“Kolors” by Kenny Scharf at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Posted by The G on April 5, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G (except for the ones I am in).  Art by Kenny Scharf.

Kenny Scharf - Kolors.  Showing at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York through May 4, 2013

Kenny Scharf – Kolors. Showing at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York through May 4, 2013

There are some nights in New York that get more epic by the second and the opening night reception for Kenny Scharf’s latest amazing exhibit “Kolors” at Paul Kasmin Gallery on April 4, 2013 was one of them.

Kolors by Kenny Scharf

Kolors by Kenny Scharf

First off, you have to wonder how in the world Will Ryman’s exhibit was removed from the same gallery space.  See photos of that exhibit here (link will open in new window).  But I digress… Seeing Kenny Scharf’s art is more than enough to make your night, but the opening for “Kolors” was so much more.  Kenny is a donut enthusiast, so naturally, there were free donuts at the opening.

Kenny Scharf Eating a Donut

Kenny Scharf Eating a Donut

And of course, the donuts were served on golf cart featuring Kenny’s art.

Kenny Scharf - Kolors

Kenny Scharf – Kolors

But that’s not all!  The guest list for “Kolors” included so many legends, the Paul Kasmin Gallery was bursting with creativity and inspiration.

Kenny Scharf and Fab 5 Freddy

Kenny Scharf and Fab 5 Freddy

Moments later, I found myself in a conversation with two of the most creative people I’ve ever encountered (and please know that I’ve been going out in the art and music scene nearly every night for over 20 years, so this speaks volumes!) – Joey Arias and Mark Kostabi!

Joey Arias, Mark Kostabi, Geoffrey Dicker

Joey Arias, Mark Kostabi, Geoffrey Dicker

These final two photos are too heavy for words.  All I can do is express my gratitude to Joey, Mark and Kenny for being such major inspirations in my life!  THANK YOU!!!

Kenny Scharf and Geoffrey Dicker

Kenny Scharf and Geoffrey Dicker

Do not miss seeing “Kolors” by Kenny Scharf for any reason!  “Kolors” is on display at Paul Kasmin Gallery (located at 515 West 27th Street) in New York through May 4, 2013.

“New York: New Work” by Fab 5 Freddy

Posted by The G on June 10, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Art by Fab 5 Freddy.

New York: New Work by Fab 5 Freddy. Now showing at Gallery 151 in NYC through July 1, 2011

Fred Brathwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy is a pioneer in hip hop and graffiti.  His latest exhibit is entitled “New York: New Work” and is showing at Gallery 151 in New York.  His mixed-media canvases use a modified pointillism technique where he incorporates hand-laid crystals into his works.

It’s hard to see the crystals from these pictures, so perhaps a closer look will help you get the idea.  See an extreme close up after the jump.

“New York: New York” by Fab 5 Freddy is on display at Gallery 151 until July 1, 2011.  Gallery 151 is located at  350 Bowery between 4th Street and Great Jones in New York.

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“Art In The Streets” at MOCA

Posted by The G on May 31, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

Any Person Found Painting Graffiti on These Premises Will Be Reported - To The Nearest Art Dealer by Banksy.

Prior to the opening of the “Art In The Streets” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the exhibit.  MOCA’s Jeffrey Deitch ordered the removal of a mural he sanctioned, the final list of included artists was missing many legends in street art and many artists were getting busted by police.  I had mixed feelings going into the exhibit but from the second I set foot until the moment I left, all I can say is that if you are a fan of street art or graffiti, you cannot even think about missing this exhibit.

Keith Haring

First off, the “Art In The Streets” exhibit is enormous!  There are approximately 65 sections featuring different periods and artists in this urban movement and each portion is more amazing than the one before it.  Alleyways and the influential New York art space Fun Gallery have been recreated, large scale murals are featured everywhere, and there are photos, paintings, sculptures and films throughout the exhibit.  This is in fact one of the rare instances where the catalog of the show is worth getting.  Ironic, since they allow photography (without the use of flash) inside the museum.  Typically, museums will not allow photos so that you will buy the book, but I will certainly mention this exhibit the next time I enter a museum and they try and stop me from taking pictures.

Fun Gallery

Some of the artists that are prominently featured are Rammellzee, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring, Banksy, Jamie Reid, Crash, Futura, Lady Pink, Fab 5 Freddy, Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, Lee Quinones, Roa, Eine, Craig Stecyk III, Gusmano Cesaretti, Retna, Chaz Bojorquez, Invader, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Ed Templeton, Kaws, Larry Clark, Craig Costello, Terry Richardson, Mark Gonzales, Cheryl Dunn, Neckface, Freedom, Andre, Os Gemeos, Mister Cartoon, Saber, Revok, JR and so many more!  You will definitely need several hours to attempt to take it all in.

Os Gemeos

 “Art In The Streets” is on display until August 8, 2011 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Downtown Los Angeles and you should not miss it under any circumstance!

Partial view of "Art In The Streets" at MOCA

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