~NICK SULLIVAN . . ‘O’ / BOOK RELEASE – CATBOX CONTEMPORARY / 2 BRIDGES MUSIC ARTS / SAT MAY 5

NICHOLAS SULLIVAN . . ‘O’ / CATBOX CONTEMPORARY BOOK / CATALOG RELEASE PARTY
SAT MAY 5, 2018 / 6 – 8 PM
2 BRIDGES MUSIC ARTS, 75 E. BROADWAY, #205 / MINI-MALL, CHINATOWN

NICHOLAS SULLIVAN – ‘O’ – A BOOK BASED on HIS SHOW of the SAME NAME
RECENTLY EXHIBITED at CONTEMPORARY CATBOX – most imaginatively within a standing pedestal of a catbox !!
114 pages, 8 x 11 in. / limited edition of 50
$25 / CASH ONLY

with an introduction by . . VANESSA THILL


INSTALLATION PHOTO: NICHOLAS SULLIVAN . . ‘O’
CATBOX CONTEMPORARY / FEB 25 – MARCH 11, 2018
IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM @catboxcontemporary

see: CATBOX CONTEMPORARY


see: 2 BRIDGES MUSIC ARTS – ABOUT




~SKEWVILLE . . TO NANCY WITH LOVE / & . . WE LIVE IN PUBLIC

IN MY COLLECTION !!


why, what’s this . .
peeping out through my fav stack / art collection next to my computer desk ??


bless my soul, if it’s not . . a SKEWVILLE ‘POP’ / HUB CAP !!


I bought it for $50 from their FACTORY FRESH SHOW, MAY of 2010.
I had been following them for awhile, and I can remember this date,
because I actually have a faded newspaper clipping – taped to the back of it.
it was the first tabloid – breaking story / of the BERNIE MADOFF $65 Billion Ponzi scheme !!
NEW YORK POST – May 1, 2010.


lol, what’s that . . underneath it ?
that’s for . . another story.
ok – a quick look – back !!
it’s one of the original (!!) metal signs – that hung throughout ‘QUIET’ . . !!
the JOSH HARRIS / $1 million dollar Millennium party !!
that inspired the 2009 Sundance winning doc – ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’.
& now being made into a movie under the guidance of BEN STILLER, lol !!
with JONAH HILL as JOSH / priceless. btw.

the sign was silk screened by R.I.P. BEAUTIFUL COWBOY . . MARK ENGER.
it was a warning . .
not to enter . .
if you didn’t consent to have your likeness – used . . “in any manner they see fit” . . !!!!!
“THANK YOU, LUVVY L.L.C.”

talk about . . s-c-a-r-y clowns !!

I guess I was trying to catalog my collection / via material, as in . . ‘metal sign’.
I guess I stopped there.

coz, I def have a few more !!
and in this case, the more – the MERRIER !!!!!

meaning that . . metal signs are so much easier on the collector vs. works on paper.
re: no need for frames / easy storage etc etc. / no sunlight issues. no ‘sensitive’ handling issues.
and plus, they are usually a reasonable size to handle, too.
& pretty damn . . indestructible.
this one is also signed. by Josh on the back / even though initially it was a ‘find’.
I had grabbed it from certain oblivion, discarded or forgotten, just before the whole party went up in flames (metaphorically).
that’s the funny things about signs, or hub caps. or signage in general / so easy to overlook.

and there’s that’s other funny thing about signs, esp metal ones / being so indestructible – & in that sense,
more of a (thin) sculpture than a drawing. still though, great design / graphics & thought went into the making.
and so, to my experience . . $$$$ value-laden. just on durability. on ‘existence’. on design. on intent.
but also, usually they are like quick multiples, promotions, or outright give-aways / the great signage, after the fact, that everyone else forgets.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~SKEWVILLE . . MONIKER ART FAIR / CURATED BY THINKSPACE

THINKSPACE . . will be curating a solo show !! of . . . . SKEWVILLE !!
BKLYN FLAVOR . . .
BOOTH 20
MONIKER ART FAIR, GREENPOINT TERMINAL WAREHOUSE
73 WEST ST., GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN

see: SKEWVILLE
see: THINKSPACE PROJECTS
see: MONIKER URBAN ART FAIR

OPENING TODAY !! THURS MAY 3, 2018 !!

RUNNING THRU . . MAY 6th

HRS:

THURS . . MAY 3 / PRIVATE VIEWING / 5-10 PM $25
FRI . . MAY 4 / 12-10 PM $25
SAT . . MAY 5 / 12-8 PM $15
SUN . . MAY 6 / 12-6 PM $15




~DAN ASHER . . MARTOS GALLERY, FRIEZE ART FAIR

whereas paintings dominated NADA NEW YORK,
DRAWINGS . . seem to be dominating the buzz – this week around FRIEZE !!
DAN ASHER . . is certainly a good part of that conversation.
if not, the much honored grand-daddy / the OG heart & soul. . of works on paper.

my one & only TOP PICK . . .
for the recent Armory art fair week, was DANNY FERRELL.
his dreamy realist portraits were so fresh, and so finely painted . . they were the most perfect, subtle poetic radiant surfaces seen in a long time / with a palette of tones . . akin to the pearly insides of sea shells . . meets sunset, is the best way I can put it.
so full of ‘new’ / ‘constructed’ . . light & so, a part of the immediate cutting edge dialog – in all ways.
concept, plasticity & subject matter.

I found them at Paris-based GALERIE PACT . . at NADA. I kind of just backed into them / and lo and behold, he seems to be doing pretty good / in fact . . Danny’s on quite a roll !!

the very latest news is that Bill Power’s EXHIBTION A – has just today, released a limited edition multiple for Danny Ferrell, titled, ‘Chris’, 2018 – in an ‘archival pigment print’ format, sized 18 x 13 in. / & in a limited edition of 50.

so . . .

my one & only TOP PICK for the FRIEZE ART FAIR, this week, would have to be DAN ASHER . .
a quite beautiful selection of whose works, is being shown at the MARTOS GALLERY booth, at the FRIEZE ART FAIR.
look for them: Focus Booth A8.

it really shocks me, deeply . . when so-called ‘people in the art scene’ don’t get Dan’s work.
for me, that’s a real clue as to the limits of this person’s insight – once you catch onto the deep personal ‘radiance’ of Dan’s art – there is no going back.
you are captivated and you are addicted. maybe some people, just don’t know how to let go, and let the art take over ?

if you are from out of town, let me tell you a little dark secret about the NYC art world: almost every serious collector, and curator in town, from MATTHEW HIGGS at White Columns, to the late JACK TILTON, has work by Dan, and in the plurals, as in many pieces, . . stored away for when the big numbers, and the real recognition finally break-through.
even GAVIN BROWN was a big fan, giving Dan’s incredible iceberg, and his later, super intense, & very raw American backyard wrestling photos – a beautiful solo show, some years back when he, Gavin . . was ‘Passerby’, downtown on 13th St.

even the big uptown blue chip art ‘advisor’ & gallerist, KATZUHITO YOSHII, owns quite a number of Dan’s works on paper / possibly even more than 20. I know this first-hand, because Yoshii bought them off my art partner/husband, now RIP, SIMON CERIGO . . who was Dan’s first gallerist in the East Village – in the early 80s, and who remained a life-long friend, promoter and collector of Dan’s work, himself.

to my mind – the one glaring flaw that presaged the ultimate demise in the reputation, of the so-called ‘cutting-edge’ Broad Collection, was its lack of even one Dan Asher.
how can anyone call himself a ‘visionary’ collector ??
when the astute, passionate, and timeless ‘siren’ call of Dan’s work – goes right over their heads /

this is the live wire – of the week.
this is – the single most beating heart – of the entire spectacle.

currently on show,
among many others / equally brilliant & sensual – at the Martos Gallery, Focus Booth A8, at Frieze:


DAN ASHER, ‘Untitled’, 2000.
tempera on paper. 17 x 12 in.
($7,500.)


DAN ASHER, ‘Untitled’, 1994.
Clay. 8 x 5 x 4 in.
($4,000.)

IMAGES COURTESY: MARTOS GALLERY




~JACKSON PINES . . DOGWOOD BAR / BEACON, NY / SAT MAY 5 / 9 PM


JOE MAKOVIECKI & JAMES BLACK . . .
JACKSON PINES – NOW PHILLY-BASED !! / Philadelphia, PA
see: JACKSON PINES
IMAGE VIA JACKSON PINES

JACKSON PINES . . .
will be playing upstate this weekend !! SAT MAY 5, 2018 – 9 PM
DOGWOOD BAR, BEACON NY / aka DIA COUNTRY !!
47 E. MAIN ST, BEACON, NY 12508


def, check out: JACKSON PINES – ‘LOST & FOUND’


def, check out: JACKSON PINES – PURGATORY ROAD




~WHO IS THOMAS WESLEY STERN . . PBS / LOST & FOUND / JACKSON PINES & CARRYING KIMBERLY

UP-DATE: TUES MAY 1 2018 / 3:19 PM
so, maybe the better questions is: who was that shining rolling rocking moment – of a band ?!!!!
TWS . . a great band. and a great band never dies – the music always LIVES !!
a lot of NYC artists, and musicians & some of my closest friends . . can certainly relate to this.
though the ghostly – yet ironically ‘archival’ . . presence of the web, sure makes things, very parallel world / 5th dimensional.

JOE MAKOVIEKI & JAMES BLACK . . have re-grouped as the soulful/sweet-hearted .. all Americana: JACKSON PINES.


SEE: JACKSON PINES

BJ JACKSON . .
can be found making music via . . CARRYING KIMBERLY.


SEE: CARRYING KIMBERLY

END OF UP-DATE.
THANK YOU . . JOE MAKOVIECKI: FOR THE UP-DATED INFO !!!!!

as they say, back to the . . . . . future !!!!!!!!!!

THOMAS WESLEY STERN . . THE MUSIC, THE MOMENT – WILL ALWAYS LIVE ON.

WATCH: ‘WHO IS THOMAS WESLEY STERN’ . . PBS


IMAGE VIA SOUND CLOUD

TWS / THOMAS WESLEY STERN: ‘BEST FRIENDS FROM JACKSON / OCEAN COUNTY, NJ / NEW JERSEY’
“best friends who play original folk & Americana music by ear …”

def, catch: TWS / THOMAS WESLEY STERN . . Sound Cloud




~THOMAS WESLEY STERN . . ‘NEVER LEAVING’ / WHAT’S A POOR GIRL TO DO . . . . !!

local Jersey boys !!
can rock, and . . . WAIL !!!!!!!

‘BOURBON ST. GIRL’ . . is on fire. and the flames, are sad and soulful.

PLAY IT . . LOUD !!!!!

PLAY IT LOUD:
MOST DEF, CATCH: THOMAS WESLEY STERN . . ‘BOURBON ST. GIRL’ / ‘NEVER LEAVING’ / bandcamp




~THOMAS WESLEY STERN, JACKSON PINES & BILLY STRINGS, JP BIONDO / WONDERBAR / ASBURY NJ / TUES MAY 1 / 7PM

TWS/THOMAS WESLEY STERN, JACKSON PINES & BILLY STRING, JP BIONDO
TO-NITE / TUES MAY 7 2018 / 7 PM / $15
WONDER BAR, FIFTH & OCEAN AVENUES, ASBURY PARK, NJ


@thomaswesleystern: TWS / THOMAS WESLEY STERN and JamGrass friends: Joe and James’ current group @jacksonpines . .
will be opening for BILLY STRINGS and JP BIONDO from Cabinet tonight in Asbury.
7pm. $15.
It’s gonna sell out so act fast.


JACKSON PINES: JOE MAKOVIECKI & JAMES BLACK
@jacksonpines: #Asburypark #nj #livemusic #folk #country #bluegrass #americana


ROSSETTA THARP – MEMORIAL c/o Dissenter Records
catch: ‘DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE’ / JACKSON PINES feat. DANNY CLINCH & RACHEL ANA DOBKEN


CATCH: BILLY STRINGS – SAMPLER

IMAGES & TEXT VIA INSTAGRAM / ONLINE: DISSENTER RECORDS, BILLY STRINGS.COM




~MUDDGUTS . . . TAKE TWO: BROOKLYN with LYDIA FONG (BARRY McGEE), ALICIA McCARTHY, TODD JAMES, STEVE POWERS & even TAYLOR McKIMONS in the window !!

MUDDGUTS / TAKE TWO . . BROOKLYN !!
427 GRAHAM AVE, WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN
HRS: WED-FRI / 4-8 PM . . . SAT-SUN / 12-8 PM

def, check out the website & store: MUDDGUTS

PIX FROM THE NEW LOCATION’S 2nd SHOW: LYDIA FONG (BARRY McGEE), ALICIA McCARTHY, TODD JAMES & STEVE POWERS.
OPENING RECEPTION / FRI APRIL 20, 2018.
(the show is up . . thru JUNE 2018.)


MUDDGUTS has re-surfaced in Brooklyn, with a retail / exhibition / hang-out space & one great . . art / hobby retro – sign.


MARK CROSS, tattoo artist & photographer / & the man behind Muddguts.


oh gawd, who doesn’t love / if not crave !!
BARRY McGEE . . in a tumbleweed of an underground venue !!


LYDIA FONG aka BARRY McGEE.


sweet assortment !!
that gathering of works on the left – is one piece.
LYDIA FONG, 2018. 45 x 41 in.
acrylic, gouache on canvas, wood frames.
($55,000.)


does Fong rhyme with .. bong ?
as in: C-R-A-Z-Y !!
LYDIA FONG, 2018. 18.5 x 11.5 in.
gouache on paper, wood frames.
($12,000.)


well . . smoke signals, anyway.
detail, one of 4 framed pieces
LYDIA FONG, 2018. 24.5 x 31.5 in.
mixed media on paper.
($35,000.)


fans.


TODD JAMES, 2018
each piece: 16 x 20 framed, mixed media on paper
($3,000 ea.)


TODD JAMES, 2018
lightbox, 26 x 26 in.
($10,000.)


ALICIA McCARTHY, 2018
mixed media on paper, 12 x 15 in.
(3,500.)


detail, STEVE POWERS


detail, STEVE POWERS


STEVE POWERS, 2018
oil on aluminum, 25 x 25 in.
($15,000.)


MATT LEINES . . in the house.
Matt recently completed . . a large mural for DROPBOX in Austin, Texas.
& it is a knock-out !!


How much is that doggie in the window ?
TAYLOR McKIMONS . . had just dropped off 2 of his smaller sized papier-mache ‘plants in a can’, so they weren’t priced yet.
if, MUDDGUTS is going to function as a casual exhibition space, as well as a more formal backroom, that might be really exciting.
and a great opportunity for all, artists and collectors, alike.


another TAYLOR McKIMONS, in the Muddguts storefront window at sunset / so . . . Brooklyn.
sometimes there is no fighting nature.
sometimes there is no over-riding . . . MAGIC.


CITY OF CHILDREN
FROM KINGS & PAINTINGS OF SAINTS
BUT THE PACKS OF STRAY DOGS
WILL LONG OUT LIVE THE FAKES.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~HALEY JOSEPHS . . ‘WHEN MEN ARE FAIRY TALES IN BOOKS WRITTEN by RABBITS’ / DELI

and, then there’s HALEY JOSEPHS . . and her dark, brooding vision.

on view for 2 more weekends, don’t miss it.

HALEY JOSEPHS . . ‘When Men Are Fairy Tales in Books Written by Rabbits’
MARCH 30 thru MAY 6, 2018
DELI GALLERY, 10-16 46th Ave, Long Island City, Queens, NYC 11101
HRS: SAT & SUN / 12-5 PM – or by appointment

HALEY JOSEPHS, b. 1987 originally hails from Seattle. now Brooklyn-based artist, she has an MFA in Painting from Yale.
this is her second solo with Deli.
read more: HALEY JOSEPHS – DELI
read:‘HALEY JOSEPHS TALKS to AUSTIN LEE about her paintings’ – TWO COATS OF PAINT

PIX FROM THE OPENING – SAT MARCH 30, 2018:


HALEY JOSEPHS. ‘Mehetabel’, 2018
oil on canvas. 72 x 60 in.
($6,400.)

BTW . . that is painter DEVAN SHIMOYAMA, at center.
he appears as the subject in many of the dreamy new DANNY FERRELL paintings, which have been making waves, lately.


HALEY JOSEPHS’ paintings are not without their own, in-your-face . . ‘controversy’.
and yet, share a current common love for anything . . ‘barn’ imagery related / esp in the fashion world.


the big question is:
putting the fire out ?
or adding fuel – to the flames ?
and what’s with the very curious, but striking . . pioneer garb ?
metaphors abound.
the color palette is h-o-t, and passionate.
paintings for . . painters.


HALEY JOSEPHS on left, with her mom . . at the opening.


MAX MARSHALL, founder-director of DELI GALLERY.


HALEY JOSEPHS, ‘Levitating Phoenix’, 2017
oil on canvas. 96 x 72 in.
($8,000.)


HALEY JOSEPHS, ‘My Freedom to be Sick is my Teacher’, 2018
oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in.
($3,60)


HALEY JOSEPHS and CHRISTINA BOLT


JAMES MILLER and NICHOLAS STEINDORF


AARON FOWLER.
Aaron Fowler b. 1988, St Louis, Missouri . . “will present a new installation of his work in the window of the New Museum’s 231 Bowery building. This project is part of a new series of window installations, which relaunches the program.” (New Museum)
it will run MAY 2 – AUG 19, 2018
more info: ‘Aaron Fowler: Bigger Than Me’ – NEW MUSEUM

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH