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pic of the day 101-200 pic of the day 101-200 2/2/14 this is a detail of one of the pieces in the Serra show at Gagosian. It is small about 8 x 8 inches and I love these little areas on the sculptures which are majestic in size and at times also graceful in form. Details like this are an aesthetic influence on me. 189104613 2/3/14 My Mom, the silver fox whom I love with all my heart. 189139278 2/4/14 This is my Dad, whom I also love with all my heart, as well as the rest of my family. They all have been a huge influence on me with their love and support, and I can't think of anything to be more thankful for or inspired by. 189171402 2/5/14 This is a picture from the RIchard Serra show at Gagosian. These are solid steel plates standing vertically in an arrangement in the room and each plate weighs thousands of pounds each and there are about thirty of them. Even with the immense presence of them they strike me as paintings, a field of paintings. 189201701 2/6/14 this is a detail shot of one of the Serra pieces at Gagosian. 189234723 2/7/14 So I was greeted with this visual monstrosity waiting for the F train subway on the train platform this morning in Manhattan. Top to bottom, end to end whole car subway advertisements covering the exterior sides of the train except for the windows. It is the same advertisement for Jaguar automobiles on every car of the train, with a huge British flag right in the middle none the less, in NY! I am wondering when NYC is going to get it together and start commissioning artists to do artwork on the subway trains. The ugly, austere sardine cans on wheels that are the NYC subway trains are now being made to look even more butt by being covered with advertisements, come on now! Let's do better than this NYC. 189263502 2/8/14 a new painting of mine titled "NY Winter Nights" acrylic paint, and oil paint on wood panel, 12 by 12 inches 189301193 2/9/14 this is a new painting of mine titled "Grappling with Miro" acrylic paint, oil paint, and spray enamel on wood panel, 12 x 12 inches 189327738 2/10/14 this is a new painting of mine "Night Waves" acrylic paint, oil paint, and spray enamel on wood panel, 12 x 12 inches 189373061 2/11/14 one more from the Richard Serra show at Gagosian. 189408688 2/12/14 the geometry of the architecture in this picture is fascinating to me. The angles, the oblique lines are simple yet determined. Needless to say I would be less than enthused coming home and seeing the girders installed onto my building holding it up. This is in the Chelsea section of NYC. 189441521 2/13/14 this is the countryside in Bulgaria, about 2 hours East of the capital Sofia. 189479427 2/14/14 In the spirit of Winter this is the hut of the hermit St. Ivan in the Rila mountains of Bulgaria. It is in the Southwest area of Bulgaria. He lived in this hut which was built into a cave for 50+ years in the tenth century. He gathered such a following that they built a huge monastery at the base of the mountain in the tenth century. The monastery has been destroyed and rebuilt many times over the centuries due to the Ottoman empire and the long history of war in Bulgaria as the country is the crossroads between Europe and Asia, and close to Russia amidst the Balkans. The Rila monastery and the St. Ivan hut will make up the images of the next couple days. 189505205 2/15/14 This is the side of the main dwelling area of the St. Ivan hut and you can also see storage rooms built into the cave in the back. 189535639 2/16/14 this is the main chamber in the St. Ivan cave hut which is only 12 x 12 feet. It is the room that has frescoes, and they are over 600 years old. The rooms are dark and small and no flash photography is allowed. The other rooms were a prayer chamber and a bedroom. 189566770 2/17/14 This is an exterior wall to the Ivan hut. The hut is a pilgrimage area for many Bulgarians and it is custom to leave prayers, or thoughts written down on paper and folded into little packages in the wall. If you look closely you can see the little pieces of folded up paper in the wall. Bulgarian people also hang these little notes from trees. 189600883 2/18/14 This is the Rila monastery aka base camp for the St. Ivan hut. It struck me as more of a fortress as it had fortifications complete with dwelling chambers surrounding the courtyard area. One entrance in the front, and one at the rear. This image is taken from the front entrance tunnel looking into the courtyard where the church is, which is the building with the contrasting black and white tiles. There is also a large bell tower next to the church which was used for religious purposes but also as a warning signal. Supposedly the bells can be heard for almost 25 miles and were often used to warn of approaching raiders as the monastery is in a strategic position amidst a pass in the Rila mountains. 189634937 2/19/14 This is one of the many frescoes that cover the interior of the arched exterior of the church at Rila monastery. I think it may have something to do with the life of St. George who is a revered persona in Bulgaria, and whom has a national holiday in his memory, which incorporates eating lamb. 189676155 2/20/14 a new painting of mine titled "Rio de Janeiro Disparity" 12 x 12 inches, acrylic paint and ink on wood panel 2014, $400 -the motivation for this painting is a new multi-million dollar World Cup soccer stadium being built in Rio de Janeiro (which a number of workers died at due to un-safe working conditions) amidst the numerous and expansive favelas, which are shanty towns rife with crime, and oppressed by dehumanizing poverty. I have not been to Brazil. What I am going on is what people have told me that live there, and images as well as films. Here are a couple good movie references "City of God", "Waste Land" a documentary on the artist Vik Muniz, and "Witness:RIo" which is an HBO documentary. My favorite being "Waste Land". 189712407 2/21/14 new painting of mine "NY Spring Mornings" 12 x 12 inches, acrylic paint, and oil paint on wood panel, $400, 2014 189742963 2/22/14 new painting of mine "Lanzarote Basalt Gas Bubble Cave" 30 x 24 inches, acrylic paint and oil paint on wood panel, $750, 2014 189774682 2/23/14 new painting of mine "The Dark Side" 24 x 18 inches, acrylic, oil paint, ink on stretched canvas, $600, 2014 189805287 2/24/14 full moon at dusk over Broadway Junction, Brooklyn, NY. 189833487 2/25/14 So walking to work this morning I noticed that somebody, not me, had taken the time to make and post these notices on every telephone/electrical pole, and street lamp pole along my walk to the subway and other areas in my neighborhood. At first I thought wow somebody really made these and plastered them all over the place, and while making this a pic of the day may seem kind of brash I got a chuckle out of the fact that somebody had actually removed one of the "#fuck it and whatever" pull tags at the bottom of the sign. Every once in a while starting off the day with some nonsensical randomness and a dash of humor is a good thing. 189864161 2/26/14 the duck pond at sunset, Central Park, NYC 189894119 2/27/14 Florence taken from the Piazzale Michelangelo. 189926342 2/28/14 main entrance to Il Duomo, Florence. 189956996 3/1/14 "Perseus slaying Medusa" by Cellini in the Piazza della Signoria, Florence. 189979905 3/2/14 looking out onto the Tuscan countryside from Florence. 190013427 3/6/14 This is a picture taken in Istanbul. It is looking from inside the Hagia Sophia towards the Blue mosque. 190140008 3/7/14 This is the interior of the central dome in the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul. The most amazing aspect of Istanbul to me is the history of the different cultures that have been present there. An excellent example of this is the Hagia Sophia and it is evident in the Byzantine architecture with the dome and arches as well as the artwork. The Byzantine angelic figures in the corners, and the Arabic script in the central ring at the apex of the dome. The aesthetic of the calligraphy in that script is quite interesting to me. 190164183 3/8/14 people fishing off of the Galata bridge in Istanbul. 190193951 3/9/14 Istanbul-I kept thinking of the J.R.R. Tolkien character "Treebeard" looking at this tree. 190222295 3/10/14 Blue mosque, Istanbul-I am all about conveying positivity with traveling experiences and while Istanbul generally speaking is secular I did not have a good one at the Blue mosque. I had people harassing me and more so them trying to give the girl I was with a hard time whistling at her and saying shit under their breath from the get go. I had somebody in the mosque as I was trying to respect their customs tell me that my tattooed arms were disrespectful in English. My response was 'well if you see it that way I don't know what to tell you'. I covered my heart with my hand which is supposed to convey best wishes and was left alone after that. The biggest thing that struck me is that the women must worship in cages in the back of the mosque. 190259829 3/11/14 on recent trip to MoMA with my brother Dan we were able to check out some excellent pieces, one of my favorites being "Starry Night" by van Gogh. 190294265 3/12/14 one of the amazing open spaces in MoMA. 190325336 3/13/14 Yoko-Hagi Okegawa Do Gusoku samurai armor from the Edo period (17th-18th century) This is one of the perks of my job, being able to see artwork that I would not usually be able to see. This armor suit is one of many interesting pieces of artwork being offered for auction at Christie's during Asia week. The estimate for sale is $15-20 thousand. 190358148 3/14/14 Red sandstone stele of Vishnu. 12th century, estimate $30-50,000 in the Asia week sale at Christie's. It is 4.5 feet high by almost 2.5 feet wide by a foot deep. 190387737 3/15/14 street shrine in NYC's East Village for people who have lost their lives trying to gain freedom in the Ukraine. I hope the Ukrainian people are able to do so with as little violence as possible, as there has already been too much. 190409706 3/16/14 This is a Gerhard Richter painting at MoMA. It is a unique one. I have never seen a painting by him with partial text and the dark humor that is going on in it. The title is "Death:Tote". It made me wonder if he is referencing "The Wizard of Oz". 190447470 3/17/14 so as I left work today to grab some lunch I was greeted with a lovely surprise as this band "21 Pipes and Drums" was staging on 48th Street in Manhattan for the St. Patrick's day parade. They were playing some tunes warming up and these lads and lasses were excellent. The sound of bagpipes always gets my blood pumping and my adrenaline flowing and the accompaniment of the drums was invigorating. Happy Saint Patrick's Day everybody! 190479979 3/18/14 another artist whose work I often like, Zao Wou-Ki, title "04.02.68" oil on canvas, 26 x 22 inches, painted 1968, being auctioned at Christie's estimate $1-1.5 million 190519742 3/19/14 Another artist whose work I dig. Chu Teh-Chun. The calligraphic style is impeccable. Anybody who has developed a handstyle can appreciate it, or should as far as I am concerned. 190556462 3/20/14 The guy who works the counter at the local bodega does these drawings and puts them up near the cash register. 190590022 3/21/14 My friend Charles Lear holding up a piece of art residue from one of his stage performances. You can purchase his latest book "Post-Apocalyptic Macbeth and the Girls" at It is an honest expression of a true punk rock dude putting on a rooftop play in Bushwick, before it was cool, and the bar in between. Besides being one of the originators of scum rock within the Tompkins Square Park crowd in the 80s in NYC, and a synth punk wizard Charles is also an author, playwright, thespian, theater director and designer as well as an expert on Shakespeare. He is a quality dude. 190622055 3/22/14 photo abstraction 190657462 3/23/14 The Salvador Dali museum in Figueres, Spain. I have always liked his work, but being able to visit this museum is a profound influence on me. 190694282 3/24/14 this is the entrance to the Dali museum atrium, and the female figurative sculpture I like to think of as the Catalan mama. 190735300 3/25/14 Huge mural in the atrium at the Dali museum. 190771973 3/26/14 Something that is a enjoyable factor for me with truly admiring a piece of artwork is it intriguing me viewing it close up and from a distance. It is not a necessity for me to appreciate a piece. This painting by Dali at his museum is the epitome of the close up and at a distance viewing relationship. The vision that Dali exuded using the combination of representation, the female figure up close, and abstraction, the portrait of Abraham Lincoln perceivable from a distance is astounding. You should be able to see the portrait of Lincoln if you step a few feet back from your computer. Not only that but due to the color relationship of the squares within the mosaic pattern when you move towards and away from the piece, and side to side while viewing it the colors appear to shift. This is quite an amazing piece of artwork to me. 190805551 3/27/14 Dali museum-there is a whole series of works representing rock formations and incorporating the illusion of the figure. This one has a reclined female figure in it. 190844549 3/28/14 Dali museum-I am not much of a prints person, it takes a lot to wow me with them. I don't like the multiplicity of them. It seems too mechanical to me. That being said this is a Dali print that he also drew onto with india ink in certain areas. I like it. 190876602 3/29/14 Dali museum-another amazing Dali painting. 190908092 3/30/14 ending Dali week I thought I would share an image of one of the odder paintings at the museum. I am not sure who it is in the portrait. 190945302 3/31/14 black and white photo of an Agnes Denes piece "World of Thorns" at MoMA. It is plexiglas elements in a reflective box. 190977220 4/1/14 So a police helicopter was buzzing around my building the other night. I went up to the roof to check out what was going on and then the helicopter came over and pointed their light at me. It was pretty crazy how low they were flying. 191016603 4/2/14 So I was at a pretty nice restaurant near Lincoln Center with my parents and brother a couple of weeks ago. It was a good time and the place had a bunch of artwork on the walls, most of which were posters from performances at Lincoln Center, and portraits of actors. I got a chuckle out of this one as it stood out a bit. 191050833 4/3/14 Some bizarre street art in my neighborhood, Bushwick, Bklyn. 191082482 4/4/14 more Bushwick street art. 191111891 4/6/14 So before I get sarcastic twist emails from my vegetarian friends about this mural on the side of a restaurant in my neighborhood, it is kind of hard to tell because the light wasn't that great, but there is a human in the stomach of the Orca. I don't know if that twist makes the theme any better, but there you go, some artwork I think is amazing. 191174205 4/7/14 more Bushwick street art, artist unknown. 191213991 4/8/14 mural by artist Mr. Smithe, in Bushwick. The wall is about 25 feet high by 250 feet long. The next few pic of the day will be of this piece. 191246930 4/9/14 pic #2 of the Mr. Smithe mural in Bushwick. 191281608 4/10/14 pic #3 of the Mr. Smithe mural in Bushwick. 191311868 4/11/14 this is the fourth and final picture of the Mr. Smithe mural in Bushwick. It is pretty amazing that one person was able to do this, and with spray paint. I don't think a lot of people realize how difficult it is to master the use of spray paint or to have what is referred to as "can control". Mr. Smithe is an artist from Mexico City. 191343586 4/12/14 So I was in Macy's the other day and saw these jeans. Sometimes artists will wear jeans like these that they have actually wiped paint off of their brushes onto the leg while working on an actual painting. These ones come pre-painted and have been marked down from $200 to $140. I am still shaking my head in disbelief. 191371266 4/13/14 Marty Brodeur, the goalie for the NJ Devils ice hockey team. In my opinion the greatest goalie in the history of the NHL. I was lucky enough to go to what may have been his last game tonight with my parents, brother, and sister, and sister's boyfriend, good times, and good memories. 191403989 4/15/14 Installation artwork by artists Katie Ruiz(painting) and Suki Valentine(chair sculptures) at their show at NY Studio School. You can check out Katie's work at excellent paintings. 191471422 4/16/14 seal in the floor, on the ground floor of the NY Studio School. 191507030 4/17/14 me hanging out at Katz's deli, NYC, with my parents and our friend Dan Mauk. Picture taken by my Mom. 191538153 4/18/14 underneath a train trestle at Newark, NJ Penn Station. 191568938 4/19/14 A sculpture expressed in silver by Gianmaria Buccellati, mid 20th century, being auctioned at Christie's $40-60k 191595178 4/20/14 Silver sculptures, the lion was made in 20th century Florence, and the cub was made in 20th century Milan both by Bucchellati. The amazing thing about these is that each strand of the lion's and cub's coats is a single piece of silver. 191622695 4/21/14 Sunset over the Frank Gehry designed Lewis Library at Princeton University, NJ. 191663790 4/22/14 The lights on the New Jersey waterfront reflecting onto the Hudson River being looked at from Hell's Kitchen, NYC 191697918 4/23/14 yours truly amidst an installation piece by the artist Yayoi Kusuma that I installed. Photo by Kristen Brochmann, whose photography you can check out at Kristen Brochmann Photography Besides being one of the main photographers of Christie's property he is well known for taking a picture of one of the hijacked airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center and exploding during 9/11. It was on the cover of Newsweek Publications Gallery: 191732959 4/24/14 generally a reflection caught in the glazing covering an artwork in a photo is a no-no, but I like how it works in this one. The art is Ed Ruscha "City", gunpowder and pastel on paper, 1 x 3 feet, 1971, at MoMA. 191765201 4/25/14 bald eagle at the Bronx Zoo. 191800931 4/26/14 more street art in Bushwick, artist Beau Stanton. 191822256 4/27/14 another mural in Bushwick, by Omni, a lot of these murals are part of the Bushwick Collective which is an excellent idea. It is basically run by a person named Joseph Ficalora who coordinates artists being able to paint murals in and around Bushwick and not catch heat about it, graffiti, street art, art, whatever you want to call it I think it is awesome. A Son of Bushwick Turns the Neighborhood Into a Gallery for Street Art image A Son of Bushwick Turns the Neighborhood Into a Gallery... Joseph Ficalora, in pain from bad memories everywhere he looked and fed up with vandals tagging his neighborhood with graffiti, has turned the streets of ... View on 191856766 4/28/14 another Bushwick Collective collaborative mural. This is one of my favorites that I have seen in a while. It is pretty sick. 191892951 4/29/14 Nychos and Smithe collaborative mural, going off in Bushwick. Another Bushwick Collective project. 191929110 4/30/14 Bushwick Collective mural. 191966678 5/1/14 This is some type of exhaust contraption on the roof of the building from yesterdays mural pic. 191993027 5/2/14 Bushwick graffiti-this artist who goes by Dero has been writing graffiti for decades. I have always appreciated his style and use of color. 192019635 5/3/14 Bushwick graffiti: work by the artist "Deem". 192050061 5/4/14 Bushwick graffiti: piece by "Asend" 192075449 5/5/14 New painting of mine "Head in the Clouds" 16 x 16 x 2 inches, spray enamel, acrylic and oil paint, pumice on wood panel, $600 192107038 5/6/14 New painting of mine "Forgotten Cities" 16 x 16 x 2 inches, acrylic paint, pumice, on wood panel, $600 -I worked many thin layers of paint in the green area that were done in different directions, and thicknesses so that when the painting is viewed at different angles there appear to be very subtle shapes of different sizes and textures. It was nearly impossible for me to capture this in a photo. 192139361 5/7/14 building in Midtown Manhattan. 192180482 5/9/14 I love the erotic dexterity of the form in this sculpture by Marc Quinn of Kate Moss doing a version of the yoga Vrischikana asana or "scorpion pose". This is an image of it on display in front of Christie's for the Post-war and Contemporary auctions next week. The artwork being auctioned is on display in the Christie's galleries at Rockefeller Center this weekend, for hours/directions 192240087 5/10/14 Pretty amazing Mark Rothko painting on display at Christie's, being auctioned on Tuesday. This is what I work with as I have been moving this painting, storing it safely/protecting it, and installing it many times. As well as a plethora of other incredible pieces of art. It is paintings like these that make me feel lucky to be doing what I am, on most days. 192264465 5/11/14 A powerful piece by Andy Warhol. The title is "Race Riot" and it is hard to believe this happened in America, and that civil inequality and injustice still exist in the land of the free today. The painting is being auctioned at Christie's Tuesday night. 192296472 5/12/14 This is a piece by Damien Hirst. It is a huge aluminum panel about 12 x 8 feet covered with millions of dead flies. It was auctioned at Christie's tonight. 192333817 5/14/14 Every time I see one of these Richard Prince nurse paintings Gregory Isaacs' song "Night Nurse" seems like the appropriate tune to accompany it. 192399757 5/15/14 Walton Ford at Christie's. 192427201 5/16/14 This artist's work is growing on me a lot. Sterling Ruby at Christie's, "SP51"dims. 8 x 12 feet. 192451206 5/18/14 Brooklyn bound with my Dad. Getting shit off our chests about work and saw this skyline amidst a perfect day. I love my Dad with all my heart. He is a good dude. 192511830 5/19/14 new painting of mine "City Oasis, Central Park" 16x16x2 inches, acrylic, spray enamel, ink on wood panel, $600 192546089 5/20/14 this ad catches the NYC subway commuting experience in a nutshell. 192584741