SOME LOVED WORKS AT ART BASEL 2013

Do Ho Suh (Polyester fabric)
Gavin Turk
George Condo
Robert Longo (6 foot high graphite drawing)
Mike Kelley
Clare Rojas
Yan Pei Ming
James Rosenquist (only $2,000,000)
Christian Marclay
Miriam Cahn
Peter Saville (Unknown Pleasures) sculture 
Jack Pierson



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SWOON STUDIO VISIT

Natalie Kates kindly invited Eve & I to an open house at Swoon's studio in Red Hook. Eve didn't want to go at first but once there she got stuck in, and I couldn't drag her away.

Photo op with Swoon as we were about to leave.

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DARKSIDE AT MANA IN MIAMI 12/5/13

Too minimal for some of what felt like 5,000 packed into MANA but for me, perfect! Wonderfully refreshing in this age of EDM with it's hyper sensory overload sound & visual production. This just shows what real talent can do. I don't think the BPM's went over 110 the whole night, and screwed down to about 70 at times. Less IS more.

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KAWS IN TWO NYC LOCATIONS

The scale KAWS is now working in is almost beyond comprehension. The first photo with Max in is from Mary Boone gallery on 24th St, and the two below with Eve in are from Galerie Perrotin on 73rd & Madison.

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PUNK MAGAZINE SHOW

"Punk Magazine Mutant Monster Beach Party"
Great exhibition. Especially for anyone's interested in history and origins on NY's Punk scene.
My main motivation for going was to meet, and thank the awesome John Holmstrom, who'd been so generous with his words, letting me include them in my book.
Below are just a couple of images from the hundreds on display. All of which are about to leave for the archival volts of Yale University, so dont sleep!
Oct 11th - 25th Boo-Hooray Gallery, 265 Canal Street, New York, NY
John and the unstoppable Carlo McCormick (Also introduction writer in my book)

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MASSIVE ATTACK V ADAM CURTIS : PARK AVENUE ARMORY 10/3/13

Normally I post about art or music that's inspired me.
Tonight those two subjects came crashing together for two wonderful hours of live music synchronized to film.
I don't have the vocabulary to describe what an immersive and goose-bump producing experience it was.
Not having been able to see Massive Attack live since I threw an illegal party with them at an abandoned cinema on Bleecker Street in 1994, this was really a thill! 
While it was cool, and the crowd seamed most excited by Elisabeth Fraser singing many of the covers that the show was made up from, my actual favorites were the renditions of "Just Like Honey" by Jesus & Mary Chain & "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus!  

The trailer for the show gives a little of the vibe. 

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JAGWAR MA at MERCURY LOUNGE 9/30/13

Having discovered this band from Oz a year ago when they dropped their first tune on SoundCloud, and then really fell in love with them with "The Throw", I was curious to see if they could be as good live as they are in the studio.
I'm guessing the show must have been somewhat of a industry showcase, as the room was a little lacking in fan vibe.
Still they managed to create some energy, and a good representation of the album. What they excel at, is turning a hooky pop type track into a monster dubbed-out dance groove, with lots of low-end acid & Madchester style bass & drums.
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ATOMS FOR PEACE at BARCLAYS CENTER 9/27/13

When I was working on my book Stickers, I formed a connection to the amazing Stanley Donwood.
He's been an awesome ongoing contributor to the stickers project but this week he did me a major solid, by sorting the guest list for Atoms, who were playing just down the road.
Although I've still not met the man, and we don't tell each other too many personal things, I guess the term pen-pal is the closest I can come up with to describe the relationship we have (if people even use that anymore).
The show itself was pretty weird and wonderful. Without doubt the least arena type gig I've ever been to. Flea and the percussionist Mauro Refosco, made the whole freeform/lack of Radiohead clinical style precision a thing of joy though. Good fun!
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