Friday, December 19, 2014

Malekeh Nayiny's Traveling Demons at Taymour Grahne Gallery



Malekeh Nayiny, All in Pink, 2007, color photograph mounted to aluminum, 36 1/4h x 23 5/8w in / 92h x 60w cm

Taymour Grahne Gallery is pleased to present Traveling Demons, a solo exhibition by Tehran-born, Paris-based artist Malekeh Nayiny.  Both unnerving and playful, Nayiny creates devilish, sinister creatures reflecting our inner demons we never escape from.  Through one’s transformation from childhood to adulthood, Nayiny’s surprisingly kind and innocuous ‘demons’ accompany us, internally and externally, in a world dominated by superficiality, disillusionment and fear. 

The exhibition opens 10 January 2015 and runs through 20 February 2015. Taymour Grahne Gallery: 157 Hudson Street New York, NY 10013.


Check all out all the demons (slide show) :  Malekey Nayiny.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Look, in the phone booth, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's NYC WiFi!

  A “Superman” phone booth, one of three that will remain on West End Avenue in Manhattan. Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times    

That's right, Jimmy, telephone booths to become free wifi hotspots all over New York City.  Thanks Bill de Blasio.  Great idea!  Read all about it, Lois:

 

 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pot Hole Flower Project : Chicago Artist's Glorious Road Work

 FLOWERS IN THE STREET: ART BY JIM BACHOR/CHICAGO

From THIS IS COLOSSAL : Artist Jim Bachor (previously) continued his guerilla effort to remedy Chicago’s pothole problem by creating a number of flower mosaics in streets around the city. Bachor installed four mosaics through this fall while the weather cooperated, but as things get wet and cooler we’ll probably see a bit less of his, uhm, street art. I’m not sure if any of these are still around, but he keeps a list of photos and addresses where each piece was installed. Bachor opens a new exhibition of mosiac art at Packer Schopf Gallery titled “Jentaculum” early next month.

MORE PHOTOS FROM JIM BACHOR AT THIS IS COLOSSAL

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Post Card From Paris: Lost For Words - Nuit Blanche, Oct 4, 2014



Download a high resolution PDF of this poster to print at home, office, art museum, or somewhere in the world: LOST FOR WORDS.

If you would like to see a catalog/price list: LOST FOR WORDS CATALOG.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Cairo Dish Painting Initiative

PHOTO: LESLIE MCALLISTER, creator of the Lost Art Project

The Cairo Dish Painting Initiative is a project by writer/artist Jason Stoneking :

From Jason Stoneking's Facebook page on the project

About

The Cairo Dish-Painting Initiative is a collaborative art project launched by Jason Stoneking for the purpose of helping to beautify the Cairo skyline.

(Arabic below)
The Cairo Dish-Painting Initiative is a project launched by Jason Stoneking, in cooperation with the Artellewa Art Space, as part of his residency there in the fall of 2014. It was inspired by a conversation with Egyptian artist Hany Hommos on his balcony in Cairo, when he said that the endless sea of dirty brown satellite dishes made the skyline depressing to look at. Jason suggested that maybe something could be done about this that would be fun and empowering for the people in the community. So along with the help and support of the entire Artellewa team, Jason and Hany made their way first to the roof of the Artellewa building in the Ard-El-Lewa neighborhood of Cairo, and painted the satellite dishes in bright, day-glow colors. The plan in the coming weeks is to approach several other buildings in the area about painting the dishes on their rooftops. And in time, the hope is that this idea would catch on and spread across Cairo. That the citizens of this vibrant city would help brighten their skyline, and announce to the world that the signals of hope, happiness, and free expression are the ones that they want to receive.

مبادرة تلوين أطباق القاهرة
مشروع أطلقه جيسون ستون كينج بالتعاون مع مساحة فن آرت اللوا على هامش مشاركته في برنامج الاقامة الفنية بآرت اللوا في خريف 2014
استوحى جيسون المشروع عبر محادثة دارت بينه وبين الفنان المصري هاني حمص في شرفة منزله، عبر هاني خلالها عن ضيقه من هذا البحر الممتد من أطباق الاستقبال الصدئة والذي يجعل الأفق يبدو كئيبا، فاقترح جيسون هذه المبادرة التي تجمع ما بين المتعة وتدعيم المجتمع، وبمساعدة فريق عمل آرت اللوا أنطلق جيسون وهاني إلى سطح مبنى آرت اللوا في منطقة أرض اللواء كخطوة أولى، وقاما بتلوين أطباق الاستقبال بألوان ساطعة وبراقة، وتتركز خطة جيسون خلال الأسابيع المقبلة على إعادة التجربة عبر عرض الفكرة على الجيران من قاطني المباني المجاورة في منطقة أرض اللواء، ويأمل أن تنتشر الفكرة والمبادرة عبر أرجاء القاهرة، فبهذه الطريقة يمكن لسكان هذه المدينة النابضة بالحياة أن يضيفوا بريقا إلى أفق مدينتهم ويعلنوا للعالم أن إشارات الأمل والسعادة وحرية التعبير هي الإشارات التي يرغبوا في




Monday, August 4, 2014

Letter From Kiev - Today's Home : Putin Toilet Paper



Amongst the souvenir items, tents and lemonade stands in Kiev's Maidan, the Independence Square where demonstrators were shot and killed last year, are rolls of Vladimir Putin Toilet Paper, probably for sale.  July 6, 2014: From The Economic Times.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Scott Blake's ShopDrop in Omaha Target Store































Scott Blake, an Omaha, Nebraska artist has gently turned shoplifting around and dropped his limited edition, signed and numbered silkscreen printed tee shirts at an Omaha, Nebraska Target store.

The tee shirts are typical of the artist's subversive artwork. Blake created "bar code" art years ago: He's made a bar code portrait of Andy Warhol out of Campbell's Soup Can barcodes. He's done Marilyn Monroe out of DVD bar codes from her films. Scan the barcode and a scene from her film plays.  And he's upgraded his tech portraits with QR codes.  

Blake's Shopdrop tee shirt was purchased (see above) by the artist's friend, Larry Ferguson, for $13.90 and Mr. Ferguson even saved $1 on the purchase.  The shirt comes a signed and dated and numbered tag. The sale will go towards Target's bottom line earnings in the upcoming quarter.  Check out more of Scott Blake's intriguing work here: http://www.barcodeart.com/

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MH-17 Wreckage Analysis



Piece of wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines jet downed over eastern Ukraine last week shows damage, including shrapnel holes and blistered paint, that is consistent with a hit from a fragmenting warhead, according to consultants with IHS-Jane’s.  

Here's an analysis of the wreckage from the point of view of a ballistic and missile expert looking at the fragments impact on the skin of the airplane. Analysis.

Photo: Noah Sneider (The New York Times).

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Metamorphic at Converge Gallery: 11 July - 2 August 2014



Metamorphosis is the governing process of life: Change. In “Metamorphic” Converge Gallery presents seven artists whose works deftly explore the vast metaphor and process of change using a range of materials reclaimed and re-purposed from their original context.

Cast off, found and everyday objects are married thoughtfully here with post-modern artistic concerns – concerns that dig away at meaning in an oftentimes meaningless world. The results by these international artists offer a fresh and startling perspective on an often stale worldview. 

"Metamorphic" thrusts us into a very contemporary philosophical (and often humorous) dialogue, launching us into a new and challenging visual landscape that upends our experience with our familiarity with these “things we know.” Our awareness is reframed; we are transported to a different if not unique perspective.  Familiarity will never be the same again.

"Metamorphic" is curated by Kasey Lyon, assistant director, Converge Gallery.

Works by Hope Kroll, Matthew Rose, Will Kurtz, Brock Dent, Timothy Allen Miller, Chad Andrews, & Ron Lambert will be on display.

The exhibition opens on Friday, July 11 at 6 PM and will be on view thru Saturday, August 2.

See : Converge Gallery.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Paris Photo: Victor Matussiere Studio In Montparnasse



































The vibrant world of Victor Matussiere, young French photographer whose portraits, and photos covering art, fashion, product design, graphic arts, still life and the everyday are quite the buzz.  Victor runs a gorgeous studio in Montparnasse. He's funny and serious and a technical pro. And quite the cook!  See if you can spot him in the kitchen photo above. See more of his sensational work here:  Victor Matussiere Studio.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Joseph Nechvatal's Velvet Love At Galerie Richard, Paris







































Joseph Nechvatal. nOiseanusmOs,  2011. Paint on white velvet, 112 x 168 cm.


It is fair to say that Warhol owned Campbell’s Soup cans, Coke bottles and Marilyn the way Pollock owned paint drips, Hopper hotels and lonely diners, and Koons polished steel balloon poodles. It might also be fair to say that Joseph Nechvatal, an American artist who works in both New York and Paris, and takes a post-conceptualist approach to art making, owns a human aperture – the anus.  prOtOcOls nOn (nO rules), Nechvatal’s current Paris exhibition at Galerie Richard, brings together seven large format works of cosmic anal images produced via his homemade computer virus. Nechvatal employs a system of computer-assisted robotic spray guns to paint the final pieces on luscious white velvet canvas.

More:  Joseph Nechvatal's Velvet Love

Galerie Richard
74, rue de Turenne
Paris, France  75003
May 30 – July 19, 2014


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Henri Cartier-Bresson at FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE



























Henri Cartier-Bresson, "Courses de chevaux, Thurles, Tipperary County, Munster, Irlande," 1952. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos. Courtesy Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson.


Henri Cartier-Bresson at FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE June 28–September 7, 2014

FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Paseo De Recoletos, 23  28004 Madrid Spain
 


www.exposicionesmapfrearte.com


His genius for composition, extraordinary visual intuition and ability to capture the most elusive and significant instants as they happened made Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. Throughout a career spent crisscrossing the world, turning his gaze on the great moments of history, he mingled poetry with a powerful sense of testimony.

His work falls into three main periods. During the first, from 1926 to 1935, Cartier-Bresson fraternised with the Surrealists, began working as a photographer and went on his first major trips. The second, from 1936 to 1946, was marked by his political commitment, his work for the Communist press and his experience in films. The third, 1947 to 1970, covered the creation of the cooperative Magnum Photos to the time when he stopped doing photo reports.

This retrospective exhibition of the photographer known as "eye of his time" retraces his career chronologically throughout the selection of vintage prints. It presents his most iconic works as well as the unknown ones.  It aims to give a new focus on his career going beyond the idea of the "decisive moment" that until now has been the key to understand his work. It reveals us that there was not just one but several Cartier-Bressons


FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Paseo De Recoletos, 23  28004 Madrid Spain

Friday, June 6, 2014

Royal Secrets In The Queen's Body Fat : Laura Porter






























Laura Porter, American conceptual artist/sculptor, recently exhibited several large-scale sculptures at l'Espace des arts sans frontières, in Paris.  The works, installations of found industrial materials are wonderfully puzzling and demand inquiry.

Here's the artist standing in front of her large work made from a found dental chair and other material.  The results are exotic and haunting.

Installation views of the exhibition are here.

Besides, Royal Secrets, the artist has launched a number of great exhibitions (and great titles) such as: Slack, Pervert's Tailgate, Swamp Meat, Pro Jet, Confectionery, Sourdough, Slax, Manswers for Mobsters, Not Sure, My Day at the Mall.

The artist, right, in front of the shadow of her piece in Paris. 

Her titles for works are intriguing and poetic and the works never cease to thrill.  Porter is pushing the limits of what sculpture and an aesthetic experience can be.  See more of Laura Porter's work here: Laura Porter.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Deconstructing The Sayre Barn: Photographs by Ulf Skogsbergh – Opening, Saturday, 12 June 2014

 
“Deconstructing the Sayre Barn: Photographs by Ulf Skogsbergh” is a full on installation of photographs that examine the Sayre Barn, part of the Southampton Village Historical Museum.

The opening takes place Saturday, June 14 from 4-6 PM at the Barn at the Rogers Mansion Museum Complex, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, Southampton Village.

"The restoration of the Sayre Barn, is a major project undertaken by the Museum," says Skogsbergh, an internationally known photographer and musician/composer who lives on the East End of Long Island.  "The Barn is reopening to the public with an installation of my large-scale photographs relating to the barn and farm tools, once housed in the barn."

Skogsberg notes that the space is enormous but his photographs which measure up to 13 feet for this exhibition will likely fill it: "Right now I have two 4x13 ft to finish but but I'm showing 32 prints  in all – and most are about 48 x 60 inches - with eight photos 8 ft long or larger."  The artist's enormous super high resolution features are collected widely in Europe, particularly Switzerland.

According to the Museum: "The 1825 Sayre Barn was under reconstruction for one year and will reopen with an exhibit of photographs of the Sayre Barn taken before the barn was dismantled. Mr. Ulf Skogsbergh specializes in highly-detailed, large format photography (20-plus feet in length).  His works are well-known and collected throughout Europe."

The exhibition will remain open through October 18, 2014.

See more. Visit: Ulf Skogsberg web site.

For more information: http://www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org/special-events

Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Habitatation in Bklyn @ Russell Janis Salon


A new boutique salon has just opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Here writing and art and home wares, privisions, prints and good vibes are all housed in a cool new space.  Address: 29 Manhattan Avenue (on Devoe St) 11211.   Currently Habitation, an art exhibition with: Louise Eastman,
Kathleen Kucka, Janis Stemmermann and Wendy Small.

See the virtual art tour here: Habitation Art Exhibition Virtual Tour.

See everything else here: http://www.russelljanis.com/

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

No Big Macs in Crimea


 
 
McDonald’s has closed its restaurants in Crimea, citing logistical problems after the region was annexed by Russia. Credit James Hill for The New York Times.  See the New York Times article: Life in Crimea after Russian Annexation.

Friday, February 28, 2014

SCOPE NEW YORK 2014 OPENS 6 MARCH






















IMAGE: MATTHEW ROSE, SECOND NATURE, 2009.  COLLAGE ON WOOD, 56 x 56 CM 
 
SCOPE New York
312 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
Converge Gallery • B03 • 570-447-5778

First View and Press Preview
Thurs | March 6 | 3pm – 6pm

Show Hours
Fri | March 7 | 11am – 8pm
Sat | March 8 | 11am – 8pm
Sun | March 9 | 11am – 7pm

Friday, February 21, 2014

Trey Speegle: Drink Up With Michelle Obama @ The New Museum



From Trey Speegle: "MICHELLE OBAMA VISITS THE NEW MUSEUM (...and signs my painting!) Last month my friend, artist and curator Pierre Bernard Francillon, asked me to participate in WAT-AAH!‘s “Take Back the Streets” exhibit at the New Museum along with 12 other artists like Kenny Scharf, Shepherd Fairey, and Swoon. WAT-AAH! water was started by former ad exec Rose Cameron with the intent to get kids to drink more water in school so...." More here: https://trey-speegle.squarespace.com/010113

Trey will exhibit his work with Converge Gallery at the Scope Art Fair NYC 2014, March 6 - 9.  

Friday, January 31, 2014

BEATLES ROOF TOP PERFORMANCE ATOP APPLE RECORDS IN LONDON: LAST DANCE 45 YEARS AGO TODAY


 


From Alan Parson: 45 years ago on this date, The Beatles performed together for the last time on the roof of Apple Records in London. In honor of this I'm sharing with you a rarely seen photo. That's me to the right of the cameraman in the orange shirt and black suit.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

KIM TRIEDMAN : THE OTHER ROOM


On the hot literary list for 2014: Kim Triedman's The Other Room. The author, graduate of Brown University, goes head first in this heart breaking novel.  This is Triedman's first novel, published by Owl Canyon Press.  Read: Interview with the author from Fiction Writer's Review:  Kim Triedman on The Other Room.  

Buy the book: Literati.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

FAR FUTURE TIME LINE

The long road to the end of time as we know it. Hurry up and wait.
See your future up close and personal: BBC.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

JIM SHAW'S THE HIDDEN WORLD – THE CHALET SOCIETY, PARIS































The very brilliant Jim Shaw opens his private collection of Christian, Mormon and Scientology literature, his Ad Reinhardt Art World Comic book and a host of images about the hidden world around us – all captured in 50s, 60s and 70s technicolor. Amazing. All at The Chalet Society, 14 Blvd Raspail 75006 Paris, France.  Photos by: Pierre.

Simon (right) was making silkscreens from Jim Shaw's archive of hiddenness, gorgeous.  Each silkscreen print sells for 20 euros.  Get one or two or 10. Each is stamped and numbered.

The exhibition fills most of the spaces in a fluid display of books and posters and photographs, each smartly placed on the lovingly destroyed walls of The Chalet Society, a former Catholic girls school in the heart of Paris, just off of Blvd St Germain.

The Fiorricci Angels are from a detail from end of painting Ad Reinhardt's witty cartoon portfolio explaining and skewering the art world with clever insights and spot on drawings.  Shaw apparently picked up the 1975 portfolio on sale somewhere.  We should note that a previous post on Store Front Windows we featured Yale University Art Department Head Robert Storr giving a good half-hour yak on this very subject at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City.

The Hidden World is typical Jim Shaw.  The artist seems to walk through the world picking up anything that seems pure but it is totally extreme.  Shaw's collection is a Good Will of specifics: colorful kids' encyclopedias (like the ones I had as a 60s child), anatomy prints, pictures of Goofus and Gallant and of course tons of Bible Posters. The exhibition also has a do-it-yourself put your name on a log (for only 30 euros, see photo above), a ceramic workshop for children, silkscreen souvenirs, and a promotional card by the art collective The Bells Angels.  The Catalog includes some of Jim Shaw's Didactic Art Collection gems, and the little 3 euro book is a limited edition (only 500).

He has pioneered the curator as artist profile and there's no one better at it.

 See more detail from this totally unexpected exhibition (in French and English) and bear in mind that it was Jim Shaw who launched the phenomenal Thrift Store Paintings show at Metro Pictures in New York way back in the 20th Century.  So ... get on a plane to Paris before The Hidden World closes on 29 December 2013.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

AMERICALATINA PHOTOGRAPHY - FOUNDATION CARTIER PARIS




























America Latina Photographs, Foundation Cartier Paris. November 2013. More here. And enjoy this short film about Bocanada, a collage work by Graciela Sacco, opposite the FC on Boulevard Raspail, Paris 75014.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gap's Defense of Sikh Model in Ad Campaign







































From Yahoo: "Every holiday season, the Gap rolls out a new campaign that typically creates a lot of buzz, and this year is no different. However, controversy around one photo shows that the Gap is willing to stand up to racism. The theme of the holiday campaign is "make love" and the Gap posted this image in store windows and in outdoor ads.  ...

The two people in the photo are model and filmmaker Quentin Jones and actor and jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia, who happens to be a Sikh. New York photographer Robert Gerhardt noticed that one of the posters outside a New York City subway had been vandalized. The word "love" in "Make Love-"' was replaced with "Bombs," and "Please stop driving taxis" was also scribbled on the poster. Gerhardt snapped a photo of the defaced ad and forwarded it to Arsalan Iftikhar, senior editor at the "Islamic Monthly."

Read the rest of the article: GAP DEFENSE OF SIKH MODEL.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

PUT IT IN A MUG: ROB WHITE COMES OUT OF THE CUPBOARD

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
STUFF TO BUY FROM UK ARTIST ROB WHITE : See more Rob White stuff: 
http://society6.com/thearthole/mugs

 
 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

BACON & FREUD MAKE HISTORY: $142.4 MILLION


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Above: Francis Bacon in his studio.  Below: The money shot. 

Francis Bacon Triptych – Study of Lucien Freud– most expensive art work sold at auction: $142.4 million. Not bad for a drunk. Read the New York Times article by  Carol Vogel.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Paris: Outsider Artists Take A Room


























James Castle (1900-1977), working his soot and spit drawings at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho. Photo thanks to: Magnolia Atlas. His work was featured at The Outsider Art Fair in Paris, October 2013.  From theartblog.org

James Castle spent his life in silence on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. Deaf and unable to communicate with his own family, even in sign (it wasn’t taught in his local school), Castle spent his time looking closely at the world, drawing barnyards, farm landscapes, rocking chairs and self portraits with soot and spit, usually on unfolded match boxes and found scraps of paper.  He patched and stitched together naif cardboard sculptures of people, ducks or small gift-like packages made from bits of paper, product wrappings and twine, thread and fabric scraps.  Castle (1899 – 1977) was one of the true “outsider” artists who made a startling impact on the 20th century with his drawings, often double-sided, and handmade books and constructions. His works startled me with their freshness and their uncommon touch when I saw them for the first time in a hotel here in Paris at The Outsider Art Fair.

Read the entire article at OUTSIDERS on theartblog.