Videos: Mark & Paul Kostabi Jam with Kostabeat and Contact High

Posted by The G on April 21, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy, G Videos | Read the First Comment

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From Left to Right: Paul Kostabi, Tony Esposito, Mark Kostabi

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

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

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

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.”

Scott Putesky

Scott Putesky

Paul Kostabi

Paul Kostabi

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!!!

Maven Cocktails

Maven Cocktails

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).

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Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum

Posted by The G on July 14, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | 4 Comments to Read

Photos by G.  Art by Jeff Koons.

Michael Jackson and Bubbles 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.

Gazing Ball

Gazing Ball

The comprehensive exhibit covers Koons’ earliest work up through present day with his Gazing Ball series.

Made In Heaven

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.

Equilibrium Series

Equilibrium Series

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.

Celebration series

Celebration series

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.

Popeye

Popeye

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.

Easyfun-Ethereal series

Easyfun-Ethereal series

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.

Hulk

Hulk

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

The New series

Celebration series

Celebration series

Inflatables series

Inflatables series

 

Pre-New series

Pre-New series

Split-Rocker

Split-Rocker

Luxury and Degradation

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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Update: Morrissey NOT to Sign “Autobiography” at Barnes and Noble NYC on 12/12/13

Posted by The G on December 7, 2013 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Morrissey

Morrissey

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?

NYC – Meet Kylie Minogue At Her “Kylie Fashion” Book Launch

Posted by The G on June 10, 2013 under GNN | Read the First Comment

Photo by G.

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

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 nyevents@saks.com to reserve your spot.

 

The Met’s Roof Garden Commission by Imran Qureshi

Posted by The G on May 29, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Imran Qureshi.

Imran Qureshi on the Roof of the Met

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.

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.

Imran Qureshi

Imran Qureshi

This commission runs through November 3, 2013 and can be seen permitting on the weather.

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