Dan Witz, Dylan Egon, Artists Anonymous at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Posted by The G on April 15, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Dan Witz, Dylan Egon, Artists Anonymous, respectively.

Dan Witz - NY Hardcore

Dan Witz – NY Hardcore

Head over to two Jonathan Levine Galleries in New York to see three cool exhibits!  That’s a tongue-twister.  At the 529 West 20th Street (9th Floor) location, you can see “NY Hardcore” by Dan Witz, which features Dan Witz’ insanely realistic paintings from his mosh pit series.

Dan Witz - NY Hardcore

Dan Witz – NY Hardcore

Also on display is Dylan Egon’s “American Holy Relics.

Dylan Egon - American Holy Relics

Dylan Egon – American Holy Relics

Egon uses a variety of materials in his sculptures and he makes the viewer examine the relationship between art and commerce.

Dylan Egon - American Holy Relics

Dylan Egon – American Holy Relics

At Jonathan Levine’s new space at 557 West 23rd Street in Chelsea, a collective called Artists Anonymous have a show entitled “Old Game New,” and it’s a haven for selfies!

Artists Anonymous - Old Game New

Artists Anonymous – Old Game New

Let’s take a closer look…

Artists Anonymous - Old Game New

Artists Anonymous – Old Game New

Combining sculpture, painting and photography, Artists Anonymous’ work  involves an unusual technique of painting realistic subjects with inverted color values (as a negative image), then photographing the painting and reproducing it in reverse—resulting in a positive.

Artists Anonymous - Old Game New

Artists Anonymous – Old Game New

All 3 exhibits are on display until May 3, 2014.

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Photos: James Franco in Drag for “New Film Stills” at Pace Gallery

Posted by The G on April 14, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Celebrities | Read the First Comment

Photos of James Franco’s photos of Cindy Sherman’s photos by G.

James Franco - New Film Stills

James Franco – New Film Stills

Love or hate James Franco, the one thing you can’t accuse him of is playing it safe.  James Franco is having a big month in New York in April 2014, as he is starring in a Broadway production of “Of Mice And Men,” (I saw it and it’s excellent, by the way) and at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea, he’s recreated an exhibit by Cindy Sherman (“Untitled Film Stills”) called “New Film Stills.”  Excuse the glare on these photos.  You gotta do the best you can when the sun is out on a lovely day and the art is encased in glass.

James Franco - New Film Stills 2

James Franco – New Film Stills

Recreating the exact poses Cindy Sherman did nearly 30 years ago, Franco is seen looking rather effeminate save for his facial hair, which makes this series of photos even better, according 2 G.

James Franco - New Film Stills 4

James Franco – New Film Stills

For those who think they’ve got James Franco all figured out, this exhibit will make them guess again and I really love that.  So many artists of all genres play it safe, and Franco for the sake of art (or perhaps even shock value) is not afraid to cross over the line, even if that finds him wearing a dress!  Go James!

James Franco - New Film Stills

James Franco – New Film Stills

James Franco - New Film Stills

James Franco – New Film Stills

Special cameo by yours truly!  :)

Special cameo by yours truly! :)

“New Film Stills” by James Franco is showing at Pace Gallery (located at 508 West 25th Street) in New York through May 3, 2014.  It would be a drag if you missed it!

 

THE LEGACY OF AN ARMY OF ONE: JEF CAMPION at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery

Posted by The G on April 4, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Jef Campion/Army of One.

"Adam and Eve" by Jef Campion aka Army of One

“Adam and Eve” by Jef Campion aka Army of One

Castle Fitzjohns Gallery in New York is currently paying tribute to one of the art world’s fallen soldiers – Jef Campion aka Army of One.  Campion’s most recognizable work as street artist Army of One was a message to give peace a chance, to stop violence and to end all war.  On the streets of New York or Los Angeles, you could often see Diane Arbus’ iconic “Grenade Boy” image mashed up with messages of love and peace from Army of One.

Give Peace A Chance!

Give Peace A Chance!

Jef Campion was more than an artist – he was also a firefighter, who was one of the first respondents in the 9/11 tragedy, and he worked tirelessly with the Ronald McDonald House to help sick children.  Though in person Jef was one of the sweetest guys you’d ever want to meet, in private, he battled a lot of inner demons and Jef passed on in early 2014.

Original Sin

Original Sin

This exhibit showcases many pieces that his fans are familiar with, as well as many unseen works that show a completely different side of his art.  During his life, he invited me to his studio many times, but our schedules could never coordinate and I am sad that I will never get to speak with him about these great works of art, most of which I was seeing for the first time at this retrospective exhibit.

Ball of Confusion

Ball of Confusion

I’ve known Jef for several years and of course we bonded over having the same name (though different spellings) and we also lived in the same neighborhood, so I’d see him out and about at art functions and of course, his art is all over the streets of Los Angeles and New York, so his presence was always felt.   This exhibit is a beautiful and touching tribute to a beautiful man.  I hope you go see it.  If you can’t make it, at least ponder Jef’s mission statement: Give Peace A Chance!   Rest in peace, my friend.

Gone but not forgotten - Army Of One aka Jef Campion.

Gone but not forgotten – Army Of One aka Jef Campion.

Castle Fitzjohns Gallery is located at 98 Orchard Street.

“Thunder in the Distance” by Michael Kagan at Joshua Liner Gallery

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Photos by G.  Art by Michael Kagan.

One Day This Will All Be Yours by Michael Kagan

One Day This Will All Be Yours by Michael Kagan

Head over to Joshua Liner Gallery in New York to see the first solo exhibition of large scale works by Michael Kagan.  Kagan’s art was featured on the cover of White Lies’ fantastic album “Big TV” (see #3 in my top albums of 2013 list).  The painting pictured about measures 60 x 80 inches and I’m including two close up shots (that still don’t do justice in comparison to seeing these works in person) to help give you an idea of the brush strokes and detail in Kagan’s art.

Closeup #1

Closeup #1

And here’s an even closer look.

Closeup #2

Closeup #2

You have until May 3, 2014 to see this exhibit, so take my advice and go see it!

Michael Kagan

Michael Kagan

Joshua Liner Gallery is located at 540 West 28th Street in Manhattan.

“The Temptation To Exist (May Contain Nuts)” by Friedrich Kunath at Andrea Rosen

Posted by The G on March 25, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Friedrich Kunath.

Friedrich Kunath

Friedrich Kunath

There’s a lot going on in Friedrich Kunath’s latest exhibit “The Temptation To Exist (May Contain Nuts)” at Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York.  From the carpeted gallery to the exquisite imagery in his paintings, you should not miss this show.

Friedrich Kunath

Friedrich Kunath – “We Better Stop Pretending”

What is not discernible from this photo is the fact that the canvas you see here is enormous and is painted to look like notebook paper.  The words “We better stop pretending” are painted at the top and in the center is a gorgeous ‘daydream.’

Friedrich Kunath

Friedrich Kunath

I love Friedrich Kunath’s work for the diversity and the vivid colors he uses.  An artist friend of mine that I love introduced me to his work and coincidentally, on two different trips to Los Angeles, I was able to catch an exhibit of Kunath’s at the Hammer Museum (which was excellent) and on another trip Friedrich was doing a book signing at a gallery. He has the distinction of possibly being the only “selfie” I’ve ever taken with an artist that features my parents in the background of the photo!  You may not realize the significance of that now, but one day you will.  Well done!

Friedrich Kunath

Friedrich Kunath

“The Temptation To Exist (May Contain Nuts)” by Friedrich Kunath at Andrea Rosen Gallery (located at 525 West 24th Street) is on display though April 26, 2014.  Don’t miss it!

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