May 2008 Archives


Elliott Lynch and Sara Shaylie. Photo by Usry Alleyne

I'm doing a little writing about the Movement Research Festival going on right now on their Critical Correspondence site. I wrote about the appearance at Catch 30 of my new favorite dance / theater artist working in Minneapolis: Elliott Durko Lynch.

Check it out.

The photo above is of a performance in Minneapolis from the amazing website. He has a YouTube channel too.

My Yard Our Message

Via Eyeteeth I learned about the My Yard Our Message project in honor of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis.

As a stark counterpoint to the "scripted democracy" of this fall's GOP nominating convention, a project by, the Walker Art Center and the UnConvention is inviting people of all political stripes and artistic abilities to create yard signs to coincide with the RNC -- and, fittingly, the 50 designs getting the most online votes will be produced and distributed around the Twin Cities and near the convention site.

Here are two of my favorites.


by awesome designer Andy Pressman


by Barry McMahon


Holocaust-related news roundup

So, if Barack Obama says Auschwitz when he meant Buchenwald it's a major story.

When wacko Senator Joe Lieberman agrees to be the headline speaker at an event of evangelical Christians headed by an equally crazy man who says the Holocaust was the will of God (to get Jews to move to Palestine and help bring on the end times at which point they all get converted), the story is confined to progressive blogs such as Sadly, No!.

Yes, there are stories appearing in the media now about this, but it's not a top story on any news website I've seen, e.g., CNN.

Elissa Levy at Stonefox Artspace



Stonefox Artspace is one of the most reliable galleries at the moment for its shows, and the current Elissa Levy show is no exception. We have a gocco print from Pocket Utopia related to the second image above. More images after the jump.


Gallery owner Ruth Vered was taken into custody by East Hampton Village police officers on Saturday night. Police apparently shut down the Vered Gallery in East Hampton, citing consumption of alcohol in a public space. (Photo by Janet Lehr / May 24, 2008)

I've heard of such problems with the NYPD occasionally from Chelsea galleries, but this one is pretty ridiculous. Via Newsday.

About 200 art aficionados were sipping Veuve Clicquot Champagne and chilled white wine at an East Hampton gallery this weekend when the police arrived.

It was a soiree like many others for Vered Gallery, which twice a month invites guests to drink, nibble cheese and view its latest show.

But this time, gallery owner Ruth Vered was led away in handcuffs.

East Hampton Village police declined to comment Sunday except to confirm in a written statement that the gallery owner, who is widely known as Vered, was charged with selling alcohol without a liquor license.


Vered said the Champagne and wine -- donated by the Bridgehampton winery Channing Daughters -- was free, as always. Vered said she's offered alcoholic beverages at her gallery for more than 30 years and has never been questioned by police.

She said she spent about two hours at the police station. "It's absolutely ridiculous," she said. "They're sabotaging the life of our small business. Everybody does parties and gives Champagne. It's East Hampton!"

By the way, the winery that donated the wine and Champagne, Channing Daughters is one of my favorite long island vintners, along with Wölffer Estate.



Momenta Benefit 2008


Wednesday night is your chance to pick up some great at at Momenta Art's annual raffle and live auction. Whenever anyone asks me about my favorite artist-run non-profit space, I don't even hesitate to tell them it's Momenta Art. A $225 ticket gets two people in for free food and drink, and an art work!

[image above is a sample of works available in the raffle]

Robert Rauschenberg quote


Because life doesn’t have any other possibility, everyone can be measured by his adaptability to change.

On Clementine Gallery's closing


Neil Farber, Untitled, 2004
22.5 × 30 inches

Leave it to Chelsea Now to write the best article I've read on the closing of the beloved Clementine Gallery. Maybe the art press is too afraid to dwell on such stories. My favorite statistic in the article: the gallery needed to sell $80,000 worth of work each month to break even.

I chose the image above, from Farber's 2004 show at the gallery, in honor of our buying several of his works from the gallery in the 90s. I always loved sending people who were just starting out as art collectors to Clementine, as I knew Abby and Liz would treat them well.

Noah Lyon: Retard Riot buttons


Now available on the web.

susan c. dessel lbif

James and I were very proud to have Susan C. Dessel's work in the show we curated in 2006 at Dam, Stuhltrager. Now that work has had a second chance to be seen, at the Long Beach Island Foundation for Arts & Sciences, but the people that run it have chosen to put walls around it and warn people that it may "offend." See James's post for more information.

People don't seem to be too outraged that torture is committed in our name by our elected government, but they can certainly be upset by an artwork that might remind them of a world that's not as perfect as they would like to pretend.



Go to some fundraisers!

Two recommended benefits are coming up:

  • This Monday May 12 you should join us for The Civilians' benefit titled "Paris Commune II Communards in the South Pacific."
  • One of the best visual arts benefits in NYC is the annual raffle from Momenta Art, which happens this year at White Columns on May 21st. If you don't believe me, check out Edward Winkleman's post.

Event recommendations


Elevator Repair Service in "The Sound And The Fury"

James and I have been busy attending music and theater performances. Here are some recommendations:

  • The New Georges (see earlier posts) present "Stretch", described as a fantasia about the final days of Rose Mary Woods, Richard Nixon's loyal secretary. You even get a live score for violin, trumpet, bass and IBM Selectric typewriter. Use code BLAST here for $16 tickets through May 14.
  • The Elevator Repair Service, one of the greatest theater companies I know, are presenting "The Sound And The Fury" at New York Theater Workshop. Brave the evil Telecharge's "Broadway Offers" site here to get $20 tickets for Memorial Day Weekend. Anything starring Susie Sokol cannot be missed.
  • There are still tickets left for Gotham Chamber Opera's "Ariadne Unhinged" this weekend, with music of Monteverdi, Haydn, and Schoenberg, production and choreography by Karole Armitage, and design by the artist Vera Lutter. We're going tonight.

On the subject of Off and Off-Off Broadway, check out The Playgoer on Christopher Isherwood's stupid attack on Off-Off, as if it's some kind of community theater. See, my visual arts readers? It's not only the visual arts that get this kind of random stupid articles from The New York Times. Do not miss the comments, especially that from sbs about the difficult relationship between Equity creative theater companies doing the best work in NYC including Elevator Repair Service and Target Margin.

[photo from the Elevator Repair Service website]

Beckett and Joyce


Race baiting

Lovely words from Hillary Clinton, via AMERICAblog. That sequence of "hard-working Americans, white Americans" is a gem.

This from today's USA Today:

"I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on," she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article "that found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me."

"There's a pattern emerging here," she said.

maureen gallace at 303 gallery - armory 2006

Maureen Gallace at 303 Gallery (The Armory Show 2006)

maureen gallace at 303 gallery - armory 2006

Maureen Gallace at 303 Gallery (The Armory Show 2006)

Due to our previous coverage of "photography not allowed" policies, blogger and artist Mark Barry forwarded an email he just received from 303 Gallery regarding 2 images on Flickr from his set from the 2006 Armory Show. The photos were taken during the press preview.

From: Simon Greenberg
Date: May 7, 2008 10:06:33 AM EDT
Subject: Maureen Gallace image - flickr

hello mark -

this is simon at 303 gallery. i noticed you had an image of Maureen
Gallace's work up on your flickr page - please be aware that 303 Gallery
owns the copyright to the work and all public display of images, including
web content. if you could kindly remove this image from your page, it would
be most appreciated.


This is one of the more infuriating things I have seen from an art gallery lately. Do the gallery's artists know that they're spending this kind of time trolling the web and harassing bloggers? It hardly seems like a good use of resources.


  • A quote from Lisa Spellman, the owner of 303, on her apprecation of appropriationist art
  • Mark's blog post on the 2006 Armory (but the images are only on flickr)
  • Edward Winkleman post on galleries and photography -- don't miss the comments

[The two photos above are the ones referred to in the email.]


Updated: more blogs on the subject


Flickr find: Rafal Karcz

I found these works from a Polish artist based in Krakow named Rafal Karcz on Flickr recently after he contacted me. Check our more on the Flickr site.

rafal karcz

PROJECT IN SPACE 1, 2008, watercolor mixed media / paper

rafal karcz

PROJECT IN SPACE 3, 2008, watercolor mixed media / paper



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