Tuesday, December 31, 2013

10 Artworks for New Years Eve

     As a first-timer in the realm of fatherhood, any thoughts of New Year's Eve revelry take a back seat to 5 week old Rocco. Being a former bar owner, New Year's Eve was a highlight. The party of parties for the year, a night of coming together as a team for the staff to weather the onslaught, and a night to make some major bank.
     Now here in The Gallery Guy, I write and post photos of the work of other artists, not my own. However, indulge your humble author this time to post 10 images from a series of paintings and drawings I did years ago in my "Lounge Life" series.
     Have a Happy New Year, don't drink and drive, and fear not for me - the wifey and I will heartily clink a few glasses of champagne betwixt diaper changings.

"Grasshopper" 11x14 oil

"Ghost Bar, Palms Hotel, Las Vegas" 20x16 oil
"The 3 Graces of Vegas"  30x40 oil
"CBGB's, NYC" 11x14  Graphite on paper
"DJ @ Uncle Mings, NYC" - 18x24 oil

"Girl Dancing, Las Vegas" 11x14 Graphite on paper

"Red Square, Mandelay Bay, Las Vegas" 14x11 Grpahite on paper

"3AM" 16x20, oil

"Passionate Mimosa" 16x20, oil

"Angels Kiss" 16x20 oil

Monday, December 23, 2013

Yet another satirical look at the current art scene...

     On The Gallery Guy facebook page, I recently posted links to two editorials in Vice Magazine by Glen Coco, skewering the current art scene and Art Basel Miami. Well, here's another amusing piece in a similar vein about why the author would NOT go to Art Basel Miami!  Funny yet he does make some good points. Alot of the frustrations and negative feelings he (and Coco) point out are legit. However, I think there is so much going on in the art world, so much to assimilate in our daily lives these days, and so much of the "everything is great/everyone's a winner" mentality that we are in a period where everyone is trying to find their way, or a way, to process it all. I prefer to think that this is a fertile transition period where all this "stuff" is bubbling in a big pot and some wonderful things will emerge from all the banana boxes with spotlights, snapshot level photography and black square canvases.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Look Back at AIDS Activism

     The Daily Beast has an article about the show at NY Public Library looking back on AIDS activism. Curators "Baumann and Karas take great pains to show, from safer sex comics to street protests, from caring for the sick to fighting for education reform."


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Last post of articles about 2013 Art Basel in Miami!

Here are the last few links I'm going to post. Most writers, including myself, look for trends in the art at these fairs, and the biggest trend I noted in the reporting of Art Basel is MONEY! An inordinate amount of articles focused on the highest prices and the blue chippers/big names. Since I couldn't attend I was looking forward to articles and photos of new, interesting, and or provocative work and found very little of it. However, if you have time to peruse all the links you'll find some in between endless mentions of Jeff Koons' giant egg. Oy.

From the Miami Herald:

OK, what's Miami Art Basel without all the parties? Here's Elle mag's take, photos of the beautiful people.

Art News has a few articles, including one that consists of photos of text based pieces (which there were alot of at the fairs).

Friday, December 6, 2013

5 more links to 2013 Art Basel Miami articles!

     More links to articles and reviews of the Miami Art Basel fairs 2013.
Seems to be alot of focus on established big names, you'll have to dig a bit to find info about up-and-comers and "undiscovered" artists. 

58 photos of booths via Observer.com's The Gallerist:

This link to today's NY Times has several articles, scroll down, look on left side:

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Insider from NY Times Style:

The Art Newspaper:

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Trends in Art via Miami Art Fairs 2013

Since I could not attend the Miami Art Basel Fairs due to playing baby -daddy to the newly arrived Rocco Stephen Borzotta, I'm going to compile links to articles about the various venues and art over the next few days.
     First up is this article from Huffington Post citing 10 trends in the artworks:


Friday, November 29, 2013

Article from The Daily Beast

These Young Artists Want You to Feel Something 

November 29th 2013

The ‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries’ exhibit has always been a springboard for young artists seeking to make the climb from obscurity to enduring fame. This year, the unorthodox rules.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Take your kids to museums!

From NY Times:


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Contest from Hyperallergenic arts blog

Hyperallergenic art blog is having a contest to win "The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti", and K-60 Paint Markers from Krink. They're giving away a few of each - good luck!


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Gallery Hoppin': Jocelyn Hobbie and Tatiana Blass

     Sure, just try to find parking in Chelsea on a weekday--and try to make sense of the parking rules on the signs. Sometimes you just gotta suck it up and put it in a garage. After a half hour of driving around I parked and took advantage of the $5.07 1/2 Hr Special rather than the $18 for one hour. Now comes the unabashed self-plug...aaaaaand go: I had to drop off a painting at the RUSH Arts Gallery because it was 1 of 20-25 pieces selected for the NY stage of the Bombay Sapphire Gin Artisan Series. There are 8 other markets having shows, and each picks 1 winner, who is flown to Miami. Those 9 pieces will be in a show at Scope and on Dec 7 they will select the final winner.

"Entrevista #1.2," castiron
     So, I got it to RUSH quickly and had time to see 2 shows in 15 minutes. First was the Tatiana Blass "Interview" show at Johannes Vogt down the hall from RUSH. This Brazilian artist's show focused on the interview via paintings, sculpture and video. The piece here, "Entrevista #1.2," is cast iron and in this and the other 3D pieces, she shows figures and recording equipment melding into one form. Other pieces are made of wax and melt and wane throughout the exhibition.

"Entrevista #4" -  31x39
"Entrevista #2" - 31x39
"Interview 1" -  51x71
     The paintings continue this blurring of interviewer, subject and equipment. She then merges these elements with the surroundings. These make for some interesting visuals compositionally and paint-wise, but do the subject matter and theme have enough meat on the bone to base a whole show on?

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"New Bag" 24x24

      Jocelyn Hobbie has new paintings at Fredericks & Freiser. At first I thought they were works by Hilary Harkness, a confusion shared by others according to the gallery. Where Harkness' works are full of many (mostly female) figures over a wide area, Hobbie focuses in on one or two female figures up close and personal.

     Using a  vibrant palette mixed with patterns and tattoos, there's a strange silence to her works. Are these women lost in deep thought or banal day dreaming? Are they looking at the sky, or TV, or listening to music? sad? in love? lost love? are they contemplating something that happened or something they are planning to do?
"August & Johnny Jump Ups" - 14x28

"Forsythia" - 24x24

  The viewer could go on and on with different scenarios. The paintings with more than one figure sometimes are a bit awkward, her strength is in the individual portraits. The power of suggestion is a primary strength in these paintings, she lives a few crumbs as to what COULD be happening here, but ultimately the viewer creates the tale.

"Crimson" -  14x14

"Party" - 30x40

Johannes Vogt Gallery, 526 W 26th St, NY - Tatiana Blass "Interview" • 10/17 - 11/16/13

Fredericks & Freiser, 536 W. 24th St, NY - Jocelyn Hobbie "New Paintings" • 10/10 - 11/9/13

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Check out this art blog!

There are several recent postings on this blog of interesting photos and articles, take a look at Colossal:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Parlor Gallery - "Forthcoming"

     Below are some photos from the opening of a new exhibition at Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ. "Forthcomings" features paintings and mixed media works highlighted with several pieces by three artists - Porkchop, Bradley Hoffer, and Ray Sell. Other works featured in the front room are by Adam Wallacavage and Ray Geary.

     Parlor Gallery is located at 717 Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ and this show is up from October 12th to November 12th, 2013.

Porkchop,"The Messenger", mixed media found object sculpture, 10 x 3.5'

Porkchop,"The Messenger", mixed media found object sculpture, 10 x 3.5'

Porkchop,"Lady #2", "Lady #3", mixed media on mannequins

Bradley Hoffer, "JULi3T" and "WALKENDEAD" , mixed media on canvas

Porkchop, "The Prioress", mixed media on wood, 35 x 35"

Ray Sell, “The Looking Glass,” mixed media on canvas, 10 x13"

Ray Sell, “Suburban Camouflage,” mixed media on taxidermy form

Ray Sell, “Man’s Mind,”, mixed media on canvas, 20 x 10"

Ray Sell, “Suburban Camouflage,” mixed media on taxidermy form

Ray Sell, "Desserts," mixed media on canvas, 17 x 21" (right)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Paul RIchards drip paintings

If you live in or spend time in NYC, you've undoubtedly stepped on the work of Paul Richard. His ubiquitous drip paintings led to bigger and better things as mentioned in this piece from the Colossal blog:

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Photos from the Affordable Art Fair - NYC, October 3-6, 2013

 The annual Affordable Art Fair (work priced under $10k) in NYC is at The Tunnel on 11th Ave between 27th and 28th Streets, from Wed Oct. 3-Sun. Oct 6. Below are some shots from the opening preview. This is not to be confused with the so-called "starving artist" shows, the AAF is curated and limited to appr 50 galleries. It's a great opportunity to see new work, not terribly avant-garde (after all, the show is about collectors hoping to score an artist's work before it blows up as well as exposure and sales for artists and galleries) but there's enough meat on the bones of this show to chew on.


Please note: in the shameless self-promotion category, the below are of my work at Booth A-20 with the S. Artspace Gallery from NY.

With Elizabeth Rosso and Catherine Testorf

Thursday, September 12, 2013


My interview on Public Voice Salon will be broadcast tonight, Thur 9/12 online at mnn.org, click Watch Now, Community Channel 1 at 5pm eastern. It's a cable show in NY/NJ about culture and politics. Takes place in front of a mural project in Hoboken, best part is in the middle when some jabroni yelled at us to move my truck because he had to get to Sunday lunch. Hope you can watch it, and let me know what you think.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Gallery Hoppin': Judith Charles Gallery and The Hole

     Did a quick hop and a flick in the lower east side. Judith Charles Gallery had a group show, "#PSEUDOreal".  There were a few pieces by Michael Staniak when you first walk in. At first glance they look like a moonscape photo, photoshopped with 60s pop art rock poster color filters. Closer inspection revealed a rough surface, 3D not 2D, and painted, not photoshopped. Cool, nice to get fooled like that! Below are "Untitled 4 and 5", each 18x24", 2200-.

Also in this show was this piece by Trong Nguyen. Roughly life-size cut-out with actual dartboard materials (cork, wire etc) of a person in a seemingly casual snapshot pose. The bullseye falls roughly at the genitals. A riff on the classic St. Sebastian image.

If you didn't know the title and the St Sebastian reference, one could see this in many different ways depending on if you look at it as a women or a man. It then raises questions and discussion points, kudos to Trong.

"St. Sebastian After Antonello da Messina", mixed media, 12k.

 Judith Charles Gallery, 196 Bowery, NYC til October 6, 2013

     At The Hole was a show by Kasper Sonne titled "Zero Emotional Content."

     Here on Gallery Guy, I almost never write about shows that I think are "bad" or "weak." I'm not an art critic, and prefer to comment on work that I'm jazzed by in some way. I just found it hard to groove on the title when some of the work, like the canvases that are partially  burned or the "beaten up bodies of clay"  (the silver lumps in the title photo) are anything but. Punched in lumps of clay infer violence, violence is not an emotionless action. Same with the burned pieces (which I found a bit sophomoric anyway).

     However, I found the work below which is a collage of bit and pieces of scraped paint, chips, etc interesting. As a painter, those bits and pieces are common, especially when sweeping up the studio, and seeing so much of it collaged onto this canvas was a challenging and time consuming act for Sonne. Also reminded me of when I walk down a sidewalk and look at all the bits of life stuck in the  cracks  - the colors, the trash, the leaves, and nature's battle to overcome man's constructions, all visible til a broom or good rain comes along.

The Hole, 312 Bowery, NYC til October 5, 2013


After gallery hopping, I went and caught the documentary, "Cutie and The Boxer," which I highly recommend. Below is the synopsis, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes:

"Once a rising star in the '70's New York art scene, 80-year-old "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara is prepping for his latest show, hoping to reinvigorate his career. His wife and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through her "Cutie" illustrations, which depict their chaotic 40-year marriage. CUTIE AND THE BOXER captures two lives united by a dedication to art-making for a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice."