New Play, Collaboration: Warhol & Basquiat Coming to Here’s Mainstage Theatre – December 2nd!

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Ira Denmark as Andy Warhol and Calvin Levels as Jean-Michel Basquiat (Photo Courtesy or Devious Planet)

Fans of artists Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat will not want to miss an exciting new play coming to the off-Broadway stage just in time for the Christmas season. Staged Dreams is pleased to present the world premiere of Collaboration: Warhol & Basquiat, a new American play written by Tony Award nominee, Calvin Levels and directed by Tony Award nominee, Lonny Price.

Collaboration: Warhol & Basquiat is a dramatic portrayal of the symbiotic relationship between two of the twentieth century’s greatest artists. Collaboration captures a historic art-world moment as the iconic Pop artist Andy Warhol and the Neo-expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat attempt to navigate the perilous terrain of art and fame while collaborating on a joint series of paintings for their New York City gallery exhibition. The accomplished cast features Calvin Levels as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ira Denmark as Andy Warhol and Frank van Putten in the role of European art dealer Rudolfo Happesberger.  Get your tickets now for this very limited engagement!

Collaboration: Warhol & Basquiat Runs from Friday December 2nd through Thursday December 22, 2016 at Here’s MainStage Theatre, Located at 145 Sixth Ave. (entrance on Dominick St one block south of Spring), Soho, NYC. Performance Times are Wednesdays thru Fridays at 8:30PM, Saturdays at 4:00PM and 8:30PM, and Sundays at 4:00PM. Running time is 2 hours, including a intermission. For tickets and information please visit Here.org, or call the Box Office at (212) 352-3101, or toll free at (866) 811-4111. All Tickets are $25.

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Mosaic Skull Lamps

Mosaic Skull Lamps
Photos By Gail

Hey what’s up? Is your Holiday shopping all done, or do you maybe need to pick up something special for the goth kid or skull fan on your list? If that is the case, look no further than these totally bitchen, illuminated mosaic skulls. Available in an array of bright and cheery colors at the Union Square Holiday Market, Located in Union Square Park at 14th Street, between Union Square West and Broadway, through December 24th, 2016!

Mosaic Skull Lamp

Jonathan LeVine Gallery Presents: Alessandro Gallo, For Some Reason

Elevator
Elevator By Alessandro Gallo (All Photos By Gail)

If you are intrigued and delighted by the idea of perusing an exhibition made up of hyper-realist sculptures depicting Humans with Animal Heads, then you will love Italian artist Alessandro Gallo’s latest body of work, For Some Reason (the follow up to his 2014 show, Strani Incontri) up now at Jonathan LeVine Gallery.

Eagle Pose
A Parakeet Practices Her Eagle Pose

If these petite ceramic figures cause you to do a double take, it might be because Gallo bases each of his hybrid characters on real life models, and his attention to detail is meticulous.

Jonathan LeVine and Likeness
Gallery Owner Jonathan LeVine Poses with I Don’t Want to Grow Up, a Horny Toad-Headed Sculpture Based on his Likeness

Elevator Left Side

Easily the most popular piece in the show is this miniature glass Elevator, crowded with various breeds of anthropomorphic birds, along with a Buffalo, a Cat and a Deer, all eager to get to the their destination floor. Elevator is a private client commission that was loaned to the gallery for this exhibit. It is pretty sweet.

Elevator Right Side

Natura Morta

In Natura Morta, an artist with a bird head sketches on the floor of his studio. An animal skull model sits in the foreground.

Natura Morta with Crowd

Except for one figure flaunting an exposed, uncircumcised peen, the exhibit it totally family-friendly! Bring the kids!

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Even a Duck Woman can’t resit making the Duck Face!

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Here I am, photo-bombing her.

Alessandro Gallo

Artist, Alessandro Gallo (Spy Pic)!

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A Pink Track Suited Cockatiel checks her Instagram feed in Whatever. Why does she carry so many handbags? It’s a mystery.

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Social Activist Locust Swarm
Social Activist Locust Swarm

Jesse The Veteran
Jesse The Veteran

Jesse The Veteran

Ram Tough, as they say.

Signage

Alessandro Gallo’s For Some Reason will be on Exhibit Through December 17th, 2016, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, In the Chelsea Gallery District.

Cocktail for Two
Cocktail for Two

Modern Art Monday Presents: Andy Warhol, Myths

Andy Warhol Myths
All Photos By Gail

“More than anything, people just want stars, Andy Warhol once remarked. In Myths (1981) he depicts Superman, the Wicked Witch from Wizard of Oz, and other heroes and villains of American culture (including, on the far right, himself). Silver paint alludes to the “silver screen,” and the vertical rows of mechanically reproduced head shots suggest filmstrips or contact sheets, the sources feeding our obsession with celebrity. Yet Warhol’s title is more complex: “myths” could refer to the “mythic” status of movie stars but it also connotes falseness, the distortion of truth, and the fleeting nature of fame.

Photographed in the Whitney Museum in NYC

Andy Warhol Myths Detail

Video Clip of The Week: Enuff Z’nuff, “Dog On A Bone”


For me, it’s always been about the way they sound. It never mattered that Chicago’s Enuff Z’nuff were dismissed by some as a Hair Metal band (like that’s a bad thing) when these guys make music that sounds like a sublime mash-up of The Beatles and Cheap Trick, or a hard rock version of Jellyfish. How can you ever throw shade at that? Fuck.

Gail and Chip Znuff
Gail and Chip Znuff, Summer 2001

In the halcyin days of my former career as a rock journalist, I had some very good times with the band at their shows all over New York, and my interview with bassist/songwriter Chip Z’nuff (who is now also kicking ass on vocals) is one of my favorite conversations Ive had with any musician, ever. If you’ve never heard Enuff Z’nuff before, let this clip for their new single, “Dog On A Bone,” be your introduction to their special magic.

“Dog On A Bone” can be found on the band’s upcoming new album, Clowns Lounge, available December 2nd, 2016 on Frontiers Music Srl. Clowns Lounge is a collection of rarities and early demos that have been reworked and re-recorded by the band. Chip explains, “We had unfinished, unreleased material in the vault, and I went back into the studio in Chicago and started working on all the songs. Guitars, bass, vocals, it all needed to be tweaked, and with help from Chicago Recording Company and Chris Steinmetz of Stonecutter recording studios, we were able to create another rock solid record. It is basically an archival record featuring the original band, and Enuff Z’nuff as it is today. The record showcases the best elements of Enuff Z’nuff in the early days — in-your-face glitter rock with pop overtones. This is a true must have rock record for the diehard Enuff Z’nuff fans worldwide.”

Again, all that matters to fans is how it sounds, which is to say, terrific. Enjoy!

Enuff Znuff Band

Last Weekend to See Stephen Romano’s Materia Prima at Blam Projects

Installation View
All Photos By Gail

Oops. This is what happens when you are distracted by a neo-fascist stealing a national election, accompanied with the onset of the holiday season and other various mind-numbing events: you neglect to blog about an art exhibit until it’s nearing its very last day of installation. My bad!

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Materia Prima Opening Reception

In my defense, the exhibit just opened on November 4th, and three weeks does not seem like very long for something that, arguably, should be up for at least 4 to 6 weeks, amigright? Sure I am. Anyway, Materia Prima, curated by Stephen Romano, whose eponymous gallery is still without a permanent home, collects a de rigueur thematic presentation of art depicting sex, death, horror, spirituality and other ethereal and metaphysical delights from artists near and far, including:

Alexis Karl, Sarah Zar, Hanna Jaeun, Nyahzul Blanco, Barry William Hale, Dolorosa De La Cruz, Alessandro Sicioldr, Linnea Strid, Colin Christian, Lena Viddo, Gigi Chen, Erin O’Shea, Steven Bradshaw, Samuel Gliner, Damien Michaels, Cendrine Ravoni, Ken Weaver, Jel Ena, Teiji Hayama, John D. Monteith, Ray Robinson, P54, Jaya Suberg, Erna KD, Charlotte Rodgers, Steven Baines, Luke Grochocki, Orryelle Defenestrate, Inge Vandormael, Cecilia Avendaño Bobillier, Marko Velk, Travis Lawrence, Judith Vergara García, William Blayney AW Sommers, Brian Sparrow, William Mortensen, Lori Field, Charles Dellschau, Jacob Bohme, and Darcilio Lima

Check out some of our favorite pieces!

Looking for Magic Gigi Chen
Left: Savages By Lori Field. Right: Looking for Magic By Gigi Chen

Lori Field Savages
Savages By Lori Field

I finally got to meet artist Lori Field at the opening reception after worshiping her art for two years. Everything she does is genius. Also, she is super nice.

Steven Baines Ready For The Sun
Steven Baines, Ready For The Sun

Black Sculptures

I don’t know they name of the artist of the works above, but they are pretty cool. I am sure that Stephen will tell me and then I can add it later. Because, the Internet!

Erin Oshea Lil Buddy
Erin Oshea, Lil Buddy

This one is adorable.

Druids

I like these Druid guys.

Installation View

Ken Weaver 1000 Years After I Am Gone
Ken Weaver, 1000 Years After I Am Gone

This hyper-realist portrait from Ken Weaver looks like it was inspired by a character in a Rob Zombie-directed film.

Occult Sex Japanese Sexploitation Film Poster Directed-by Shinya Yamamoto Starring Yuki Minami 1974
Occult Sex Japanese Sexploitation Film Poster Directed-by Shinya Yamamoto Starring Yuki Minami, 1974

Japanese Movie Program For Suspiria By Dario Argento 1977
Japanese Movie Program For Suspiria By Dario Argento, 1977

Jel Ena Madea
 Madea By Jel Ena

Hanna Jaeun Tentacle Girl
Hanna Jaeun, Tentacle Girl

Materia Prima Ends Sunday, Saturday November 27th! Blam Projects is Located at 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Materia Prima Signage

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Drinks!

Pink Drinks
“When We Called Out For Another Drink, The Waiter Brought a Tray…” (All Photos By Gail)

Over the summer, I attended This Rad Party to celebrate the release of the Volkswagen Limited Edition #PinkBeetle. In keeping with Pink theme, they served refreshing pink drinks in pink glasses, delivered on a pink tray! Oh, the pinkness!