Friday, July 31, 2009

Catching up with Mr.Lister

The opening of 'NO WIN SITCH' in Sydney was a huge success!
Congratulations to Anthony on a great show!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009


Jacko Weyland, artist - designer and author of numerous books on skate boarding does it again!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Very Sad News: The Brilliant Artist Dash Snow Dies at 27

Dash Snow, New York Artist, Dies at 27

Dash Snow, a promising young New York artist, died Monday night at Lafayette House, a hotel in Lower Manhattan. He was 27 and lived in Manhattan. His death was confirmed by his grandmother, the art collector and philanthropist Christophe de Menil, who said that Mr. Snow had died of a drug overdose.

Mr. Snow gained prominence after being featured in an article titled “Warhol’s Children” that appeared in New York magazine in 2007. He worked in video and photography and also developed a distinctive collage style that fused and contrasted found images in fresh and suggestive ways. He exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles and Europe and is currently featured in “Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture” at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Ms. de Menil said that he had been in rehabilitation in March and had been off drugs until very recently.

Very lovely,genteel,charismatic. artist and amazing talent Dash Snow dies. We were all hoping that he would not die.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends. His work shown at Rivington Arms was amazing and powerfully autobiographical. I love his record player with coke on the record piece...
His best photos were the ones that were most shocking. The best in my opinion involved, cocaine and a penis. Really strong. He gave me a xerox years ago of a guy passed out with red
words scrawled all over his face.
He was shown at the Whitney Biennial a few years ago also. He leaves behind a young child.
Why do so many strong artists seem to die at 27?

This amazing photo was taken by the late Sean Mortenson who just died a few weeks ago.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mickalene Thomas and the legacy of Barkley L. Hendricks lecture July 14 7PM At the Santa Monica Museum

Installation by Mickalene Thomas at the Luggage Store 2007

Mickalene Thomas

All Paintings below by Barkley L. Hendrick

July 14th 7PM

Santa Monica Museum

Generation Next: Mickalene Thomas and the Legacy of Barkley L. Hendricks

Artist Mickalene Thomas in conversation with Lisa Melandri, SMMoA Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programs. Thomas' work has received great attention and critical acclaim for its astonishing and unique surface and its simultaneously poignant and over-the-top representation of the black figure. In this conversation, Thomas will discuss the influence of Barkley L. Hendricks on her work as well as the development of her complex subject matter.

Free Admission

Limited Seating; first come, first seated

Barkley L. Hendricks At the Santa Monica Museum

The renowned artist’s first career retrospective highlights his paintings from 1964 to 2007. While Hendricks has worked in a variety of media throughout his career, and has explored diverse subject matter, he is best known for his striking and provocative life-sized portraits of everyday African-American people from the urban northeast. Bringing to mind American realism, pop culture, and post-modernism in a way uniquely his own, Hendricks’ pioneering contributions to African-American portraiture and conceptualism claims a compelling space somewhere between portraitists Chuck Close and Alex Katz, and African-American conceptualists David Hammons and Adrian Piper. At times cool, at times confrontational, sometimes sexually charged, and always empowering, the work reveals the artist’s keen eye for his subject’s attire, attitude, style, and point of view. Hendricks' groundbreaking body of work has both influenced and paved the way for many of today's generation of artists.

Hendricks calls his camera his “mechanical sketchbook,” as many of his paintings are realized from photographs of people he encountered in daily life.

Birth of the Cool is organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, North Carolina.

I saw this show at the Studio Museum in Harlem with Laurie Lazer of the Luggage Store and a few friends - painters from SF and NYC. The show totally blew our minds. Nothing is better than going in to a museum or gallery and seeing a retrospective of an artist you never knew before or maybe just saw a singular work of previously and having your mind blown. This happened to me when I saw the work of Barkley L. Hendricks. The show is currently at the
Santa Monica Museum of Art. So check it out before it comes down.

I met Mickalene Thomas at her show at the Luggage Store, San Francisco. She is an amazing painter and and also creates live installations which her paintings are born out of or perhaps the other way around. For starters- her art is inspired by her mother and African American style of the 1970's.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

James Ensor at MOMA

If you love gut wrenching,expressionistic, figurative painting run to the James Ensor show this summer in NYC. He is up there on my list of favorite painters. He also
reminds me of the NYC painter-- Florine Stettheimer. Did anyone happen to see her retrospective at MOMA??? Wow that was Killer!!!!

The exhibition is at the Museum of Modern Art till September 21st then it goes to Paris and
opens at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, October 2009–February 2010.
This is a must see if you are a freak for painterly, painting-- like I am!!!
Christ Entry into Brussels 1889
This painting is on view at the Getty Museum most of the time. If you
can't make NYC or Paris you can see this huge painting when it returns to LA.
It might be his greatest work and one of my favorite reasons for going to the Getty,
along with the view from the museum as the sun goes down..... Nice!
Somehow-- Ensor's work seems like outsider art.
I want to read more about him...I can't wait to see this show.

James Ensor (1860–1949) was a major figure in the Belgian avant-garde of the late nineteenth century and an important precursor to the development of Expressionism in the early twentieth. In both respects he has influenced generations of later artists. This exhibition presents approximately 120 works, examining Ensor's contribution to modernity, his innovative and allegorical use of light, his prominent use of satire, his deep interest in carnival and performance, and his own self-fashioning and use of masking, travesty, and role-playing. Examples of Ensor's paintings, prints, and drawings are installed in an overlapping network of themes and images to produce a complete picture of this daring, experiential body of work. Ultimately, this exhibition presents James Ensor as a socially engaged and self-critical artist involved with the issues of his times and with contemporary debates on the very nature of modernism. The exhibition, which is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, will travel to the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, October 2009–February 2010.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Judith Supine - Down in the gutter

BRAND NEW, NEVER SEEN BEFOREJudith is here at the gallery, making plans for his November 6th show. All I can tell you is that the place will be covered from floor to ceiling and come prepared to have your mind blown.

Here's a pic Judith shared with us from a recent trip to the Linden Brook sewer in Queens (after a swim through the East River). That's all natural lighting too, no photoshop.

More total Lushness from Suzannah Sinclair