by Josh ResnekAs a lover of sculpture, I can state unequivocally, there is nothing quite like Jeffrey Koon’s painted stainless steel masterpiece of Popeye, now appearing inside the Encore Hotel and Casino in our city. The stainless steel Popeye is a $28 million piece of modern sculpture intended to draw people to it – and it absolutely, positively, will do just that. Exactly how many is the only question and this will be answered after the opening and viewing the first several months financials and statistics. To have such a piece of modern art in Everett – well – there has never been anything even close to approximate this type of expensive artwork appearing in our city – or in any neighboring city in more than 300 years.
A white bull placed in front of Oliviera’s Steak House on Broadway, signifying the restaurant’s connection to great beef, is undergoing the typical Everett City Hall runaround.
It has been noted by at least one city councilor who we like and respect that the bull is unclothed; that is to say, his private parts are showing.
Such a thought is purely subjective, as bulls are not known to wear clothing of any kind let alone underwear.
That being said, the owner has put a plastic bag over the bull’s rather indistinct private parts so as not to horrify passersby.
He has even said he would saw off the bull’s private parts, performing a castration really, which may or may not be against animal rights laws approved by the United Nations.
Can you imagine if Everett had a museum with ancient Roman statuary done by Michelangelo depicting a man undressed with his private parts showing? Would the museum be forced to cover the statue?
By Josh Resnek
Lisa Cocciardi grew up in Everett in a single family home on Jackson Ave. She attended schools here – the Webster School, the Parlin and Pope John, graduating in 1987 and then going out into the world to seek out her reason to live.
During the first week of April, her production company will be staging a play, ‘Compound Fractures,” at the Boston Playwrights Theater at 949 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.
It is a triumphant return to where she went to college for Cocciardi, who attended Boston University.
It is, in a way, a defining moment at this time in her life.
She is articulate. She is warm. She is real – like the play she is producing.
The next day, after an excellent lunch at Chinois in the Forum Mall, which is the eighth wonder of the world, we all trooped back to our hotel to see the painting. We went into Wynn’s office, which is just off the casino, past a waiting area with a group of fantastic Warhols, past a secretary’s desk with a Matisse over it (a Matisse over a secretary’s desk!) Continue reading Excerpt from a 2016 Piece on Wynn’s Art Collection