Thursday, August 13, 2009

Picasso's Portrait of Sylvette


The city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to landmark the I.M. Pei-designed Silver Towers and its central Pablo Picasso sculpture, "Portrait of Sylvette," in Greenwich Village at 100 and 110 Bleecker Street and 505 LaGuardia Place. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation first proposed landmarking the Greenwich Village modernist buildings in 2003. New York University owns the buildings, and is planning on building a 40-story building within the complex, which the buildings' new landmark status will make more difficult.

19 comments:

Jarart said...

I think this sculpture is amazing! I like the way it looks in this shot with that great old building in the background.

Jean Spitzer said...

Sculpture and human together make a great pair. That building is landmarked, huh?

James said...

That's a nice and big sculpture.

Sean said...

It is interesting... picture is nice but I suggest Picasso was more than a little strange!

Amy said...

Well that's an original sculpture :-)

Birdman said...

The figure really puts some perspective into this image.

Birdman said...

The figure really puts some perspective into this image.

Kevin Lee Allen said...

It is well past time that Historic Preservation recognized Modernism.

Virginia said...

Sylvette wasn't much of a looker was she!
V

PS I have a nod to you today on my blog :)

B SQUARED said...

Seems so out of place.

Melanie said...

Beautiful sculpture and photo.

-K- said...

This is a picture of Greenwich Village? How come it doesn't conform to my preconceived idea of what Greenwich Village looks like? Someday, when I actually visit Greenwich Village in person, I'll have to check up on this.

Hilda said...

It's nice to hear the NY isn't demolishing all its historic and beautiful structures.

marley said...

Very funky!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Just catching up! NYC movies won't be the same without the Coney Island scenes. It was the most "old world" outing I had when visiting New York. That Nathan's Hot dot stand. Oh, thank you for sharing. At lease the Landmarks Preservation Commission is saving the IM Pei and the Picasso sculpture!

• Eliane • said...

Oh!!! I had no idea it was there! I'm guessing you must be pleased with the landmark status. ;)

pasadenaadjacent said...

What is the light colored building in the background? Do you have a tag line on public art in NYC?

Jenifer said...

I love this photo! Love also the building architecture. Very NY to me.


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patrick said...

it's a beautiful sculpture, unfortunately it's not picasso:
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/a-picasso-muse-wants-to-protect-pei-towers/