Showing posts from October, 2012

Pamela Talese's Sugar & Fat: from rusting iron to colorful calories

If you glance back through this blog you'll note that I'm a huge contemporary art fan – the weirder and more subversive, the better. But I do appreciate a good still life, especially if its weird, subversive, or makes me want to eat it.  That seemed to be the gut sentiment of the enthused crowd who gathered in the lobby of a Greenwich Village apartment building to view "Sugar and Fat" by New York painter Pamela Talese.

The paintings featured some iconic New York sweets and treats, offset by unusual backdrops to give them a this-is-Talese-not-Thiebaud twist. Plates of mini-cupcakes disappeared in a New York nanosecond (the Oreos lingered), and many people were mesmerized by the buttery slice of brie in "Cheese and Hermes Scarf." It was the first of the 19 small paintings to get the red sticker, even though you could have scarfed a boatload of the real thing for the listed price of $1700. Speaking of scarves, the caption read "... it helped me realize t…

Columbus on the Coffee Table: A sculpture by Tatzu Nishi

There's nothing like visual juxtaposition to tickle the human psyche ... witness he of the giant soft hamburger, fan and wall sockets fame - Claes Oldenburg (yes if you scroll down, that link does show a piece by Claes Oldenburg).

The latest art stunt in New York City is Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi's Columbus on the Coffee Table, smack bang on a traffic island in Columbus Circle.

OK, that's not the title of the work. It's actually called Discovering Columbus, playing on the fact that the man - actually a scoundrel and a butcher - discovered America. I like my title better.

 The entrance was free, and ticket holders who booked online patiently waited to climb size flights of scaffolded stairs to get to the mock "living room." Naturally, there was an elevator for the otherly-abled, out-of-shape or lazy.

 Inside, visitors sprawled on the furniture and thumbed magazines, looking out of the windows to 360-degree views of the whirling traffic in the streetscape be…