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Friday, April 26, 2013

Fri 5

From apparently soft sculpture to lively printed vintage shirts to displaced faux cities to photography in San Francisco - and finally - does any of it matter knowing the end may be near?
Today's picks from T2F:
Sculptures by Marela Zacarias:Contemporist

Hickoree's, Gitman Brothers Vintage Shirts!
You're not in Paris, anymore:Inhabitat

Garry Winogrand at SFMOMA
The Next Crisis:Inhabitat

Friday, April 12, 2013

Claes Oldenburg at MoMA

The Street and The Store
Mouse Museum/Ray Gun Wing
April 14–August 5, 2013
Claes Oldenburg. Pastry Case, I. 1961–62.
Painted plaster sculptures on ceramic plates, metal platter,
and cups in glass-and-metal case,
20 3/4 x 30 1/8 x 14 3/4" (52.7 x 76.5 x 37.3 cm).
The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection. © 2012 Claes Oldenburg
From MoMA:
Claes Oldenburg’s audacious, witty, and profound depictions of everyday objects have earned him a reputation as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. This exhibition examines the beginnings of Oldenburg’s extraordinary career with an in-depth look at his first two major bodies of work: The Street (1960) and The Store (1961–64). During this intensely productive period Oldenburg redefined the relationship between painting and sculpture and between subject and form. The Street comprises objects made from cardboard, burlap, and newspaper that together create an immersive panorama of a gritty and bustling city. The Store features brightly painted sculptures and sculptural reliefs shaped to evoke commercial products and comestibles. In The Store, cigarettes, lingerie, and hamburgers all become viable subjects for art.
On view in The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium are Oldenburg’s Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing. Created in the 1970s, these two architectural structures present careful arrangements of readymade objects alongside various tests and experiments from Oldenburg’s studio. Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing propose equivalence between collecting and creating, while dissolving the distinction between everyday items and museum treasures.

Jonathan Winters

Jonathan Winters, 1925 - 2013
Jonathan Winters left us with a heart-felt memory.
Many years ago, as we walked into a local furniture shop, we spotted Mr. Winters, seated in an arm chair near the window. Knowing we saw him, he smiled and nodded. We smiled in return.
We went about our business carried away with the excitement of being in the same shop with the famous, renowned comedian.
Finishing our task, we started walking out the door, noticing that Mr. Winters was standing at the window. We made a sharp right and as we headed for our car, there he was - in the window - as if on a stage - smiling, making those little faces and waving one of his funny little waves - all meant just for us.
Not only did he greet us as we walked in - he also entertained us as we walked away. We smiled, then laughed and returned his waves. 
Looking back, I realize that we were invited to a private stand-up routine by one of the world's funniest men. Such an honor - and treat. Thanks for the laughs!
Jonathan Winters website
For a few wonderful videos, NY Times

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Quick Stew

 A recipe from Joe Bastianich - Food & Wine
We knew we would like this recipe as soon as we began to read the ingredients: Cannellini Beans (one can), a bunch of Swiss Chard, Whole Stewed Tomatoes (one large can - we use San Marzano tomatoes), garlic (of course), olive oil and a dash of red chili flakes. What could be simpler? And it can be made all year round - a delicious, nutritious and easy to make dinner.
This spring we prepared this recipe twice - using our own home-grown Swiss Chard and Kale. We also added a bit of grated Parmesan on each serving. And at times we've added half a shallot (sliced thinly) to enhance and change flavor.
Some canned ingredients for simplicity, in addition to a couple of bunches of young, fresh vegetables from our garden, makes for a perfect meal!
The Recipe
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