Instant Dreams

Went to see a film called Instant Dreams about people chasing the dream of Polaroid Instant film in the years since its demise. Very strange film with lots of gratuitous and superfluous stock footage filling it out. Highlighted Edwin Land’s prescience about a world in which people could engage socially with images they could shoot all day long with a pocket camera no larger than a wallet – but with no sense of irony that today’s smartphones have achieved exactly that. As if to prove the point, here’s my shot of someone photographing the final frames of the credits with their iPhone.

E 12th Street, New York

 

Stairwell and Skylight

David Zwirner Gallery, West 20th Street, New York

The James Baldwin exhibit was in Zwirner’s 19th Street gallery. At the 20th Street building, stairwell shown here, we saw an interesting Josef Albers exhibit. Many of his green and grey square paintings reminded me of the work of friend of the family, Gert Berliner.

We saw the incredible work of Charles White upstairs, four monumentally scaled ink and charcoal drawings made by the artist as studies for the figures in his mural Mary McLeod Bethune, completed in 1978 for the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library in Exposition Park, Los Angeles… more