Why 591?

In 1905 Alfred Stieglitz rented a studio at 291 Fifth Avenue, New York City. It was to become a famous art gallery simply known as Gallery 291. The gallery closed down in 1917. In January the same year Francis Picabia presented the first issue of the Dada periodical 391 in Barcelona, Spain.

So far we are on track...but then there is no 491 until 1964, as far as I know. The Swedish film 491 caused a lot of debate. I was in fact to young to remember or allowed to see the film. But as you understand that number is taken as well.

How about 591 then? Obviously, I had to do some research and here are a few things that I found:
Highway 591
is an 8 kilometre road in the Thunder Bay District of Northwestern Ontario. Maryland 591 is also called Porters Bridge Road.

California Penal Code section 591
is kind of interesting saying that you may not unlawfully and maliciously take down, remove, injure, or obstruct any line of telegraph, telephone, or cable television or any other line used to conduct electricity etc. You may also find street addresses like 591 Camino de la Reina, San Diego or 591 Broadway, New York. I found a 591 site from Taiwan too, apparently about renting houses and apartments.

Well, the bottom line is that the name is more or less available.

Francis Picabia -
part of: George Grantham Bain Collection
(Library of Congress).General information: the Bain Collection

About Pablo Picasso's paintings exhibited at Alfred Stieglitz gallery 291 in New York: "Any sane criticism is entirely out of the question; any serious 
analysis would be vain."- Arthur Hoeber in the New York Globe.

Francis Picabia, publisher of 391:“The only way to be followed is to run faster than the others”.
Tagline of the film 491: "It is written that 490 times you can sin and be forgiven. This motion picture is about the 491st."

Get ready to experience 591- "the image is everything!"


Valery Rizzo said…
I enjoyed that!