If you weren’t at downtown New York’s Sacred Gallery (located at 424 Broadway at Canal Street, 2nd Floor) on Friday July 9th, then you missed out on the happening art party of the summer, Pint Size Paintings! Curated by Durb Morrison (who also contributed works to the event), Pint Size Paintings collects over 400 original works of art by 350 artists, all painted on canvases measuring only 2 by 3 inches in size (each artist was given two canvases)! Geoffrey and I could not believe the fine detailing and originality of these paintings, which ranged in subject matter from conventional portraiture and well-known celebrities to the surreal, the visceral, the horrific and the fantastic.
Besides the sensorially overwhelming effect of the dozens and dozens of captivating miniature canvases (we circled the room a half dozen times at least, noticing new details of these tiny masterpieces on each successive pass) the show was also a great party with tons of cool people to chat up and free-flowing, ice-cold PBRs – so important with this ridiculous heat wave we’ve been having! We had a fantastic time and got completely wasted for free – Art!
Don’t get too bummed though if you missed the exhibit here in NYC, because you can purchase a copy of Pint Size Paintings Volume #1: Miniature Paintings By Big Artists, featuring a large selection of the Pint Sized images, for just $29.99 from the Hell City store. Thanks to Durb Morrison and gallery manager Kevin Wilson for a truly memorable evening!
Paintings by Durb Morrison
This is what the Paintings Looked Like After A Few PBRs!
Heads Up: American fans of the hilarious and twisted BBC/Adult Swim series, The Mighty Boosh – starring Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt – might want to schedule that long-planned trip to London for sometime between next Monday and the end of the year. That way, you can check out Noel Fielding’s exhibit of his original paintings, starting July 5th at Maison Bertaux patisserie in London. The show is entitled Brian Ferry versus the Jelly Fox, which makes sense when you know that Noel is a huge fan of the former Roxy Music front man (Ferry is referenced in the 2004 Mighty Boosh episode, Hitcher).
According to an interview with Fielding published today in the Guardian UK, the exhibit “will feature a shrine to Ferry, including a large portrait of the Roxy Music singer, as well as a picture of a tree, with Ferry masks hanging off, and another with a headless man on a hill, a Bryan Ferry kite flying high above his neck. The Jelly Fox is part of another convoluted fantasy, a little like The Wizard of Oz, in which three characters go in search of the Jelly Fox.”
I think I will be calling my travel agent shortly!
Noel Fielding’s Bryan Ferry vs The Jelly Fox runs from July 5, 2010 to January 2011 at Maison Bertaux (“London’s oldest and best patisserie”), located at 28 Greek Street, SOHO London, England.
It is no secret that The Beatles were the greatest band ever in the universe of all time. For those Beatles and John Lennon fans in or near New York City, Sunday October 12, 2008 is the final day to see a moving and impressive collection of John Lennon’s drawings and song lyrics entitled “Imagine Peace.”Geoffrey and I went yesterday and spent about an hour enjoying the funny, insightful and often provocative collection of over 100 drawings and framed lyrics of songs from both The Beatles’ and Lennon’s solo catalogs. Some of my favorites were colorful sketches John did with his son Sean, like the frog drawing seen above. They also play Beatles songs non-stop over the gallery’s sound system, which makes it an even more enjoyable experience, because you can work in a little dancing! Sadly, the exhibit has a limited run which ends this evening. Do try to make it by if you can. Gallery address info is below.
Exhibit is at Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry St., in SoHo. Hours: Thursday night 5-9; Friday 12-9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6p.m. The suggested $2 donation benefits City Meals-On-Wheels.