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
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.
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,
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.
jewelry bag, gift with purchase
Street Scenes along Fifth Avenue
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.
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.
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).
and a quick stop at La Mer cosmetics
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