Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Tuesday October 5, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Tea Privileges

On Janet Leigh,
 who died Sunday:

The Manchurian Candidate

MARCO — What’s your last name?

ROSIE — Chaney.  I’m production assistant for a man named Justin who had two hits last season.  I live on 54th Street, a few doors from the Modern Museum of Art, of which I’m a “tea privileges” member,  no cream.  I live at 53 West 54th Street, apartment 3B.  Can you remember that?

MARCO —  Yes.

ROSIE — El Dorado 5-9970.  Can you remember that?

MARCO —  Yes.

On the redesigned
Museum of Modern Art,
11 West 53rd Street:

“… the ultimate judgment will have to wait: Taniguchi himself told a MoMA curator who’d complimented him that considering the building without the art in it is like admiring the tea cup without the green tea. Next month the museum will have art on the walls and crowds in the galleries—and then the tea ceremony will begin.”

— Cathleen McGuigan, Newsweek,
    issue dated Oct. 11, 2004

Related material:

Review of A Man and His Art, a book of paintings by Frank Sinatra:

“… he’s a solid abstractionist with an excellent eye for color, composition and geometric precision.”

Booklist (Jan. 15, 1992)

“Blue Eyes took his Sunday painting seriously.”

Eric Banks in Artforum Magazine,
    September 2004

See also
Art Wars.

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