Strolling the night of Venice with Emi…
Venice was the very first place where Emi and I took a real trip to. 20 years have passed since then. We were just starting to date with Emi’s very little English and my almost none in Italian. We carried my little yellow covered pocket sized dictionary everywhere. So I always remember Venice romantic. It was November then? Venice was sitting firmly under heavy mist and feeling sort of mysterious and so beautiful. We held our hands and walked every little streets getting lost countless times. We stopped for a glass of wine and some good food. Little shops and canals… I remember the first time stepping into Piazza San Marco. Ahhh, a complex beauty, I recall. Thousands of pigeons and little children’s giggles chasing them. Gold trims and the most luxurious contrast of Black against to it then aged grey wash showing long history of the city where the last and the most enduring immigrants came to Venice in year 568. It felt so magical. It felt like I was a heroine standing in a scene of old historical film. I’ll never forget.
After amazing time visiting 55th Venice Art Biennale , We knew what we have left to do. Stroll through little streets and get lost again in Venice…!
The only way to get around in Venice. Water bus/ Water taxi. There are about 118 small islands in Venice and what’s in between islands? Water divides them and foot bridges connect them. There is no such Cars existing in Venice.
How would it be possible to build a such city above the water? It’s unbelievable.
Typical isles and streets. Years of history drips down.
Emi stopped for 2 minutes of GPS. Completely by chance, we stumbled into a very little street we had one of the most amazing Venetian food 4 years ago ( totally going back for dinner!). Next time we come, we have to remember to bring just a small back pack. Quite of walk to get around in the city and you will face constant bridges with steps.
Here we are at our 2 night home base. It’s in the quiet and residential part of the city, which is something always what we are looking for. This is a historic castle turned into a bed and breakfast. It’s so beautiful.
Loving the neighborhood! Low key and so authentic at the same time. This old wine shop is just perfect.
Only in Venice.
You will get into plenty of narrow alleys in Venice. We had passed through even much narrower than this one. We are heading out for bit of walk and dinner!
You MUST Eat Here! Enoiteca Mascareta. A typical Venetian Cusin. We are talking about sardines, fresh cods and so much more.
Love Love Love the leather aprons servers wearing! Apparently locally made and hand made. Can we talk about the quality and the style! And the Classic Chambray shirt is a just perfect match.
Baccala Mantecato & Alici Marinate. Anchovies marinated in olive oil and vinegar. And couple scoops of soft Cod spread. And young and bitter rucola leaves. So Delicious! Cicchetti ( Chi-Ket-tii) is must try in Venice. Cicchetti is tapas of Venice. Little dishes.
Sarde in Saor ( cipolla) : Pan fried fresh Sardine with sauteed onions and vinegar. It’s SOOOO GOOOD!!!!
Emi sitting in front of wall full of small drawings. Portraits of owner done by regular customers and local artists.
Tortellacci ripieni al Branzino: Oversized Tortelli filled with Brazino ( Italian Sea bass). It had lots of fresh black pepper which I thought went so well with it!
The night came down. It’s peaceful.
Piazza San Marco.
Caffe Florian in San Marco. Italy’s the oldest Caffe. Caffe Florian was open in year 1720.
LOvE VEniCe, LOve U, Emi
It’s our 4th concert of Bjork. I feel blessed to go see her. Her Freedom and Beauty Completely Shakes Me. Her Fearless and Honest Voice Makes Me Cry. She is Way WAY Ahead of Where We Are at Right Now. I Completely Admire and Am Deeply Impressed. She makes me feel Humble. Her Intellectually Genius Musicality. Her Desire and Curiosity to know Technology. Her Restless Research.
She Rocks My World. Now She Rocks the Universe.
It happens to be Gael’s Favorite Museum. Flushing, Queens.
At the venue. Architectural details remind me of Casa Milla and Sagrada Familia of Gaudi in Barcelona.
Bjork’s one of the most beloved instrument, Harp. The opening lines of “Pagan Poetry” and her new song , “Moon” all starts with Harp.
Bjork singing to “Hang”. A new generation instrument that makes this sort of softly vibrating and echoing a monk’s Bell like sound. It makes peaceful and unbelievably beautiful sound.
How Little Do I Know of This World.
But I Know How Eerily Beautiful This World Could Be.
We Are Moving Forward to See More of This World that We Know little of.
I have been dreading to go to Met to see Savage Beauty as whoever went to the exhibit said, “It’s so popular you need to be in the line for so long like hours then it’s too crowded that it’s hard to see all in detail!” But regardless, I knew it was going to be amazing. ” Exhibit will make you cry!” that’s what I heard a lot too. I was lucky enough to get free private access to the Museum this Monday through a friend at the museum as the Museum is closed on Mondays. But due to the high demand of this show, Museum had introduced ” Met Mondays with McQueen” starting from June 6. And it will cost you hefty $50.00 entrance fee but I highly recommend it otherwise not sure how you can say you really saw the exhibition with all that big crowd. And very nice audio tour ( narrated by Andrew Bolton, Sara Jessica Parker, Philip Treacy and more!) is on the house with this special Monday tour I believe.
Last Year, The 40 years of YSL Retrospective at Paris was amazing, beautiful and unbelievable. But still it stayed in fashion. Beautiful clothing with impeccable workmanship in beautiful setting. But Savage Beauty definitely felt closer to an art exhibit. McQueen’s fashion surpasses countless Artists’ art out there today. And I like to pay a huge credit to Mr. Andrew Bolton, the curator of this exhibit and Costume Institute who handled many years’ yearly gala. I had a privilege to work with him personally on a small project related to the last year’s Gala, American women as Gap was major sponsor to the exhibit.
And Mr. Bolton, you’ve had beautifully executed Savage Beauty to translate Alexander McQueen’s dark, strong, complex and bold approach to his artful inner world. The rooms were perfectly McQueen. The lighting, the materials of the wall, the music and utterly dark and chick showcases and the stage. I absolutely loved it. The Colors in the room, runway clips, the most amazing head and shoulder pieces, the materials of the setting… I could go on and on about this. It felt beautifully expensive and perfectly regal but also completely modern and dare futuristic. Just like who Alexander McQueen was.
The entrance! Red tinted microscopic glass pieces and ostrich feather dress on the left and the infamous Razor clam shell dress on the right. It kills me. I highly recommend you to get the Audio tour. You get to hear stories behind from actual people who worked on or worn the actual pieces.
The first room, “The Romantic Mind”, is dedicated to the tailored and mostly jacket pieces. Lots of these pieces were landed by the actual owners for the exhibit. McQueen’s Savile Row in London’s tailoring experience is showing through these pieces. Only showing a few pieces here.
The washed concrete wall and naive wood flank is familiar contrast we see everyday now but again it works beautifully against McQueen’s impeccable hard tailoring.
The second room, “The Romantic Gothic” filled with aged mirrors.
This guilded golden glass showcase is absolutely to die for and the amazing McQueen’s work…
“The Cabinet of Curiosity”, a room dedicated to many of McQueen’s amazing Accessories and their relationship to related items. This room truly made me fill like I was in a Art exhibition.
My heart deeply aching…. The Spine corset with a tail.
Approaching to the Fan dress. Just like those delicately cut out Japanese wooden fan.
Yes, She’s turning.
There are ton more in this “Closet of Curiosity” room. I kept going back in there. It was hard to end myself and move on.
” The Romantic Nationalism”, McQueen celebrates his root, London. He was very proud of the city where he came from.
“The Romantic Primitivism”
” Romantic Exoticism”
“Romantic Naturalism, the last room”
I only have a few pictures from the Savage Beauty in this post. You need to see All in person. It ends on August 7. So hurry up!
It was truly one of the most amazing exhibitions I have seen. Not just McQueen itself but the whole package, it is a great exhibition. Also excellent website.
And NEVER TO MISS, click on THIS to watch clips of McQueen’s runway shows.
Jaehee’s Hit List for Milan. London. Paris
Les Arts Decoratifs
It’s our second year going to Miami for Art Basel. We have not been going to Miami since 2001 because we sort of swapped Miami with Tulum. But we are falling in Love with Miami all over again. We forgot its beautiful water. We forgot its gorgeous weather. Ocean drive’s cheesy crowd used to annoy hell out of us, then so be it. Let them enjoy their weekend drinking and let loose. Why not? Art Basel has this amazing energy. I love the fact that people will fly in from all around the world for some art shows. There is this sense of belonging to people I see on the street during this week, that we all made an effort to leave whatever we had going on to be in Miami for this. Art and Beach. It’s rejuvenating and super inspiring for me. It is just so much fun to be in Miami during this time. We would walk for hours to see all these pieces of Art. We will spend days talking about what we love and what inspires us. The beauty of Art Basel is being in Now. Contemporary Art. Even though I do get disappointed by contemporary art in general because I feel it lacks quite of depth and fineness. In many times, they feel quickly done rather to shock people, like some reality shows on TV. But I believe Miami Art Basel Week brings superior quality and taste in general. And I see what I see during this week definitely happening in everywhere later: fashion, graphic art, typography, decor… you name it!
There are so many great individual Art shows are happening in the same time, so you should plan it well. Also Art basel week attracts various great events all around the city in all different scales. That could be a simple happy hour to mega installation and collaborations among anything from fashion, music to restaurants. I mean Everyone is here this time!
Here’s our Hit list! These are the ones you should not miss!
LOvE ArT, LOvE MiaMi!!!!
Guggenheim Venice is located on beautiful Grand Canal of Venice. The low white palazzo in the middle is the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.
Venice has been all about Art for us this time. Biennale and also the Peggy Guggenheim. The Guggenheim in Venice is in so much more intimate setting than one in NY. http://www.guggenheim.org/venice
Shortly after Peggy herself’s Art collection was shown for the first time at the 1948 Venice Biennale,( Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothoko and Arshile Gorky), she purchased the palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal of Venice , where she became to live for the next 30 years. And from 1951, Peggy had opened up her home to the public for every summer to show her personal Art collection. There are still her dinning table and the chairs there and also her beautiful iron bead head that was made by one of my favorite artist Calder.
This is such a humble entrance compare to her impressive and most exquisite Art collection. The Cubism, Surrealism to Abstraction Expressionism. Her amazing taste and eyes for colors, lines and the power of paintings, sculptures and her passion to discover and grow the talented artists! She was in a way “The Pimp ” and ” The Mother” of undiscovered genius Artists in that time. She would find them and encourage them and literally feed and give them places to sleep. So they could work. They could work under her commissions.
Metal sculpture and digital water fall installation greets visitors at her back garden.
Terrace out to Grand Canal. I just can imagine all those big artists like Duchamp, Pollock or Brancusi getting off the Gondolas and taking steps up to the Terrace for her most artistic parties… I see her in this most eccentric outfits with all her intellectual conversations with biggest artists of the history. Ah I so wish I was there….
Peggy taken By Man Ray, 1924
Peggy in her House then turned Museum, 1945
Peggy, Her Motto was ” Buy 1 painting a day”, What a woman!
Peggy died aged 81 in1979. Her ash is buried in a corner of the garden of Palazzo Venier, then home and now the museum converted by the Guggenheim Foundation after her death.
The museum experience was fulfilling and enlightening. It was absolutely just.. can’t find the word…!
Emi and I have started checking out Opening nights at Jonathan Levin gallery in Chelsey, NYC. It sort of provokes us to see different art scene in NY or at least “A Scene” that brings us back to “Back in the Days in NY” when how things were more interesting and attracted interesting crowds together.
Now I am blogging about this, I become one of those who revels all the hidden fun around us but hopefully you will consider me as more of one who “Shares” rather one who “Leaks”.
Walking in, you can’t deny the presence of “Young Generation of NY” are all here. It’s packed from the street and it’s even more so inside. Every opening draws such size of audience and I find it quite interesting. I saw some familiar faces from the last one we came for. There are toddlers in hands with young parents too. Bottled water in ice buckets runs out fast as it gets pretty hot inside from the amount of visitors swarming around. It has lots of of energy in here.
Jonathan Levin gallery’s Motto is Committing to New and Cutting Edge Art of Today.
Welcome Flag on the Ground floor. I love it!
Gael trying to read.
It’s almost like a good old day’s Club scene.
By the way, Here we go again, We saw it! In the restroom of Jonathan Levin gallery, The Mysterious FUZZY WOOL ART!
A house wife? Not sure for how long this is going on, but now I am looking forwardd to the next one!
“The End is Far” is the title of this exhibition.
The color scheme and how Gody whole thins is Not at my taste but I quite enjoyed how audaciously everything is put together and like to pay respect to the amount of work the Artist had put into this to knit up from a small grape vine to an entire wall surface of a room.
The show at the end made me feel provoked and I have to say the Crowd’s energy was quite powerful to almost turn the exhibition to a performing Art.
The Exhibition ends on March 23rd. Go check it out!
Mysterious Fuzzy Wooly Work of Art at Jonathan Levine Gallery, NYC
An opening night of Japanese artist, Haroshi at Jonathan Levine Gallery was so packed with so many visitors, I was sort of running out of breath. Sweating. One of the most successful openings that I have seen in a long time in Chelsea Art scene. We actually thought it would be quite fun to take Gael to see the opening night of such an Artist’s main medium being Skateboards and all the related parts and tools even including a sand paper. And no surprise to that yet quite impressed about how much the artist is loved by the public, the Skaters. Artist himself as a passionate skater, Haroshi sure expresses his love for world of Skaters and skateboards.
Gael takes a bathroom break in a hallway of Gallery and tells me, ” Mom, Did you see the Fuzzy Bear in the Bathroom? ” ” A Bear? No, I haven’t been in the restroom yet.” So here I go stay in the line to use the bathroom and I am curious now.
I am waiting for my turn.
The fuzzy Bear!
This Art is hanging on the bathroom wall. Haroshi is an artist who only works with skateboards. I ask one of the gallery staffs if this piece is related to the exhibition but they don’t know what I am talking about. Who’s then??? Love the composition and colors put together in classic knotting techniques. It’s really dense.
Swarming visitors inside of gallery.
The main piece of Haroshi. His precision in workmanship and patience as an artist is unbelievable. Small colored cubics are cut pieces from skateboards and put back together to hand carve and sanded to come to this final product. I know it has this casual cartoon like feel to it, but again the dedication behind his work is truly impressive.
Ok the Haroshi exhibition runs through Feb, 13.
So go check it out and also check out if Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear and the Hot Pink Gun is there!