Today I was in the Whitney Museum for the Kusama Exhibition on Madison Avenue. And that was a real disappointment. Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large scale environments, Yayoi Kusama works in a variety of media including paintings, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Kusama came to USA in 1957 and quickly found herself in New York epicenter of avant garde. After achieving fame thanks to art “happenings” she returned to Japan. Now she is one of the most loudest and known Japanese Contemporary artist and this retrospective in the Whitney features her works. However I didn’t liked the exhibition. The paintings were too… Ugly and normal. But the only thing I loved was the art piece with dark/yellow polka dots! And I will not write about rest of the museum because that was a hopeless. But the Frederic Malle perfumes and Rag and Bone shops were gorgeous! I also ate some ice creams in Eli Zabar Bakery (Madison Avenue).
Yayoi Kusama and this what was in the Whitney
Frederic Malle boutique, Rag and Bone, Pork Buns at Momofuku Ssam and Duck Dumplings
The next thing was a lunch at Momofuku Ssam Bar, whose chef is David Chang. We tried the iconic pork bun (a fluffy pancake with steamed pork and pickles inside). The dish was for me quite good, however it is really hard for stomach. The next dishes- were poor. But I bought, the Lucky Peach Magazine, that can be bought only in Momofuku. Because there was NO coffee in restaurant we went to Momofuku MILK Bar, that was on thesame street. I tried the first time in my life ice creams made out of… milk! They were great! We caught a taxi and drove to Bergdof Goodman on fifth avenue. We tried out some perfumes and I did lots of photos of some really fancy shoes! (I m gonna send them back at home!). To go back to he hotel, we chose a route through Central Park- in reality we didn’t see any green trees for few days! After some rest, we went for the dinner to Nobu- an Japanese restaurant. The food was really good- Wagyu beef, shrimp tempura, nigiri and tuna sushi rolls- but it was so annoyingly noisy there… But the most important was this that the fish was really fresh! As always, that was a great day day in NYC!!!
This day in New York was really artistic. We have began from a croissant with chocolate and a brioche in a bakery next to MoMa, Museum of Modern Art. It was my biggest wish to visit it! With excitement we are reaching the third floor of the museum. The whole floor is for Design, Architecture and Photography. It was really cool. We saw some of the Eames chair, Jean Prouve and Alvar Aalto. The fourth floor was full of modern sculptures and painting by such artists as: Roy Liectenstein, Edward Ruscha. But the best of all were Andy’s Warhol paintings- Gold Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Fifth floor was with more traditional artist like Claude Monet, Mondrian, Frida Kahlo and Vincent Van Gogh. And on the sixth floor we could find contemporary art- Jeff Koons and lots of different less known artist’s works. After the exhausting walking through all those sculptures and paintings, we tried out Modern Restaurant- the MoMa’s restaurant. It was quite good we ate an tartar from tuna and beef angus. The view was really nice- it was the garden of sculptures.
I really liked MoMA. It was for me, something new! After the museum, we’ve decided to visit Chinatown and Little Italy. And I should say that, I totally disliked it. Everything was dirty, stinky, noisy, crowd, narrow… The only thing that I thought was quite interesting were the fish shops with huge crabs, lobsters and so on. I tried out a coconut drink- it was fresh, but really sticky and sweet… Little Italy didn’t really look like Italy. It looked like it was made for tourists that never came to Italy. So, I was quite disappointed with those two. And it was so hot that day! Now we are on Soho. We went to Alexander Wang on Grand Street. It wasn’t nothing new, however there was air conditioning. On the same street we visited Vans Dqm and we found a Damien Hirst Gallery were was his painting for 45,000$! There were also some of the Andy Warhol paintings. It was a lot of fun at Kidrobot shop, where were tons of different and funny collecting figures. In the evening we went to Chelsea to an Morimoto restaurant, but because we came too early, we visited Chelsea Market. That was really cool. We bought some ham and vegetables for breakfast and in Chelsea Market Basket, we found a funny figurine of Elisabeth Queen and an I ❤ NY bag. Then it was time for Morimoto. That was awesome. We’ve ate sashimi selection, nigiri, shrimp tempura, udon in three different styles, ramen, wagyu beef carpaccio, and the normal wagyu beef with japanese sweet potatoes. And everything was so fresh and tasty! It is impossible to write it how good was the sashimi and tuna spicy rolls… That was the next great day in the big apple! Here is the address of Morimoto- 88 Tenth Avenue.