Mark Rothko

26 Oct

I’m usually not a fan of abstract art but there’s something about Mark Rothko’s paintings that seem more than just blocks of paint on huge canvases.

I visited the Moca on Grand Avenue a while back and they had a whole room dedicated to Mark Rothko’s paintings. Just imagine these huge, giant-like canvases all lined up around the room, each one concentrating on different groups of colors. The internet does no justice (like it does with many things) for his paintings, because when i was in that gallery my view of abstract art completely changed. It was almost magical (ha) the way you could stare at one of his paintings and have it invoke a certain kind of feeling inside you.

You know how they say that coloring a room a certain paint color can change people’s moods?

it was the same way with Rothko’s paintings. Just looking at them I felt a deep connection to the painting, almost as if the color was bringing out a certain experience that i had been subconsciously associating with that color. Maybe this is just me being weird and overtly emotional, but go to Moca, look at the exhibit and tell me if you didn’t feel the same way ! ! ! !

for perspective.

– Sally


Macha Suzuki

21 Oct


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Sooooooo if there’s anything i love the most in the world, it’s sculpture art.  I know, I know this makes me a bit biased, but ahhhhhhh. I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT.


Dmitry Ligay

17 Oct

Dmitry Ligay is an artist and illustrator from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Watercolors, newspaper, and pencils are common mediums for Ligay. Also, he likes to contrast black and white and sepia tones with bright hues of color. It suits the social and political themes his work often tries to undertake.



Aron Wiesenfeld

17 Oct

Aron Wiesenfeld Aron Wiesenfled Aron Wiesenfeld.

There’s something dark in his work, something eerie that draws you toward his paintings. Maybe it’s all the empty space. Personally i love artwork that has a lot of negative space. Art teachers have been telling me all the time “USE ALL OF THE PAGE, DON’T LEAVE NEGATIVE SPACE” and I completely disagree. Sometimes that emptiness adds to the work, oddly enough i think leaving nothing in the background makes the painting more interesting. Aron Wiesenfeld has this Edward Hopper/ John Currin thing going on.  Maybe i’ll blog about Edward Hopper someday (one of my favorite artists!) and John Currin too, if the staff allows me.

Train Tunnel




The Delegate’s Daughter

Swimming Pool


Richard Avedon

16 Oct

Most of you guys have probably already heard of the famous photographer Richard Avedon

He’s well-known for taking pictures of celebrities like Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, The Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe and more. If you look past those big names and really analyze his art, there is something quite beautiful about his black and white photos. Richard Avedon would shoot portraits as well as fashion, so in his photos you can see a lot of the interesting movement that is captured in the fashion photos and the rawness of some of the portraits he takes. He has this one portrait of an old man and i can’t get over how wonderful his wrinkles are and how nothing is edited in the photos. It’s all there.

if that makes sense.






Truman Capote

Dwight Eisenhower
Marian Anderson

Dick Hickock, Murderer, Garden City, Kansas, April 15, 1960

Dick Hickock

Ezra Pound

William Burroughs

Malcom X


After posting this I realized I put up a lotttttt of pictures. But I encourage you guys to look up more of his photos ! They’re all so wonderful!


Nowhere Boy

16 Oct

First, I can’t believe I just found out about this. This was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and came out, most likely in selected theaters, October 8th to celebrate what would be John Lennon’s 70th birthday if not for the dreaded night in December 1980.  Second, I can’t wait to hear the buzz from diehard Beatles fans. Enough said.


Casa Larga

14 Oct

Casa Larga has everything I look for in a dream home. Designed by Swiss architect Daniele Claudio Taddei, the house features a clean minimalist palette that is common in his work. I especially admire the untreated, au natural larch timber panels. Overlooking Lake Maggiore and sitting in the middle of a Ticinese vineyard, the building does a good job blending into its surroundings. . Despite how monolithic it appears from the outside, the large windows and the open spaces makes the interior feel airy and almost buoyant. I’d love to write in this environment because I pace and stare outside of windows when I work.  It gives my writing character. Also, it makes me feel like a cat.