A rare glimpse inside one of the New York apartments of Isa Genzken. At the time she was living in The Vogue apartment building at 990 Avenue of the Americas, just above 34th street. Featured in the video is a friend of mine and artist Marcus Cafferty. He needed a place to stay and she let him move into one of her two apartments in the building. One was just full of paintings and art, the other she had only a mattress on the floor and more art, it was everywhere, taped to the walls and windows. There were stacks of huge paintings against some walls. I’ll post more videos as I convert them.
These crosses are not religious symbols but in fact architectural support “earthquake bolts” that were installed after Charleston was hit by a devastating quake in 1886. The way they work is explained here on the Charleston County public library website.
It was about 20 years ago and I was standing in MoMA looking at a painting by the Austrian expressionist Oskar Kokoshka. A man approached from my left and stood next to me. I had to do a double take, it was as if he had stepped out of the painting. He didn’t speak english very well but obliged me in my very strange (to him) request to take his portrait next to the painting. He really didn’t understand what was going on. I managed to get his arms in a similar pose but if I had tried to tilt his head forward I think he would have walked. I took one frame on my 35mm Leica rangefinder. He thought I was a weirdo and walked off confused. Here is the photo.
Going through some old tapes and found this video, filmed inside the apartment of Eleanor Lambert. There are many figures of New York society, including Anne Slater, and Queen Rania of Jordan. (at the time she was Princess Rania – her husband King Abdullah II of Jordan ascended to the throne in 1999 after the death of King Hussein).