Monday, November 23, 2009


A couple of quick news items: the incredibly influential photographer Irving Penn passed away last month.

--Photo courtesy Julien Ranjard.
A great loss, I hope he rests in peace.

The Great Sir Norman Foster has designed a new art gallery to be built on an impossibly narrow lot on the Bowery.

Its most distinctive feature is an enormous, gallery-sized elevator that cuts up through the center of the building, the movement of which will be visible from the outside. I really hope the Sperone Westwater Gallery commissions works specifically for this space. The possibilities for installation art, as the elevator gallery interacts with the adjacent floors, could be incredible.

I also learned one of the reasons why the Gowanus Canal is such a mess, and probably will remain so for quite some time. It's because every time it rains too much, the canal is flooded with human excrement. Lovely. I can't imagine a worse fly in the ointment of trying to develop it as a residential boardwalk.

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