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WILLIAM VILLALONGO Mind, Body & Soul

I've been lucky to call Will Villalongo my friend for close to 10 years now and I say with as little bias as possible that he is one of the best artists in NYC today. His work excites from afar, brings joy at approach, stirs emotional wells. Fellow artists, real estate developers, intellectuals and scholars formed physical circles at last night's opening, delving deep into discussion while still retaining awe for Villalongo's approach on current and historic politics.

Mind, Body & Soul at Susan Inglett Gallery is INTREPID: spirited, unflinching, dynamic and bold. 

FAILE: wishing on you

Wishing On You leans on craft yet stands as art.  An immediate dialogue begins as if framed with gilding, fine art on a fine wall.

Artistic collaboration FAILE is duly represented in NYC this Summer and early Fall with a large scale interactive piece in Times Square and exhibit Savage/Sacred Young Minds at The Brooklyn Museum.

Spinning a deeply carved wooden totem in the center of the piece, I couldn't help but send a prayer to those on my mind.  Love and Healing to my Color Guru and her recent heartbreak.  Peaceful journey to grandfather uncles in Malaysia.  Hot Sex to wound-up, angry, frustrated people that carry negative force fields and win trophies for harshing mellows.


SPRING/BREAK at Moynihan Station

I cannot write this post without first acknowledging how utterly amazing it was to step into and explore the upper floors of Moynihan Station aka NYC's flagship United States Post Office. No matter that is was crusty and stale, neglected for too long as seen from the threadbare carpeting, water damaged drop ceilings and broken plumbing. The building is iconic. I hope that whatever restoration takes place ends up looking more like Denver's Central Station and less like what has been done to the old Limelight.

Anyhow, the art! The show as a whole - pardon my blanket view - felt new school in two ways: One, most of the pieces looked like no other work shown at multiple fairs happening the same weekend (which is a great thing). Two, I was not cool enough to sit at the table.

Below are standout pieces by Lauren Portada, Jaz Harold, Brent Birnbaum and curation/representation by Yulia Topchiy, Natalie Kovacs, Christopher Stout and the zine ARTVOICES.

 

#wewillnotgoback

There was a march for Eric Garner last Saturday on Staten Island.

I marched for the lives lost due to poor training and lack of education in our police department. Fear often dictates our lives and we are left with irreversible damage.

My heart goes out to Garner's family, the families of Michael Brown, Renisha McBride and the staggering many who have died without a cause. Their loss brought New Yorkers from all walks of life together with a unanimous message: The civil rights movement is not over.

Ai Wei Wei at Brooklyn Museum

Large iron boxes line the foyer of the museum, just beyond the Rodin sculptures beneath the glass ceiling.  Inside them, meticulous dioramas portray Wei's life while under 24hr surveillance in prison. 

Look up to see a giant snake made of children's backpacks. A reminder of shoddy school architecture that collapsed in the Chinese earthquake of 2008. More than 5000 students died.

Another room holds the contents of a real Chinese family, forced off their land by the government to make way for fast- growing infrastructure.  Items pinned to the walls convey a displaced shame.

A Bowl of Pearls.



Jeff Koons retrospective at The Whitney Museum

Although not a Jeff Koons fan per se I could not resist when Steven Tibaudo took a day off from work and invited me to traipse around the Whitney for this massive retrospective.

I could not bitch out.

Koons! Koons! Koons!

On a more serious note: this is the last show at the well-loved Whitney Museum Madison Ave. location. The Gansevoort St. opening is in May 2015. RIP The Whitney. Long live The Whitney!

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties at The Brooklyn Museum

In order of slide show appearance:

close up of Urban Wall Suit by Jae Jarrell, 1969; Negro es Bello II by Elizabeth Catlett, 1969; Big Daddy Paper Doll by May Stevens, 1970; Black Man and Flag by Rupert Garcia, 1967; Watching the Good Trains Go By by Romare Bearden, 1964

Dover Street Market

Christina of DeSmitten and I spent a beautiful portion of the afternoon with new friend Matthew Halicki at Rei Kawakubo's Dover Street Market on Lexington and 30th Street today.

After tea cakes and a mind altering latte at Rose Bakery on the main level we ascended 7 floors then walked our way down through exactly what a department store should be: filled with beautifully tailored clothes and a respectful friendly staff. Scatter enough abstract eye candy to keep all shoppers happy and there you have another Kawakubo masterpiece.

Russell Frederick

Russell Frederick shoots in black & white and rarely going digital.

I recently attended a fashion conversation hosted by the Brooklyn Museum where Frederick was on the panel discussing current Brooklyn style. His dynamic point of view draws you into an emotion, creating instant empathy with the subjects.

 

Maison Vous

Burnell Pines and my husband, Tim Bright, both performed at the launch party for pop up shop Le Cabinet de Curiosites of Thomas Erber 4th edition hosted by Maison Kitsune in Soho earlier this week.

After passing through the entrance mayhem, I arrived to find some of my friends mingling amidst a pack of fashion whores. It was the beginning of a super fun night. 

The irreplaceable Allison Siegal was genuinely happy about hot fraulein Alix Petat's tales of adventurous cooking.

 Puppet master and all around amazing lady Stacia Bolina spotted a pair of big ticket shades. Who knew $4000 sunglasses existed?

The Shadows Took Shape at Studio Museum

It has become a rare thing in New York to find oneself at a truly magnificent group show. My mind would like to thank the Studio Museum for expanding it a bit more. It was the first time in a long while that I wished to have brought the 'good' camera.

Some pieces resonated with me more than others. In order of slideshow left to right:

A still shot from the film Girl by Chitra Ganesh & Simone Leigh. Thought provoking art at its best. With a wonderful flute score by Kaoru Watanabe and starring Kenya (Robinson).

Sista Ancesta by William Villalongo

Untitled photograph by Robert Pruitt

 

Philippe Quesne for Performa 13

The French artist Phillipe Quesne transported a mostly 30 something audience to a mystical mole land in Red Hook, Brooklyn with a live theremin soundtrack, local scotch on the rocks and a Michelle Williams sighting.

It was all part of the city-wide Performa 13 visual arts biennial taking place now until November 24th.