We went to the International Center of Photography in New York City on Sunday to the “Dress Codes” exhibition. We love the entrance to the ICP School on Sixth Avenue at 43rd Street in Midtown (BTW, 6th Ave. is officially called Avenue of the Americas, but nobody living in NYC calls it this).
The entrance is a small, elegant, glass-walled structure at the edge of a broad, marbled plaza adjacent to the a couple of tall office buildings. The ICP is essentially subterranean and the little building exists in the same way as a covered entrance to the subway, that is, as a means to be covered and protected by the elements and afford some beautiful space for reception.
Below is a pic we took using our cellphone camera.
Does anyone remember Patrick Nagel? He was an illustrator and graphic artist who created an sexy, iconic graphical style of female portraits and figures. His work was a staple of Playboy magazine and grace album covers and sold widely and commercially in the 1980’s. This awesome wheat-paste street-art poster-work on a building in Tokyo, Japan looks a little like Nagel’s style, though it’s obviously not Nagel’s work. He died in 1984.
The structures at the corner of Lafayette and Grand streets in SoHo, in downtown New York City, were recently torn down to make room for a new real estate development (probably another luxury condo). Once the lot had been razed to the ground, some awesome graffiti and street art painting was exposed.