More Images from the Two-Day New York City Book Launch for 3Essays on Imagereality

On Sunday morning, I strolled around my old neighborhood in Park Slope. There was a street fair setting up on Union Street, and the old Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower looked as magnificent (and as suggestively phallic) as I remembered.

brooklyn.jpg

Taking a break from Imagereality, I took the subway up to the Upper East Side (another old neighborhood of mine) to visit the Chaim Soutine exhibition Flesh at the Jewish Museum. The museum was free because of the holiday. What holiday? I had no idea. But I wasn’t going to say anything because – hey – Free Soutine is Free Soutine!

soutine-entrance.jpg

While disucssing the “vulnerable ferocity” of Soutine’s paintings in a recent review of the exhibition in The New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl said: “There’s a strangely realist immediacy to the meat paintings. [Soutine] strove by any means expedient – palette knife, sticks, his thumbs – to transpose the forms and the substances that he saw directly into the stuff of paint. The process could seem like something between a mud-wrestling match and a fight to the death.”

soutine-1.jpg

Schjeldahl’s review also quotes Clement Greenberg, who once said: “one has to go back to Rembrandt… to find anything to which his touch… can be likened.” Yup, that touch is unmistakable; nobody painted a dead chicken quite like Chaim Soutine.

soutine-2.jpg

After the Jewish Museum, I returned to Trestle Gallery for a Q & A session and a discussion of both the exhibition and other artist’s work. I always enjoy Q & A sessions, or as I like to call them Q & R sessions (Questions followed by me Rambling on about whatever’s on my mind.)

trestle-gallery-spread.jpg

Just enough time for one last stop before LaGuardia. When in Queens, why not stop into the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden for Czech beer and strange European techno versions of Bon Jovi songs, right?

bohemia-beer-garden.jpg

 

 

Advertisements
This entry was posted in 3Essays, Essays, Events, Images of 3Essays, Montag Press, photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

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 )

Connecting to %s