~BASQUIAT: 16 ft wide 1982 painting . . goes for $57.3 Million / update THURS MAY 12

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.

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JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (1960-1988), ‘Untitled’, 1982.
acrylic on canvas, 94 x 197 in.
PHOTO: CHRISTIE’S via THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – WED MAY 11, 2016.

“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.




~CATTELAN’S ‘HITLER’ goes for $17.2 MILLION . . CHRISTIE’S

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 ?

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MAURIZIO CATTELAN, ‘HIM’, a wax sculpture completed in 2001
photo via DAILY MAIL
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3580078/Statue-Hitler-goes-17-2-million-New-York-auction.html

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MAURIZIO CATTELAN, ‘HIM’ – as it appeared in the CATTELAN – Guggenheim retrospective, ‘ALL’, winter 2011.
photo via DAILY MAIL

read: ‘CAThttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3580078/Statue-Hitler-goes-17-2-million-New-York-auction.htmlTELAN WAX SCULPTURE – GOES FOR $17.2 MILLION’ / MAY 9, 2016

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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’

~a rat’s ass . . .

of course.
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.
no doubt.

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.

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MAURIZIO CATTELAN . . waves my new, indie artlovernewyork.com business card in my face.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH. DOWNTOWN NYC, MARCH 11, 2005.

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MAURIZIO CATTELAN, at an opening, DOWNTOWN NYC. MARCH 11, 2005. like almost 11 years ago – to the day.

MAURIZIO CATTELAN. sometimes the class clown – isthe brightest kid in the class, the sharpest knife in the drawer.
way to go, CATTELAN.
CA-CHING.




~NICHOLAS MOENICH & friends, incl ANDY CAHILL at MOUNTAIN, BROOKLYN

‘HAPTIC MORPHOLOGIES’
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:

adjective: haptic
relating to or based on the sense of touch

noun: morphologies
the form & structure of an organism or any of its parts

PIX FROM THE OPENING:

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NICHOLAS MOENICH and MICHAEL FLEMING – with work by NICHOLAS MOENICH.

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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.
see: MOUNTAIN
http://mountain.xhbtr.com/current

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ANDY CAHILL, COLLIN OULIGHAN, and GRETTA JOHNSON

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LAUREN CLAY

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JOANNA SEITZ

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table top sculpture by NICHOLAS MOENICH

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sculpture by NICHOLAS MOENICH

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~MOUNTAIN opening . . to-nite / BROOKLYN

‘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

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JOSHUA KENT – in the MOUNTAIN group show, opening tonight
image via Instagram, @mpflemin / MICHAEL FLEMING

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installation shot
image via Instagram, @mpflemin / MICHAEL FLEMING

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see: MOUNTAIN GALLERY, BROOKLYN




MARIE LORENZ: FLOW POOL / experimental water sounds – BRIAN CHIPPENDALE & NICHOLAS STEINDORF

‘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:

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BRIAN CHIPPENDALE and MARIE LORENZ . .
and, a hardcore, hard-drivng, colorful & wild night it was.
Brian and Marie know each other from their school days, back in the glory days of RISD.

see: MARIE LORENZ – WEBSITE
see: BRIAN CHIPPENDALE – YouTube

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getting ready.
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

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CHIPPENDALE . . power drumming

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things definite got crazy, the ambience was wild, the lighting magical. the shallow waters of the pool, the random floating flotsam.

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at one point Chippendale took on a cloak, and proceeded to . . what else: sink.

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and the water was definite . . flowing.
the water was rainwater, bye the way. collected by a series of pipes from the roof.

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‘water’ sounds.

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DREW MILLER and HENRY JACKSON-SPIEKER . . making the scene.

see: DREW MILLER – COMICS
see: HENRY JACKSON-SPIEKER – SCULPTURE

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CHRIS WATTS

see: CHRIS WATTS – I AM CHRIS WATTS

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ANTONE KONST

see: ANTONE KONST

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MARTA CARO, Spanish-born, Brooklyn-based artist & graphic designer, currently working at THE APARTMENT by THE LINE.

see: MARTA CARO – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~MARIE LORENZ, BRIAN CHIPPENDALE . . & even NICHOLAS STEINDORF – RECESS tonite / THURS MAY 5

BRIAN CHIPPENDALE in PERFORMANCE – tonight / THURS MAY 5, 2016 / 6-8 PM
‘MARIE LORENZ: FLOW POOL’
MARCH 12 – MAY 7, 2016
RECESS SESSION
RECESS ART, 41 Grand St, Soho, NYC.

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SOUND CHECK with BRIAN CHIPPENDALE . . .
that’s NICHOLAS STEINDORF on the sound boards – in the background.
image via Instgram . . @recessart




~PETER SUTHERLAND / KINMAN GALLERY, NADA NYC

and so is . . BEAUTY / International . .

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PETER SUTHERLAND – SOLO PRESENTATION
KINMAN GALLERY – booth 2.17
MAY 5 – 8th, 2016
NADA NEW YORK – BASKETBALL CITY

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all images via Instagram – @kinmangallery – KINMAN GALLERY, LONDON




~TOUGUI . . piggy !! !! (grrreed is international). feat>UP-DATE: FRI MAY 13, 2016

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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.

see: TOUGUI.fr

TOUGUI---about
from his . . contact page / same link as above.

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TOUGIU . . LIFE IS A RIOT
from: his HEADICT SERIES, on his website !!

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visit: ART BY FRIENDS GALLERY – ANNECY, FRANCE




~JIM JOE VS LEWY . . more pix: & . . . . IT WASN’T ME . . feat. SHELDON SILVER & ABY ROSEN

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).

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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.

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LUIS ORTIZ.
Partner Relationship Manager, Collectrium
CHRISTIE’S

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GAZOO / TO THE MOON, and FRANK APE / BRANDON SINES
see: @gazootothemoon
see: FUSE – ‘INTERVIEW: Street Artist Gazoo Left the Music Industry Behind’, April 28, 2016
see: @frank_ape / SINES ART

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JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘WRONG VS REASON’.
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 x 48 INCHES
($4,500 USD)

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detail, JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘WRONG VS REASON’.

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detail, JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘WRONG VS REASON’.

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JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘ETHICS VS MORALS’.
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 x 48 INCHES
($4,500 USD)

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detail, JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘ETHICS VS MORALS’.

IT WASN’T ME . . .

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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.

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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)
http://www.wsj.com/articles/aby-rosen-settles-tax-evasion-case-for-7-million-1462299474#:0fGrPmmIDOyyoA

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




~JIM JOE VS LEWY . . ‘PIECE OF DIRT’ / CHINATOWN POP-UP / OPENING PIX: PART 1

STICK VS BUBBLE ? not !!
it was a . . . COLLABORATION !!!

JIM JOE VS LEWY / COLLABORATIVE DRAWINGS 2014 – 2016 / ‘PIECE OF DIRT’
48 BOWERY – CHINATOWN POP-UP, DOWNTOWN NYC
the show opened FRI NITE APRIL 1, 2016
and ran daily til APRIL 10, 2016 / 12-5 PM.

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48 BOWERY, the former home of a famous Dim Sum palace.

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TAYLOR McKIMENS . . looking as wonderfully raw & ‘distressed’ – as the show.

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they scrubbed, maybe power washed the walls, but the resultant ‘camo’ of layers . . the residue of history remains. nice. patina.
and a great offset . . to the all-white canvases / black line drawings.

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JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘BOY VS ROAD’
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 x 48 INCHES
($4,500 USD)

they say the ‘thick’ lines (bubble, bubble) are the handiwork of LEWY, and the thin lines are by JIM JOE, (stick, stick – you pick).

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JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘TRAVEL VS ROCK’.
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 x 38 INCHES
($4,500 USD)

some pieces have words, some don’t. all are strange and disquieting.
and quiet. many many waters run deep – as the saying goes.

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OLIVIA BALLARD, SAMUEL PUGLIA, JONATHAN PUGLIA.

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SPENCER TULLIS. Spencer been making some pretty harsh DIY films lately.
can’t help but think back to his stupendous, towering diy folk art mama, in the 15 WARREN ST / New Years Eve – 2014 (huge group) show.
and, then the masterly & exquisite hyper0real blow-out Egyptian time-traveler of 170 SUFFOLK, June 2014.

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MATT JACKSON, was also featured in that first 170 SUFFOLK knock-down . .
paintings of some kind of small poppy-like, pop art flowers – on some kind of distressed background.
in a better word: super distressed romantic.

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JACK IRVING, TOMMY MALEKOFF.
JACK IRVING also had a piece in the 170 SUFFOLK show. a kind of huge smashed-up . . car ?
looked great against the cinder block walls.

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DANE ‘DIRT’ & CHLOE LLORET . . .
DIRT is kind of the bad boy leader-of-the pack, or at least of the party. & a brilliant, in his own way, maker of very brief, but very cool/casual, on the lowdown . . short films.
check out @danedirt

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PARIS VENTURE and . . photographer, filmmaker ANDREW KASS.
Andrew also had a great install in the 170 SUFFOLK show, a pay telephone . . . yep.
and a ‘grinning’ coffin in 15 WARREN.

while PARIS is apparently – the true blue behind-the-scenes key ‘grip’ of the scene, being the ‘producer’ who has the architectural skills, know-how & creative design eyeball . . who produced (hands-on) & designed this show, and also I believe 170 SUFFOLK, and prob 15 WARREN, as well.
very quiet, very visionary. no wonder their shows come across so well.
serious skills. beyond the beyond. way beyond the ordinary, for sure.

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JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘HAMMER VS EGG’.
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 x 48 INCHES
($4,500 USD)

this one says: ‘The return of the Past’.
that’s the hand of LEWY.

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JIM JOE VS LEWY – great install by PARIS VENTURE . . against a very raw backdrop.
poetic & steel-ey.
edge-y.

note the canvas hanging hardware at the top. the show was designed & managed perfectly, and in fact beyond all expectation. mesh with the surroundings, flush with the works.

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install by PARIS VENTURE.

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the view to the ceiling. often a cause for despair in a pop-up. not here.

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the view to the floor. beyond the beyond. mesmerizing.

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JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘PONY VS HORSE’
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 x 48 INCHES
($4,500)

drama, drama, drama. fork in the road.

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talk about ‘pouring on’ the metaphors.
life is a comic / tragedy.
nobody is arguing with that.

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YES, DUDE.

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you go your way, I’ll go – mine.

see: JIM JOE VS LEWY – DEDICATED WEBSITE
http://www.jimjoevslewy.com/

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH