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From Left to Right: Paul Kostabi, Tony Esposito, Mark Kostabi
On April 19, 2015, composer, painter, sculptor and all around good guy, Mark Kostabi hosted a Sunday morning jam session at Dillon Gallery in New York. The show was an unofficial warm up jam for his show with Kostabeat (featuring Tony Esposito) at The Cutting Room in New York on April 21, 2015 (Tickets are available at this link, which will open in a new window).
Art by Mark Kostabi
The vibe was electric for the event and art works by both Mark and Paul Kostabi were prominently featured throughout the gallery.
Sparkl by Paul Kostabi
Here’s a video of Kostabeat performing “Kalimba.” The band features Mark Kostabi, Paul Kostabi (from White Zombie), Mollie Israel (The Lost Patrol), Paul Nowinski (Les Paul, Keith Richards and Rickie Lee Jones), Tony Esposito and Keith LeBlanc (Annie Lennox and Seal).
Mark Kostabi April 2015
Watching Kostabeat could have been more than enough, but as a bonus, we were treated to a set by artist and musician Scott Putesky, who you might remember as Daisy Berkowitz from the classic line up of Marilyn Manson. He warmed us up with a cover of the Pixies’ “Wave of Mutilation.”
In addition to the great music, I got to sample a new and delicious cocktail that just launched called Maven, which is a wine infused vodka drink! It’s available in both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and it’s delicious!!!
And before the event was over, Mark & Paul Kostabi switched it up musically and sat in with the band Contact High. A video is below.
Thanks to Mark for the invite to this rare and intimate jam session!
If you liked what you saw here, make sure you see Kostabeat at the Cutting Room in New York on April 21, 2015. Tickets are available here (link will open in new window).
Photos by G. Art by Jeff Koons.
Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons
If you are a fan of Jeff Koons (and perhaps even if you are not a fan), you should really head over to the Whitney Museum in New York to check out their retrospective on the man who is one of the world’s most famous and also richest artists.
The comprehensive exhibit covers Koons’ earliest work up through present day with his Gazing Ball series.
Made In Heaven
The infamous X-rated “Made In Heaven” series, where Jeff Koons became a temporary porn star with his then wife Ciccolina, are also on display, and you get to see another side of Koons (pun intended), an artist who was not afraid to get naked for his art.
The exhibit is organized by the various stages of Koons’ career and when you see the diversity and vast body of work, I think it might even change the opinion of the haters. Well, if you’re not a fan and you see the exhibit, tell us what you thought in the comments section.
As a person who likes to take my own photos for usage on this blog, I was thrilled that the Whitney loosened their no photos policy for this show, the last exhibit at their uptown Manhattan location before it moves down to Chelsea in 2015.
This show will be traveling to Paris in 2014 and Spain in 2015 and I hope there will be some sort of documentary on how this priceless art is transported and hung. Though it may not be obvious from the photos, in real life, many of these works are absolutely gigantic.
Personally, I love Jeff Koons’ work and to see so many familiar artworks as well as so many I’ve never gotten to see in person was really an incredible experience for me.
And now, enjoy a few more pictures (which are only a tiny fraction of the over 150 works on display at the Whitney).
The New series
Luxury and Degradation
After the jump, see a few images that are not safe for closed minded people (NSFCMP).
If you choose not to go on, know that the Koons Retrospective is on display through October 19, 2014 at the Whitney Musuem, located at 945 Madison Avenue and 75th Street. Don’t miss it!
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Photo by G.
New York! Get ready for a winter time clusterfuck! The reclusive and almost always disapproving Morrissey will be signing his autobiography entitled “Autobiography” at Barnes and Noble in Union Square on December 12, 2013 at 7 pm. No performance, no reading, just a ‘straight’ signing. Your receipt for book purchase is your ticket (per their tweet) My suggestion is that you get there early and don’t be disappointed if Moz signs a few and peaces out. Good luck!
Update: A day after getting everyone’s panties in a bunch about this event, Barnes and Noble (via Gothamist) have backtracked and said the event is not happening. I wonder if it’s because Morrissey disapproved of the venue. Or maybe he is still blaming former Smiths manager for sabotaging this effort?
Photo by G.
New York! Here’s your chance to meet Kylie Minogue! The true queen of pop is launching her book “Kylie Fashion,” a coffee table book of her iconic looks on June 17th, 2013. She’ll be at Sak’s 5th Avenue from 5:15 – 7:15 PM, signing books purchased at the event. RSVP is required so call 212-940-4372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Photos by G. Art by Imran Qureshi.
Imran Qureshi on the Roof of the Met
Every year, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has a different exhibit on the roof of the building. In previous years, Jeff Koons’ balloon dog was there as was a really cool installation by Roxy Paine. This year, the floor of the roof is a commission by Imran Qureshi. In theory, it is really cool. The roof of the met is quite large and the mural extends across most of it. In actuality, it looks like you’re stepping into a blood bath. I found myself wanting to get a mop and bucket and rinse off this gigantic stain.
Imran Qureshi on the Roof featuring my shadow.
The good thing is that it’s always a treat to head up to the roof of the Met because you get to see really amazing views of Manhattan and on a gorgeous day, it’s even better. But like the Punk exhibit, which is showing a few floors below, you should definitely not move heaven and earth to see either.
This commission runs through November 3, 2013 and can be seen permitting on the weather.