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Remembering 9-11

September 11th, 2014

On this 13th anniversary of the attacks at the World Trade Center, I thought I’d post this art work by Vik Muniz, titled New York Postcard (Postcards from Nowhere), 2013, which was in his exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins Co. back in April and early May. The gallery’s press release explains:

Postcards from Nowhere is concerned with issues of loss and the dissemination of images. The rise of technology has greatly altered the material value of the postcard, as well as its traditional importance as a personal, tactile, and unique keepsake. The Postcards depict lost or drastically changed popular destinations – the Twin Towers in the New York Financial District, a once-luxurious beach in Beirut – that have been affected by technology as well as violence.

May those who lost their lives on that day rest in peace.

Vik Muniz, Postcards from Nowhere, World Trade Center, 9-11 attacks


Whitewashing the graffiti

September 10th, 2014

Somebody stop this guy before it’s too late! Painting titled “All White,” 2014, by Martin Whatson. Unfortunately, it’s an accurate depiction of what happened at 5 Pointz last year …

painting by Martin Whatson, showing a guy whitewashing over a graffiti wall


Hard times for Ronald McDonald

September 10th, 2014

Times must be tough for Ronald McDonald, if he has to resort to this … holding up one of his own restaurants! I love the humor in this piece … original painting by John Brosio titled “Breaking News,” 2014, oil on canvas. Maybe Ronald is saying something like this: “Sorry folks, but I’m a few fries short of paying my mortgage this month. Hand over your wallets.”

Ronald McDonald holding up a McDonalds restaurant, painting by John Brosio


Francesco Clemente at the Rubin Museum

September 8th, 2014

I’m excited to hear that one of my favorite painters, Francesco Clemente, is having his first retrospective in New York in more than a decade, on display now at the Rubin Museum on West 17th Street in New York. Calling this show a “retrospective” might be a bit of an exaggeration, as the show only has 20 paintings and 4 sculptures, but considering how hard it’s been to find his work in galleries or museums for such a long time, I’ll take what I can get.

The exhibition is titled “Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India,” and it covers work that he created while he lived in India, which he did at two different times: in the 1980s, and more recently, from 2012 to 2014. The works in the exhibition are pulled from those two periods and were made in the cities of Madras, Delhi, Jodhpur and in the eastern state of Odisha. I haven’t had a chance to see the show yet, but it’s up through February 2, 2015, so there’s plenty of time.

There’s something else about this show that caught my attention, though – there will be a series of talks called “Clemente x 8,” in which the artist will take to the Rubin Museum’s stage eight times with eight personalities from very different walks of life. Both artist and guest will bring to the conversation a “found object” that will act as catalyst to a freewheeling conversation. The guests will include: Patti Smith, Robert Lepage, Nas, Gelek Rimpoche, Eric Ripert, Billie Tsien, David Chase, and Alfonso Cuarón. More information on this series of talks can be found here. I’d be especially curious to see what Clemente and Nas have to talk about … I don’t think of Clemente as a hip-hop type of guy, but who knows?

Francesco Clemente at the Rubin Museum, Fall of 2014, retrospective of Indian work


Arts Adventures in Asbury Park

September 6th, 2014

There’s more to Asbury Park than meets the eye … in this case, the eyes of Madam Marie, the fortune teller of the Asbury Park boardwalk since 1932. Check out our sister site The Arts Adventurer as we explore Asbury Park, or more-specifically, Chapter 2, The Boardwalk at Asbury Park, which was posted just today.

Fortune teller Madam Marie, who told Bruce Springsteen that he'd become famous


Markus Linnenbrink at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe

September 2nd, 2014

I just received a gorgeous catalog in the mail from the Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe Gallery in New York for their new exhibition of art by Markus Linnenbrink, which opens on September 4 and runs through October 4th (the gallery is located at 525 West 22nd Street). The images (and of course the art itself) in the catalog are stunning, with studio shots as well as fold-out extra-large images.

Markus Linnenbrink exhibition at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe Gallery

Markus Linnenbrink was born in Germany in 1961, and attended Gesamthochschule in Kassel as well as the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. He now lives and works in Brooklyn. The image in the catalog above as well as the image below show two examples of his “drill” paintings, in which Linnenbrink layers the paint, then drills into the surface, revealing the numerous layers of color … “it’s like archaeology,” the artist has been quoted as saying. As you’ll see if you click through the links above, there’s much more at the show than just the drill paintings, I’ll definitely go visit to see it all in person.

Drill painting by Markus Linnenbrink at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe

Markus Linnenbrink, ANDITHINKMYHEADISMELTING, 2013, Epoxy resin and pigments on wood, 28 x 28 inches


More wacky Minor League Baseball jerseys

August 28th, 2014

If you saw our last post about the Portland Sea Dogs and their Chewbacca jerseys, then you’ll understand the inspiration for this post: more wacky minor league baseball jerseys … these are some of the best ones we saw. Clockwise from top left: the Memphis Redbirds “Egypt” jerseys; the Lowell Spinners “Ugly Christmas Sweater” jerseys; the Fresno Grizzlies “Price is Right” jerseys; and the Kalamazoo Growlers “Selfie” jerseys, which features selfies sent to the team by their fans. Pretty wacky stuff indeed.

wacky minor league baseball jerseys


Star Wars and Baseball: Chewbacca jerseys make the scene

August 28th, 2014

The Portland Sea Dogs minor league baseball team wore Chewbacca-inspired jerseys for their August 16th game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, on an evening billed as “Star Wars Night.” You’d think a team with the name like the “Flying Squirrels” would have some crazy uniforms too, but theirs are actually quite boring. It seems that “Star Wars Nights” are not unusual for minor league games, as the image of Chewie throwing his split-paw-fastball (top right) is actually from some other game … now that’s what I’d like to see, not just Chewbacca throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, but actually pitching the whole game.

As wacky as the Chewbacca jersey is, you can’t give the Portland Sea Dogs total credit for the idea … the Toledo Mud Hens did it once too. But despite not being original, it’s still a great idea.

Portland Sea Dogs Chewbacca jerseys for Star Wars night


Brass Brothers: Making Art, Kim Alsbrooks, Philadelphia

August 26th, 2014

A little over a year ago we did an interview with the Brass Brothers, Matt and Jesse, who were working on a series of short films titled “Making Art.” I see now that they have a new short film from a couple months ago featuring artist Kim Alsbrooks, who paints historical portraits on trash … check it out below:


Phil Frost in the studio

August 26th, 2014

I’ve been a fan of Phil Frost’s work for a long time, ever since I used to see his pieces attached to walls on the Lower East Side in the early 1990’s. He seems to be a hard artist to track down, exhibition-wise, as it appears that his last show in New York was in 2009. But I happened upon this video, in which he discusses his love of the music of Bob Marley. That topic in itself doesn’t interest me so much, but the video shows multiple looks inside of his studio, and it’s packed full with incredible paintings … I could spend hours looking around this studio, love his work!


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