Friday, February 25, 2011

Keith Donovan: Travaux Récents At Michel Foëx Geneva

IMAGE: BATEAU 2010, 75 x 60 cm.

Keith Donovan
Travaux récents

Mercredi 2 mars 2011 de 18h à 20h

Jusqu’au 16 avril 2011

Mardi – Vendredi 14h 30 – 18h 30
Samedi 13h 00 – 17h 00

Galerie Michel FOËX
1, rue de l’Evêché
1204 Genève-CH
Tél : 022 311 26 86

Keith Donovan Web Site.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Rick Prol used to show his paintings in heavily littered alleys in the East Village in New York City.  Well before Berlin with its beat up buildings and unvarnished Eastern sector became hip, the rumble and rubble of the Lower East Side was the place that launched a thousand art careers.

In the 1980s, young painters just out of art school or fresh to New York City, were creating the next wave in the practically rent-free storefronts in Alphabet Land near Tompkins Square.  Since then dozens of books have been written about the time when painters returned to the art scene and an illustrated Age of Reagan as seen from street was born.

Another work, right, by Prol from his S.O.S. series. Acid green (the East River), broken bridges and dreams, whores on bicycles plunged into the muck. Going nowhere fast. The artist's cats and sailors, knives and nails punched through their bodies and their bicycles, and yes, sometimes their toilets, describes a tough world. But that, too, was New York.

Rick Prol Website.

Nice interview with Rick Prol by Trigger Magazine:

The artist also participated in the 2009 exhibition at The Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery, A Book About Death.  Full disclosure: I wrote a profile of Rick Prol in the February 1986 edition of ARTS magazine.  You can download this as a PDF from Rick's web site (PRESS SECTION).

PHOTO: RICK PROL BY : Andreas Sterzing.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


FLUXFEST CHICAGO is here.  Included in this six-day gala of terribly interesting art works and performances are: Picasso Gaglione, Keith A. Bucholz, Simon Anderson, Darlene Domel, Reed Altemus, Andy Oleksiuk, Patric Lichty, Tulio Restrepo, Jessica Rutherford, James Calfani, Allan Revich, Kyle White, Mark Block, Neosho, Reid Wood, Jennifer Kosharek, Joshua Rutherford, Jeff Abell, Melissa McCarthy, Vivian Vassar, Don Boyd, Julie Jeffries, Adamandia Kapsalis, Joel Lipman, mIEKAL aND, Cecil Touchon, Sally Alatelo among many others. 

VENUE: MCA CHICAGO, 220 East Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Louise Bourgeois By Alex Van Gelder : Armed Forces At Hauser & Wirth Zürich

Hauser & Wirth Zürich opens an amazing exhibition by Alex Van Gelder of the hands of Louise Bourgeois : Armed Forces.

From H&W: "Gnarled, sinewy and wrinkled with age, Louise Bourgeois’s hands were fascinating. Her hands are the subjects of portraits taken by the artist Alex Van Gelder, who, at Bourgeois’s invitation, photographed her at her New York townhouse during the last year of her life. The resulting portfolio of eighteen photographic prints will be on display at Hauser & Wirth Zürich from 12 February. 

"More than purely a portrait project, Bourgeois considered this collaboration to be an extension of her work. Through this series, she put forth her own physicality to be viewed as an element of her art, focusing on her hands as her tools.

"Clenched or cradling, her hands recall many of her works, from the entwined finger-like forms of ‘Clutching’ (1962), to the skein of lines of her ‘Insomnia Drawings’ and the poised spiders of her ‘Maman’ series. Van Gelder’s images are stark, showing just the hands against the black fabric of her clothes. They are flooded with intimacy and warmth, reflecting his closeness to Bourgeois and the trust she placed in him to work with her on this project."

The portfolio is printed in an edition of 10 and will be shown both on the walls of the gallery and also displayed in its original linen box. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, ‘Alex Van Gelder – Louise Bourgeois. ARMED FORCES’, published by Ediciones Polígrafa and Hauser & Wirth.

Opening Friday 11 February, 6 – 8 pm
Hauser & Wirth Zürich
Hubertus Exhibitions
Albisriederstrasse 199A
CH-8047 Zurich
Louise Bourgeois's hands by Alex Van Gelder.


Eve-N-Odd Gallery  in St. Petersburg, Florida wants to know: Are you interested in making a stuffed bunny for the "Stuffed Bunny" show? Yeah?

Well, then, please follow these simple steps: 

Step 1: Make a stuffed bunny.
Step 2: Name yer bunny.
Step 3: Send a brief bio and picture of yourself or your art to Eve-N-Odd Gallery.
Step 4: Print, fill out and sign your consignment form--this includes pricing your bunny.
Step 5: Mail your printed, filled out and signed consignment form, your bunny and return postage cash or stamps (or paypal) and mail to:

Eve-N-Odd Gallery
645 Central Ave #11
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Show will be Thursday April 14th 6pm to 9pm and will last about a month.  See the gallery, click here, darn it.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Al Jaffee is turning 90. Holy Krap. Who the hell is Al Jaffee?

On March 13, long-time MAD MAGAZINE writer/artist, creator of the Fold-In and Snappy Answers is going to be 90 years old! That means he was born in 1921. Horses were still shitting in the streets of New York and a year after the 19th amendment passed in the US, giving women the right to vote. No shit.

Well, according to famous illustrator, MAD Magazine contributor and Le Select layabout, Rick Tulka, to celebrate Al's birthday, the MAD staff are asking all fans (and non-fans too) to send in letters, cards, poems, drawings, paintings, sculptures, shopping lists - whatever - so they can pass them on to Monsieur Jaffee! "Be part of one of the latest jokes in a long line of jokes at MAD Magazine!" says Tulka. All works will be promptly dumped in the East River in fabulous New York City.  Only kidding.  They'll go straight to auction.  Only kidding. I really don't know what will happen to these pieces of mail, but maybe Jaffee will look at them and say, who the hell is Matthew Rose?

So, get busy and send something to this guy who wall papered our childhoods with funny fold out whatnots and jokes.

Deadline: March 1, 2011

Please send your birthday mail art works and best wishes to:
The Big Jaffee
c/o MAD Magazine
1700 Broadway
New York, New York 10019 USA

Monday, February 7, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011


I took a half dozen photographs of this abandoned buffet counter in in the waiting room at the Basel train station. Time: 1:45 PM, late January, 2011. Some other images of the Basel train station are here.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Charlie Rose By Samuel Beckett

Film by Andrew Filippone Jr.

Mr Brainwash Goes Bats & Cats

On Tuesday February 8, at 12pm PST, Mr. Brainwash will be releasing a set of two prints "Bat Papi & Cat Nana." Brainwash will do that to you, make you catty and batty and/or both. His Kate Moss print sold out in a nana second last week. I used to see his wall posters all over Paris, but my guess is they've been torn down by collectors who are waiting for the Christie's moment.

These prints, writes the LA-based artist, were featured in the documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop." Each one is an eleven-color screen print on hand-torn archival art paper. Each print is uniquely hand stained, signed, numbered, and thumb printed by the artist.

Edition: 150. Size: 15in x 19in. Price: $375 for the set (cannot be sold separately).

Want the pair?  Go here: Mr Brainwash.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Google Art Project



Not content to sell the house and furniture, Larry Gogosian is now selling the kitchen utensils and drink coasters.

In addition to books, posters and limited editions, you can pick up a sewing kit, a bookmark, a tattoo and even Damien Hirst's ping pong balls.  See his new pop shop.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mike Weiss Gallery Takes On Egyptian Crisis!

Unrest in Egypt? New York's Mike Weiss Gallery has it covered. The boys acting up in the streets of Cairo?  Christian Vincent is on the case.  Well that's the message received yesterday from the gallery's director Anna Ortt.  The urgent e-mail tunes us in: "Media Alert: Parallel between painting exhibition in New York and riots in Cairo."

Image above, from the New York Times. Source or result of Christian Vincent's Tunnel Vision paintings? Neither.  Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.

Is it cause and effect? Has the Los Angeles-based Vincent been working on these "riot pieces" in anticipation of a break out of street violence in the Middle East (or anywhere else?).  Or has his paintings of boys with bats or boys lined up in graphic propaganda style launched a revolution across the Arab world?  Try: Neither.

To be fair, gallery director, Anna Ortt, did write back responding to a request for elucidation.

Image, right: Boys With Bats, 2010, by Christian Vincent. Anticipating mob violence the world over. Courtesy: Mike Weiss Gallery, NYC.

"Let me clarify, the paintings are not about violence in the middle east," she wrote.  "The artist made these over the last year.  It's just that the images echo what is happening there right now - it could be anywhere. By calling attention to the parallel, I am just trying to open a door, and start a dialogue.  It's my job to get people to look, and talk.  I think it's interesting, regardless of whether or not you like the paintings."

Ortt noted that many visitors to the gallery said Vincent's "bat" paintings reminded them of "the Bensonhurst beatings." And she qualified the entire media "alert" with the note: "The show is already almost entirely sold out so sales have nothing to do with the media alert.  (I can't imagine violence would ever help sell a painting.)"

Well maybe not, but the Mike Weiss Gallery is actually asking people to come in and examine the painter's work to better understand the news, then. Or at least the surface of the news. Or the striking parallels. The bald pitch for publicity is a bit frightening.  Why not just go to YouTube and check out the police beating of Rodney King ("Can't we just all get along?") Do we see an Egyptian flag of solidarity on the gallery web page?  How about one flying in front of the gallery? It's a curious strategy while the various Egyptian museums are looted and busted up.

Well, the Mike Weiss Gallery got its 15 minutes.  Mission accomplished. Now what?

Hope Kroll: The Intracasies Of The Heart

Hope Kroll: The Intracasies Of The Heart collage works that will blow your mind and give you hope.  See Hope Kroll's works from the Fluxcase Micro Museum.