Artsy snowflake cut-outs in NYC

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Remember the paper cut-out snowflakes that your teacher used to have you make in elementary school? I saw these two elaborate snowflake cut-outs taped to the inside of a door window on East Houston Street on the Lower East Side last month … I especially like the pattern on the left one.

paper snowflakes on the Lower East Side

Is the peeled off sticker art a Diane Arbus copy?

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I noticed the remnants of a peeled-off sticker art graffiti piece on this FDNY alarm box in NYC recently (below left) … and when I crop and rotate the image (below center), it starts to resemble the famous photograph by Diane Arbus (below right), titled “Child with Toy Hand Grenade,” 1962. What do you think? Maybe not a perfect match, but it’s hard to say without seeing the original sticker before someone tried to peel it off.

sticker art graffiti in NYC resembles Diane Arbus photograph

Does Cy Twombly work for PSE&G?

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I was walking the dogs yesterday when we passed by a project-in-progress by our local electric utility company PSE&G. An open door on a tool storage area on the truck (below left) revealed a colorful abstract painting that seemed like it could easily pass for a painting by the famous artist Cy Twombly. Twombly’s 1995 painting Quattro Stagioni, Autunno is posted below right for an easy comparison. What do you think? Does PSE&G have an undiscovered Twombly on their hands? Take it to Christie’s or Sotheby’s at the end of the shift!

Cy Twombly painting on a electric utility truck

There’s a Pat Steir in my breakfast bowl!

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You may have seen some of our blog posts where we “find” famous art works in our everyday presence … like yesterday’s dog who resembled a Franz Kline painting, or a Hieronymus Bosch monster in the rubble of our bathroom renovation project.

Today, as I finished my breakfast of strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, and granola, I noticed that the yogurt residue on the dark blue ceramic bowl, below left, looked a bit artistic. Could it be the subconscious inspiration of Pat Steir’s paintings, below right?

my breakfast bowl reminded me of a Pat Steir painting

Sleeping dog, or long lost Franz Kline painting?

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I noticed the unusual pretzel-like entanglement of limbs (below left) as one of my dogs was resting on a chair in my office this morning, and it made me think of a Franz Kline painting (below right). It’s not the first time either one of my dogs has acted like famous painting – click here to see more of Theo the Art Dog and Violet the Expressionist Pup. (by the way, the legs shown here belong to Violet)

Sleeping dog feet reminds me of a Franz Kline painting

Cruising around with Mitt Romney

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I was riding my bike on an errand the other day, and did a double-take as I passed this car, below left, which had what appeared to be a grinning Mitt Romney face attached to the back of the driver’s head rest. I did a Google search for “Mitt Romney mask,” and found one below right that seems to match up with what I saw in that car … all I can say is that I wouldn’t want to be a backseat passenger who would have this face grinning at me for the whole ride!

Mitt Romney mask seen in a parked car

Trucking art with Buff Monster

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I had my first exposure to the artist Buff Monster while exploring the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn in the fall of 2013, where I saw this great mural. I’ve seen his work around in a few places since then, but was pleased to see this Buff Monster truck parked along 12th Avenue around the time of the closing of the 2015 Armory Show. There were a whole row of trucks lined up there, I assume they were all art movers, ready to help clear out the Piers after the Armory Show. At any rate, I love the idea of “Buff Monster on wheels!”

art movers truck with Buff Monster mural on the side at the Armory Show

Finding a Hieronymus Bosch monster in our demolition zone

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We’ve got a home improvement project going on today, with contractors gutting out a bathroom right below my home office. I looked into the dumpster at the rubble and saw this smashed-up toilet (or is that part of the sink?), below left, and it prompted thoughts of a monster from a Hieronymus Bosch painting. I’d say this detail, below right, from Bosch’s 1482 painting “The Last Judgment” could be a good match for what my imagination saw in the dumpster. What do you think?

smashed up plumbing reminds me of a creature from a Hieronymous Bosch painting The Last Judgment

Eric Fischl Art Fair Paintings

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I love it – I happened upon this scene at the 2015 Armory Show – an art fair visitor looking at art about art fair visitors looking at art, from Eric Fischl’s series “Art Fair Paintings.” I recently read Eric Fischl’s autobiography which is titled Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas and enjoyed it very much, so it was great to see something new from Fischl at the Armory Show. (new at least to me)

Art Fair Paintings by Eric Fischl at the 2015 Armory Show