December 22, 2005



I'm still alive, and having a good time.

A week of irritating back pain and cold feet has been replaced with brisk winds and a transit strike--and a better appreciation for doing one's own laundry.

Anyway, I'm in what may be the only internet cafe in the city that exists for its own sake, and not to otherwise sell ice cream. I'm gonna keep it brief, or else I'll be here forever, but let me touch on a few highlights:

Sketchcrawl was fun, and very sudden--I had only just put down my bags before I hailed a cab to the Natural History Museum; very exciting! And some good drawing. I had the good fortune to meet a number of drawing savvy new yorkers, as well as finally getting to meet Enrico and a bunch of his friends, including Blue Sky painter Dice Tsutsumi. Really cool fellas.

Dani and James in the big city=very fun. Everything surrounding the PIXAR/MOMA show was very exciting. We were lucky enough to run into Pete Doctor at the exhibition, which was really nice. Went out for a big Jewish Katz's Deli luncheon with Rose and Isabel author/pixarian Ted Mathot and pals, which was super great; and later we went to see KING KONG which was... long. And the show itself? Wow. It's one thing to see the stuff in books, but in person? Jeez, those Lou Romano paintings? Those Peter Sohn heads? Ralph Eggleston colourscripts? Those Damn Teddy Newton Collages!? Yipes! Really good stuff! And we attended a lecture with John Lasseter!

A whole lotta walking..

more walking, nowhere to go to the washroom...

walk walk walk, 50, now 100 blocks...

The American Folk Art museum was an incredible collection in a stunning new building. I was floored by their exhibition, Obsessive Drawing, and by the works of AG Rizzoli, Henry Darger and scores of others--regular people and craftsmen, using art as a way of engaging with their regular lives; terrific.

The Guggenheim's Russia exhibition? Crazy good.

Sargent's at the Met? A recreated Frank Lloyd Wright room!? Leyendecker's at the Society of illustrators? Hirschfeld's at the Margo Feiden? An American Tragedy at the other Met? All the concrete, steel, asphalt and candied cashews, peanuts and coconut that you can eat? Yeah, that's right. And lots of tea nooks. And I've picked up some really cool used books, which I'll share with you when I get back.

And it's only been a week and a half.
Crazy place.

Hope everyone's well;
if I don't get back here too soon, Happy Holidays!