“Phone Calls From Leviathans” by Joseph Arthur at Amy Li Projects in New York
The term “renaissance man” gets thrown around a lot and most times, the people in question do not live up to such a compliment. Joseph Arthur far exceeds that title and if he wasn’t so unbelievably cool to talk to and humble, his ability to be a genius in so many disciplines is so awe inspiring that it’s almost impossible not to feel puzzled that a person can be so gifted in so many ways. His latest exhibit “Phone Calls From Leviathans” at Amy Li Projects in New York mixes soul, spirituality and psychedelia and the results are, for lack of a better term, genius.
Phone Calls From Leviathans by Joseph Arthur
At the opening night party, which was held on March 12, 2015, Joseph Arthur made one of the best entrances I’ve ever seen at an art opening (and you already know from this site I’ve been to hundreds, if not thousands, of art openings). With a speaker the size of a small donut tied around his jacket bumping some tunes, Joe strolled into his exhibit literally wearing the new D’Angelo album “Black Messiah.” Perhaps it was one of those “you had to be there” moments, but even in thinking of it, I have a huge smile on my face.
White Messiah – Joseph Arthur.
If you are unfamiliar with Joe’s work, I urge you to fix that immediately. He’s a prolific and accomplished singer, songwriter, poet, multi-instrumentalist, Grammy nominee, artist and most of all – a really super cool guy. Take a stroll through his website (link will open in new window) and you will see that there is little that Joseph Arthur cannot do. If you’re one of my LA peeps, I urge you to check out even more new works from Joe on April 8, 2015 at Gallery Go (please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org) at 947 W. La Cienega Blvd. in West Hollywood.
Partial gallery view.
“Phone Calls From Leviathans” is now showing at Amy Li Projects (located at 166 Mott Street) in Manhattan through May 3, 2015. Don’t miss it.
There are very few people on this planet as creative and talented as Joseph Arthur. He’s an accomplished singer, songwriter and artist. His latest exhibit “Every Mind is a World” at Able Fine Art in New York finds Joseph branching out into a new medium – the world of digital.
Joseph Arthur – Every Mind is a World
Coupled with the digital prints in this exhibit (reasonably priced for the impressive resume Arthur possesses, I might add) that were created on an iPad, Joseph’s abstract paintings, many of which that were created DURING his live performances are also featured. If you have not been to a show and have the opportunity to watch Joseph Arthur create a painting in the middle of one of his songs, it’s an experience I highly recommend. It will blow your mind. If this post is your first exposure to Joseph Arthur, play around on his official website and look at his art. He is the real deal, folks!
Partial Gallery View
“Every Mind is a World” by Joseph Arthur will be on display through March 11, 2014 at Able Fine Art (located at 511 West 25th St., Suite 607) in Chelsea, New York. SEE IT!
There are not many things that Joseph Arthur cannot do. He’s an amazing artist, poet and musician and on June 13, 2013 he wore his rock star hat as he performed an intimate show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. The special evening was celebrating the release of Joseph Arthur’s latest record “The Ballad Of Boogie Christ.” The concept album was performed in full from start to finish and the packed house got to hear Joseph Arthur utilize a horn section as well as do a bit of rapping! Joseph Arthur is embarking on a US tour in June 2013, which features a stop on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (on June 21, 2013), so please do yourself a favor and catch him live. You will not regret it!
And now, here’s a live video of Joseph Arthur performing the title track from “The Ballad of Boogie Christ.” Enjoy!
New York! Make sure you head over to Able Fine Art in Manhattan to see the latest exhibit from singer/songwriter/poet and extremely prolific fine artist Joseph Arthur entitled “Emblematic Truth.” Both Joseph Arthur’s music and art careers are extremely inspiring and his list of accomplishments in both disciplines are very impressive. I highly encourage you to check out Joseph’s online virtual gallery, The Museum of Modern Arthur (MOMAR) if you have not already done so. You’ll be wowed.
Joseph Arthur playing guitar in front of his art
The opening night reception for “Emblematic Truth” was epic for so many reasons. First off, being in a room surrounded by Joseph Arthur’s paintings is a treat in and of itself because his work is so inspiring and visually appealing. In the corner of the exhibit, there was a drum kit and guitar (painted by Joseph Arthur) and Joseph surprised everyone in the gallery and performed for all of us!
I chatted with Joseph and was surprised and delighted that he remembered me from previous experiences with him, which is such a thrill because I have so much respect and admiration for him. Funnily enough, he remembered that I am the king of the “selfie,” where I like to take a photo with the artist whenever I find myself in a situation where that is a possibility.
Michael Stipe and Joseph Arthur
Moments later, one of Joseph’s friends, Michael Stipe (!!!) arrived and Joseph introduced me to him. He mentioned the “selfies” to Michael Stipe who graciously took one with me a few moments later. You can see the “selfies” after the jump.
“Emblematic Truth” by Joseph Arthur is showing at Abel Fine Art Gallery (located at 511 West 25h Street #507) through April 16, 2013. Do not miss it!
In other news, Joseph Arthur will be celebrating the release of his latest album “Ballad of Boogie Christ” with a special show at Bowery Ballroom in New York on June 13, 2013 and tickets go on sale March 29, 2013 at noon. If you’ve never seen Joseph Arthur in concert before, you simply must! See you there!
On June 20, 2011, singer/songwriter/artist Joseph Arthur played the 9th night of his 10 night residency at New York’s The Living Room. If you’ve never been to The Living Room, it’s one of the most intimate venues you’ll experience in New York, so any time anyone you remotely like plays there, you must go. Last week, I saw Joseph Arthur’s art exhibit at the Gershwin Hotel called MOMAR (Museum of Modern Arthur) and I enjoyed it so much. His art is Picassquiat (Picasso meets Basquiat) and it’s amazing in person. (PS. MOMAR runs until the end of the month – so don’t miss it!). In one of those “these bizarre things happen to me all the time” moments, the day after seeing the exhibit, I was walking past The Living Room on an adventure and Joseph Arthur happened to be leaving the venue, so I had the chance to talk to him (see a photo after the jump). He was extremely cool and I told him how excited I was to be seeing him live in just a few short days.
Art by Joseph Arthur
As you enter The Living Room, you are treated to another exhibition of Joseph Arthur’s work. Each night of his residency, he takes the stage and makes an abstract painting. As the show progresses, he adds to it giving everyone the full artistic experience. The residency is to celebrate the release of his latest album “The Graduation Ceremony.” If you don’t know his music, the lyrics are extremely intelligent and poetic and his music is folk/rock. As he performed solo, he was rigging all the guitar effects as he played and as if it wasn’t enough that he can sing, play instruments, write songs and create great art, he’s also a guitar tech! At times, he read poems at the end of songs and he also added on to his painting. It was a 2 hour treat for the eyes and ears.