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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

MOMA NYC day 4

So the next day we hit up MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) and we were welcomed by this woman who was jamming the hell out of her piano all whilst navigating it through the large open space...oh yeah by being inside of it......performance art.

Can't remember this artists name, oh well...I loved the subdued color and theangular lines.

The cool thing about MOMA is that in and of itself is a beautiful work of art, great views from inside of the museum.

Awesome lines in these staircases

-part of athe architecture exhibit which were small scaled models of amazing buildings from all over the world.

This large bridge was made of steel wool.

Lichensteins hand painted dot pattern is amazing ...i can do it in seconds using illustrator though. haha , No for real , not taking anything away from this amazing pop artists, I love the subject matter and postures of the characters.

Starry Night, this is the second time I had seen most of these pieces, as most of them toured through the Art Museum of Houston a few years ago, but yeah..there it is in all its swirly glory.

Rene Magritte...the father of surrealism. This painting used to intrigue me the most probably of any painting in my old art history books, maybe it is because you have to put yourself in a time where most serious painters never painted out of the box or purely from and perhaps for the subconscious. This is an amazing piece to see in person.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Metropolitan Museum of Art

So day 3 of NY landed us in museum land. We visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art which graciously displays 5000 years of art..and well we had to check it out. heres what we saw.

The entrance to the museum welcomes you into the ancient Egyptian art and it was pretty overwhelming. We probably spent a good 3-4 hours checking the museum out, but 3 or 4 hours could have easily been spent just checking out all of the awe inspiring Egyptian art. This enormous sphinx was a pleasure to see...

as was the Mickey Mouse ride we ran across in Brooklyn earlier that was clearly inspired by it.

Inside view out from the Met.

This was an ornate ceiling of an aristocrat from somehere or another. Big balling is nothing new.

I believe these pieces were from the medieval times..could be wrong, going to this museum, actually reminded me of how much art history I've forgotten. The cool thing about this book was the embelisshments and writing using gold leaf or something near it.

This gruesome yet awesome rosary caught our eye also, it was carved from ivory and features small sculptures on half skeleton/half human face throughout it. The detail was amazing, yet creepy.

This is definitely the headpiece I'd step out with when going to battle.

Reminded me of Frazetta's Death Dealer. The armor and arms section of the museum was sweeeet.

I loved the attention to detail in the stitching of this.

As we blazed through the museum, seeing probably only about a quarter of what it had to offer, we came across the modern art section on our way out and was pretty pumped to see these pieces.

Amazing painting of a waterfall, by an artist I cant remember...this was a huge canvas with very realistic painted landscapes, but the backstory was that the painter created this for friends of his that died of AIDS, and within this painting are some names and other inscriptions written within the painting that are disguised when you see it from afar, but when up close you can readily read what the artists had in mind. real cool.

Salvador Dali's CRUCIFIXION has always been one of my favorite art pieces , and it was amazing to see in person. I've long been a huge fan of Dali's work, but have always seemed somewhat cheated when seeing his smaller pieces in person, but this large work more than made up for my past thoughts. The detail was insane, and it was surreal...for lack of a better word to see the paint strokes that created this powerful image. The top image is a detailed shot of the painting. the woman in the painting is actually Dali's wife, Gala, who was often seen in various paintings by the artist.

Picasso's "Dying Bull" - This is the period when Pablo was painting multiple angles in one painting for am old school 3D effect of sorts...anyways-it was cool, and I cant wait to go back one day and see the remainder of the museum.

Brooklyn, Lower East Side street art and boutiques -day 2

So day 2 started with a trip to check out some shops on the Lower East Side heres some flicks from the walk to the subway into the city.

This large mural was painted in the parking lot of a school. This is just a small portion of the work that surrounded the parking lot.

..and this dope 3-D graffiti piece was on the same block as the school..amazing detail.

Here's me repping the league leading San Antonio Spurs.

Stickers in the Lower East Side.

We were on our way to SUPREME and was wowed by a window display from a funky high heel spot called Irregular Choice. Irregular Choice is from what i gather a London company that creates some really fun and inventive womens shoes. Each shoe looked like a customized piece of art, which I can respect from a customizer standpoint. Erica was in shoe heaven, and rightly so, the shoes were fun just to look at, and the buildout of the store was whimsical and fun. The lovely Anastasia Blades who helped Erica with her precious purchase was welcoming and friendly and was excited to tell us more about the company and the culture that it came from. She was one of the most down New Yorkers we came across, and she is an amazing photographer as well. Good people.

Here's a shot of the interior of Irregular Choice.

Then we went on to peruse Supreme and was underwhelmed maybe not so much at the clothing, but lack of customer service. This seems to be somewhat trendy I guess for more well known shops, but for the life of me I have no idea why. On to the next one...

Heres some Beatles vinyl in the storefront of THE REED SPACE which was my favorite streetwear spot we dropped into. The space had some great tees, fitteds, bags, books, music, and vinyl toys. Nigo and the rest of the staff were great. The atmosphere was comfortable and they had great products-like some great silver rings of MPC's and Studio Monitors...sweet. I scooped a Mike Tyson tee, Erica a bag, and then we traversed.

On the walk , noticed this dope monopoly man on the 1's and 2's...respect.

Sweet hat press in some cool hat shop we stopped in, cant remember the name. I almost scooped a hat there, but my head was too big for the styles I liked.

Heres THE NEW MUSEUM which unfortunatley was closed the day we came across it. Awesome architecture.

Then we came across the coolest toy store I'd ever been in. TOY TOKYO kicked ass. The store was pacjked with the most rare and awesome vinyl toys produced. The stff was cool as ice, and let us take pics of everything but a huge KAWS collection they have behind a second set of doors...ballers only. We happily scooped up an Eric Scarecrow shogun girl and toured the store like it was a museum.

TOY TOKYO in all its awesomeness.

mini bearbricks

lots of Kaws toys everywhere.

These huge bearbricks were the bees knees.

These are for the sneakerhead toys.

A great selection of Ron English toys were readily available also. On a sidenote -see if you can see one of our stickers on this picture from his website of Art Basel . Seems like our stickers are getting around, thanks to all our supporters.

These Kaws tweety toys almost came home with us...except that we would have had to starve for the rest of the trip so we opted against them.

That supersized Ron English Ronald McDonald is nuts, as was the KAWS disected joint.

Lovely Fafi character, we have this one on our radar.

After leaving Toy Tokyo we decided to check out another vinyl toy store being that it was in the vicinity. My Plastic Heart had some decent picks, but they fell victim to the "to cool to say hi" disease, which is imperative when there is noone else in the shop, anyways- threw them the deuce-no scoops there.
We then caught the subway to the city so we could check out FAO SCHWARZ maybe the most known toy store in NY. It was pretty awesome, wish I had been there when i was little, but hey, it was still pretty cool.

Heres one of probably 4 or 5 huge toy soldiers made up of jelly whoah.

Heres Erica holding it down with her homie Lego Chewbacca.

..and me with my standing next to a rapper pose...except this time the rapper was a kick ass lego storm trooper.

Ah yes, and perhaps the most fun of the day goes to creating our own muppets. You pretty much got to choose your body, eyes, nose, hair, accessories, and clothes, and then muppet makers glue and stitch them together right in front of you as you wait..this was uber awesome. The above pic was Erica's first changed, and became what you see below.

MOFOZ MUPPETZ ...whatchyouknowboutthat?