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Still....... Bare Branches in Central Park

Still....... Bare Branches in Central Park... and Wet!

Yellow Forsythia against Brown Stone Walls of Central Park.....

Yellow Forsythia against Brown Stone Walls of Central Park.....

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Iannis Xenakis, Cosmic City, Final Drawing, 1964. Ink on paper. Courtesy of the Iannis Xenakis Archives, Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Iannis Xenakis, Cosmic City, Final Drawing, 1964. Ink on paper.

As I watched Documentary and Concert Films about Iannis Xenakis, the Greek-Born French Visionary who explored and championed interdisciplinary breakthrough works in mathematical music composition, architecture, electronic computerized sound, and performance light, art and music shows, I was amazed at the newness of his contribution to our human spirit. He unearthed the power of Abstraction underlying the connection between these arts….. Hearing these abstract musical sounds stream into riffs and dissonant threads of harmonies and discords, I visualized the music creating a portal into the mind bridging thoughts and emotions in its sheer vitality. The film “Something Rich and Strange,” (1990) Mark Ridel, Director, panned across gorgeous landscapes to render his emotive compositions.

His drawings are maps of his thinking. No surprise that Xenakis is a cult figure among architects, according to Carey Lovelace, one of the curators of the Iannis Xenakis show at the Drawing Center, who introduced the film event at the 92YTribeca on March 24. The show at the Drawing Center, closing on April 8, features the drawings of his musical compositions and audio performances. “Comprised of nearly 100 documents created between 1953 and 1984, this is the first North American exhibition dedicated to Xenakis’s original works on paper. Included are rarely-seen hand-rendered scores, architectural drawings, conceptual renderings, pre-compositional sketches, and graphic scores. Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary is co-curated by Xenakis scholar Sharon Kanach and critic Carey Lovelace.”  The Drawing Center.

The Xenakis show is a must if you like the company of visionaries.

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The Bergdorf Goodman's March Windows' Fashionistas

The Bergdorf Goodman's March Windows' Fashion Models amidst Central Park's last winter bare branches.......looking out through venetian blinds....What wonderful Scale!

At the intersection of 58th St @ 5th Ave. are the World’s most fabulous window designs — Bergdorf Goodman’s — a virtual crossroads of fashion, design, art, taste, storytelling, novelty, innovative 2-D and 3-D graphics and ideas whose wit and visual brilliance always delight and challenge my imagination….. It is not just at Christmas time that the ideas and fashions are over the top and reach the ultimate limits of research, beauty, commentary, topical newsworthiness, inventiveness of materials and joy …. In every display, whether using minimal materials or maximal, there is always visual wit and grammar and extreme imagination, a newness to the cabinets of curiosities, a vision to tickle your fancy…..

Just this week, one sees enlarged B&W photos of everyday venetian blinds, a florescent bulb elsewhere, whose abstractions are backdrops for Thakoon, Donna Karan and Calvin Klein, etc….amidst the windows’ reflections of winter’s bare trees (Grand Army Plaza and Central Park) and the bright blue late afternoon sky. A collage of outside/inside the window settings. And further on, BG’s designers use sunprints with silhouettes of countless objects held still in their blue rectangles framing the Fashions……. Vignette Settings that tie art, design & fashion together in theatrical narratives, just like “Stage Sets” worthy of Shakespeare’s “The World’s a Stage.” On the opposite corner, the Apple Store’s Floating Logo in a Glass Cube Window is a perfect contemporary counterpoint, creating a crossroads, an amazing intersection  of  amazing windows! For window watchers, enjoy the show!

Graphic Florescent Light Bulbs, Antiques Stone Carvings meet Fashion.

Graphic Florescent Light Bulbs, Antique Stone Carvings meet Fashion.

In Art Auction Selections for fundraising for the Brooklyn Acadmey of Music, BG supports Arts Organizations

In Art Auction Selections for fundraising for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, BG supports the Arts

In Art Auction Selections for fundraising for the Brooklyn Acadmey of Music, BG supports BAM

In Art Auction Selections for fundraising for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, BG supports BAM

White on White Akris Fashion

White on White Akris Fashion

HERE COMES THE SUN......PRINTS !!!!!!

HERE COMES THE SUN......PRINTS !!!!!!

Bergdorf Goodman, More Sun, Please!

More Sun, Please! (The windows practically pray for sun!)

Spotlight on Navy Blue, SunPrint Blue.

Spotlight is on Navy Blue, SunPrint Blue.

The Backdrops let the Fashion shout "WOW!" as each plays off each other, mesmerizing us.

The Backdrop Settings let the Fashions shout "WOW!," all mesmerizing.

57th Street's Buildings reflect and want to get into the act....

57th Street's Buildings reflect and want to get into the act....

A Menagerie of Blue Silhouetted Sunprints

A Menagerie of Blue Silhouettes......

A Culture of Art, Design, and Graphics at BG is liberating.....

A Culture of Art, Design, and Graphics at BG is liberating, entertaining, reflective.....

Spring Clothes are the real Peek at Spring that we need!

Glorious Spring Clothes are the real Peek at Spring that we need!

Ready in Red for a Fashionable RainStorm even amidst the SunPrints!

Ready in Red for a Fashionable Rain Storm even amidst the SunPrints!

As I look at Window Design and Sunprints, a Model on her cellphone talks about the red raincoat

As I look at Window Design and Sun Prints, ......next to me, a Model on her cellphone talks about the red raincoat that she just bought. Different strokes for different folks!

Tiffany needs attention too!  BG raises the bar and Tiffany gives us a hint of Spring, a good note on which to end this day's expedition.

Tiffany needs a little attention too! BG raises the bar for windows everywhere. And Tiffany doesn't disappoint, giving us a hint of Spring, and a hope for more! Ending this day's expedition.

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Lady Shakespeare's Paper Couture

Walking in New York affords many sitings of extraordinary Window Displays—joys to behold.  Here’s a Lady of perhaps Shakespearian origins, costumed in pages of handwritten papers, making a point for The Drama Bookstore located on West 40th St. opposite (and reflecting) The New York Times Building and the Muji Store of Japanese contemporary design. Her curls and ruffles leap off the pages …… A Dramatic Fashion Tableau and Statement….. Foreshadowing my next visit to Bergdorf Goodman’s, hallowed ground for New York’s window watchers….

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Conservatory Garden, Central Park, New York

Waiting impatiently for next month’s unfolding of color leads me to find a moment from springs past….my watercolor of the Conservatory Garden in Central Park…. Beds of Red Tulips spread below Cherry Blossom trees. March makes me want to burst from winter’s confinement and long for April’s bursts of color. It’s around the corner! I’m practically hearing that anticipation through the sounds of heavy rains on a wet Monday night!  But what a gorgeous weekend it was!

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March.  We impatiently wait for the real flowers… I saw 1 daffodil this morning….. And I just saw the windows at Kate’s Paperie on 3rd and 74 St. sporting colorful paper bouquets, but this winter in January I saw an amazing window display of white cut paper flowers at Ann Taylor Store’s windows that were white as snow and so formally beautiful that I had to capture them. My iphone and the night lighting really cooperated to give beautiful chiaroscurro-esque shadows which created beautiful neutrals….. It’s wonderful to see so many unexpected treasures by just walking around NY. I became a fan of cut paper (The show at the Museum of Art and Design …MAD is over April 4. Go!) by seeing year after year the gorgeous white cut paper story vignette windows at Bergdorf Goodman at Christmas…. I’ll never forget the white Afghan dog all in cut paper so well mimicing the real hair….  Here are the flower shows in glorious paper at Kate’s and Ann Taylor….

Kate's Paperie Paper Flower Windows

Kate's Paperie Paper Flower Windows

Ann Taylor's Cut White paper Flowers Windows 1,2

Cut Paper White Flowers 3, 4

Cut Paper White Flowers 5. 6

Cut Paper White Flowers 7, 8

March 21 is come and gone!  Happy that Spring is here which means Dreary rainy days back to back with Gorgeously warm days that tease us! ……Singing in the Rain Days!

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Lady in Green is filming the parade.

Green Button Man! Fashion Statement

BagPipers in all Those Skirts!

Green HAT and Dog Fashion

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