Oct 11 2018

Library on a rainy night

NYPL at night, during hurricane Michael.

  


Oct 11 2018

The General Society Library


20 W 44th Street
New York

What’s English cuisine?

The lecture by Royal Oak Foundation (Carl Raymond) on Victorian food was good – very informative. Downton Abbey or Dickensian – as matter of fact, Mrs. Dickens, Catherine Hogarth who was the daughter of his editor, was a food writer, ahead of Mrs. Beeton and a light year ahead of  Martha Stewart: What Shall We Have for Dinner?.

 


Oct 5 2018

NYBG n Georgia O’Keeffe


This year since May, the New York Botanical Garden staged the Georgia O’Keeffe – Visions of Hawai‘i. The 20 paintings she did in two months in 1939 in Hawaii. (They’re not seen together since the debut in 1940.) For her Hawaiian trip, apparently, an advertiser (N.W. Heirs & Sons?) invited her over, to paint something for an pineapple company. She did and painted more The exhibit ends this month, Oct 31.


Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) is one of my faves. She was an American artist known for her larger than life flowers, NY skyscrapers and New Mexico landscape. I bought this dress to see her -:).

On my first visit to the Met which was a few months after her death, I visited Rodin, I then wandered around the huge museum, and came to face to face with one of her paintings. Bold. elegant. Simple. Vibrant colors in a way that are very plain. I’m a fan ever since.


Her 20 paintings are displaying @ NYBG, in a room on the 6th floor of LuEsther T. Mertz Library. The exhibit will end this month, Oct 31. All the works are from various sources. Smithsonian American Art Museum (Hibiscus with Plumeria – the poster), Muscatine Art Center Iowa (White Lotus) and so on. Some are from private collections. The Garden has many Hawaiian flowers. It seems a good place to showcase her Hawaii artworks. But I didn’t see any sponsors listed for this exhibition.
 In 2014, her Jimson Weed sold for $44.4 mil, oddly enough by the namesake museum, through Sotheby’s in New York. Her works are valuable. At the exhibit, there was only a guard. I didn’t find out how the Garden handles the delicate temperature and security, etc. Not sure the other institutions/privates charge the Garden for loans, but transportation, installation and insurance, etc. are sure not cheap.

 

今年5月以来,纽约植物园举办了乔治亚奥基夫 – 夏威夷的视觉。 1939年她在夏威夷的两个月里画的20幅画。因为 一位广告商(N.W. Heirs&Sons?)邀请她为夏威夷的一家菠萝公司画广告。 展览于本月10月31日结束。

Georgia O’Keeffe(1887 – 1986)是我的最爱之一。 她是一位美国艺术家,以花卉,纽约摩天大楼和新墨西哥州风景而闻名。 我还买了这件衣服看她 – :)。

在我第一次访问大都会,这是她去世几个月后,我看完罗丹之后,就在巨大的博物馆里闲逛,不经意走到她的画前面。 胆大。震撼。 优雅。  充满活力的色彩,非常简单。 从那时起我就是粉丝。

她的20幅画作在植物园LuEsther T. Mertz图书馆6楼的一个房间里展示。20件作品均来自各方面。 史密森尼美国艺术博物馆(Hibiscus with Plumeria – 海报),Muscatine艺术中心爱荷华州(White Lotus)等。 有些来自私人收藏。 植物园里有很多夏威夷花。 这似乎是展示她的夏威夷艺术品的好地方。 但我没有看到任何赞助商参加此次展览。 2014年,她的吉姆森威德以4,440万美元的价格出售,奇怪的是同名博物馆通过纽约的苏富比拍卖行。 她的作品很有价值。 在展览中,只有一名警卫。 我看到植物园如何处理微妙的温度和安全等。不确定其他机构/私人是否收取花园贷款的工程,运输,安装和保险等等。

这个纽约植物园O’Keeffe 的夏威夷画展只展她1939年去夏威夷二个月中所画的二十件作品. 这二十在1940年一起展过 这次是1940后第一次集体亮相. 纽约植物园也是很花心思 网罗这些作品 – 一些来自博物馆 一些从私人.

 

The left is from NYBG taken @ 12;35 pm, the right is at a friend’s house, on Oct 6 at 11:30 am.

左是植物园10.05 @ 12:35 pm 的. 由是朋友家早上10.06 @ 11:30 am 照的. 这是女神 1936 年画的野花 Jimson Weed 2014年由苏富比拍卖了记录 $44.4 mil (四千四百万美金).

1980年代台湾女星何莉莉在香港一个晚宴上说 老公送花可以 就是不要送她野花… (我挺喜欢何的, 漂亮又机智, 但是从来没有看过她的电影) 2014 看到那个报道 我马上想到何 – 野花也是很厉害啊 pun intended

 

 

 


Oct 5 2018

Georgia O’Keeffe @ NYBG


2900 Southern Blvd,
Bronx, NY 10458

I bought a new dress to see Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) @ Ross Gallery / NYBG. Her exhibit is at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, in a room on the 6th floor.

Parking has rose to $17. ($15 in 2017).

When I first came to New York I went straight to Met to see Auguste René Rodin (1840 – 1917). And as I was wandering around that big place, one of her paintings just grabbed me. I’m a fan ever since.

 


Oct 5 2018

Some flowers

@ NYBG.

 


Oct 5 2018

Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings and the flowers

Her paintings are on the left, and the flowers @ NYBG are on the right.

Heliconia rostrata

  

 

Hibiscus

 

White Bird of Paradise

 

 


Oct 5 2018

The Rose Garden


Peggy Rockefeller Garden
NYBG

It’s designed by Beatrix Farrand for the NYBG. More support came from Mr Rockefeller in 2006.

The garden has more than 700 varieties. Roses are beautiful but don’t make my top three.

 


Oct 5 2018

Lotus pond

@ NYBG. They’ve some big koi fish in the pond.

    


Oct 5 2018

Seafood City


459 City Island Ave
Bronz, NY 10464

A great place to watch sunset. It’s big both inside and out. Friendly staff at the counter, decent food. A perfect spot for a beer and watch the sun goes home.  (I saw four guys sat at the corner with tableful food and … cigars).

If you’re like me, like to eat crab / king crab legs clean, then bring your own utensils. They provide nutcracker on demand but is asking for $3 deposit – hope the sweet kid was not kidding me. When I told him I don’t have cash on me (we sat outside) he gave me one. When I asked if he’s seafood forks, he gave me two plastic and said, “$6” ha ha ha.

The king crab legs are fine but but greasy. The fried calamari is bit old – not al dente.

We went but early, a few families with kids were loud and parents did nothing to stop their running screaming kids.

  


Sep 30 2018

Shoshaku


68 Middle Neck Road
Great Neck, NY 11020

Will return.

This is a small Japanese resturant, with neat wood and pipes decors, recycling? Great! Food and service are good, clean bathroom (the hook..). Like their varied tableware.

It’s Sunday night, all dinners are Asian except our table (minus me ha ha ha). At time, the noisy is deafening.

For the past couple of years or so, I noticed the soy sauce on the table are low sodium, and they used to be in green caps, to indicate the low status, but now they’re hard to tell. Not sure why – healthy? But is the low sodium healthier than the regular soy sauce?

Also, the disposable chopsticks, inside a sealed paper pouch. I really don’t like them but it seems more and more restaurants are using them. There are many kinds of chopsticks that are easy to clean… Save our world!

Street parking, free after 6pm. There are parking lots nearby.