~STREET MURALS . . A FEW MORE

FILE UNDER: F-CK FIAC, F-CK PARIS.
what . . a bunch of soft LITTLE OLD GEEZER PIGGIES went to market.
as in, ya wanna be art collectors ? !!
just a lot of dough circling around the drain, but . . party on, as if.
the mainstream art world isn’t in a complete state of collapse.

THIS IS MORE LIKE IT.
THIS IS . . NEW YORK FRIGGIN’ CITY !!
HARDCORE & GRITTY. JUST THE WAY – WE LIKE IT.

when the cat’s away – the mice . . WILL PLAY !!

STREET MURALS – CURATED BY KEVIN MICHAEL NYC
OCT 24 – 27, 2014 / 11AM – 7PM
BE-ELECTRIC STUDIOS – 1298 WILLOUGHBY AVE, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, N.Y.


JOSEPH MELOY – image via TOKIDOKI, JACKIE HADEL


FUMERO – image via STREET ART NYC


DASIC FERNANDEZ – image via THIS IS CHILE


CHUCK BERRETT & NICOLE SALGAR – image via STREET ART NYC


DAMIEN MITCHELL – PHOTO BY JAIME ROJO via BROOKLYN STREET ART


JOHN ARTHUR CARR – image via JOHN ARTHUR CARR


CERNESTO – image via THE MUSEUM OF URBAN ART


JOHN PAUL O’GRODNICK – image via STREET ART NYC


ANGELINA CHRISTINA – image via THE MUSEUM OF URBAN ART


ESTEBAN DEL VALLE – image via 5 POINTZ NYC


MAGDA LOVE – image via STREET ART NYC




~STREET MURALS . . OPENS FRI

BIG STREET ART . . THROW DOWN !!

OPENS FRI OCT 24, 2014 / 6-11 PM
show is up thru OCT 27, 2014 / 11AM – 7PM
CURATED BY KEVIN MICHAEL NYC
BE-ELECTRIC STUDIOS – 1298 WILLOUGHBY AVE, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, NY
L TRAIN TO JEFFERSON ST

here’s a small sampling:


AINAC – PHOTO BY JAIME ROJO – via BROOKLYN STREET ART


MR.PRVRT – OUTER RIM: INNER CITY, STAR WARS STREET ART – image via RETURN TO FLEET


PRAXIS – BOMBS BOGOTA (with surveillance reminders) – image via VANDALOG


VENG & CHRIS / RWK / ROBOTS WILL KILL – PHOTO BY JAIME ROJO – via BROOKLYN STREET ART


ADAM DARE – ‘KING, QUEEN’ – image via ADAM DARE


SONNI – image via THE CHEATS MOVEMENT




~DUCKS . . OPENS FRI / with added perfomance at 10 PM

what, DUCK !! again ?!!

DUCKS put out a few more images, that are hard to resist !!

‘DUCKS’ – OPENS FRI OCT 24, 2014 / 7-10 PM
with a PERFORMANCE BY ‘YETI and FIREBUSH’ – JUSTIN COOPER and ROSS MORENO . . at 10 PM
the big ‘duck-themed’ group show runs thru NOV 29, 2014
CURATED by RYAN TRAVIS CHRISTIAN – see: ‘DUCKS’ EXHIBIT PAGE
GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY – 67 WEST ST #320, BROOKLYN, NY

interesting fact:
artist-comedian JUSTIN COOPER (b. 1976) & artist-comedian-professional magician ROSS MORENO (b. 1979) both have M.F.A. degrees in Sculpture from The School of Art, Institute of Chicago, 2005.
must have been some class !!


‘DANNY DUCKO’ – ERIC YAHNKER




~which brings us back to NYC, and CAB !!

up next:

1. FLASH FLOOD – JIM MANGAN & PETER SUTHERLAND at MUDDGUTS

2. SEAN VEGEZZI & 170 SUFFOLK – A KNOCK-OUT DIY POP-UP, that set the bar for STEALTH !!

in the meantime . . . SAVE THE DATE:

CATCH THAT . .. CAB !!!!!
IT’S BOUND FOR . . GLORY !!!!!

CAB / COMIC ARTS BROOKLYN 2014 – SAT & SUN, NOV 8 & 9, 2014 / 11AM – 7PM
FREE TO ATTEND – !!
MT. CARMEL CHURCH – 275 N 8TH ST – WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN
PRESENTED BY DESERT ISLAND

FOR: MORE INFO & SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – CAB 2014

so, cute & funnie !! DESERT ISLAND HAS CHANGED THEIR LEADER IMAGE !!

see: DESERT ISLAND – !!

and that’s why I generally stay away from the mainstream & blue chip scene, unless some really great art is going on, case in point: Satan Ceramics, Rob Pruitt – I’ve got absolutely no negatives . . for the NYC underground indies !!
indies . . rule !!




~ROB PRUITT paints J BRAND . .

in NYC, sometimes it’s just about . . style, fashion, and flair – sexy !!
but the formal elements are always there: color, graded color, composition, gesture. dynamics.
and always kept very close to the . . edge. no big romanticism, no big emotions.

catch: a style.com exclusive – WATCH ROB PRUITT CREATE DENIM ART with J BRAND !!




~ROB PRUITT, MRZYK & MORICEAU, AIR DE PARIS, FIAC

now that’s more like it !!

as far as I can make out, the cutting edge art scene today – is all about: STEALTH.

as in, STEALTHY: wily, cat-like. STREET-SMART, STYLE-SMART, CONTENT STEALTHY, PAINTERLY STEALTHY !!
VERY FORMAL, THE VISUAL DYNAMICS are a big part of the picture, but on a very down-low type of game, as in – NOT ROTHKO !!
more ED SHERRAN !!
you know, cutting close to the beat. holding back, and then giving up. sweetly. very musical.

it’s certainly not: not in-your-face geezer ‘sexy’ overload and repeat after me, Paul McCarthy.


ROB PRUITT, ‘Daybreak/Twilight’, 2014
dyptique, acrylique peinture, email et pailles sur toile.
182,9 x 182,9 cm. chaque. 182,9 x 365,8 cm total.
unique – image via AIR DE PARIS – LIST FOR FIAC 2014

coming off of Rob’s recent and, gorgeous tres ombre ‘Suicide’ paintings, these are a knock-out. I was blown away the minute I saw them.
yeah, that’s what I mean by stealthy content, and ‘bio’ content – and even more stealthy . . the formal ‘painting’: smart formal elements, very fashion forward. almost a word play, game on visually, for sure.
STEALTH in this case employing digitally inspired – finely gradated & sophisticated spray paint work.


MRZYKE & MORICEAU, ‘Sans Titre’, 2014.
encre sur papier. 29,7 x 21 cm / cadre (frame) 31 x 22 cm.unique.
image via AIR DE PARIS LIST OF WORKS FOR FIAC 2014

wow, vive les native born frenchies !! these 2 artists are just so smart. in the head, in the style, in the draftsmanship, in the wit, in the down-low. in the global, in the fashion, etc. etc. etc.

so happy to be able to prove, I’m just not all about NYC, and I am for locavore cutting edge !! which this is, for sure !!
and, in double-time.

check out: MRZYKE & MORICEUA – 100 black line drawings, and counting !!

LISTEN UP, FIAC:

I’m not one to knock something and then not come up with a better alternative.
I hate negativism, it gives me nightmares after I post . . for days.

so . .

if FIAC had truly wanted to put up a giant, knock-out INFLATABLE . . that was truly ahead of the curve, and way ahead of the ‘market’ game (you damn straight, know what I mean !! McCarthy gallerists !!), that was also striking, cutting edge, super fun, super smart, very FRENCH !! and tres relevant to today, and not just A REPEAT of an old gross joke from 7 years ago, they should have / could have blown up & put up any one of the drawings on that MRZYKE & MORICEAU portfolio page link, above. in giant scale. PERIOD.

am I right ?
of course !!

in fact, here’s my top 2 picks:


MRZYK & MORICEAU – for ‘SEXY’, if that was what you were going for . . ho ho !!


MRZYK & MORICEAU – for ‘Chocolate Santa’ – if that’s what you really wanted. I mean it’s just a great image for an art fair, esp in Europe – let alone in tres sophisticate Paris !!
such a great ‘off-beat’ unexpected scenario, or what !!
plus, so super smart – design-wise.
so anti-terror, anti-war, anti-bio hazard, anti-earth, anti-market, anti-status-quo, anti bio infra-structure collapse. so sweet, and yet so powerful, edgy – but also an image everybody who came around – could embrace.

and hopefully . . transform with, evolve with – and at worse, just simply: escape and . . . dream – with.

too bad, FIAC dropped the (inflatable) ball, here’s to next time.

ok, now I can sleep better, voila !!




~I see London, I see France, I see Paul McCarthy’s underpants !! update: BANKSY HOAX

file under: old geezers gather in Paris . .

to celebrate contemporary art, gimme a break.

just bye way of comparison, to how dynamo, and relevant !! the underground art scene is in NYC, right now. not to mention that is also totally AHEAD OF THE CURVE . . .
case in point: the latest “duck, sucker” image from MATT LEINES, which just surfaced from Greenpoint Terminal . . and, from a bigger venue . . the SATAN CERAMICS show !!

it’s pathetic, but check out just how old hat and desperate for attention – the Paris ‘mainstream’ art scene is. dudes, re contemporary art, rule #1 – you are supposed to be cutting edge, not behind the curve by like, about . . 7 years !!
plus, it’s a real shame considering how much great street art generates out of Europe, and Paris in particular.

but who’s surprised, the biggest adjective in the old rich guys’ art vocabulary is: sexy.
I kid you . . NOT.
as in: that THOMAS RUFF, that CINDY SHERMAN, that JEFF KOONS, that Gerhard Richter, that Anselm Kiefer concentration camp . . is so SEXY !!
am I wrong ? no.


PAUL McCARTHY – inflatable. PHOTO: AP via NEW YORK POST

is it a tree, is it a plane ? no, it’s a giant anal sex toy. a butt plug – to be specific.
thank god somebody had the brains to take it down. FIE on FIAC, what losers.
they get all this press hyping how great the contemporary art scene is in Paris, and they . . put up a giant butt plug ?!!
it’s so . . not today.

one old geezer plays a whole bunch of old geezers for saps, or is it just another case of the emperor who wore no clothes ? beats me, but it sure ain’t . . cutting edge !!
PAUL McCARTHY presented his chocolate Santa workshop at MACCARONE in NYC in the winter of . . 2007 !!
that’s 7 years – ago.
and actually – the best part of that exhibit was the chocolate shop installation itself, including the multi-colored cellophone paper they used to brightly wrap the finished chocolate gift boxes. it was pretty cool, and I guess people in Paris deserve a chance to experience it’s magic, first hand . . but don’t call it cutting edge, call it a re-enactment.

the most embarrassing part of the gig – was the anal plug in the chocolate Santa’s hand, which only your typical horny old geezer collector found . . funny. ugh, grossness in the midst of great festivity, what could be worse. and chocolate yet, let’s . . go there. I mean it was a twist, ok.

I mean maybe, just maybe . . that was the point, so we gave it a pass, but not TWICE !!
and I mean the only other rock-the-boat show in NYC at the time was DAMIEN HIRST, and his embalmed carcasses, so . . !! pick your poison. hazmat suits vs. not a gift for children, even from your pervvy uncle ?

the only CUTTING EDGE aspect to the whole thing – was how fast it got taken down !!
and apparently with NOT too much fuss, either – from the authorities.
and you wonder why the fundamentalist hordes, think we should be wiped from the face of the earth. I mean maybe as a symbol of western cultural excess, it should be re-inflated, oh give me a break – it was awful.

read: ‘Giant sculpture resembling a sex toy dismantled in Paris’ – NEW YORK POST.

p.s. as for LONDON . .

the last great thing to come out of LONDON – was the ALEXANDER McQUEEN exhibit at the MET, several years ago.

UP-DATE: OCT 20 / OCT 22, 2014

oops, MY BAD !! I had forgot about BANKSY !!

turns out his arrest was a hoax – that’s what I was thinking, London is too small, if they had wanted to arrest him they would have years ago, which is an interesting question on it’s own. funny about the hoax timing, just to be reminded of Banksy, like that ?!!

too bad the PAUL McCARTY butt plug – wasn’t. a hoax.

I wonder if they had to get a permit to put that inflatable ‘sex toy’ up in the first place ?
I wonder if FIAC submitted a pre-installation sketch ? or did they just tell the Parisian powers that be – they were putting up a ‘modern’ art – Xmas tree !! I mean, I don’t don’t think they would have come clean and said . . we are installing a giant sex toy ?!!

the amazing thing was that it came down, and so fast.

LONDON vs PARIS, so exciting !! who knew.




~DUCKS . . GREENPOINT TERMINAL

as in, sitting ducks ?!!!!

‘DUCKS’ – OPENS FRI OCT 24, 2014 / 7-10 PM
the show runs thru NOV 29, 2014
a big group show of cutting edge art – curated by RYAN TRAVIS CHRISTIAN
GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY – 67 WEST ST. # 320 – BROOKLYN, N.Y.

“I hate how you’re just born out of nowhere, forced to go to school and get an education so you can get a job. What if I wanted to be a duck?”

it’s a big big group show, see: artist list

there are a lot of names I am not familiar with, and I bet there are some great discoveries to be made . . but just off the top of my head, anything by any one of these 4 artists, snap up !!

BEN JONES, MATT LEINES, TAYLOR McKIMENS, CASEY JEX SMITH.


MATT LEINES, ‘Duck Hunt, A Humorous Rifle Industry Publication Aimed at Japanese Children’, 2014.
8 x 10 in. ink, colored pencil & graphite on paper




~WALTER ROBINSON . . BIG RETROSPECTIVE

‘WALTER ROBINSON: Paintings and Other Indulgences’
OCT 17 – DEC 22, 2014
UNIVERSITY GALLERIES of ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY

organized by the BARRY BLINDERMAN, this is the FIRST museum survey of NY-based WALTER ROBINSON’S work, as well as the INAUGURAL exhibit at the UNIVERSITY GALLERIES of ILLINOIS STATE – new storefront spaces at Uptown Station in Normal, Illinois.

the survey includes 80 paintings, covering the years 1979-2014.

read more: WALTER ROBINSON SURVEY

read: about BARRY BLINDERMAN, director of University Galleries of ISU since 1987


WALTER ROBINSON, ‘PICTURE PERFECT KILL’, acrylic on canvas, 2012. 48 x 48 in.
collection: MIMA & CESAR REYES, PUERTO RICO – image: University Galleries, Illinois State University

speaking of which: SIMON CERIGO.

SIMON & I were both early fans, 1981 onwards – of Walter’s work. at one point we owned almost 10 canvases, including some ‘pulp novel’ covers, a drug cabinet, a straw flower still-life arrangement, and the big ‘ape’ reporter. Simon sold them all off during the years when he needed dough, with most of them ending up in his sister Helene’s collection, one of which was lent to this show, ‘Revenge’. Simon bought it from METRO PICTURES in 1982, 1983 at the latest.

Simon had his own relationship with Walter over the years, and I of course knew Walter pretty well, from 2002-2004 when he was my editor at artnet, where I was an event photographer – with my own column. when Walter hired me, it was the very first time anybody ever took me seriously, I had been taking photos for over 20 years at that point (!!) and artnet was the very first time – a photo of mine was published, so . . wow.
but he also fired me – 3 times !!
the third time stuck. I founded artloversnewyork as an independent site, posts began APRIL 2005.
what happened ?
I was bringing in too much indie stuff, and god forbid . . musicians, name one: Devendra Banheart !! but more crucially, I had managed to hustle up a nicepaid advert platform – which made everybody else over there very jealous, long story – short: I was the only the artnet contributor to hustle up income for my content, we were all unpaid !! (except for Walter of course !!) and yes, people got very very – jealous, so when Walter told me I had to drop the paid bit
– I quit, duh. it was the classic NYC . . “you are fired for being too successful” scenario, but I was always thankful to Walter for giving me a break, and a big one.

and, anyways I really did prosper better without an editor over me, and people soon came to realize I wasn’t just a papparazi ‘go-get-Schnabel’ dog, but actually had a mind behind the camera lens.

I always thought Walter was a great painter, but I did, and still do . . blame him for sticking that nerdy ‘artlovers’ tag . . on me !! I always liked what Charlie Finch called me better: CRACKULA, Crack for short !!
Charlie actually was the one to prompt Walter into looking at my PHOTOS, and he always berated me with: “does all the world revolve around Nancy ?”, to which I always replied: “damn straight” !!
who knew, a budding spin doctor was in the making, case in point !!
sandwiched between Walter and Charlie, those were the . . days !!
very exciting.


WALTER ROBINSON, ‘REVENGE’, 1982. acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 in.
interestingly – the piece still has the original METRO PICTURES label on the back.
collection: HELENE CERIGO LUPATKIN
PHOTO: HELENE CERIGO LUPATKIN




~LINE UP . .

here’s the line-up . . going forward:

1. WALTER ROBINSON – BIG, BARRY BLINDERMAN-ORGANIZED RETROSPECTIVE.

2. ‘DUCKS’ opens OCT 24, 2014 – GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY – MATT LEINES DID THE INVITE ILLUSTRATION.

3. JIM MANGAN & PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘FLASH FLOOD’ – at MUDDGUTS. PIX FROM THE EXHIBIT

4. THEN, we are stopping the presses to get back to, the MOTHER OF THEM ALL, indies . . SEAN VEGEZZI & 170 SUFFOLK.