July 2007 Archives



If I could believe that going to a barricade would affect man's fate in the slightest I would go to that barricade, and quite often I wish that I could, but it would be less than honest to say that I expect to happen upon such a happy ending.

Joan Didion, Morning After The Sixties, 1970

I just finished reading The White Album by Joan Didion. I have read a couple of other books of her essays, and of course I read everything she writes for the New York Review of Books.


Sarah Braman at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

Sarah Braman at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

Sarah Braman at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

Sarah Braman at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

Sarah Braman
Jody Wants to Know More about Lasers, 2007
Plexiglass, furniture, and paint
31 × 36 × 36 inches


Here is another work from the show I mentioned Friday. Sarah is one of the artists who runs the excellent Lower East Side gallery CANADA.


Carrie Marill at sixspace


Carrie Marill
Whooping Crane, Endangered, North America
Kokia Drynarioides, Endangered, USA
Monkey Puzzle, Threatened, South America
Baishanzu Fir, Endangered, China
Brown Pelican, Protected, USA
Eurasian Wryneck, Endangered, Eurasia
Hawaiian Crow, Extinct in Wild, USA
Whiskered Tern, Threatened, Europe
Arizona Leather Flower, Threatened, USA
, 2007
Gouache on paper
30 × 22 inches


If you're reading this right now in Los Angeles, you can head on over to Carrie Marill's show opening tonight at sixspace. Caryn Coleman of sixpace was cool and together enough to be IMing with me right before the opening, and sent me a link to some images. Having just watched a PBS show about John James Audobon, I was particularly struck by these beautiful images of "gouache-on-paper paintings depicting threatened or endangered flora and fauna existing in an imaginary world."

I was not surprised to see Walton Ford interviewed on the TV show about Audobon.

Michael Yinger at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

Michael Yinger at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

Michael Yinger at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

Michael Yinger at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

Michael Yinger at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

Michael Yinger
all i know is that i don't know nothin', 2007
mixed media
approx. 10 × 20 feet


This work is part of an exhibition curated by gallery artist Ryan Schneider closing today, so head on over! There are a number of great installations in the show. Michael Yinger is from Indiana, so note that he chose white trash to make up that state. Priska told me she had asked him about the cigarette butts used for Washington state, as we both agreed it seemed an odd choice. He said he just liked the way they looked, and Washington was a big state.

Related: Heart As Arena did a post on the show.






Apparently last weekend's WSJ, in an article on art collecting, mentions ArtCal in a list of recommended art blogs, luckily as the first one!

Also, keep an eye on group shows at galleries during the summer months. That is when the elite of the art world go on extended vacation and newer artists get a shot to exhibit. Art blogs can also be a good source of information about emerging artists. Popular sites include artcal.net, artnet.com, edwardwinkleman.blogspot.com, galleryhopper.org and artsjournal.com/man.

Note: The logo above is the new ArtCal logo. We're launching a new design this month.




James and I are fans of Duke Riley's work, and I just got a note from KeylimeSteve on Flickr about his photos of a recent Duke Riley adventure on the Brooklyn Waterfront called "Adventures With an Egg" inspired by a (failed) Revolutionary War era submarine. Check out the photoset.

Duke Riley has a website for more information on the artist.




Cordy Ryman's "Green Wave"



I saw this tonight in DUMBO. It's part of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition's show at the Empire Fulton-Ferry State Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. I have a few more photos on flickr.


Deborah Kass, Parisian, Gertrude Stein, silkscreen ink on paper, 30×30 inches (edition of 60)


This is tonight at 7pm at Brooklyn Fire Proof. How can you say no to an event that has Deb Kass and Paddy Johnson in the same room?!

Brooklyn Fire Proof and Ad Hoc Vox are pleased to invite you to Double X Art, a round-table discussion that will take place at the gallery on July 18th at 7:00pm.

For Double X Art, Ad Hoc Vox has brought together a select group of artists, curators, dealers, critics, and guests from related disciplines to address the under-representation of women's artistic practices. From WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at MOCA, to the Global Feminisms show at the Brooklyn Museum, to June's Feminist Art issue of Art in America, the spotlight is on feminist works. Seeking diverse points of view and with no agenda other than to initiate dialogue, Ad Hoc Vox would like to take advantage of this spotlight to facilitate an in-depth conversation about the representation of women in the arts. The discussion's participants are Phong Bui, Colby Chamberlain, Dana Frankfort, Maureen Gallace, Elizabeth Huey, Paddy Johnson, Deborah Kass, Wendy Olsoff, Danica Phelps, Katy Siegel, Lisa Sigal, and Becky Smith. Colleen Asper will moderate the discussion, which will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Organized by Colleen Asper and Jennifer Dudley, Ad Hoc Vox is an ongoing series of discussions and lectures without a fixed location that addresses a wide range of issues in contemporary art.

[The image above, courtesy of Astrea, is the only Deborah Kass work in our collection. We purchased it at an A.R.T. benefit.]

Mike Cloud at Max Protetch

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Mike Cloud at Max Protetch


Mike Cloud at Max Protetch (detail)

two views of:

Mike Cloud
Chicken with Two Stars of David, 2005
oil on linen with toy from children's game
39.25 × 37.75 × 40 inches


This, plus the discovery of the paintings of Mira Dancy in the same exhibition, was my favorite thing from our Chelsea outing yesterday. James has a post on the show.

The latest Brooklyn Rail has an article by James Kalm on the future of art criticism, online art communities, etc. with input from me, James, and PaintersNYC. Check it out, and enjoy the horrific photo of us standing in front of some of our collection plus some top-secret web stats.



Luka may have lived on my block?

From today's New York Times article on Suzanne Vega:

TWENTY years have passed since a 27-year-old waif with wide-set blue eyes made it big with her guitar and a song about domestic child abuse. The song was “Luka,” and it was inspired by a streetwise boy whom Suzanne Vega had seen playing with other children on West 23rd Street, where she then lived, half a block from the Chelsea Hotel.


Martin Bromirski and Carol "Riot" Kane at Tom Sanford's studio

I took this last night at Tom Sanford's studio at his pre-31 Grand re-opening party.



Chelsea moving east?

Maybe Lyons Wier Ortt will start a trend. They are moving to Seventh Avenue at 20th Street. It would be lovely to have galleries near places to eat/drink/have a coffee, more like what the burgeoning Lower East Side scene has.

Great weather for openings tonight


I'm glad the weather is so great today, as there are plenty of group show openings in Chelsea worth a visit:

... plus others at Mixed Greens, D'Amelio Terras, and Frederieke Taylor. Hit ArtCal for all the details.

James and I, however, will be on Ludlow Street for the re-opening of 31 Grand. How could we possibly miss a Barnaby Whitfield painting that has Nicole Eisenman and Tom Sanford (source of image) in it? [Barnaby informs me this won't be in the show, but it's too great not to leave in the post.]



Barnaby Whitfield, Gold Lion's Gonna Tell Me Where The Light Is, 2007, pastel on paper, 30 × 40 inches


The title of the show, No New Tale to Tell, comes from a Love and Rockets song, so to get in the mood hit the last.fm page for the band and listen to some tunes, or just use the widget below.

I will admit I haven't seen this work in person yet, but from what I've seen online, Exit Art and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts are not the only art spaces worth visiting in the West 30s these days. Despite its name, the Lower East Side Printshop is now located on West 37th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Here is an installation view and three details by Matthew Day Jackson from the current show (up through August 31).



Matthew Day Jackson, Metamorphosis, 2007, aquatint, etching, screenprint, archival inkjet, gold leaf, and hand additions, 73" × 154" overall installation. ed: 16

Matthew Day Jackson

Matthew Day Jackson, Metamorphosis C, 2007, screenprint on found poster, 18" × 24" image and sheet

Matthew Day Jackson

Matthew Day Jackson, Metamorphosis E, 2007, intaglio on found map, 19.625" × 27.625" image and sheet

Matthew Day Jackson

Matthew Day Jackson, Metamorphosis G, 2007, intaglio, archival inkjet, and Flavor-Aid on paper, 28.812" × 21.875" image and sheet

© Matthew Day Jackson, published by the Lower East Side Printshop; Photos: Hiro Ihara


The Printshop also has a cool logo:

lower east side printshop



Nicole Eisenman, Little Boy Walking Big Dog, 2007, Oil paint and mixed media on wood, 17 × 18.5 inches


I loved this sculpture/painting we saw at Smith-Stewart's show titled She was born to be my unicorn. The curator Amy Kellner describes it as the flipside of the Bob Nickas "cute boy energy" show at Team in 2003, my people were fair and had cum in their hair (but now they're content to spray stars from your boughs). I also really liked the papillon ink and watercolor piece by J Penry, who is in a 3-person show opening Friday at V&A on the Lower East Side.

Sorry for the lack of posting. It's been too hot to think, and I'm working on some new things for ArtCat and ArtCal.


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