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NYC shoe shine
In 1978 I was invited by the Dutch ministry of culture (CRM) to participate in the 10th International Sculpture Conference; Toronto, Ontario Canada. After the courses, demonstrations and forums my colleague Roelie Strijk and I decided to rent a car and drive to New York City. After visiting the Niagara Falls, we arrived at the Chelsea Hotel (Hotel Chelsea). We visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where I was impressed by Monet's paintings of Giverny. Explored Central Park and I skipped the Empire State Building on which which I had been in 1956, 1963 and 1965. I very much remember experiencing Manhattan as one large well populated living room. We walked to Chinatown and I remembered my visit to Adolf Dehn's studio in 1962; he had exhibited before me in the Naples Art Gallery in Long Beach California, and had written me to watch out for its owner.
We passed a shoe shine shop and decided I would have my shoes shined just for the picture. Roelie took the photograph.