Ed Pashke at Mary Boone Gallery

Posted by The G on May 24, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Ed Pashke.

Ed Paschke

Ed Paschke

If you are in the New York area, you should check out Mary Boone Gallery as they are currently showing a survey of Ed Pashke’s works.  The exhibit features works created between 1964 and 2004, the year Pashke died.

Ed Paschke

Ed Paschke

This exhibit is showing at Mary Boone Gallery (located at 541 West 24th Street) in Manhattan through June 28, 2014.

Partial Gallery View

Partial Gallery View

“Still Life” by Hiroshi Sugimoto at Pace Gallery

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Photos of Sugimoto’s photos by G.

Hiroshi Sugimoto - Still Life

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Still Life

Pace Gallery in New York currently has an exhibit of stunning Hiroshi Sugimoto photographs on display entitled “Still Life.”   On display you will see seventeen large-format photographs from the artist’s ongoing Diorama series that date from 1976 to 2012.

Sugimoto - Still Life

Sugimoto – Still Life

These photographs are breathtaking so I recommend you see them in person as these photos do not do the originals justice.

Sugimoto - Still Life

Sugimoto – Still Life

“Still Life” by Hiroshi Sugimoto is on view at Pace Gallery (located at 510 West 25th Street) in Manhattan through June 10, 2014.

Sugimoto - Still Life

Sugimoto – Still Life

“The Poetry of Silence” by Mark Kostabi at Martin Lawrence Gallery

Posted by The G on May 23, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Mark Kostabi.

Twister Sister by Mark Kostabi

Twister Sister by Mark Kostabi

New York!  Make sure you head over to Martin Lawrence Galleries in SoHo to check out a new exhibit of works by Mark Kostabi entitled “The Poetry of Silence.”  There is always so much going on in Kostabi’s works, you will find yourself discovering subtleties in his works which dramatically change the meanings of the painitings.  For example, in the work above, the lady appears to be playing a game of Twister, but in fact, the board is a spot painting by Damien Hirst.  It could make for a pretty expensive game!

Art by Mark Kostabi

Art by Mark Kostabi

Mark Kostabi’s art career has endured several decades and in fact he is more successful now than ever!  An accomplished artist, he is also a musician and at the opening night reception for this exhibit, he treated us to a mini-concert with a 3-piece jazz band!

Mark Kostabi (seated at the keyboard)

Mark Kostabi (seated at the keyboard)

If the breadth of Kostabi’s talent fascinates you, you will be blown away that there are dozens of coffee table books featuring his art and his life is also the subject of several documentaries.  He is also one of the only people on the planet who can show with proof that he has a photo with (and in the same shot, no less) with Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat!  Whoa!

Mark Kostabi 2014

Mark Kostabi posing in front of his epic photo with Warhol and Basquiat!

In Arm's Reach

Kostabi!

If you are not already super-impressed, Kostabi also hosts a game show at his studio Kostabi World in Manhattan where contestants compete for cash prizes to name his paintings.

Mark Kostabi 2014

Mark Kostabi 2014

From my experiences in the art world, I can say without a doubt that Kostabi ranks at the top of the list as a person you want to get to know.   Not only has Kostabi “made it,” so to speak, but he has done so on his own terms and he is and extremely nice and generous to those in his inner circle.  According to G, those are his greatest accomplishments because very few artists can honestly say the same thing.  Well done, Mark!

Mark Kostabi 2014

Mark Kostabi 2014

Get to know Mark Kostabi at his exhibit “The Poetry of Silence” which is showing at Martin Lawrence Gallery (located at 457 West Broadway) in New York through the end of June 2014.

Review: A Conversation with D’Angelo at Brooklyn Museum

Posted by The G on May 22, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

D'Angelo

D’Angelo

One of the most reclusive figures in music came out of hiding last night on May 21, 2014 as the Red Bull Music Academy hosted “A Conversation with D’Angelo” at the Brooklyn Museum.  The auditorium was packed with fans, like me all who thought we’d finally get some of our questions answered – namely “WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS?!”

Nelson George and D'Angelo

Nelson George and D’Angelo

Music critic Nelson George moderated the conversation and it was super fascinating, even though extremely light on subjects such as the two solo albums D’Angelo has released over the last 20 years, 1995’s “Brown Sugar” (which was mentioned very briefly) and 2000’s “Voodoo” (which was discussed for much less time than D’Angelo’s first band – I.D.U. which stands for Intelligent, Deadly, Unique).  Name-checked during the conversation were Jesse Johnson, Alan Leeds, Prince and Questlove (who came up to the stage twice to help fill in D’Angelo’s stories).  It was also amusing that D’Angelo smoked cigarettes on stage inside the auditorium of a museum!  This is the second time I’ve seen someone smoke cigarettes near art (the first being Courtney Love).

D'Angelo and Questlove

D’Angelo and Questlove

The most fascinating fact of the night had nothing to do with D’Angelo’s music and instead it was about Sly Stone (of Sly and The Family Stone).  D’Angelo mentioned that he’s met with Sly and Sly’s played him some of the “vast amounts” of unreleased music that he’s consistently recorded over the years including Sly’s experimentation with Auto-Tune, but D’Angelo said that he takes the vocal enhancer to a whole new level of weirdness – and could we expect any less from Sly?  Will those Sly songs ever see the light of day?  We have no idea.  Will any new studio material from D’Angelo ever see the light of day?  We have no idea.  Though I thoroughly enjoyed watching the talk, I learned less about D’Angelo than is on his Wikipedia page, which was not just disappointing, but it left me scratching my head wondering why “the elephant in the room” (aka “why has there been no new music in 14 years aside from a surprise concert here and there over the years”) was not the focal point of this discussion.

Until there is new music, at least the world has the classic “Voodoo” and “Brown Sugar” albums to help us groove and make babies to.  Any time you want to release music, the world is ready, willing and waiting!

Apparently the conversation was streamed live over the internet and I am not sure if it will be archived for later viewing, so check Google.

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Art Truancy: Celebrating 20 Years of Juxtapoz Magazine at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Posted by The G on May 21, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

Juxtapoz 20 - Alex Gross

Juxtapoz 20 – Alex Gross

New York!  Head over to Jonathan Levine Gallery to celebrate 20 years of Juxtapoz Magazine with their exhibit Art Truancy.

Juxtapoz 20 - Mark Ryden

Juxtapoz 20 – Mark Ryden

The exhibit features so many of my favorite artists who’ve been featured on this site before and a few that are new to me.

Juxtapoz 20 - Brett Amory

Juxtapoz 20 – Brett Amory

The full lists of artists featured are:  Alex Gross, Alex Pardee, Andrew Schoultz, Brett Amory, Camille Rose Garcia, Chloe Early, Clayton Brothers,  Conor Harrington, Craola, Dennis McNett, Don Ed Hardy, Doze Green, Dr. Lakra, Faile, Frank Kozik, Gary Baseman, Grotesk, Horkey, How & Nosm, James Jean,
James Marshall (Dalek), Jeff Soto, Jeremy Fish, Jeremy Geddes, Josh Agle (Shag), Marion Peck, Mark Ryden, Maya Hayuk, Miss Van, Neckface, Olek, Parra, Pushead, Revok, Richard Colman, Robert Williams, Ron English, Sage Vaughn, Saner, Scott Musgrove, Seonna Hong, Shepard Fairey,
Swoon, Tara McPherson, Thomas Campbell, Tim Biskup, Todd James and Todd Schorr.  Whew!  What a lineup!

Juxtapoz 20 - Craola Simkins

Juxtapoz 20 – Craola Simkins

You can also see more photos on The Worley Gig.  (Link will open in a new window).

Juxtapoz 20 - Grotesk

Juxtapoz 20 – Grotesk

Art Truancy” is up through June 14, 2014 at two Levine spaces:  557C West 23rd Street and 529 West 20th Street in Manhattan.  Don’t miss it!

Juxtapoz 20 - Jeremy Fish

Juxtapoz 20 – Jeremy Fish

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