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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Late Night Snack: Piccola Cucina Focacceria


Take me back to Genova © Nina Buesing /Getty

In case you find yourself searching for food in the Central Village after much Halloween fun tonight, give Piccola Cucina Focacceria on McDougal (near W 3rd) a try.
I just ate a delicious Focaccia di Recco with fresh arugula and tomato there.
Best part: They are open until 3 AM! (Jason, I can hear you sigh)

Recco is near Genova -- one of my favorite places in the world. In fact that whole region is fabulous. And next time I am there I will be sure to checkout Recco.
Read more about Recco in Michael Frank's article Hidden Beauty in Northern Italy (Travel Leisure, September 2009), which you'll find by clicking here.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Lillian Bassman, Staley Wise & New York Spaces


© Lilian Bassman

Today I stopped by Staley Wise to see Lillian Bassman's Women exhibit (there is also a book of the same title). It is always nice to see those gorgeous prints of hers and to step into Staley Wise Gallery.
You cannot find a a bad photograph in this old skool gallery that is filled with prints and books and friendly staff.
New York + functional space + wood floors + white walls +photographs + art books = comfort -- at least for me.
Such spaces remind me of my days spent totally at peace in the darkroom or of working at a studio. Life is messier now and peace harder to come by. But I am not complaining.

Anyway go see the work:

Lillian Bassman
Women
Staley Wise Gallery
560 Broadway
NYC 10012
- through November 28, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ellen Rennard

This week's Nymphoto Conversation is with Ellen Rennard!
Ellen's work is beautifully observant, soothing and timeless.
Head over to www.nymphoto.blogspot.com to see and read more.





I love these faces © Ellen Rennard

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Seen & Read

A couple of nights ago I saw The September Issue. And as you might have heard Grace Coddington is the true star of the movie (and Anna Wintour is really not all that scary). If you are in NYC this Thursday evening you can catch Ms. Coddington in person at her book signing for The Catwalk Cat at one of my favorite places: Clic Gallery.
I also saw Coco avant Chanel - and liked it very much. Can't agree with The New Yorker Review here. Beautiful movie- the visual from the orphanage scenes are the most memorable & beautiful I have seen since the George Clooney/Horse scene in Michael Clayton.
And I thought Audrey Tautou eloquently captured the spirit of Coco Chanel.

This week's New Yorker has a profile about filmaker Wes Anderson. If you are a Wes Anderson follower the article doesn't cover any new ground, but it is still a nice read and a good introduction if you are new to the universe of Mr. Anderson.
Mr. Anderson reportedly now primarily resides in Paris and has spent more time abroad. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited were not as well received as The Royal Tenenbaums or Rushmore. Both Life Aquatic and Darjeeling Limited are set outside the US and I wonder if that is what alienated some from those movies or maybe (re)viewers just wanted more of exactly the same.
Life Aquatic is probably my favorite Wes Anderson movie so far (agreeing with The New Yorker on this one). I felt Wes Anderson was really delving into his creativity and the story reflected an evolution. Wes Anderson is a couple of years older than me. I am not where I was ten years ago in life and neither it seems is Wes Anderson or his movies - and that's a relief.
See you at Fantastic Mr Fox :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tim Burton @ MOMA

I am really looking forward to the Tim Burton retrospective at MoMA (ahh..living in NYC can be so good), which opens this November.
Sleepy Hollow is one of my favorite films and I think it is time to see it again.
Find out more about the Tim Burton exhibit by visiting: www.moma.org.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Two Shows: Alexander Gorlizki


Vanishing Point, Pigment & Gold on Paper© Alexander Gorlinzki

Alexander Gorlizki
Appointments & Disappointments
Kudlek Van Der Grinten Galerie
Schaafenstrasse 25
50676 Köln - Germany
Oct. 30-Dec. 19, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday October 30, 2009

&

Alexander Gorlizki
Soft Succulent Sublime
Daniel Weinberg Gallery
6148 Wilshire blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Oct.31-Dec.19, 2009
Opening reception: Saturday, 21 November, 6-8 pm