Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hope with Hopper

Nighthawks, still my favorite painting
I like this man and woman: deeply thinking
While the whole world around seems fading

Simon said "Finding your way by getting lost"
I am afraid everyone around looks like a ghost

Lately, I've been closing my eyes in the subway
Up, down, over, I can't breathe during the day
I wish I was on a beach far away

What happened to you Big Apple?
Please get rid of those useless people
 Move on, be simple and real
Hopefully I live in my bubble
Where my heart is open
But my mind is broken
I need some glue
Or maybe just a screw
Just let it go
Go with the flow

Let the magic happen
Maybe keep a weapon...

New York, mon amour
T'aimerais-je encore et toujours? 

Paintings such as Nighthawks (Art Institute of Chicago, 1942) convey a mood of loneliness and desolation by their emptiness or by the presence of anonymous, non-communicating figures. But of this picture Hopper said: `I didn't see it as particularly lonely... Unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city.' Deliberately so or not, in his still, reserved, and blandly handled paintings Hopper often exerts a powerful psychological impact. (http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/hopper/)

Dé Nimes ou D'Gênes

One thing we would often find in a tourist's suitcase back from the US, would be this:

 Yes, the brand has been created more than a century ago and despite les aléas de l'économie, is still pretty strong. But did you know its interesting story?

So Levi Strauss, a jew immigrant from Germany, comes to San Francisco in 1847 with a stock of blue kind of canvas sheets. He starts cutting them to make pants. Gold seekers start buying them because they like their strongness.

The tissue imported from Nîmes gives denim in English. Likewise, the word jean comes from Gênes, this italian harbor where the tissues are being imported from!

You know the rest of the story, a piece of it is probably in your closet...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Yayoi! You have until Sep 30, 2012

If you have the chance to be in NY this month, you should not miss this amazing exhibit of Yayoi Kusama’s paintings, drawings, sculptures, films and installation at the Whitney Museum.

Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the US in 1957 and quickly became an icon of the New York avant-garde scene.
Well known for her more than original exhibits and art happenings such as nude polka dots painted models in the subway to denounce how people should communicate instead of just commuting, Kusama will blow you out with her variety of ideas and art pieces. 

The Withney Museum is holding your hand for a little journey. Starting from her early drawings, already very powerful, you will fly through the depiction of a struggling life of a Japanese woman during and after World War 2, not to mention in a predominant world of male. On the way, you will realize how tremendous her work is. And the best part is, it never ends. I am telling you…

It is a really deep experience you will not regret.

+ if you are lucky enough to be able to go there on a Friday evening the entrance is pay what you wish starting from 6 pm.
+ + if you are really a fan of her art, take a ticket on line to the masterpiece Fireflies on the water described on the museum website as:

Yayoi Kusama’s depictions of seemingly endless space have been a central focus of her artistic career. Kusama’s Fireflies on the Water (2002)—with its carefully constructed environment of lights, mirrors, and water—is one of the outstanding examples of this kind of installation, which creates a space in which individual viewers are invited to transcend their sense of self.

 Who said accessing to Art in NYC is expensive?!

The Whitney Museum
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
General Information: (212) 570-3600

How to get here:
Subway: 6 Train to 77th Street
Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 to 74th Street

General admission: $18
Ages 19–25: $14
Ages 65 and over: $14
Full-time students: $14
Ages 18 and under: FREE
Members: FREE
Admission is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6–9 pm

Monday, September 3, 2012

Say Hi to Brooklyneur!

The last two months have flown I don't know how
New York, New York, I still love you
Not the same way I use to do
One thing is sure:
I am not leaving you
For now

No more burgers
No more fat stuffs
I hate you guys
I don't like the smell of nail spots anymore
I don't care about you hispters neither
I just want to be here, one among the others
Living my own dream
Keep crossing the path of some rare pearls
Making friend with the ones
Who are down to heart
With their head in the clouds

Just being myself
The one I am still discovering
Thanks to you New York
Or I should say thanks to you Brooklyn

And for those who want to follow the adventure
Come with me to the next step
New, fresh and French though

 & Never forget
Keep having fun
Keep being crazy
Every single day
Life is short
Don't worry...