Monday, February 27, 2017

The Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park

Childhood memories and medieval time immemorial in the stone walls.
High up in the heights of Manhattan schist, where the subway is so far underground one takes an elevator down to it.

A castle built by the rich, the plundering the of 13th Century, pillar by pillar, stone by stone, statue by statue. Not to mention the tapestries to warm the walls.
The rooms feel heavy. Maybe it is the centuries of religious prayers, guilt, hope and fears that took place around the altars and objects on display.

But the Merode Room, a revelation and a lightness, a spiritual experience. The Master of Flemalle, indeed. 1428 altarpiece. So so finely seen, so finely painted. 

That candle, just extinguished by the angel, a wisp of smoke remaining. 
Marking the moment just past the immaculate conception, forever.
Being in its presence is divine, even with the thin glass separating its soul from my breath of now.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

RIP Prof. Irwin Corey

Irwin Corey "The World's Greatest Authority"

Photographed June 21, 2012, NYC
© Ellen Wallenstein
from "Respecting My Elders" 2013

died February 2, 2017
102 years old
102 years young

Monday, January 30, 2017


A Variety of Bird Photos

Waiting Room, Washington Square North

 Leach Hollow Road

Rooftop, New York Central Art Supply 

Bird Hovering, East Harlem

Spybird (for Sherilyn Behr)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Edward Albee, R.I.P.

Edward Albee, American Playwright
March 12, 1928 - September 16, 2016

His advice:

"What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn't lived it?"

"I have been both overpraised and under praised.
I assume by the time I finish writing - and I plan to go on writing until I'm ninety or gaga- it will all equal itself out....You can't involve yourself with the vicissitudes of fashion or critical response."

"Be useful. Be useful. Do something that matters with your life."

Edward Albee, NYC, June 1, 2010.
Photograph © Ellen Wallenstein

from "Respecting My Elders"
ISBN 978-0-615-74021-8

Monday, August 1, 2016

Assorted & miscellaneous square photos

Taken on my travels through NYC

 psychic advisor


post no bills

 chuck close's studio, bond street

construction worker

 graduation gown, east 8th street

yellow buildings, harlem

garden figure, LES

the high line

graffiti, tree & shadow

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

tree, east 108th street

tree, east 108th street
summer 2015

currently on view in Boston at

curated by Paula Tognarelli

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

art history books & collages

some examples of books made from books or pictures in  books

Blind Leading the Blind

De-accessioned Art History

Dead Men from Fairfield County Circa 1881

Circle Book

Bridal party

Nice Skating

Drinking Buddies

Georgia's View

Frida, Collages

Crivello >Lautrec