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.
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.
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.
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.
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.