KINGPIN art collector & philanthropist – ELI BROAD – & – 92nd Street Y – celebrate the launch of Mr. Broad’s new book, ‘THE ART of BEING UNREASONABLE’ / ‘LESSONS in UNCONVENTIONAL THINKING’ – with a talk – to-nite at 92Y UPTOWN.
ELI BROAD in CONVERSATION with CHARLIE ROSE – SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012 at 8 PM. (tix from $29.)
for more info: 92Y
for more info on the talk: A Conversation with ELI BROAD . . . 92Y
(yep, that’s the JEFF KOONS, trademark bunny, – inflatable, NOT !!)
ELI BROAD – ‘THE ART OF BEING UNREASONABLE’ – ‘LESSONS IN UNCONVENTIONAL THINKING’
FORWARD BY MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
WILEY, MAY 2012, HARDCOVER & ebook. ($24.95)
PATTY CAKE, PATTY CAKE – !!
THOMAS DEMAND, at the opening of his exhibit: ‘YELLOWCAKE’, which ran NOV 3-DEC 22, 2007 at 303 GALLERY, CHELSEA, NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, NYC. NOV 3, 2007.
see more pix from the show’s opening: artlover’s gold !! – NYC NOV 2007 !!
in fact, that’s a real fun – run !!
includes lots of other young art worker bees – making the news today, besides on Demand, such as ? STO !! DUKE RILEY !! MORIKO MORI !! & MISAKI KAWAII !! . . .
and, TAKE NOTE: don’t miss that final B&W shot of the DUKE in his submersible ‘Acorn’ with the STATUE OF LIBERTY in the background horizon by – street doc !! I mean photog !! CHUCK D !!
and yeah, I’m a doc !!
ART WORKER BEES – REVOLT !!
the art world show generating – the most buzz – this weekend ?
the new THOMAS DEMAND show that just opened at MATTHEW MARKS – 522 W 22nd ST – in Chelsea.
one: it’s not a big schlep, two: it’s for free, and three: you can always stroll on the Highline, afterwards – esp if you’ve been locked up indoors all week manning the computers & getting four-eyes staring at screens all day, if you’re a young chic(k) art worker, or schleping art – if you’re a young guy artist/art handler, working for the big auction houses, fairs & galleries. there’s more art truckin’ going on, than art – actually worth the trucking. you know things are bad when the lead-in article – on the fair weekend . . . is all about how that big white ‘worm’ of a tent – went up – on Randalls Island, former home to juvenile delinquents, Idiots and Children, and just the plain ole poor !!
where’s R. CRUMB when we really need – him !!
but keep on truckin . . . esp. if it’s the only way – to keep the $ trickling down the food chain. and I mean t-r-i-c-k-l-i-n-g. micro drip drip by eyedropper drop.
that . . . and for sure !! you’d rather plunk your hard earned dough – $40 !! – down on a good drink & dinner with pals, in BROOKLYN !!
esp in NYC – when you can just stroll around, and check out the freshest stuff – restaurants (!!), bars (!!), and art (!!) – for free ?
party on young artists !! – you make the city go round.
read more: ‘THOMAS DEMAND’ – running MAY 5-JUNE 23, 2012 – at MATTHEW MARKS, CHELSEA
IMAGE: THOMAS DEMAND from the MATTHEW MARKS WEBSITE.
the buzz ? it’s cutting – the edge !! NYC-style !! just the way we like it.
hey, BLAMMO here’s a little help with the art coverage: take note – ‘docs’ rule !! in fact – even, pseudo docs, rule !! ha.
FLY INTO – BROOKLYN !! – at SPIKE HILL – 5/5/2012 – 9PM – FREE !! – ROCK ON, BROOKLYN !!
THE ART FAIRS, BLAMMO ? more like busto. pre-cooked, past expiry date & and canned at that. afc – u got that part, right. FRIEZE TIX: $40 a pop. long trek & serving up stale fare !! fashion forward, NOT !! no wonder all the trendsetters & hipsters plan on staying home, BROOKLYN !! the un-fair.
bye the way. ‘nother crazy thought. whatever happened to MARIKO MORI ?
she could take that whole fair biz, uptown tent & Chelsea dia !! put it into the palm of one hand, spin it around a little bit with her other hand, and then blow it all away. with one breath. I’m thinking TOM ECCLES, did you leave your body, and mind – a decade ago, never to return. I mean, and Bard, who ? as in: who cares, and for shame right in the middle of the hugest most happening city in the world. maybe, NOT. . . with friends, I mean curators, plural !! – like that. and the graphics, it all looks worse than tourist brochure grade, just sayin’. . . not ONE image to surface, unless you want to count the aerial of the tent ? with any real buzz – out of the whole damn pack.
just some lousy six pack smart ass rating, oh gee – that’s real swift. that was an eye opener. but you can’t call the art, can you.
guess it takes a doc-umentary photographer – to do that ?
BRITS, go home. you’re busted.
birds of a feather.
p.s. message to MOJO: a picture is worth a thousand words !! – and that’s why docs . . . rule !!
and yeah, I’m a ‘doctor’ !!
so, take the L train BACK to BROOKLYN. and ROCK ON.
SPIKE HILL – A GREAT DIVE BAR – THE REAL DEAL – 186 BEDFORD – BET N 6th & N 7th – WILLIAMSBURG.
COME CELEBRATE MEXICO DEFEATING THE FRENCH at the BATTLE of PUEBLA !! – with DRINKING & DANCING & GENERAL, as in HUGE – DEBAUCHERY.
8 PM ZACH ORION ALBUM RELEASE !!!! (yeah, I’ve caught him down in the L train.)
9 PM BIRDS IN WEATHER
10 PM THE PLANES
11 PM THE SENORS OF MARSEILLE oh, yeah. ‘BIG’ !! no doubt, it’s my body & – play it loud.
THIS is a FREE SHOW – and SPIKE HILL will be serving up $4 MARGARITAS & $1 OFF CORONAS – ALL NITE LONG.
check out: BIRDS IN WEATHER & SAMPLE THE DEMOS . . .
check out: BIRDS IN WEATHER /blog – scroll down a bit & catch the action in the BIW LAB: hand-made music . . . & as always – good graphics.
SHOUT OUT TO: HANS VIETS !! HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO !!
FILE UNDER: DOCS RULE, as in DOCUMENTARY !! and give me those flashlight totin’ Maale girls – any day.
ART@TEKSERVE is pleased to present an in-store exhibit of the private and – way glorious – photographs of NEW YORK TIMES STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER – CHESTER HIGGINS JR.
titled: ‘MY SOUL FLIES HOME TO AFRICA’ – ‘IMAGES FROM AN ONGOING JOURNEY’ – the exhibit will run MAY 5 – JUNE 12, 2012.
TEKSERVE cordially invites y’all to an opening celebration reception – tomorrow, SAT MAY 5, 2012 – from noon to 2 PM.
ETHIOPIAN treats will be served, as well as specially brewed Ethiopian coffee. (and just between us !! – there might also be something just a ‘tiny’ bit stronger served up in plastic cups – to go along with – the party spirit.) as well, DJ UNIVERSE will be in the house – rocking out all kinds of African beats.
and of course, MR CHESTER HIGGINS JR. himself, will be present for the party !! so feel welcome to come by, and say hello.
further on WED MAY 9, 2012 – there will be an ARTIST’S TALK & SLIDE SHOW with Chester Higgins – that will begin at 6:30 PM and is also open to all.
in the talk, titled: ‘In the Divine Spirit of Africa’ – Mr. Higgins will discuss the sacred rituals and ceremonies he has witnessed and photographed.
TEKSERVE – 119 W. 23rd ST – just a couple of doors west of 6th AVE – in CHELSEA
CHESTER HIGGINS JR. in EGYPT – PHOTO COURTESY: TEKSERVE
ABOUT CHESTER HIGGINS:
JAN ALBERT, the show’s curator, tells us:
A staff photographer for the The New York Times since 1974, Chester Higgins’ photographs have also appeared in Look, Life, Newsweek, Fortune, Ebony, Essence, Black Enterprise, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, and Archaeology.
He has had one-man exhibitions at the ICP/International Center of Photography, The Museum of Photographic Arts, The Smithsonian Institute, The Museum of African Art, Musee Dapper, The Schomburg Center, NYU’s Kimmel center, and The New York Historical Society.
Every year, for about the past 40 years (!!) – he travels through AFRICA for 6 weeks, camping out in the mountains and desert, and training people he meets along the way to help operate the portable studio he uses to “capture authentic moments” that resonate with people around the world.
“AS a 25-year-old, I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew that I was not traveling to Africa to see the animals.”
Chester Higgns Jr., who has been called “the preeminent photographer of the African Diaspora” grew up in ALABAMA before and during the Civil Rights era. The media images that dominated his childhood and a revelatory trip to AFRICA in his 20s were two events that helped crystallize his ambitious mission as a photographer, to “redefine the visual document as it relates to people of color.”
Since 1975, he’s returned to Africa more than 30 times to photograph the people, ancient sites, sacred rituals, and small town life in ETHIOPIA, MALI, SENEGAL & GHANA.
FROM MAY 5th – JUNE 13, 2012, a selection of Higgins’ photographs from 40 years of travel up the River Nile, plus some portraits of our African neighbors up the River Hudson, will be on view at TEKSERVE.
for more on Mr. Higgins & his work, see: CHESTER HIGGINS JR. – PHOTOGRAPHY
P.S. TALKING ABOUT . . . FASHION FORWARD – !! – STREET FASHION – !!
CHECK OUT – THESE COLORFUL GIRLS, from the MAALE TRIBE in ETHIOPIA – PICTURED BELOW – they EMPTY the batteries out of those FLASHLIGHTS – !! – they have in their hands – and CARRY their CASH and ESSENTIALS – inside. COOL, or what !! flashlight ‘totes’ . . . better watch – how you say that. whoa they look tough, the real deal. street smart.
dig those expressions, to die for – !! plus, we all know a young fashionista or two, even a Brooklyn one – who’d kill for those killer beads. so in, now. where’d ya get them ? ha. PLEATED SKIRTS !! you just know – that’s up next !! and the colors, shoo-fly, girl – you rule. footwear ? a little dusty, but right on point. except here those laced oxfords go for plenty. well into the 3 figures, and made in Italy – just saw them featured in the style section last week. and so, did you !! and you know it.
PHOTO: CHESTER HIGGINS JR. – GIRLS from the MAALE TRIBE, ETHIOPIA / image courtesy: TEKSERVE
PHOTO: CHESTER HIGGINS JR. – SURMA CHILD, WESTERN ETHIOPIA / image courtesy: TEKSERVE
ALL PHOTOS: COPYRIGHT CHESTER HIGGINS Jr.
the PRIVATE PHOTOGRAPHS of NEW YORK TIMES STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER – CHESTER HIGGINS JR.
. . . just as we write of the endangered street art scene in BROOKLYN, Brooklyn’s own BROOKLYN STREET ART writes of the big surge in PARIS !!
in PARIS: JEF AEROSOL – PHOTO BY SANDRA HOJ. source: BROOKLYN STREET ART/NEW STREET ART FROM PARIS
read: ‘SPRINGTIME IN PARIS . . . NEW STREET ART In PARIS’ – POSTED on MAY 2, 2012 in BROOKLYN’S own: BROOKLYN STREET ART
with (great !!) PHOTOS and on point / ON-SITE reporting by – photographer SANDRA HOJ, who seems to hail from Copenhagen, Denmark – and who starts off by saying:
“I was overwhelmed by the amount of street art. It was not just limited to a single area, but all over the place, in every crack and corner.”
well, r-r-really, WILLIAMSBURG !!
new construction going up, everywhere.
metal, glass, steel-ly, modern and twisted ? as in unsymmetrical . . . or is that: asymmetrical . . .
no diff. it going up. anyways. hey, at least it tapers off, and you can still see that blue blue Brooklyn sky !!
every block is like a patchwork quilt. between the new, the old, and the in-between.
converted industrial lofts . . . and ground level warehouses.
the new construction homes are super clean. blinding-ly white.
what happened to all that ole red clay brick. gone, gone, and more gone.
unless – it’s gentrified – !!
and then it gets the modern sheen, too. super clean, spit polished. power-hosed ?
but, KEY ISSUE: you can still turn a corner – and find the graff.
note: the ‘AVAILABLE’ – as in: ‘FOR SALE – KALMON DOLGIN REAL ESTATE’ sign at the left.
the writing’s on the wall, sweet dudes & dudettes. it’s only a matter of time, and it all comes tumbling down.
they should save this block – like the pyramids. as if.
dreamer, dream on.
SHEPARD FAIREY . . . red, white and black.
making spray paint – look like some kind of simulated ole-time embossed, flocked ? vintage velveteen wallpaper.
note: the barbed wire running like rusty ole-time – tumbleweed, across the top. and, the (shiny) new construction at the left. (!!)
sharp vs. shiny. ouch.
in fact, I kinda like how the new buildings – are so shiny and white. they work well against the ole-time grit !!
and they reflect the sunlight – like nobody’s business. where’s Winslow Homer, when you really need him.
it’s just the sad downside is they spell: gentrification. no more grit, or graff.
better live in the moment, in-between . . . while you can.
what if, I don’t want to ?
every respectable backyard hood – still needs its gas stations . . . and motorcycle mechanics.
motorcycle mechanics – art patrons, no diff.
in fact probably better & more important . . . keeping, it real !!
and on the streets, Free. and for all . . . where it belongs.
Somebody put that wall under a piece of glass. where’s Jeffrey Deitch, when you need him ?
well seriously, they should – at least landmark it.
you just know – it’s not long for this world. g-e-n-t-r-i-f-i-c-a-t-i-o-n.
imagine if the city had let people buy up some of those saturated spray painted, super tagged 70s subway cars . . .
just a crazy thought. but for real, they should have at least kept a few choice ones.
that would have been one museum – people would be pouring into, now.
probably be the city’s #1 tourist attraction.
bringing in tons of $$$.
man, they’d be selling at auction for tens of millions of dollars. no brainer.
what’d they do, like bury them underwater ?
yeah, that was some real forward urban thinking, wasn’t it.
tear down a tree, put up a parking lot.
wow. Brooklyn. what was that ???
did we just go from OBEY to un-OBEY in the space of one block. yes, we did !!
BROOKLYN – the un-FAIR !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. BROOKLYN, NYC. APRIL 29, 2012
YO YA’LL !! artlovers going mighty locavore for the upcoming art fair weekend.
first up: BROOKLYN.
a local indie gallery, run by local artists, NO LESS.
showcasing a young NYC-based indie art collective, NO LESS.
PHOTO: ANNETTE WEHRHAHN, SOLOWAY
SOLOWAY INVITES YOU – TO AN EVENING of ART, MUSIC & PERFORMANCES – in their BACKYARD
to-nite: SUNDAY – APRIL 29, 2012 / 7-9 PM
SOLOWAY – 348 SOUTH 4TH ST – BROOKLYN, NY
note: REGULAR GALLERY HRS: SAT + SUN 12 – 5 PM
SOLOWAY invites you to ‘PERFORMANCE FOLIO’, an evening of performances and readings by members of 2-UP in the backyard of the gallery. This event will celebrate the conclusion of 2-UP’s exhibition ‘FOLIO’ currently on view in the gallery.
over the past few years 2-UP has produced a series of poster publications. This has been the first group exhibition of the individual members’ work in a gallery space. The exhibition is structured in two parts: a free newspaper that disassembles into 7 double-sided posters, and corresponding works in the gallery. Members of 2-UP participating in the exhibition are: COLLEEN ASPER, MATTHEA HARVEY, CHRISTIAN HAWKEY, CATHY PARK HONG, ZEREK KEMPF, BENJAMIN KRESS, NATHAN LEE, PAUL LEGAULT, JEN LIU, MORES McWREATH, ADAM SHECTOR, JOE WINTER, and MONIKA ZARZECZNA.
for sure, check out: their ARCHIVE PAGE / 2-UP
Still from GOLDFARB’S ‘DEEP CYCLE’ project/courtesy: 2-UP ARCHIVES
UP-DATE: TUES MAY 1, 2012
PHOTOS FROM: ‘PERFORMANCE: FOLIO – presented by 2-UP
at the closing party for their gallery show & newspaper poster project – at SOLOWAY, BROOKLYN, N.Y.
SUN APRIL 29, 2012
the 2 year old SOLOWAY artist-run gallery space, located at 348 South 4th St., just off Keap St. – in Williamsburg, BROOKLYN.
in the storefront window: black and white poster/newspaper sheets from the ‘2-UP: FOLIO’ collaborative show inside.
the show ran April 7 – 29, 2012. to-nite was the closing party.
detail: ADAM SHECTER, ‘Exercise: Problem Behaviors / Group Dynamics’. (!!) (!!) and more (!!). ha. tell me bout it.
2-UP – a New York City based art collective – produced a double-sided multi-page (unbound) ‘newspaper’ for the show. each contributor was given a 2 page spread – essentially a poster – and the newspaper was free – available inside the gallery & yours for the taking !!
the 2-UP – logo. nice graphics – all around.
very what’s happening in NYC right now – on the cutting edge.
inside the gallery: a poster on newsprint by BENJAMIN KRESS.
also on view: the ‘2-UP:FOLIO’ / SOLOWAY APRIL 2012 edition . . . production screens.
standing on piles of the finished newspapers – that open up into double-sided posters, with a mission statement and a key to the contributors – in the centerfold.
on the table a set of ‘tarot’ cards by ADAM SHECTER.
above them, some really funny great plastic bag ‘drawings’ by JEN LIU. ink on paper – their correct title: ‘potato heads’ !!
heading into the gallery’s backyard – for the evening’s performances.
MUNRO GALLOWAY and TOMER ALUF – two of the 4 SOLOWAY directors.
PAT PALERMO is another director, and ANNETTE WEHRHAHN rounds out the group of 4. it’s her living space at the back of the gallery that you move through – to get to the backyard. and that’s her free-standing, glass enclosed studio popping up – in the backyard.
the first performance . . .
PAUL LEGAULT read-singing from his ‘Translation Manifesto’ accompanied by poet JOSEPH BRADSHAW on the banjo.
yes, I did hear the words: ‘singularity’ (!!) and ‘love’ mentioned in the very same sentence.
as well as: ‘order’ and ‘void’. it all made sense to me. future – present.
2-UP’S JOE WINTER, CATHY PARK HONG, and ADAM SHECTER.
CATHY PARK HONG had just delivered up a very dry, often quirky-funny take, mostly on being a stand-up comedian. and a woman, and a Korean, with a little bit of Canadian, thrown in for good measure.
ADAM SHECTER – a co-founder of 2-UP . . . a “collaborative poster project” – that was founded in Feb of 2010.
and yes, Adam says: “we are NY based, and nomadic (i.e. operating out of our apt).”
that’s a great term for a long-standing NYC alternative-art tradition – nomadic (!!) love it.
even the gallery space, SOLOWAY, seems to take place in the middle, o.k. front of … co-director ANNETTE WEHRMAN’S living space. a classic NYC – railroad apartment. (!!)
a lot of alternative ‘storefronts’ back in the day, the early 80s, when the Lower East Side – really made its claim to glory and really was the mecca, and not the trendy mall: boutique, bar and restaurant scene it has morphed into – started out that way. 5 Rivington St. and the Bowery – hello !!
and, JOE WINTER – the other co-founder of 2-UP.
see: THIS IS 2-UP
AARON CAMPBELL and JEN LIU played a zen-like musical piece – on 2 halves of a ‘split’ cello.
yes, a cello – split right down the middle.
AARON CAMPBELL on the split cello.
the ‘split’ cello at rest, in its 2-sided case.
JANE BENSON, who was present in the background, acting as the performance’s ‘conductor’ – made the split cello, as part of her body of work: the Splits.
(I’d like to see what else – she splits . . .)
the strangely compelling ‘split’ music was performed to a projected slide of poetry/philosophy/futurism by JANE BENSON, who pointed a laser at the text during the performance.
or in their own words: JEN LIU and JANE BENSON . . “present a piece about the indefinable present, through a palindromic text score and shepard tones played on the 2 split halves of a cello.”
2 guests enjoying the evening’s – unique – and very unpredictable playlist . . .
which included performance artist MORES McWREATH serving up some pretty funny deadpan one-liners – to a variety of hand-made and very ‘creative’ slide images – a ‘digital slideshow’ – which also included some pretty funny & very in-your-face – brief autobiographical video loops.
in a nutshell: still frames interspersed with action. accompanied by a drop-dead narrative that cut to the (unexpected) bone of all existence.
MORES McWREATH – slide projection.
MORES McWREATH – slide projection.
MORES McWREATH – slide projection.
MORES McWREATH – slide projection.
was this, the one about – ‘domestic’ abuse ?
MORES McWREATH – slide projection.
or was it this – one.
I was too caught up in the deadpan/one-liner moment to take notes !!
though, this piece in particular, and the extreme anti-eloquence of the whole deal – reminded me of the early ‘concrete’ and dry humor of the once young too, JOE BRADLEY – when he first started out. confounding all the usual, and predictably clueless (!!) mainstream art world – suspects.
i.e. the so-called “critics.” you know, pass the (jerry) saltz. and go on to . . . collect.
one last look behind at the Brooklyn storefront – window.
newspaper poster by NATHAN LEE. yo, CASPER – the friendly ghost !! NYC ca. 2012 – sure loves its ghosts !!
UNDETECTABLE – think on that – for a moment.
and, on the reverse side – just shadowing through, the ‘flower/fan’ by MONIKA ZARZECZNA.
ALL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, at SOLOWAY in BROOKLYN, N.Y., APRIL 29, 2012
COVER: ‘HARVEY PEKAR’S CLEVELAND’ – ART BY JOSEPH REMNANT. INTRODUCTION BY ALAN MOORE. IMAGE: TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
“I come into the picture in 1939. I lived on a street where I was the only white kid. For the first few years of my life I didn’t have any friends, or acquaintances, for that matter.”
PREVIEW Pg 2 – ‘HARVEY PEKAR’S CLEVELAND – ART BY JOSEPH REMNANT. IMAGE: TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
“Both of my Polish-born parents worked long hours in their mom-and-pop grocery store a few blocks away. I stayed home, sometimes talking Yiddish to my grandfather, who at least had a sense of humor . . . . “
PREVIEW Pg 3 – ‘HARVEY PEKAR’S CLEVELAND’ – ART BY JOSEPH REMNANT. IMAGE: TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS: “A Lifelong resident of Cleveland, OHIO, HARVEY PEKAR (1939-2010) pioneered autobiographical comics, mining the mundane for magic since 1976 in his critically acclaimed series ‘American Splendor’.”
our roving correspondent, and indie music reviewer, SIMON CERIGO, and now ex-underground comic book collector – says that: ” ‘American Splendor’ was a large format comic book series, and ROBERT CRUMB did the covers for the first few early issues.” In fact Simon had the whole series, about 15 issues, which he bought in the early 80s for about $4 or $5 dollars a pop. Regretfully he had to sell the whole lot, “to feed the kids, Kate & Theo . . when we lived back on Rivington St.” when he could realize a profit of about $35 – $40 a piece. He says, obviously they go for way more now, with the R. Crumb artwork cover issues – taking the premium bucks.
‘HARVEY PEKAR’S CLEVELAND’ – ART BY JOSEPH REMNANT / INTRODUCTION BY ALAN MOORE
CO-PUBLISHED BY ZIP COMICS & TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS (2012)
Hardcover Graphic Novel with B+W interiors, 128 pages, 9.3″ x 7.3″ ($21.99)
see: TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS – where you can get more info, and if you hit on the book cover image – you can view 9 preview pages, incl the cover.
THE NYC LAUNCH PARTY for ‘HARVEY PEKAR’S CLEVELAND’ – is to-nite SAT APRIL 28, 2012 – as part of the 2012 MOCCA / MUSEUM OF COMIC and CARTOON ART FEST OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY.
7 pm to 10 pm
$5 donation at the door (with proper ID; this event is 21+)
64 Third Avenue (corner of 11th St)
the event will also feature a performance by DANIEL JOHNSTON
HI, HOW ARE YOU – DANIEL JOHNSTON
see: MoCCA FEST 2012