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Frank Stella at The New Whitney

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Just 26 at the time of his second Castelli show in 1962, Frank Stella’s striped and shaped paintings were a revelation in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism. Eight years later, The Museum of Modern Art in New York presented a retrospective of Stella’s work, making him the youngest artist ever to receive this honor.

Now 79, Frank Stella’s current retrospective at The Whitney is the most comprehensive presentation of his career to date, showcasing his prolific output. From the irreverent Benjamin Moore series of the late fifties to the Protractor series, painted in the palette of the sixties, to recent sculpture from 2014,  this show lives up to the hype. Jointly curated by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Whitney, with input from Frank Stella, the show moves to Texas after its Whitney debut.

Harran ii Frank Stella 1967
Harran ii Frank Stella 1967

The exhibition fills the entire fifth floor, an 18,000-square-foot gallery that is the Whitney’s largest space for temporary exhibitions. The exhibition is not hung in a simple chronology.  Artwork created 20 years apart are shown in close proximity, creating juxtapositions of color, form and process, revealing Stella’s creative evolution as an artist.

Frank Stella on making art:

The one thing I learned is not to say anything about my own paintings. You just have to make your own art, and whatever categories it falls into will come later.

Black Star Frank Stella 2014
Black Star Frank Stella 2014

Designed by Renzo Piano, the impressive nine-storey Whitney at 99 Gansevoort Street in the Chelsea Meatpacking district, opened in May 2015. Walk the High Line towards Chelsea and exit at the southern tip.  The Whitney’s former New York home, the Marcel Breuer designed building on Madison, will be leased by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Don’t miss Frank Stella: A Retrospective, on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, now in its final month until 7 February 2016

A Weekend in New York

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A weekend in New York can be daunting. So much to do and so little time. A major reason to visit New York  is the galleries. You’ll see art here you won’t see anywhere else.

Galleries 

Pace Gallery in Chelsea has 50 years of iconic images from master fashion photographer Irving Penn.

Also in Chelsea, Francois Xavier Lalanne transformed an old gas station at 10th Ave and 24th Street into his amusing installation, The Sheep Station.

Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi is the first artist to paint directly onto the roof of the Met, and visitors walk on it as they view it. The installation’s title, “And How Many Rains Must Fall Before the Stains Are Washed Clean,” is from a poem by the Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

A must see in Brooklyn, MoMA PS1  has dedicated all 3 floors of the gallery to the career of West Coast artist Mike Kelley, who committed suicide in 2012 at age 57. A CityPASS booklet includes a visit to MoMA PS1 within 30 days of visiting MoMA.

If you don’t have much time, skip the ticket line. Buy a CityPASS and go directly to the entrance inside the museum lobby. Present the back of your CityPASS booklet to be scanned and away you go. CityPASS booklets are good for The Guggenheim, The Met and the Cloisters, MoMa and PS1 as well as The Empire State Building, The American Museum of Natural History and the Statue of Liberty.

Where to Eat

For lunch, try The Lobster Place at the Chelsea Market. Order the monkfish sandwich on challa bread with the scallop and bacon chowder. The sushi and lobster are also great. Don’t forget to ask for a free bib. Get take out and walk up to the Highline or nearby Hudson River Park.

For a fun, informal dinner, try Eataly, both a store and a restaurant for those who love all things Italian. Located steps away from the Flatiron bldg on 5th Avenue, the restaurant area is sectioned by food group – Fish, Pizza and Pasta, Meat and Vegetarian.  Weather permitting, you can also dine under the stars on the rooftop patio, but the pub-style menu doesn’t have the variety of the main floor. If they’re on the menu, order the tuna and swordfish meatballs in tomato sauce. Fantastico!

Music

Intimate with good acoustics ,the legendary Blue Note in Greenwich Village is the club to see well-known jazz artists like Stanley Clarke. Before leaving home, reserve tickets online and The Blue Note will hold your seat. A five-minute wait on a Sunday night and we were seated just 3 feet away from the stage.

Try a few of our favorite suggestions on your next trip to the big Apple.  Don’t worry if you don’t see everything – you’ll be back.

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