Wednesday, March 4, 2009

New York City Trip

Here is my first attempt at blogging, so please forgive any breaches of protocol etc.

Last weekend, my wife and I went to New York for the David Byrne concert at Radio City Music Hall. We really enjoyed his show in Toronto at Massey Hall, so I could not resist buying tickets to see him in NY – especially because we had yet to see anything in this venue.

Catherine went a day earlier to do research for her company and we met early Friday afternoon at the collection of Stanley Burns. Years ago, when I was getting some photographs from him for my group exhibition called SUTURE, I discovered that we each collected wedding photographs with our respective wives. Although we thought we were there strictly for research, it ends up that they have recently divorced and thought it appropriate to sell some of their collection to us. We picked up a number of fascinating additions for our collection, including a wonderfully hand-painted 8”x10” of a WWII serviceman with his bride.

I then headed up to Edwynn Houk’s gallery to see his Elliot Erwitt show and to talk with him about an upcoming book project that we are planning.

After this, Catherine and I went to see Laurence Miller Gallery’s 25th anniversary show – which was a great treat! We then met up with Larry and his wife, Lorraine, to see the concert. It was a homecoming, of sorts, for David and we thought he was just great. The audience was very enthustiastic and the band really rose to the occasion (especially with their encore performance of ‘Burning Down the House’ wearing white tutus, accompanied with 30 dancers!).

The next morning we were able to get some gifts for our daughters at FAO Schwartz and make the 1pm flight back home.


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