• Upcoming trips

    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

     

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 51 other followers

  • Follow Thompson's Travels on WordPress.com
  • Advertisements

Frank Stella at the Whitney

Thanks to my dear friend, Barbara, who is a member of practically every cultural institution in New York, I was able to see the Whitney Museum of American Art for the first time  in its magnificent new space. It is situated in Gansevoort Street just south of the end of the High Line. A very enjoyable afternoon could be spent walking the High Line from 36th Street to the southern end and then popping off into the Whitney where, among other things, one could get dramatic views of the city from the upper observation platforms.

On this occasion, there was a bonus for me; the Whitney had mounted a comprehensive retrospective of the work of Frank Stella which sits happily in the large airy spaces the new premises command. I was not previously aware of the artist’s work (except, perhaps, a dim memory I have of his early all-black canvases.) but now, having seen the vast scope of his talent in every medium, I wish I had kept up! I like, particularly, his flamboyant colouring of geometric canvasses and  equally flamboyant shape of his sculptures.

Click on the pictures for detail:

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

View from the fifth floor observation deck . . . .

View from the fifth floor observation deck . . . .

 

Roof art . . . .

Roof art . . . .

 

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

 . . . . .

. . . . .

 

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

 . . . . .

. . . . .

 

 . . . . .

. . . . .

 

 . . . . .

. . . . .

 

 . . . . .

. . . . .

 

 . . . .

. . . .

 

 . . . . .

. . . . .

 

 . . . .

. . . .

 

Prejudiced, maybe, but I like this precision woodwork!

Prejudiced, maybe, but I like this precision woodwork!

 

 . . . . .

. . . . .

 

 . . . .

. . . .

 

Twins?

Inquisitive twins?

 

This is reminiscent of my time in a steel factory; when a pour went wrong, the molten steel couldn't be left to solidify in the crucible (the crucible would be ruined) so it had to be jettisoned onto the factory floor. When it settled onto the scrap metal piles, the result was similar to the artwork!

This is reminiscent of my time in a steel factory; when a pour went wrong, the molten steel couldn’t be left to solidify in the crucible (the crucible would be ruined) so it had to be jettisoned onto the factory floor. When it settled onto the scrap metal piles, the result was similar to this artwork!

 

 . . . . Barbara and I standing in front of it. But notice the open view of the river at the end of the Gallery!

. . . . Barbara and I standing in front of it. But notice the open view of the river at the end of the Gallery!

 

 . . . .

. . . .

 

 . . . .

. . . .

 

Space and Light!

Space and Light!

 

Finally, here is a bit of street art just up the road from the Whitney.

Finally, here is a bit of street art just up the road from the Whitney.

 

THE END

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

2 Responses

  1. REALLY enjoyed your photos of Frank Stella’s art. Dave would have agreed with your selection of the wood piece.

    • Amy. I’m sure he would. And, like me, he would have got a lot of fun out of the wildly coloured collections of things. Ben

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s