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“I Am an Artist”

Maya is going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art today, which reminded me of my favorite painting there, Joan of Arc (1879) by Jules Bastien-Lepage.

I’m a New Yorker. I’ve traveled the world and lived other places, but Manhattan is my spiritual abode. I know how to manifest taxis, groovy places to eat, and unique real estate. I think I know the place. But in a recurrent dream I turn a corner and discover a new part of the city that astounds me. Today, my dream came true. I walked up a staircase on 14th Street and 10th Avenue and found myself on the High Line. Like all great art, I suddenly saw the city in a completely transformed way. The High Line was a dilapidated elevated freight railroad bed which has been transformed into a sexy greenway that opened to the public this June. The stunning renewal appears to have emerged out of the weeds that took over the place when it was abandoned. Seeing the city from this new vantage point, every vista revealed some fascinating abstract perspective. The car garage on 20th street was suddenly a bold statement of stacked cubes. The nets at the Chelsea Piers Sports Center were massive black gossamers cutting the river views into relief. All the buildings were replaced by architecture.nils_hompage

Perhaps most exciting of all was what smashes you in the face just at the top of that 14th Street Staircase. Phillips de Pury and Company, one of the world’s foremost art auction houses, fortuitously found its global headquarters and gallery as a backdrop to the High Line between 14th and 15th streets. It’s wall of windows on two sides are a perfect spot to present contemporary art work to the 50,000 sophisticated, hip weekly visitors to this new urban wonder. The gallery chose the work of artist Nils Folke Anderson as its premiere installation to usher in its role in contributing the highest quality art to this outdoor space. Folke Anderson’s work, entitled After Before and After, are a set of 5 sculptures of reciprocally linked square frames made of white polystyrene. Though every frame is identical and pure, each set can be arranged in an endless number of positions. The piece speaks of Platonic ideality, infinite possibility and planned playfulness. They are also stunningly beautiful. Seeing this grouping of scuptures through the wall of glass is a perfect complement and comment on the High Line and the new city revealed by this fresh perspective. It embodies and reflects the place where art, public space, commerce, geometry, randomness, and massive scale meet.

If you are in New York, and you haven’t gone to the High Line yet, which currently runs from Gansevoort Street in the West Village through 20th Street along 10th Avenue, go immediately. If you plan a visit to the city, make sure to put the High Line on your itinerary. Try to go before September 6th, so you can view Anderson’s installation. Prepare to have your mind blown.

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