artlovers is being taken offline tomorrow WED JULY 31 for an .. upgrade.
upgrade ? again.
it’s supposed to be – just for … “a couple of hours”.
cross your fingers, it’s also … supposed to be “seamless”.
should be back up and running … THURS AUG 1.
well, I guess it’s better than being an island about to go under, just under the Arctic Circle. for-evah.
oh oh !!
we’re . . . melting.
going once, going twice – gone.
catch the bio-sphere – while you can.
see: great AP pix – ALASKAN VILLAGE GOING UNDER.
DATA – by JUAN ECHEVERRI – in DIRTY FINGERS
$53 – SILKSCREEN
continues . . .
meanwhile, it’s just a hop from PARIS to BERLIN !!
DIRTY FINGERS – BERLIN EDITION
JULY 12 – AUG 11, 2013
IN:SURGO GALLERY – TORSTR 110 – BERLIN – MITTE
more: DIRTY in BERLIN – PIX FROM THE OPENING
see: THE DIRTY – WORK !!
LA MENANCE – by FREDERIC FLEURY, in DIRTY FINGERS
$40 – GICLEE PRINT
you can find . . . JERRY BLACKMAN’S work, in the 3D/round, as opposed to digital (!!) . . . in this ambitious summer show, which opened just this past week.
also featured: 3D works by PAUL McCARTHY, TAL R, STERLING RUBY, SERRA SHELTER . . and others.
DEAD INSIDE: A Group Sculpture Exhibition Curated by MAX WOLF and MEGHAN CARLETON
JULY 28 – AUGUST 31, 2013
BLEECKER STREET ARTS CLUB – 305 BLEECKER ST, in the Village, NYC
“DEAD INSIDE: a form stripped of function, an element void of utility, a shell with no working engine . . . ”
read more: about the show
JERRY BLACKMAN, ‘Sideburn’.
spray Lacquer, acrylic glass & steel.
TAL R, ‘Cauliflower-Banana’, 2006
Bronze. 20-1/2 x 11 x 11-3-4 in.
PAUL McCARTHY, ‘Dwarf Head (Brown)’, 2000.
Platinum based on silicon & wood. 15 x 16 x 15 in.
ART TAKES PARIS – IS HAVING A CONTEST !!
VOTE TODAY !! & HELP SEND JERRY – TO PARIS !!
SEE: JERRY’S PORTFOLIO
VOTE: for JERRY BLACKMAN
IF YOU WANT TO GO – THE DEADLINE FOR EARLY ENTRY IS: TODAY !!
more info: ART TAKES PARIS 2013
DITA AMORY, CURATOR of the METROPOLITAN MUSEUM of ART, and . . .
ERIC SHINER, DIRECTOR of THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM, in Philly
JERRY BLACKMAN, YALE MFA/FINE ART GRAD PROGRAM OPEN STUDIOS, APRIL 28, 2013
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
SEE: ARTLOVERS STUDIO VISIT with JERRY BLACKMAN / YALE GRADUATE PROGRAM OPEN STUDIOS, APRIL 27-28, 2013
‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . HONCHO – JOSH HARRIS – is . . PRETTY in ‘PURPLE’ !!
PHOTO: SYLAR WILLIAMS, L.A. SPRING 2013
above: JOSH HARRIS, internet guru turned artist (left) confers … with FREEMANTLE CEO THOM BEERS, and GAYLE GILMAN, Freemantle head of digital. behind them, yes those are 4 classic & rather spectacular . . ED RUSCHA pieces.
JOSH was at their office to pitch a new project, ‘Cybership’.
THOM BEERS is the Executive Producer of the very successful . . ‘DEADLIEST CATCH’ reality show on DISCOVERY.
see: DEADLIEST CATCH
see: THOM BEERS .. ‘Deadliest Catch’ / Original Productions
see: GAYLE GILMAN . . ‘Deadliest Catch’ / Original Productions
if you know Josh, then you know this is a good F-I-T.
just two little words necessary to the knowing .. TUNA HEAVEN!!
the hardcore, and bloody !! tuna hunting adventure that Josh took a whole bunch of friends on, after WE LIVE IN PUBLIC wound down.
see: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC
but back to . . SUMMER READING 2013.
our favorite CEO turned artist/filmmaker has suddenly been discovered by the FASHION WORLD !!
yep, PURPLE MAGAZINE wrote up Josh, not once but twice, so far.
and looks like more to come.
so, here’s this Saturday’s hot summer read:
see: JOSH HARRIS on ‘INTERCONNECTED FUTURES’ .. PURPLE MAG
see: ‘JOSH HARRIS and his LATEST ARTISTIC ENDEAVOR’ .. PURPLE MAG
JOSH HARRIS and his art, and CIGAR !! . . . at America’s Best Value Inn, Las Vegas. Spring 2013.
PHOTO: SKYLAR WILLIAMS via PURPLE MAGAZINE, FRANCE
here’s some REAL, FUN .. summer reading, ha.
it’s a free-form look-back by the notorious . . ALFREDO MARTINEZ.
ALFREDO MARTINEZ SPRAY-PAINTING A GUN.
PHOTO BY CHIP ROUNTREE via whitehot
this photo looks to be from a series of photos taken while Alfredo was an ‘artist-in-residence’ … in China.
there are a few more photos in the post. you got to admit the gun is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L, handmade and scavenged from spare parts, the ‘arc’ of the gun is … spectacular.
the whole thing: mysterious as hell, shiny, black. sleek and elegant.
despite being seriously . . DIY.
not to mention, now . . after some very sad mass slaughters, ‘politically incorrect’.
the interview . . just posted on whitehot/JULY 2013, is titled:
‘IN CONVERSATION with ALFREDO MARTINEZ’ – by JOE HEAPS NELSON.
it starts off great: “Alfredo’s career has encompassed as much drama, scandal, chaos, violence and insanity as any artist since CARAVAGGIO.”
it hasn’t been “fact-checked” in the truest journalistic sense of the word, you’d need an army of street savvy grad students, and a few feds with classified access !! not to mention the NYPD, FDNY, FEMA & Homeland Security, and some truth serum left over from WWII – but the funny thing with Alfredo is . . the more off-the-wall the stuff is, that’s probably . . the true part !!
as JOE says: “Is he larger than life ?
I don’t know bout that but I bet he’s larger than you.”
grab a cold one & enjoy: ALFREDO MARTINEZ / whitehot . . medical references . . and all
ps: when Alfredo refers to “gunsmithing” on a film set. yes, he did do that. he built ‘Mad Max’ type guns for a JIM JARMUSCH project . . ‘Ghost Dog, The Way of the Samurai’
a lot of people consider this film one of Jarmusch’s best, and if you know the film, you see Alfredo in the main character, not just the gun props. no doubt about it.
the invite/card for:
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA VS. ALFREDO MARTINEZ
Drawings from Prison
Curated by JAMES FUENTES
Documentary Photos by NANCY SMITH
October 24 – November 29, 2003
559 West 22nd Street
CARD: from the archival collection of NANCY SMITH.
approx 5 x 5-1/4 in. on card stock.
it’s a long story, but pretty much it was my show, production & idea-wise until Alfredo handed it over to Fuentes at the last minute. that big boy could scam, even from deep inside . . the Big House.
P.S. THE LAST LAUGH – aka – THE LAST CHAPTER !!!
another, rather colorful artist friend of mine, now deceased, name of DAN ASHER . . has his drawing, singular .. drawing, being sold this summer by none less than ZACH FEUER, for $14,000.
so seriously, my art peeps: who do you think is going to have the last laugh, you or Alfredo ?
my money is . . on: Alfredo.
casa in the condo, crap and all.
put it this way.
if you done got a condo in the condo, you done got conned. end of story.
BROOKLYN UPDATE – REPORTING BY KATE CERIGO
HUGE !! – RATHBORNE RECORD RELEASE PARTY – TO-NITE . . SAT JULY 13, 2013
KNITTING FACTORY – 361 METROPOLITAN – BROOKLYN
RATHBORNE is a BROOKLYN-BASED BAND – FEATURING . . LUKE RATHBORNE and DARREN WILL.
DOORS OPEN: 7PM
SHOW STARTS: 8PM
more info, see: RATHBORNE at KNITTING FACTORY
this is the OFFICIAL RECORD RELEASE PARTY for RATHBORNE’S new album, ‘SOFT’ – out on DILETTANTE RECORDS.
PRODUCED by EMERY DOBYNS.
CO-PRODUCED by ALBERT HAMMOND Jr and GUS OBERG.
RECORDED IN NYC.
BROOKLYN UPDATE – REPORTING BY ERIN JENSEN
PARTY ON . . . BROOKLYN !!
NATE FLAGG & KATIE MARSHALL . . are having an ART PARTY, with SMOOTHIES, a ‘DOVE RELEASE’ and “our friend will be premiering a short video he has been working on” . . in their apartment.
TO-NITE . . . SAT JULY 13, 2013 – 7PM
117 STANHOPE ST #2 – BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN
ART WORK – BY NATE FLAGG
ART WORK – BY KATIE MARSHALL
DAN ASHER . . THE ART WORLD’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
JUNE 20 – JULY 26, 2013
ZACH FEUER – 548 W22 – CHELSEA, NYC
DAN ASHER, Untitled, 1983.
oil-stick on newsprint, 22.5 x 14.5 inches.
Provenance: from the estate of DAN ASHER.
PHOTO: NICHOLAS STEINDORF
surprise surprise, there is a seriously beautiful, early DAN ASHER drawing – in this otherwise somewhat quiet show. and it is .. truly beautiful. expressive. unique, with a raw power that speaks with the wild strangeness, and powerful eloquence – that was Dan.
dating from 1983, just a few years into Dan’s arrival into the city as a young artist, it is also rare in that Dan seldom worked on ‘found’ newsprint/paper – and especially towards the later years, you will find all of his output on professional grade archival art paper.
what do I mean by dirty little secret.
I mean almost everybody, whose anybody – in this town, and in Europe and even Japan, has some of Dan’s work. I would surmise, a slightly informed wild guess based on my personal knowledge – the average holding being about 10 pieces. often more. Dan would sell you something, and then he would continually hound you, to get the rent paid, so that sometimes it was hard to say no, esp as the price might seriously drop to facilitate a sale. but the deal is . .
nobody who has any, will part with them, no matter how much or how little they paid. everyone who holds a stash, to a person . . believes so much in the work, that no matter how little official action there is for the stuff, c-u-r-r-e-n-t-l-y . . they will only sell at prices . . that way exceed the real-time market.
so note that price: $14,000. wow, I guess the public face of the game – is finally changing. but we all saw it coming.
I guess Dan’s real-time price has finally caught up . . to real-time market ?
put it this way: YOU are trying, or hoping to turn a 1 or 2 million dollar return on your brand new $24 million Basquiat. these guys, buying and holding onto Dan’s work are going for the ultimate thrill. they going for the whole hog. they are going for making . . $24 million (!!) – on (still) a relatively very small initial investment . . .
wow. what a horse race.
and, work that is also . . quite pleasing on the wall. just as rough & ready as Basquiat, in fact.
don’t say you weren’t told.
sorry I had initially posted the price as $1,400. my bad. wow. I guess it’s hard to believe Dan’s market has finally caught up to – what was the insider action. and it’s still only an indication of where it’s really & truly, gonna go.
we all knew it. so did Dan.
that’s what him so frustrated, and angry in his lifetime.
wow. I guess the secret is – out.
BROOKLYN UPDATE – REPORTING & PHOTOS BY: KATE CERIGO
KATE was walking along the Williamsburg East River ‘coast’ one early evening, about a week ago – when she spotted this hand-crocheted full-color primary spectrum . . . camo van.
actually a very large van, parked at North 7 and Kent.
note, even the wheel chassis – is crocheted !!
she pretty much thought right away it was: OLEK . . .
sweet, darling DARLA, just back from London, her close friend who lives nearby . . said she had indeed seen a “woman crocheting on it the week before”.
all me and Kate could think, was . . how much bizarre & creative stuff goes on, L-I-V-E in the streets of Brooklyn, all the time !! that even Darla wouldn’t think twice about a woman crocheting a van – in bright rainbow-colored camo !!
that’s so Brooklyn in a nutshell, summer 2013.
“The End is Far” – that’s good news.
NAT GEO or was it HISTORY CHANNEL . . says our sun is going to explode, and take all our ‘hard copy’ art and artifacts, architecture and h-i-s-t-o-r-y, and maybe even us – along with it ? if we don’t find another place to park – ourselves.
for sure, in 2 billion years.
or was it DISCOVERY, anyways . . was I imagining things or have they updated / as in speeded-up the no-win scenario by – 3 billion years ?
so, sure enuff:
google . . . OLEK and THE END IS FAR, and voila, OLEK’S most recent show . . pops up !!
see: OLEK – THE END IS FAR / ARRESTED MOTION
see: OLEK – THE END IS FAR / JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY