll see in the city streets  — rhinos in the East Village; Snoopy and friends in Hudson Square, and half-men, half-forest creatures roaming Broadway.

After an endless winter, sculptures and murals are springing up all over. And although the mediums are different, their messages seem largely the same: Can’t we all just get along — and, while we’re at it, save the Earth? At least, that’s what the artists’ statements suggest. You may look at their work and discover something entirely different.

So get out there with your cellphones and cameras. At the very least, you’ll class up your Instagram”.

Along Broadway there are several pocket parks at various intersections Six interesting sculptures were placed with the parks with 64th and 157th Streets.Kathy Ruttenberg, an upstate New York artist who combines human, animal and plant forms created them that portray characters from a fairytale-like dream and aims to brighten the day of passersby.

Here is a brief look at some of the art.  I refer you to the lead photograph for the location and Title.

Also, get a load of the peanuts gallery downtown

However these murals are in a somewhat removed part of Manhattan – Hudson Square.

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They will be up beginning g on May around Hudson Square, where larger-than-life murals of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang are being installed for an art show designed to bring communities together.

.Happiness is a warm pop-up — for the next three months in this Lower Manhattan neighborhood.