AN EVENING WITH KRAFTWERK 3-D IN CONCERT NYC 4/1/14

Hard to believe but, I bought my first Kraftwerk record forty years ago, but that's when Autobahn was a hit in the UK, and that was actually four years after the bands formation. So having never seen them live, last night was a real treat.

Normally I'm really not one for nostalgia, and very rarely go to shows by bands that I loved when both I & they were young. Back in 1990 I saw the Stones & decided that it was a mistake as my image of them was now sadly cracking due to the reality of age. I guess I believe that rock n' roll is a young man’s sport, or maybe it just highlights my own dissatisfaction with aging & the mortality of my existence. Either way, I don’t really try to see many old rockers. However when my good friends Hang & Tim offered me tickets to see Kraftwerk because Tim had the flu, I jumped at the chance. I knew they were not going to be leaping around the stage, trying to act like teenagers. It would be a much more reserved affair, dubbed "An Evening With Kraftwerk 3-D Concert."

As my friend Gregory Hoffman, who came with me, astutely observed, it was like watching a musical history lesson. They showed their influence on multiple genres, from techno & house, to industrial, to electro, and still clear in the synth pop of today. Most people acknowledge that there’d probably be no New Order and Depeche Mode, or even Daft Punk, if not for Kraftwerk. They are the original robots.

Another factor that made the show so great, was that the band clearly cared about the venues for this tour . Last night's was at the incredible United Palace Theatre. Hope more bands follow the lead & use it in NYC.

Obviously these iPhone pictures & the video don't do any justice to the effects of the impressive  3D enhanced performance.

 

Fascinating read is their Wiki.

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QUICK VISIT TO RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION.

In the photo - Max with Juan Roselione-Valadez, the director of the Rubell Family Collection.
Lying on the floor, a work called “The Death of Marat” by Chinese artist He Xiangyu. 
Poor Max nearly had a heart attack when he walked into the room & saw Ai Weiwei dead.
Juan informed us, that people being freaked-out is a regular occurrence, & judging from this article, it's not only in the museum.
The art work is just one from the massive collection of Chinese works currently on display. "28 Chinese" is the culmination of the Rubells’ six research trips to China between 2001 and 2012.







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A COUPLE OF COOL WORKS FROM SCOPE NY 2014

Was fun to see some old faces & catch up with a couple of friends not seen for a minute.

Below are few works that were either beautiful, funny, or both.

Stunning new works from local artist Daniel B. Horowitz, who is now represented by possibly my fave french gallery, L'Inlassable Galerie.

Detail of oil on canvas by John Brosio.
My fave new discovery was Keira Rathbone -Typewriter Artist. Hailing from Bristol, she types out images in front of her, using the keys of her typewriter, while moving the paper up & down with the roller in the machine. Below in the left corner is the paper coming out of the typewriter with the portrait of the couple in front of her. This was done while I watched.
This was my fave. She said it was the quickest one she's done because the kids in the playground all moved fast & then had to go back into class.
..& finally true words of wisdom from another Bristol artist, Banksy. On a truck door for $400,000.
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JK5's SECOND COMING..

Joseph Aloi aka JK5, artist, friend & fellow Star Wars obsessive, is about to drop his second monograph.

It's a beautiful book of sketches, tattoos, drawings, pairings, and objects - published by Rizzoli.

I'm feeling a little like a proud daddy, as I made the intro for Joseph to the prestigious publisher.

Below are just a few sample pages... 

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TODD JAMES MAKES ME SMILE (again)

One of my favorite NYC artists shows a wonderful body of work at  Sandra Gering's new gallery.

Old friend & talented curator Laura Bloom gave Max & I our own tour & back room view of some great works not on the walls.

The show runs till March 29th, & def worth the trip uptown.

Below are just some of the works in the show. The first 3 images are canvasses, the others are smaller works on paper.



Also on show is this really great, & very pink George Condo, apparently one of the gallery owned works, that was partly the inspiration for Todd's show.

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DISCLOSURE Feat MARY J. BLIGE - NYC 1/19/14

Big up to my AM ONLY crew for an amazing 4 Disclosure gigs over 3 nights in NYC. As the final song of the long weekend was about to start, the queen of R&B/hip-hop Mary J. Blige made a surprise appearance. After the song ended and she vanished, both, crowd and the two brothers seemed in joyful disbelief that it had actually happened.
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EVE AT SWOON'S STUDIO

Its funny how I've become so accustomed to iPhone photography, that when a real photographer takes a photo it stands out so brilliantly, its almost shocking. The super talented Jaime Rojo, photographer for BSA shot Eve while she was "helping out" at Swoons open studio visit.
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CHRIS BURDEN "Extreme Measures" at the New Museum

Super happy to have caught this show, as it only has one day left!

I've been a fan of Burden since I read about his 1971 "Shoot" work, which will be included in my upcoming book. The exhibition was extra fun, as I was being given a couple of insider facts by artist James Hyde, Max's best friend Silas's dad. James also perfectly described a lot of the show, as if if was from the imagination of twelve year old boy.

“The Big Wheel,” from 1979, joins a large, rusty cast-iron flywheel (eight feet in diameter, three tons in weight) with a 1968 Benelli 250cc motorcycle. The bike is run for 4 minutes, and the back wheel gets the big wheel spinning. When the bike is tuned off, the wheel still silently spins for another 90 minutes.  

"All the Submarines of the United States of America" From 1987 is 625 small, handmade, painted-cardboard submarines, suspended on monofilaments from the ceiling, representing all the submarines built by the United States Navy up to 1987.
“Porsche With Meteorite” 2013 Suspended from opposite ends of a graceful, telescoping beam of steel are a beautifully restored 1974 Porsche, and a small meteorite that ways nearly 400 pounds. (photo from museum site)
“Tale of Two Cities.”, uses tons of sand, live plants, live bullets and 5,000 toys. My fave 2 two were the model Concord and the Thunderbird Two, bottom right of this photo (both very important to me as a British kid)
Silas & Max in front of seven foot L.A.P.D. Uniforms, apparently with live rounds in the guns. 

NY Times Review here