Photos by G. Art by FAILE (& BAST).
Faile and Bast – Deluxx Fluxx Arcade at Brooklyn Museum
Thank the lord for mind-blowing art exhibits. The Brooklyn Museum has one that is sure to make your head explode. It is by street artists FAILE (and BAST) and it’s called “Savage/Sacred Young Minds.” It consists of 3 parts: canvases by FAILE, the Deluxx Fluxx Arcade (with BAST) and Temple. I’ll quickly take you through each one.
If you live in New York, you’ve surely seen FAILE’s art on the streets (and they’ve put it up in many other cities in the world). The above picture is not a great representation, but if you look closely at their works (use Google!), there are so many things going on in each painting. Intricate phrases, imagery and other worlds exist in each work and you could spend hours looking at just one painting without getting bored.
Faile/Bast- Deluxx Fluxx Arcade
Next is the Deluxx Fluxx Arcade. A literal arcade with Faile/Bast art lining the walls, so with that alone, you could be in there for days just staring at all the millions of things going on in each work, but if there were “only” all that going on, it wouldn’t be enough. So add to that, about 30 video game machines that also feature the art of Faile/Bast that are fully playable, and rather than just being normal arcade games, they are all one of a kind games featuring their art. Once again, it would be really cool if the arcade stopped there, but alas, you go into the next room which is bathed in black light!
Deluxx Fluxx Arcade
If your head hasn’t exploded by the time you reach this room, I don’t think we can be friends!
Deluxx Fluxx Arcade
G inside Deluxx Fluxx Arcade. Photo by Gail.
So after you’ve picked your brain up off the floor from exploding, this exhibit is not done yet!
Finally, a temple in ruins, entitled “Temple,” is housed in an atrium of the museum and like everything you’ve seen in the exhibit, there’s a million things going on.
Partial view of the inside of the temple
These pictures don’t do this art justice, so make sure you head down to the Brooklyn Museum to see this amazing exhibit. FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds runs through October 4, 2015 and should not be missed! Click here for more information.
Photos by G. Art by Kehinde Wiley.
A New Republic by Kehinde Wiley
I like Kehinde Wiley’s work. He explores race, gender and politics in his works, which at times appears to be a giant eff-you to the stiff old white people that are running the art world. His exhibit “A New Republic” at the Brooklyn Museum, is an impressive body of work highlighting his 14 years in the art world.
With over 60 works of art in the show, what is most striking are the size of the of canvases. As you walk into the show, you enter the “church of Kehinde Wiley,” if you will, by seeing a handful of his works on stained glass coupled with some paintings.
As you enter the second gallery, there are dozens of massive, and I mean massive, paintings. Each work has so much detail and the backgrounds of each painting have a lot going on, even if you are not crazy about the subject matter, you cannot help but being wowed.
Is that Michael Jackson on on that horse? Why yes it is!
“A New Republic” by Kehinde Wiley is showing at the Brooklyn Museum until May 24, 2015. Check it out!
Partial Gallery View
Photos by G.
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
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
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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Photos by G. Art by Ai Weiwei.
Snake Ceiling by Ai Weiwei
If you are in Brooklyn, I would recommend checking out “According to What?” by Ai Weiwei. The artist has made the news a lot in the last few years for his activism (according to US) and for “economic crimes” (according to THEM) which has lead to incarceration in a Chinese prison – for nearly 3 months – and a ban on foreign travel for the artist.
Marble Security Camera
“According to What?” focuses on works made over the last 20 years and you will have even more respect for Weiwei when you see what he’s gone through as a result of being a loud voice against the closed-minded thinking of his government. There are many works that have resulted from the disastrous 2008 earthquake in Sichuan.
“Straight” made out of 73 tons of steel!
Most notably is a work called “Straight” made of 73 tons of salvaged steel from the schools destroyed in the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan. Weiwei says this piece serves as a reminder to the Chinese government for their inadequate and poor construction on these buildings, ultimately leading to the deaths of many young lives. On the sides of the walls are the names of all the deceased from this tragedy. It’s a very powerful piece.
Selfie of Weiwei after his arrest and capture.
Weiwei flipping off the government!
A bowl of pearls! Literally…. and you can’t tell from the photo, but this bowl is HUGE and there are two of them next to each other. Also on display are several “tea houses” literally made from loose leafed tea. Very cool!
Bowl of Pearls
And if these pieces don’t wow you, there is a massive display of interlocked bikes.
Bikes – Partial View
“According to What?” by Ai Weiwei is at the Brooklyn Museum through August 10, 2014 and please note, there is an additional charge for this exhibit as well as museum admission. But it’s worth it!
Ai Weiwei – According to Who?
Photos by G. Art by Jean Paul Gaultier.
Jean Paul Gaultier
After I saw Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” exhibit at the Met a few years ago, I was convinced that I saw the best fashion exhibit I would probably ever see. I was wrong! The Brooklyn Museum has an insanely cool exhibit by designer Jean Paul Gaultier entitled: “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” and if you like fashion, you cannot miss this exhibit. First off, the presentation of the outfits is great. Each of the seven main rooms has a different theme, from the streets of Paris to his cinematic influences and over 140 outfits are on display. As an added bonus, if you are a Madonna fan, sketches, rare photos and iconic outfits (such as the cone bra bustier) are on display.
Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour outfits
The exhibit also does something unique (which will be emulated in exhibits to come) whereby the mannequins have facial projections to make the exhibit even more interactive.
The photos you are seeing here are a tiny portion of the exquisite outfits that are on display, and of course, you cannot see the detail that was crafted into each garment.
Clearly, it’s not wise to compare the work of two designers who drew from different inspirations, but McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” exhibit kept coming to mind (possibly because of the breadth of the costumes and the various thematic rooms) and whereas I had a very creepy feeling in the McQueen exhibit (that foreshadowed his suicide), whereas Gaultier’s exhibit is much more colorful and lively.
Don’t worry if you are not a Madonna fan – outfits worn by Kylie Minogue, Mylene Farmer, Depeche Mode, Nirvana and Cameo (yes, Cameo!) are represented in this show.
Remember this outfit that caused a commotion when Madonna wore it?
In the photo below, the mannequins were on a revolving platform that gave the illusion that you were watching a live fashion show. Very well done!
And presented without comment – more amazing images from this must see show!
Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean Paul Gaultier
Unseen Polaroids of Madonna and Gaultier circa 1990
Jean Paul Gaultier
And last but not least…
Gaultier — The Merch!
There is also a fantastic coffee table book of the exhibit that I looked through, so if you cannot make it out to the Brooklyn Museum before February 23, 2014, you should definitely think about getting it.