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James Rosenquist's F-111 at MOMA

James Rosenquist F-111 Installation at MOMA 2012
Installation view of James Rosenquist’s F-111 (1964-65) at The Museum of Modern Art, 2012. Oil on canvas with aluminum, 23 sections, All Photos by Jonathan Muzikar (Image Source)

Pop artist James Rosenquist has been one of my favorite living contemporary artists since I was first turned on to his work back when I was in college. I was so excited today to see a full installation of his multi-panel painting entitled F-111. This large scale work, which takes up four walls of a special gallery at NYC’s MOMA, features Rosenquist’s signature style of compiling collages of pop culture images (many taken from magazine ads and photos from the ’60s) and reproducing them on canvas in his pop modernist style.This painting is so gorgeous! The exhibit also contains many framed studies the Rosenquist did in preparation for this executing this impressive work.

According to MOMA’s Press Release on the exhibit, F-111 is presented here as it was first exhibited at the Castelli Gallery in 1965. Rosenquist was well acquainted with painting on this immense scale: before becoming an artist he had earned a living as a billboard painter in New York City. Interested in the phenomenon of peripheral vision, Rosenquist wanted the painting to create an immersive environment that would heighten the viewer’s awareness of his or her own position in space. He cited artistic precedents for this ambition in works such as Claude Monet’s Water Lilies and the large horizontal paintings by Abstract Expressionist artists Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman.

Moma James Rosenquist f111 2012 Installation

The collaged subjects on F-111 include canned spaghetti, a swimmer, a mushroom cloud under a beach umbrella, light bulbs, a piece of cake, a Firestone tire and a little girl under a salon hairdryer, all set against the body of an F-111 fighter jet: very fun and visually stimulating but also thought provoking.

Moma James Rosenquist f111 2012 Installation

James Rosenquist’s F-111 will be on Exhibit on the 4th Floor of NYC’s Museum of Modern Art, Located a 11 West 53rd Street, Between 5th and 6th Avenues,  through July 30, 2012.


Remembering Designer and Artist Tobias Wong

“This is a Lamp” Illuminated Philippe Starck Bubble Chair By Tobias Wong

Designer and fine contemporary artist, Tobias Wong, passed away on May 30th from an apparent suicide, but for some reason I didn’t hear about his death until today. Tobias Wong was known for outrageous send ups of luxury goods and humorous appropriation of work by other designers or businesses – such as McDonald’s Restaurants – which blurred the line between conceptual art and design. He first gained the attention of the design press in 2001 when he turned a Philippe Starck Bubble Club chair into the lamp pictured above. His work reminds me lot of Damien Hirst, who I absolutely think is a genius. Although Wong’s death was ruled a suicide, it is speculated that he actually may have hung himself while sleepwalking. How horrible. He was just 35 years old.

I wanted to give Tobi Wong a little shout out in the blog today, because his death represents such a great loss of talent. Beyond that, if his suicide was indeed unintentional, it is certainly unspeakably tragic to the point of perversity. It’s extremely sobering to think about how fragile life can be as illustrated by the death of an artist who was so young, by all reports happy and fulfilled, and who made such beautiful, provocative things. He would have had a great career ahead of him. Rest in peace, Tobias. I’m glad we have your art to remember you by.

“NYC Story (a small book)” by Tobias Wong

Mr. Brainwash Collectible Print Sale! Starts This Thursday!

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The reluctant star of the hit movie, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Mr. Brainwash is releasing six limited edition screen prints from 2009. Each print measures 22″x30″ and is hand finished, signed, numbered and includes MBW’s signature thumbprint on the back. Available in a limited edition of 50 each, these prints will be available for sale starting on Thursday, June 17th at 12 Noon Pacific Time (3 PM Eastern), for $300 each. For those who purchase the set you will receive the same edition number. Visit Mr Brainwash Dot Com on Thursday to participate in the sale. Limit one print of each kind per customer.

The Pipe Cleaner Art of Don Porcella

Artist Don Porcella and Geoffrey – Cute! (Image Source)

Do you remember doing arts and crafts back in elementary school, and the teacher would give you a handful of colored pipe cleaners and you were supposed to make art out of them? I think I used to make stick people or stick dogs or a stick house, just meaningless crap, really. But you know, it was fun to twist those colored pipe cleaners and imagine you were making some kind of neat thing that your Mom would think was cool enough to tack onto the family fridge. Nostalgia! Well guess what, some people actually have enough talent and imagination make real actual art of out pipe cleaners. One of those individuals is artist Don Porcella, who Geoffrey and I had the pleasure to meet this past Saturday evening when we were gallery hopping in Chelsea.

Over at the Claire Oliver Gallery (located at 513 West 26th Street) Don has a bunch of his tiny pipe cleaner sculptures on display upstairs plus one life-sized work entitled An Art Dealer and his Artist, which depicts an art dealer with a pet artist (Don) on a leash. Clever!

Geoffrey and I spent some time talking to Don and he is super friendly and nice. Don explained that the Artist sculpture (on display in the downstairs gallery) is made out of 25,000 woven pipe cleaners! It should be on display through late June. You can see more of Don’s art, which is really cool and fun, on his blog, Don Porcella Blogspot. Thanks Don for being awesome!

Don Also Made These Pipe Cleaner Sneakers!

Super Mario Brothers Piranha Plant Sculpture

Piranaha Plant and Vincent The Dog (Click Image to Enlarge)

Sculptor and illustrator Jaime “Kalapusa” Margary is a Super Mario Brothers fan who created this amazing “life like” model of the games’ Piranha Plant character. I love this thing! You can see more of Jaime’s work at this link.

Yes, It Exists: Andy Warhol Head Piñata

As part of its Brooklyn Ball Fundraising Event (April 22nd), the lobby of The Brooklyn Museum is currently displaying a twenty-foot-tall piñata in the shape of Andy Warhol’s head! This year’s Brooklyn Ball will celebrate the landmark partnership between the Brooklyn Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in creating the largest and most comprehensive costume collection in the world. This sounds so awesome; I wish I had a spare $500 lying around to blow on a ticket. As far as what Andy Warhol’s head made into a piñata has to do with anything, well, supposedly it will be filled with some kid of edible thing as it hangs amid “a series of food installations that also includes drinking paintings and suspended melting cheese heads.” Art!

Thanks to Sue Simone Via Flavor Wire Dot Com for the Tip!