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!
James Franco was in New York on February 19, 2012 to show his film “My Own Private River.” During a question and answer session afterwards, James spoke about working with former R.E.M. front-man Michael Stipe. This is what he said….
As if seeing Patti Smith performing on New Year’s Eve wasn’t enough, the goddess of Rock and Roll brought out her friend, Michael Stipe, the former lead singer of REM, to perform a special cover of Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on December 31, 2011. It looked and sounded like this…
P.S. Sorry about the back of some guy’s head popping up throughout this video. I did the best I could
I can’t think of a better way to close out 2011 and begin 2012 than by seeing the incomparable Patti Smith perform at New York’s Bowery Ballroom! Patti Smith played her annual trio of sold-out New Year’s shows on December 29, 30 and 31 at Bowery Ballroom and I was fortunate enough to see the final show. What can you say about Patti Smith other than the fact that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is worthy of every accolade she receives in the press – she’s an incredible performer. Mixing poetry with punk and rockin’ for nearly 2 hours and 45 minutes, Patti Smith’s performance was in a word, G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S!
Patti, who turned 65 on December 30th 2011, was in a great mood as she told stories in between songs and urged the crowd to empower ourselves in these turbulent times. She advised us to arm ourselves with knowledge and fight back against injustice because like her song says, “The People Have The Power!” Just before the stroke of midnight, Patti Smith surprised the crowd with the announcement of a special guest star – former REM lead singer Michael Stipe. He poured champagne for the front row as the crowd enthusiastically rung in 2012 with the classic “Auld Lang Syne.” He stayed for a special cover of Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Linemen” (and a video will be coming soon – so please stay tuned!)
Patti also played classics such as “Redondo Beach,” “Because The Night,” “Pissing in a River,” which she dedicated to the late Amy Winehouse and also played the theme song to “Around the World in 80 Days,” which she dedicated to Mike Todd, who was married to Elizabeth Taylor, who also passed away in 2011. Covers of “Not Fade Away” and “The Last Time” were also played as well as her recently recorded cover of U2’s “Until The End of the World,” which found Patti getting really emotional (and in turn, there was not a dry eye in the house during the song). The great evening ended with a rockin’ version of “Rock and Roll Nigger” and the crowd chanted the chorus “outside of society” in unison with Patti Smith and her amazing band. Patti thanked the crowd for 14 years of New Year’s Eve shows in New York and mentioned that they will not be playing them next year at this time. Where she’ll appear is anyone’s guess, so stay tuned! Spotted in the crowd: Michael Stipe hanging out with actress Toni Collette and Atlas Sound’s lead singer Bradford Cox.
If you got nothing out of this review, please take this kernel of knowledge with you into 2012 and beyond – THE PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER!
Photos and photos of Terry Richardson’s photos by G.
Mom and Dad by Terry Richardson. Now showing at Half Gallery in New York through December 4, 2011
Ever wondered what Terry Richardson’s family album might look like? Wonder no more. His exhibit “Mom and Dad” at Half Gallery in New York is here! The photos are taken from a 2-volume coffee table book that was published earlier this year. The photos could only be Terry Richardson’s parents as the artsy photos range from touching portraits to desperate times. Terry’s parents divorced when he was young and his father has since passed on so this was Terry’s way of bringing his folks back together – even if only for the duration of an exhibit.
The opening night reception (on 11/11/11) was quite a scene and I spotted former REM singer Michael Stipe in the crowd.
Michael Stipe at "Mom and Dad" by Terry Richardson
And of course, Terry Richardson was also in attendance. As always, he’s a really cool guy. In other Terry Richardson news, Terry and Lady Gaga are releasing a collaborative book and they are going to be signing copies at the New Museum in New York on November 22, 2011. You have to purchase the book in person on November 15, 2011 beginning at 10 am. That’s going to be quite a scene. Find out more details on the New Museum’s website.
Terry Richardson and Geoffrey Dicker
Thanks Terry! Love you, man! “Mom and Dad” by Terry Richardson is showing at the Half Gallery (located at 208 Forsyth) in Manhattan until December 4, 2011.