~THOM COWAN . . out to lunch ? no. but personally – I think ELI BROAD is.

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THOM COWAN aka boner_table . . ‘Out to lunch’.
image via Instagram – @boner_table

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.
Millennials rule.

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
http://www.thebroad.org/art/browse

‘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.




~THOM COWAN . . CHILL

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THOM COWAN . . CHILL shirts 2016
image via Instagram – @boner_table aka THOM COWAN




~STAY AWAY FROM MY LIFE . . FRIDAY 13th POP-UP

looks to have something to do . . with JIM JOE

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JIM JOE . . and/ or friends – POP-UP ?
image via Instagram – @andrewkass

STAY AWAY FROM MY LIFE
FRIDAY 13th – MAY 13, 2016
169 FRONT ST – MANHATTAN
10 PM

THAT’S ALL I KNOW – I DON’T THINK YOU NEED TO KNOW MORE !!




~TRAVIS MILLARD . . . S.O.S.

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.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/ex-sothebys-rainmaker-heads-to-rival-auction-house-1463096259

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.

TRAVIS-MILLARD
TRAVIS MILLARD aka THE OTHER FUDGE
image via Instagram – @theotherfudge




~NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . at ICEBOX, PHILLY – this weekend

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

see: ICEBOX PROJECT SPACE
see: CRANE ARTS, PHILADELPHIA

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NICHOLAS STEINDORF, VIDEO FRAME – ICEBOX SCREENING. MAY, 2016
PHOTO: KATE CERIGO

CRANE-ARTS,-PHILADELPHIA

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




~STO . . opens in Toronto / to-night

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.

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STO: marbling on paper
image via Instagram – @cindersgallery

NO FOUNDATION, 1082 QUEEN ST WEST, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA




~JONATHAN HOROWITZ . . nails that 70s kitschy thinggy

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

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JONATHAN HOROWITZ, ‘HILLARY IS A PERSON TOO’, 2008.
Bonded Bronze, 72 x 34 x 34 in.
image via Instagram – @artobserved

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JONATHAN HOROWITZ, ‘THE MORBIDLY OBESE ARE PEOPLE TOO’ & ‘PREDATORY LENDERS ARE PEOPLE TOO’
image via Instagram – @strangeteachingart

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JONATHAN HOROWITZ, ‘MILLENNIALISTS ARE PEOPLE TOO’ & ‘THE UNDOCUMENTED ARE PEOPLE TOO’
image via Instagram – @anatasiya_siro

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JONATHAN HOROWITZ, ‘DRUG DEALERS ARE PEOPLE TOO’
image via Instagram – @matthewhiggs2015

and, here’s some . . . REAL ONES !!!

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‘WORLD’S BEST MOM’ . . 1976 Russ Berrie & Co Inc – Made in USA
Collection: NANCY SMITH – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, 2016
image via Instagram – @artloversnewyork

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‘WORLD’S GREATEST MOTHER’ . . 1970 A.T.INC
Collection: NANCY SMITH – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, 2016
image via Instagram – @artloversnewyork

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‘WORLD’S GREATEST WIFE’ . . PAULA 1975, Made in USA.
Collection: NANCY SMITH – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, 2016.
image via Instagram – @artloversnewyork

and, yeah that’s pretty much what I thought . . of being a WIFE, too.
no offense, RIP SIMON CERIGO.




~CHARLES LUTZ: BASQUIAT VS KOSTABI !!

LMAO.

LUTZ . . is the winner.

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“Apparently, he traded his Basquiat years ago for a Kostabi…”

thank you . . . CHARLES LUTZ !!

image via Instagram – @charleslutz

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most def, check out: CHARLES LUTZ
http://www.charleslutz.com/




~DUKE RILEY . . making waves

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.

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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.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/fly-away-home-with-duke-rileys-pigeons-1461595496

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.

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I spy DUKE RILEY, Duke RILEY spies me.
MARY GO ROUND entrances with sad sea-worthy ditties.

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DUKE RILEY . . at the opening of ‘See You at the Finish Line’, NYC. NOV 1, 2013.

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a glimpse of one the large, pigeon-themed murals in the show. unlike his previous shows, these murals were not made of mosaic tiles, but were composed entirely of sea shells.

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.
ca-ching !!




~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.