Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Top Ten.

1-10. The Mattress Factory's reinstall of Greer Lankton's It's all about ME, Not You (1996).

Quite simply, nothing else even came close.

Everything I want from art is in this room in a room. I viewed the piece through tears, brought on by equal parts heartbreak and beauty. Nothing else came closer.

Lankton doing the original installation.

Lankton at the 1995 Whitney Biennial.

Pics: 1 & 4, HAA. 2 & 3, Mattress Factory.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Prominent Fairey: Sidestreets and Alleys.

Shepard Fairey in Pittsburgh. The first, across the street from The Warhol. Great hydrant-matching abilities in full effect. The second, making it obvious who Fairey's favorite Jackson brother is.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Locked In.

RRR-1000 lock groove LPs (120) from Keith Fullerton Whitman on Vimeo.

I repeat myself when under stress. I repeat myself when under stress. RRR-1000 Lock Grooves. 20 artists. 50 grooves each. 1 LP. Each cover unique. Record of the year?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Susan T. Woolf. Rest in peace.

Quiet Piece 4; Pine needles, grass; Duration 1 week

This is what she did, and what she did was beautiful.

Quiet Piece 15, 2009; flower petals, leaves, concrete; Duration 1 day...

Quiet Piece 11, 2006; leaves, asphalt, office park; Duration 1 day...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Reflections Of Reflections.

Oliver Halsman Rosenberg's Beloved at Mary Smith & Friends in Greenpoint.

I loved Oliver Halsman Rosenberg's odd and wonderful show at Little Cakes a few years ago. The centerpiece of the show was an exercise bike rigged up to a big wheel that spun around so the viewer could see the paintings at whatever pace they cared to, slowly or with a blur.

His new show, Beloved, is up for just a week at Mary Smith & Friends in Greenpoint. It's mostly by appointment (nights and wknds are best), but there will be a closing party next Sunday, Dec. 20th. All the work is from Oliver's year in India where he spent about as much money per month on food, lodging, and travel as an artist living in NYC would spend on a small studio. He had an open studio, of sorts. Traveling and working he immersed himself in the color and spirit of the country, letting all his reflections pour out onto a shifting varieties of canvasses that he found along the way. I posted a number of the works over the summer when out of a very lovely nowhere a CD appeared in my mailbox. Highly recommended. Make the call or send the email or stop by next Sunday. Do what you need to do, but see this glowing wonder of a show.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Maybe I'm Amazed.

Clare Grill When You Get That Old, oil on linen on panel

Mixtape at Jen Bekman is my favorite show in town right now. Clare Grill's painting is one of the reasons. It threw me off and brought me in. This show represents everything that is right in the land of art. Everything. Starting with the unexpected and the beautiful, and ending wherever it wants to.

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