Happiness at Kinokuniya


Temptation lurks in the downstairs floor of Kinokuniya, a Japanese book, art supply, paper supply, and household accessory store across from Bryant Park.  Bryant Park is home to the majestic New York Public Library, and temporary home to Fashion Week, but I digress.

In the top row of my collage, above, are two iPad covers featuring Basquiat-derived designs.  These make me wildly happy even though (a) I do not own an iPad, and (b) who knows what Basquiat himself would have thought of such a creation.  Maybe he would have liked his images on iPad covers (I’d like to think so), considering that he painted white sweatshirts in 1977.  Now, of course, these sweaters retail, at auction, for just under the price of two new Nissan Altimas together.

On the bottom left of my collage is a selection of Kinokuniya washi tape.  Maps, labels, cancelled vintage stamps, cherry blossoms – they’re all represented.

On the bottom right is a magazine that comes with its own false eyelashes!  What could be more delightful?

I don’t need to own these items – this is not a possession thing.  It’s enough to know that they exist in the world.

Happy, happy, happy.

Aaron Curry Sculpture at Lincoln Center

The main plaza at Lincoln Center is iconic and forms a kind of outdoor room in its own right.  The plaza is formed by three cultural houses: Avery Fisher Hall (it used to be called Philharmonic Hall), The New York State Theater (now, officially “David A. Koch Theater”), and The Metropolitan Opera House.

Even if you’re not from New York, you know the place.  You might remember Cher running into her movie dad (played by Vincent Gardenia) and his mistress (played by Anita Gillette) at the Metropolitan Opera House.  If you’ve seen the original film version of The Producers, how can you forget Gene Wilder skipping around the central fountain as he declares his dedication to a shady production scheme?  I’ve seen The Nutcracker, The Big Apple Circus, B.B. King, Young People’s Concerts, craft fairs, Midsummer Night Swing, and so much more here.

The Lincoln Center Plaza itself is home to artist Aaron Curry’s sculpture exhibit, “Melt to Earth.”

Aaron Curry Sculptures at Lincoln Center 2013©WendyJournalista

These are wonderful, playful painted aluminum pieces.  Come visit them!

And you can still skip around the fountain, if you like.