My poster post leads to Poster House – a new museum

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Sorry about that blog post title … I couldn’t resist a tongue twister. Here’s what it means: the other day, I posted something to the blog about seeing an art exhibition poster in Minneapolis which paid homage to the series of art posters for the 1985 exhibition of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s collaborative paintings. […]

Short film about Jean-Michel Basquiat and visual sampling

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I found an interesting short film about Jean-Michel Basquiat that was produced as a promotional piece for the record-breaking auction sale that took place last night. The film was made by Tamra Davis, who reflects on her friendship with Basquiat, and it includes parts of several interviews made by her over the years in which […]

Three decades of New York art in Denver

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On my recent visit to Colorado, I had a chance to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver for the first time. They currently have an interesting grouping of three exhibitions that basically cover three decades of art and/or artists in New York City. The lower level museum gallery space features the exhibition “Wall Writers: […]

Kenny Scharf and his goal of making anti-elitist art

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Here’s an interesting video interview with Kenny Scharf about his painting “When the Worlds Collide” (1984), which is part of the new Whitney Museum show titled Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s. He offers some interesting anecdotes, such as pointing out the small homage to Keith Haring, who let Kenny use his studio to make […]

Art from the 1980s at the Whitney

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I’m looking forward to seeing a new exhibition that just opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art: “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s.” It features a number of my favorite artists from that period, including Julian Schnabel (below left, “Hope,” 1982), Jean-Michel Basquiat (below right, “LNAPRK,” 1982), as well as David Salle, Ross Bleckner, […]

A trove of art articles and art history found in the furnace room

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I was recently on a quest to find some paperwork related to an old car I was ready to sell, and was digging through file cabinets looking for it. One such file cabinet, pictured below, was tucked into a dark corner of my furnace room, surrounded by old CDs, books, and the cat’s litter box. […]