People love NYC skyscrapers photographs, but very rarely they do settle for a colorful New York sidewalk art giclee. Are they for you?
I entered New York coming from London Heathrow airport. It was around mid july, 1968 and people at JFK International Airport were still fuzzy about Bobby Kennedy’s assassination. Stanley Kubrick’s “2001” had just been released a few months earlier and I had hated it. Well, I was 7. What would you expect? Now I really heat it, but at least I find it interesting… don’t exactly know why…
Being raised in São Paulo helped a lot in a city as large as New York at the time. I new how not to get in trouble and stayed near my parents while absorbing the wonders of an American Metropolis.
It was not the first time I had been there in the US. About 6 months prior to that we had been visiting the Matarazzo’s, a couple that we new from Brazil. Aunt Martha had been my mothers classmate in psychology college back home and her husband was getting his master’s in Economy in a foreign student program in Lansing, Michigan.
The thing that impressed me the most on the streets of New York were the wide measures of the sidewalks. Even now, decades later wide sidewalks are still very rare here in Brazil. I just love how Americans know how to manage the space around into their advantage. We, Brazilian are too greedy for that.
Also, as I was already showing up my inclination for art, my mother was careful to show me some art galleries that would would not be boring for a 7 year old kid. Mostly pop art poster stuff. She also brought back home some cool Van Gogh poster prints.
The painting above is based on a photo I took years ago. I think it is a Soho scene so I named it after it. After all, I find Soho one of the most fantastic places of any large city I have been to.
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