TV ON THE RADIO : BROOKLYN 5/20/15

When Songkick sent me an alert that TV On The Radio was playing at the newly renovated Kings Theater on Flatbush Ave, I immediately clicked the link for "Buy Tickets." I chose "Best available" because I wanted to do something really cool for my son Max, since he's been dealing insane amounts of homework lately, and is determined to do well. I got 2nd row, dead center! But when checking out, the price with fees & tax, etc was just over $400 for 2 tickets! I naively just assumed that the crazy price must mean the show was a benefit or charity fundraiser. Not so. I was suckered by a secondary seller. It was still well worth every penny to see one of my fave bands in this historic venue, but mostly to see Max's smiling face singing along to the band.

IPhone clip here.







MARK MULRONEY & BATMAN 5/30/15

Possibly the most fun I've had looking at art in a gallery recently is a section within Mark Mulroney's new show entitled Yellow Bikini.
The section is question focuses on a subject dear to my still childlike heart, Batman. Mulroney uses the Dark Knight as his muse in times when the creative flow is not so forthcoming.

There are also many other wonderful, if not twisted works, on non-Batman related subjects, from sculptures, & canvases, to album covers. The show is at Mixed Greens on 26th St & runs till June, don't sleep!




BEAUTIFUL ART IN SHIT WEATHER

I couldn’t believe how many people braved the blizzard-like snow to be at the opening day of the INDEPENDENT show in the former DIA center.

I was impressed that there were that many lovers of art, but annoyed that the coat check would not take any more items by the time I got to the front of the line.

For me the INDEPENDENT is the best & worst of contemporary art. It’s split between the type of art (& people) that are the easiest for “normal” folk to make fun of. Bits of found junk & rubbish piled up in some meaningful way. Or the ”my kid can paint better than that!” aesthetic. It also has incredibly beautiful, weird, or funny works that breathe life into my soul & make me feel better about humanity. Below are just some of those.

Silke Otto-Knapp 

Dirk Bell (found paintings that he paints on to)
Adriana Minoliti
Jeanette Mundt
Anne Deleporte (these last two are actually at the Pulse fair)
Katsutoshi Yuasa (oil based woodcut print on paper)

PETER BUECHLER at MASTERS PROJECTS

I've not been able to see many exhibitions recently, so I was really hungering for some "ART" and wandering into this show was just what I was craving! I’m lucky because the gallery is located in our office building, so I get to spend plenty of time absorbing shows, with easy return visits.

PETER BUECHLER at Masters Projects is an exhibition of Found Objects from auctions, antique shops, estate sales, flea markets and garage sales, worked on by the German artist. Its his first exhibition in the U.S.

Below are just a few of the works I love, all with the digitized identity theme., and look even better in person since they are framed so well, feeling more like three dimensional objects rather than simply paintings.

The show is up till Mach 14th. Don't sleep..

MASSIVE ATTACK REMIX ALBUMS - Bootlegs?

Dreaming of valve amps since I was about 15 years old, I've finally built the hifi of my dreams, and now I’m on on a serious vinyl buying jag. I found these two amazing albums on eBay for $10 each. 

Whats strange about them, is that they have no label or barcode & don’t even show up on Massive Attack’s Discogs page.

Maybe it was just too much of a litigious nightmare to get clearances for all the major label artists like U2, Peter Gabriel & Madonna etc, so somebody just went underground & created them for fans like myself, and as long as 3D & Daddy G are cool with it, god bless whoever pressed them up! 

What I didn’t expect was that when these remixes are collected together, the compilation albums almost sound like an older Massive Attack album, simply with celebrity guest vocalists.

They look pretty tasty too.




BEST OF 2014 BLURRING RADIO MIX

As with all the previous "Best Of" shows, the title is just a hook to get you in. These are simply some of my favorite tracks, remixes and collaborations from the last 12 months. Some of these will be on others "Best Of" lists, but there’s also a lot here that you won't see anywhere else. Here’s over two hours of 2014. * CLICK HERE TO LISTEN *

SOME ART THAT INSPIRED ME DURING ART BASEL WEEK... & BAGELS

I gave myself 4 full days to try & see as much of the art during the Art Basel week as possible. I'm guessing I only saw 60% of what I had wanted to see, and I was really pushing it too.

Even starting as the doors first opened to the convention center, I lasted till about 5.00pm, exhausted & burnt out, without getting round the whole thing. It's overwhelming.

Below are images of works that I found either inspiring, thought-provoking, amusing, or simply nice from the fairs & exhibitions. Possibly my fave new discovery was Mark Flood who had several new works on show at the always-incredible Rubell Family Collection. I was so excited by these that my normal shy-ness took a backseat to a girly-like excitement that allowed me to tell him how blown away I was by these. He told me he’d been making these "lace paintings” for about 15 years now.  

I’ve been a fan of Daniel Arsham for a few years now but recently I’ve become almost obsessed. His "future relics" are both super groovy and a strong statement on consumerism. The show in Miami was like an excavation site, with the concrete floor of the exhibition space being dug up to reveal a landfill of the future.

I think my favorite work at Art Basel itself was this 1994 “Reclining Buddha” by multi-media legend Nam June Paik.

Below are some others I loved...

Not heard of Wolhem Sasnal, but liked this a lot.
Always love me some Jim Lambie.
Diptych by Lisa Yuskavage
An angry Jim Shaw.
These two from Friedrich Kunath
"The Experiment" by Elmgreen & Dragset struck me as funny & also pretty real.
Really found these small drawings by Miriam Cahn stunning. I think she could be my favorite painter right now.
Raymond Pettibon had an entire wall of something like 50 works, ranging form the early 80's to this recent self-portrait.
I kick myself for not trying to buy one of these amazing Dan McCarthy vases when I first saw them years ago & might have been able to afford one!
These sculpted heads were beautiful, & I was surprised to find out the artist was Venessa Beecroft.
A classic Nate Lowman bullet hole, now only $650,000.
 Fun portrait by William P Immer.
Possibly my fave skull of the week by Dick Bell.
Ravi Zupa gun.
Tiny work by Marko Mäetamm.
Luiz Zerbini. Perspective of this painting had me really confused.
New to me, Chloe Seibert. She made me smile.
This Ged Quinn was massive, check out how detailed the work is.
Tiny but very powerful Richard Colman.

This year the only theme that seemed to emerge for Gary Pini and me was Bagels ;)