Irene fills New York’s urban canyons

Irene fills New York’s urban canyons

An earthquake and a huge hurricane in one week: the east coast of the US is having a hard time. Buzzfeed.com posted 20 ‘photos’ of what New York City will look like tomorrow when hurricane Irene gets there. Water cascading down the subway steps, waves crashing into the Statue of Liberty at waist height, fleets of yellow cabs in the streets up to their gills in water. I’ll be interested to compare them to what really happens tomorrow. Especially since in my new book Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch I’ll be discussing New York’s forward-looking attempts to prepare for climate change and rising waters.  Read the article…

Lionel Feininger in America

Lionel Feininger in America

I was surprised to see a poster in the New York subway for a show on Lionel Feininger at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Feininger was German, wasn’t he, even though he fled to the US from the Nazi’s? Fact is, Feininger was born and died in the US.
Thanks to the Whitney I now know more about Feininger and the drama of his life. Lionel Feininger: At the Edge of the Worldshows convincingly what a multi-talented artist he was – painter, watercolorist, illustrator of handsome comic strips, sculptor of charming wood figures, woodblock printmaker, photographer, musician and even composer of thirteen fugues. Read the article…