Frida Kahlo at the NY Botanical Garden

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Entrance to Botanical Gardens

I headed to the New York Botanical Gardens to see the exhibit about Frida Kahlo.

First stop was to head to the library to see the 14 paintings and works on paper.

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Botanical imagery was featured.  The work I know

is usually focused on her accident and other body images.  I was very interested in her garden paintings.

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I liked the painting of Frida’s face in a sunflower.  There were also still life paintings and

botanical paintings.  “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird”, 1940 is a fascinating painting.  I stood in front of it for a long time.  It was compelling.

Next stop was the Conservatory and a look  at the Casa Azul garden, her life long home.

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Her studio in or by the garden was also in the Conservatory. Her paintings had a very thick texture.

Looking at her studio with pigments,  I realized she had to mix these pigments with an oil binder and made them of a thick consistency.

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The Conservatory had plants of Mexico not so easy in the New York climate.

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Pigments from Frida’s Studio

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Frida’s Studio

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Studio Supplies

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Mixing Pigments

 

Lunch at the newly opened Hudson Grill.  I had a great seat at the bar and watched the dishes being made.

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The presentations were fabulous.  The woman sitting next to me told me I must see the rhododendrons and azaleas.  I walked there after lunch. On my way I saw the Peonies.  I love Peonies and they didn’t disappoint.

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Peonies in Bloom

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More Peonies

 

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Beautiful

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I loved taking the tram ride around the Gardens.  It is a wonderful place to visit.

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Sketch book from my friend Maureen. I wished my friends were here to sketch with me. They would love it!

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Beautiful Colors!

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Frida as a young woman

 

Monday at the Whitney Museum, NYC

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Sketch along the High Line, NYC

 

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Sketch from 7th floor of the Whitney, NYC

I grab a Dunkin Donuts coffee and head for the #1 Subway.

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14th Street on #1 Subway

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Exiting the Subway

An hour later I arrive at 14th Street and walk to the new Whitney Museum of art.

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Gansevoort Market has a VW Van Taco Truck

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The bathroom has the meat packing district look!

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I pass the Gansevoort Market.  A VW Van is a taco stand in the market.

ON to the Whitney.

Lots of people.  I wait in a shorter line because I bought a ticket on line.

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I am one of the first people to hop in the elevator to the 8th floor.

I get excited as I see paintings I haven’t seen before.  I’m thinking some of these

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Edward Hopper, “Study for Nighthawks”, charcoal, 1941

 

paintings will go back into storage and this is my only chance to see them.

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One of my favorite paintings. Joseph Stella paints the Brooklyn Bridge.

Joseph Stella, “The Brooklyn Bridge on an old theme” 1939.

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Edward Hopper, Sunset.

Edward Hopper, “Railroad Sunset”, 1929.

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Burchfield, I like this painting.

Charles Burchfield, “Noontide in late May”, 1917, and “Cricket Chorus”, 1917.

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Birchfield, another painting I like.

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Jonathan Borofsky, “Running People at 2,616,216” , 1978-79

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Edward Hopper, “Le Bistro or The Wine Shop”, 1909

 

There are balconies on 8, 7,6 and 5.  Great views of the city, Jersey City and the High Line.

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View from Stairway of Jersey City

 

I think to myself this museum has it all, American Paintings, American Views and Lots and Lots

of People.

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5th Floor balcony

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View from 8th floor balcony

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View from 7th floor balcony

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Looking down on 5th floor installation

 

The exhibit is the history of American Art but I am impatient with some periods of American Art and will just talk about what I like.

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Calder’s Circus

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Willem de Kooning, “Door the the River”, 1960

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Robert Rauschenberg, “Satellite”, 1955

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Robert Henri, “Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney”, 1916

 

 

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Of Course lunch in the 8th floor rooftop Cafe. Meatloaf on toast with a glass of red wine.

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A walk on the High Line and visit to Chelsey Market.