Category Archives: Arts and Culture

Psychedelic Art Exhibit at NYC’s Whitney Museum Gives Gail Flashbacks!

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LOVE by Robert Indiana

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.

Here’s a descriptive blurb on the exhibit from the Whitney Website.

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On view May 24-September 16, 2007

Summer of Love revisits 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.

Happy Easter and the Controversy of the Chocolate Jesus

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Your Own…Choc-o-late…Je-sus…

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 Lord sculpture, 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.

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Cheese Covered Room

Remembering Andy Warhol: 1928 – 1987

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Groundbreaking American Artist Andy Warhol passed away on this day, February 22nd, in 1987. He was 58 years old. I recall that on that day, I was at a Julian Cope show at Club Lingerie in Hollywood when Copey announced from the stage between songs, “I just thought of something: Andy Warhol’s dead.” I was bootlegging the show so I have that on tape if I am ever asked to prove it. Andy died on the operating table in the midst of gallbladder surgery. Andy Warhol was one of the most original and visionary modern artists ever and is probably my favorite artist to this day. I still miss him.

Good News: The Scream Has Been Recovered!

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Not McCauley Culkin

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s oft-coopted and wildy iconic masterpiece The Scream has been recovered two years after masked gunmen stole the painting from a Norwegian museum, Oslo police announced Thursday. Yay.