“Choices” by John Chamberlain at the Guggenheim

Posted by The G on April 30, 2012 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Art by John Chamberlain.

John Chamberlain

John Chamberlain - Choices. Now showing at the Guggenheim Museum in New York through May 13, 2012

Prepare to be wowed when you go to the Guggenheim Museum in New York for an retrospective of works by John Chamberlain entitled “Choices.”  Chamberlain made sculptures out of scrap metal from used car parts and his career spanned decades.

John Chamberlain

John Chamberlain

I’d estimate there are no less than 40 sculptures of varying sizes, shapes and colors and seeing all of these works together is extremely impressive. It’s heart breaking that Chamberlain died in December 2011, so he did not get to see the fantastic arrangement of his art in the spiral shaped museum.

John Chamberlain

John Chamberlain

“Choices” by John Chamberlain runs until May 13, 2012 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (located at 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street).   Get your art on and don’t miss it!

Must See Art: Damien Hirst Retrospective at Tate Modern

Posted by The G on April 9, 2012 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Damien Hirst.

The $12 Million Stuffed Shark by Damien Hirst

2012 is the year of Damien Hirst!  I was fortunate enough to meet one of the most successful and controversial artists in the world earlier in 2012 and as my great luck would have it, I happened to be on holiday in London on the day that the retrospective of his art opened at the Tate Modern!  If you are unfamiliar with his works, if you are already a fan or if you just shrug your shoulders when you hear his name, you should check out this exhibit.  So many works you only read about in books are all on display in the same place at the same time.

Extreme Close Up: Spot Painting by Damien Hirst

While perusing the exhibit, many of the following thoughts will enter your head – “do people dislike Hirst because he is so rich and blame it on his art?”  “It’s well known a staff of assistants helps him carry out his projects.  How many people are employed and what types of schedules do they keep?”  “How on earth do they transport these works of art across the world?”

An Enormous Ashtray Filled with Cigarette Butts by Damien Hirst

At the retrospective, you’ll see the infamous spot paintings (and before you dismiss them, you should research the reasoning behind the color schemes as well as the fact that though these paintings look like they are done by machines, they are actually done by Hirst’s assistants); Medicine Cabinets, the glass cases filled with diamonds, cigarette butts and pills; spin paintings, skulls, butterflies; the animals in formaldehyde; the flies attacking a rotting carcass and more!

Flies eating a rotting carcass!

Whether or not Damien Hirst’s art is “your thing,” it will certainly give you lots of food for thought.  I think that’s one of the greatest things about his work – it will certainly force you into making a decision about your opinion of his art.  Like it or not, I can’t imagine a single person that sees this exhibit will walk away and have no opinion of it.  I thoroughly enjoyed hearing museum patrons expressing extreme views of his art as I walked around the galleries.

Medicine Cabinet by Damien Hirst

If you will not be able to make it to London to see this exhibit, you should definitely check out The Happy Famous Artists’ Flickr page that is chock full of great snaps from the press preview of the Hirst retrospective.

If you go see the exhibit in person, make sure you exit through the gift shop!

Damien Hirst - The Merch!

“Damien Hirst” runs at the Tate Modern in London, England through September 9, 2012.  Don’t miss it!


Cindy Sherman Retrospective At MOMA

Posted by The G on March 21, 2012 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Art by Cindy Sherman.

Cindy Sherman at Moma

Cindy Sherman at MOMA in NYC. Now showing through June 11, 2012

See the woman of 1000 faces, Cindy Sherman, at her museum retrospective at MOMA in New York now through June 11, 2012.

Cindy Sherman at Moma

Cindy Sherman at MOMA


“Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen at the Met

Posted by The G on May 23, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Alexander McQueen.

"Savage Beauty" by Alexander McQueen. Now showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York through July 31, 2011

“Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen is not just the name of a retrospective of the late fashion designer’s wearable works of art and Haute Couture. “Savage Beauty” is a perfect two word representation of the life of an extremely creative artist whose life was cut short when he committed suicide in February 2010.  Here’s a few things you should expect when you go see “Savage Beauty” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York:  you’ll most likely experience a minimum of an hour long wait to get inside the exhibit (which is beyond worth the time investment).  You’ll also see 6 galleries (The Romantic Mind, Romantic Gothic and the Cabinet of Curiosities, Romantic Exoticism, Romantic Nationalism, Romantic Primitivism and Romantic Naturalism) filled with some of the most interesting and creative designs the fashion world has ever seen.  It’s no wonder that celebrities and musicians alike (such as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Bjork) wore outfits designed by Alexander McQueen.  The looks he created are unforgettable.

Savage Beauty

Not only are the fashions he designed mind-blowing (from outfits made out of feathers, horsehair, metal, glass, fresh and fabric flowers, wood, razor clam and muscle shells) but the presentation of his works is also incredible.  Each room has a distinct (and equally spooky) vibe to it.  Clips of past runway shows appear on video screens that are sometimes shown encapsulated inside a large mirror box, sometimes shown as a wall projection and even appear on the ceiling on a large flat screen TV.  Sound effects of suffocation are ever present in each room as if to foreshadow McQueen’s death from asphyxiation.  It’s both savage and beautiful.

The "Armadillo Shoe"

If you are not in the New York area, you can see a couple of video tours of this incredible exhibit on New York Magazine’s website or on the official website of The Met. “Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen runs until July 31, 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (located at 1000 5th Avenue in New York) and should not be missed under any circumstance.

"I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists. I have to force people to look at things." - Alexander McQueen

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