DIARY / AN 800 PAGE INDEX OF COLLABORATIVE DRAWINGS BY JIM JOE & LEWY / LIMITED EDITION OF 100 / EACH WITH A UNIQUE DRAWING AS THE COVER / EACH SIGNED & NUMBERED ON THE BACK PAGE / $250 EACH
PS: JUST SOLD OUT – IT WAS AVAILABLE LAST TIME I LOOKED (LAST WEEK).
btw: 100 x $250 = $25,000.
check it out: JIM JOE VS LEWY WEBSITE / DIARY
one of the more interesting & original ‘statements’ of the JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘PIECE OF DIRT’ POP-UP SHOW – was the book. if you couldn’t spring for a drawing, (line painting ?) on canvas
. . maybe you could peel off enough greenbacks – for a limited edition, signed & numbered, very large, DIY, almost BIBLICAL . . . book of drawings ?!!
inside, it was very straight-forward, with minimal fuss. a great lay-out, great graphics, font, etc. gray tones, frame on page, etc etc.
just like everything in this show: absolutely on point.
ahead of the curve.
kinetic sculpture – in another era ?
also totally dug that any ‘conceptualism’ was treated – as just another part of the game.
a design / production decision. aka . . the way things were. that made the show pop. the totality.
in, and of itself – a radical decision.
also: vs. the ZINE !! that slim red-headed DIY art book . . stepson.
somebody will write the paper, no doubt: digital computers & the renaissance of the DIY script / calligraphy.
small gestures – that really really count.
yes, that is: JOWY ROMANO . . of subway art blog . .
take that (fill in the blank) haters.
go find . . your own ghost army.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘PIECE OF DIRT’, 148 BOWERY, CHINATOWN, NYC. POP-UP, APRIL 2-10, 2016.
OPENED APRIL 1, 2016
PHOTOS TAKEN: APRIL 1 & 2, 2016.
somehow, that brings us full circle.
and yes: DOGGIES . . are the new mirror.
JIM JOE VS LEWY: ‘PIECE OF DIRT’
CHINATOWN POP-UP / 48 BOWERY, NYC
APRIL 2 – 12, 2016
MORE PIX – FROM THE OPENING – APRIL 1, 2016
yep, that’s . . my shadow.
I really related to this drawing – it’s kind of a mirror, and a . . metaphor for my mood, my life, whatever.
it’s been hard knock – fer sure.
if I had had the dough, or leverage to buy the work I loved the most, and in some cases I did (JOE BRADLEY) . . I’d be a millionaire, prob even a billionaire, by now.
maybe even many times over.
well, right after JJEAN-MICHEL, who was my friend, in passing in the hood on the Bowery, I learnt my lesson.
if you can’t grab the work LONG STORY, but he signed posters for me, grab the pix.
because talk is cheap. get that marker – that says: YES – you were there.
hard knock, but passionate.
you know, I didn’t call myself: artlovers !!
that’s just the name I picked up – and, WALTER ROBINSON made it formal: and made it stick. like gum.
personally I liked my other nickname better: CRACKULA, lol.
what me – throw: shade ?
there were a lot of dog drawings in the show, which I found endlessly fascinating – as I just got a dog !!
my first ever – and she’s gonna be huge. literally, not auction-wise.
she’s an American Akita. she’s 4 mos. old and she’s already well over 38 pounds, and counting.
prob gonna go . . past 100, 120 ?
her name is: ZORA. and I love her, . . and she totally, totally loves me.
F the art world.
and yes, I named her after my hero: ZORA NEALE HURSTON, take that whitey haters. and, shove it.
lol. cultural appropriation. I mean, what’s in my blood – only Bob Marley knows for sure.
talk about crazy Rastafarian locks. talking to the dead, (and the . . don’t know they are dead, lol, too)
JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘DOG VS RAT’
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 X 48 INCHES
!!!!!! X !!!!!! ‘PUNISHMENT’ – !!
!!!!!!! X !!!!!! ‘GREED’ – !!
TAROT DRAWING – DOGGY, DOG ?
GYPSY PALM READER ? DOGGY, DOG ?
SHAMAN DECK OF CARDS – DOGGY, DOG ?
GAME OF THRONES, DOGGY DOG ?
CHUBBY DOGGY . . HAS A GHOST ARMY ?
AND THEY ARE STILL,
S-T-I-L-L . . THE LIVING DEAD.
WAITING FOR THEIR DAY IN THE SUN: MARK ENGER, DAN ASHER, & SIMON CERIGO.
LOS DEAD ONES.
I GUESS THIS IS AS CLOSE AS I CAN GET – TO A ‘MUSEUM’, MY ‘MUSEUM/foundation’, for . . now.
and, hell yah.
forget . ‘contemporary’, I’m going call it straight: MUSEUM OF THE DEAD, but not forgotten.
JIM JOE, ‘VANITY VS SANITY’
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 x 48 INCHES
what: you be calling my name . . boy ?
VANITY – lol VS SANITY – lol
FUN FACT: AKITAS DON’T BARK. & THEY DON’T RUN AROUND – ALL HYPER, EITHER.
BUT WATCH OUT – POWERFUL & CAN VIBE YA. BEFORE YOU SEE HER, SHE SEES . . YOU.
SHE CAN SEE YOU THRU A DOOR, EVEN A MILE AWAY. PICKS UP ON YOUR VIBE. ALL RADAR, MY GHOST DOG.
AND FAST AS LIGHTNING.
and, if you be bad, then she bark . . a deep, super badass scary bark.
my . . Zo-ra.
my . . love.
art world vs chipmunk. don’t ask. don’t care.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
the whole contemporary ‘mainstream’ art scene, as typified by ELI BROAD and his much touted “contemporary” art collection/museum is pretty boring . . and well, pretty much over. cold toast.
time moves on. it’s 2016 – not 1979. 80s are no longer . . quote contemporary.
okay, there are few great & timeless pieces, but over-all it’s a drag. with a kind of prevailing visual ‘sameness’, which is really boring.
see: the BROAD COLLECTION online
‘contemporary’ is going to become about as cutting edge – as ‘modern’ is – in these guys’ hands.
Eli Broad should marry Roberta Smith.
I would say, just off the top of my head, most of the artists in this collection peaked in the 80s. I mean that’s ok, but just don’t call your museum . . the epitome of contemporary art. it’s not. I mean JACK GOLDSTEIN is great, and I would commend the collection just for that . . but he’s been dead for decades. and most telling, the recent auction prices for ELI BROAD favorite . . CINDY SHERMAN have gone very very soft, and, ditto for JEFF KOONS.
GREGORY CREWDSON, is one of the only ones, in the ‘collection’- who I would consider: still really alive and kicking.
ok. Eli has 2 spray paint fabric paintings by STERLING RUBY. good. and they are nice ones.
but where’s the Joe BRADLEY ? the Maurizio CATTELAN ?
he has a MURAKAMI, but where’s . . the BARRY McGEE ?
and even these guys you know, they are not puppies. they are not raging foam-ers straight up from the street. they all made their names back in the early 2000s. so, come on – that’s already over 15 years ago.
in general – ‘contemporary’ is getting to be a pretty obsolete term. the deal is I once heard him, Eli speak about how he was buying Cindy Shermans right off the presses – back in the day. the early 80s. that’s good, but see . . that’s the funny thing about the at world, it’s 2016.
and, so whose work is the much touted titan of ‘cutting edge’ buying at auction – this season / MAY 2016 ?
SAM FRANCIS – !! I kid you not.
I wrote my god damn high school art final – on Sam Francis, and that was back in the 60s. along with the Beatles. and I wanna hold your hand. if that helps put things in perspective.
yeah, he bought Sam Francis ‘Summer #1’, 1957 – for $10.35 Million.
impressed ? neither am I.
let me tell: oh yeah. if he really had that great an ‘eye’, with that kind of ($$) dough, he could be really cleaning up – on the really contemporary art scene. he could vacuum up the whole scene, and snort it right back out his nose – at auction in 10 years. like he did with Cindy and the rest of the ‘Picture’ generation crew.
he might have a really really nice, middle-of-the-road, no surprises – 80s ‘contemporary art’ collection – but just don’t tell me – that he’s . . a rolling stone.
and, I mean it doesn’t even have to be ‘today’. but it has to be brilliant.
to my way of thinking, VIRGINIA DWAN with her patronage of MICHAEL HEIZER – now that outdoes ELI BROAD, hands down.
now – if ELI BROAD had some DAN ASHERS, seriously . . I would be bowing down and kissing the green-billed trail of earth he walks on. but I’m not giving him any crown. sorry.
whatever. go read artinfo if it makes you happy.
lol, LOUISE BLOUIN is on the scandalous tax evading Panama Papers list !!
just some . . out-to-lunch ramblings on a lazy day. why ?
because . . I can. something about raw talent – popping up from the underground.
brings out the best – in me.
but . . .
Back to the future !!
how many ways and things about this . . THOM COWAN / @boner_table . . . art T shirt do I love ?
for starters: the fact that the artist probably thinks . . he has no chance in hell of making it – and so, IT’S SO FRIGGIN’ FRESH.
it’s funny. it’s sweet, and TWISTY !!
It’s lyrical and wry. it’s about animals and humans. it’s got great DIY calligraphy. and nice full swinging tits, too. but it doesn’t feel porno. and, I love that sparkly stuff going on around them – even more than I can put in words.
the coloring is fab.
the spatial composition is super fab, and speaks to both freedom & spontaneity = natural talent.
the daydream element is all mine for the taking . . .it’s truly one-of-a kind, not endless knock-off variations.
and, it’s even signed/initialed, and dated . . ‘2016’ – in the bottom right-hand corner.
and you can . .. wear it !! tattoos are so – over.
so – out to lunch !! and ready to party !!
they should be selling these – at the BROAD FOUNDATION gift shop, god forbid. that probably would be like the biggest kiss of death to a young artist. today.
but see, here’s the thing: INSTA-gram.
call me out to lunch – but just don’t tell me I’m stupid.
looks to have something to do . . with JIM JOE
STAY AWAY FROM MY LIFE
FRIDAY 13th – MAY 13, 2016
169 FRONT ST – MANHATTAN
THAT’S ALL I KNOW – I DON’T THINK YOU NEED TO KNOW MORE !!
this is how I feel sometimes . . . #mood
esp on a rainy day & I randomly read that Sotheby’s . .”paid up to $85 million to purchase a blue chip contemporary advisory firm in January 2016.”
see:‘Ex-Sothby’s Rainmaker Joins Rival’ – CHEYENNE WESTPHAL will be chairman of Phillips.
I mean, and just where do I . . fit into the $$ food chain.
nowhere apparently . . sifting through the start-ups from the ground up, lol.
oh F it. my archive going to burn the walls off some auction house – one day, too.
instead of just pave – the way. for free.
NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . is screening some videos in a big group video blast – at ICEBOX PROJECT SPACE
at the CRANE ARTS, Philadelphia . . this weekend, MAY 12-14, 2016.
20/92 VIDEO FESTIVAL – ICEBOX PROJECT SPACE
1400 North American St, Philadelphia, PA
CRANE ARTS is a community-based art space in Philadelphia – located in the historic (and HUGE !!) CRANE COMPANY BUILDING – which was built in 1905 out of cast concrete with a brick face.
read more: THE CRANE – ABOUT
BIG . . STO WAVE – gonna take Toronto by storm, to-nite !!
FRI MAY 13th, 2016.
STO . . opens a solo show in Toronto tonight, FRI MAY 13th, 2016.
NO FOUNDATION, 1082 QUEEN ST WEST, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
haven’t enjoyed a blatant, but brilliantly ‘self-branded’ appropriation, so much . . .
since TOM SACHS’ . . NASA branded Japanese tea ceremony cup.
‘JONATHAN HOROWITZ: OCCUPY GREENWICH’
MAY – OCT 2016
THE BRANT FOUNDATION – 941 North St, Greenwich, Connecticut
and, here’s some . . . REAL ONES !!!
and, yeah that’s pretty much what I thought . . of being a WIFE, too.
no offense, RIP SIMON CERIGO.
LUTZ . . is the winner.
“Apparently, he traded his Basquiat years ago for a Kostabi…”
thank you . . . CHARLES LUTZ !!
image via Instagram – @charleslutz
most def, check out: CHARLES LUTZ
with PIGEONS !!
DUKE RILEY’S 2,000 strong pigeon army streaks through the Brooklyn night sky – scoring tons of positive press, from all sources, big & small.
there’s a huge profile on the Duke in the MAY 2016 – WALL STREET JOURNAL MAGAZINE.
it comes shortly after the pages on the big LARRY GAGOSIAN profile, with its mention of Larry now repping (along with CANADA, and good-bye Gavin) . . the newest & youngest mega art star in the NYC-based constellation, JOE BRADLEY.
a word: tell me NYC – isn’t the center of the art world ? haha.
a word: URS FISCHER, now showing with both Gavin and Gagosian makes a telling quote in the same article . . .
“In any case, in recent years, there has been a tendency away from ‘monogamy’ in gallery relationships, as URS FISCHER puts it: You are not on a sports team,” says the (NYC-based) Swiss artist, who works with Gagosian internationally as well as with Gavin Brown, his original New York dealer.”
a word: this is just what it was like to live through the rapid rise & big $$ days of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring back in the late 1980s – early 90s. it was quite a rush, and nobody else mattered.
a word: does Duke Riley have a secondary market ? haha. (smiley face.)
see: ‘FLY AWAY HOME’ with DUKE RILEY’S PIGEONS’, WALL STREET JOURNAL MAGAZINE, MAY 2016.
I’ve probably got the best, most extensive, and most definite !! the earliest treasure trove of DUKE RILEY PHOTOGRAPHS.
here’s a few from the artlovers’ archive . . .
DUKE RILEY – ‘SEE YOU AT THE FINISH LINE’
NOV 1, 2013 – JAN 11, 2014
MAGNAN METZ GALERY, 521 W. 26th St, Chelsea, NYC.
it’s the opening night of his first major show to center solely on his pigeons, in which he sent them to smuggle cigars out of Cuba. equipped with little digital cameras to record their flight, from a birds-eye-view, (footage was screened in the show), each bird had a tiny backpack strapped on to their back – in which to carry the contraband.
yep, guess one day, I’ll have to do . . a book.
ARCHIVAL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
please note: these photos are COPYRIGHT PROTECTED – any use without prior written permission from NANCY SMITH/artloversnewyork . . is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
and ask anybody. name names ? Guest of a Guest, Business Insider, artinfo (case pending) . . I don’t joke around.
the blue chip market . . is insane !!
totally going overboard crazy – for the hippest of the art stars.
if that doesn’t say . . buy young art, then what does ?
you only need one to pop – to call it a big win.
having a good ‘eye’ – of course . . trumps all.
“CHRISTIE’S can thank an anonymous Japanese telephone bidder for going on a shopping spree . . . Tuesday, (May 10, 2016). . . . The biggest prize for Paddle No. 1733 was an untitled, 16-foot wide Jean-Michel Basquiat painting (above) that sold for $57.3 million, (well) over its $40 million estimate. The price broke the artist’s previous auction record of $48.8 million set 6 years earlier with ‘Dustheads’ . . .
The (same) Japanese buyer also bought a $1.7 million BRUCE NAUMAN neon sign that said, “Eat War”, a $5.8 million red ALEXANDER CALDER , ‘Sumac 17’, and a $9.7 million RICHARD PRINCE ‘Runaway Nurse’ form 2005-2006.”
“The exuberance of this collector, and a smattering of others, gave the sale a lively atmosphere that overshadowed the fact that several other major offerings barely sold at all . . . works by ROBERT GOBER, JASPER JOHNS, JEFF KOONS and RUSCHA sold for below their asking prices.”
UP-DATE: THURS MAY 12, 2016 – 12:20 PM
the piece belonged to art dealer/Venus Over Manhattan NYC/LA gallerist . . ADAM LINDEMANN.
it was sold to . . Japanese online retailer YUSAKU MAEZAWA.
source: WALL STREET JOURNAL, Thurs May 12, 2016, pg. B6.
MAURIZIO CATTELAN’S . . . ‘HIM’ – HITLER ON HIS KNEES, WENT FOR $17.2 MILLION at a CHRISTIE’S CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION, YESTERDAY – SUN MAY 8, 2016.
a sweet vindication for the few loudmouth dissenters, [and Cattelan, lol] . . including most notably myself, and RANDY KENNEDY – who were the very very few who wrote in favor of Cattelan’s superlatively brilliant, ‘hanging’ retrospective – which took place at the GUGGENHEIM, titled: ‘ALL’ . . in the winter of 2011.
and in which ‘HIM’ . . hung.
the leader of the downer pack was ROBERTA SMITH, who not only trashed the exhibit, but said something to the effect . . that it was a “career destroyer”.
I have just 3 words for Roberta Smith: RACHEL HARRISON, who ?
MAURIZIO CATTELAN, ‘HIM’, a wax sculpture completed in 2001
photo via DAILY MAIL
MAURIZIO CATTELAN, ‘HIM’ – as it appeared in the CATTELAN – Guggenheim retrospective, ‘ALL’, winter 2011.
photo via DAILY MAIL
CATTELAN, ‘DONKEY’ . . and a view of the incredible CATTELAN retrospective, titled ‘ALL’ . . that took place at the GUGGENHEIM, NYC – winter of 2011.
and which saw all, and I mean, everyone of his pieces hung from the ceiling of the museum.
one of the best museum shows, ever !!
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
you can read MY rant – in favor of it, here: ‘a rat’s ass’
I was an early supporter of Cattelan’s, I posted the FIRST mainstream photos of him – on artnet.
here are 2 other early ones, from way back, 2005 – when I was still using a 35mm camera.
Cattelan . . what a natural-born clown.
what a showman. but, also . . a ‘picturesque’ & prophetic voice – on the state of the world, as it has turned, sour.
these photos below were posted to artloversnewyork.com . . . right after I broke off from the mothership i.e. artnet, for holding me – back. lol, Walter Robinson bite your lip. he fired me. quelle joke. I “brought in too many unknown musician photos”.
name names ? lol, DEVENDRA BANHART. I kid you, not.
in fact, I just read in the Wall Street Journal, this very morning . . re the ROLLING STONES, that the secret to their success & maybe your’s too – is to “break from the anchor when it starts to drag you under”.
. . . no truer words, ever.
MAURIZIO CATTELAN. sometimes the class clown – isthe brightest kid in the class, the sharpest knife in the drawer.
way to go, CATTELAN.
NICHOLAS MOENICH – MATT NICHOLS
OPENED MARCH 4, 2016
MOUNTAIN – 284 SEIGEL ST, APT 1B, BROOKLYN
I did make the previous opening at MOUNTAIN.
from the press release:
relating to or based on the sense of touch
the form & structure of an organism or any of its parts
PIX FROM THE OPENING:
MICHAEL FLEMING with work by MATT NICHOLS behind him.
MOUNTAIN is an artist-run apartment gallery in Bushwick – the gallery is open during scheduled events or by appointment only. MOUNTAIN was founded by MICHAEL FLEMING in 2016.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
‘Have you ever heard of happiness springing from a deep well of sorrow?’
opens to-nite . . FRI MAY 6, 2016 / 7-10 PM
the show runs thru MAY 14, 2016
featuring work by:
EJ HILL, JANNE HOLTERMANN, JOSHUA KENT, NAOMI ELENA RAMIREZ
MOUNTAIN – 284 SIEGEL ST, APT 1B, BROOKLYN, NY
‘MARIE LORENZ: FLOW POOL’
EXPERIMENTAL SOUND SESSION with BRIAN CHIPPENDALE – assisted by NICHOLAS STEINDORF
THURS MAY 5, 2015 / 6-8 PM
RECESS ART – 41 GRAND ST, SOHO, DOWNTOWN NYC
PIX FROM THE NIGHT:
the mics were underwater. CHIPPENDALE was in the water. improvising.
NICHOLAS STEINDORF was creating digital sampling loops – on the computer, as the water sounds were sent back to him.
together, seriously . . they made beautiful, raw intense music. everyone was transfixed.
see: NICHOLAS STEINDORF
see: ANTONE KONST
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
BRIAN CHIPPENDALE in PERFORMANCE – tonight / THURS MAY 5, 2016 / 6-8 PM
‘MARIE LORENZ: FLOW POOL’
MARCH 12 – MAY 7, 2016
RECESS ART, 41 Grand St, Soho, NYC.
SOUND CHECK with BRIAN CHIPPENDALE . . .
that’s NICHOLAS STEINDORF on the sound boards – in the background.
image via Instgram . . @recessart
and so is . . BEAUTY / International . .
PETER SUTHERLAND – SOLO PRESENTATION
KINMAN GALLERY – booth 2.17
MAY 5 – 8th, 2016
NADA NEW YORK – BASKETBALL CITY
all images via Instagram – @kinmangallery – KINMAN GALLERY, LONDON
TOUGUI: “close-up of my design for my next group show – Grandeur & Decadence – @artbyfriends – opening this Saturday [APRIL 7, 2016] at Annecy / details de mon tableau pour ma prochaine exposition collective – Grandeur & Decadence – a la galerie @artbyfreinds a Annency, vernissage ce samedi.”
image via Instagram . . @tougui
Tougui . . is a French artist living in Annecy – FRANCE / greed is international.
TOUGIU . . LIFE IS A RIOT
from: his HEADICT SERIES, on his website !!
WHO, me ? – a piece of dirt ?!!
JIM JOE VS LEWY – ‘PIECE OF DIRT’ – MORE PIX FROM THE OPENING.
APRIL, 1, 2016.
the show ran APRIL 1 – APRIL 10, 2016.
48 BOWERY, CHINATOWN POP-UP.
see: JIM JOE VS LEWY – dedicated website
in a word – the best Chinatown pop-up since last June’s . . . ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: DAN ASHER, SIMON CERIGO and . . NANCY SMITH’ (2015).
(yes. a relative, lol).
LUIS ORTIZ . . checks out the industrial hardware, coppery wires and metal hooks – of the gorgeous install.
which was quite elaborate, sleek, minimal & industrial looking.
quite a pro job by producer . . . PARIS VENTURE – for a 10 day pop-up.
these guys are serious.
GAZOO / TO THE MOON, and FRANK APE / BRANDON SINES
see: FUSE – ‘INTERVIEW: Street Artist Gazoo Left the Music Industry Behind’, April 28, 2016
see: @frank_ape / SINES ART
IT WASN’T ME . . .
Former State Assembly Speaker SHELDON SILVER . . gets 12 years in prison for corruption.
“Here’s the thing about corruption”, U.S. District Judge VALERIE CAPRONI said as she imposed the sentence, “It makes the public very cynical.” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. WED MAY 4, 2016 (TODAY).
PHOTO: KEVIN HAGEN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
BIG TIME ART COLLECTOR, ABY ROSEN SETTLES ART TAXES EVASION CASE.
“Aby Rosen has agreed to pay $7 million to settle allegations that he failed to pay sales and use taxes on art purchased by two of his companies . . According to the attorney general’s office, Mr. Rosen used two companies .. to purchase more than $80 million worth of art between 2002 and 2015…
Purchased works in the case include a $9.1 million painting by JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, a $5.3 million piece by ROY LICHENSTEIN, and works by ANDY WARHOL, DAMIEN HIRST and CY TWOMBLY, among others.”
“We are committed to rooting out tax abuses wherever we find them, especially in the art world” . . the attorney general said.
for all the fascinating details, read: ‘Settlement Reached In Art Taxes Case – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, MAY 4, 2016 (TODAY)
the press announcement coincidentally, probably NOT !!
timed to the . . big FRIEZE ART FAIR, in NYC this weekend.
that should put a slight chill – on things.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH