On a recent trip to NYC, I was honored to be invited to show my paste papers at the Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A big thank you to Mindell Dubansky, the conservation staff and invitees. What a wonderful group of people! The conservation room was filled with the delightful sounds of oohs and aahs, giggles and delights. I think a few people had quite a hard time deciding which papers to buy. Showing my papers to such an appreciative audience always brings me great joy. It was also quite fascinating to see the inner workings of the MET. We were delighted to have an opportunity to see a rare 16th century Botanical book in the midst of repair.
My daughter and I spent four full days walking around the city and visiting other museums. I was thrilled to see some of my all time favorite pieces. The MOMA had a spectacular display of very well known paintings and I had to put aside my dismay at the crowds waiting to get close to Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh and just enjoy the moment with this beautiful painting. The colors in person are very rich and vibrant. The Guggenheim did not disappoint as well and it was just a block away from the Neue Gallery where we payed a visit to The Woman in Gold by Gustav Klimpt.
We walked miles despite the cold and rain. A walk across Central park in the rain was unusually and magically enjoyable, quiet, and beautiful. We also came across many surprises. One such surprise was an original Banksky on a wall on the Upper West Side near Zabars. It is protected by a sheet of plexiglas. My daughter was delighted at this find. It was her 17th birthday and if I didn’t take her on this trip now there might not be another chance before she is an adult.
Next we're off to San Francisco to celebrate my mothers 80th birthday and to do a trunk show at The American Bookbinders Museum in conjunction with Washi Arts.