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16 January 2019 - 11:57 PM

Private dining in busy, loud-ish restaurant in the Moxy Hotel. Food quite nice. Crab “beignets” - more like sliders - easy to eat. Yellowtail with yuzu marmalade. Served family style, I was able to try the salmon, and then slices of the NY strip. A great sweet potato side too.

Better than expected, which is always a good thing.

Gage & Tollner

14 January 2019 - 05:17 PM

It will re-open, in the old space, with the old fittings apparently intact.  But as a chophouse.

Chagall, Malevich, Lissitzky: Jewish Museum

30 December 2018 - 01:06 AM

Very interesting exploration of an episode in post-Revolutionary Russian art which has the latter two teaching under the former at an art school in Vitebsk. Who knew?

Billed as something about the Russian “avant garde,” part of the fun of the show is the unbridgeable gulf between romantic, whimsical, humanist Chagall, and the two brutalist suprematists. Anyone ever call Malevich whimsical?

Despite his enduring influence on design, Malevich comes off as the disappointing artist here. Some of Lissitzky’s stuff, even the short-sighted agit prop for the new regime, is warm, colorful and passionate.

Chagall’s attitude to all this, expressed in cubist and suprematist “citations” in some of the works here, seems thoroughly satirical.

Epic Abstraction (Met)

29 December 2018 - 01:45 AM

At least it isn’t “Epic Abstraction!” like “Armenia!” although it might as well have the extra oomph. As the curators honestly admit, it’s “big” abstraction; there is no subtle argument about the epic versus the lyrical here.

And yet it isn’t even that. The one David Smith sculpture, the Barnett Newman paintings, were conceived, and remain, related to the stature of the viewer, and there are many medium-sized canvases.

Yes, there are a couple of hulking Pollocks, and a huge free-standing... well, hut, I suppose, by Louise Nevelson, which is the least abstract thing I’ve seen all week.

The Met does have Rothkos and Stills, and these were being used, quite disgracefully, as backdrops for selfies and group photos by tourists. That practice should simply be prohibited. It’s contemptible.

If the works are mostly AbEx, the curators cheerfully fill the gaps with abstract or not really works from artists who have nothing to do with that tradition. Twombly is thrown in because it’s a big canvas, but how is his work “abstract”? It’s something else.

Anyway, a good reason to go is a magnificent DeKooning, “Easter Monday,” which fits the show’s concept, and is also a wonderful painting.


19 December 2018 - 07:08 PM

The London important in Columbus Circle.  Sometimes a devastating review is just fun to read.