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.

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/doonan/2012/11/art_basel_why_i_m_not_going_hint_it_s_because_the_modern_art_world_is_the.html


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."


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12/15/finally-an-accurate-look-back-at-aids-activism-in-why-we-fight.html

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:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/06/3801756/at-art-basel-miami-beach-these.html

OK, what's Miami Art Basel without all the parties? Here's Elle mag's take, photos of the beautiful people.
http://www.elle.com/fashion/street-chic/art-basel-street-style#slide-1

Art News has a few articles, including one that consists of photos of text based pieces (which there were alot of at the fairs).
http://www.artnews.com/category/miami-art-2013/

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:
http://galleristny.com/2013/12/a-tour-of-art-basel-miami-beach-2013/

This link to today's NY Times has several articles, scroll down, look on left side:
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/a/art_basel_festival/

From the Wall Street Journal:
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303997604579240493758072908

The Insider from NY Times Style:
http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/05/the-insider-thea-westreich-on-what-not-to-miss-at-art-basel-in-miami-beach/?hpw&rref=t-magazine&_r=0

The Art Newspaper:
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/fairs






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:


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/05/art-basel-miami-beach-201_n_4386182.html?utm_hp_ref=arts