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.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

$100 FRANKLINS: JUST OFF THE PRESS


Isn't he the greatest? One of the most prolific writers and printers is yet again the de facto spondola man: New Benjamin Franklin $100 bills are rolling off the presses... This report from AP. 

FILE - This Sept. 24, 2013 file photo shows a sheet of uncut $100 bills as they make their way through the printing process at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The new $100 bill, with a number of an array of high-tech features designed to thwart counterfeiters, will finally get its coming out party on Tuesday, partial government shutdown or not. The Federal Reserve, which has not been affected by the shutdown, will have armored trucks rolling from its regional banks around the country headed to banks, savings and loans and other financial institutions with the new C-notes. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

RUBBER SOUL - PICASSO GAGLIONE AT : EVE N ODD GALLERY - LOOKING BACK LOOKING FORWARD - OPENING 7 SEPTEMBER



LOOKING BACK  LOOKING FORWARD
A New look for Old Photos -  A show of works by Picasso Gaglione 

Eve-N- odd Gallery   645 Central Ave St Petersburg, Florida Opening 7 Sept 2013

Text by Darlene Domel

Picasso Gaglione created many incarnations and identifications during his long career as a conceptual artist. 

He was one of the very early correspondents in the mail art network started by Ray Johnson and his work under the post name “dadaland” is present in catalogs and the documentation of mail art shows beginning in the late 60’s and continuing to the present day. A large body of his mail art work is part of the permanent collections of the archive of the Library of San Francisco, the Center for the Book Arts in Minnesota, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the special collections section of the Art Institute of Chicago.

A fascination with all things Italian led him to the discovery of the Futurist Sintesi theater pieces in the late 50’s and ultimately to the performance of these pieces all through the mid 70’s and into the twenty first century.  His involvement with the Fluxus art movement in performance art is well documented from the mid 60’s to the present day.  He currently performs at art events in museums, galleries and art centers under the title “DADA machine FLUXUS”.

He began to use rubber stamps in his artwork in the early stages of his career and finally, in the late 70’s, taught himself how to make rubber stamps for his own use. In the early 80’s he and his wife, Darlene Domel, founded the fine art rubber stamp company, “Stamp Francisco” and became an inadvertent influence in the foundation of the rubber stamp industry.  For more than thirty years they have worked to encourage, teach and inspire others to produce and use rubber stamps creatively.
Gaglione offers a video tour of his very first “Rubber Stamp Museum, dating from the early 80’s, on “you tube” under the title “Abracadada Rubber Stamp Museum. They opened their first rubber stamp store in the early 80s in San Francisco. During this period Picasso also began the series of accumulation publications entitled “STAMPZINE” in which contributors were asked to contribute 75 hand stamped pages. He then compiled the pages and designed the covers.  All contributors received an issue containing these original art pieces and museums and art libraries regularly collected editions. 

Picasso took this craft into fine art world in the 90’s with the creation of his “ StampArt Gallery.” He decided that the gallery would exclusively exhibit the use of rubber stamps in fine art by notable international artists. He personally selected each subject and researched information for every monthly show. He designed a unique poster and catalog for each event. The gallery poster collection was recently featured in a one-man show in New York City and the catalogs are now part of the permanent collection of the library of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

He is recognized as one of the earliest creators of art “zines’ and other limited edition art magazines beginning in the early 70’s.  He coined the word “Dadazine” to describe these works. He was an active participant in the development of the  “artistamp” concept and still uses his own antique perforating machine to create limited editions of his “Stamp Art” zines, the conceptual combination of both art forms.

One of Picasso’s most innovative creations is the limited edition box set. Each of these handmade box sets usually, but not always, contains a combination of his favorite art forms: a rubber stamp, a zine - often entirely hand stamped, and an artistamp sheet focused on a subject of some particular fascination to him. They are produced in very limited editions and succinctly reflect his rather whimsical perspective on some provocative and often obscure fragment of art history.

The works in this show contain a capricious collection of altered antique photographs bearing the unique “Gaglione” signature. With pen and ink Picasso carefully creates another layer of complex designs over the old images in a kind of dada art graffiti that transforms the antique into a modern, witty dynamic. He draws history into fantasy.

Picasso Gaglione never stops making art or discovering new ways to make art. Examples of his works can be found in private collections and major art museums worldwide

Picasso Gaglione and his wife currently reside in Lake Villa Illinois, outside Chicago.  He still produces a line of rubber stamps in addition to his other artworks.  He can be found actively corresponding with other artists all over the world via his  “Facebook” page.

© Darlene Domel 2013


Gallery Information: Eve-N- odd Gallery

Interested in Picasso Gaglione's Rubber Stamp Boxed Sets?   

Contact Picasso here: Picasso Gaglione picassogaglione at yahoo dot com

Here's the entire inventory:

BOXED STAMP SETS:

1. ARMAN: PAINT BRUSH CACHET. 1997.
Housed in a wooden box, the image of a paint brush on a rubber stamp, drawn expressly for The Stamp Art Gallery by Arman, measures 8" x 3/4". The paint brush and other tools of artists have figured prominently in Arman's work for many years. One of the first Post-WWII artists to work with the rubber stamp, Arman's participation with The Stamp Art Gallery marks a high point in our investigation of the medium. 

2. BAY AREA DADAISTS: DROPPED. 1999.
Twelve rubber stamps produced for the exhibition, “Bay Area Dada: Before Punk and Zines,” at Printed Matter, New York, January-March 1999. Ray Johnson “bunny heads” are modified dropping Buster Cleveland, Anna Banana, Jerk Vanzetti, Rockola, Geoffrey Cook, Pat Tavenner, Ginny Lloyd, Polly Ester Nation, Irene Dogmatic, Carl Loeffler, Princess Kroptkin and “but not Fred.” Rubber stamp reading “The Bay Area Dadaists,” is also included. Two stickers from the exhibition are used on the front and inside covers.  

3. BELGIUM FLUXUS BY LUCE FIERENS. 1996. 
The three stamps in this boxed set are an ongoing tribute to the influence of Fluxus, and its spirit of collaboration among international cultural workers. Luce Fierens, an active networker from Mechelen, Belgium, who edits a series of Postfluxpostbooklets, has joined with Belgian artists José VdBroucke and Kristof Debris, along with Irish artist Ben Allen and American Mark Corroto, in creating these homages to the Fluxus movement.

4. JEFF BERNER: SELF PORTRAIT STAMPS. 1997.
Berner was a leading participant in West Coast Fluxus, responsible for distributing Flux Kits and other of the group's works to head shops in the Bay A
5. BUGPOST: INSECTASTATES CANCELLING DEVICE. 1996. Seattle artist Dominique Bugpost has created a canceling device depicting one of the Ornot cancels from his alternative world, The Insectastates. This parallel universe has a number of stamp producing spiders, ants, fleas and roaches. The cancellation is mounted on a specially produced varnished wooden mount, according to the instructions of the artist. The box set includes a text on Bugpost by John Held, Jr.

6. buZ blurr: CAUSTIC JELLY POST. 1997.
Caustic Jelly Post Portraits of buZ blurr are first begun by carving the negative portion of a Polaroid photograph, then photocopied and composed into stampsheets. This boxed set of two rubber stamps contains portraits of Picasso Gaglione and John Held, Jr./The Fake Picabia Bros. The text on the front inside cover of the box reproduces blurr's explanation of the creative process employed.

7. RICHARD C(RAVEN): CARRYING HIS 1950’S ATTITUDE INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. 2003.
Rubber stamp of a Richard C. drawing used for the posting of his correspondence art. Housed in a wooden box.

8. ULISES CARRIÓN: HERE AND NOW. 1996.
The death of Mexican artist Ulises Carrión in October 1989 at the age of 49 left a tear in the fabric of the international mail art network from which it has yet to recover. As the founder of Other Books and So bookstore and archive in Amsterdam, Holland, he was one of the first artists in the network to give mail art a public face. For Carrión, the new art form was a "cultural strategy," which could be used to change the world through increased communication and distribution. His may projects as a cultural worker brought him to the conclusion that, "There is no art and life, only life." Perhaps this is why he sent Picasso Gaglione a stamp design in the early eighties that reads, Here and Now.

9. GUGLIELMO ACHILLE CAVELLINI:  1914-2014.  1995. 
To complement The Stamp Art Gallery exhibition of the late Italian artist's works, a special boxed rubber stamp depicting the famous logo Cavellini, 1914-2014,  paired with The Stamp Art Gallery S.F. CA imprint has been reproduced.  A sticker bearing the same design graces the black box in Cavellini's familiar green, white, and red.

10. M. B. CORBETT: WE ABSORB. 1996.
The origin of the various pictorial "charts" that Corbett uses to commemorate his influences date from 1978 when the Italian artist Carlo Battisti devised a Mail Art Bull in an homage to Guglielmo Achille Cavellini. Since that time, the image has undergone many variations within the Eternal Network, from cow to dragon to aardvark to skeleton and knight, each containing traces of the artists influences and friendships within the mail art experience.  Four of Corbett's designs are included in this set.

11. DADA. 2003.
Oversize stamp bearing the word dada in floral lettering. Housed in a wooden box.

12. THE DALLAS CARVERS.  1994.
Three members of Dallas's active 3 O’clock Mail Art Choir group are featured in this set of six stamps.  Rick Garlington, ex-posto-facto (Julie Paquette), and JEM (Joy McManus) contribute two stamp each to this set commemorating their 1994 exhibition at the Stamp Art Gallery.

13. DARLING DARLENE: FE-MAIL ART. 1997.
Over one-hundred and twenty women form seventeen countries were represented in The First International Female Artistamp Exhibition staged at the Gallery in January/February 1997. Darling Darlene, a participant in the show, designed three rubber stamps to commemorate the event. The images are based on postage stamps, cancellations and postmarks, all with the theme of "women in the post."

14. MARCEL DUCHAMP: RUBBER STAMP CHESS SET. 1996.
On August 13, 1918, Duchamp boarded a boat from New York City to Buenos Aires, where he would remain for the next nine months. In a letter postmarked January 7, 1919, he wrote to Louise Arensberg, the wife of his New York patron, "I am also going to join the local chess club down here to try my hand again. I had made up a set of rubber stamps (which I designed), with which I set up the games. I'm sending here an example for Walter. By designing a rubber stamp set in order to facilitate the prospect of playing chess by mail, Duchamp initiated one of the first postal actions incorporating the use of the rubber stamp medium. Even in his renunciation of art for Chess, Duchamp became a harbinger for the creative use of the rubber stamp medium.

15. MARCEL DUCHAMP:
THETEETH’SLOANDANDTRUSTCOMPANYCONSOLIDATED.
Reproduces the rubber stamp Marcel Duchamp used in producing his 1920 work, “Tzanck Check,” which was used to pay his dentist. The rubber stamp was used as background on the check to approximate banking security.

16. FLUXUS COMMERORATIVE. 2005.
Twenty variations on the Ken Friedman Fluxus/West  rubber stamp logo by Buster Cleveland, Genesis P. Orridge, Al Souza, et al., are included as postcards and stamp sheets in addition to an oversized Fluxus/Chicago rubber stamp by Darling Darlene.

17. KEN FRIEDMAN:  FAUX FLUXUS WEST EDITION.  1995.
The Fluxus West stamp designed by German artist Wolfgang Feelisch in 1970 for American Fluxus artist Ken Friedman has been widely imitated, punned upon, and transformed over the years by various mail and networking artists.  This set contains six rubber stamps by Feelisch/Friedman, Chuck Welch, Picasso Gaglione, Steve Random, Luce Fierens, and Ed Varney.  Presented in a die cut case, with inside cover label copy. 

18. PICASSO GAGLIONE: BLACK MAIL POST. 1997-1999.
Contains three embossed black postcards with black artistamps affixed, a mini sheet of black artistamps, booklet with “Achrome Artistamp” (white) produced in 1997 and “Monochrome Artistamp” (day-glow orange) produced in 1996. Accompanied by a rubber stamp of a perforated postage stamp set in a die-cut mount.

19. SEVEN PAINTINGS BY PICASSO GAGLIONE. N.D. (2007).
Seven black monochrome paintings on cardboard. Realized in Chicago.

20. GAGLIONE THUMB PRINT. N. D. (2005).
Rubber stamp of thumbprint housed in wooden box

21. GAGLIONE, I; POSTER POEMS. 2008.
Oversize rubber stamp composed of random numbers, letters and signs ($,+,&) accompanied by five postcards impressed with the stamp, each signed by Gaglione.

22. RAOUL HAUSMANN: OFFEAHBDC. N. D. (2007).
Two large rubber stamps reproducing elements of German Dadaist Raoul Hausmann’s poster poems. The box set contains a twelve-page booklet documenting the action, two sheets of perforated postage stamps, and two cards.

23. GEOFF HENDRICKS: CLOUDSMITH. 1997.
Described by the artist as an "apparatus for catching and distilling the shape, sound, taste and texture of clouds," this boxed set of three rubber stamps by Fluxus participant Geoff Hendricks continues the tradition of the early Fluxkits. The three stamps depict scientific devices for trapping moisture. The front and inside covers of the box reproduce collage works by Hendricks. Prepared for the fall 1997 exhibition, Fluxus Boxed Rubber Stamp Sets.

24. GEOFF HENDRICKS: IDENTIFICATION KIT. 1997.
Five word stamps comprise this set. Four of them describe various cloud structures (cumulus, cirrus, nimbus, stratus), the other being "Fluxus." As Hendricks relates in his handwritten test on the inside cover of the box, "Could work up a short text about this-or it could stay a mystery." Mystery it is. Prepared for the fall 1997 exhibition, Fluxus Boxed Rubber Stamp Sets.

25. DICK HIGGINS: FLUXUS BEGINS TOMORROW! 2000.
“This boxed set honors the memory of Dick Higgins (1938-1999), a pioneering artist, who coined the term “Intermedia,” in an 1965 essay of the same name...Devoted to the study of the histories of the art of the rubber stamp and artist postage stamp, Picasso Gaglione has produced this boxed set to acknowledge the work and activity of Dick Higgins in both fields.” Includes booklet, postcards, stamp sheet and rubber stamp of a Higgins drawing. “Love Post.”

26. RAY JOHNSON/GEORGE BRECHT. 2004.
Rubber stamp of a collaborative work by Johnson (NYCS) and Brecht (Fluxus) produced in 1963. Johnson scholar William S. Wilson provides the background of the visual poem in a letter to Gaglione reproduced on the inside cover. Stampland. 

27. YVES KLEIN:  THE BLUE STAMP.  1996.
The postmark used to illegally cancel Yves Klein's 1957 Blue Stamp by an unknown French postal worker has been reproduced in recognition of one of the earliest postal art actions.  The rubber stamp of the May 5, 1957, postmark is set in a gold box, with a text in pink, and a die-cut blue frame for the rubber stamp.  The gold, pink, and blue item is a sensitive homage to Klein and his favorite working colors. 

28. INTERNATIONAL ARTISTAMPS.  1995.
To commemorate the inaugural exhibition of The Stamp Art Gallery's artistamp program (dedicated to the late Canadian artist Michael Bidner), a special box set was issued containing a rubber stamp of English artist Robin Crozier's Post Painting artist postage stamp, a perforated sheet of the Post Painting stamps, and a 16 page booklet with a text by John Held, Jr. and the names of 450 artists from 40 countries participating in the opening show.

29. ALISON KNOWLES: ST(R)ING PIECE (FOR PICASSO GAGLIONE). 1996.
Commemorating a performance at Printed Matter in New York City, in May 1996, the six rubber stamps in this set represent the artists taking part in the work created by Fluxus artist Alison Knowles especially for the occasion. Buster Cleveland, John Evans, Picasso Gaglione, E. F. Higgins III, Dick Higgins and Richard Kostelanetz each hold their respective letters used in the performance.

30. GEORGE MACIUNAS: PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPHS BY PETER MOORE. 1996.
When George Maciunas was planning his final trip to Europe in 1976 to participate in the New York-Downtown Manhattan: SoHo festival in Berlin Germany, he turned to his friend Peter Moore, the Fluxus "photographer of record," for his passport photographs. The three rubber stamps in this boxed set are taken from one of several contact sheets produced during the studio session. In a playful mood, Maciunas mugged, joked and began gesturing with his hands. Maciunas was enacting his definition of Fluxus, "a fusion of Spike Jones, gags, games, vaudeville, Cage and Duchamp."

31. PIERO MANZONI: CARTE D’AUTHENTICITE. 2008.
Reproduction of Manzoni’s, “Carte D’Authenticite,” consisting of the artist’s rubber stamp as receipt of authenticity issued after the 1961 performance, whereby Manzoni affixed his signature to another’s body and declared the action a work of art. Box includes four rubber stamps each with a handle of a different color.

32. PIERO MANZONI: MERDE D’ARTISTE 1961. 2003.
Reproduces the label of the Belgian artists’ 1961 encased work, “Merde d’Artiste.” Housed in a wooden box with text on inside cover. “The conceptual artist produced, weighed, numbered and signed ninety cans of his excrement. These were offered for sale by the ounce with the price based on the daily market value of gold.”

33. PIERO MANZONI: THUMB PRINT. 2003.
Rubber stamp of the Belgian conceptual artists’ thumbprint. Housed in a wooden box.

34. TOM MARIONI. 1996.
One of the leading San Francisco Bay Area Conceptualists, Tom Marioni has been an active presence in the region since 1968. His Museum of Conceptual Art and regular Wednesday salons have stimulated a generation of artists. This boxed set of two stamps, the Golden Rectangle and Pi, continues his conceptual investigations in a new medium. The collaboration with Marioni marks the first time The Stamp Art Gallery has worked with a local artist. It is an homage to his thoughtful inquiry into the nature and meaning of art.

35. DIANA MARS/ANTHONY RYAN/SETH MASON.  1995.
Three San Francisco artists are featured in this boxed set of six stamps commemorating their April 1995 exhibition at The Stamp Art Gallery.  Diana Mars, Anthony Ryan, and Seth Mason each contribute two hand carved designs to this handsome set.

36. NEW YORK CITY FOREIGN MAIL CANCELLATIONS. 1996.
The first American postage stamps were canceled in various ways. Postmasters had to provide their own canceling devices, and they either scratched out a few markings with a crow quill pen, used a crude hand stamp carved from a small block of wood, or even a bottle cork with a design cut in it. Standardized cancellation marks were later instituted, but from 1850 to 1880, a postmaster used any design he pleased. From 1871 to 1877, a particularly attractive set of geometric designs were used in New York City on outgoing foreign mail. The Stamp Art Gallery has reproduced four of them.

37. OBJECTOFDE$IRE. 2006.
Four rubber stamps of works by Duchamp (readymades “Bottlerack” and “Bicycle Wheel”) and Man Ray (assemblages iron with nails and metronome with eye).

38. ED PLUNKETT: THE NEW YORK CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL. 1999.
“In 1962 Ed Plunkett coined the term: ‘The New York Correspondence School.’ We created this mail-art stamp set in his honor.” Text stamp reading, “The New York Correspondence School.” Photo postcard on front cover, “East Meets West,” pictures Joel Rossman, John Held, Jr., Ed Plunkett, Tim Mancusi and Picasso Gaglione.

39. POST FLUX KIT 8. 2002.
Homage to “Flux Post Kit 7,” produced by George Maciunas in 1968. Contains two rubber stamps, one sheet of stamps, and two postcards by Gaglione.

40. PUNKS. N. D. (2005).
Celebrating the thirtieth year of publication of “Punks” by the Bay Area Dadaists. Photographed in a photo booth in 1975, the “punks” were Carlo Cicatelli, Ken Doll, Bill Gaglione, Tim Mancusi, Opal L. Nations, Joel Rossman, Indian Ralph and Jorge Zontal. The box contains reproductions of original pages in artist stamp format, postcards, eight postcards, and a rubber stamp of Gaglione.

50. DIETER ROTH. STEMPELKASTEN. 2004.
Reproduces the multiple, “Stempelkasten,” produced by the German born artist in 1968. Text on inside cover. “The stamp set consisted of 12 rubber stamps, 2 stamp pads and 2 bottles of ink, one red and one black. It was the first multiple comprised exclusively of rubber stamps.” Housed in a wooden box.

51. TAKAKO SAITO: ENJOY YOUR LIFE. 1997.
The Japanese Fluxus artist Takako Saito was asked to participate in the fall 1997 exhibition, Fluxus Rubber Stamp Boxed Sets, and sent a stunning reply of visual poetry expressing her regrets in her inability to participate. "Enjoy with other artists, and Enjoy your life," she responded. It was pure found poetry, and the result is this wonderful conceptual piece of crossed purposes.

52. KURT SCHWITTERS: W. 2008.
Ornate rendering of the letter W. This was a one letter sound poem performed by Merz artist Schwitters, recreated in 2008 by Darlene Domel at The Stamp Art Museum, Chicago. A rubber stamp W is mounted on the cover of the sturdy cardboard box, with a text by Gaglione on the inside cover.

53. ANNINA VAN SEBROECK: FE-MAIL ART. 2000.
Edition containing biography, postcards, artistamps and rubber stamp by the Belgian Mail Artist. “Since 1994 she co-organizes all collective Mail Art shows (with) her husband Luc Fierens.”

54. MIEKO SHIOMI: ENDLESS MUSIC. 1997.
A conceptual event by Japanese Fluxus artist Mieko Shiomi conceived expressly for The Stamp art Gallery. Four stamps bearing melodies are accompanied by instructions for their use. Fluxus often concerned itself with vanguard musical concepts, and this tradition continues with Shiomi's contribution to the Gallery's fall 1997 exhibition of boxed rubber stamp sets by Fluxus artists.

55. VALDIMIR TATLIN: MONUMENT TO THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL. N. D. 2007.
An homage to Russian constructivist Tatlin’s unconstructed tower. Contains a rubber stamp of the monument cut to shape and a twenty-page booklet documenting the history of the work. Rubber stamp by Stampland

56. JEAN TINGUELY RUBBER STAMPS. N.D. (2007).
“From 1964 to 1974 Jean Tinguely designed a series of posters for his exhibitions using rubber stamps ass one of the design elements. This is a study on the stamp actions of the Swiss artist.” Includes an eight-page booklet, three postcards, and six found rubber stamps.

57. ENDRE TOT:  ZEROPOST.  1995. 
This special edition of Tot's Zeropost artist postage stamp design has been transformed into a rubber stamp by The Stamp Art Gallery with the artist's permission.  Specially issued in connection with Tot's September 1995 exhibition.  An eighteen-page booklet, Nothing Left to Say, is included, as well as a set of six postcards.   The cover is decorated with a sheet of perforated artist postage stamps bearing the Zeropost logo.  

58. WHY WE PAINT OURSELVES. N. D. (2004).
“We have joined art to life. After the long isolation of artists, we have loudly summoned life and life has invaded art. It is time for art to invade life. The painting of our faces is the beginning of the invasion.” (Mikhail Larionov and Ilya Zdanevich from “Why We Paint Ourselves” 1913). Contains a booklet documenting Russian Futurists performance, a sheet of perforated postage stamps, and a “Raylist Design” rubber stamp. Cardboard slipcase box.

59. MAY WILSON: THE RIDICULOUS PORTRAITS. 1996.
May Wilson (1905-1986), was an early correspondent of Ray Johnson and became a friend to many of the avant-garde artists of her day when she moved to New York City from Baltimore in 1966. Known for her assemblages constructed from objects brought to her by friends, she also did a series of Ridiculous Portraits, in which she superimposed photo booth portraits of herself onto reproductions of art works ranging from Goya's Naked Maja to Corbet's Lady in a Riding Habit.  Three of the seminal feminist artist’s photo booth self-portraits are reproduced in this set. Often called “The Grandmother of the Avant-Garde,” Wilson is depicted in anything but typical poses.
rea. His collection of Fluxus material is now at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and formed the core of the influential exhibition, In the Spirit of Fluxus. The three portrait stamps in this set represent different aspects of Berner's career: Flux artist, photographer and author. Jeff Berner-Photographer was carved by Tim Mancusi. The text describing Berner's activities on the inside cover of the box was written by John Held, Jr. The set was prepared for The Stamp Art Gallery's fall 1997 exhibition of Fluxus boxed sets.

  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Museum Mascot Project Goes To Paris



The Museum Mascot Project recently visited Paris and created an impromptu mascot for the jewel of Modernism in the City of Light – The Pompidou Centre.  Created by Los Angeles-based artists Christen Sperry-Garcia and Brian Dick, the Pompidou Mascot was a serious hit in Paris during a cool summer day. 

From their web site:

The Nationwide Museum Mascot Project promotes art museums with custom made, sports team‐like mascots that engage with visitors and staff a like through handshakes, high‐fives and hugs, pro‐museum sign-picketing,social networking and workshops. Freegiveaways range from homemade buttons and stickers to balloons, zines and corn‐dogs. This project is on the tipping point between sincere promotion and playful parody.

More info: 

http://nationwidemuseummascotproject.org

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nationwide-Museum-Mascot-Project-NWMMP/175095659171270

Friday, July 26, 2013

THE ASCENTS: JUAN ARATA DESIGNS WITH PENNIES

























































THE ASCENTS : Sculpture Installation
Human figure, one-cent coins and epoxy, 2013


Juan Arata's The Ascents is a sculpture installation that addresses the idea of the post-industrial worker and his state after an economic peak of wealth. It was constructed using pennies, collected from different citizens around Williamsport, PA, as a coat of chain mail. It is about the transfer fee that this city had to pay after the industrial upper echelon left their mansions on Millionaires Row, and the impoverished unemployed had to survive with one cent coins which, by the way, cost more to produce than their face-value.

If industry is the kick-starter for a new town to be, its workers are the blood and the heart. If trade is the idea, inhabitants are the soul and the personality. While the opportunity of new business moves in search of new hot spots, people tend to settle down and appropriate the land in order to make history.

The Ascents pays tribute to the people who stayed even knowing they where left behind. It honors the roots of the ones that are still searching for their future. The Ascents stand with pride, they stand steady protected by their copper amour and the conviction that money isn’t everything in life.

Photo: David Becker


Juan Arata Website.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

THE LETTERS - ARTIST GOES POSTAL IN EXHIBITION




























Above: Dear Dante, IKB Deer on canvas bed of Dante Commemorative Stamps, 2013.

Matthew Rose's The Letters : Opens 5 July, 2013, Converge Gallery Williamsport, Pennsylvania and runs through 31 August, 2013

The exhibition includes some 333 works on paper, canvas and terribly unusual objects.  See the current catalog of works: The Letters.

Download and print the  exhibition poster (left), free.  High resolution, A3 size (or larger), PDF format : The Letters (Free Poster).

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How Design Magazine wrote this piece about the exhibition and the work Send Love Letters

Flavorwire wrote this piece with slide show about the exhibition, The Letters.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

THE LETTERS - CONVERGE GALLERY - 5 JULY 31 AUGUST 2013



The Letters : Opening 5 July, 2013, Converge Gallery Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Artist talk: Saturday, 6 July, 7 PM.

The exhibition includes some 333 works on paper, canvas and terribly unusual objects.  See the current catalog of works: The Letters.

Download and print the  exhibition poster (left), free.  High resolution, A3 size (or larger), PDF format :

The Letters (Free Poster).

Feel free to share this post using the twitter, FB and e mail buttons below. 

How Design Magazine wrote this piece about the exhibition and the work Send Love Letters.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

BIFF - GET SOME

You know the French loved food and you know they love their dogs.  And now BIFF is here to prove it.

BIFF is the name of the cute canine owned by Carteaud Family Butcher Shop in Brantôme (24310) France.  Biff is also French (somewhat) for beef.

Viande pour nos amis les bêtes.

The Carteaud's boxer loves his owners because they pack him a biff lunch and dinner every day in 650 gram cans with his photo on it so he'll know it's his. (I guess for picnics and snacks there's the 320 gram can).


Interested in getting a carton for your pooch?  The Carteauds told me they are now doing mail order to Paris and beyond.

22 rue Victor Hugo
24310 Brantôme
T : 05 53 05 70 27
F : 05 53 05 72 55


E mail them here: BIFF.  They also have great sausages, duck and veal.  And they've put it all on FaceBook, too.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

HARLAND MILLER'S A DECISIVE BLOW AGAINST IF : LONDON AT OTHER CRITERIA








































Cannot say why exactly, but Store Front Windows loves Harland Miller's paintings of Penguin Book Covers... Maybe we're just voracious readers.  Harland Miller is signing a few books on Tuesday 11 June in London on New Bond Street.  Do check out Overcoming Optimism and I'll Never Forget What I Can't Remember, best sellers both.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Letters: Matthew Rose @ Converge Gallery 5 July - 31 August 2013



The Letters : Opening 5 July, 2013, Converge Gallery Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Artist talk: Saturday, 6 July, 7 PM.

The exhibition includes some 333 works on paper, canvas and terribly unusual objects.  See the current catalog of works: The Letters.

Download and print the  exhibition poster (left), free.  High resolution, A3 size (or larger), PDF format :

The Letters (Free Poster).

Feel free to share this post using the twitter, FB and e mail buttons below.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Letter From Berlin: Forgeries, Pheromones & Clones - Jonathon Keats


Jonathon Keats’ emotional paint set. The artist is revisiting Abstract Expression with his own Olfactory Expressionism:  He paints with pheromones. Viewers in Berlin will hopefully get more of charge from these works than from Pollock’s canvases.

Jonathon Keats has brought the cerebral into the art marketplace. Nearly 15 years ago he sat in a gallery for 24 hours looking at a nude model and selling his thoughts to art collectors. A few years later he copyrighted his mind as a sculpture. In 2004, he tried to genetically engineer God to get to the essence of the Divine.  He’s enlisted string theory to purchase real estate in other dimensions, and created a silent four-minute and thirty-three second ring tone remixing John Cage’s composition 4’33” .  And he even sold collectors the experience of spending money.

Now in a new exhibit in Berlin he’s presenting a dozen of his “paintings”  – made with mixtures of his own pheromones soaked in a linseed oil sauce – in order to get to the heart of Abstract Expressionism, artworks he accuses of being both passive and  unsuccessful. In addition to his show in Berlin at Team Titanic, the artist has a project opening in New York June 11-14, and a new book “Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age.” I asked the provocative and art critical artist some questions recently.

Read the interview and see more images here  on The Art Blog.


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Letter From Paris: Keith Haring’s Political Line















































Keith Haring in the 1980s in his New York City studio.

It’s hard to believe that the ever-youthful icon of the 1980s New York Artworld has already been gone 23 years. Keith Haring, the most famous subway scribbler the world has ever known, took chalk and markers and finally paint and canvas, and spread his scribbles across pretty much everything in his path.  An expansive exhibition of his more political works – touching upon the state, media, capitalism, racism, nuclear and ecological suicide and finally AIDs – fills the Musée de la Ville de Paris to the brim, in an oddly joyful display of more than 100 large canvases, sculptures and collages.

Read more on the artblog – Letter From Paris: Keith Haring’s Political Line



Friday, April 26, 2013

BOSTON MAGAZINE COVER : COMMEMORATING THE RUNNERS PROMISING TO FINISH THE RACE













































Boston Magazine: Cover is a photograph of the shoes from the marathon runners.  The magazine commemorates the runners, honors the victims and promises to continue its strong tradition of staying strong.  See the backstory here.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Topless Jihad : A Day Of Worldwide Bare Breasted Protest


























A Femen activist demonstrates in front of the Ahmadiyya-Moschee in Berlin, on April 4, 2013. (Johannes Eisele/AFP /Getty Images).

The group FEMEN protested around Europe on April 4, 2013 in support of women's rights (particularly control over their bodies) in the Arab World.  The radical feminists, calling for more sexual freedom for Arab women, were protesting in support of a young Tunisian woman, Amina, who received online death threats from ultraconservative Muslims after posting topless photos of herself online. (From The Atlantic Monthly). 






























A Femen activist is removed by riot policemen during a protest near Tunisia's Embassy in Paris, on April 4, 2013. (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

More photos of the actions in Paris, Berlin and  from The Atlantic Monthly. 


Friday, April 5, 2013

John Lennon, Marijuana, Lester Grinspoon & Harvard Medical School



Thanks to David Grinspoon who posted this letter to his father from Beatle John Lennon on his FB feed. 

David Grinspoon is the Astrobiological Chair at the Library of Congress.  His website is Funky Science.

Please click the image of the letter to enlarge and read.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

What is Europe? Mail Art Call


Eurovisionen/Visions of Europe
What is your image of Europe? Cheese? Beer? Wine? Love? The Euro? Political union?  Whatever you think of Europe, the Stefan Brand-Stifter, the German artist wants to know. And he wants to know in the form of mail art.

Produce your mail art and mail it to him.  The collection will reflect the current views on Europe – and it can be anything – and all these works will be displayed in September 2013 exhibition at the Mainzer KunstZwerg Festival at Rinckenhof, Zweibrücken, Germany. 

Please send your works by post to:

Stefan Brand-Stifter
Kaiserstraße 43, 
55116 Mainz Germany

Deadline: August 20, 2013.

Friday, March 1, 2013

A Perfect Friend Censored at The Big Picture, Denver, Colorado



Curated by photographer, curator and genius Mark Sink, The Big Picture, a Denver, Colorado city-wide art event (with sister cities throughout the world), brings together artists in a large format off and on-the-wall exhibition.  Works are displayed throughout Denver on city walls (using wheat paste) and in dedicated venues.

Mark Sink's website.

My work, based upon a collage from the series A Perfect Friend, is currently installed at The Buffalo Exchange and is "censored" – the private bits have been covered with a blue patch.  To be honest, I'm not sure what to think about my work being censored. I suppose this is a far cry from Robert Mapplethorpe's ru- in with the censors at the Corcoran and the NEA. (See that history here).  What have we learned from censorship?  Mostly that it draws people's attention to the work and not away from it.

Asked about the blue patch, curator Mark Sink, smiled and said nothing. 

Then a day later this note from Mark Sink: "I need to explain... sorry you probably don't know iI was thrown off FaceBook twice, and one more time and I am out.  I run a big part of my life on FB –  sadly – (event announcements) The Big Picture and The Month of Photography and Sink Photography.  If they they shut me down a marketing arm would be cut off."  

Several observers have noted that the blue patch actually draws attention to the works' slight pornographic nature. 

See more from The Big Picture here.

Prints of this work and others from the series A Perfect Friend are available from Converge Gallery, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. These prints were featured at the exhibition After The Flood in 2012 in Williamsport. There are only a few prints remaining; the edition was set at three but only one print was made of each of 36 images.

The prints were produced by Gary Day at the University of Omaha, Nebraska fine arts printing lab.  The prints are about 80 x 60 cm each and were made using a high end Epson digital printer on fine Arches paper.  Each of the prints are signed, numbered (1/3) and dated 2003.

MADNESS: My work will be featured at The Madness of Collage at The Next Gallery also in Denver, opening 8 March.  My works on paper in the Madness exhibition are viewable here.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

March Madness : Collage At The Next Gallery Denver

















































IMAGE: MATTHEW ROSE G&C SWAN SONG, 2011.

March Madness is here: Collage madness.

The Madness of Collage, a large group show of collage artists across the planet will open at The Next Gallery in Denver Colorado on 8 March 2013. 

My work was first exhibited in Denver in 2006 when I filled The Capsule Gallery, directed by Laurie Lynnxe Murphy with more than 1000 collage works in a show entitled Spelling With Scissors.  The wall to wall to wall to floor to ceiling exhibition was the gallery's swan song and it soon after changed hands.  See a little YouTube video of me dancing in the gallery space.

I originally sent in 7 of my God & Country works on paper – a series I exhibited here in Paris in 2011 at Storie in Montparnasse, but fearing after nearly a month of silence they were lost in the combined labyrinths of both US and French postal systems, I sent in an additional 7 works.  The moment the second package was mailed the first arrived (of course).  In total 14 works on paper will be on view in the exhibition.

Juxtaposition: The Madness of Collage
The Next Gallery, 3659 Navajo Street, 
Denver, Colorado 80211
Exhibition Dates:  March 8 - 25, 2013
Reception: Friday, March 8, 6 pm - 10 pm

Visit The Next Gallery online



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NYC POP UP ART WORLD : A BIGGER BANG

PHOTO OF JEREMIAH JOHNSON at his Pop Up exhibition NEVER ENOUGH with Converge Gallery.

The Pop Up Art Show is getting some mojo.  Converge Gallery is the latest (and I know because I exhibit with them) in pioneering this trend right into the heart of the NYC Art world. Converge Gallery is based in Williamsport, PA (home of the Little League World Series).  Kind of in the middle of nowhere, a nice nowhere but out there.  In NYC the latest incarnation of the gallery's efforts to generate buzz : Jeremiah Johnson's Never Enough.  The show was noted and explored by next big thing spotter web zine The Empty Lighthouse: The Pop Up Trend.

Monday, February 11, 2013

THE WAY BACK MACHINE: GALLERY BEAT TV'S 1990s

Artist and critic Paul HO and his critic cohort Walter Robinson, cruise the 1990s art world for fun, facts, fiction and friction. Here's a mashup you will enjoy very much. See more and download the entire catalog of Gallery Beat Tee Vee : GBTV CATALOG.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

ANONYMOUS DRAWINGS 2013

Anonyme Zeichner 04:13 min. HD from olaf.mach on Vimeo.

One of the most brilliant collective global collaborations in art: Anonymous Drawings (Anonyme Zeichner). Please send this on to artists, collectors and others in the art world. Thank you.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Store Front Windows By The Murrays


Eddie’s Sweet Shop, a local landmark in Forest Hills, Queens, with marble counters and a tin ceiling, is one of the few classic ice cream shops remaining in the city. The owners still make their own ice cream. (From The NYT 12.30.12).

This image and a dozen others are featured in The New York Times along with a story about their latest ode to New York Neon – New York Nights.  In 2008, they published a large compendium of neon storefronts called, appropriately, Store Front.  See the NYT review of the book and check out the Smith;s Bar image, it's classic New York.

 “When you think of New York at night, you think of the skyline, of big, sweeping beauty shots,” James Murray said. “We wanted to take people to the street corner sparkling at night.”

PHOTO: James T. and Karla L. Murray
Article & Slideshow: Elegy in Neon.