Sunday, January 21, 2007

Elliot & MacGuffie in Berlin!

Jon Elliot, Continental Drift, 2007

artist friends Jon Elliot and Marci MacGuffie have pieces in "From Our Living Room to Yours" an exhibition curated by Daria Brit Shapiro at the Goff & Rosenthal gallery in Berlin.
http://www.goffandrosenthal.com/br.html

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth



My friend Jon Houston invited me to go see Pan's Labyrinth a new film that combines the brutality of Franco's Spain with the wonderment of a fairytale. Except for the violence, which was very extreme although not gratuitous, I highly recommend this film. NYT review: http://movies2.nytimes.com/2006/12/29/movies/29laby.html

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Alex Katz exhibition at Jewish Museum


Check out the Alex Katz exhibition containing pictures of his wife and muse Ada. This exhibition at the Jewish Museum runs through March 18th.

http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/site/pages/onlinex.php?id=136&live_stat=katz


Among some really incredible paintings look for "The Black Dress, 1960"
a picture that contains a portrait of poet James Schuyler along with six of Ada. Schuyler who was the subject of my artist's book "That Various Field" was a friend of Katz. Part of the same 1950's New York artistic circle, Katz was also friendly with the painter Fairfield Porter who's painting shares a similar sensibility in regards to subject matter and compisition despite strong formal differences. Schuyler who lived with Fairfield Porter and his family for 12 years, was close to Katz' son Vincent who grew up to be a poet in his own right, recently publishing a translation of the roman poet Sextus Propertius to great aclaim (http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Elegies-Propertius-Lockert-Translation/dp/0691115826/sr=8-26/qid=1168811034/ref=sr_1_26/105-4639864-4222030?ie=UTF8&s=books)

If you like Katz' art I highly recommend the newly published Phaidon monograph Alex Katz. The cover is of Ada in a swim cap and is a highlight of the Jewish Museum's exhibition. http://www.amazon.com/Alex-Contemporary-Artists-Carter-Ratcliffe/dp/0714844071/sr=8-1/qid=1168811839/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/105-4639864-4222030?ie=UTF8&s=books

Thursday, January 4, 2007

WPS1

I've heard about WPS1 for over a year, but have only logged on to check it out today. Live feeds, archived interviews, some great stuff that will take me a while to explore.
Check it out: http://www.wps1.org/

SVA had a daily show during Art Basel Miami this year.
http://www.wps1.org/include/shows/basel_miami_2006.html
Their interview with Billy Sullivan:
http://www.wps1.org/include/shows/basel_miami_2006.html#sva_casellaneossullivan

You can also scroll down and listen to
an interview with SVA MFA in Photo and Related Media's
Chair Charles Traub: