Ich bin ein Berliner

As Carnegie Hall artistic director Sir Clive Gillinson holds his culturefest celebrating Berlin, we note that one New Yorker has his own culturefest in Berlin. New York painter Tom Christopher, whose sole subject matter seems to be New York (specifically Times Square) street scenes, sells out his Berlin shows. Those who want to find irony will find it in the fact that while many Europeans frown at our political will as exhibited in the streets of Baghdad, scoop up Christopher’s painting of lithe Manhattan bicycle messengers skudding between yellow taxi cabs. Christopher’s freely drawn glimpses of New York street life can also be seen in Tokyo, Paris, and Frankfurt, where they are bought by art (and apparently New York) lovers. If Sir Clive can’t make it to Berlin to see Christopher’s work, he can stroll downhill from Carnegie Hall to the Conde Nast Building at 1 Times Square where Christopher’s paintings are on exhibit.