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Accidental reflections in a Jay West painting

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This painting by Jay West, titled “Sailor’s Last Voyage,” caught my attention at the recent Scope Art Fair. But I didn’t realize how prominent the reflections on the glossy surface would be captured in my photograph until I got home and saw it on the computer. Scroll down to see a video about Jay West, and in the video you can actually see him working on this exact same painting!

Jay West painting at the Scope Art Fair, 2014


Buddhist monks breakdancing in memory of MCA

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

If that headline doesn’t catch your attention, what will? I didn’t realize it until after the event took place, but just this past May 3rd was declared as “MCA Day 2014: Celebrating the Life of Adam Yauch,” and there were events organized in Brooklyn. The PR for the event states: “Humanitarian, artist, rapper, musician, Sasquatch, filmmaker, activist, snowboarder and Hörnblowér. Adam Yauch was one of the best this crazy world has ever seen. Let’s get together and honor a life well-lived through his favorite channels: art, music and community.”

MCA was a practicing Buddhist and was a supporter of Tibetan Buddhism. He created the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization devoted to Tibetan independence, and organized several benefit concerts to support the cause, including the Tibetan Freedom Concert. So it was only fitting that a group of “Buddhist Monks” (I put that in quotes, because my guess is that these guys are just dressed like monks) did a breakdancing performance in honor of MCA – check it out below.


The Art of the Steal: an Evel Knievel wannabe who doubles as an art thief

Friday, April 25th, 2014

The concept behind the movie “The Art of the Steal” starring Kurt Russell sounds like a wacky combination too good to be true: a third rate motorcycle daredevil (a la Evel Knievel) who is also a semi-reformed art thief, decides to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft. Granted, it’s probably a small target audience that appreciates both Evel Knievel and fine art, but hey, I’m in that demographic, so let’s look into this further.

Problem #1: Kurt Russell’s character’s name is “Crunch Calhoun.” Can anyone really take a movie seriously if the main character’s name is “Crunch?”

Problem #2: It’s Kurt Russell … granted, I haven’t seen many Kurt Russell movies, but my perception is that he’s often in cheesy movies. Or at least the titles of some of his movies sure sound cheesy: “The Strongest Man in the World,” “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes,” “Tango and Cash,” and “Big Trouble in Little China” are just a few of his gems.

One review says that it’s “not a must-watch, but it’s probably entertaining enough to merit a rental if you’ve got a rainy Tuesday evening to kill.” Even though that feedback should tell me not to waste my time, I’ll probably still watch it … here’s the trailer, decide for yourself:


Andrew Tedesco, extraordinary mural artist

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Imagine walking into your already-impressive entryway (below right) and looking up to see that the ceiling had “cracked open” to reveal a dynamic modern art painting underneath … well, Andrew Tedesco (pictured below left) brought this fantastical idea to life via one of his trompe l’oel ceiling murals. You can even see it come to life yourself – just scroll down below the picture to see a time-lapse video of Andrew creating this mural – which took 40 hours – in only 40 seconds. To see more of Andrew’s murals and learn more about what he does, check out the Andrew Tedesco Studios website here.

Trompe l’oel ceiling murals by Andrew Tedesco


In the studio with Julian Schnabel

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

I’ve always found Julian Schnabel to be a compelling artist, both in the size and style of his work, as well as his personality and extreme confidence. So it’s pretty interesting to get a view inside Schnabel’s studio and see him discuss his work with a group of students. Check out this video from the HBO documentary series called “Masterclass”. One of my favorite quotes from the video – and it’s a favorite because I am someone who paints and plays the saxophone – is when Schnabel says: “Painting is more like playing the saxophone, you hit a note, you like it, it’s clear, and that’s good.”


Sculpture by Li Hongbo

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Do you think Michelangelo could have ever imagined someone reinterpreting his famous “David” sculpture as a paper bust that moves like a slinky? You have to see this video to believe it … art by Li Hongbo at the Klein Sun Gallery. For more information and additional pictures of this amazing sculpture, check out our full coverage here.


Speed Painter D. Westry shows his skills

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Watch D. Westry, the “Speed Painter,” do his thing on the show “Anderson’s Viewers Got Talents,” hosted by Anderson Cooper. Just when you think he’s created a failed art work as the time expires, he flips the canvas to reveal a pretty good painting. How he visualizes this upside-down and comes up with something good is beyond my understanding! (By the way, how many shows like this is Sharon Osbourne on? For crying out loud, give us a break!)


The Monuments Men, coming in December

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

I saw a trailer for this in the movie theater, and am definitely looking forward to this movie. “The Monuments Men” is based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history. The focus is on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the “Monuments Men,” as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.


An example of Paris Musette

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

If you saw our earlier post about our unexpected discovery of owning a Robert Crumb poster, the image featured was for something called “Paris Musette.” So, what exactly is Paris Musette? It’s the traditional Parisian sound of accordian music that one probably hears quite often in old French movies … or in this case, a modern day musette player in a public square in Montmartre, which we saw in Paris last November as part of our Arts Adventurer trip.


Painting with glue

Friday, November 15th, 2013

How come America doesn’t have tv shows like this? A guy with a black hat and black clothes approaches a black canvas, and starts spreading glue all over it. The disco music is pumping, and 4 people stand and sit around watching him, saying nothing. Near the climactic finish, he steps back, tosses some glitter at the canvas, and voilà! It’s a portrait of the woman who was watching! No-dialogue action at its best. Art by Michael Raivard.


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