Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MoMA's Pastel Version of "The Scream"

"Jealousy 1"
"Melancholy" (1891)
video of auction for "The Scream" at Sotheby's (by Associated Press)
Now on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art is the $120 million pastel version of Edvard Munch's iconic "The Scream." This is one of four versions of the famous painting. The other three versions are in Norway. Rafael Cardoso, the great-grandson of Berlin banker Hugo Simon who owned the piece in the 1920s and 1930s, told the Post that "his forbear had to sell the treasure when he was declared an enemy of the state and driven from Germany after the Nazis came to power in 1933," explaining, "He was living under direct threat to his life." A historian at the Holocaust Museum in DC confirmed that during that time, "Jews were giving up what they couldn’t hide," which is probably why Simon had consigned the piece to a Swiss gallery. In addition to "The Scream", several prints by Munch are also on display including those pictured above. The exhibit continues through April 29 next year.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Neighborhood Snapshots After Hurricane Sandy

Collapsed construction crane dangling above 57th Street which remains closed to traffic 
Bergdrof-Goodman's giant purple ribbon ended up wrapping around traffic light post
Dangling crane becomes a tourist attraction
FDR Drive
Downed tree along the East River
Picnic table floating on the East River
FDR Drive
Upper Eastside street
72nd Street off Park Avenue
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park
Sandbagged entrance to the Apple Store
Hurricane Sandy moved inland in the Northeast leaving a path of devastation in many states including New York. In New York City, buildings crumbled, floods and fires have destroyed homes, subway tunnels are flooded, trees are uprooted and millions are without power. The storm also left a giant construction crane wobbling dangerously near a luxury apartment building at 57th Street in Manhattan.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Upper Eastside's Haunted Townhouse

This beautiful townhouse located at 41 East 72nd Street in Manhattan is transformed into a haunted house/Bates Motel for Halloween. It has become an attraction and a perfect photo-op in the neighborhood.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden

The works of pumpkin artist Michael Natiello and American sculptor Ray Villafane are featured in "The Haunted Pumpkin Garden" currently on exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. On display at the garden are whimsical pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, spiders, snakes, bugs, insects, flowers and mushrooms in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. This year's master pumpkin carver is Ray Villafane, an American sculptor based in Arizona. He is best known for his 3-D style pumpkin carvings including those pictured above.