I have a strong appreciation for the art deco architecture that is found in South Beach, so much that I become a member of the Miami Design Preservation League, and toured many of the hotels in the area (so much fun by the way). My favorites include Essex House and Winter Haven. These two hotels are incredibly chic and have been preserved with such care that I felt as though I were stepping into the 1930’s Miami. The bar at Essex House was a favorite of Al Capone and his cohorts, and walking into the lobby of Winter Haven feels as though you are stepping onto a luxurious cruise ship. I hope I can stay at one of these beauties on my next visit, maybe for Art Basel in December :)
Above is Casa Casuarina, formerly occupied by the late Gianni Versace. Fun little fact: this is the third most photographed house in the US (the White House and Elvis Presley’s home come in 1st and 2nd).
Bowery mural by Maya Hayuk
The street art, the architecture, the shopping, the restaurants, the upscale hotels, the dive bars, the views, the coffee, the pop-up shops. I love it all.
The Bowery Mural.
Maya Hayuk’s geometric mural has been up at the corner of Houston and Bowery for about two weeks now. It’s quite the beauty with bold lines and vibrant pops of color. Unfortunately, some hooligans felt the urge to tag over it already…and there goes the neighborhood.
I walked by this mural while in the East Village earlier this afternoon. Rest in peace Philip Seymour Hoffman, your brilliance and talent will be remembered forever.
My West Coast friends are killing me with their endless Instagram posts of beach days and palm trees. I’ve never been more ready for spring in my entire life.
A few extra photos from my recent afternoon in Long Island City over this past weekend. First of all, it was a pleasant surprise to learn that LIC is just one quick stop away on the subway – I was mentally prepared to be on the subway forever. Secondly, LIC is very urban and gritty with lots of graffiti and boarded up windows. It could serve as the perfect backdrop for a film or photo shoot. With the MoMA PS1 and street banners on every corner with “CREATE” signage, I wonder if this will be a new artist’s district in the near future? Yes, I’m obsessed with all things urban lately. I find beauty in the unconventional and urban has always represented city to me, and city has always been one of my biggest sources of inspiration.
Knowing that Mike Kelley’s largest exhibit ever was on the verge of closing, we trekked over to MoMA PS1 in Queens (Long Island City) yesterday to view Mike Kelley, a 40,000 square feet retrospective of the artist’s work. Every room offered a surprise and a new medium. His work ranges from complex installations to film, painting, drawing and mosaic sculptures, and all my senses could feel the experience. I’m so grateful I was able to see this exhibition, it’s thus far been the most powerful works I’ve seen since moving to New York.