Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wisdom from Anthony Bourdain

Artists and creative folks. To be a creator, you need to expand your mind, experiences, boundaries, get out of your comfort zone. I cannot emphasize enough the life-lasting power of travel, and I don't mean flying somewhere and sitting in a resort. If I could go back in time, one of the things I would tell myself would be to travel more, somehow, someway, suck it up - travel. And go live somewhere for a few months. One of my biggest regrets is not taking one of those "Teach English" gigs in Japan for 3-6 months. As always, the much-missed Anthony Bourdain sums it up wonderfully here, so please read it and think about how it applies to your artistic outlook.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019

Kenny Schachter on KAWS and the current market

Kenny Schachter, who writes really interesting and witty "insider" looks at the art world, does so again in this article for Artnet. Interweaving KAWS, auctions, flippers, shady dealers and a not-so-happy look at the art market, Schachter highlights some tales of art sales w "infantilism" as to the rise of KAWS. Geez, 888 items at auction this year alone?? Suckahhhhs!

Although I agree w KS who casts a raised eyebrow at the KAWS KRAZE (to put it plainly, there are merits to some of his work, but the prices are ridiculous and alot of people are going to end up burned) I suppose looking at it as glass half full - those prices raise the sea and prices for everyone?? Eh, not really, just for KAWS and others who are the hot investment/flip flavor of the moment.

Full disclosure, if it raised MY prices and made me the flavor of the moment, I probably wouldn't be too upset.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Whitney Biennial 2019 photos

The Whitney Biennial: some oohs and ahs, some boos and fahs.

It's always a mix of inspiration, what the f's, and feelings of admiration and sympathy for every biennial's curators. You know what they say about opinions, and the art world is full. This one is very heavy on socio-political commentary, I wouldn't be surprised if 75% of the work falls into those categories. But we're living in very charged times - Trump, immigration, gender issues, race, sexuality, 24 hr news, an upcoming election, climate concerns, the internet and privacy issues - all those issues surround us daily and feel impossible to escape from. For those looking to art as an escape, this is not the show for you, but the Biennial is not an "escape" show.

Here are some random photos from the exhibit which closes Sept 22nd. Hope you're enjoying the final weeks of summer!

View of my old home, Hoboken, from the Whitney