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81ST STREET BRIDGE NEARS COMPLETION INFRASTRUCTURE A decade after its conception, the East Side pedestrian walkway opens Council Member Corey Johnson, whose West Side district includes Greenwich Village and Chelsea, is expected to win election as the City Council’s speaker for the upcoming term. Photo: William Alatriste for the New York City Council
WISH LIST FOR NEW COUNCIL POLITICS Local leaders share their hopes for 2018 legislative agenda BY MICHAEL GAROFALO
As the City Council returns to session in 2018, Council Member Corey Johnson is expected to win election as the body’s next speaker and its de facto leader, succeeding term-limited Melissa Mark-Viverito. Johnson, whose 3rd Council District includes the West Village, Chelsea and Hells Kitchen, has said that as speaker he plans to direct focus toward building supportive housing for the homeless population and strengthening the Council’s land use division to play a more proactive role in rezoning and other land use issues. The speakership, selected by a vote of the 51 Council Members, is among the most powerful political posts in the city and wields broad power to
shape the body’s legislative agenda. (At press time, the speaker election, scheduled for Jan. 3, had not yet taken place.) “We have a diverse Council, ideologically and in other ways,” Johnson said at a November debate among speaker candidates hosted by City & State New York. “We have to ensure that every member feels heard and empowered and that their voice really counts, and that’s the type of speaker I would be.” As the Council returns to session, we asked community leaders to share the entries on their wish lists for the city’s legislative agenda in 2018:
Keith Powers, City Council Member, District 4 My three legislative priorities in the next Council include preserving affordable housing, protecting small businesses, and addressing the impact of overdevelopment on the East Side.
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It took $16 million and 18 months longer than anticipated, but the 81st Street pedestrian bridge linking John Finley Walk and the East River esplanade is nearly complete. The 452-foot-long, ADA-accessible span over the FDR Drive and down to the East River esplanade replaces a structure built in 1942. Although a few punch-list items remain, including the installation of glass panels on the upper section, the bridge is finished, a Parks Department spokeswoman said. On a clear but frigid morning off the East River Thursday, city officials gathered on the structure just off John Finley Walk and cut a symbolic green ribbon. Council Member Ben Kallos hailed the project’s completion, calling the span a crucial component of a makeover, now underway, of the entire esplanade. “It’s a beautiful addition,” Kallos said following the ribbon cutting. The bridge gives bicyclists, and walkers, extended access to the riverfront, he said. “Now folks will be able to get all the way from the Sutton area to East Harlem and Randall’s Island” and from there to Queens, he said. “This particular area has been a pain point for the community,” he said of the bridge and nearby. “The sad truth is that you can’t have a new esplanade without rebuilding it.”
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The new 81st Street pedestrian bridge links John Finley Walk and the East River esplanade. Photo: NYC Department of Design and Construction Talk of replacing the bridge and ramp began about a decade ago, with discussions involving neighborhood residents, members of Community Board 8 and city officials, including from the
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TIME TO BOND: IT’S THE LAW WORKPLACE New York joins states requiring that employers provide paid leave to care for a baby or family member, or help during a military deployment BY MARY ESCH
You may have seen the subway ads: “All parents deserve time to bond with a new child.” “Paid Family Leave is coming to New York.” “Peace of mind for caregivers.” As of Jan. 1, New York joined California, New Jersey and Rhode Island in requiring employers to give workers paid leave to bond with a baby, care for a close relative with a serious illness or help loved ones during a family member’s military deployment. The new paid family leave law is billed as the nation’s most generous. The beneﬁts, which apply to 6.4 million private-sector workers, will phase in over four years. In 2018, employees can take up to eight weeks of paid leave and receive 50 percent of their average wage, up to a cap weekly cap of $652. When the phase-in is complete in 2021, they’ll
be able to take up to 12 weeks at twothirds of their average weekly wage. “This is going to be life-changing, especially for low-wage workers,” said Nancy Rankin, of the Community Service Society, a group that advocates for low-income New Yorkers. “Those are the workers who have little or no savings, are in debt, are barely getting by. It’s a real crisis when they have a new child or ill family member.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced the paid leave legislation in his 2016 State of the State speech. He said he regretted not spending more time with his dying father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, and noted that many people don’t have that choice because they can’t afford to take time off from work. He signed the paid leave policy into law in April 2016 along with a $15 minimum wage plan, also being phased in. Workers — not their employers — will ultimately bear the burden of paying for the leave through a payroll deduction of up to $1.65 a week. Full-time employees will be eligible after 26 consecutive weeks on the job. Part-time employees qualify after working 175 days in a 52-week period. “It’s the most signiﬁcant human re-
sources law in the last 30 years,” said Frank Kerbein, director of the Center for Human Resources at the Business Council of New York State, a business lobbying group. “It’s going to create a tremendous administrative burden, particularly on smaller employers.” One staffing and record-keeping headache for employers, Kerbein said, is that leave could theoretically be taken in up to 40 one-day increments over the course of the year. An employee could take off the days a spouse with cancer gets chemotherapy treatment, or days when a child has an asthma attack. “It’s just going to be a challenge in 2018 to get our minds around this complex law,” Kerbein said. New York’s leave policy would be more generous than California’s or New Jersey’s, which provide six weeks paid leave, and Rhode Island’s, which allows for four weeks. Washington state also enacted a paid family-leave law that will ultimately be more generous than New York’s. In 2020, it will provide up to 12 weeks with 90 percent of wages for employees who earn less than the state’s average wage, with a weekly cap of $1,000. “We really should have this at the
Photo: Mel Schmidt, via ﬂickr federal level,” Rankin said. “The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have governmentguaranteed paid maternity leave.” Under the federal Family Medical Leave Act, employers with 50 or more workers must allow parents 12 weeks of job-protected leave to care for a newborn, but the leave is unpaid. When her baby boy is born in March, Kim Lyons, who lives in Highland in the Hudson Valley, will have an added worry. The child needs surgery to
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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG STATS FOR THE WEEK Reported crimes from the 19th district for Week to Date
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Sticky-ďŹ ngered criminals continued their holiday shoplifting binge. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, two men entered the Kate Spade store at 205 Columbus Avenue and made off with apparel valued at $1,788.
Apparently, one misguided citizen mistook makeup for take-up. At 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, a woman entered the Sephora store at 2103 Broadway and got away with $1,800 worth of cosmetics.
One shopper was most certainly not a Modell citizen. At 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, a 45-year-old man entered the Modellâ€™s Sporting Goods location at 348 Amsterdam Avenue and raced off with sports apparel valued at $1,800.
Some high-stepping heist artist turned holiday cheer to jeer. At 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 17, a 35-yearold man hung up his coat on a hook at the Steps on Broadway dance studio inside 2121 Broadway. When he next looked for his belongings he found they were gone, including a Prada coat, Tiffany key ring and a pair of Apple headphones, presenting a total value of $1,200.
Unfortunately, motorcycle thieves remain on the prowl year-round. At 11 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, a 24-year-old man parked his 2008 Honda CBR600RR motorcycle outside 180 Riverside Boulevard. When he returned for his ride later, it was missing. The machine is valued at $6,000.
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CONFETTI PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT HOLIDAYS On scene in Times Square for a NYE dress rehearsal PHOTOS BY JEREMY WEINE
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 As I promised during my campaign, Iâ€™ll work to make housing laws fair, providing residents an opportunity to stay in their homes for the long haul. With an ease in restrictions, businesses will have a better chance of succeeding and entrepreneurs have a shot at growing our economy. Iâ€™ll protect communities from overdevelopment by putting systems in place that preserve their character. Reducing homelessness and ensuring we have enough Pre-K seats across the district are also top of mind. And regardless of what comes out of Washington next, from creating further income inequality to minimizing the issue of climate change, Iâ€™m ready to ďŹ ght for New Yorkers. As Health Committee Chair, Corey Johnson improved the lives of New Yorkers, as well as protected our vulnerable communities these past four years. This great work will only continue as he becomes Speaker. Heâ€™s prepared to lead us through the challenging years ahead, as D.C. presents new threats that weâ€™ll tackle head on.
Our legislative priorities are better oversight of the Landmarks Preservation Commission by the City Council, and ensuring that any approval of the 14th Street Tech Hub by the City Council is paired with zoning protections for the adjacent residential Greenwich Village and East Village neighborhood. Weâ€™re very much looking forward to working with Corey Johnson in his new capacity as speaker as well as continuing to work with him in his capacity as City Council Member for the 3rd district. We have had a very productive and beneďŹ cial working relationship with Corey in the Council and we expect that will only continue with his new additional duties, responsibilities, and powers.
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We want our community to continue to thrive. We need to preserve and create additional affordable housing, make it easier for local retail to deal with city agenciesâ€™ regulations, improve transportation infrastructure, create new legislation to ensure that new developments are contextual within the neighborhood (avoid supertalls), prevent homelessness, and ensure that all streets in the community meet Vision Zero standards.
The homeless population has really gotten out of control in New York City, and I think that the city needs to do something different to end that. In our district, sidewalk bridges have also proliferated dramatically. Permits are often extended so they stay up even when work isnâ€™t going on, killing businesses on blocks that are covered by the sidewalk bridges. The recently passed commercial rent tax reform bill could be a huge boon to businesses below 96th Street, and I hope the city will make sure that the tax is completely eliminated and that anyone who pays it this year will get a rebate.
Monica Blum, President, Lincoln Square BID I look forward to working with the Council Speaker on issues of importance to the Lincoln Square BID including the proliferation of homelessness and other quality of life issues and continuing to make the Lincoln Square neighborhood an exciting destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike.
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We need the Council to come out and support what local communities want vis-a-vis development.â€? Valerie Mason, President, East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association
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Mark Dicus, Executive Director, SoHo Broadway Initiative The SoHo Broadway Initiative hopes City Council picks up street vending reform legislation in 2018. Itâ€™s a shame to have a broken system that lets vending permit holders trade permits illegally on a black market with a first come first
serve siting system that leads to ďŹ ghts over precious locations and carts that legally spew exhaust and noise pollution into our neighborhoods. The newly seated City Council should pick up where the prior Council left off by forming an advisory committee of stakeholders to lead an inclusive, collaborative and factbased approach to bring about much needed reforms that will create a street vending regulatory system that works for vendors, residents, businesses and visitors.
Anthony Notaro, Chair, Community Board 1: There are two major areas that are significant in Lower Manhattan. One is implementation of resiliency measures, particularly after Superstorm Sandy. The city has committed to building coastal resiliency, some of which has advanced on the East Side between 25th Street down to the Manhattan Bridge, but we in Lower Manhattan, from the Brooklyn Bridge around the tip of the island up to northern Battery Park City, are still doing assessment and planning five years later. Thatâ€™s a very high agenda item for residents and businesses in Community Board 1. The second is not very glamorous, but really important. Weâ€™ve had so much development and conversion from commercial to residential in Community Board 1, and itâ€™s had a major impact on quality of life. Our population has essentially doubled since 2001, and yet much of the infrastructure has not been adjusted to accommodate that growth. Itâ€™s had a major impact on garbage collection, transportation, pedestrian safety, traffic and school seats. So weâ€™re looking to the city government in terms of policies to help with infrastructure funding and development.
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LIGHT ON THE SUBJECT BY BETTE DEWING
To counteract any post-holiday blues, any blues really, experts warn us about, keep some kindly lights glowing — just a string or two decorative lights outdoors on the trees and shrubs and, yes, whatever our faith or no faith, inside our homes. Keep kindly lights glowing, in general, because they are best for our emotional and physical health. And I’m talking about incandescents that also make us, our apparel and surroundings, “look their best.”
Now “people looks” shouldn’t matter, but ‘till the revolution. But surroundings do matter — a lot — to our total well-being. And attention must be paid. Ah, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for saving energy, cutting the dollar cost, cooling the climate, but only when they “ﬁrst do no harm.” They must not depress or oppress us as the glaringly bright LED street lights do. But where “energyefficients” must be used, then the warm-whites depress and oppress less than the cool-whites do. Yes
they exist, Virginia. And I sure thought a lot about that in my recent hospital and nursinghome stays — and how the medical community can’t see that lighting in these places of healing should be warm-white, not cool-white, and surely not excessive. The walls should be a warm color too. Ah, a health-related sidetrack that needs all out attention, is how hands-onmedical care has been replaced by hands-on computers checking on patient care. Hospitals and nursing homes can be the loneliest places — and if anything is bad for our health. Inﬁnitely more must be said about that. But to stay with the “good-for-us” lighting — it’s so especially needed
in schools, work places and other everyday places. Policy-makers, including environmentalists, just haven’t done their homework — or some just don’t have the vision to see that reducing the excessive wattage that more and more bombards the landscape, is the healthy “first-do-no-harm” way to save lighting energy. And again, no matter, that energy-efficients cost less and last longer — the trade-off is far too great — indeed harmful. Again, cool the climate in ways that “First do no harm.” (Say that again and again. Please.) Ah, a future column will again address saving small business but how we long to see any lights in their
windows now darkened by epidemic closures. Again, such loss poses not only obvious hardships, but they’re surely a factor social scientists now warn big-time about if we’re to combat growing epidemics of loneliness. Big brick and mortar biz is also at risk. And I think of that long ago all too timely lyric, “... and every town is a lonely town.” Will you please think of it too? Sing it as a rallying song to restore and preserve small business and brick and mortar public places. And of course, restore and preserve the lighting that makes us look and, above all, feel better. It can be done if enough of us try. firstname.lastname@example.org
READER FAVORITES: 7 TOP STORIES OF 2017 A sampling of the year’s stories that made an impression, with a focus on politics, bikes and pedestrian issues — and some local businesses
Calamity and the Gossip Columnist, by Douglas Feiden. After being knocked down and badly hurt by a “crazed cyclist,” the famed nightlife chronicler Michael Musto said he couldn’t wait to ride his own bike again. Feiden told the tale.
Famed gossip columnist Michael Musto riding down Lexington Avenue in the East 20s. Photo: Streetﬁlms “Il Ciclista Dolce: Michael Musto” screen shot
Map of the 1811 Commissioners Plan for New York City, which developed the original Manhattan street-grid system. Image via Wikimedia Commons 11 Hopefuls for District 4 Council Seat, by Michael Garofalo. There was a lot of interest — and a lot of candidates — in the city council election to replace popular member Dan Garodnick, who was term-limited out of running again. Another piece by Garofalo on the same subject, “District 4 Candidates Spar at Debate,” also drew a big readership. Disrupting the Grid, by Douglas Feiden. A look at how the Age of the Bicycle has altered traffic patterns envisioned in the signature street plan for Manhattan. “After two centuries, the rhythms of the grid have been knocked out of kilter,” Feiden wrote. “The block system has been effectively degraded ... The streetscape is imperiled.”
Farewell to a Beloved Bookstore, by Christopher Moore. Fans came from near and far to bid an emotional goodbye to Crawford Doyle, a retail mainstay on Madison Avenue for 21 years. Moore evoked how co-owners Judy Crawford and her husband John Doyle comforted customers upset at the loss of a bookstore in the neighborhood. Pedestrian Hit, Killed on York, by Laura Hanrahan. In April, Srymanean Manickam, a manager at the SuperDel Market on 78th and York, was struck and killed by a yellow cab, the second fatality at the intersection in 15 months. The death of “Mano” spurred outrage in the neighborhood and tributes from residents who praised “a great man with a generous heart.”
A makeshift memorial outside the SuperDel Market on York Avenue near 78th Street. A Slice, a Cel-Ray and a Scowl, by Noah Williams. On the Upper West Side, the power of a longtime neighborhood fixture, Sal and Carmine Pizza, where tradition endures. Wrote Williams: “The store has now been in operation for nearly 60 years and it still sells out almost every day.”
The whale spotted in the East River. Photo: New York Police Department Mystery of the East River Whale, by Genia Gould. After the NYPD spotted a whale in the river on New Year’s Eve, local marine biologists and naturalists speculated about what species it might have been. The sighting thrilled readers — and served as a reminder of how close to nature we urban dwellers live.
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City officials just prior to the ribbon cutting at the new East 81st Street pedestrian bridge Thursday morning. Left to right, Jim Clynes, the chairman of Community Board 8; Yissely Ortiz from the Manhattan Borough Presidentâ€™s office; Council Member Ben Kallos; Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver; and Eric Macfarlane from the Department of Design and Construction. Photo: Richard Khavkine
BRIDGE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Departments of Design and Construction and from Parks & Recreation. Construction began in 2015 but an anticipated completion date of June 2016 could not be met for several reasons, among them the need for additional retrofitting of a support column near the southeast corner of John Finley Walk. Members of CB8, officials from the cityâ€™s Public Design Commission and residents also had concerns and requested that DDC reconsider some design elements, and lobbied for a pedestrian viewing window on John Finley Walk, softer lighting and redesigned access at 81st Street. DDC responded by ďŹ tting the
bridge for glass panels on its southern side, removed some light fixtures, reduced the wattage of the bulbs, and eliminated an accessible ramp from the design. Charles Whitman, who lives nearby and is one among an ad hoc group of residents that discussed the project with city officials as it advanced in both planning and execution, said he was pleased with the outcome. â€œThe design is generally good,â€? said Whitman, whose wife uses a wheelchair. â€œItâ€™s less intrusive than I expected.... We walked it the other day and I was pleased to see that itâ€™s going to be manageable.â€? Whitman credited city Parks and DDC officials, as well as fellow residents Harvey Katz and Ira Shapiro, for coming to the table in good faith. â€œThey were sensitive to our needs,â€? he said
of agency representatives. The nearly 10-foot-wide structure, atop several bridge bearings, has stainless-steel railings and 8-foot-high fencing custom-made at the site. Below, on a slim section of the East River esplanade, are new shrubs and other plantings as well as decorative boulders. â€œThis is a community that is really starving for open space and the esplanade is one of the great outdoor resources this community has,â€? Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver said after the ribbon cutting. â€œTo have more people having access to the esplanade is a good thing. We want people to walk, to get health and enjoy the beautiful views of both Roosevelt Island and the beautiful river.â€?
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Fri 5 EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO’S 41ST ANNUAL THREE KINGS DAY PARADE
Citizens of The Kingdom: The Marble Gospel Community Choir in Concert Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave. 11 a.m. Free 212-831-7272. elmuseo.org There are parades, and then there are parades. Experience the annual Three Kings Day parade, which includes live camels, colorful puppets, parrandas, music and dancing. The parade begins at 106th St. and Park Ave., and ends at 115th St. and Park Ave. After the parade, enjoy an afternoon of bilingual improvisational theater with Teatro 220 and live music with Bombazo Dance Company.
Sunday, January 14 at 3:00pm Join us for this performance honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The song selection will include freedom songs, South African songs, and feature the music of Gospel great Donald Lawrence. Directed by Stacy Penson. Tickets at the door: $20; $15, seniors.
Marianne Williamson in Partnership with Marble Collegiate Church Tuesdays 7:30pm - 9:00pm New York Times bestselling author, Marianne Williamson brings her weekly lecture series to Marble Church. The cost to attend is $20, however, no one is turned away for lack of funds. The evening is also available via Livestream by donation. Event listings brought to you by Marble Collegiate Church. 1 West 29th Street / New York, New York 10001 212 686 2770 / MarbleChurch.org Download the Marble Church App on iPhone or Android
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TURN IT ON: ‘FAIRYTALE’
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The Guggenheim 1071 Fifth Ave. 6:30 p.m. Free with museum admission In 2007, the artist Ai Weiwei brought 1,001 people from China to the German city of Kassel to attend Documenta, a respected visual art exhibition. Weiwei’s countrymen, many of whom had never before been abroad, freely wandered the city and the exhibition. “Fairytale,” named after the Brothers Grimm, who were born in Kassel, documents their experience. 212-423-3500 theguggenheim.org
Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Ave. 8 p.m. $60 Expressive intensity, impeccable technique, charisma, the Grammy Awardwinning Isabel Leonard has it all. The celebrated mezzo-soprano will perform a program of beloved songs and lesser-known gems by Leonard Bernstein in honor of the centenary of his birth. Additional performance on Jan. 7. armoryonpark.org/ programs_events
El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109 215 East 99th St. Noon, free Celebrate Three Kings Day with arts and crafts by led by artists from PRIDA (the Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts) and a traditional Promesa de Reyes, the tradition of making a pact or promise to the three kings (Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar) in exchange of a granted wish. prida.org
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‘TELL ME MORE’ BOOK LAUNCH EVENT
LENA WAITHE ON ‘THE CHI’
92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Ave. 7 p.m. $35 Does saying the words “I don’t know” or “I was wrong” make you cringe? Memoirist Kelly Corrigan will discuss her new book, “Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say” with The New Yorker’s Ariel Levy. Join them for a frank conversation about ﬁnding the right words. 212-415-5500 92y.org
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. 7:30 p.m. $40 Join actress Lena Waithe, who stars as Denise on the Netﬂix comedy “Master of None,” as she discusses her highly anticipated Showtime series “The Chi.” Watch an episode of “The Chi,” a comingof-age story set in Chicago’s South Side, and hear Waithe in conversation with radio and TV personality Charlamagne Tha God. 212-415-5500 92y.org
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 65th St. 1 p.m. $10 adults and children Banish post-holiday boredom by bringing your favorite teddy (or doll) to meet Mrs. Woodhull, the proprietor’s wife. Role-play the daily activities at the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1830. For children ages 3-6. 212-838-6878 mvhm.org
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Wed 10 ‘OVERLORD:’ A MUSIC THEATER WORK Asia Society New York 725 Park Ave. 7 p.m. $20-$25 “Overlord,” a music-focused, interdisciplinary performance created by the acclaimed pipa (traditional Chinese 4-stringed lute) player Yu Bing, is a one-ofa-kind show. Bing will be joined by an ensemble of some of the most talented young musicians in China, playing both Chinese and western instruments. asiasociety.org
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BETWEEN TIME AND ETERNITY Edvard Munch’s poignant portraits at the Met Breuer BY MARY GREGORY
He’s known for a scream, and scream he did. But, beyond the yawping howl that deﬁnes his oeuvre, Edvard Munch made paintings, drawings, etchings and woodcuts that pictured a life and time unique to him through situations and moments that are universally recognizable. The Met Breuer’s “Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed,” on view through February 4, features 43 works spanning more than 60 years. It includes pieces never before seen in the United States, many works Munch kept for himself until he died, 16 selfportraits (or as he called them, “selfscrutinies”), and versions of iconic
IF YOU GO WHAT: “Edvard Munch: Between the clock and the bed” WHERE: The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave., at 77th Street WHEN: Through February 4 www.metmuseum.org/visit/metbreuer images like his “Madonna” and “The Scream.” Edvard Munch’s life was a story punctuated by death, illness, poverty and two world wars. He was frequently ill. His constant companions were fear and angst, so much so that he once stated, “From the moment of my birth, the angels of anxiety, worry, and death stood at my side.” Munch was born in 1863 in a small village in southeastern Norway. His father, a minister who
Edvard Munch, “Sick Mood at Sunset, Despair,” 1892, Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 × 26 3/8 in., Thielska Galleriet, Sweden, © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Thielska Galleriet, Sweden, Photo: Tord Lund
Edvard Munch, “Self Portrait between the Clock and the Bed,” 1940–1943, Oil on canvas, 58 7/8 × 47 7/16 in., Munch Museum, Oslo © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Munch Museum. would read his children the stories of Edgar Allen Poe, struggled to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. His mother and sister died when he was a young child. Echoes of those experiences are sounded in some of Munch’s most haunting paintings, including “The Sick Child” and “SelfPortrait with the Spanish Flu.” In 1889, Munch, still a young man, went to Paris and saw works by Vincent van Gogh (10 years his senior), Paul Gauguin and Henri de ToulouseLautrec. Munch found inspiration and direction in their use of color as a means to explore emotion. Invited to exhibit with the Fauves in the early 1900s, he would become one of the great Symbolist painters. “Self-Portrait with Cigarette,” an 1895 work, shows hazy blue-gray smoke both concealing and revealing a spotlighted face seemingly startled by the attention — one passage of lightness in an overwhelmingly dark canvas. “Self-Portrait with Brushes,” from 1904, presents a carefully dressed man with the tools of his trade posed against walls and a ﬂoor in contrasting colors. He appears conﬁdent, ready to embark on his journey. The evolution of the painter comes through in both his stylistic development and the way he depicts himself. Increasingly abstracted compositions become populated with isolated characters. Two paintings that hang near one another depict Munch with
Edvard Munch, “Starry Night,” 1922–1924, Oil on canvas, 47 7/16 × 39 3/8 in., Munch Museum, Oslo, © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Munch Museum
bottles of wine. “Self-Portrait with a Bottle of Wine” from 1906 is more a mood study than a likeness. Alone in a restaurant, at a table with an empty plate, the subject sits. Behind him on one side hover two dark ﬁgures, and at the other side is hunched, faceless customer. A red patch of wall surrounds Munch’s face and the color continues lower to circle menacingly around his throat. We can read a lot of possibilities into such a setting, but probably not a pleasant meal. “Self-Portrait with Bottles” from 1938 offers one of the more dynamic poses in Munch’s self-portraiture. A frowning artist, green circles under his eyes, grabs at a table filled with bottles. He’d struggled with alcoholism for years. In some portraits, only eyes peer out, slashes take the place of mouths, and wrinkled foreheads come to represent personas. Yes, there’s a version of “The Scream.” A lithograph hangs at facelevel, making it easy to pose for selfies, as many visitors to the Breuer have been doing, mouths opened, hands at their cheeks. And why not? The howling ﬁgure has been repurposed into coffee mugs, refrigerator magnets, adhesive bandages, key chains and even socks. Here, the curators use it to make the point that Munch often riffed on his own works. A painting from 1892, “Sick Mood at Sunset: Despair,” is set on the same bridge against the same garish, blood-red sky as that depicted
in “The Scream.” The 1940 painting that gives the exhibition its title, “Self Portrait: Between the Clock and the Bed,” opens the show. It’s one of the last works the artist painted. In it, Munch pictures himself between a clock with no numbers and a bed. Time and mortality were clearly on his mind. But the ﬁrst thing that jumped out at me is the bedspread that looks like a Jasper Johns painting. Apparently, it jumped out at Jasper Johns, as well. Some 40 years later, Johns painted a large triptych he would title “Between the Clock and the Bed.” The Edvard Munch we encounter in the Met Breuer’s presentation is clearly a powerful painter, gifted with striking originality and an unmistakable voice, who sought to access the inner world through outer manifestations of color, form and gesture. But the echoes and harmonies these works evoke may be the greater legacy. Jasper Johns responded. Without Munch’s existential yowl, would we have Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” or Francis Bacon’s twisting of human forms to reveal trauma? The jarring colors, fervent brushwork, fevered emotions and faceless figures Munch painted captured not just one Norwegian’s inner anxieties. They informed, echoed, anticipated and advanced Fauvism, Surrealism, Abstraction, Expressionism, and probably a few isms that haven’t yet been invented.
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