Modern Art Monday Presents: Peter Saul, de Kooning’s Woman With Bicycle

De Kooning's Woman with Bicycle
Photos By Gail

In the mid-1970s, after skewering American political, social and cultural; mores with his work, Peter Saul (b. 1934) took aim at the art world. Saul executed a number of parody responses to Willem de Kooning’s Woman and Bicycle (1952-53, shown below). Here, Saul spoofs de Kooning’s contorted female figure with distortions of his own, rendering the face as a grotesque cartoon and crowding the composition with lurid Day-Glo forms that both draw upon and satirize Surrealist and Pop styles. At once homage and attack, this painting challenges art history, even while claiming Saul’s place within it.

Woman with Bicycle

 Willem de Kooning’s Woman And Bicycle

Photographed in the Whitney Museum in NYC.

Video Clip of The Week: Hugh Myrone, “Clear Eyes Clear Skies”



There is nothing that I do not love about this video for the blistering instrumental “Clear Eyes Clear Skies” by “soft shredder” guitarist Hugh Myrone. “Clear Eyes Clear Skies” appears on the soundtrack to Drift Stage, an arcade racing game that is coming soon to PC/MAC and PS4, and it can also be found on Myrone’s new album, Drift Stage, Vol 1., which is out now. Recommended for fans of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert, you can follow Hugh on Instagram @hughmyrone. Enjoy!

Myrone Drift Stage Cover Art

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Dog Thing By Rafa Macarron

Pink Dog
Photos By Gail

Last month, I went to see an exhibit over at the Allouche Gallery in the Meatpacking district by an artist called Rafa Macarron. I’ve seen his work at the gallery previously and was very attracted to the almost fluorescent colors he uses in his irregular-surfaced paintings, which feature a variety of his long legged, alienesque cartoon creatures floating within a dream-like universe of fresh and harmonic hues. Among the many paintings, and a few sculptures, way over in a remote corner of the gallery, I spotted this three sided diorama called Caja, which means Box in Spanish. Inside one of the tiny viewing windows, I saw this little Pink Dog Thing hanging out. Get a better look at his surroundings in the photo below.

Caja By Rafa MacarronDetail from Caja By Rafa Macarron

Pink Dog Thing!

Pearl River Mart Reopens in TriBeCa!

Pearl River Mart Exterior Shot
All Photos By Gail

Finally, there’s bright spot on this dismal end of year season. Pearl River Mart, everyone’s favorite Asian Imports Store, has reopened as a Pop-Up at 395 Broadway. Oh, Happy Day. This space will become the store’s permanent location after a brief shuttering in February 2017 to allow for further construction on the interior.

Store Interior Far Right

I made an excited initial visit to the new store and can report that, while it is now much smaller than its previous 30,000 SF, multi-level home, this new space has many of the items you love to peruse, shop for, and give as gifts including ceramics and tableware, tea set, slippers, brocade satin purses and novelty tote bags, trinkets, cosmetics and of course incense and tiny statuary.

Store Center Left

These photos were taken from an upstairs loft looking from the back of the store toward the front, and, while not showcasing any specific products, will give you and idea of the layout.

Store Center

It is so exciting and comforting to have Pearl River back in business. Welcome Back!

Lao Tsu Saying

Pearl River Mart is Located at 395 Broadway, Two Blocks Below Canal Street in Tribeca/Chinatown, NYC.

Thomas Mann Saying

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Pop Artist Jim McKenzie Announces Art Tutorial Video Series: Makin’ Things!

Jim McKenzie With Scarecrow
Artist and “Young Paul McCartney” Impersonator Jim McKenzie, with his Scarecrow Creation (Image Source)

Regular readers of this rad blog may already be familiar with the New York Art Scene’s Favorite Teen Idol, AKA Jim McKenzie, because we’ve written about his amazing art Here and Here. Jim creates sculptures of whimsical hybrid creatures not entirely dissimilar to the work of Ron English, whom we also love. Now, Jim is bringing the love back to his fans with a weekly how-to video series called Makin’ Things With Jim McKenzie. Check out the Video Preview below:

Oh boy oh boy, this sounds like fun. Jim will debut the first episode of Makin’ Things with Jim McKenzie this coming Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, which will be airing on his personal pages at Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram! Produced by Aardman Nathan Love and Aardman Animations, Makin’ Things is an informative art web series that dives deep into the processes of creating wondrous works of art. Jim will be covering all sorts of art-making topics, such as sculpting, drawing, painting, and even how to critique your own work. Get your clay, paints, and pencils out and follow along at home every Saturday morning at 8AM EST.

Watch and participate in Makin’ Things at any of the Internet-based locations listed below:

http://www.youtube.com/user/JimMcKenzie
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialJimMcKenzie
http://www.instagram.com/JimMcKenzie

Even if you don’t want to make any art, you can watch it with the sound off, and still enjoy Makin’ Things, because, gee wiz, what a handsome man he is. Jim McKenzie!