Spoiled Rotten in NYC, Two days well-spent – Part 2

DAY 2 – Thursday, February 5, 2015

Same nasty weather as Day 1, had to wear our hats to battle the elements.

MATISSE: THE CUT-OUTS, AT MOMA
SCISSORS AND PAPER

DSC_0170   The cut outs Matisse

We had tickets for 11am to see the Matisse exhibit — it was very crowded, as it was the last few days of the show (it has been on view since October 2014). The exhibit closed on Sunday evening, and in fact was open 24 hours before closing – one last chance to see this spectacular work. I have already seen a lot of these cut-outs in the south of France, particularly loving the Chapel St. Rosaire in Vence, but the way in which this exhibition was curated was beautiful.

There were 100 works from private and public collections, drawing, textiles and stained glass from the final years of the renowned artist.

“When the exhibit was shown in London earlier this year, it drew more than 560,000 people during its nearly five-month run at Tate Modern, making it the museums’s most popular show ever”. — voanews.com, October 14, 2014

Apparently this show was similar to the Tate except for “The Swimming Pool”, which fills a room with cut-outs of ultramarine swimmers, divers and sea urchins. There is a video explaining how the piece was restored, a project that took 20 years.

After Matisse visited a favorite town pool in Cannes with his secretary, he said he wanted a swimming pool in his dining room and so he pinned the work on white paper on walls lined with tan canvas. It is wonderful, my favorite at the show.

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Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). “The Swimming Pool (La Piscine),” late summer 1952.

I also loved the “The Parakeet and the Mermaid“, which takes up a whole wall, of cut-outs in bright blues, greens, reds. and the Mermaid,

Parrot-and-Mermaid
Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), The Parakeet and the Mermaid

 

A Little Shopping: Henri Bendel
712 Fifth Avenue at 56th Street

Open since 1895, HB is a legendary department store housing little boutiques and known for unusual window displays, celebrity sightings and a keen sense of style for the new and the next, particularly in handbags, accessories, hair ornaments, high-end blingy costume jewelry.

We treated ourselves to fashionable fun bracelets.

DSC_0163   Bendel bracelet

FullSizeRender-24   Morrells outside

DSC_0165   gift with purchase HB
jewelry bag, gift with purchase

 

Street Scenes along Fifth Avenue

IMG_1066  city street outside of Plaza Hotel

FullSizeRender-27  Plaza hotel

FullSizeRender-26  Bergdorf Goodman window

Bergdorf Goodman window

 

Lunch: THE MODERN Bar Room at MOMA
9West 53rd Street, New York, NY

French/New American Fare in a modernist space with garden views. Always great, never have had a bad experience, with an award-winning wine list, I love this restaurant.

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Two lovely hostesses who greeted us, both named Diana!

Susana, our waitress and our sommelier, Barbara, were professional, friendly, providing us with spot-on suggestions, excellent food and wine.

FullSizeRender-35  The Modern lunchtime

FullSizeRender-33  The Modern Lunch

FullSizeRender-34  Riesling at The Modern

We shared a sweet potato gnocchi, brussel sprout and black truffle dish with a salad of fennel, frissee, escarole,  green apple and garlic crumbs, accompanied with the best glass of Riesling I have ever had (Barbara’s suggestion).

 

Last stop, MACY’S HERALD SQUARE, to buy shirts for my partner at PINK, a British shirt company

pink-menshirts

FullSizeRender-37  La Mer cosmetics Macys

and a quick stop at La Mer cosmetics

photo-58   La Mer Macys

unless otherwise noted, all photography by ladyalicephotgraphy.com

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