This afternoon I had my mind completely blown by Damien Hirst ‘s installation in the lobby of the Lever House in midtown: School: The Archeology of Lost Desires, Comprehending Infinity and the Search for Knowledge. Jesus god, this exhibit is just amazing. I can understand why some people – vegetarians and animal rights activists, specifically – might be offended by its contents, but to me it was so compellingly creepy and disturbingly beautiful, I didn’t want to leave. I absolutely loved it, and I’m certain that all fans and admirers of the Nine Inch Nails’ video for “Closer” will as well.
School is on exhibit until February 9, 2008. I suggest you not miss the chance to experience this phenomenal work of modern art, if at all possible. See more pictures after the jump!
The first snow of the season fell on NYC overnight and this morning, honestly, it was absolutely gorgeous outside! Before the lovely pristine blanket of white could transform into grey slush and filthy mounds flecked with soot and dog feces, I decided to bundle up like an Eskimo and enjoy one of the greatest simple pleasures of life in New York City: a Sunday trip to the Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim currently features a career retrospective of American artist Richard Prince, and his work is just fantastic. I laughed my ass off at a lot of his “Joke” canvases, avoided slipping into a “Museum Coma” and was back downtown in Union Square in time to do a little Holiday shopping at the crafts market. Read more about the exhibit and see photos of some of Prince’s featured work after the jump. Spiritual America runs through January 9, 2008.
Tracy and I went to see British artist Mike Nelson’sA Psychic Vacuum Installation / Exhibit today and it was AWESOME! While the installation is pretty indescribable, if I was forced to describe the experience of being inside the “Psychic Vacuum” I’d say it was like a combination of a nightmare, a David Lynch movie and a history lesson in Lower East Side Immigration. If you live in NYC, do go while you can. It’s open weekends only through October 28th.
I read the Post Secret blog every Sunday morning. Today they had this movie posted on the site and asked readers to share it on their own blogs, so I am doing that now. Have a beautiful Sunday everyone.
Geoffrey and I spent a few hours this afternoon uptown at the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art blowing our minds at their current exhibit, Summer of Love, which is so amazing it will make your head explode. We were able to get in free with my ID card from work, but it’s totally worth the $15 admission. One of my favorite parts of the exhibit was the “Roomful of Mirrors,” while Geoffrey couldn’t stop talking about this one installation “Phantasy Landscape Visiona II,” by Verner Panton, which he repeatedly referred to as “The Vagina Room.”
If you can get to NYC you should visit this exhibit as many times as humanly possibly before it ends.
Summer of Loverevisits the unprecedented explosion of contemporary art and popular culture brought about by the civil unrest and pervasive social change of the 1960s and early ’70s, when a new psychedelic aesthetic emerged in art, music, film, architecture, graphic design, and fashion. The exhibition includes paintings, photographs and sculptures by Richard Avedon, Jimi Hendrix, and Andy Warhol, among others. As well as a rich selection of important posters, album covers and underground magazines. A special emphasis is placed on environments as well as on film, video and multimedia installations. The art in the exhibition is conceptualized through a wealth of documentary material highlighting events, people and places; from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival to Timothy Leary to the UFO nightclub in London.
Nothing says Happy Easter to me quite like this fantastic sculpture of Jesus made entirely out of milk chocolate, which was lovingly crafted by Brooklyn-based artist Cosimo Cavallaro. A lot of ignorant, narrow minded, tight-ass religious conservatives have given Cosimo a hard time about the My Sweet Lordsculpture, as it is also known. Various Catholic organizations made a big enough stink about the planned gallery showing of the sculpture at the Roger Smith Hotel in Manhattan to completely shut the exhibit down. The hotel manager also spoke on CNN about receiving death threats (such a Christian way to behave) against him and his staff if the sculpture was put on exhibit. Score another point for ill-informed zealots freaking out over something they know absolutely nothing about. Fortunately, this ludicrous uproar only got the artist and his beautiful homage to Jesus a ton of free publicity!
Art should not be censored!
Please visit Cosimo’s website, where you can see pictures of furniture and other stuff that he’s covered with melted cheese.