New York! You must see “Studiolospective” by British artist Patrick Hughes at Flowers Gallery. If there was ever a time where pictures don’t do justice to how cool the art is in real life, this is it! Just from looking at the above photo, you can see that Patrick Hughes’ art is trippy, but only when you experience it in person can you get the full effect of how much your mind will be blown when you see it. In a moment, you will see a video of how his paintings come to life and move as you walk past them.
And now, prepare to go on a trip.
Here’s a still image, just so you can compare how little justice a photo does as compared to seeing the art in person.
As if my mind wasn’t already blown when I saw this amazing exhibit, Patrick Hughes happened to be at the gallery when Gail and I visited! He was so cool and gave us great insight into his creative process. We are so grateful to have had that wonderful chat with you, Patrick and obviously we are huge fans! Thanks again.
New York! You simply must head over to Jonathan LeVine Gallery to check out a new solo show by Brett Amory. The exhibit entitled “Twenty Four In New York,” is based on 24 New York scenes, and the manner in which Brett Amory picked his locations (which include Grand Central Station, The Apollo Theatre in Harlem, Tom’s Restaurant on the Upper West Side, Bleeker Bob’s Record Store and Webster Hall in the West Village, Ray’s Candy Shop in the East Village, Chinatown in Manhattan, Main Street Flushing and the Iron Triangle in Queens, Coney Island in Brooklyn and the Williamsburg Bridge) is very interesting. He filmed 40 locations at various times of the day (and night) and also drew inspiration from objects he found at each locale. Those items are on display next to the paintings.
Close up: Brett Amory
I am fortunate to see a lot of art and I am very generous in the amount of works I like. However, my list of ‘loves’ is much more selective. Brett Amory’s work is on my list of ‘loves.’ Every time I see his art, I am no longer in my body, but instead transported into another space and time. I feel a range of emotions when I view his work and I think the juxtaposition of loneliness and hope in his paintings is otherworldly.
Brett Amory inside one of his paintings!
It’s hard to tell from this photo (yet another reason to see this exhibit!), but Brett Amory created a New York newsstand and the counter area is one of his large paintings and is definitely a highlight in a great exhibit.
Footage of the actual locations that inspired “Twenty Four In New York”
“Twenty Four In New York” by Brett Amory at Jonathan LeVine Gallery (located at 529 West 20th Street 9th, Floor) in New York is showing until July 27, 2013 and should not be missed!!!
The summer of Paul McCarthy in New York continues with a must see exhibit at the Chelsea location of Hauser & Wirth in Manhattan. Collaborating with his son (!!!!), the 18th Street gallery has been transformed by their joint exhibit “Rebel Dabble Babble.” The giant gallery features a mock ‘behind the scenes’ look at the alleged relationships that took place during the making of the movie “Rebel Without A Cause.” What you will see as you enter the gallery are movie theater sized projections of different scenes of sex acts, arguments, love fests and lots of disturbing images that will stick with you long after you’ve left the exhibit. The gallery was not fond of the use of photography, so let me try and set the scene for you: In the center of the gallery, the “movie sets” reside and on the walls of the gallery and inside the sets, the scenes, not in chronological order, are projected. When you get to the back room, you see a ton of still photos from the movie that the McCarthy’s have made.
Rebel Dabble Babble
Actor James Franco is in some of the scenes, playing James Dean– naturally. If you click to enlarge the second photo, you will see him shoving something up another guy’s ass! This exhibit is not for the squeamish or easily offended, and as I am neither of those things, I loved this exhibit and recommend you open your mind and check it out as well! These pictures do not do justice to the experience you will have in person, so make sure to visit Hauser and Wirth, located at 511 West 18th Street in Manhattan.
Rebel Dabble Babble
Here’s the rundown of where you can see all the Paul McCarthy exhibits during the summer, and I encourage you to check them out! “Rebel Dabble Babble” runs through July 26, 2013.
I love Liu Bolin’s art. He’s not afraid to get so immersed in his subjects that he literally disappears within his work. His latest exhibit “Mask” at Eli Klein Fine Art in New York shows Liu Bolin in many new scenes and at times, you will have to look very closely at the work to find the artist.
You should click the picture to enlarge it and if you do, you’ll find Liu Bolin in a sea of cell phones!
On display at the gallery, they have an example of a scene that Liu Bolin will disappear into. Above, you can see a wall of cereal and a painted suit that has cereal boxes on it. It looks really cool in person, so don’t miss this exhibit!
TED Talks. Where’s Liu?
“Mask” by Liu Bolin is showing at Eli Klein Fine Art (located at 462 West Broadway) in Manhattan through July 21, 2013.
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!