Central Park, the Met and looking for a pizza place
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October 12th, 2006 – by: portia
We went into the Met, and first went to see the Vermeer's (sometimes I would also go to the Frick Collection a few blocks south so I can see all the Vermeer's in NY). Johannes Vermeer, the famous 16th century dutch painter, is my all time favorite artist. His paintings have the light, composition and presence that I just love to look at.
Afterwards, we went and saw the special exhibit "New Orleans after the Flood - photographs by Robert Polidori". These were huge photos taken by the Canadian architectural photographer after Katrina in New Orleans. You have to see some of the photos of the "incomprehensible landscapes" to feel the impact of the disaster, or online at the Met's website.
The other special exhibit at the Met we saw was called "Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde". Vollard was an art dealer in Paris who was also an art patron and publisher. He helped to shape the direction and careers of many of the leading artists of the late 19th and early 20th century. The exhibit has works from the who's who of the impressionists, cubists and more. It was a good exhibit and many works were never before shown. Picasso had said once that Vollard's likeness had been painted more than the world's most beautiful woman.
We had a snack at the cafe in the Met, then I went up the roof and saw Cai Guo-Qiang on the Roof: Transparent Monument. Unfortunately I was not there at noon to see the black cloud fired from the roof, which was one of the "sculptures". There were a couple of crocodiles cast from resin and stuck with all these knifes etc confiscated from airport securities! and a big piece of glass with some replica dead birds at its bottom. Interesting concepts, art has many definitions.
We left the Met and went down 5th Ave. I was sort of on a hunt for a pizza place I went to a couple of years ago (if I had written it up in travbuddy then I wouldn't have this problem) but couldn't remember where it was exactly or even its name.
After dinner we went and saw the movie "Departed". Hmm, no wonder people don't go to movies much nowadays, the ticket was more than 10 dollars each! The movie was interesting and featured many top actors. Jack Nicholson did an amazing imitation of a rat, and lots of people died. I don't want to give away the plot, but it's a good gansters and cops movie with some twists and colorful language.
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