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Thursday, May 30, 2013


For "Nighthawks," Edward Hopper did 19 studies, including this chalk and charcoal version from early '40s.

NIGHTHAWKS SITE--One of the most popular items in this blog is “Do-it-yourself-Edward Hopper Gallery,” a tongue in cheek presentation of some of artist Edward Hopper’s work, which is readily available on the Internet.  The point of the blog was if your town doesn’t have an exhibition of your favorite artist, then thanks to the Web you could create your own.

"Study for Nighthawks" on exhibit at the Whitney Museum
of American Art, New York City, through October 3, 2013
Pillar to Post blog posting was on June 12, 2012.

On Sunday (May 26, 2013) the Los Angeles Times published Barbara Eisenberg’s article on New York City’s new Hopper exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Isenberg’s take is called “The Creative Process Behind Edward Hopper’s Paintings,” and one aspect of the article delves into finding real life locations that might have inspired Hopper.  One of the locations—from a 1914 photo of 11th and Greenwich in Manhattan-- is suggested as the diner in the famed “Nighthawks” painting.

Needless to say, if you are a Hopper aficionado it’s time to book a flight to JFK and before you go the LA Times article is must reading:,0,6206997.story

Suggested inspiration locale for Hopper's "Nighthawks" is a building at 11th & Greenwich,  New York City,  1914
When Edward and wife Josephine Hopper died in the mid 60s the works in the widow’s possession were bequeathed to the Whitney.

“Hopper Drawing” will be on exhibit through October 3, 2013 at the Whitney, 945 Madison Avenue.
Tourist alert: The museum is closed on Mondays.

Earlier Pillar to Post item:

Architecture notes:
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York City
Modernist statement
Architect: Marcel Breuer with Hamilton Smith 1966

Whitney Museum of American Art, Madison Avenue, New York City

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